Rate the race: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Circuit de Cataunya, Barcelona, 2013What did you think of the today’s race? Share your verdict on the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (4%)
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  • 3 (6%)
  • 4 (10%)
  • 5 (15%)
  • 6 (18%)
  • 7 (21%)
  • 8 (13%)
  • 9 (5%)
  • 10 (5%)

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291 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Timo (@timo) said on 12th May 2013, 14:53

    2. Terrible. The drivers are going about 60% if that. Only thing that could’ve made it worse was if 283 DRS ‘overtakes’ occurred.

    • dkpioe said on 12th May 2013, 17:57

      worst exageration i have ever heard. they are all driving very very fast, more like 95%, and they all have it the same way, so it is still a race! this was much better to watch then the boring barcelona races that have occured over the years.

  2. Dizzy said on 12th May 2013, 14:53


    As they discussed on the sky broadcast today there’s far too much tyre management, drivers been told not to race, always running to a lap time, been told to slow down, 4-5 pit stops, Delaminations… Its getting ridiculous.

    Many occasions where DRS again made things too easy.

    I hate F1 as it is now :(

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 12th May 2013, 14:55

      I actually don’t think you’ve exaggerated it, that’s the thing. The only proper racing throughout was with Di Resta and Rosberg, and that didn’t even amount to anything.

  3. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 12th May 2013, 14:53

    Only Alonso truly shone. Otherwise a terrible example of where F1 should NOT be.


  4. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 12th May 2013, 14:53

    I thought it was a great race to have on in the background while I made a delicious breakfast. F1 is doing a tremendous job in filling the “Top Gear re-runs” gap in my weekend schedule. 2

  5. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 12th May 2013, 14:54

    I’ve been around long enough to know that you get races that are processional, and I’ve been around even longer to remember when every race was processional… You get good races and bad races, its still a sport, thank god…

  6. Sankalp Sharma (@sankalp88) said on 12th May 2013, 14:54

    Decent opening stint. Good strategic fight. A solid 7/10

  7. tmax (@tmax) said on 12th May 2013, 14:54

    Tire Tire Tire …… What a bore …. Holy cow if Pirelli had not changed the tire specs to the harder compound for medium. It could have been a disaster . something must be fixed soon.

  8. panache (@panache) said on 12th May 2013, 14:54

    This race was farcical. Yet another tyre delamination demonstrating that Pirelli need to rework their rear tyre construction at the very least. Rediculous levels of degradation meaning that drivers don’t push for the vast majority of the race and an inverse correlation between qualy pace and race pace for most teams. Hamilton will probably put this down as one of his worst races as he was clearly plagued by horrible degradation and an inherent lack of pace. Reminded me of some of Button’s tyre woes last year at Mclaren.

  9. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 12th May 2013, 14:54

    Well it wasn’t a great race 7/10 for me.

  10. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 12th May 2013, 14:54

    Great race from Alonso and Massa.
    But a bit boring. Gave it a 5.

  11. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 12th May 2013, 14:55

    Terrible race. Saving tyres from lap 3, another delamination, no real racing, tyres, tyres, tyres.
    Fell asleep, and stopped watching half way through. Congrats to Ferrari though.

    On a different note, Mercedes should sack whoever came up with their latest upgrades. It achieved excatly the opposite of what it was meant to do – increase race pace, and lessen quali pace.

  12. CeeVee (@ceevee) said on 12th May 2013, 14:56

    dull,dull, dull
    When the pole position car loses a second a lap during the race there’s something wrong with the formula.
    Too much fiddling with rules and not enough genuine racing

    • Nick (@nick101) said on 12th May 2013, 16:10

      Agreed, the tyres need sorting out, but that’s got absolutely nothing to do with the pole sitter losing a second per lap and everything to do with Mercedes car setup.

      • CeeVee (@ceevee) said on 12th May 2013, 17:25

        Yes but ‘formula’ implies several ingredients needed to make the perfect combination, right now it’s all about one ingredient.
        I can’t imagine how the Pirelli marketing department can get any benefit out of tjeir involvement in F1, ‘We make tyres that last 25 miles’ .

  13. Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 12th May 2013, 14:57

    First part of the race was good when it looked like there were a few drivers fighting for the top spots, but as soon as Alonso got out front it was a foregone conclusion.
    Boring couple of hours. Bring on Monaco where at least there’s some tension to the processions with the walls waiting to bite.

  14. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 12th May 2013, 14:58

    6, I watched the start, predicted what will happen at the end, ate lunch, came back for last 15 laps and watched my predictions from the start coming true. Not necessarily exciting.

    Btw. there was so fuss about how tires get revamped to suit Red Bull’s demands. Red Bull now are neither the fastest in qualy nor the fastest in race trim.

    • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 12th May 2013, 14:58

      *so much fuss

    • tmax (@tmax) said on 12th May 2013, 15:21

      Tires did not get revamped to suit red bull. They got revamped so that all the cars can finish the races . otherwise those cars would be slower than the scooters that run around the track to pick up drivers during retirement on the track.

      Horner already mentioned that he is not happy with the changes. Imagine the teams spending millions to get 1/1000 of a second and eventually have to drivebthw car slower than their potential.

      The good thing is about this race is that it gave a chance for the McLaren to score some points and compete against the other teams with their super disaster car of this year.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th May 2013, 15:30

        Imagine the teams spending millions to get 1/1000 of a second and eventually have to drivebthw car slower than their potential.

        yes, well isn’t that one of the problems, that they spend so much – and don’t want to stop spending it?

        • tmax (@tmax) said on 12th May 2013, 16:10

          I dont believe that is a problem honestly. It is upto the teams. If this was about restricting spending 1) it is already being done 2) what the point of calling this formula 1. I am all for less restrictions. I mean what is the point otherwise.

          I had always felt F1 was superior than NASCAR but over the last few seasons i had felt that F1 is getting super controlled and manged that this has become some sort of charity show.

          Like Jimme Johnson won 5 championships in a row. Almost won it last year and is leading this year. No body every complained the races are boring or worried about stuff that happened today in spain.

    • clmdwn222 said on 13th May 2013, 2:06

      same (about predictable)

  15. Simon999 (@simon999) said on 12th May 2013, 14:59

    Some of the onboard camera shots were just painful to watch today – coast, back off, watch the tyre wear on that corner, careful on the throttle, watch those tyre temperatures. I can’t believe they were pushing at even 80% most of the time. Very unsatisfying to watch (and drive, I imagine), even if the result is good for the championship.

    • dkpioe said on 12th May 2013, 18:05

      if they were driving at 80% they would be doing lap times of 1 minute 45, which they werent. geez everyone is jumping on this tyre wear bandwagon and saying it is not real racing. it is still a race, and still real, alonso still finished first ahead of drivers with the same conditions. its another element, and is showing up greedy driving, the drivers need to get accustomed to the conditions, like rally drivers do. Alonso and Raikonnen are proving their worth this year by how they have adjusted.

      • avl0 said on 12th May 2013, 22:38

        that’s also a false comparison though, just because a car is doing 90-95% of its ultimate pace doesn’t mean the driver is even trying at all. Remember when luca badoer was in a ferrari after massas accident and was 3 seconds off the maximum race pace because he wasn’t a very good racing driver? well how would you feel if he was driving today and qualified 20th or so (he’d still be crap so bad qualifying position) but managed to score good points because the pace he was capable of running due to being late on the throttle out of corners etc was actually the right pace to keep the tyres in their operating window? Personally i’d be horrified. Well, that pretty much IS what’s happening.

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