Rate the race: 2013 British Grand Prix

2013 British Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013

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  • 5 (6%)
  • 6 (6%)
  • 7 (11%)
  • 8 (27%)
  • 9 (29%)
  • 10 (9%)

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314 comments on Rate the race: 2013 British Grand Prix

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  1. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 30th June 2013, 15:58

    If you’re a neutral, it had almost everything- even some unwanted bits with the tyres.
    Last 10 laps were gripping.
    8/10- despite obvious disappointment

    Keith, you should have 2 polls? One for rate the race and one for Rate the race (lap 1-40)!!! Bet it’s 2 wildly different results.

    Seb did everything right- had good fortune with Hamilton, then lost it all with bad luck himself… shame as I would’ve like him telling the Silverstone mob to go home!

  2. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 30th June 2013, 16:00

    “8” from me. Sad to see the strategy error from Lotus. Otherwise would have been “9” from me. Potential of Ros+Kimi+Webber+Alonso last lap fighting. Great to see Webber doing well in the race (not leading from start to finish. When we leave aside the safety concerns it was a great race!

    Do you still remember the time when F1 cars couldn’t overtake? Love this new era of F1 with Pirelli!!! Sad to see the tyre problems, hope they resolve it and we still have races like last 3-4 years!

  3. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 30th June 2013, 16:04

    I gave it a 5. We must remember that those last few laps happened because of drivers being out of position due to tyre delaminations, which IMHO, should never have happened.

  4. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 30th June 2013, 16:05

    There aren’t many races that I want to continue for just a few more laps, often the last ten or so are pretty boring. Not this one though, with a couple more laps I’m sure we would have had Webber in the lead and Hamilton into third.
    As it was the race was very entertaining in the mid-field in particular. Pirelli significantly infulenced the outcome of the race in a very unsatisfactory and unfortunate way.
    I’m also a bit critical of the ‘car recovery’ marshalls as well. When Vettel stopped pretty well in front of the pits we had the inevitable Safety Car and it seemed that those marshalls whose job it is to recovery the car were very slow off the mark. As I recall the Safety Car gathered the field and led them past Vettels RBR with no marshall activity there at all. That (second) safety car period lasted about two laps longer than it really needed to as a result.
    Still an excellent race; most enjoyable and I scored it an 8.

  5. Nathan Bellows (@nathanbellows) said on 30th June 2013, 16:08

    Until the second safety car it was a 1, after that, straight up to 9. I don’t hate Vettel but it’s certainly exciting to see him out of the fight for once, and the safety car turned the last few laps into a desperate sprint for the likes of Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton and Webber.

    I think it’s pretty clear after this weekend that the tyre issue is no longer a debate between what works best with any given car – it’s an issue of track safety. Surely Pirelli have got to do something as soon as they can now. The argument that drivers should be avoiding the kerbs is totally invalid in my opinion, the tyres need to be able to do their job safely. Five tyre failures over the course of a race weekend isn’t acceptable.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th June 2013, 16:10

    I have no sympathy for the drivers who suffered from exploding tyres.

    Firstly, it has been known that this was a potential problem since Sergio Perez suffered a blow-out in free practice. Pirelli investigated and found the problem originated from running over debris. And thanks to the contact st the start, the track was littered with debris.

    Secondly, Pirelli strongly recommended that the teams make adjustments to counter the problem. It is evident that most teams ignored them for the sake of faster lap times. Red Bull once ignored Pirelli’s recommendations for maximum camber settings at Spa, and then found blistering on the tyres that had the potential to compromise their structure, even after Pirelli told them it would happen.

    Finally – and most importantly – the kerbs are not and never were considered part of the circuit. They are a visual representation of the apex of the corner (which is increasingly important in the age of tarmac run-off areas), designed to help drivers position their car on the approach to the corner. They are also a tactile representation of the apex of the corner, designed with a different texture to the surface of the circuit to give drivers a feeling for where their car is positioned relative to the apex of the corner. But they are not part of the circuit itself. So if drivers are suffering tyre blow-outs because they abuse the kerbs and cut the surface of the tyre – especially after they have been told to avoid doing it – then they only have themselves to blame.

  7. Simtek (@anto) said on 30th June 2013, 16:11

    It was a very polarising race from my perspective. The first half was ridiculous and almost unwatchable hoping that there wouldn’t be another blowout. On the other hand the last dozen laps or so saw the best racing of the whole season so far. Overall I gave it a 5/10.

  8. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 30th June 2013, 16:13

    kinda surprised to see so many 9’s. yes the last few laps were epic and Mark should be DOTW. but really ? they should have red flagged the race when 3 delaminations occured.
    man i hope Alo retires from next race because of tyre issues and then we can have some real changes.

    A 1 from me.

  9. Rooney (@rojov123) said on 30th June 2013, 16:14

    3 points for Vettel retiring from the race. 2 points for the awesome drives put in by the drivers to overcome the tyre failures. 3 points for the wheel to wheel racing between the drivers at the latter end of the gp. And, 2 points for Rosberg’s and Webbers effort to come back up the field. 9 points overall.

  10. Glenn (@glennb) said on 30th June 2013, 16:24

    I gave it a 9.
    Enjoyed every minute of it to tell the truth. Hated seeing Webber duff the start again but was on the edge of my seat as he made his way towards the front and ultimately the podium. Nico drove strongly and was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on others misfortunes. He then held it together to win in style. I’m not a Hamilton fan but enjoyed his chase from last. The tyre thing was disappointing and seemed a bit of a lottery. It did however make for a thrilling race although unintentionally. Even Damon’s podium interview was above average for a podium interview.
    Can’t believe I’m saying it but I reckon DOD was Lewis.

  11. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 30th June 2013, 16:30

    Even in this fairly safe era of Formula 1 the drivers put their life on the line every time they get in the car. It is a calculated risk based on many factors of which tires are normally one of the factors. Today we witnessed something beyond the usual accepted risk for tires and yet the race continued anyway. It is not without the realm of possibility that a death or serious injury could have taken place. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the race red flagged for safety reasons, but it continued and there were more as yet unexplained tire explosions. For a sport to have made such huge strides in safety over the years, this would seem to be unacceptable. Formula 1 as a sport and all the drivers were lucky today that nobody was killed or injured. Is that how we wish to proceed? Luck?

    I thought the racing today was quite good, everything considered. Many good stories with drivers coming back after adversity. Hamilton or Vettel may have won without their respective issues. I’m rating this race a 5 only because F1 escaped without hurting anyone. I would rate it a zero, but the drivers who continued to compete under these conditions deserve recognition for doing their job. Now, let Pirelli, the teams, the FIA and Formula 1 do their job and fix this problem before somebody does get hurt. Injury and death do not appeal to real racing fans. There is already too much of that in everyday life. F1 should be fun.

    (stepping off the soapbox now)

  12. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 30th June 2013, 16:30

    A 9 for me but I’m confilicted about giving it because of the tyres flying off. We really need new ones.

  13. Abuelo Paul (@abuello-paul) said on 30th June 2013, 16:32

    This race would have been quite exciting in its own right with several drivers having to recoup placings. Webber was doing well, Di Resta moving nicely up the listings and tyre stops, strategies and fuel loads would have made a great race. The tyre situation during the early stages almost ruined the British GP. No doubt. Top drivers suffering sudden blowouts, safety cars slowing down the pack and causing bunching. All put the drivers on edge, and messages from the wall didn’t help.
    I may be wrong on this next point, please feel free to correct politely.
    With Goodyear when a tyre picked up a puncture, or started to de laminate, the tyre just deflated then began to shred during the slow in lap. The only time I remember seeing one actually explode was Mansell in Australia, costing him the world championship that year. I think Pirelli have a serious problem with the bonding compound. If a tyre shreds in seconds when it gets a small cut or nick it is potentially lethal.

  14. Jason (@jason12) said on 30th June 2013, 16:40

    Another DNF from Vettel would be great, as the Merc resolves it’s race pace.

  15. F1fanNL (@) said on 30th June 2013, 16:41

    It was dissappointing to see the British ‘fans’ reduce themselves to soccer fans in terms of sportsmanship. It seems the only thing these ‘fans’ are capable of now is cheering when a competitor fails.

    It was terrible to see 4 tyres blow up on different parts of the track

    It was typical to see Vettel lose yet another victory through no fault of his own with Alonso taking full advantage of it. I was rather surprised though in how Alonso admitted he was extremely lucky today. None of his usual “I drove 120%” bullcrap.

    As for the last and so called ‘redeeming’ part of the race, I don’t enjoy seeing guys on completely fresh tyres overtaking others on old tyres… Those are simple drive-by’s. I most definitely won’t call that amazing driving. Webber and Alonso wouldn’t have been close to the podium without the 2 SC’s. But if that’s what the rest of the so called fans want then who am I to judge…

    A well deserved 1 for this ridiculous lotery.

    • 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 30th June 2013, 18:11

      I’m biased of course but it was disappointing that fans in the UK are so keen to cheers when a foreigner retires rather than cheers for their guys getting good results… but Seb is champion because unlike us, he just ignores it and wins the next one- it’s probably the biggest compliment- they boo him because they know he’s the best and when he’s out it gives everyone else a chance

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