Rate the race: 2013 Belgian Grand Prix

2013 Belgian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013What did you think of the today’s race? Share your verdict on the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (4%)
  • 2 (3%)
  • 3 (6%)
  • 4 (11%)
  • 5 (17%)
  • 6 (24%)
  • 7 (19%)
  • 8 (8%)
  • 9 (3%)
  • 10 (3%)

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188 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Belgian Grand Prix

  1. Dizzy said on 25th August 2013, 14:37

    2/10 purely because of the ridiculous gimmick known as DRS.

    How many more races does that stupid thing have to completely destroy before its finally banned?
    Its just getting stupid now this year as its been far too effective all year as the massive increase in # of DRS highway passes shows.

    Boring, artificial gimmick thats the killer of racing & real, exciting, hard fought overtaking!


    • Don’t agree with the rating but absolutely agree over banning DRS – there were several occasions where drivers didn’t overtake at certain places because the DRS zones followed. Maybe it works on some tracks, but it was absolutely pointless here.

      • Breno (@austus) said on 25th August 2013, 16:19

        Second time this year Hamilton slowed down to use DRS on Alonso too. It didnt work, so I hope Hamilton changes strategies, because this is a pretty bad one.

        • JP (@jonathanproc) said on 25th August 2013, 16:39

          @austus Alonso would have easily got past him on the straight with DRS though. So if anything staying behind at the hairpin kept him closer to Alonso than if he let Alonso get DRS.

          • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 26th August 2013, 10:42

            @jonathanproc, I agree, Hamilton would have been a sitting duck on the straight, so this was the best try. I’d like to see their onboard graphics of the overtake. Was Alonso able to hit the rev limiter simply by emptying his KERS? Did Hamilton empty his KERS in addition to the DRS, or didn’t he think it would be necessary? Was Hamilton’s top speed too low because of the rev limiter?

            In any case, I found it very strange that Hamilton wasn’t able to get ahead of Alonso, as he seemed to have a near-perfect run on him. Would anyone have been able to overtake Fernando on the straight?

  2. TMF (@tmf42) said on 25th August 2013, 14:37

    All in all not very exciting but a solid race with a few good battles. DRS zone was too long though.

  3. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 25th August 2013, 14:39

    Vettel showing why overtaking at first turn before DRS enabled is key to win.

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th August 2013, 15:12

      Hamilton had such low top speed on the long Kemmel that he never had any defense against Vettel even without DRS.

      Then he tried to trick Alonso by letting him past in La Source hoping to get back past with DRS on Kemmel. Hamilton’s Mercedes wasn’t faster at all than the Ferrari even when Hamilton had the benefit of DRS. They simply had too much wing on.

    • @patrickl I don’t think it was that bad – the main reason why Vettel made such huge gains on Hamilton was he saved all his KERS (used none at the start) then got a really good run through Eau Rouge to pick up the slipstream instantly.

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th August 2013, 15:55

        They are not allowed to use KERS at the start and Hamilton was well ahead after the first meters. They both had the same mount of KERS.

        Hamilton did make a slight mistake in Eau rouge though, so yeah that didn’t help him.

        • @patrickl ehm, yes they are? In fact that is one of it’s main uses?

          • *its

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th August 2013, 16:05

            No they aren’t. Probably because of too much risk for traction control solutions. Only when they are above a certain speed it’s allowed.

            They have too much power available already, so it would be completely pointless heaping KERS on top of engine power then anyway.

          • @patrickl they don’t use it in first gear because it would be stupid. They can use it after that though as they please, so yes they can use KERS at the start.

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th August 2013, 18:29

            Well, that’s not “AT the start”. They can use it quickly after yes, but in this case that would be stupid because, as I explained already, there is no run to the first corner for KERS to be of any use and Hamilton was well ahead already.

          • @patrickl I’ve never heard of the start being defined as solely the first 20m haha! The start usually at least defines to the first corner…

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th August 2013, 19:41

            I didn’t say 20 meters. Anbd then you make up some bs definition of your own? Start is the start. When the lights go. There is no distance. At best you could say it’s until they cross the line, but that’s for rolling starts.

            Just stop making up nonsense trying to prove a point that was made up nonsese to begin with. Vettel did NOT overtake Hamilton because he was the only one to keep his kers.

            It’s just nonsense. Knock. It. Off.

        • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 25th August 2013, 17:37

          Only if you only call the first 20 meters the start. F1 cars are traction limited when accelerating from a standstill so KERS would hurt, not help. Once the downforce increases, they can use their full power including KERS.

        • ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 25th August 2013, 18:39

          Yes, they are absolutely allowed to use KERS at the start. Most drivers do.

      • JP (@jonathanproc) said on 25th August 2013, 16:42

        @vettel1 Hamilton used the majority of his KERS to defend as well. He only stopped using it after Vettel had passed him to keep it for later in the lap. So that’s definitely not “the main reason” Vettel gained on him.

  4. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 25th August 2013, 14:39

    5, quite boring race.
    Great drives from the top 3 (as usual), especially Vettel.
    Alonso and Hamilton also took everything out of the car.
    Nice to see the top 3 drivers on the podium, and nice to see Hamilton and Vettel being friendly after the race.

  5. nmsi (@nmsi) said on 25th August 2013, 14:40

    better than some and some great battles. Should have been 3 laps shorter as nothing happened in the end. so 6.
    +1 for classic podium for 3 of the best drivers of current era.

  6. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 25th August 2013, 14:40

    5. Boring.

  7. evered7 (@evered7) said on 25th August 2013, 14:42

    Good to see Ferrari gaining some pace. But a very dominant performance by Vettel in a dominant car. Unfortunate that Webber was stuck behind Rosberg.

    Just thinking that had Vettel not got past Hamilton in that first lap, it would have been the same case with him too. From where did he find that speed in the middle of the lap is confusing.

    Massa driving a solid race to end 7th while disappointed for Kimi to have his point scoring run ended in a disappointing manner. Alonso will look to win Monza to close the gap to Vettel but a lot more is required from Ferrari to challenge RB.

  8. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 25th August 2013, 14:43

    5/10. The race that promised lot but delivered nothing. The most memorable thing was the stupid protest, which will probably make me laugh for years to come.

  9. PeterGH said on 25th August 2013, 14:43

    DRS really needs to be banned, how anyone can find any of the DRS passes anything other than totally & utterly boring & dull is beyond me!

    There is literally nothing even remotely exciting or interesting about any of the DRS passes, There all far too easy, very uneventful & ridiculously boring to watch occur.

    I want to see some real overtaking again, Not this stupid push of a button motorway drive-by artificial rubbish passing!

  10. Stretch (@stretch) said on 25th August 2013, 14:45

    What makes Spa is the unpredictability of the wet. 5

  11. Diceman (@diceman) said on 25th August 2013, 14:45

    Gave it a 4. Very boring race.

  12. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 25th August 2013, 14:45


    Not a bad race, but not great either.
    Firstly, Perez did NOT deserve that penalty.

    I’m not convinced that Mark and Seb are driving equal machinery. Seb is better than Mark, but not 32 seconds better. Not to take anything away from Seb, he drove very well, and controlled the race for 99% of the 308 kilometres.

  13. fangio85 (@fangio85) said on 25th August 2013, 14:45

    Eight. At least on par with the best races of the year, all it needed was some rain with ten laps to go to see the ferrari and mercs use their extra downforce to make a race for the lead, and it would have been perfect. Love spa! Can’t believe people saying it was boring! Loved it, and that’s from a ferrari man. Top drive from vettel, nice and smooth and controlled. Excellent from Alonso, some ballsy overtakes and very great race craft and start as usual.

  14. CeeVee (@ceevee) said on 25th August 2013, 14:45

    Qualification promised so much, but the race came up very short. Dull, dull, dull 3/10.

  15. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 25th August 2013, 14:47

    Sky just said booing was because of protesters and not Vettel? What a …

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