Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Rate the race: 2013 Belgian Grand Prix

2013 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. Felt like a 3 but thinking about it there was quite a lot of interest away from the front, the was another stunning Alonso drive, and sadly for DiResta fairly dramatic prang at the bus stop.
    A 6 from me then.
    Shame that Vettel seems to be just to far ahead to be caught now. Without reliability issues he just had to keep finishing to win the title. Alonso and Hamilton will close the gap but not by enough to pressure Red Bull into making mistakes. The battle between ALO and HAM for second looks like being the interesting point for the rest of the season. I think they will both take wins over Vettel but in taking points of each other they will ultimately make his title victory easier.

  2. 6/10.
    * Great drive from Vettel and Alonso but…
    * Predictably brainless use of DRS ruining the beauty of Spa.
    * Good battles further down, but at the front it might just as well be a time trial due to said DRS. When will this turd of a system end?

  3. 4 – Struggled to keep watching for most of the race.
    First two laps were ok, a couple of interesting laps after the first pit stop but the rest of the race was boring and even a multi-car crash couldn’t bring any excitement to what was one of the worst GP’s I’ve ever watched.

    Stewards deserve a special mention for being consistently poor.

  4. I’m starting to think that Spa is very similar to Monaco. Both are extraordinary places to watch a Formula 1 car blast around the circuit, but both will rarely put on an exciting Grand Prix without the assistance of rain. Now that I think about it, I do struggle to recall the last time a dry Belgian Grand Prix was a thriller.

    I gave this race a 4/10. This race was very comparable with this year’s Canadian Grand Prix. I felt like I spent the whole race waiting for something to happen, and in the end, nothing did.

    1. 2009 Belgian GP was fully dry with Raikkonen and Fisichella battling it out lap after lap for the lead

      1. I don’t recall finding that race particularly thrilling, though. Once Raikkonen had KERS’d his way past Fisi on the restart, he just held him at arms length for the rest of the race. It never looked like Fisichella had much of a chance.

  5. 6/10 – basically as low as my scores go without Pirelli tyre blows.

    Lots of potential, because I think the grid was set up for loads of exciting battles. GP2 and GP3 this morning showed that a race at Spa without rain can be extremely exciting, but I often found myself in the position knowing that the battle would be decided by DRS in the end. Hamilton admitting he let Alonso pass to get DRS was basically the nail in the coffin.

    To be honest, I can look past a boring race: in the Schumacher era, I just loved watching the cars, hearing the sound, it just had a smell to it that I massively enjoyed. Formula 1 today feels way too clean, too scripted. Every aspect of it just looks coordinated, with the occasional Greenpeace protester adding a dash of unpredictability.

    On a positive note, Spa-Francorchamps is magnificent. Such a beautiful track and environment. Unfortunately there is way too much run-off area, for instance at Eau Rouge, Stavelot, the unnamed corner, Blanchimont, Pouhon and la Source. If you saw the Porsche race this morning, literally every driver cut the track at every corner, but no one got penalized. Why Gutierrez was the only F1 driver to get a penalty today for track limits is a complete mystery to me.

  6. Why did Raikonnen get 20 seconds behind Alonso after they’ve both did their first pitstop when he was 4 seconds behind him before the pitstop? What happened? The pitstop was not broadcasted.

    1. wondered that too…

    2. I think they did check his brakes.

      1. Wondered about this too. @vettel1 – Brake check was the only thing that made sense to me outside of a botched stop. Surprised it got no coverage since Raikkonen was in 5th place (I think) before the stop and came out around 16th.

        1. @bullmello yea it is slightly strange – I don’t even recall seeing a graphic indicating the pit stop time

        2. That said @bullmello @f1lauri his pit stop wasn’t much slower than average.

          28th: Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus
          Pit Stop Time: 23.744 Gap To Best: 1.300 Lap: 14

          That was his only pit-stop before retiring, so it obviously must’ve been something on-track. The total pit-lane time was almost completely ordinary.

          Blizzare he would’ve lost that much time – perhaps his brake problems coupled with low top speed and being stuck in traffic just lost him a heap of time?

          1. @vettel1 – Must have been bad timing and traffic on his stop because he lost 8 positions. On the lap charts Kimi went from 5th to 13th on laps 14 to 15. The average drop in positions for the first pit stops was closer to 5, even less for Alonso who only lost 2 spots on his first stop. I guess timing is everything.

    3. The reason is for once ferrari timed alonsos stop perfectly, he wasn’t dropped back into a lot of traffic in either of his stops. Plus the only traffic he had to deal with, he did so promptly, whilst kimi was having a hard time overtaking anyone. I think lotus were expecting rain, as even with drs open, kimis car never hit the limiter. But his response and corner speeds were both very good. Kimi was struggling to match felipe near the end there, he’d catch up to him in sector two, and then felipe would pull almost a full second in sector three, making it almost impossible for kimi to even get a chance to pass. The drs also seemed useless on kimis car, another product of high downforce setup for wet weather, as felipe was hitting the same speed on kemmel, even though kimi had drs and a tow, and felipe was in clean air. Sorry bout the big answer, but I hope that helped you understand kimis lack of performance.

  7. Spa always has the potential to provide a good race but seems to fail on the day. Just goes to prove that a straight race without incident, safety car, weather etc can only be called a procession of the top drivers and a slow caravan of the also rans. When the qualy times are so close in the top 12 drivers, how can the intervals be so dramatic after only a few laps, and then in the middle ratings, when a decent racing battle gets our attention the idiots with limited experience try too hard and take out a far superior driver. I was left sadly bored and unstisfied today.

  8. Gave it a 5. Pretty much a complete yawnfest and disappointing race to mark the start of the 2nd half of the season.

  9. Race was boring as it was spa n it didnt hav the Raikkonen factor in it…4

  10. After a very exciting qually, the race itself was very flat, however it is Spa so gets a bonus point – a 7 for me.

    1. Agreed, I upped my initial 6 to 8 — only so Bernie doesn’t get tempted to take Spa off the calendar.

  11. The race wasn’t that amazing, especially for the lead. It was interesting to follow the midfield and where the backmarkers were, considering their grid positions.

    Some good overtaking (Kimi on many people, Vergne vs. Hulkenberg, Alonso on Webber on lap 1), some bad (DRS is becoming increasingly tedious, Perez trying to force off Grosjean, Maldonado not using his mirrors) but I still enjoyed the first 2/3rds of it much more than most races of the 00’s. A 7 for me.

  12. 8/10
    I thought it was an excellent race; was no-one watching Sutils race??
    What’s with the really low rankings?

    1. 1 word, 6 letters, 197 points.

      1. This is rate the race though; not the championship so far.
        Therefore, you should only judge a race by what happens within the race; external factors should be ignored (the championship).

        1. Thank you, I agree. I gave it an 8 too. Sad how many people expect a different winner at every race, constant lead changes, and then complain that drs is too powerful, despite a lot of overtakes happening after a battle for a few laps. I think people rate the race based on outside factors, like you mentioned, the championship standings, and based on how their favourite driver/team went…

  13. Decent, but not a great race at Spa. Still, if I had a bucket list, going to an F1 race at Spa would be tops.

    There was some decent action in the mid-pack consistently. Some good battles higher up even if not for the lead. Biggest disappointment, Kimi’s retirement and the end of his streak. Glad his apparent brake failure didn’t end in a worse way.

    Good drives by Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. Red Bull certainly had the right aero strategy for this race, but Vettel still had to drive it home. Hope Alonso or Hamilton can challenge him and make it a points race to the end of the season.

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  15. 7/10

    A pretty boring race..Once Vettel passed Lewis,it was a procession of his RBR..And with no rain to spice up things,it did not live up to the hype..

    And the DRS made overtaking a joke…!!!Everyone with DRS behind easily overtook the front ones..I like DRS, but at tracks like SPA,where it has wide layoffs and track which makes overtaking easy,I would recommend only 1 DRS zone..2 zones made it too easy..
    Because of this reason,the passes made in places where DRS zone was not there(Eg:- sector 2) seemed more entertaining than Sectors 1 and 3..
    I would have given this race an 8 , had Kimi not retired from the race..Now,vettel is running away with title,with one of his 3 main opponents having a bad day..All eyes on 2nd in Drivers’ championship now..

  16. DRS passes spoiled it for me. Seemed an ok race, but didn’t light any fires. Hoped drivers would be able to push harder, but that didn’t materialise. Still tyre saving and holding station. Not enpugh coverage of mid-grid backwards and their strategies, which would have been good to see drivers put out of position straightening themselves out.

  17. It was OK. Vettel was imperious and that always spells boredom for me. Some exciting wheel-to-wheel stuff with three cars going into eau rouge and four cars going into the bus stop together.

  18. Like most of 2013, Spa was: Boring-Yawn-Snooze. Reminds me of the 2002 and 2004 season. Painfully boring stuff.

  19. 1st time that i have posted here, been a long time reader though.

    i would rate it a 4-10 & one of the main reasons for this is the drs system which i have grown increasingly tired of.

    i was open minded about drs when it was brought in but over the past few seasons i have grown tired of how easy its made things.
    overtaking should be a core skill, thats one of the things that separates the great from the good & sadly i think the drs has lowered the skill required to overtake & therefore devalued the thrill of overtaking.

    in past seasons you saw drivers like lewis hamilton, juan montoya & others pull off thuly brilliant overtaking moves & that made races worth watching & you could always see the skill of overtaking.
    now all everyone has to do is get within 1 second, open there drs & they get driven past the car ahead with ease. you can no longer see the guys who are great overtakers do there thing because everyone is able to overtake more easily.

    you look at other series like gp2, you see some great racing & brilliant overtaking there & you know the driver doing the overtaking had to really work for it & you really appreciate the overtaking you see because there all very exciting to watch.

    in f1 with the drs now you see so much overtaking & so much of it is made very easy with drs that its not exciting to watch anymore, its all very tedious watching straght line overtakes with 1 car artificially made 10mph faster because they can drop drag while the lead car cannot.

    i have been a long time f1 fan since the 1970s but recently i find myself losing some interest & the drs is playing a big part of that sadly. if the drs remains i may find myself turning off for good because i am no longer enjoying the racing & sort of overtaking is is producing :(

    1. I agree unfortunately, if F1 continues like this I don’t see myself watching it in say five years’ time.

      1. Totally agree. Gave it a while now its come to a head and is quickly putting me off a sport that used to be everything to me!

  20. 9. This was a much less DRS-fest than 2011.

    I wonder how much rating this race would get if Hamilton won instead…

    1. @wsrgo I’m a Vettel fan and gave it a 6! The DRS was just unnecessary IMO – we saw drivers clearly had the pace to overtake without it on many occasions.

    2. This was a much less DRS-fest than 2011.

      There was more DRS-Generated passes today than there was in 2011/2012.

      So it was actually more of a DRS-fest than past years.

      1. Actually, that’s not what I meant. There were less simple overtakes using DRS in 2013. Anyway, we saw people passing down at Rivage and Leige corners too, not what you see every year at Spa.

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