Rate the race: 2013 Korean Grand Prix

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Korean Grand Prix.

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  • 8 (33%)
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220 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Korean Grand Prix

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  1. Strontium (@strontium) said on 6th October 2013, 16:56

    That Red Bull win was certainly boring, but the 4th place battle…!!

    What a race. Best this season – and people say Korea is boring!

    Firstly, I’ll start with Massa. Very desperate manoeuvre into turn 3, nearly wiping out 3 people plus himself. Several damaged front wings caused by the avoiding action. That said, he did manage to pitch it into a spin (although whether that was intentional or not is another matter) rather than clumsying into the side of everyone. Massa, however, had a reasonable race after that.

    Sutil on the other hand, a similar accident, but worse. I feel sorry for Webber, his race wasn’t so bad until that.

    Perez shouldn’t have got away with pushing several cars off, plus the accident with Massa was just stupid. It’s a shame the stewards have let him get away with it AGAIN! Although that tyre failure was almighty scary! I feel sorry for Webber who had just pitted and got a puncture. Pirelli (and whoever else) can blame the lock up all they want, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was their fault again. The tyre should resist that sort of thing.

    The Lotus battle was exciting, but a shame that they couldn’t fight Vettel. Well done to both of them.

    But what a battle at the end!! And Hulkenberg! A true top driver!!! Get him signed to be in that Lotus immediately! Lotus would be foolish not to.

    Very ironic how the 4 back-markers all got the same penalty (a reprimand), the leading two from each team for the same reason, the losing two for the same reason – and the leading two both getting a 10 place for three reprimands! Certainly odd! And the stewards love these reprimands lately. Suddenly the number of drivers to receive three has doubled!!!!

    Plus di Resta… Well. 5 non-finishes in a row now. Not good. This time was his fault, so annoying!

  2. Lewis raced a stupid final 15 laps, he never once attempted a Slow to go fast maneuver in turn 1; Hulk wore him out by consistently hitting turn two perfectly. Was I the only once to think Alonso got 4 tires completely out of the racing line many times today. He went wide, sometimes very wide on turn 6 all day.

  3. Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 6th October 2013, 17:32

    8/10 Great race – Hamilton’s race fight with Hulkenberg after the safety car was spectacular! Hamilton deserved the win in Korea! Stellar driving! Fantastic result for Hulkenberg.

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 6th October 2013, 18:30

    i’ve got a few things to say

    the race was clearly better than the last few.
    the start was great to watch, and i must say, gutierrez did an awesome move down turn 1. unfortunately for him his race was dead when he lost about 10 places in turn three (thanks to massa). great to see grosjean have a go on hamilton and make it stick. great start from him. then the race became a bit boring with everyone suffering graining and so on.

    paul di crashta has put himself into his (by now) usual place, which would be known as THE WALL. if he doesn’t pull something out of his hat for the next few races, he’s probably a goner for 2014

    the tyre delamination which caused the first safety car can only be blamed on perez. he flatspotted his tyre (which was already pretty much dead) and physics did the rest of the job. i really can’t blame pirelli on this one. it shouldn’t happen, but locking the front tyre for 3-4 seconds straight will kill it, in my view perez has just missed his braking point completely.

    the safety car was just the usual procedure. everyone pits and the safety car stays out for way too long. the lapped-cars-may-now-overtake-and-we-will-wait-until-they-rejoin-the-rest-of-the-field is completely ridiculous. the given reprimands to pic and bianchi show how much even the smaller teams still want the safety car gone as fast as possible. this seems like a pointless rule to me.

    then the restart, absolutely fantastic move from hulkenberg on hamilton (or was that after the second safety car? forgive me if i’m wrong) and what is that, the second force india looses it and takes someone with it. unbelievable. poor mark webber. poor race direction sends out a fire truck ON TRACK? aren’t there roads on the side of the circuit it could’ve taken? seriously, this was the second safety car this year that actually shouldn’t have been a safety car, if it weren’t for the stupidity of race control. (first one being in germany, coincidently both of those safety cars were a huge disadvantage to my favourite driver)

    then again usual procedure, safety car in, vettel pulls away and so on. the last few laps had me really excited, the battle for 4th position was so tense and entertaining to watch. what an astounding drive from everyone’s favourite nico hulkenberg. driver of the weekend, no doubt. sauber is back.

    i gave this race a 8/10. i don’t really care for the race to appear in the 2014 calendar allthough the stands looked more occupied this year.

  5. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 6th October 2013, 18:31

    @freelittlebirds Stellar drives today came from Grosjean and Hulkenberg. Not even Alonso as is usually the case because though the car lacked pace today, it just felt like there was an extra tenth on the table. But what was “stellar” about Hamilton today?

    • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 6th October 2013, 19:09

      You mean besides holding back Alonso’s attempts to pass him and fighting with Hulkenberg for 10 laps and even passing him for a split second?

      Wasn’t that almost the entire race of Korea?

      The whole thing was reminiscent of Austin Texas where Hamilton fought for the entire race to pass Vettel and Vettel at the end was clapping because Hamilton gave an insane performance.

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a car put so much pressure on another driver while being under pressure by a world class driver from another team.

  6. tkcom (@tkcom) said on 6th October 2013, 18:36


    I think RBR should consider making their car less dominant because a runaway P1 doesn’t get them TV time!

  7. CeeVee (@ceevee) said on 6th October 2013, 18:40

    Another weekend, another race that promised much but ultimately failed to deliver anything but a high-speed train of half-hearted passing attempts. Like watching the Red Arrows week-in, week-out. The first time it’s exciting to watch the closely controlled application of power and the precise formations but I wouldn’t want to watch it every week. F1 has become like that lots of percise applications of power and close formation driving but it’s not very exciting when the formation on the last lap is the same as the one many laps before. So fewer high-speed trains more actual overtaking and pack-shuffling please.

  8. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 6th October 2013, 21:22

    it only really got fun in the second half of the race, it was just lacking that real fight for the win

  9. Brian (@bforth) said on 6th October 2013, 21:45

    Even with the tyre-saving and lack of challenge for first place, this was still a rather entertaining race–a bit of a circus with some good racing. Sparking wings, pirouettes, a good amount of overtaking and defending, and great driving from the Hulk and, up until Kimi got him flustered, Grosjean. Watching Hamilton fight to get around GRO and then Hulk while holding off other drivers was a great show.
    Best moment might have been the five car fight with Perez, Massa, Gutierrez and the two Williams boys. Either that or the blunder with the fire vehicle. Danger aside, the whole situation was comical. Solid 8.

  10. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 6th October 2013, 22:08

    Up front, a deadly boring Vettel-fest, again. Behind him I don’t see it as more than a superbly competent job by Hulkenberg stopping a number of faster WDCs from overtaking for fear of ruining (or blowing up) overly fragile tyres. It’s nowadays impossible to drive for any time in dirty air without extreme tyre degradation — or the nose falling off ;=}

  11. ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 7th October 2013, 3:36

    8 out of 10- an entertaining, if not bizarre, race. I wish that they could pick this track up and put it down in France or Finland or somewhere that deserves a GP. Vettel was impeccable, Hulk was incredible, but the highlight for me was Grojeans t-shirt worthy radio banter after being passed by Kimi. Laugh Out Loud!

  12. I wonder how people rate a really good race, if 8 and 9 seems to be the most common rating amongst the comments….
    In my opinion, 10 is given to an outstanding race. Battles and exitement all over the place.
    5 and 6 is a medioker race.
    1 is for a prosession from start to finnish.

  13. PJA (@pja) said on 8th October 2013, 13:16

    I gave it a 6.

    It seemed like it would be another boring race with hardly any excitement until the safety cars and the battle between Helkenberg, Hamilton and Alonso and some others late on.

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