2013 Japanese Grand Prix grid

2013 Japanese Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2013

Row 1 1. Mark Webber 1’30.915
Red Bull
2. Sebastian Vettel 1’31.089
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Lewis Hamilton 1’31.253
4. Romain Grosjean 1’31.365
Row 3 5. Felipe Massa 1’31.378
6. Nico Rosberg 1’31.397
Row 4 7. Nico Hulkenberg 1’31.644
8. Fernando Alonso 1’31.665
Row 5 9. Kimi Raikkonen 1’31.684
10. Jenson Button 1’31.827
Row 6 11. Sergio Perez 1’31.989
12. Paul di Resta 1’31.992
Force India
Row 7 13. Valtteri Bottas 1’32.013
14. Esteban Gutierrez 1’32.063
Row 8 15. Pastor Maldonado 1’32.093
16. Daniel Ricciardo 1’32.485
Toro Rosso
Row 9 17. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’33.357
Toro Rosso
18. Max Chilton 1’34.32
Row 10 19. Giedo van der Garde 1’34.879
20. Charles Pic* 1’34.556
Row 11 21. Jules Bianchi* 1’34.958
22. Adrian Sutil** 1’32.89
Force India

*Ten-place penalty for incurring three reprimands during the season
**Five-place penalty for gearbox change

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126 comments on 2013 Japanese Grand Prix grid

  1. Great effort by Mark – he hasn’t lost his speed then!

    And who said Vettel doesn’t have KERS problems? :P

  2. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 12th October 2013, 7:10

    I’m surprised that both Alonso and Raikkonen got schooled by their teammates today.

    • @kingshark all the top dogs bar Hamilton were out-qualified! I know at least the Red Bull pair are running slightly different set-ups however, so perhaps we’ll be seeing a power shift in the race?

    • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 12th October 2013, 7:36

      Perhaps this pointing towardsa Grosjean-Massa pairing at Lotus next season? However, it was an interesting qualifying session – had a quite a lot of surprises and yet again Hulk is ahead of Alonso. Will we see a repeat of Korea?

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 12th October 2013, 9:46

      I’m not … Grosjean outqualified Raikkonen a lot last year and Massa outqualified Alonso at the last races of 2012.

      I think that a line-up with two relatively weak qualifiers (compared to Lewis or Seb for example) is a bad thing for Ferrari next year. Don’t you think Hülkenberg would be faster on one lap?

      • I think you are just disrespecting Massa and Grosjean’s ability, they are both very fast if not consistent (though the consistency is finally there for Grosjean in qualifying.

  3. Top Job Lewis, putting that dog of a car on 3rd…

  4. Krichelle (@krichelle) said on 12th October 2013, 7:12

    Hopefully, no penalty for Webber because he impeded Perez earlier. Hamilton did a good job to get behind the 2 Blue cars. Grosjean may be to watch in the race. And, Webber needs a good start to maintain the lead to Vettel.

  5. PeterG said on 12th October 2013, 7:13

    with how rubbish webber’s starts are vettel will likely be leading into turn 1 anyway.

  6. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 12th October 2013, 7:14

    And Sebastian Vettel leads the Japan Grand Prix at Turn 1.

  7. NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 12th October 2013, 7:15

    Can someone explain to me why Sutil is last even though he has a 5-place grid penalty, whereas Pic and Bianchi have a 10-plave one?

  8. Swindle94 (@swindle94) said on 12th October 2013, 7:17

    Great lap mark, just hold off vettel into turn 1. Lotus, hurry up and sign hulkenburg. And Alonso better be careful saying that kimi is no faster than massa…(even if grosjean did beat kimi again) still think we’ll see Kimi on the podium somehow

  9. kcarrey (@kcarrey) said on 12th October 2013, 7:18

    will vettel “multi 21″ in this race?

  10. Big mistake by RBR to sign Ricchardio, rookie error in Singapore, poor qualifying in Suzuka

    • PeterG said on 12th October 2013, 7:25

      The mistake he made in Singapore was not a rookie mistake, Many experienced drivers including Webber have done the same in the past.

      As to today, The STR hasn’t looked that good on this track all weekend & he was ahead of JEV when he suffered his fire.
      Also consider that Ricciardo only got 1 lap at the end of q2 as the team checked over his car after JEV’s brake fire.

      • I consider Ricchardio as still a rookie

        • JohnH (@johnrkh) said on 12th October 2013, 7:54

          He can’t be a rookie he’s been racing F1 for two years. he still has more to learn , but there is always more to learn.

        • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 12th October 2013, 8:53

          @noob What’s with the extra ‘h’ in his name? :P

          Also, it’s his second season, so he’s not a rookie. And claiming it’s a mistake to sign someone because of one bad result (qualifying today does not count as he beat JEV, plus the STR was bad today meaning they would never have qualified high), is farcical. We wont know until he’s actually there.

          • @philereid

            What’s with the extra ‘h’ in his name? :P

            Haven’t you heard Alonso pronouncing his name, also I was told by someone here in F1F, that Riccardio is actually an Italian and the correct way to pronounce it is with an ‘h’

          • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 12th October 2013, 10:55

            @noob Eh, but his name is spelled how it is, regardless of how it’s pronounced :P

          • TMF (@tmf42) said on 12th October 2013, 11:06

            @noob – if you wanna be precise his name is Ricciardo not Riccardio :) – but you’re right in Italy they’d pronounce is like the English rich -ardo

  11. Kirill (@sunlounger) said on 12th October 2013, 7:21

    Can anyone clarify whether Vettels’ consecutive laps in the lead streak will continue if he overtakes Webber on the first lap?

  12. PeterG said on 12th October 2013, 7:23

    Looking back to fp1, The Mercedes suffered from horrendous degredation on the options. Lewis did 7 laps & dropped off by 4-5 seconds while both Red Bulls, The Lotus & Ferrari’s remained fairly consistent losing only 1-2 seconds over between 13-15 laps on the options.

  13. Jack (@jmc200) said on 12th October 2013, 7:27

    MARK WIBBA! I really hope he can get a final win. Good job by Massa. Di Resta 6 tenths faster than his team mate in Q1, 9 tenths in Q2. Hopefully that will help him keep his seat. Credit to Chilton, I’m not a fan, but that was a good job.

  14. Good job Mark…. I hope he can keep the lead after T1 tomorrow.. …What happened to Alonso though, did he make a mistake in his last run? he’s 3 tenths off Massa…

    • @puneethvb

      What happened to Alonso though

      He is losing it

      • @noob

        That’s a bold calim to say the least… or maybe you so dearly want Alonso to lose it that you wont leave any opportunity to have a dig at him..:)

        • @puneethvb not a chance Alonso is “losing it”. Massa’s had the advantage in qualifying of late absolutely, but that never was where he is strong. I fully expect him (in normal conditions) to pass Massa quite comfortably in the race!

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 12th October 2013, 8:24


        He is losing it

        That’s what people said after Spa qualifying. Never count out on Alonso delivering a monster drive when you least expect it.

        IMO, while he may not be the fastest over one lap, Alonso is still the king of racecraft and wheel-to-wheel racing.

        • @kingshark

          That’s what people said after Spa qualifying

          I never base my statements for Alonso on qualifying. The reason I said are numeours:

          1. His race in Korea, he did not look his usual self
          2. He has realised the chances of his WDC are slimmer than last year
          3. No support from F.Massa
          4. Coming of Kimi
          5. Failure of Ferrari to improve the car
          6. *This is purely speculation* Maybe he has got a hint that 2014 isn’t going to be good either, that Ferrari might not have a good engine and that carrot from McLaren looks tempting to him.

          • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 12th October 2013, 14:35

            1. That’s a one-off, and not enough to judge (Alonso or any other).
            2. That’s irrelevant.
            3. Also irrelevant.
            4. Also irrelevant.
            5. Also irrelevant.
            6. You see the pattern here.

  15. @keithcollantaine Sutil is classified 17th in the provisional grid on Formula1.com

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