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Rate the race: 2013 Indian Grand Prix

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2013What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Indian Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Indian Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 3 (3%)
  • 4 (5%)
  • 5 (8%)
  • 6 (21%)
  • 7 (20%)
  • 8 (18%)
  • 9 (10%)
  • 10 (6%)

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  1. Average race.

    But massively better than previous Indian GPs. Not that says a lot, tho.

    1. I agree. 5 for me.

      Nice way to this years Indian GP to say the least. Solid race for Checo and Grosjean but not much action otherwise.

    2. Yep. I gave it a 6

    3. Quite boring 6/10. Some nice moments though.

    4. Gave it a 6 as well. I was thrilled with the result but this rating is about the race itself – not how a driver finished.

    5. The constant leaving of the track ruined it for me. JEV passed a car by going fully of the track and it wasnt even looked into.

      Also Charlie’s pre race comments showed he has perhaps come to the end of his time in that role. Lovely bloke as he is. On this subject was just wrong.

      On the edge of track problem, am i the only one that sees an easy solution?

      Put 5 meters of (real) grass on the edge of every kerb. Then have your 1km tarmac run off if you so wish. But that small bit of grass will stop anyone using it as ‘track’ Problem solved.

    6. I found it amusing that at one point the comentator mentioned a car running in dirty air and the TV shot panned back and showed all the pollution. I think all the people at the track were in dirty air today.

    7. Me too, 5, I thought of giving it an extra point for Sebs doughnuts but technically that was post-race.

    8. Bit dull really… not much action…

      The only interest was seeing how the different strategies worked out but that didn’t generate any action on the track…


    9. At the moment the vote is around a 6.4 rating, which I think is far too high for what was a particularly boring race.

  2. 7. Keeping up with the different strategies was interesting, not to mention a few tangles at the end of the back straight. How did Sutil 1 stop?

    1. Very strong races by Perez (nice to see that!) and Grosjean, Vettel had it under control.
      Since it’s historical, and their were some nice battles, it is an 8.

  3. 5/10 Very average. A few good parts of the race, but really nothing special.

    1. second to that

    2. WDC clinched, tyres that lasted no more than 5 laps, lots of overtakes, lots of different strategies.. Yeah, nothing unusual

      1. @dragoll WDC means nothing to the race, tyres lasting that long is ridiculous, most were DRS snorefest overtakes, strategies were the only good point, hence the 5/10.

        1. I see no problem really with primes able to last all race long, at least if you have significantly faster options that do not last so long. What I find ridiculous is the rule that forces you to use both primes and options. I find it unbelievably anencephalic to be forced to change tyres when you do not need to.

          1. By ‘lasting that long’ I meant the fact that the options lasted only a small amount of time. What’s the point of having a tyre that causes you to pit after only a few laps?

        2. @philereid

          WDC means nothing to the race

          So you are suggesting that Japan 89 and 91 would have rated lowly as races? They decided championships, the races themselves weren’t great, but I do recall they had some sort of talking point.
          Surely the end goal (WDC & WCC) should figure in the rating of a race? Just like Brazil last year, and a couple of years before that.

          1. @dragoll I think if the WDC is actually being fought for between two drivers (or more), then it can raise excitement in the race through anticipation (for example, as you say, Brazil 2012). The race still would have been amazing regardless, but that definitely put it over the top.
            In this case, it didn’t really make any difference.

      2. Softs lasted 15 laps on the Lotus and Force India, McLaren were fine on it too. Good scoring opportunities missed for Raikkonen and Button.

    3. I was about to give 5/10, very boring with Alonso ruining his race at lap 1, but the donuts from Vettel at the end were great, a ended up giving 6/10

      1. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
        27th October 2013, 11:44

        @favomodo Actually Alonso wasn’t really at fault for that, Webber veered towards Alonso when he had contact with Grosjean! So nobody’s fault really !

      2. Good to know people are already blaming Alonso.

        1. Blaming Alonso wasn’t exactly the point I was trying to make, seemed like a typically start incident, but the consequence was that the only person besides Webber who could make this race interesting was eliminated in the first lap…

      3. It was Webber’s fault for running over the sausage kerb on the inside of T1, hitting Raikkonen and then backing into Alonso. If Alonso saw his slide coming he could have gone to the inside rather than accelerate, that was his only way of missing Webber, but he would have lost momentum and places.

        It was a shame, as Alonso would’ve led the race on the S-M-M strategy and scored a likely podium as it turned out. Would have been between him, Rosberg or a decent Lotus (without errors Grosjean or still Raikkonen) for the win if Vettel also retired.

        1. I’m a ALO/Ferrari fan, but this time I think was ALO’s fault. It was kinda obvious to me. Webber kept the car straight and ALO was the one going slightly to the left. The cockpit replay was proof enough too: the correction ALO did because of the understeer throw him slightly to the outside, which was enough to touch Webber.

  4. 6. Vettel made a great first stint and after Alonso threat was undone he also managed to make full use of the DRS zone clearing the traffic easily, any single threat there was out there didn’t last enough to see out of the smog. Behind Vettel the race was not as exciting as I wanted it to be there were good strategies out there but not as much wheel to wheel action as in previous years, goodbye India.

  5. Not really a contest. DRS was so strong that the different strategies and being stuck in traffic isn’t a problem.

  6. Decent race, some good wheel to wheel action, but DRS was too powerful, and it lacked a battle for the lead.


  7. 4/10

    Gash race

  8. A historic race obviously. I went with a 8. Loved Grosjean’s climb to the podium, thrilling and of the race for the top 3 to 10 so it was alright as far as races go. And a podium with 3 very happy faces

  9. Today’s race could be called the DRS paradox. We don’t like motorway style passes, like some we saw today. We don’t like seeing cars stuck behind slower cars, like we saw today. The FIA have their hands tied- they’re damned if they have it and damned if they don’t.

    1. Good point there.
      But it seams in this type of *boring* tracks with very long straights, all you need to assure is you’ve got plenty strait line speed.

  10. At least one good thing for Alonso: he can use that ridiculous helmet in the next race…

    1. Ooh, burn!

    2. I laughed way to much being and convicted Alonso Fan

    3. Hahahahahaha…. I can’t wait for Abhu Dhabi.

      1. Would be funny to see that.

  11. Burnout was the best bit :-)

    1. Yup that was the best part of the race and that say a lot about race :P

    2. Yup, the rest was quite boring. I found it quite annoying how nobody really fought Vettel for position when he was making his way through the field, it was like he was passing back markers and they were letting him through. It was probably because they were on a different strategy, but still frustrating to watch.

      Grosjean was very good today, I think he impressed me the most. Perez too.

  12. Like the last few races, it was terribly dull up front. But from 2nd place downwards, it was great. Really enjoyed watching Grosjean and Perez. 7/10

    1. +1. The race deserves 6/7. Seeing Vettel 12th after 4-5 laps… was kinda cool !

  13. 8/10
    Pretty entertaining if you take Vettel’s massive lead out of the question. Grosjean’s recovery from 17th to 3rd was mighty impressive, although admittedly aided by Webber’s retirement and Raikkonen’s poor pit strategy. Speaking of Raikkonen, what the HELL was he doing to Grosjean? Okay, the team screwed your pit strategy but it’s not like they did on purpose, especially when they’re fighting for 2nd in the WCC; he should know be doing that to his teammate who’s lapping a lot quicker, especially with Massa right on their tails. Tsk.

    1. he should not*

    2. Well, Kimi defended his 2nd place, just like Grosjean did in Korea two weeks ago. And when the team ordered him to let Grosjean past, he let him past (in the last corner, on the same lap), which was the sensible thing to do.

      I don’t understand what’s your problem with this?

      1. @tmekt
        Please use your common sense >_>
        In Korea Grosjean was NOT on worn tyres. Here Raikkonen was lapping pretty slowly (Like 2 seconds slower than Grosjean) and he actually dared to put such an aggressive move on his teammate of all people when a Ferrari is right on their tails, a team they’re duelling with for 2nd in the WCC. Surely he does not need the team to tell him that he shouldn’t hold up his teammate? Tsk.

        1. @woshidavid95 – Well, Grosjean’s maneuver in Korea was stupidly aggressive too. I am aware of the state of Kimi’s and Grosjean’s in the respective situations though. I wasn’t trying to argue the situations were 100 % the same, just that both drivers defended their positions (like they are supposed to, Lotus has said that there’s no problem whatsoever with their drivers racing each other).

          Kimi was racing for a position (no matter how worn out your tyres are you simply don’t want to let people past) so unless there are team orders, there’s no point in moving over too easily. Besides, as Grosjean was 2 seconds faster, surely he could’ve found a better place to overtake than an exit of a hairpin? None of this matters though because Kimi obeyed team orders later in the lap.

          1. @tmekt
            Perhaps it was aggressive, but Grosjean definitely did not do something like push Raikkonen off the track. Raikkonen had much less of a reason to race Grosjean here than Grosjean to Raikkonen in Korea (Worn tyres), especially with a Ferrari in hot pursuit. Why delay the inevitable, especially against your teammate? Not wise at all. Of course, in the end it didn’t affect the results but relations will definitely be strained.

    3. @tmekt – I like Kimi but that was a dumb move – the contact with GRO was unnecessary and had nothing to do with defensive driving and was lacking any sense of team-play. The team definitely informed him before that GRO is faster, which would explain the angry team radio.

      1. @tmf42 – It didn’t seem though that there was any actual contact though if you watch the onboard from Grosjean’s perspective. The maneuver was maybe a bit naughty but there’s no doubt Grosjean would have done the same (or any racing driver for that matter).

        We don’t know anything about any timing of radio messages (let’s wait for the radio transcription). All we know now is that curse words were used into both directions and Kimi did clearly move over later in the same lap for Grosjean’s benefit.

    4. It was very stupid from Raikkonen (irrespective of whether it was his team mate or not). He would have seen Grosjean closing at 2 seconds per lap in his mirrors. By defending that hard, he took the last life out of his tyres, which meant he could not stay ahead of Perez and Hamilton. He at least had a small chance to keep one or both of them behind if he had been sensible with Grosjean and Massa.

      1. I mostly agree with you, but doesn’t it sound like things have gone in F1 past the point of rescue? “Kimi, your tyres are so ruined you need to let Grossjean and Massa go past without defending, so maybe you will still be able to finish in front of some other guys”. I’m not blaming Pirelli, they did what they were asked for. But this Formula Pirelli races are infuriating. Gimme rock-hard Bridgestones any day.

        1. + me and a few others.

  14. 7/10
    Good race but because tires and very drastic strategies.
    Pirelli isn’t doing excelent job but this is a lot better races than it could be on Bridgestones.

  15. 7/10. The race was ok.

  16. My judgement is obviously going to be slightly impared right now, but I’m going to say 6. The DRS was too powerful, but for most of the race something was happening, so it never got too boring. The softs were appalling though!

    Condolences to Mark Webber also.

    1. However – if I include the celebrations and it’s historic meaning as some others have done, 8.

      1. @vettel1 Agreed, on both accounts.

  17. Good

    – Interesting start which mixed things up for some drivers
    – Variety of strategies which made the race exciting for about 10 laps
    – Somewhat interesting end


    – Stupidly powerful DRS what made overtaking look ridiculously easy and totally eliminated defensive driving.
    – Circuit design mean there was no where to overtake apart from the stupid DRS zone.
    – Webber retiring while in a certain podium through no fault of his own.

    Yeah I give it a 4

  18. gave it a 7/10, strategic race with a lot of overtakes. still it lacked something. great drives from vettel and once again, grosjean! so gutted for webber.

  19. Actually gave it a 9.

    The race was pretty eventful I think and the strategic battle was very interesting. Similar in ways to classic races like Suzuka 2005.

  20. 6/10
    Mediocre; average. A few nice moments which spared it from a below-6 rating, but not much more.

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