2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

Row 1 1. Mark Webber 1’39.957
Red Bull
2. Sebastian Vettel 1’40.075
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Nico Rosberg 1’40.419
4. Lewis Hamilton 1’40.501
Row 3 5. Nico Hulkenberg 1’40.576
6. Romain Grosjean 1’40.997
Row 4 7. Felipe Massa 1’41.015
8. Sergio Perez 1’41.068
Row 5 9. Daniel Ricciardo 1’41.111
Toro Rosso
10. Fernando Alonso 1’41.093
Row 6 11. Paul di Resta 1’41.133
Force India
12. Jenson Button 1’41.2
Row 7 13. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’41.279
Toro Rosso
14. Pastor Maldonado 1’41.395
Row 8 15. Valtteri Bottas 1’41.447
16. Esteban Gutierrez 1’41.999
Row 9 17. Adrian Sutil 1’42.051
Force India
18. Giedo van der Garde 1’43.252
Row 10 19. Charles Pic 1’43.528
20. Max Chilton 1’44.198
Row 11 21. Jules Bianchi* 1’43.398
22. Kimi Raikkonen** 1’40.542

*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.
**Sent to back of the grid for failing a technical inspection

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60 comments on 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:06

    Stewards to announce that they’ve deleted a number of times from the session due to exceeding track limits in three…two…one…

  2. Great lap Webber!

    …and now he will retire due to the curse of the pole sitter :P

  3. Nick (@nick-uk) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:07

    Mark’s diary for this week.

    1) Arrive in Abu Dahbi
    2) Get in the car
    3) ?
    4) Profit

  4. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:07

    Phenomenal lap by Webber. I hope his start off the line tomorrow is as good. Unsurprising that the Ferraris are where they are, the car’s looked horrible all weekend. Hulkenberg once again showing his quality. I expect a giant killing performance from him tomorrow!

  5. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:08

    lewis spinning : not scary :P

  6. Oletros (@oletros) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:11

    Awesome lap by Webber

  7. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:13

    Great job Webber (shame his KERS will fail on lap 34) and Hulkenberg. Very close quali between Lewis and Britney!

  8. This is the first time Webber has out qualified Vettel entirely on merit this season, isn’t it?

  9. scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:14

    I wonder what all the ppl who has Romain has become faster than Kimi are saying now.

    • Meander (@meander) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:17

      That he probably still is. One qualifying session is no reason for opinions to sway one way or the other anyhow.

    • They’ve also diverged on chassis: Räikkönen has the short wheelbase car and Grosjean the long, which could explain it.

      • But isn’t it so that they have been telling that long wheelbase is faster than short wheelbase and running that longwheelbase for last 5-6 races ?

    • Bosley (@bosley) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:25

      @scuderia_fan85 Yellow flags ruined Grosjeans and Perez’s last run.

    • Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:50

      it’s the other way around on short wheelbase. Kimi mastered it while Romain struggled. sometimes you just can’t compare any driver -even they are/were teammates- because they like different setups. but of course, adaptability is one of the attribute of great ones.
      opinions are opinions, not proving anything, cheers! (from: kimi fan)

    • It was down to experience.
      Kimi already know that by using shorter car he would have easier 3rd sector, that can save some tires. Looks like Grosjean went 4x in soft so nowhere near Kimi even without yellow flag, 0.2s down already after 1st sector and falling fast.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd November 2013, 15:51

        I would rather think its more about Kimi not feeling great with how the long WB car handles so he reverted to the old one, while Grosjean had a good pace on the longer WB car so stuck with it.
        Kimi got back to where he was before, Grosjean is still very good, but we have to take into account that his fastest lap was probably hurt by that yellow flag (Kimi did improve his lap as he was a bit further up the track, I guess). And maybe the shorter WB car is better fit for the carpark part of this track too.

    • Dion (@infinitygc) said on 2nd November 2013, 19:12

      Grosjean had both Gearbox-issues and vibration-issues in Q3, the latter being caused by some of the garage-floor sticking to his tires (yes, you read that right).

  10. SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:16

    Incredible from Webber. Glad to see Hulkenberg in P6.

  11. Sam (@) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:16

    As a Webber fan it aren’t really good times. Makes me enjoy these even more, standing in front of my TV cheering out loud while I’m alone at home. Brings a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

    In my predictions I set the pole lap to be 1:39:900, sadly I doubted it would come from Webber but I couldn’t care less now.

  12. Jack (@jmc200) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:19

    First time Webber beats Vettel on merit this year. Di Resta well over half a second faster than Sutil, wow. Raikkonen fights back against Grosjean. Ricciardo smashes Vergne again, as does Perez against Button. I really hope Massa gets a seat next year, he’s still quick!

  13. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:20

    Can anyone confirm what is broken in Lewis’ car ? Can he run with it or will he be starting from the back . I don’t want his gearbox to fail in the middle of the race . Please ….anything but that deja vu

    • Mads (@mads) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:26

      No idea what is broken, but he can’t start the race with it tomorrow that is for sure.
      But unless it is a geabox problem (which seems unlikely, due to the nature of the spin) they can replace it and his starting position will remain.

    • Krichelle (@krichelle) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:27

      Lewis said that he had a snap of oversteer as he exited the turn 11-12 chicane, then the car just went lost so nothing much too worry, what is worrying is this:
      Lewis’ last sector times: S1: 17.7; S2: 42.4 ; S3 stop.
      Rosberg’s last sector times: S1: 17.9; S2: 42.6; S3: 39.9
      Vettel’s last sector times: S1: 17.8 S2: 42.4; S3: 39.9

      Lewis’ spun might have cost him a chance for pole or 2nd place. He was up on Rosberg’s 1.39.4… Had he had a good final sector, which is where he gains most of his time, he could have challenged pole or 2nd place..

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:31

      Thank you guys . I just hope he keeps the position at least . I so wanted him to beat Rosberg this weekend just to return the compliment for the past few grand prix . Would hate to see him stuck behind traffic .

  14. magon4 (@magon4) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:31

    I’m hoping for a Nico Rosberg pole since he was advised not to go over in the last curve before the start straight, while Webber and Vettel compensated their disadvantage in the last sector by doing just that. Pole for Nico would be fair, I reckon.

  15. Glenn (@glennb) said on 2nd November 2013, 14:36

    Congrats to Mark. Coming from .5 sec down to nearly .5 sec up when it mattered. I thought Seb was crying during the interview until it occurred to me that he was sweating his nuts off :) Well done to Nico too. Pity Lewis couldn’t keep it together but hats off for giving it everything. With Mark’s starting performance, car reliability and ability to make the tyres last, I can’t see him losing this one ;)
    Good luck to all your drivers tomorrow.

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