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Rate the race: 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Yas Marina, 2013What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (8%)
  • 2 (4%)
  • 3 (11%)
  • 4 (14%)
  • 5 (19%)
  • 6 (21%)
  • 7 (13%)
  • 8 (6%)
  • 9 (1%)
  • 10 (2%)

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  1. Gave it a 7 but in real it’s only because I am nice in giving out feedbacks. However, DRS in the race showed completely how it is destroying f1. Sad to see Lewis stuck in traffic and Kimi out. Boring race… in total, but not because of Vettel winning… Good job on Rosberg for compensating Hamilton’s traffic issues for Mercedes’ extra points..

  2. Ed Faulkner (@)
    3rd November 2013, 14:55


    I don’t think anyone is happy at the moment in F1, except Vettel and Horner.

    Alonso, Raikkonen, Webber lost interest
    McLaren well off where they should be
    Force India, Lotus financial woes
    Back teams making pretty much zero progress
    Fans not seeing any real competition for some while while paying sky high ticket/TV prices (there’s a pun in there!)

    I love F1 and its sad when its not the spectacle it should be, I just hope that the rule changes, and mixing up of teams/drivers will make it a whole lot better in 2014!!

    1. If anyone is rating this race higher than a 5. I think they need remember the DRS passes. Nobody wanted to pass before the 2nd DRS zones (stupid implementation). Nobody was defending against a pass (need to save tires).

  3. Base Mark of 5
    +1 for close racing at about 3/4 distance
    +1 for Alonso’s late charge
    -1 for DRS
    -1 for Hamilton being held back and Raikonnen not making past T2
    -1 for no challenge for the lead
    -1 for typical Vettel style victory (Big Lap 1 Lead, better stratagy so no traffic)

    = 3 Worst race of the season, maybe one of the worst of the Pirelli era

  4. I’m enjoying these last couple of races, to me F1 isn’t about overtaking, or mixing it up, its about the car/driver package doing the best they can in a race weekend. And this race saw VET dominate the entire field, but also his teammate. Rosberg did really well to finish 3rd and I think Ferrari have given up on the season.

  5. Fell asleep… 2

  6. 7 – There was actually some decent racing in the lower half of the top 10, Massa’s move on Hamilton was brilliant as was Alonso’s bravery when coming out of the pits. But it is very difficult to get too enthused when Vettel after 20 laps has a 22 second lead over the guy in second place, who by the way happens to be driving the same car. The dominance today was comparable with Singapore, probably even greater as Webber in the same car , and in clear air could get nowhere near Vettel’s pace, even with Rocky for 3/4 of the race telling Vettel to take it easy.

    1. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
      3rd November 2013, 15:04

      Vettel after 20 laps
      has a 22 second lead over
      the guy in second place,
      who by the way happens to
      be driving the same car.

      @safeeuropeanhome That is a 1.1 s difference. Are we really supposed to believe that’s down to just the driver.
      P.S. I have never thoughts Vettel has the better car, but this makes me think hard.

      1. @shreyasf1fan

        Webber was stuck behind Rosberg for about 20 laps.
        After Webber passed Rosberg he ‘only’ lost about half a second per lap before Vettel entered cruise mode.

  7. 3. Monotonous lap after lap of drivers having to wait for drs zones to overtake. Track awful. Thought a fair few drivers were very average. Vettel brilliant.

    Feel like the strategic aspect of the last few races has been overhyped, most drivers follow the same strategy after 10 laps anyway. Watched gp2 sprint race- was so much more exciting. Will definitely be watching more next season

  8. Vettel is becoming an all time great. 2 seconds clear on lap one is incredible.

    As for the race, Abu Dhabi + DRS. Switched off after 20 laps. Total rubbish.

    1. @taurus Do you think Abu Dhabi -DRS is a much better combination?
      Or should they just get rid of this stupid circuit entirely?

      1. @gdewilde I would just change the circuit: in it’s current form, it really doesn’t help natural overtaking.

      2. the DRS is a constant problem! it allows to many easy passes. Prevents drivers from overtaking elsewhere but the 2nd zone.

        How many races do we watch where drivers pass by DRS & haven’t even earned it. There is no more fun in a chase & following lap after lap & attempted pass. Every pass is almost guaranteed it’s ridiculous!

      3. @gilles-de-wilde Abu Dhabi – F1 would be the ideal solution. Take it somewhere else.

        1. @gdewilde Abu Dhabi – F1 would be the ideal solution. Take it somewhere else.

  9. Stop complaining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a bunch of whiny garbage overindulged babies post on this website. This is for fanatics. You should praise god every second you get to watch F1. Even a ‘3’ should be a great pleasure

    1. @chaddy Why should it? Is it wrong to give your opinion about a dreadful circuit that produced a dreadful race?
      The scale from 1to10 is to give people a chance to give their opinion and score on a particular race/race-weekend. And if that race/race-weekend is boring as hell, then everybody has got the right to speak their mind.

      1. +1 Didn’t people invent language in order to complain? If Chad wants to read praises, he should read the Rate The Race article from a better race. This website is great.

    2. If you’re fanatical about something, that doesn’t mean that you can’t criticize it. This is a sport, not a cult.

    3. @chaddy

      What a bunch of whiny garbage overindulged babies post on this website

      What a contribution to the discussion, but anyway i have to reply to this comment before being deleted by @KeithCollantine
      What do you think you are ??? you’re insulting so many people here just because they have a different opinion to you ??? Please teach me something, what fanaticism means to you ??
      If fanaticism for you is insulting people just because they’re different to you then this blog must be “F1 Hooligans” not “F1 Fanatic”

      1. @chaddy The problem with your comment is that F1 itself has tried to cater to fans who they know want to see a better product out there, or at least fewer processions and more passes, and a shakeup of the ‘usual’ order of things, or at least the potential for that every race weekend. So I think it makes no sense to criticise fans for being critical when F1 itself listens to the criticism.

        The problem for me is that I do not believe in DRS whatsoever, nor tires that are intentionally terrible, and so when we have these gadgets and the show can still be quite ‘3’ish’ then there needs to be change, and criticism is warranted.

        At this point the format is about to change for next year so we have to wait and see what the product will be like next March…they’re depending on sharp learning curves with the new engines and chassis’ to shake things up, but in general I think they need to reduce dependency on aero produced downforce or cars will always be too affected by dirty air. It is only a matter of time IMHO before they understand their new car/engine combos and we’ll be right back into processions and phony DRS passes like this past race, if they don’t address aero dependency and instead opt for ground effects, or reduced wing rake allowances.

  10. Yes (@come-on-kubica)
    3rd November 2013, 15:01

    This track should rot in hell.

  11. Total domination from Vettel. I gave it a 5. DRS passes are so boring, there are hardly any exciting passes anymore since drivers just wait until the DRS zone.

  12. 2.

    And I’m being quite generous too.

  13. 4, took a 20 min Starbucks break after Vettel was 26 secs up, came back, was if I’d never left.
    If this is ‘racing’ F1’s in trouble, that Red Bull nears tearing apart to the last strand of carbon fiber, with special attention applied to the software mapping, something stinks to high heaven, is Mark nothing more than a rolling real time test bed for Seb?
    Luckily toady, for a change, there was nothing ‘wrong ‘ with his car.
    The kid’s no better than three of the other four champions running.
    All we can hope for the final three races is RAIN..

    1. @budchekov

      The kid’s no better than three of the other four champions running.

      This season he has definitely driven than all of them, though.

    2. @budchekov

      The kid’s no better than three of the other four champions running.

      This season he’s been better than them, hands down. Over a shorter career and at a younger age than those three, his results speak for themselves too.

      1. I’m no Vettel fan, but that is a bit harsh. Best driver of the year (2nd Hulkenberg).

      2. No, he’s not that better. The car/tyres make the difference so big. And don’t give me Webber ! Webber is no top driver, so it’s useless to compare Vettel with the competition thru Webber’s eyes. What happened to Vettel is partially big luck too. It just happened that after less than 3 years in F1 he climbed in a winning car, and that car kept winning for at least 4 years in a row. Hamilton could have been even luckier (luckier = better stats) since McLaren was a top car in 2007 and 2008, when HAM debuted in F1. Unfortunately for him, McLaren wasn’t that much over the competition (because the tyres back then weren’t the joke they’re these days either), then starting 2009 went downhill. So, yeah, Vettel is great, definately champ material, but he didn’t spend 2 years in a Minardi, then another 2 in mediocre Renault, like ALO for ex.

        1. @corrado-dub

          but he didn’t spend 2 years in a Minardi, then another 2 in mediocre Renault, like ALO for ex.

          Except, Alonso didn’t. Alonso raced for one year in a Minardi. Vettel did one year and a half in a Toro Rosso. Also, Renaults 2008/2009 seasons weren’t like their 2005/2006 ones but they were far from mediocre.
          But whatever you call Renaults performance in 2008/2009, Alonso chose to go back to that team after sabotaging a team where he would have been fighting for the championship because he couldn’t beat a rookie.

          So, you go ahead and spout your nonsense that Vettel’s succes is all down to luck and that Alonso is the blessed king unfortunate to drive insufficient machinery.
          If that’s what helps you sleep at night then go ahead.

          1. @baron-2 You’re saying that the Toro Rosso from ’08 was as bad as a Minardi, or am I not understanding this correctly? People need to stop being THIS subjective, no one said Vettel doesn’t deserve his 4 titles but don’t make it sound like he won in Monza with a car that is the equivalent of a horse and carriage. After all, Bourdais was 4th in qualifying that GP.

        2. @gicu

          No, I never said that. He made it seem like Alonso has spent the majority of his career in dreadful cars whereas Vettel supposedly always had front running cars. He made factual errors in trying to diminish Vettel and glorify Alonso. I simply corrected those. I’m sorry if you don’t like those facts.

          And yes, Bourdais was 4th in qualifying at Monza ’08… By more than a 9 tenths difference.

          1. @baron-2 I do like those facts, I love facts, it’s just that when I’m reading that phrase it sounds in my head like a comparison between those two cars, that’s all. Regarding Bourdais, as bad as he was(imo), he still put the car in 4th, that’s how good the Toro Rosso was(which was the point I was making). The 9 tenths difference is, more or less, the difference between the drivers.

        3. @corrado-dub

          He didn’t spend 2 years in a Minardi, then another 2 in mediocre Renault, like ALO for ex.

          SV spent the best part of 2 years at Toro Rosso. Alonso’s 2003-04 Renaults were better than what Vettel had in his pre-Red Bull career, and then he drove 2 title winning cars and the 2007 Mclaren (he only went back to Renault after that when he blew his relationship with the team). Hamilton, spent his early years with Mclaren, and with the exception of 2009, they won at least 5 races in every season between 2007-2012.

          No, he’s not that better.

          This season, he has been that much better. In the first part of the season, before the tyre changes and post-summer upgrades, Red Bull weren’t even ahead by much, but Vettel still led the championship easily. Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen just haven’t maximised their cars this year to the extent Vettel has.

          I don’t even care anymore for comparing Vettel to Webber anymore. Vettel’s record simply speaks for itself- 4 championships, 37 wins, 7 wins in a row.


          That’s how good the Toro Rosso was

          With a wet setup. The team split strategies, and Vettel qualified on pole in the rain, with a dry setup.

    3. I think he’s thoroughly outperformed everyone this season, so how you can say that is baffling. He’s not had one bad race this season.

      1. @vettel1 He has had his moments and off-track excursions , but I would comfortably put him better than Alonso and Hamilton this year . The only driver I’m more impressed this year is Hulkenberg .

        1. @hamilfan I can only recall his slightly scruffy at times race in Hungary, where he still finished 3rd! Then maybe China, but that was strategic call and he did the best he could with that strategy. Also maybe he wasn’t as good as he could have been in Monaco qualifying.

          Besides that, I really can’t think of anywhere he’s gone wrong. He’s won every race he could have besides Britain, where his gearbox failed. Speaks for itself, really.

  14. 4/10
    Another boring race, can’t deny Vettel’s greatness though

  15. 1 for the race. 3 for Vettel outstanding performance. So 4.
    But if Alonso don’t get punished it will be a big fat zero.

  16. Well, a lot of things happened, but the podium was more or less clear after a few corners, and a lot of DRS assisted changes of place, not that much lasting racing it seemed to me. But some nice moves, and the upper midfield was providing interest. Not worse than many races, no classic. I gave it a 7.

  17. Yet another race I will forget within a couple of weeks’ time. The DRS assisted overtakes are dull, the racing is dull, there simply was no excitement whatsoever – I don’t even see the point in watching F1 races since I don’t seem to get any enjoyment out of it anymore.

    Highlight of the race? Probably the doughnuts and Vettel’s team radio. Or the solar eclipse. Or the A340 flyover.

    1. Best eclipse of the season.

    2. Thoroughly agreed.

  18. 2, +1 for Vettel doughnuts!

    Worst race for several seasons, had enough of push to pass now.

  19. The most interesting thing about the race for me was that Sutil somehow avoided a penalty.

    Not a thriller.

  20. 5/10. The most boring race of this season. Some little battles across the field, but not really important. Vettel just blew everyone away, as usual. The track just added boringness. Yas Marina should be dropped, Dubai could stage a race, because it has way more spectacular track.

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