Rate the race: 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2013 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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185 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  1. Nathan (@ropeswing05) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:03

    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.

  2. Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:04


    And I’m being quite generous too.

  3. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:05

    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..

    • TheBass (@) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:12


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

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

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:35


      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.

      • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:37

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

      • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 3rd November 2013, 17:48

        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.

        • Eric (@) said on 3rd November 2013, 19:14


          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.

          • @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.

        • Eric (@) said on 4th November 2013, 1:20


          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.

          • @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.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 4th November 2013, 3:22


          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.

    • 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.

      • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 3rd November 2013, 16:17

        @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 .

        • @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.

  4. FullSpe3d (@dryyoshi) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:05

    Another boring race, can’t deny Vettel’s greatness though

  5. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:07

    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.

  6. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:07

    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.

  7. andae23 (@andae23) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:18

    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.

  8. Ju88sy (@ju88sy) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:19

    2, +1 for Vettel doughnuts!

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

  9. Erik Kennedy (@erikkennedy) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:20

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

    Not a thriller.

  10. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:22

    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.

  11. Very disappointing that Kimi retired after the first corner, I expected him to challenge the two Ferrari. After the first corner we all knew who was going to win. Still Vettel was incredible to watch, Ferrari’s comeback was nice, love the donuts, awesome to hear Vettel quoting Raikkonen on the radio.

  12. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:23

    Vettel didn’t win! the other drivers lost! ;)

  13. Juan Pablo Heidfeld (@juan-pablo-heidfeld-1) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:26


    Don’t understand why people are saying +1 for Vettel dominance. It specifically says don’t include how your driver did. If everyone drove around one by one like a parade lap for 55 laps, but Vettel happened to win 10 in a row doesn’t make it a good race.

  14. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 3rd November 2013, 15:32

    6/10. I enjoyed the Ferraris, Saubers, Force Indias and Toro Rossos battling it out down the field. The one stopping cars spiced things up a bit. Other than that there wasn’t anything to excite. The top four were locked into their positions early on and nothing changed for the remainder of the race.

    The circuit looks impressive in pictures, but when watching the races it comes across as watching an F1 race take place in a big, empty room. It’s utterly soulless.

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