The two halves of the 2013 championship: Drivers

2013 F1 season review

In a previous article we looked at how the mid-season changes in tyres and tyre use affected the teams.

This table gives the same data broken down by driver, showing how many points they scored before and after the changes to the tyres, and shows whether their average points haul at each race rose or fell after the British Grand Prix:

Driver Rds 1-8 Rds 9-19 Rounds 1-8 avg. Rounds 9-19 avg. Difference Total
Sebastian Vettel 132 265 16.50 24.09 46.00 397
Mark Webber 87 112 10.88 10.18 -6.43 199
Fernando Alonso 111 131 13.88 11.91 -14.19 242
Felipe Massa 57 55 7.13 5.00 -29.87 112
Jenson Button 25 48 3.13 4.36 39.30 73
Sergio Perez 12 37 1.50 3.36 124.00 49
Kimi Raikkonen* 98 85 12.25 9.44 -22.94 183
Romain Grosjean 26 106 3.25 9.64 196.62 132
Nico Rosberg 82 89 10.25 8.09 -21.07 171
Lewis Hamilton 89 100 11.13 9.09 -18.33 189
Nico Hulkenberg 6 45 0.75 4.09 445.33 51
Esteban Gutierrez 0 6 0.00 0.55 6
Paul di Resta 36 12 4.50 1.09 -75.78 48
Adrian Sutil 23 6 2.88 0.55 -80.90 29
Pastor Maldonado 0 1 0.00 0.09 1
Valtteri Bottas 0 4 0.00 0.36 4
Jean-Eric Vergne 13 0 1.63 0.00 13
Daniel Ricciardo 11 9 1.38 0.82 -40.58 20
Charles Pic 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
Giedo van der Garde 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
Jules Bianchi 0 0 0.00 0.00 0
Max Chilton 0 0 0.00 0.00 0

*Did not start last two races

Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean gained the most after the tyres were changed.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Most pairs of team mates responded to the change in tyres in a similar way: the Force India and Toro Rosso drivers scored worse, the Sauber and McLaren drivers scored better.

But Lotus were a major exception to this rule. While Kimi Raikkonen’s points-scoring rate fell (even taking into account the fact he didn’t enter the last two races), Grosjean’s went through the roof. That allowed Grosjean to catch and pass Felipe Massa for seventh in the drivers’ championship.

Red Bull’s gains from the tyre changes was more modest than, say, Sauber’s, but it was entirely accounted for by Sebastian Vettel, as Mark Webber’s points-scoring rate fell in the second half of the season.

Who do you think gained and lost the most after the tyres were altered? Have your say in the comments.

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13 comments on The two halves of the 2013 championship: Drivers

  1. Phillip (@pscarros) said on 28th November 2013, 15:35

    Does this take in to account Webber’s mechanical issues?

  2. Jimbo Hull (@kartingjimbo) said on 28th November 2013, 18:54

    Very interesting insight Keith! Vergne and Riccardo’s comparison is very interesting, seeing Vergne taking didderly squat in the 2nd half.

  3. Relatively speaking in the driver pairings, Mercedes were the most consistent with their drivers.

  4. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 29th November 2013, 4:24

    Very nice analysis @keithcollantine . Especially considering the unprecedented tire changes that certainly did have an effect on the season as statistically demonstrated here. I think some of the stats show a progression or regression by certain drivers individually as well as the progression or regression of the car as effected by the tires. Grosjean, for example, progressed individually. Hulkenberg progressed more individually while both Sauber cars progressed as a team in the second half. Telling stats for an unusual situation that I hope never repeats.

  5. Len (@lunara) said on 29th November 2013, 10:06

    Vettel was the best in the first half and the best in the second half, and yet some people try to make it look like he was helped only by the tyre changes. He was the best driver this season, period. Phenomenal consistency.

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