Victims of Circumstance: Spa 2013 #F1

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A virtual lights to flag victory for Sebastian Vettel, in an uncharacteristically dry Spa-Francorchamps, in a race which had shades of 2011 throughout. Vettel left no questions unanswered, taking the fastest lap on 40 of the 44. There were some changes further back down the grid though.

For the first time in a while the McLaren’s were looking competitive, with Button even claiming without a poor strategy call they could have been on the podium. Furthermore, the second fastest lap behind that of Vettel, was the Frome flyer himself, Jenson Button. The air of confidence seemed to be back around the McLaren garage, with 5th place in the WCC looking more of a certainty than a dream at this point. Once again, Force India will be left feeling bitter after only managing a 9th place finish.

With so much of the weekend being dominated by who would take the 2014 Red Bull seat, it seemed only fitting that it was Mark Webber who broke the news to the world, even if it was in a rather indirect manner. The straight talking Aussie must have loved stealing the show from Dr Helmut Marko. I suspect there could be a war of words that commences as the Webber’s imminent departure draws closer.

So now it has been confirmed, the rest of the grid can sort itself out. The next big question is the Ferrari, which as TJ13 has reported, will be filled by Kimi Raikkonen. So does this leave Massa out of the sport, Da Costa into the STR seat and a lot of other shuffling around in the midfield. I guess time will tell for that one, but was it just a coincidence that the only other driver who managed to get into the 1:50s was Daniel Ricciardo…

So what really happened?

Pastor Maldonado: Having avoided the spotlight in recent times, largely due to being in a much slower car, Maldonado has not done anything of great note. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself to get involved amongst the action the Venezuelan jumped right in to play bumper cars amongst the Force Indias. Whilst he was punished, a stop-and-go penalty when you are not in the points really does very little. He is disqualified for what was an impossibly stupid dive into the pits.

Paul Di Resta: Poor Paul was in the wrong place at the wrong time being hit off the track by the Williams car. He is reinstated into 11th place, as he would most probably have been able to hold off the late, fast charging Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen: As some sections of the media have alluded to, the millions of $$$ that get spent on improving every aspect of the sport, all that investment can be undone by a thin strip of plastic tear off. Stuck on 38 races, 4 short of Nick Heidfeld’s record of 42 consecutive finishes, the ice man’s brakes were red hot causing his DNF. He is reinstated to 7th place.

Charles Pic: His retirement on 8 laps due to an oil leak means another disappointing non-finish for him. He would almost certainly have finished ahead of the Marussia cars so is awarded 19th place.

The Verdict
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:

Revised Race Position Driver Result comparison Points Points Difference Grid Position
Start RevisedPosition
1 Sebastian Vettel = 25 = 2 1
2 Fernando Alonso = 18 = 9 2
3 Lewis Hamilton = 15 = 1 3
4 Nico Rosberg = 12 = 4 4
5 Mark Webber = 10 = 3 5
6 Jenson Button = 8 = 6 6
7 Kimi Raikkonen RETIRED 6 +6 8 7
8 Felipe Massa -1 4 -2 10 8
9 Romain Grosjean -1 2 -2 7 9
10 Adrian Sutil -1 1 -1 12 10
11 Paul Di Resta RETIRED 0 = 5 11
12 Daniel Ricciardo -2 0 -1 19 12
13 Sergio Perez -2 0 = 13 13
14 Jean-Eric Vergne -2 0 = 18 14
15 Nico Hulkenberg -2 0 = 11 15
16 Esteban Gutierrez -2 0 = 21 16
17 Valtteri Bottas -2 0 = 20 17
18 Giedo van der Garde -2 0 = 14 18
19 Charles Pic RETIRED 0 = 22 19
20 Jules Bianchi -2 0 = 15 20
21 Max Chilton -2 0 = 16 21
22 Pastor Maldonado 17thà DNF 0 = 17 DNF

Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:

Driver Revised WDC WDC Points Difference
Position Points
Sebastian Vettel 1 208 +25
Fernando Alonso 2 158 +7
Lewis Hamilton 3 138 -1
Kimi Raikkonen 4 124 -10
Merk Webber 5 120 +5
Nico Rosberg 6 103 +7
Felipe Massa 7 70 +3
Romain Grosjean 8 51 +2
Jenson Button 9 42 -4
Adrian Sutil 10 40 +15
Paul Di Resta 11 24 -12
Jean-Eric Vergne 12 12 -1
Sergio Perez 13 11 -7
Daniel Ricciardo 14 5 -7
Nico Hulkenberg 15 2 -5
Esteban Gutierrez 16 0 =
Valtteri Bottas 17 0 =
Pastor Maldonado 18 0 -1
Jules Bianchi 19 0 =
Charles Pic 20 0 =
Giedo van der Garde 21 0 =
Max Chilton 22 0 =

*Those with 0 points will not be ordered

What they would have said

With so much of the focus being on tyres, people in the world of F1 seem to have such short memories. As TJ alluded to yesterday in the news, if Michelin were to come back then it could lead to the longer lasting Bridgestone style tyres. Maybe they should be wary of the kinds of levels of grip that this could be. Bridgestone are so proud of this, they even make tyres that will tear up the ground. Please Bridgestone, never move into the football market!

The fight towards the end of the season between Sauber and Williams will be an interesting one. Whether Pat Symonds can have enough of an influence to improve the results sufficiently remains to be seen. Furthermore, the next high attrition race could be decisive in the fight for 10th place in the WCC as well. Caterham now clearly being ahead of Marussia, it’s really down to what happens at the front of the grid as to who gets that place.

Quote of the Day

The French enlightenment writer François-Marie Arouet, who was better known as Voltaire, once said, ‘The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.’ He was also a famous historian and philosopher.

The race was all but over after 1/3 of the first lap. Vettel taking the fastest lap certainly left nothing out, so in that sense it was really quite boring. The Red Bulls look ominously strong with their low downforce package….so who’s your money on for Monza?

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2 responses to “Victims of Circumstance: Spa 2013 #F1

  1. “The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.”
    Note to the Judge: please delete all my posts… 🙂

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