Victims of Circumstance: Yas Marina 2013 – #AbuDhabiGP

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[For those who are new to the page; TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]

Another Vettel win as the German drove off into the distance.  The ideal start was followed by searing pace on the soft tyres which left the rest fighting out for 2nd onwards.  An emotional weekend for the man from Heppenheim, with his father in attendance at the race, James Allen noted how he struggled to focus in the media interviews post-race.  It’s nice to see he still has his feet on the ground and is not getting too carried away.

As we now look towards the final two races, one has to wonder how much this will dishearten fans from tuning in.  Committing close to 2 hours of your Sunday to watch a race which for all intents and purposes is a foregone conclusion seems barmy.

So what really happened?

Kimi Raikkonen: His race engineer Alan Permane said on Sunday, they had analysed the different options and starting from the back of the grid was the right decision as it would allow them to make up places at the start of the race.  They had obviously never considered Kimi getting a poor launch leaving him struggling to overtake the Caterhams and Marrusias.  The desperate lunge down the inside into turn 1 which caused the accident can at best be called a racing incident.  Kimi remains RETIRED.

Jenson Button: The Frome flyer is normally the innocent bystander when involved in first lap incidents.  On this occasion he was not, as he collided with Jean-Eric Vergne causing him to pit.  The Frenchman was unaffected, but Button’s race was once again wrecked.  He remains in 12th, becoming a net 13th place.

Fernando Alonso: It seemed more a question of when and not if Alonso would receive a penalty for his return to the track after pitting for the softs tyres in the closing stages.  The Sky Sports F1 website poll had 77% of people believing the Spaniard should have received a penalty for exceeding the track limits.  However, as per the rules of this post, the stewards decision is final.  He remains in 5th position.

Felipe Massa: The Brazilian’s strategy clearly robed him a higher placed finish.  He said after the race that it could have been as high as 5th.  What fun that would have been to see the two prancing horses racing against each other towards the end of the race, both on soft tyres.

Nico Hulkenberg: The team threw him out into the course of the oncoming McLaren of Perez and then apportioned some of the blame to the German saying he could have stayed in the middle lane of the pits and allowed the Mexican to pass.  Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.  Hulkenberg is moved up to 9th 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 Mark Webber = 18 = 1 2
3 Nico Rosberg = 15 = 3 3
4 Romain Grosjean = 12 = 6 4
5 Fenando Alonso = 10 = 10 5
6 Paul Di Resta = 8 = 11 6
7 Lewis Hamilton = 6 = 4 7
8 Felipe Massa = 4 = 7 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg = 2 +2 5 9
10 Sergio Perez -1 1 -1 8 10
11 Adrian Sutil -1 0 -1 17 1
12 Pastor Maldonado -1 0 = 14 12
13 Jenson Button -1 0 = 12 13
14 Esteban Gutierrez -1 0 = 16 14
15 Valterri Bottas = 0 = 15 15
16 Daniel Ricciardo = 0 = 9 16
17 Jean-Eric Vergne = 0 = 13 17
18 Giedo van der Garde = 0 = 18 18
19 Charles Pic = 0 = 19 19
20 Jules Bianchi = 0 = 21 20
21 Max Chilton = 0 = 20 21
22 Kimi Raikkonen = RETIRED 0 = 22 22


Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:

Driver Revised       WDC WDC       Points Difference
Position Points
Sebastian       Vettel 1 358 +11
Fernando       Alonso 2 220 +3
Mark       Webber 3 207 +41
Lewis       Hamilton =4 170 -5
Nico       Rosberg =4 170 +11
Kimi       Raikkonen 6 163 -20
Romain       Grosjean 7 121 +7
Felipe       Massa 8 102 -4
Jenson       Button 9 49 -11
Adrian       Sutil 10 40 +11
Paul     Di     Resta 11 32 -16
Nico       Hulkenberg 12 30 -9
Sergio       Perez 13 21 -10
Jean-Eric       Vergne 14 16 +3
Daniel       Ricciardo 15 11 -8
Esteban       Gutierrez 16 4 -2
Pastor       Maldonado 18 0 -1
Valtteri       Bottas 17 0 =
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

Once again the plaudits would have been on Nico Hulkenberg and how he is carrying the team.  For once he finished behind his teammate, even if it was with the assistance of a penalty.  How long will Gutierrez continue to be bank rolled to drive when he is consistently beaten by his counterpart?

A poor start from the Daniel Ricciardo summed up the Toro Rossos afternoons.  There was a lot of potential, but in the end they really failed to deliver.  It almost seems like Ricciardo is just seeing time out at the junior team before moving on.  If this is the case, then why not get Danii Kvyat in to gain some experience instead?

The revised WDC sees the two Mercedes men tied on points and Mark Webber closing in on 2nd place.  If ‘Victims of Circumstance’ were reality, it would be a much more interesting end to the season.

Quote of the Day

This week’s quote comes from US philosopher, poet and artist Criss Jami.

“Winning can become an addiction, whether good or bad, to the point where you would rather lose it all before you lose at all.”

As I mentioned earlier in the article, it would seem that this moment has not yet come for Sebastian Vettel.

2 responses to “Victims of Circumstance: Yas Marina 2013 – #AbuDhabiGP

  1. Doesn’t Kimi’s exclusion from grid make him a victim of circumstance??Without that, a podium was definitely on the cards…

    • Hi jee1,
      we stipulated at the beginning of the year that only events in the race would be changed to avoid ambiguity. As this is a post in the first year still, we are going to address this in the closed season. So not this time, but it has been the same for everyone all year.

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