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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.]
Having prayed for rain for much of the season to break up the races and add to the plot of the ‘Victims of Circumstance’ post I had high hopes for this in Brazil. The promised rain never arrived, however, we were treated to an exciting race nonetheless. In an ideal world, Mark Webber would have been signed off with a win, but nobody can deny that what Sebastian Vettel has achieved is incredible.
19 races ago, when I started this post, I did not expect to have had the success that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy. Thank you to all who have read the articles throughout the year, and stay tuned to TJ13 for a backdated ‘Victims’ of the 2012 season. The result of it might even be a surprise!
So now to look and see where they ended up for the final time in 2013…
So what really happened?
Romain Grosjean: A fairly unspectacular qualifying session from the Frenchman who has been so impressive of late. As Romain Grosjean’s race came to a premature end, Lotus’ chances of a snatching 3rd place went up in (engine) smoke. Running in 8th position at the time and with no previous dry running data it is difficult to award him an accurate place. In truth he would probably have been able to get into 6th place in the dry.
Valtteri Bottas: As the stewards deemed it to be Lewis Hamilton’s fault for the crash their decision must be taken as final. Bottas had been struggling before that, but the improved performance of the Williams will be a welcome relief for those at Grove. Bottas is reinstated to 18th position.
Charles Pic: In what will most likely be the last race we see Charles Pic in Formula One it was a shame to see him retire with a broken suspension on the Caterham car. He is reinstated into 19th position, but this will be of little comfort to him. I wonder if he has any regrets about leaving Marussia at the end of 2012?
Felipe Massa: Ferrari claimed after the race that his drive through penalty cost them $10 million dollars for the place in the World Constructors Championship they would have gained. It certainly cost Massa a better finishing position, but it was a number of other team errors throughout the year that cost them the place. These would be the miscommunication with Alonso in Bahrain or pitting Massa at the wrong time in Abu Dhabi, to name just two. No matter what, the stewards’ decision is final, and therefore he remains in 7th position, which becomes a net 8th.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|12||Paul Di Resta||-1||0||=||12||12|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||-3||0||=||20||21|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
|Paul Di Resta||13||32||-16|
|Giedo van der Garde||21||0||=|
*Those with 0 points will not be ordered
What they would have said
Imagine if Webber had not come in to pit on the same lap as Vettel did. He would almost certainly have overtaken him and been in a position to win his final race in F1. After all the conspiracy theories we’ve heard this year, do you think they would be reversed and saying it was a conspiracy to give Webber one final win?
Hamilton would have beaten his team mate by one point, in what has been a dreadfully unlucky year for Nico. After retiring in Melbourne, he just never really got himself into contention for the top 3. Perhaps he will have better luck next year…
Quote of the Day
I puzzled long and hard over this quote. How to sum up the final race of the season was a tough one. Eventually I decided on one from Rudyard Kipling; the English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and still to this day is the youngest recipient.
He said, “I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.”
The ‘Who’ could definitely be Mark Webber.
I was fortunate enough to watch one of his (in my opinion) best drives live – Silverstone 2012. His popularity was clear for all to see that day when he stood on the podium. Below is a tribute video. [DISCLAIMER: May cause a lump in your throat]
Aussie Grit you will be missed.