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The 2013 Indian Grand Prix (officially 2013 Airtel Indian Grand Prix) was the 17th race of the 2013 Formula One Season. This was the 3rd Indian Grand Prix being at the Buddh International Circuit as it took place between October 25 to October 27 2013.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel took pole position, ahead of Nico Rosberg.

In the race, Vettel won by a clear margin despite suffering issues with his car in the latter stages of the race. Mark Webber would most likely have made it a Red Bull one-two, but retired with an alternator failure. Rosberg took second place, ahead of an impressive Romain Grosjean, who had started seventeenth, and Felipe Massa, who despite reaching second place at the end of the first lap and leading could only finish in fourth place. Sergio Pérez performed admirably to secure a fifth place, his best result of the season. Fernando Alonso damaged his front wing at the start of the race after unavoidable contact with Webber, and was unable to fully recover as the Spaniard finished eleventh.

As a result of his victory, combined with Alonso's non-score, Vettel took his fourth consecutive World Championship title at the race, performing donuts on the start/finish line and praying to his car. Red Bull-Renault took their fourth consecutive World Championship as well, after neither Ferrari or Mercedes were able to score enough points in comparison to the Austrian team.

Background[]

Before the race, it was announced that Daniil Kvyat was to replace Daniel Ricciardo for the second Toro Rosso seat.

The DRS zone was increased by 80 metres for the second year in a row.

On the Thursday before the race, it was announced that the Indian Supreme Court was to hear a case that could potentially cancel the race on Friday. The petition to cancel was filed on the grounds that the organisers, Jaypee Sports International Limited, have not paid taxes at a previous event. The running of the event wouldn't have been affected until the result of the hearing was announced.

However, the court delayed the hearing the hearing by a week, meaning the Grand Prix ran as planned.

Title Permutations[]

Drivers' Championship[]

Sebastian Vettel enters the race with a 90-point lead over Fernando Alonso with four races left, and is likely to secure the title.

The possible permutations are:

  • For Vettel to win the Championship, he needs a lead of 75 points at the end of race:
    • Fifth place or better will guarantee the title.
    • If Alonso wins, Vettel needs fifth or better.
    • If Alonso finishes second, Vettel needs a top eight finish.
    • If Alonso finishes third or worse, title is Vettels.
  • For the title race to continue on into Abu Dhabi:
    • Alonso needs to win with Vettel sixth or lower or
    • Alonso needs a second place with Vettel ninth or lower.

Vettel will win the title if he can score at least ten points in the remaining four race, even if Alonso can win all four races. This is because Vettel has already won nine races; were Alonso to win all four his season total would be six, and hence, Vettel wins the tiebreaker.

Constructors' Championship[]

Red Bull-Renault are also in a position in which they can win the Championship, as they hold a 148-point lead over Ferrari and 158-point lead over Mercedes. The maximum obtainable in three races is 129.

The possible permutations are:

  • For Red Bull to win the title at the Indian GP:
    • If Ferrari score less than 17 more than Red Bull and
    • If Mercedes score less than 27 more than Red Bull.
  • For Ferrari to stay in the Championship race:
    • They need to score at least 17 more points than Red Bull.
  • For Mercedes to stay in the Championship race:
    • They need to score at least 27 more points than Red Bull.

Entry list[]

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB9 Renault RS27-2013 P
2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB9 Renault RS27-2013 P
3 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F138 Ferrari 056 P
4 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F138 Ferrari 056 P
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-28 Mercedes FO 108Z P
6 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-28 Mercedes FO 108Z P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E21 Renault RS27-2013 P
8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E21 Renault RS27-2013 P
9 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W04 Mercedes FO 108Z P
10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W04 Mercedes FO 108Z P
11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C32 Ferrari 056 P
12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C32 Ferrari 056 P
14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM06 Mercedes FO 108Z P
15 Germany Adrian Sutil India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM06 Mercedes FO 108Z P
16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams FW35 Renault RS27-2013 P
17 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams FW35 Renault RS27-2013 P
18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR8 Ferrari 056 P
19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR8 Ferrari 056 P
20 France Charles Pic Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT03 Renault RS27-2013 P
21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Malaysia Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT03 Renault RS27-2013 P
22 France Jules Bianchi Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR02 Cosworth CA2013 P
23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Russia Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR02 Cosworth CA2013 P
Free Practice 1 only
14 United Kingdom James Calado India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM06 Mercedes FO 108Z P

Practice Overview[]

FP1[]

Sebastian Vettel scored the fastest time in FP1 as Red Bull got a 1-2 in the opening practice with Mark Webber in second place. Fernando Alonso who was the only contender left in the title race struggled as he suffered a blow as an apparent gearbox failure force an early end to his session. James Calado was the only reserve driver to participate in the first session replacing Paul di Resta.

FP2[]

FP3[]

Practice Results[]

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:26.683 1 1:25.722 1 1:25.332 1
2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:26.871 2 1:26.011 2 1:25.892 2
3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.214 12 1:26.430 5 1:26.105 3
4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.692 8 1:26.601 7 1:26.435 6
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.325 6 1:26.972 10 1:26.489 9
6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.416 7 1:26.857 9 1:26.737 13
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:28.730 17 1:26.632 8 1:26.635 11
8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.990 4 1:26.220 3 1:26.350 5
9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.899 3 1:26.582 6 1:26.441 8
10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.227 5 1:26.399 4 1:26.557 10
11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.770 9 1:27.491 14 1:26.306 4
12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.538 16 1:27.949 17 1:28.019 19
14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes DNP 1:27.608 15 1:26.438 7
United Kingdom James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1:29.197 18 DNP DNP
15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:28.468 15 1:27.375 12 1:26.847 14
16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:28.342 14 1:27.720 16 1:26.641 12
17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:27.800 10 1:27.429 13 1:26.883 16
18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.035 11 1:28.431 18 1:26.876 15
19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.336 13 1:27.304 11 1:27.259 17
20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:30.026 21 1:29.366 21 1:27.941 18
21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:29.413 19 1:28.692 19 1:28.498 20
22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:29.560 20 1:28.799 20 1:29.169 22
23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.471 22 1:30.164 22 1:29.094 21

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

Race[]

Results[]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 60 1:31:12.187 1 25
2 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 +29.823 9 18
3 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 60 +39.892 3 15
4 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +41.692 7 12
5 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 60 +43.829 2 10
6 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 60 +52.475 5 8
7 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 60 +67.988 4 6
8 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 60 +72.868 11 4
9 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +74.734 6 2
10 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 60 +76.237 10 1
11 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 +78.298 8
12 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 60 +78.951 17
13 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 + 1 Lap 18
14 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 59 + 1 Lap 19
15 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 59 + 1 Lap 20
16 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 59 + 1 Lap 22
17 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 59 + 1 Lap 21
18 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 59 + 2 Lap 16
19 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 54 Gearbox/Brakes 12
Ret 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 39 Alternator 14
Ret 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 35 Hydraulics 13
Ret 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1 Collision 15

Nico Hulkenburg retired on lap 54 with a gearbox and brake problem but was classified as he had completed of %90 of the race


Milestones[]

Standings after race[]

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 322
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 207
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 183
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 169
5 Australia Mark Webber 148
6 Germany Nico Rosberg 144
7 Brazil Felipe Massa 102
8 France Romain Grosjean 102
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 60
10 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 40
11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 39
12 Mexico Sergio Pérez 33
13 Germany Adrian Sutil 28
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 19
15 France Jean-Éric Vergne 13
16 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 6
17 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 1
18 Finland Valtteri Bottas 0
19 France Jules Bianchi 0
20 France Charles Pic 0
21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 0
22 United Kingdom Max Chilton 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 470
2 Germany Mercedes 313
3 Italy Ferrari 309
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 285
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 93
6 India Force India-Mercedes 68
7 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 45
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 32
9 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1
10 Russia Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Malaysia Caterham-Renault 0

Notes[]

V T E 2013 Formula One Season
Teams Red Bull • Ferrari • McLaren • Lotus • Mercedes • Sauber • Force India • Williams • Toro Rosso • Caterham • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Alonso • 4 Massa • 5 Button • 6 Pérez • 7 Räikkönen • 7 Kovalainen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Rosberg • 10 Hamilton • 11 Hülkenberg • 12 Gutiérrez • 14 di Resta • 15 Sutil • 16 Maldonado • 17 Bottas • 18 Ricciardo • 19 Vergne • 20 Pic • 21 van der Garde • 22 Bianchi • 23 Chilton
Other Drivers Buemi • Félix da Costa • Sainz Jr. • Gené • De la Rosa • Rigon • Paffett • Turvey • Magnussen • d'Ambrosio • Prost • Valsecchi • Hartley • Bird • Frijns • Sato • Sirotkin • Rossiter • Calado • Wolff • Juncadella • Kvyat • Rossi • Ma • Stevens • Canamasas • Razia • González • Ellinas
Cars RB9 • F138 • MP4-28 • E21 • F1 W04 • C32 • VJM06 • FW35 • STR8 • CT03 • MR02
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Malaysia • China • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Great Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • South Korea • Japan • India • Abu Dhabi • United States • Brazil
Tests Jerez • Barcelona 1 • Barcelona 2 • Young Driver Test
See also 2012 Formula One Season • 2014 Formula One Season • Category
V T E India Indian Grand Prix
Circuits Buddh International Circuit (2011–2013)
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Races 2011 • 2012 • 2013
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