The 2013 United States Grand Prix (officially the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix) was the eighteenth and penultimate round of the 2013 Formula One Season. It was held between 15th–17th of November 2013 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It was the 43rd United States Grand Prix and the 35th as a round of the Formula One World Championship.
It was Vettel's eighth consecutive victory, a record for consecutive Grand Prix events.
There will be two DRS zones this season, one on the back straight as before, and a new one of the start/finish straight.
World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, can set an all-time record if he wins here. The German would become the first driver ever to win eight consecutive Formula One Grands Prix.
Many driver line-up changes for 2014 took place in the week preceding the race. Felipe Massa moved to Williams on a three-year contract, replacing Pastor Maldonado and partnering Valtteri Bottas. McLaren dropped Sergio Pérez and replaced him with Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen.
For first practice, future Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat replaced outgoing driver Daniel Ricciardo, American Alexander Rossi replaced Giedo van der Garde at Caterham and Rodolfo González drove in place of Jules Bianchi at Marussia. Heikki Kovalainen got his first taste of the Lotus E21.
However, as the start time neared, the track was full of fog; this meant that the FIA medical helicopter, which was stationed at a nearby airport, could not fly. When race control was informed that it was on its way, the practice session was started, albeit 40 minutes late. Kovalainen was the first out, eager to get as many laps under his belt as possible.
However, less than 15 minutes later, the red flag was brought out. The medical helicopter had suffered a radio issue and had to return to the airport. About 35 minutes after the red flag was brought out, the helicopter finally arrived, and the session was resumed. Since the session was required to finish two hours before second practice begins, there was only just over half an hour of time remaining. The teams made hard work of the half hour, with all cars out on track at one point.
In the final five minutes, González stopped out on track with engine failure, bringing out a yellow flag.
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:40.662||18||1:37.305||1||1:36.733||1|
|14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:39.836||15||1:39.410||15||1:38.275||16|
|18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||DNP||1:39.579||17||1:38.636||18|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||DNP||1:40.563||20||1:40.056||20|
|12||Paul di Resta|
|Giedo van der Garde||______________|
- Jenson Button penalised 3 places for overtaking under red flag conditions in FP1 (Qualified 13th),
- Charles Pic penalised 5 places for an unscheduled gearbox change (Qualified 21st),
- Esteban Gutiérrez penalised 10 places for impeding Pastor Maldonado during Q1 (Qualified 10th).
- Sebastian Vettel: Eighth consecutive victory, the record for consecutive Grand Prix events and most won in a row in a season (Alberto Ascari won nine races in consecutive entries).
- Jenson Button: 246 start, equaling David Coulthard as most starts by a British driver.
- Red Bull: 40th fastest lap.
- Romain Grosjean: Equal best finish of 2nd (previously achieved at the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix).
- Valtteri Bottas: 1st points.
- Heikki Kovalainen: First race since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Standings after race
|V T E||United States Grand Prix|
|Circuits||Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), Watkins Glen (1961–1980), Phoenix (1989–1991), Indianapolis (2000–2007), Austin (2012–present)|
|Formula One Races||1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981–1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992–1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008–2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2020|
|Non-F1 races||1908 • 1909 • 1910 • 1911 • 1912 • 1913 • 1914 • 1915 • 1916 • 1917–1957 • 1958|
|See also||United States Grand Prix West • Indianapolis 500 • Detroit Grand Prix • Caesars Palace Grand Prix • Dallas Grand Prix • Questor Grand Prix|
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