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Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Season review - F1 2013 team-by-team

11 teams battled for the Formula 1 constructors' championship. Only one could take the prize and it was Red Bull who triumphed for a fourth successive season. Here's how they and their rivals fared in 2013. Infiniti Red Bull Racing | Championship: 1st, 596 points The Red Bull RB9 – still an evolution of the 2009 RB5 – was beaten to the chequered flag just six times in 19 races and its primary strength was that it could clearly run more downforce than its rivals. […]

Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Season review - F1 2013 Driver rankings: part two

Having evaluated the lower half of the 2013 grid, attention now turns to our top 10 of the season, featuring those who battled for victories and the world championship. You can still view the first part by clicking here. 10 | Jenson Button | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes | Championship: 9th, 73 points Button declared after the Canadian Grand Prix that he had never been so happy to climb out of a car, which is a bold comment considering some of the awful machines that he’s […]

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season review: F1 2013 DVD - 'Who can stop him?'

Reviewing the F1 2013 official season review on DVD. Another season of Formula 1 racing coming to an end means that it’s time for the annual DVD review, which has been released just in time for the festive period, giving racing fans the excuse to lock themselves away from the rest of the family to re-live the 2013 season. It’s fair to say that 2013 wasn’t the best year in the history of the sport, but the DVD does a good job of capturing the […]

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013

Season review - Stat Attack! Facts and figures of F1 2013

With every Formula 1 season comes a barrage of statistics and records – positive and negative – broken by a new wave of drivers. The 64th iteration of the championship was no different... Sebastian Vettel’s success in 2013 means that he has now won the title in more than half of the seasons he has entered in the sport. Vettel’s ninth successive victory draws him level with Alberto Ascari, with the German retaining the opportunity to hit double figures in Australia next March. Vettel matched […]

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013

Season review - F1 2013 Driver Rankings: Part One

As part of our review of the 2013 Formula One season, we rank the drivers who entered a race this year and evaluate how they fared, beginning at the lower end of the grid. Here is the annual driver rankings... 23 | Heikki Kovalainen | Lotus F1 Team | Championship: 21st, 0 points Kovalainen wasn’t the worst driver to compete in 2013 but it would be unfair to rank him properly among rivals who participated in all 19 races. The Finn acquitted himself well during […]

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013

Season review: F1 2013 - the year in quotes

As part of our season review, here is the 2013 Formula 1 season from the mouths of those involved in the sport: the humorous, the memorable, the radio messages, and those, with hindsight, that some surely regret... “That competitiveness is going to keep growing and I guess we'll see more of it this year. But I'll try to contain it so I don't come across like a dickhead or something!” – Daniel Ricciardo reveals his intentions to improve in 2013. “This year's car is the […]

Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Season review: A look at the young guns

Reflecting on the young drivers progressing through the ranks, with a brief look at GP2, GP3, Formula Renault 3.5, Formula 3 and Formula Renault 2.0. GP2 Series: Swiss roll This season’s GP2 championship was far from a classic as neither title contender emerged as a serious candidate for a Formula 1 seat. Racing Engineering driver Fabio Leimer clinched the title during the penultimate race in Abu Dhabi; the Swiss driver won three feature races and bounced back to become the consistent benchmark after a middling […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Season review: 'First lap nutcase' earns respect

12 months ago, Romain Grosjean was under pressure like never before. Huge pressure. His move at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix on Mark Webber was clumsy to the extreme; even a driver working his way through the junior formulae would have been humiliated by such an error. He was the first lap nutcase. The lunatic for whom a first lap was akin to an iceberg for the Titanic. His season ended with a ludicrous attempt at passing Pedro de La Rosa’s HRT in […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Season review: Future star Bianchi makes his mark

Jules Bianchi didn't have a seat as February turned into March. By the end of the month, he had impressed the Formula 1 community and he continued to build on his promise throughout the rest of the year. Prior to the start of the 2013 Formula 1 season, Max Chilton was in the unusual position of having had three team-mates even before flying out to the first round in Australia. Marussia veteran Timo Glock agreed to depart in order for the team to improve their […]

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013

Champion Vettel signs off in style: Brazilian GP review

2013 world champion Sebastian Vettel remains undefeated since the summer break as he stormed to his ninth successive victory, ahead of outgoing Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Heading into the winter break with some scope for optimism is always an important asset in Formula 1. The first test of 2014 at Jerez begins in a little over two months and every single team is determined to get it right; fail and the consequences could be felt for more than just the […]

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013

Austin-tatious Vettel makes it a great eight: US GP review

World champion Sebastian Vettel continued his supremacy of the second half of the season as he scored his eighth successive victory, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. “This year I feel I have a car that can win 10 races... up front and have the tyres working as they did [on Sunday] we can fight with them,” said Lewis Hamilton, having just won the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Brit had put in a commanding performance and proposed the […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vettel's magnificent seven leaves him in eleventh heaven

Sebastian Vettel leads every lap at the Yas Marina Circuit to record his seventh successive victory and eleventh of 2013, ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. Formula 1 has held less interesting races, but it's fair to say that the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won’t go down in the history books as a classic. Sebastian Vettel stormed off into the distance to secure his seventh successive victory – and 11th of 2013 – and behind him the action […]