Formula 1 2013 season: statistics and data.
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Any person that would want to look back at the 2013 Formula 1 season will surely stumble across a specific name, an that name is Sebastian Vettel.
The German won in India, on the Jaypee track, his 4th consecutive Formula One title, and at the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he registered his 9th consecutive victory, which is a world record. With 9 wins not only he had surpassed the previous record held by Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari (both registering 7 consecutive wins), but he can also further improve his current record at the start of the next season.
With a total of 13 race victories this season, that's an impressive rate of 68.4% from the total number of races held this year, there simply wasn't anyone who could put any real pressure on the German, to hamper his road towards his 4th consecutive title.
Just to see how dominating Vettel was, the other drivers with multiple victories this season where Fernando Alonso and fellow German driver Nico Rosberg, with 2 victories each.
Still not convinced, then check Vettel's statistics for the 2013 season: apart from the 13 race victories, he has achieved 9 pole positions, 7 fastest laps, 16 podium finishes, and has finished the season with 397 points, a whole 155 points clear of the 2nd place Alonso ( 242 points ), and 198 of the 3rd position occupied by his teammate Mark Webber ( 199 ).
You can say what you want about Sebastian Vettel, by you cannot deny that he has a lot of talent and astonishing speed.
Sebastian Vettel - Malaysia - 2013
How did the other racers fared?
This season was monopolized by Vettel to the point where all of the other racers had gathered less that half of the German's victories ( Vettel = 13 and Fernando Alonso + Nico Rosberg + Lewis Hamilton + Kimi Räikkonen = 6 ).
Yes, I know, you've heard this before, but this season truly was as one-sided as they get. There wasn't any consistency in terms of podium finishes for any driver except, you know who, and a simple glance at the driver's standings will reveal just that. If you look at the standings, you will see that, after 19 races, only 3 drivers have had consecutive finishes on the podium (other than the champion, of course) and those are: F.Alonso who has registered three consecutive 2nd places in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.
There is also Kimi Räikkonen which had three straight 2nd place finishes
in China, Bahrain and Spain, while Romain Grosjean has had three consecutive 3rd place finishes in Korea, Japan and India. These are all the drivers that have accomplished something resembling consistency this season.
Also, after 10 stages, even if Vettel was first, there was some unpredictability, as
Alonso, Lewis, Kimi and Rosberg have got some wins to their names, but
nobody could predict the Red Bull's and, especially Vettel's period of domination that was about to begin. The last 9 races were all won by the German champion, a period in which he also registered 6 pole position starts and 4 fastest laps.
Paul di Resta - Adrian Sutil - Malaysia 2013
The pleasant surprise of the season.
The most impressive driver this season, probably was Romain Grosjean, as the French racing driver doubled the tally of his last season's podium finishes by getting in the top three 6 times, thus raising his number of career podium finishes to 9.
He finished the season with 132 points, 39 behind Nico Rosberg and 51 behind the former World-Champion and teammate Kimi.
Nico Rosberg has also improved quite a lot compared to 2012, but I still think Grosjean is the most impressive as he continued to stay relatively close to Nico although Mercedes has had a good season finishing second behind Red Bull in the Constructors Table.
In fact, the only drivers that finished in the top ten last season and did
the same this one, and have actually improved their final point tally were Vettel,
Webber, Nico Rosberg and Grosjean ( and yes, I know that last season there were 20 races and this one we had only 19, but the information is still relevant ).
What this means? It means that all of the rivals that Vettel had in the road to his 4th consecutive title had under-performed ( except Webber but, let's face it, he wasn't rated really high to win the title this season ). So, if you think about it, it does make sense, Vettel won in 2012, drove better while his rivals weren't as good as the year before, so, it's not a huge surprise that he wins the tittle again, in 2013.
The unpleasant surprise of the season.
The unpleasant surprise of the season must be McLaren. The British team has obviously slowed down in recent seasons, but it hasn't finished in the constructor's championship outside the top three teams since 2004, when they finished on 5th position, the same as this season ( I have taken into consideration the 2007 season, when they were excluded, but if that hadn't happened, McLaren would have finished 2nd with 203 points, one point behind Ferrari ).
The other thing that may worry McLaren is that 2013 is the first season since 2006 when they haven't registered a single win, and even more worringly, this season is the first since 1980 when they havent registered a single podium finish.
Just to see how average McLaren was this season, both former world champion Jenson Button and his teammate Sergio Pérez have gathered less points than the surprise I was talking earlier, Romain Grosjean, as the French driver managed to gather 132 points in 2013, 10 more than the combined efforts of Jenson and Sergio.
In the end, looking back at the 2013 Formula 1 season, there has been the same domination from Red Bull and, especially, Vettel that we've witnessed for the last years, and, even in the early stages of the championship, we had seen a depressing lack of ambition from all drivers except Sebastian Vettel, that couldn't lead to anything other than the prevail of the multiple German champion.
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What will the 2014 season bring?
It is way to early to make any predictions now, just after the end of the current season and especially that, from 2014, the new turbo, 1.6 liter, V6 engines will be introduced.
Only after the preseason testing sessions, we will see which is the fastest car, and who is the fastest driver, and although the testing results won't be too relevant to the outcome of the 2014 season, it will give us a glimpse of what we're about to witness, at least, in the start of the competition.
There are a few possible scenarios, the first being a continuation of the
Red Bull and Vettel domination we've seen so far.
Another scenario, with the multiple changes to the engine and KERS system, may be the appearance of a team that uses those changes in its favour and takes the title before anyone realizes what has happened. Remember Brawn GP anyone?
There is also the third posibility, of less performance differences between the teams, thus leading to more action. This final scenario, that probably everybody is expecting, isn't that likely to materialise, except if some of the younger drivers will get a fast car and really cause some upsets to the favourites, other than that, I don't see this scenario becoming reality.
Why? Because most champions we've had since the "Schumacher era" had prefered to play it safe, by doing well in the qualifying session, driving safely in the race and getting in front of other drivers mostly with the help of fast pit stops.
To be honest the era of wheel to wheel overtaking action seems long gone, and the only thing close to suspense we had in recent years was a compact driver's table where the leaders could change from one race to the other.
That doesn't mean that it will be the same story next year, but we will just have to wait and see, I guess.
That being said, tell me: how was this season in your oppinion, and what
do you expect from the next one? Leave your thoughts in the comments area
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