Official Formula 1 thread (2013 season)

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Re: Official Formula 1 thread (2013 season)

Postby beken » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:27 am

Not much to say about Abu Dhabi. I missed the race. TV coverage of F1 racing is absolutely terrible here. They pre-empt all the passes and crashes and anything else that happens in other wise boring races with commercials.

The Abu Dhabi grand prix was pre-empted with 3 hours of hockey highlights (played over and over again). So I missed recording the race.

In anycase, Vettel in the Redbull won the race by over 30 seconds again. This time, over his teammate. So the naysayers who think Vettel is really not a very good drive but has the best car are just missing the facts. They forget, Vettel in his rookie year won his first race in a Toro Rosso, which is usually a back marker car, even by today's standards. Again Vettel held the advantage of having an extra set of tires available to him because it appears he has found the secret to making them last 2 to 4 laps longer than his fellow F1 drivers and at speed too.

Next up, the US grand prix from Austin Texas.

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Re: Official Formula 1 thread (2013 season)

Postby beken » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:42 am

The US grand prix in Austin Texas came and went. Vettel led from beginning to end. His teammate went from second on the starting grid to 4th and then recovered to 3rd. Other than Lotus, it appears the other teams have just given up even though 2nd place in the championship to 10th are all still up for grabs and won't be decided until next week in Brazil for the final race of the season.

Those who think F1 was boring this year simply did not watch the races. They just looked at the standings and as Vettel pulled away, decided that was it. The truth was, the other teams simply gave up after the midway point. Vettel mastered managing his tires. Though Ferrari fans boo'd Vettel, and others who were not fans of Redbull did the same, they should be booing the teams they support. For them to say Vettel should slow down so there would be more exciting competition and passing during the race are missing the whole point of a championship. Those who pay to watch expect each and every driver and team to do absolutely everything they can to win. Vettel and Redbull just did their jobs. Everybody else other than, perhaps Lotus, failed to compete. Fernando Alonso drove his heart out, but Ferrari failed to continue to develop their car and instead turned their attention to next year, about midway through the season. This is a great disservice to the racing fan and the fans that boo'd Redbull and Sebastian Vettel should be angry at the lack of competition.

Next race, Brazil. Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus still have a chance at 2nd place in the constructor championships.

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Re: Official Formula 1 thread (2013 season)

Postby beken » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:59 am

The 2013 Formula 1 racing season came to an end in Brazil. For some, finally. The Championships...driver and constructors, was won 5 races ago. However, second place in the constructors championship was decided in this final race of the season. Ferrari went in with a lead for 2nd place only to lose to Mercedes.

I thought this might be a race where Vettel might "gift" a win to Webber in his final race of the year. However, Webber made a terrible start ... again... of the race and had to fight his way back to come in second. Alonso in the Ferrari came in third.

It was an eventful season. Some would have said it was boring because Redbull was so dominant but those people hardly watch racing at all. They just look for the result. Redbull worked the hardest all season and the rest of the field gave up and decided to concentrate on the 2014 new regulations. That's a shame. The season was boring because all the teams other than Redbull ripped off the paying F1 fans by deciding to abandon the season half way through. Lotus made a valiant effort to keep up with the top teams, but in the end, not paying your drivers is a good way to ruin all that effort. Congratulations to Mercedes for coming in ahead of Ferrari in the constructors championship.

Onwards to 2014.


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