Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2013

Top ten pictures from the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Friday practice

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sepang, 2013

Friday practice for Mercedes looked more like a dress rehearsal for the race with the two W04s running line astern. But it was Lewis Hamilton who finished ahead of Rosberg on Sunday after the latter was told to hold his position.

Tyre wear was a significant problem during Friday running as can be seen from the condition of Rosberg’s rear tyres.

Paul di Resta, Force India, Friday practice

Paul di Resta, Force India, Sepang, 2013

Paul di Resta locks a right-front tyre at turn 15 during practice.

The same corner of the car gave the team a lot of trouble in the race as they found themselves unable to change the tyre due to problems with their new wheel nuts. As a result both Force Indias had to retire.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Qualifying

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Sepang, 2013

Romain Grosjean keeps cool in the pits. Saturday did not go well for the Lotus driver as he failed to make it into Q3 when the rain came.

But he recovered in the race to finish sixth ahead of team mate and round one winner Kimi Raikkonen.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013

The top ten shoot-out hinged on which drivers elected to put a fresh set of intermediates on. Sebastian Vettel did and won pole position.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Malaysian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2013

Ferrari marked Fernando Alonso’s 200th appearance at a race weekend ahead of the start of the race.

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Malaysian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Sepang, 2013

McLaren shelter Sergio Perez’s car from the rain on the grid.

Malaysian Grand Prix start

Start, Sepang, 2013

Alonso nudged Vettel at turn two shortly after the start. “It was a surprise to find him there, almost stopped,” he said afterwards.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Malaysian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2013

Alonso tried to press on without changing his damaged wing but his gamble failed and he retired at the start of lap two.

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Malaysian Grand Prix

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Sepang, 2013

Jules Bianchi kept Valtteri Bottas behind him for seven laps early in the race, and had the other Williams of Pastor Maldonado on his tail later as well.

Podium, Malaysian Grand Prix

Podium, Sepang, 2013

Smiles were in short supply on the podium as Vettel realised the trouble his refusal to follow team orders had caused him, Mark Webber fumed at his lost victory and Hamilton was unhappy at his team telling Rosberg to hold station.

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17 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix”

  1. I can think of a caption for Seb’s first picture there:

    Alonso: Soon…

    1. and then, in the grand prix star picture:

      Alonso: **** too soon

  2. this is what is probably going through their minds

    WEB : !@!##$!#$ .
    VET : I made it . We can handle the problems for later ..15 days for the next GP.
    HAM:Almost conflicted and sad .Damn I can’t even celebrate my first win for merc delightfully .

  3. Amazing pictures, @keithcollantine! Please don’t ever drop this feature – it’s my absolute favorite part of F1Fanatic (besides your editorials, and all the comments!!) and there’s nowhere else I know of to go and get such consistently awesome pics!

    1. I agree, also I truly appreciate that you can link to a high-res version of each image – I set them as my wallpaper from time to time, keep up the good work!

  4. Alonso 200th GP pic: “This race will be stravagante!!”

  5. Hey @keithcollantine do you have a picture of Hamilton in the McLaren pits, of that moment exactly, it was too hilarious and worthy of a top moment in Malaysia. If you have can you please upload it?

  6. Ok caption this
    (Alonso on a bike picture)
    I’m gonna have a go first

    Alonso: *sigh*…200th GP.

    1. “The Upgrades to the F138 have proven less efficient than expected.”

  7. Massa: “Come on! Who was it! Who stole my red pants!!”
    The two bald guys on the far left: “He’ll never guess it was us” *Biting their lips trying not to laugh*

    1. Caption for Alonso’s 200th appearance pic.

    1. lol awesome !

    2. Nice one ;-)

  8. Lovely pics as always Keith, but this caption “Paul di Resta locks a right-front tyre at turn 15 during practice” – surely that’s the left front that’s puffing out the smoke. Or have I misunderstood as usual?

  9. Thanks Keith, amazing pics! That Force India looks superb against the “moving” track and the locked tyre.

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