The race was expected to be action-packed after Nico Rosberg was knocked out in Q2, leaving him with a lot of work to do come Sunday.
The race itself was not short of incidents: Felipe Massa spun out in the early stages, Jules Bianchi’s Marussia burst into flames then rolled across the track bringing out the safety car and of course that shocking incident in the pits.
Sebastian Vettel rose above the chaos to win his home grand prix for the first time, repelling attacks from Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen at different stages of the race. Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers made of it all.
Great race – different strategies and a showdown ’til the last corner with tyres that allowed wheel-to-wheel racing. That’s how F1 should be.
Great race, really good fights for position all over the field, everyone was pushing as far as I could see. Again, we had a close finish. One more lap and it would have been even closer.
And look at it, no punctures today!
But not everyone was drawn into the battle between Vettel and the Lotuses:
Pretty boring. The gap to the leader might as well have been 30 seconds for all the difference it made.
Highlight of the race was Bianchi’s car rolling slowly across the track under it’s own volition.
Others felt F1 is still dominated to an unhealthy degree by a single subject:
Yet another event dominated by tyres, tyres and tyres. Wearing very thin this narrative. So they didn’t blow up, hallelujah! A tyre manufacturer has managed to make a tyre that doesn’t explode when used. Congratulations.
How about making a tyre that race drivers can use to race instead of this contrived artificial substitute for water sprinklers.
Bianchi’s dramas brought out the Safety Car, which remained on track for seven laps lasting over a quarter of an hour in total. Some felt that was too much:
So we watch a NASCAR-style F1 race, with the Safety Car coming for no other reason than to reduce the distances between the cars. It cancelled all the correct strategies that some teams and drivers made.
Bianchi’s car was no longer on the track, so the Safety Car should have entered back immediately, instead it closed the field, severely altering the result of the race.
F1 needs to change the Safety Car rules, sometimes it comes out for no reason and always stays at least two laps too long.
It was a solid race but that Safety Car was out for too long.
Naturally the incident in the pits provoked a lot of debate:
My heart sunk when I saw Webber’s pit crew botch his stop as I was really looking forward to seeing whether he had done enough to sneak past Vettel for the lead.
I am glad that the cameraman that got hit by Webber’s wheel is okay.
A shiver down the spine when Webber’s wheel flew away, my mind went back to Imola ’94.
I think the pit crews, particularly among certain teams (I won’t name names), are starting to seriously ignore safety in their pursuit of lower pit stop times.
Others were unhappy that Red Bull’s mistake didn’t have greater consequences for Webber’s race:
The thing that was unfair was Red Bull made a terrible and dangerous mistake in the pits and Webber dropped a lap but, purely because of the the weird rules, got a massive advantage by being allowed to unlap, (while behind the Safety Car) catch up from the back, warm up his tyres and steam past all the cars on colder tyres that were having to drive at the much slower pace car speed. Then he ended up in the points.
What happened in the pits should have been race-ending. The guy on the wheel clearly indicated there was something wrong but the lollipop guy let him go. What happened to waiting for the guys on the wheels to put their hands up to show they were done?
Red Bull later confirmed the person operating the wheel gun had accidentally pressed a button on the gun which sent an indication that the car was ready to be released.
I think this one post though sums up the 2013 German Grand Prix
There was suspense but no real fight for the lead. once red bull got the lead they managed it perfectly, and in the end they managed to win in a front-limited circuit, something very important for their form.
The fact that Red Bull managed great pit-stops except one weighed in my score, it was a shame to miss Webber so early and more importantly it was a very dangerous incident.
I really get angered when a race fails to deliver in the end and when a team repeatedly botches their own chances of victory, so frustrating.
More importantly of course we saw a shocking incident that seriously hurt someone.
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2013 Rate the Race results
|2013 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.826|
|2013 Australian Grand Prix||7.698|
|2013 German Grand Prix||7.643|
|2013 Chinese Grand Prix||7.412|
|2013 British Grand Prix||7.394|
|2013 Malaysian Grand Prix||6.826|
|2013 Canadian Grand Prix||6.329|
|2013 Monaco Grand Prix||6.132|
|2013 Spanish Grand Prix||5.947|
2013 German Grand Prix
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