F1 2013 Season Review: Vettel Makes It Four

When you have to put a word on what happened in the
2013 formula one season, it can only come down to one word: domination.

For the first time since 2004, no driver has broken
or tied records so much as Sebastian Vettel. Considering in comparison with
Michael Schumacher, who clinched that championship by winning the French Grand
Prix midway through the year, Vettel took a little longer to win his fourth
consecutive world title by winning in India, and took the last nine races, tying the record set in 1952-53
by Alberto Ascari. He also tied Schumacher’s 2004 record of 13 wins in a single

So what does this leave the others on the rest of
the grid? It seems that Vettel himself did everything he could. In addition to
winning grands prix in Malaysia, Bahrain, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Korea,
Japan, India and Brazil, he added additional first time win on his home track
in Germany, and won the United States Grand Prix weeks ago in Texas. Is there
one race he has never won? Would you believe that there is and that is at the
Hungaroring in Hungary, where 1st year Mercedes driver Lewis
Hamilton took his only win in what was a disappointing season for the Briton.

However, considering Hamilton had a difficult season
as a driver, his team edged Ferrari out for second in the world constructor’s
championship and together with Hamilton’s victory; teammate Nico Rosberg went
one step further, with wins in Monaco and Great Britain, when Vettel
experienced the only technical failure of the season, laps from the end.

Ferrari also experienced one of its toughest years
on memory despite Fernando Alonso taking two wins in China and a very impressive
victory at his home race in Spain. The only other race winner of the season was
Kimi Raikkonen, who triumphed in the opening race in Australia, only to end up at
the finish of the season’s having back surgery; perhaps an excuse to not being
paid by Lotus on time, which led to the Finn opting for a drive at Ferrari in

Mark Webber wrapped up his F1 career at the last
race in Brazil, and with it probably no regrets knowing that he no longer has
to be a teammate to Vettel especially after their controversial race in
Malaysia. But the Australian’s replacement is a driver of a strong personality,
who is Webber’s countryman Daniel Riccardo, who leaves Toro Rosso to now become
Vettel co-driver next season. Also in addition are the end of the V-8 engines,
which have been around for years now. Many questioned how this engine would be
like when it first appeared, but now it will be replaced by the Turbo V-6
models, which now makes those questions come back again.

Certain teams are still looking for drivers for next
season, and this could be the most movable driver market in years. Lotus, Force
India, and Sauber still have not finalized their line-ups, and the off-season
should be very exciting. So now that there is a break, F1 fans can now look
forward to a little rest. But be aware that a whole new season waits next March
with plenty of different changes that could make 2014 the most interesting
season in years.

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