India Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel sealed his fourth consecutive Formula 1 World Championship crown with a dominant Indian Grand Prix victory.

Webber’s misfortune promoted Kimi Raikkonen to second, the Lotus driver attempting to make it to the finish with a 52-lap stint on medium Pirellis.

But the Finn could not hold off the two-stopping Rosberg, who used his DRS to ease into second with eight laps remaining. He finished 29s behind Vettel as Red Bull clinched the constructors’ title.

Raikkonen’s pace during the final few laps was over a second slower than those chasing him, including team-mate Grosjean, whose rubber was 46 laps old by the finish.

The Frenchman, who started 17th, pulled onto Raikkonen’s tail with four laps to go and passed the Finn for third at the exit of Turn 4, only to cede back the place immediately to avoid a penalty.

Raikkonen let Grosjean by further around the lap to allow the Frenchman to to finish on the podium for a third straight race. He was then passed by Massa for fourth as they crossed the start/finish line seconds later.

The battling Hamilton and Perez were with Raikkonen a lap-and-a-half later, Perez using his DRS and KERS to pass both down the back straight and take fifth

Raikkonen, who lost sixth to Hamilton during the same move, pitted for fresh rubber with just two laps to go, but was able to remain ahead of Paul di Resta and set the race’s fastest lap right at the death.

Raikkonen hampered by overheating brakes:

“I did the first 20 laps with hardly any brakes on the car,” he said.

“They overheated massively and every time I got close to somebody I lost the brakes.

“In the end we lost the tyres too. It’s very disappointing.”

Raikkonen and his Lotus team had a blunt radio exchange as his team-mate Romain Grosjean closed in on him late on.

After resisting Grosjean’s first passing attempt, Raikkonen eased off and let him pass.

“It’s normal to move out of the way, but you can’t do it in a fast corner,” he said when quizzed about the argument.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           1h31:12.187
 2.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +    29.823
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +    39.892
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    41.692
 5.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +    43.829
 6.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    52.400
 7.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +  1:07.900
 8.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +  1:12.800
 9.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +  1:14.700
10.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:16.200
11.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +  1:18.200
12.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +  1:18.900
13.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
14.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +     1 lap
15.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
16.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +     1 lap
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
18.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
19.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    6 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:27.679

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Webber         Red Bull-Renault             40
Pic            Caterham-Renault             36
van der Garde  Caterham-Renault             2

World Championship standings, round 16:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        322        1.  Red Bull-Renault          470
 2.  Alonso        207        2.  Mercedes                  313
 3.  Raikkonen     183        3.  Ferrari                   309
 4.  Hamilton      169        4.  Lotus-Renault             285
 5.  Webber        148        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           93
 6.  Rosberg       144        6.  Force India-Mercedes       68
 7.  Massa         102        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             45
 8.  Grosjean      102        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         32
 9.  Button         60        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       40       
11.  Huleknberg     39       
12.  Perez          33       
13.  Sutil          28       
14.  Ricciardo      19       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Gutierrez       6       
17.  Maldonado       1


BBC Post-race interview:

Lotus Quotes:

Lotus to discuss intra-team battle

Eric Boullier: “They are free to race each other. It’s true that we maybe expected a little bit of an easier manoeuvre, let’s say. You are never happy when you see both cars fighting and one car going off so you just make sure everything is going in the team interest. I’m going to speak to both of them in Abu Dhabi. We are working for these guys to deliver, but there is a team behind them and you always have to think about the team. If Kimi’s tyres would not have dropped off he would have been on the podium. We let them race, which is normal, but the tyres dropped off and we tried to save the maximum number of points for Kimi. We had the fear of the tyres dropping off for Romain. We had an engine issue as well when we had to switch off everything to make sure the engine would last to the end. There was a lot of stress behind which is not always easy to manage. Kimi is a competitor. He is racing everybody and I can understand this. But when you are racing in certain conditions, you are racing and I am fine with that. When the tyres are dropping off and you are two seconds off the pace against your team-mate you try not to make a drama of this.”

Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 7th: “We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated massively, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it’s been a pretty disappointing day. I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but there wasn’t much to lose between trying to get to the end and making an extra pit stop in terms of time lost. In the end it didn’t work.”

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “If you had told me yesterday that I’d be on the podium here I would have said you were crazy! Straight from the beginning of the race I felt very comfortable on the option tyres and we looked in pretty good shape, then we fitted the mediums and the car was really quick. I lost quite a lot of time behind [Esteban] Gutierrez which maybe cost us the fight for second, but we managed to come back from that well. When I saw that I was fourth in front of [Felipe] Massa with 27 laps to go I knew it was going to be close with him as we had to take care of the tyres, plus we had an engine issue at the end of the race which made things quite tricky. In the final laps Kimi was really struggling with his tyres so I managed to pass him and luckily had enough pace to keep Felipe behind. Before the race our best prediction was fourth if we had a strong start and a perfect race, so it was an amazing result and a great performance from the team.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “It’s been an eventful weekend. In the end it was a brilliant job from the team and a great performance from Romain, who had a very strong drive and managed to conserve his tyre performance right to the end. He was fast today despite having to nurse his engine, and being on the podium is a good reward for the whole team. Obviously it’s disappointing that the tyres couldn’t last long enough for Kimi as being third and fourth would have been an amazing result for the team and very useful in the Constructors’ Championship, but we’ll keep fighting hard until the end of the season and we’ll give some headaches to the other teams. We give our congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull for their Championship victory today, and also our promise that we’re working hard to give them a tougher battle in 2014.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was a fantastic race from both drivers, even though the strategy didn’t quite work out for Kimi. We started with a plan of two stops for him but made the call to go for one after losing time stuck behind Nico [Hulkenberg]. Unfortunately the tyres didn’t quite last as long as he needed and he was forced into making a late stop for fresh rubber. It was a fantastic drive from Romain again and a great call from our strategy team to move him from seventeenth to third; that was just brilliant. Romain’s engine pneumatic system’s air consumption was a big worry and we had to use every trick in the book to avoid him retiring as per Singapore. Overall, a great team performance today.”

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6 thoughts on “India Grand Prix – Race Results

  1. I used to like Lotus but seeing their behaviour recently i hate them. What is wrong with Kimi going to Ferrari, cut all the necessary supply? it won’t make Grossjean better than Kimi, okay.
    What they did to Kimi just show how unprofessional they are, they claim there’s no politic there, sure there is. I know Kimi won’t tale tell to anyone about how the team treat him differently but we all have eyes and ears and Lotus should prepare to have Kimi’s fans hatred now. I thank them to give Kimi chance to race at his comeback year but I also despise them for treating Kimi like an outsider right after his decision to move.


  2. I said it before and I’ll say it again. I suspect Lotus decided to go all out with Grosjean (and I don’t blame them). But its a shame that Kimi can’t end his ’13 campaign on a high (I hope I’m wrong on this).
    A couple of notes for Kimi, Ferrari should get Kimi a engineer with a strong character, somebody who can push Kimi to the limits and not the other way around. Kimi doesn’t have a good quali record, and he can’t just blame them on the tyres he needs to find a better way out of it.
    In terms of race management, I think kimi is one of the best but he needs to be more aggresive especially when his at the back of the order. I think an engineer that Kimi respect will be perfect for his second “stint” at Ferrari and maybe a second championship.


  3. Alan Permane’s behaviour today was unacceptable. First they ruin his pit stop, then his strategy then put the blame on him. 15 laps to the end Kimi was matching rosberg on much older tyres, they should have pitted him then, he would have finished at least third on fresher tyres. Lotus was clearly favouring Grosjean today, that’s disgusting.


    1. KL Wong aka CivicClan October 28, 2013 — 1:54 am

      Disgusting indeed


  4. Eric, learn to be more elegant in your undertakings. I’m no expert, but if Kimi had braking problems and then the tyres were dropping off. Then why on earth didn’t you call him in as soon as Rosberg got passed Kimi. You asked for problem when Kimi’s time was dropping considerably and Grosjean’s getting faster. Don’t talk as if you weren’t expecting trouble as soon as Kimi dropped to 3rd.
    Kimi has +/- 11 years of experience, he is not some cheap old driver who wouldn’t let a faster driver by, especially when there was no grib at whole. He was losing 2 seconds per lap, he knew it was a lost cause with Gros. Maybe yes, he blocked too much but it was no fuss (red. Webber vs Vettel @turkey). And that old looking man called Parmene should not maintain his position, he has become bias towards RG when he should be neutral.
    Lotus as an institution should show better behaviour and attitude, especially if they badly need some investments. As in football, players (drivers) come and go, Kimi doesn’t owe anything to Lotus he is just another employee living by his own personal interest. Lotus is a brand and business, it needs to show more responsability and respect. And not get into unnecessary internal intricts/politics…


  5. Transcript of the team radios:

    Kimi wasn’t told about Grosjean before he was sworn at.


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