Part three of a review of the year (2013) in Formula One, following part one (January & February) and part two (March, April & May).
Paul di Resta, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber topped the three practice sessions prior to qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel secured pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton and an impressive Valtteri Bottas. Vettel went on to win the race.
Force India celebrated 100 GP at the Canadian Grand Prix.
A marshal was tragically killed after falling in front of a recovery truck picking up a stricken Sauber after the race.
Sebastian Vettel put an end to the increasing speculation that he would be moving to Ferrari in 2014. He signed a contract extension that will see him stay at Red Bull until the end of 2015 at least.
A date was set by the FIA’s International Tribunal for the case against Mercedes and Pirelli. Mercedes said: “We welcome the opportunity to explain the full facts of the Pirelli test in an open and transparent manner at the International Tribunal”. The hearing took place on June 20th.
The results of the International Tribunal saw Mercedes banned from the Young Driver Test and reprimanded, sharing the costs of the trial with Pirelli. The full findings can be found here.
The first driver to win a Formula One world championship race for Ferrari, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, passed away aged 90.
Lotus announced that they had sold 35% of the team to an investment company – Infinity Racing Partners Limited.
Renault revealed images of their 2014 Formula One engine. They also revealed that it was called Energy F1-2014.
Christian Horner received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Williams chose the British Grand Prix, the location of their first race win and their 100th race win, as the location of their celebrations for their 600th Grand Prix. Their actual 600th start was at the German Grand Prix in July.
Perhaps the biggest news of June, however, was Mark Webber’s announcement that he would be retiring from the sport at the end of 2013. Rumours had been rife surrounding his future and he announced at the end of June that he would be leaving Formula One and joining Porsche’s sportscar team in the World Endurance Championship.
Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg topped the first three practice sessions at the British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took pole position but it was Rosberg who won the race. Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso both also finished on the podium.
At the start of July Pirelli announced that Kevlar-belted tyres would be used at the German Grand Prix, with a new compound being introduced from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel topped practice ahead of qualifying for the German Grand Prix. Hamilton took pole position but Vettel won the race – his first race win in the month of July and his first home Grand Prix victory.
A FOM camera man was injured in the pit-lane after being hit by a loose wheel. As a consequence, the FIA put further safety measures in place to ensure the incident did not happen again.
The Young Driver test was expanded to include regular race drivers following the fall out from Mercedes’ ‘secret’ Pirelli test. Carlos Sainz Jr was the fastest ‘young driver’, behind Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
Daniel Ricciardo tested for Red Bull at the Young Driver Test as they continued to assess drivers to replace Mark Webber.
Honda revealed that they would be making Milton Keynes their base for their European racing operation.
Marussia revealed that they would be using Ferrari engines from 2014 onwards. The partnership means that their three year relationship with Cosworth will be coming to an end.
Williams announced that Pat Symonds would be joining the team as their new chief technical officer.
In other technical news, Ferrari confirmed speculation that James Allison was returning to the team. His arrival at the start of September would see him take on the title of chassis technical director.
Sebastian Vettel topped the first two practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean was fastest in FP3 but it was Lewis Hamilton who secured pole position. He went on to win the race – his first victory for Mercedes – with Kimi Raikkonen securing second and Vettel third.
Adrian Sutil celebrated his 100th Grand Prix at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Hungarian Grand Prix was the last race of 2013 won by someone other than Sebastian Vettel.
August saw teams take the mandatory two week summer break with factories shutting down.
During the summer break Kimi Raikkonen took part in a GP3 test for his friend Afa Heikkinen, team manager of Koiranen GP. He told the GP3 website: “I was curious to see how the car handled and it was actually fun to drive.”
David Ward announced that he would be standing in the FIA Presidential election. He formerly held the position of Director General of the FIA Foundation.
Here is how the season looked in numbers at the half-way stage.
Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel topped the practice sessions when racing resumed in Belgium after a month’s break. Lewis Hamilton denied Vettel another pole position but Vettel took the race win, starting his dominating string of nine victories in a row.