Nov 19

Austin GP – F1 2013

Sebastian Vettel - Action

F1 reportage has been a cut and paste affair this year.  Vettel and Red Bull in 1st with a small number of people rotating between the next two steps of the podium every race.  The Austin GP was no different.  Hit the jump for our brief recap and some pictures that don’t include Texas Armadillos.

As boring as the season has been we need to remember that history is being made during every race at this point.  Sebastien Vettel has solidified his place in the F1 record books and his win at the Austin GP gives the most consecutive wins in a season.  That record was formerly held by the legendary Alberto Ascari and it has stood since 1952.  Vettel is also one race way from tying the record for most wins in a season, set by the brother of F1 great Ralf Schumacher.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber - ActionWhile it makes for a boring season, it is hard to be disappointed when we really are witnessing such a record breaking performance.

Sebastian Vettel - ActionWhat else happened at the Austin GP?  Sadly not a lot, at this point in the season most of the teams are phoning it in.

USA_FRI_Alonso_146Alonso managed to claw his way up to 5th from 6th on the grid.  An uninspiring drive but one has to imagine that the Spaniard is looking more towards 2014 at this point.  Ferrari does have a shot at second in the constructors championship and hopefully the fact that the final race is in Brazil will inspire Massa to pull his thumb out and finish his Ferrari career on a high note.

USA_SUN_Heikki_164Notable by his absence, Kimi Raikkonen  was out with back sugery and will not return this year.  His Lotus seat during the Austin GP was taken by another Finn, Heikki Kovalainen, who had the unenviable job of jumping into an unfamiliar car and trying to score points.  While showing promising speed during practice Heikki slipped from 8th to finish the race in 14th.

Sebastian Vettel - ActionWhile Vettel looked like he was out for a Sunday drive, his teammate Webber spent most of the race in a pitched battle with the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.  If it were a race for the top step of the podium it might have been a little more exciting.

With Red Bull’s current dominance it is hard to imagine that they won’t be the strongest team during the 2014 season, even with the new regulations.

As always I leave you with a gallery of images, though to be honest even the photos were a little boring this week.

For all the latest results from the Austin GPcheck out the official Formula 1 website.