March 17th, 2013
After Vettel started from where he left off in 2012 at pole position, it was the Finn that crawled up from 7th to 1st in the race, starting off the season in fine style. In 2012, Raikkonen lacked the pace to win a race, and here he was at Melbourne Park- leading the world championship for the first time since his victory in 2007 with Ferrari. Alonso finished second, followed by Vettel- who was disappointed after dominating qualifying on the weekend.
March 24th, 2013
This time, no mistakes for Vettel. He started on pole and led almost every lap of the race, until he was faced with a stiff challenge from his own teammate Webber in the end. He held on, capping a perfect weekend with a Red Bull 1-2, after Alonso crashed out in the second lap.
April 14th, 2013
Mercedes’ first of many pole positions this season. But Hamilton couldn’t convert it into race form. Alonso made amends for Sepang and won his first race of the season, and his 31st of his career. He closed in to 9 points of Vettel- the leader- while Raikkonen continued his podium form in 2nd.
April 21st, 2013
Another Mercedes on pole, this time Rosberg. Raikkonen finished on the podium (2nd) for the third time in 4 races, and this consistency would have taken him to the top in any era but…it was Vettel that stood tall again. He took the checkered flag by a healthy 9 seconds, with Alonso finishing a disappointing 8th.
May 12th, 2013
Rosberg continued his impressive qualifying form with his second consecutive pole, but could only finished 6th. Alonso won his home Grand Prix, followed by Raikkonen once again. Vettel finished 4th.
May 26th, 2013
Thirty years after his father won it here, Rosberg finally converted his pole to a win. It was Mercedes’ fourth consecutive pole position and Rosberg’s 3rd. He held off a charging Vettel on the narrow famous track, and held his nerves to give Mercedes their first win of the season.
June 9th, 2013
Vettel broke the run of Mercedes poles with his 3rd pole position of the season, and his 3rd win of the season. He was followed by a limping Alonso in 2nd, who managed to hold off a charging Hamilton- who was about to start his own purple qualifying patch.
June 30th, 2013
It was an all Mercedes weekend, with Hamilton’s second pole position of the season, and Rosberg’s second win of an inconsistent season. It was also the weekend the famous Pirelli breakdown occurred, with 4 different incidents. Rosberg drove a brave race to hold off a charging Red Bull, but it wasn’t Vettel. The German had retired earlier with a gearbox problem, and his contenders Alonso and Raikkonen couldn’t take full advantage finishing 3rd and 5th respectively.
July 7th, 2013
Another Hamilton pole, and another Vettel win- the first at his home Grand Prix. This put him comfortably in the championship lead after a rare failure- with Raikkonen enduring his 3rd second place of the season. Alonso finished 4th to fall behind.
July 28th, 2013
Hamilton enjoys his own third consecutive pole position, and Mercedes’ unprecedented 7th pole in 10 races. This time, the Brit converts- and wins his first ever race with his new team, and catapults himself back into contention only a few points behind Alonso in the standings. No surprise, Raikkonen finished second AGAIN.
August 25th, 2013
Hamilton on pole, Vettel victory- putting him 46 points clear of second placed Alonso. Raikkonen retired for the first time in 39 races and didn’t score a point for the first time in 27 races- falling to fourth in the overall standings behind a consistent Hamilton.
Races to go:
Italian Grand Prix, Singapore Grand Prix, Korean Grand Prix, Japanese Grand Prix, Indian Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, US Grand Prix and Brazilian Grand Prix.