|2013 Bahrain Grand Prix|
|Race 4 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Bahrain International Circuit
|Date||21 April 2013|
|Official name||2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix|
Bahrain International Circuit|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.412 km (3.363 mi)|
|Distance||57 laps, 308.238 km (191.530 mi)|
|Attendance||73,000 (Weekend) 31,000 (Race Day)|
|Driver||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:36.961 on lap 55|
The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 21 April 2013 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg started the race from pole. Sebastian Vettel won the race, with Lotus F1 drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean completing the podium.
Contested over 57 laps, it was the fourth round of the 2013 season, and the ninth time that the Bahrain Grand Prix had been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship. The controversial race went ahead despite ongoing protests which had been taking place since the cancellation of the 2011 event. This race also marked the 200th Grand Prix for Mark Webber.
This was also the last Bahrain Grand Prix to take place during the daytime, as the event switched to a night race from the 2014 race onwards.
Tyre supplier Pirelli had originally planned to bring their hard and soft compounds of tyre to the race, to be designated as the prime and the option respectively. However, the teams experienced problems with the soft compound at the Chinese Grand Prix, with the tyres degrading after just seven laps, which prompted Pirelli to alter their allocation for the Bahrain Grand Prix, changing the options from the soft compound to the medium. Before the race, a minute of silence was held as a mark of respect for those who had lost their lives in the Boston Marathon bombings six days earlier.
In the context of the ongoing Bahraini uprising, public protests also occurred over the 2013 staging of the race, after the 2011 event was cancelled and the 2012 event went ahead despite efforts by demonstrators to disrupt the race. According to Reuters, the race went ahead "largely unhindered" by the protests. Reflecting on the changes in the government strategy compared to 2012, they concluded that the public relations battle over this year's race had produced a stalemate, reflecting the situation in the opposition movement generally.
At the start, Nico Rosberg kept his lead into the first corner, with Vettel and Alonso keeping close company. On the second lap, Vettel went into the lead, and Alonso went into second place. Around the same time, Adrian Sutil, Jean-Éric Vergne and Giedo van der Garde were involved in a collision. Vergne eventually retired on lap 16, with damage caused by a puncture. Sutil would remain in 13th place, stuck behind Nico Hülkenberg for most of the race. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso was complaining about his DRS system not working properly. It was in fact stuck open. He pitted to get the wing fixed. However, when trying to overtake, it got stuck open again, and was forced to remain without DRS for the rest of the race. He eventually finished 8th as a result. There was drama between the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez. The two went onto the radio, and complained about each other battling aggressively for the past few laps. Button fell to 10th by the closing stages, while Pérez managed to get into 6th, only two seconds ahead of Webber and Alonso, and only 6 tenths behind Lewis Hamilton at the finish. Rosberg had fallen rapidly down the field, and would barely finish in the points, in 9th. Paul di Resta on the other hand, was more successful. He was running in third place at the finishing stages, before Romain Grosjean took the honours with just a few laps remaining. Grosjean's teammate Kimi Räikkönen managed to get into second place, and stay there until the end of the race. Vettel was challenged by him, but he held his own until the flag had fallen, taking his second victory of the season. Felipe Massa on the other hand, had a disappointing weekend. He qualified well in 4th place, but during the race, dropped to 15th place due to two tyre failures.
|2||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:33.327||1:32.746||1:32.584||2|
|5||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:33.966||1:33.098||1:33.078||72|
|7||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:33.762||1:33.335||1:33.235||5|
|8||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:34.048||1:33.378||1:33.246||6|
|10||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||1:34.071||1:33.702||no time||10|
|13||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:34.120||1:33.974||13|
|16||18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:34.314||1:34.284||16|
|21||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:36.304||20|
|107% time: 1:39.379|
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||57||1:36:00.498||2||25|
|4||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||57||+21.727||5||12|
|7||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||57||+37.244||7||6|
|13||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||57||+1:16.719||6|
|16||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||56||+1 lap||13|
|17||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||56||+1 lap||18|
|18||12||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber-Ferrari||56||+1 lap||22|
|19||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||56||+1 lap||19|
|20||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||56||+1 lap||21|
|21||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||55||+2 laps||20|
|Ret||18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||16||Puncture damage||16|