F1 2013 Alternative Championships – Round 12/19: Italy

REIGNING world champion Sebastian Vettel cruised to his third win the last four races to seemingly put a fourth consecutive drivers’ championship beyond reasonable doubt.

This was Vettel’s third win at the legendary Monza circuit where he celebrated his maiden victory with Toro Rosso back in 2008, becoming the youngest pole-sitter and race winner too.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso didn’t managed to beat Vettel like he said he needed to in order to keep himself in the title hunt, while Lotus’s Kimi Räikkönen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton had their bad luck in qualifying spill over into the race. They could only manage 11th and ninth respectively.

Alonso wondering how he can out-do Vettel's celebrations...(Telegraph).

Alonso wondering how he can out-do Vettel’s celebrations…(Telegraph).

And now for some stats:

This was Vettel’s 32nd win, putting him joint fourth on the all-time list with Alonso.

Red Bull have now won 40 races and been on pole-position 50 times. Vettel has been responsible for 40 of those poles.

Vettel has now been on the podium 55 times, putting him tenth on the all-time list, and has now led for over 11,000km (11,025km). He’s also led over 300 laps this season.

Mark Webber and Alonso have now entered 210 Grand Prix and are now tenth on that list with Gerhard Berger.

Nico Hülkenberg achieved a much needed fifth place for Sauber, their best finish since Kamui Kobayashi’s third at Suzuka last season.

In other news

The driver merry-go-round for next season is in full swing.

Red Bull have announced what we all expected, that Daniel Ricciardo will be Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate next season and take the vacant position of Number Two Driver.

Ferrari on the other hand have announced that Kimi Räikkönen will re-join them next season, something I didn’t see coming a few weeks ago. The Finn won the drivers’ title for the Italian team in 2007 and will partner 2005 and 2006 World Champion Fernando Alonso.

This is the first time since pre-1996 (I suppose) that Ferrari will not have a team leader at the beginning of a new driver line-up, and it’s their first time since 1953 that they’ve had two world champions in their team (Alberto Ascari and Nino Farina).

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Russian Sergey Sirotkin has been confirmed as a Sauber driver for next season, assuming he earns his FIA Super Licence. He is currently ninth in this season’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series (the one below GP3 I believe).

1935 European Drivers’ Champions Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

26

2

Fernando Alonso

36

3

Kimi Räikkönen

36

4

Lewis Hamilton

41

5

Mark Webber

44

6

Nico Rosberg

46

7

Jenson Button

48

8

Sergio Pérez

48

9

Max Chilton

48

10

Romain Grosjean

49

11

Daniel Ricciardo

49

12

Valtteri Bottas

49

13

Pastor Maldonado

51

14

Jules Bianchi

51

15

Giedo van der Garde

51

16

Felipe Massa

52

17

Nico Hülkenberg

53

18

Esteban Gutiérrez

53

19

Paul di Resta

54

20

Charles Pic

54

21

Adrian Sutil

55

22

Jean-Éric Vergne

55

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez and Marussia’s rookie Max Chilton are the only drivers on par (48 points). Chilton is the only one of these three drivers to have completed all 12 races so far.

1957 F1 World Drivers’ Championship Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

72

2

Fernando Alonso

50

3

Kimi Räikkönen

41

4

Lewis Hamilton

37

5

Mark Webber

33

6

Nico Rosberg

24

7

Felipe Massa

12

8

Romain Grosjean

8

9

Paul di Resta

3

10

Jenson Button

2

11

Adrian Sutil

2

12

Nico Hülkenberg

2

13

Sergio Pérez

1

14

Esteban Gutiérrez

1

15

Jean-Éric Vergne

0

16

Daniel Ricciardo

0

17

Pastor Maldonado

0

18

Valtteri Bottas

0

19

Jules Bianchi

0

20

Charles Pic

0

21

Giedo van der Garde

0

22

Max Chilton

0

Only the top seven can now still win the title.

Rookies’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Valtteri Bottas

240

2

Esteban Gutiérrez

211

3

Jules Bianchi

153

4

Max Chilton

150

5

Giedo van der Garde

136

Gutiérrez earned two bonus points for setting the fastest lap in Spain.

Engines’ Championship.

Position

Engine

Points

1

Renault

265

2

Mercedes

216

3

Ferrari

215

4

Cosworth

144

Nations’ Championship.

Position

Nation

Points

1

Germany

254

2

Spain

175

3

England

156

4

Finland

153

5

Australia

145

6

France

96

7

Brazil

92

8

Scotland

58

9

Mexico

50

10

Venezuela

17

11

Netherlands

12

Scotland, Mexico, Venezuela and Netherlands cannot win the title.

European Drivers’ Championship.

Sebastian Vettel took the first championship of my alternate F1 season by 19 points. He won three of the last four races, displaying the über consistency the looks likely to take him to a clean sweep of titles on this blog.

Position

Driver

Points

Champ.

Sebastian Vettel

124

2

Fernando Alonso

105

3

Nico Rosberg

90

4

Mark Webber

89

5

Lewis Hamilton

82

6

Kimi Räikkönen

67

7

Felipe Massa

45

8

Jenson Button

35

9

Romain Grosjean

31

10

Adrian Sutil

18

11

Nico Hülkenberg

12

12

Daniel Ricciardo

12

13

Paul di Resta

10

14

Sergio Pérez

8

15

Jean-Éric Vergne

4

16

Pastor Maldonado

1

17

Esteban Gutiérrez

0

18

Valtteri Bottas

0

19

Giedo van der Garde

0

20

Max Chilton

0

21

Charles Pic

0

22

Jules Bianchi

0

Monaco Qualifying Points: 10-Rosberg, 6-Hamilton, 4-Vettel, 3-Webber, 2-Räikkönen, 1-Alonso.

Hülkenberg’s fifth at Monza trumps Ricciardo’s seventh at the same venue.

For the drivers who didn’t score a point, they are separated as follows: Gutiérrez finished 11th in Spain, Bottas 12th in Monaco, van der Garde and Chilton both finished 14th in Hungary and Monaco respectively but the Dutchman’s next best finish was 15th in Monaco whereas Chilton’s was 17th in Silverstone and Budapest. Pic’s best finish was 15th at Silverstone and Bianchi’s was 16th at Silverstone.

The next race…

F1 now leaves Europe for the Far East.

For the sixth time the paddock will stay up late and light up Marina Bay in Singapore, for what will be the 14th Singapore Grand Prix in total. The event takes place over 20-21-22 September.

Current drivers who have won the Singapore Grand Prix:

  • Fernando Alonso (2): 2008 (Renault) & 2010.
  • Sebastian Vettel (2): 2011 & 2012.
  • Lewis Hamilton: 2009 (McLaren).

Current constructors who have won the Singapore Grand Prix:

  • McLaren (2): 1969* & 2009.
  • Ferrari (2): 1970* & 2010.
  • Red Bull: 2011 & 2012.

*Race not part of the World Championship.

...Not even Vettel's Finger or Crazy Frog and defeat the Ultimate Selfie!! (@alo_oficial)

…Not even Vettel’s Finger or Crazy Frog can defeat the Ultimate Selfie!! (@alo_oficial)

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