F1 2013 Japanese Grand Prix result: Hamilton’s hopes punctured

PUBLISHED: 08:25 13 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:31 13 October 2013

Lewis Hamilton racing around the Suzuka circuit ahead of the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton racing around the Suzuka circuit ahead of the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton retired from the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix after suffering a first lap puncture.

2013 Japanese Grand Prix result

Result from Suzuka

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2 Mark Webber (Red Bull)

3 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

4 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

6 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber)

7 Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber)

8 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

9 Jenson Button (McLaren)

10 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

The unlucky 28-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 star from Hertfordshire suffered a rear right puncture after contact with Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull on lap one.

Starting third on the Suzuka grid, Hamilton made a fast start, unlike pole-sitter Mark Webber, and caught Vettel’s front wing before the first corner.

He dropped to the back of the field as he slowly toured the Suzuka circuit back to the pits for new prime tyres.

Hamilton rejoined the race on lap two in last place, but was still struggling with damage to his Mercedes caused by his earlier puncture.

F1 FIA 2013 World Drivers’ Championship standings

After 2013 Japanese Grand Prix:

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 297 points

2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 207

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 177

4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 161

5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 148

The 2008 F1 world champion was eventually forced to retire for the first time this season after seven laps.

To add insult to injury, world championship leader Vettel managed to continue to the finish line and took the chequered flag for his 35th F1 career victory.

Today’s victory was Vettel’s fifth in a row and his ninth win of the 2013 season.

He crossed the line ahead of Red Bull teammate Webber, who started on pole position and switched to a three-stop strategy.

F1 World Constructors’ Championship

After 2013 Japanese Grand Prix round 15:

1 Red Bull 445 points

2 Ferrari 297

3 Mercedes 287

4 Lotus 264

5 McLaren 83

In-form Lotus driver Romain Grosjean completed the podium positions in Japan, with Fernando Alonso fourth for Ferrari. That results means Alonso can still mathematically win the world title.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth for Lotus and Nico Hulkenberg crossed the line sixth, with Sauber colleague Esteban Gutierrez seventh.

A bad day for Mercedes saw Hamilton’s Silver Arrows colleague Nico Rosberg slapped with a drive-through penalty for unsafe release in the pitlane and he finished eighth.

The top 10 was completed by the McLaren of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari.


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