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2013 Formula 1 season preview

by Muntaser Mirkar Posted on March 13, 2013 14:03 IST 3,857 Views

The 2013 F1 season is Go with all the teams done with the pre-season tests already. While we may not know which team will be running away with the early lead, here's all you need to know about every team on the grid


Lotus F1 Team at the pre-season test




So all the cars are launched and they don't look as ugly as they did last year (well, atleast most of them don't)! In fact, they've transformed from being platypus nosed to being almost like Hammerhead sharks - the Ferrari F138 and the Williams being perfect examples. Pre-season testing is now over and most teams know where they're strong and where they lag behind. The tyres seem to be the biggest variable once again this season as the teams have begun analysing all the data and trying to tame the rubber from wearing out as far as they can. 


While Sebastian Vettel will still go into the first race in Australia as the hot favourite for the 2013 Championship, there have been major reshuffles all around the grid. The most high profile of them all of course is Lewis Hamilton's switch from McLaren to Mercedes. And then there's Sergio Perez filling in Hamilton's seat at Woking, sharing the limelight with Jenson Button. The 2013 season also sees numerous F1 rookies stepping up into the big time - Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutierrez, Giedo van der Garde, Max Chilton and Luiz Razia making up that list. Pay drivers or n0t, they have a huge task ahead of themselves as the only track time they will have had in their Formula 1 role before Free Practice in Australia will be what they got during the three pre-season tests. We are one team short this year with HRT's exit too, putting the pressure on Marussia and Caterham to perform. It's set to be another exciting season of racing in 2013 and all we can hope for is that it's as close as it was last year. As all eyes are now on Australia for the season opener on March 17, here's a quick guide to the drivers and teams that will line up for top honours in 2013.



Red Bull Racing Team at the pre-season test



Red Bull Racing 

No matter what you think, Red Bull Racing goes into the 2013 season as the hot favourites - after all, with the kind of performance they have shown in the last three years, who can bet against them! The Sebastian Vettel-Christian Horner-Adrian Newey combination has taken the team to multiple World Championships and established them as the biggest force to reckon with in recent F1 history. 


The RB9 looks better than before and not just because of the splash of purple thanks to Infiniti's title sponsorship of the team. They may not have dominated pre-season testing and we wouldn't be surprised if the reigning Champs start the season off on a back foot like they did in 2012. The Red Bull Racing team most definitely seems like the most consistent package out there though with no major reshuffles in top management, drivers or even hardware in the last few years and that continues to be their key to success. 


Both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber continue with the team till 2014 and despite Team Principal Christian Horner time and again emphasising that they do not have any preferential treatment at Red Bull, surely Vettel's three titles will see him getting pampered more in terms of on-track support. Webber isn't slow by any means and has been a big contributor to the team's three Constructors' Championships - expect the Australian to be on fire this season as well, especially since he's on the fag end of his career and will be looking to go out with a bang. In the end it will depend on how well the RB9 manages its tyres, and that's one place we know it is strong as always.


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