Quick reference guide to the 2013 F1 season

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing RB9

There’s just one more sleep until the 2013 Formula 1 season kicks off in earnest, so put up your hand if you’re a bit excited!

To help prepare you for what is sure to be another fascinating year in F1 we bring you this quick reference guide. We have the full entry list and numbers for all the drivers, plus links to our launch articles for all 11 teams. Very useful will be the coloured boxes which indicate which drivers will have a red grey camera atop their car and who will have yellow.

We’ve also included an introductory video from Pirelli explaining some of the changes they have made to their tyres for the season ahead. You can also download the full 2013 Pirelli Media Guide to really sink your teeth into the art of the black rubber.

And, finally, there’s a handy calendar with the start times for all 19 races converted to Australian Eastern time.

For easy reference be sure to save this link: ausm.tv/f1guide2013

2013 F1 calendar

RoundDateGrand PrixTime*
1March 17AUSTRALIA5:00pm
2March 24MALAYSIA7:00pm
3April 14CHINA5:00pm
4April 21BAHRAIN10:00pm
5May 12SPAIN10:00pm
6May 26MONACO10:00pm
7June 9CANADA4:00am (Monday)
8June 30GREAT BRITAIN10:00pm
9July 7GERMANY10:00pm
10July 28HUNGARY10:00pm
11August 25BELGIUM10:00pm
12September 8ITALY10:00pm
13September 22SINGAPORE10:00pm
14October 6KOREA5:00pm
15October 13JAPAN5:00pm
16October 27INDIA8:30pm
17November 3ABU DHABIMidnight
18November 17USA6:00am (Monday)
19November 24BRAZIL3:00am (Monday)
Correct as at 13.3.13*Australian Eastern

2013 F1 entry list

1Sebastian VettelGERInfiniti Red Bull RacingRenault
2Mark WebberAUSInfiniti Red Bull RacingRenault
3Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia FerrariFerrari
4Felipe MassaBRAScuderia FerrariFerrari
5Jenson ButtonGBRVodafone McLaren MercedesMercedes
6Sergio PerezMEXVodafone McLaren MercedesMercedes
7Kimi RaikkonenFINLotus F1 TeamRenualt
8Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 TeamRenualt
9Nico RosbergGERMercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamMercedes
10Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamMercedes
11Nico HulkenbergGERSauber F1 TeamFerrari
12Esteban GutierrezMEXSauber F1 TeamFerrari
14Paul di RestaGBRSahara Force India F1 TeamMercedes
15Adrian SutilGERSahara Force India F1 TeamMercedes
16Pastor MaldonadoVENWilliams F1 TeamRenault
17Valtteri BottasFINWilliams F1 TeamRenault
18Jean-Eric VergneFRAScuderia Toro RossoFerrari
19Daniel RicciardoAUSScuderia Toro RossoFerrari
20Charles PicFRACaterham F1 TeamRenault
21Giedo van der GardeNEDCaterham F1 TeamRenault
22Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 TeamCosworth
23Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 TeamCosworth

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing RB9

Chassis: RB9

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER) â–ˆ VET
2. Mark Webber (AUS) â–ˆ WEB

Scuderia Ferrari

2013 Ferrari F138

Chassis: F138

3. Fernando Alonso (ESP) â–ˆ ALO
4. Felipe Massa (BRA) â–ˆ MAS

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

McLaren MP4-28

Chassis: MP4-28

5. Jenson Button (GBR) â–ˆ BUT
6. Sergio Perez (MEX) â–ˆ PER

Lotus F1 Team

2013 Lotus F1 Team E21

Chassis: E21

7. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) â–ˆ RAI
8. Romain Grosjean (FRA) â–ˆ GRO

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04

Chassis: F1 W04

9. Nico Rosberg (GER) â–ˆ ROS
10. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) â–ˆ HAM

Sauber F1 Team

Sauber C32-Ferrari

Chassis: C32

11. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) â–ˆ HUL
12. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) █ GUT

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Force India VJM06

Chassis: VJM06

14. Paul di Resta (GBR) â–ˆ DIR
15. Adrian Sutil (GER) â–ˆ SUT

Williams F1 Team

Williams FW35

Chassis: FW35

16. Pastor Maldonado (ESP) â–ˆ MAL
17. Valtterri Bottas (FIN) â–ˆ BOT

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso STR8

Chassis: STR8

18. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) â–ˆ VER
19. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) â–ˆ RIC

Caterham F1 Team

Caterham CT03

Chassis: CT03

20. Charles Pic (FRA) â–ˆ PIC
21. Giedo van der Garde (NED) █ VDG

Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team MR02

Chassis: MR02

22. Jules Bianchi (FRA) â–ˆ BIA
23. Max Chilton (GBR) â–ˆ CHI

2013 Pirelli tyres

2013 Pirelli F1 tyres

2013 Pirelli F1 tyres

2013 Pirelli F1 tyres

What’s new for 2013?

While the tyre rules imposed by the sport’s governing body remain exactly the same for 2013, with no aspect of the regulations altered, Pirelli has been able to make some far-reaching evolutions to the tyres – amounting to the biggest set of changes since the company entered Formula One.

A new colour
Visibly, the biggest difference is the new colour for the hard tyre, which will now be known as the P Zero Orange, changing from Silver. This will help viewers distinguish the hard compound more easily from the White medium compound when both are used together.

New compounds
All the compounds are generally softer, which leads to enhanced performance and a deliberately higher degree of degradation, with increased thermal degradation in particular. This should ensure a minimum of two pit stops at each race.

New structures
The new structures have been designed with a different philosophy and new materials that increase the footprint of the tyre, allowing more rubber to be in contact with the track and leading to better performance – particularly when it comes to combined traction and cornering. Secondly, it means that temperatures are more evenly distributed across the whole surface of the tyre, meaning that there is no localized heat build-up that can lead to blistering.

Wider working range
As a result of the modifications the 2013 tyres are generally easier to bring up to temperature and they have a more varied working range, making them more easily adaptable to a bigger variety of set-ups. Generally speaking, the hard and the soft tyre have a high working range, while the medium and the supersoft have a low working range. This should help the teams to understand the tyres – and how they interact with their cars – faster.

Bigger performance gaps between compounds
The different compounds will lead to an increased gap in performance between the compounds – even though they are all generally softer. The tyres have been engineered to provide a time difference of at least half a second per lap between each compound, whereas on occasions it was less than that last year. The bigger gap will make strategy all the more important, with more to gain by being on the right tyre at the right time.

More driveability in the wet
Both the Cinturato tyres have changed as well, with the construction of the rear tyres re-engineered in particular, so that they provide more progressive traction and better warm-up in wet conditions. This helps to reduce snap oversteer and so makes the handling of the car more linear.

Increased weight
The new construction means that the weight of the tyres has increased slightly, but not enough to affect the performance of the cars. On average, each front tyre now weighs around 200 grams more than it did last year while each rear tyre is 700 grams heavier, meaning that approximately two kilograms have been added to the overall weight of a set of tyres. However, the overall minimum weight of the car has been adjusted in the 2013 technical regulations to compensate for this.

More overtaking
The increased thermal degradation means that there will be more significant difference in speeds between different cars at different points in the race. This makes overtaking easier, and places the emphasis on an effective race strategy.