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.
Weâ€™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, thereâ€™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
|7||June 9||CANADA||4:00am (Monday)|
|8||June 30||GREAT BRITAIN||10:00pm|
|17||November 3||ABU DHABI||Midnight|
|18||November 17||USA||6:00am (Monday)|
|19||November 24||BRAZIL||3:00am (Monday)|
|Correct as at 13.3.13||*Australian Eastern|
2013 F1 entry list
|1||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Renault|
|2||Mark Webber||AUS||Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Renault|
|3||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari|
|4||Felipe Massa||BRA||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari|
|5||Jenson Button||GBR||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||Mercedes|
|6||Sergio Perez||MEX||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||Mercedes|
|7||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Lotus F1 Team||Renualt|
|8||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Lotus F1 Team||Renualt|
|9||Nico Rosberg||GER||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes|
|10||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||Sauber F1 Team||Ferrari|
|12||Esteban Gutierrez||MEX||Sauber F1 Team||Ferrari|
|14||Paul di Resta||GBR||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Mercedes|
|15||Adrian Sutil||GER||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Mercedes|
|16||Pastor Maldonado||VEN||Williams F1 Team||Renault|
|17||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Williams F1 Team||Renault|
|18||Jean-Eric Vergne||FRA||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Ferrari|
|19||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Ferrari|
|20||Charles Pic||FRA||Caterham F1 Team||Renault|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||NED||Caterham F1 Team||Renault|
|22||Jules Bianchi||FRA||Marussia F1 Team||Cosworth|
|23||Max Chilton||GBR||Marussia F1 Team||Cosworth|
Infiniti Red Bull Racing
1. Sebastian Vettel (GER) â–ˆ VET
2. Mark Webber (AUS) â–ˆ WEB
3. Fernando Alonso (ESP) â–ˆ ALO
4. Felipe Massa (BRA) â–ˆ MAS
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
5. Jenson Button (GBR) â–ˆ BUT
6. Sergio Perez (MEX) â–ˆ PER
Lotus F1 Team
7. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) â–ˆ RAI
8. Romain Grosjean (FRA) â–ˆ GRO
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
9. Nico Rosberg (GER) â–ˆ ROS
10. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) â–ˆ HAM
Sauber F1 Team
11. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) â–ˆ HUL
12.Â Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) â–ˆ GUT
Sahara Force India F1 Team
14. Paul di Resta (GBR) â–ˆ DIR
15. Adrian Sutil (GER) â–ˆ SUT
Williams F1 Team
16. Pastor Maldonado (ESP) â–ˆ MAL
17. Valtterri Bottas (FIN) â–ˆ BOT
Scuderia Toro Rosso
18. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) â–ˆ VER
19. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) â–ˆ RIC
Caterham F1 Team
20. Charles Pic (FRA) â–ˆ PIC
21.Â Giedo van der Garde (NED) â–ˆ VDG
Marussia F1 Team
22. Jules Bianchi (FRA) â–ˆ BIA
23. Max Chilton (GBR) â–ˆ CHI
2013 Pirelli tyres
What’s new for 2013?
While the tyre rules imposed by the sportâ€™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 â€“ 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.
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.
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 â€“ 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 â€“ and how they interact with their cars â€“ faster.
Bigger performance gaps between compounds
The different compounds will lead to an increased gap in performance between the compounds â€“ 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.
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.
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.
- 2013 Pirelli Media Guide (1.3mb PDF)