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Waiting In The Wings

Notice anything about the Spanish Grand Prix? An unusual name opposite the fastest race lap – and a ray of sunshine in a difficult start to one young man’s F1 career… Esteban Gutiérrez must have thought he’d done everything right.

At 21, the young Mexican had been looming on the F1 horizon for several years. European Formula BMW champion, first-ever winner of the new GP3 feeder category, a multiple race-winner in GP2 – he had already been test and development driver for Sauber since 2011.

A Tyred Formula?

ROUND 5 – Spain, 12 May 2013, Barcelona

1st: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1hr 39m 16.596s (av. race speed 185.605 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), gap: 9.338s
3rd: Felipe Massa (Ferrari), gap: 26.049s

Fastest Lap: Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber Ferrari), 1:26.217 = 194.370 km/h on lap 56
Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1:20.718 = 207.611 km/h

Déjà vu in the desert

ROUND 4 – Bahrain, 21 April 2013, Sakhir

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1hr 36m 00.498 (av. race speed 192.632 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), gap: 9.111s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault), gap: 19.507s

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1:36.961 = 200.938 km/h on lap 55

Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1:32.330 = 211.017 km/h

‘Slow' Or 'Multi-21, Seb': The Message Stays The Same

For Formula 1 fans with long memories, Sepang 2013 was a chilling throwback to events in 1982 when the controversial subject of ‘team orders’ was at the heart of one of the sport’s most deeply-felt tragedies.

We’ll get to that shortly, but in case you’re wondering, ‘team orders’ are not new: they’ve been around ever since the World Championship began back in the Fifties, and at first they were a pretty straightforward element of the racing scene.


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