Formula 1 mid-season review
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With the end of the German grand prix last Sunday, the 2013 Formula 1 season has reached its mid-point - a good oppurtunity to draw conclusions and make predictions for the rest of the season. The season overall can be summarised by two subjects: Sebastien Vettel and Pirelli Tyres. While the former refers to the current triple champion rumbling towards his fourth successive title, the latter has been the source of most of the controversy for the whole season. Vettel has been astonishingly consistent this season. While some may argue that his performances this season have not been as impressive as in his dominant 2011 campaign, in reality the context of the 2013 season as a whole has arguably made his driving this year even more impressive. For example, in 2011 Vettel's title challenge was largely confined to being against his team-mate Mark Webber and the Mclaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. However in 2013 Vettel has had to contend not only with his team-mate but also Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus, Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari and the Mercedes pairing of Nico Rosberg and Hamilton. Furthermore, his Red Bull has been limited somewhat by the more fragile Pirelli tyres. Thus Vettel has been in a weaker position then 2011 and yet has been almost as proficient, showing how impressive he has been. In contrast Pirelli are having a torrid season. As the sport's sole tyre supplier they do not have to worry about results as such. However, they have been subject to unprecedented intense criticism this year not only from the fans and the media - who are always hard to please - but also from the drivers and their teams. This can largely be sourced to the fragility of the tyres which have resulted in a large number of pit stops and preventing drivers from driving to the limit. This has greatly reduced the spectacle of the races. Until the British Grand Prix the criticism was largely confined to the general performance of the tyres. However after Silverstone, the state of the tyres became a serious safety issue, resulting in the changes we saw in Germany and the planned changes for Hungary. As for the effect it will have on the races, only time will tell but I predict it will play into the hands of Red Bull and allow them to dominate the remaining races.
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