The 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix was held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace (aka Interlagos), in São Paulo, Brazil on 24 November 2013.
The race, (formally known as the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2013) was the 19th and final round of the 2013 Formula One season. It marked the 42nd running of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The race was won by Sebastian Vettel, for Red Bull Racing. It was a record-equaling (with Alberto Ascari) 9th consecutive Grand Prix victory; the 13th victory in the current season (another record-equalling achievement with Michael Schumacher); and Vettel's 39th career win.
Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull - 01:26.479
|1||1|| Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||01:32:36.300||71||1||25|
|2||2|| Mark Webber||Red Bull||+10.452||71||01:15.436||4||18|
|3||3|| Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||+18.913||71||3||15|
|4||5|| Jenson Button||McLaren||+37.360||71||14||12|
|5||9|| Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||+39.048||71||2||10|
|6||6|| Sergio Pérez||McLaren||+44.051||71||19||8|
|7||4|| Felipe Massa||Ferrari||+49.110||71||9||6|
|8||11|| Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber||+1:04.252||71||10||4|
|9||10|| Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+1:12.903||71||5||2|
|10||19|| Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||70||7||1|
|11||14|| Paul di Resta||Force India||+1 lap||70||12||0|
|12||12|| Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber||+1 lap||70||17||0|
|13||15|| Adrian Sutil||Force India||+1 lap||70||15||0|
|14||7|| Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus||+1 lap||70||11||0|
|15||18|| Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||70||8||0|
|16||16|| Pastor Maldonado||Williams||+1 lap||70||16||0|
|17||22|| Jules Bianchi||Marussia||+2 laps||69||21||0|
|18||21|| Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||+2 laps||69||20||0|
|19||23|| Max Chilton||Marussia||+2 laps||69||22||0|
|Ret||20|| Charles Pic||Caterham||Suspension||58||18||0|
|Ret||17|| Valtteri Bottas||Williams||Collision||45||13||0|
|Ret||8|| Romain Grosjean||Lotus||Engine||2||6||0|
The 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix marked the final Formula 1 Grand Prix appearance of Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) who marked his departure from F1 with a 2nd place podium finish. Webber will pursue a career in sportscar racing in 2014 as a factory team driver for the Porsche GT Team in the World Endurance Championship.
The race also marked the end of V8-powered engines in Formula 1. Technical rule changes being introduced for the 2014 Formula One season will see the V8 power-plants being replaced by 6-cylinder turbo engines.
Despite forecasts and persistent wet weather through most of the weekend, the race was held in dry conditions. This means that no race throughout the entire 2013 F1 season was run under wet weather conditions.
Sergio Perez (Mercedes-McLaren) qualified 14th but received a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change necessitated after crashing heavily during Qualification. He started the race from 19th position on the grid.
Like the previous Brazilian Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli provided its orange-banded hard compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the white-banded medium compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.
Teams had also planned to test Pirelli's new tyres for the 2014 season in the Friday Free Practice sessions. Unfortunately, due to persistent rain during both the Practice Sessions, only two laps using the test tyres were managed.
All Practice Sessions and the Qualifying Sessions were held in wet conditions, with the 3rd Qualifying Session being delayed by Race Control for 40 minutes due to heavy rain, and significant amounts of standong water on the circuit.
Race day forecasts indicated a high possibility of rain during the race itself (as high as 60% probability by mid-race). Bar a small amount of very light drizzle at one stage, this did not occur, and the race was completed by all teams with needing to use wet weather tyres at all.