Sebastian Vettel red Bull 2013 (c) Red Bull

2013 mid-season motorsport review

As last weekend was rather a quiet one in terms of on-track four-wheeled action, it’s time for our 2013 mid-season motorsport review.

Most of the major championships are currently on a summer break or weren’t racing last weekend, so approaching the end of July and with it the traditional mid-season hiatus for many different racing formula, we thought we’d have a look at how the first half of the season has gone so far and the respective championship standings.

FORMULA 1

Germany and Great Britain have dominated the title in 2013. Of the nine races we’ve had already, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have each bagged three pole positions.

Starting first on the grid doesn’t earn you points though – crossing the line in front of everyone else does. So far this year, it’s been the German driver Vettel in his Red Bull that’s been most convincing, winning four of the nine and retiring from the Silverstone Grand Prix due to gearbox failure with a convincing lead.

Red Bull Ferrari F1 (c) Red Bull

Rosberg’s conversion rate hasn’t been quite as strong, only winning two races from his four poles, while his team mate Lewis Hamilton is yet to record a victory from his three first place starts.

Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is on the same total wins as Rosberg in 2013, while Lotus man Kimi Raikkonen sits on one – the first race of the season in Australia, way back in March.

That means Vettel sits atop the 2013 Formula One championship standings, with 157 points. Alonso trails him in second on 123, while Raikkonen follows him closely with a tally of 116.

It’s been a slightly frustrating year for our local team McLaren, who has had to battle with issues in free practice and qualifying, meaning its two drivers have struggled for pace in qualifying and practice.

Sebsatian Vettel Red Bull F1 2013 (c) Red Bull

Both Jenson Button and new boy for 2013 Sergio Perez have pounded on though, plugging away to score some decent top 10 points scoring results.

The drivers currently lie 10th and 12th in the championship respectively, but with half the season left and time in the summer break to improve the car, anything can happen in the next 10 races.

However, even for his closest rivals, overhauling Vettel and the might of his Red Bull looks to be a difficult task. He set the record for the youngest ever three-time F1 world champion last year. Could we see history made again this year? Don’t bet against it…

2013 British Touring Car Championship 2013 BTCC (c) Newspress

BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2013 British Touring Car Championship has been electrifying – nothing really new there then.

You can always guarantee the best tin-top drivers in the world will produce some spectacular racing around the legendary circuits of the UK, and this year hasn’t disappointed.

With three races per weekend, the BTCC is a great spectacle for the fans and packed full of action. So far, it’s been Honda Racing’s Matt Neal who has had the edge in his Civic, scoring four wins, two seconds and two thirds to put him at the top of the leader board on 224 points.

Even when Neal hasn’t been right at the sharp end though, five consistent finishes in fourth place have helped him score useful points, taking his lead to 19 over second place man Andrew Jordan.

2013 British Touring Car Championship (c) Newspress

Jordan – also racing a Honda Civic this year – has had some success, scoring two wins, three seconds and two thirds. A consistent run of fourth and fifth places shows how important it is to be fast at every round in the BTCC, too, with one point awarded for leading the race for one lap, and the same for pole position.

By comparison, Jason Plato in his MG has won more races than Jordan (four plays two), but finishes in 20th and 22nd place – as well as a retirement at Oulton Park – means he has a 36-point deficit to the top of the table.

His teammate and BTCC rookie Sam Tordoff has made an impressive showing in his maiden year. Currently sitting in sixth place on 148 points he’s been extremely consistent, with solid finishes between fourth and seventh in most rounds, as well as two podiums.

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB (c) Newspress

PORSCHE CARRERA CUP GB

Tordoff came to touring cars from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, another support race series that follows the BTCC calendar. And this year the championship has provided the same great close racing in Porsche’s most track focused model as it ever has.

The first two rounds at Brands Hatch were won by Dean Stoneman, who returned to motorsport in 2013 after recovering from cancer – it was a fairy tale comeback for the 2010 Formula 2 victor.

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB (c) Newspress

But current reigning Carrera Cup GB champion Michael Meadows was always going to be a threat. Doing the double at Donington and Oulton Park, as well as bagging a win at Thruxton means he sits at the top of the standings on 163 points, just six points ahead of second place man Jonas Gelzinis.

Stoneman lies in third on 129 points, while Porsche Carrera Cup GB scholarship driver Daniel Lloyd is currently in fourth place in the standings on 117 points.

SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON

From national championships to the pinnacle of world motorsport, racing in 2013 has produced some sensational spectating – let’s hope it continues into the second half of the season.

It should be close come the end of all the respective championships, too, with many rivals separated by just a handful of points. And in Formula One, all it takes is one retirement from Vettel and the rest of the field could be in…

Have you been watching or following any of the different race series listed above? Who are you rooting for?

We want to hear what other motorsport have you been keeping an eye on this year, too, so let us know below in the comments section. Alternatively, tweet to us @twwhiteandsons.

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