Moments of the 2013 Formula 1 season: What was your favourite?

Relive ten standout incidents from the year and then vote for your favourite in our online poll

By Sky Sports Online.   Last Updated: 06/12/13 2:59pm

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Formula 1 2013 may have produced a runaway World Champion but the 19-race campaign still wasn't short of memorable moments.

Below we've selected ten standout incidents from the year, and after reminding yourself of them via the descriptions and accompanying videos, we want you to vote for your favourite in the poll on the right-hand side of the page.

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Hamilton pits at McLaren

March 24 - Malaysian GP, Sepang
Having famously remarked on his departure from McLaren to Mercedes that he was just planning to "go travelling for a bit", Lewis Hamilton was reunited with his old mechanics rather earlier than expected in Malaysia. Entering the pitlane for a scheduled pit stop mid-way through his second race for his new team, Hamilton inadvertently pulled into McLaren's box, two positions up from his new employer's, before being waved on his way by the Woking team's bemused crew. "I did a Jenson!" was Hamilton's post-race verdict in reference to his former McLaren team-mate's similar blunder two years earlier.


March 24 - Malaysian GP, Sepang
It's the incident that will come to define Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber's acrimonious five years as team-mates. Running one-two into the closing stint at Sepang, but with tyre wear concerning Red Bull, the pitwall issued a coded instruction of 'Multi-21' to their drivers to hold position to the chequered flag. With '21' referring to the car number order they were running in - Webber ahead of Vettel - it should have been the Australian who claimed the win. However, having lost the lead to the sister RB9 earlier in the race, Vettel took matters into his own hands and launched an all-out attack and ultimately prevailed in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel. But that was only just the beginning of the fall-out...

Exploding tyres

June 30 - British GP, Silverstone
Debate over the suitability of Pirelli's 2013 tyres had waged throughout the first half of the 2013 season - but the British GP proved the dramatic tipping point in the argument. On one of the fastest circuits in F1, and amid one of its most high-profile races, the sight of four high-speed blowouts on the cars of Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sergio Perez and race leader Lewis Hamilton showed that the sport had to take immediate action to beef up its rubber. A two-step process of reverting to the previous year's tyre structures was swiftly pushed through.

Bianchi's runaway Marussia

July 7 - German GP, Nurburgring
Marussia were involved in one of the year's most bizarre incidents when the MR02 that Jules Bianchi had just vacated started rolling back across the circuit at the German GP. Having parked up on the grass and swiftly jumped out of the car after its Cosworth engine had spectacularly blown, Bianchi and the approaching recovery truck then suddenly saw the car roll down the hill and across the circuit before coming to rest against an advertising board.

Di Resta crashes - on thermal cam

September 7 - Italian GP, Monza
The introduction of a thermal-imaging camera caught the attention at the Italian GP and gave fans a unique perspective on Paul Di Resta's double Monza crash. The Scot, whose VJM06 was equipped with the innovation for the weekend, was first pitched off into the barriers in Practice Three thanks to brake failure before driving into the back of Lotus's Romain Grosjean on the opening lap of the race.

Alonso gives Webber a lift

September 22 - Singapore GP, Marina Bay
Drivers stopping to give stranded rivals a lift back to the pits on the sides of their cars at the end of the race have provided some of F1's most enduring images and we got another one in Singapore this year thanks to Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. Having been forced out of the race late on by an engine fire, Webber re-entered the track on foot after the chequered flag to hitch a ride from Alonso on the Spaniard's Ferrari. But while winning favour with fans, stewards took a different view and reprimanded both drivers for breaking the rules.

Brundle calms boo boys

September 22 - Singapore GP, Marina Bay
Whether or not directly linked to his actions from Malaysia, persistent booing of Sebastian Vettel became as consistent a feature as the World Champion's race wins during the year. That much was true when the German triumphed again in Singapore and it needed podium compere and Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle to step-in and appeal to those responsible in the crowd to show the race winner more respect.

The fire truck intervenes

October 6 - Korean GP, Yeongam
There were only three cars that led the Korean GP - Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull, Bernd Maylander's Safety Car unknown driver's fire truck! The Vettel-led field were racing towards turn two when the German suddenly encountered a fire vehicle further down the backstraight. The van had been dispatched to attend to Mark Webber's burning Red Bull at turn three but Race Control, and the watching world, were thrown when the vehicle was dispatched from the pitlane rather than closer to the incident.

Vettel's title doughnuts

October 27 - Indian GP, Greater Noida
A special achievement requires a befitting celebration and that - and more - is certainly what Sebastian Vettel provided when he clinched his fourth successive world title with victory at the Indian GP. Deciding on the spur of the moment to break with all established F1 conventions on his slow-down lap back to the pits, Vettel continued back on to the pitstraight where he treated the crowd to a series of smoky tyre-burning doughnuts. That wasn't all, either, as once bringing the RB9 to a halt the clearly ecstatic German then got on his knees in front of the car to bow in appreciation before scaling the fence in front of the grandstand.

Retiring Webber lifts the lid

November 24 - Brazilian GP, Interlagos
Having just brought the curtain down on his life in F1 with a strong drive to second place in Brazil, Mark Webber ensured his career would end on an even more memorable note by taking his crash helmet off on his return to the pits. "The marshals were great, the fans were awesome and just a nice little touch at the end," said the retiring Australian afterwards, having decided to give the watching world the chance to take a unique look into a driver's eyes at the end of a race.

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