Nick Heidfeld was originally favoured by Mercedes to take the seat which ultimately went to Lewis Hamilton, who has won four titles since joining the team.
This year’s championship comes to a close in just one week’s time – but how well do you recall last season? Take F1 Fanatic’s new quiz.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to F1 Fanatic during 2013.
The F1 Fanatic 2013 season review is complete and you can find all 40 articles here.
All of F1 Fanatic’s information pages for the drivers, teams and cars of 2013 have been revised and updated, and you can find them all here.
Doctors treating Michael Schumacher at a hospital in Grenoble say his condition has improved following a second operation on his head injuries last night.
The 2013 season saw an astonishingly high rate of reliability, one the sport will surely struggle to emulate with next year’s new engine formula.
Michael Schumacher remains in a “very serious” condition following the head injuries he suffered while skiing in France yesterday.
Did you miss any of F1 Fanatic’s highlights of 2013? Catch up on some of the best, most popular and most commented articles of the year.
From team orders to mandatory pit stops and double points: F1 Fanatic readers give their views on the stories of the year.
Sebastian Vettel did much of the record-breaking in 2013 but McLaren, Ferrari and Renault also achieved some major milestones.
Kimi Raikkonen has overtaken Jenson Button as the most popular driver among F1 Fanatic readers.
Sebastian Vettel has won F1 Fanatic’s polls for 2013 Driver of the Year and Pass of the Year.
Twelve months ago I mustered up a list of 50 things that made the 2012 season great but I couldn’t find half as many this year.
A look back on the 2013 Formula One season in over 100 of the best photographs of the year.
Did the ever-improving talent of Sebastian Vettel make the difference between him and Mark Webber at Red Bull – or did Vettel get preferential treatment? A retrospective of their five years together.
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull became F1 champions for the fourth year in a row in 2013. Here’s a look back on their four years of success in pictures.
Red Bull won their fourth championship in a row but changes to the rules and within the team may mean their days of dominating are numbered.
Mercedes moved up to second in the constructors’ championship this year but now have to build on it without the leadership of Ross Brawn.
Red Bull have lost two more members of their technical staff to a rival team.