Vote for your 2013 Australian Grand Prix driver of the weekend

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Start, Melbourne, 2013Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Australian Grand Prix weekend?

Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most during the last race weekend.

Australian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Topped both Friday practice sessions, delayed by glitch on Saturday but stormed to pole position. Couldn’t get same tyre life over a stint as Lotus and Ferrari and was jumped by Raikkonen and Alonso – the latter was potentially avoidable.

Mark Webber – Had a chance to beat Vettel to pole but lost it with an error in the penultimate corner. A problem with his ECU left him without KERS for the first 20 laps including the start, where he slipped to seventh. Finished sixth after passing Di Resta.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – Out-qualified by Massa for the third race in a row, but by a mere 0.003s. Made a great start and picked off Hamilton at turn three, then had a go at his team mate as well. A savvy early second pit stop allowed him to jump Vettel and get a run on Sutil on the track. Closed on Raikkonen in the final stint but the Lotus was just too quick.

Felipe Massa – According to race engineer Rob Smedley Massa thought a few points was the best he’d get from this weekend on a track he doesn’t like. But he was on Alonso’s pace from the off and ended up fourth. Had he emulated his team mate’s strategy gamble a podium was possible.

McLaren

Jenson Button – McLaren find themselves in the situation Ferrari were in 12 months ago. Button drove with verve in the wet parts of qualifying, ending Q2 fourth, but when the track dried in the top ten shootout the car’s inferiority showed. Moved up to ninth at the start and clung on to it until the end with three cars on his tail at the chequered flag.

Sergio Perez – Went out in Q2 after gambling on super-soft tyres, then suffered a puncture which forced him to put on another set, losing precious time. Started 15th on the medium tyres but the kind of alternative strategy that served him so well last year wasn’t enough to drag the car into the points.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Disappointed to only qualify seventh but made up two places at the start, then overtook Hamilton around the outside of turn 13. Ran a long second stint on medium tyres to make a two-stop strategy work, which elevated him into the lead once the three-stoppers had come in. A late burst of pace secured his second win in four races.

Romain Grosjean – Qualified alongside his team mate but although he stayed out of trouble at the start he lost three places. Never seemed to have his team mate’s pace and was convinced there was something wrong with his car.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg – Showed great potential in the wet parts of qualifying but slipped back to sixth when the track dried out. Kept Hamilton in sight during the race before retiring with an electrical problem.

Lewis Hamilton – Had a lucky escape in the sodden Q1 when he spun and glanced a barrier, but bounced back to qualify ‘best of the rest’ behind the Red Bulls. Fell behind the Ferraris and Raikkonen at the start but was clearly aiming to get through the race on just two stops, putting up with the super-softs until lap 12. However a lock-up while battling Alonso ruined that plan and left him fifth.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg – Didn’t make it into Q3 and didn’t make it into the race either due to a fault with his fuel system.

Esteban Gutierrez – Crashed in the rain-hit Q1 and lined up 18th on the grid. Was one of few drivers to use a two-stopper and got to the finish on his debut, albeit well out of the points.

Force India

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Melbourne, 2013Paul di Resta – Beat Sutil by over a second in Q2 to claim a place in the final ten. Force India were the only team to run two-stoppers for both drivers and Di Resta had to start his race on super-softs after qualifying on them. He was reeling in his team mate at the end of the race until he was told to back off and finish behind him.

Adrian Sutil – One of four drivers to start on medium tyres, he took the lead of the race on lap 14 after those in front had pitted. He led again at the end of his second stint before being caught and passed by Raikkonen and Alonso. His final stint on super-softs was a disaster, however, and he slumped to seventh place.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado – Very unhappy with a car he’d been enthusiastic about in pre-season testing. Having failed to make it through Q1 he dropped behind Gutierrez and Bianchi on lap two. He began a recovery, passing the Marussia and getting on the tail of his team mate before spinning out.

Valtteri Bottas – Kept his chin up on a tough weekend for the team, claiming a place in Q2, passing three cars at the start and bringing the car home. By his own admission it wasn’t an error-free race, which cost him some places. An instruction to let his team mate pass at one point appeared to go unheeded.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Showed the STR8′s potential with the second-fastest lap of the race but a late error cost him a place to Perez when he was fighting to get into the points.

Daniel Ricciardo – Said “it felt like I was driving on ice” as he struggled to get heat into the medium tyres early on. Switched to super-softs on lap 30 but didn’t last much longer as an exhaust fault forced him out.

Caterham

Charles Pic – Hampered by a KERS failure during the race, he nonetheless finished in front of one of the Marussias.

Giedo van der Garde – A puncture forced an early second pit stop on lap 16 and left him out of sync with his rivals. Pressured Chilton in his final stint before his tyres dropped off.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Melbourne, 2013Jules Bianchi – Looked quick in practice and qualifying, easily ahead of the Caterhams and threatening to exploit any slip-up by the midfield runners. Climbed as high as 12th in the early stages and beat Pic by 20 seconds.

Max Chilton – Brought the car home on his debut but was almost a minute behind his team mate.

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Who was the best driver of the 2013 Australian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (6%)
  • Felipe Massa (5%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (51%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (18%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (14%)
  • Max Chilton (2%)

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  1. Victor_RO (@victor_ro) said on 18th March 2013, 10:48

    I’m going to go on a tangent and say Bianchi, Marussia somehow definitely have a great driver on their hands there.

    • I chose Bianchi as well but I also thought of Alonso, despite the bad qualifying performance he did a great start and drove like a maniac. Sutil looked good but if you analyse the data between the 2 FI and add qualifying, Sutil wasn’t that impressive performance wise. The race winner must always be the drive of the weekend but I prefer to pick the 2nd best highlight of the weekend.

      • Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 18th March 2013, 15:09

        Yeah I picked Bianchi too. His pace was brilliant. It was a stand out drive. Well done to him. Marussia are getting closer to the midfield. If Bianchi can keep up the pace..they may get their elusive first point this season

        • TonyZZZBZ said on 19th March 2013, 5:35

          Biachi’s fastest lap was half a second quiker than Paul di Resta and almost three tenths quicker than Sutil…
          Honestly this is one of the best debuts I can remember…
          I wonder what Force India Management is thinking right now…

          • Imre (@f1mre) said on 19th March 2013, 19:39

            Yes, but he did that lap seven laps before the end with brand new super-soft tyres… Yet he was impressive but not because of that lap…

      • AbeyG (@1abe) said on 18th March 2013, 17:28

        @peartree

        The race winner must always be the drive of the weekend

        I disagree here. If a driver starts from pole and wins from pole position, i wouldnt call it a spectacular drive compared to a driver who starts from, say, 15th and ends up 5th.

        • @1abe – I absolutely agree that the race winner isn’t necessarily the best, bit I do feel often a driver like Vettel if he wins dominantly is overlooked if someone puts in a good performance from lower down the grid – like in Valencia where he was so dominant that nobody could touch him until his car failed him.

          • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 18th March 2013, 21:45

            Vettel if he wins dominantly is overlooked if someone puts in a good performance from lower down the grid – like in Valencia where he was so dominant that nobody could touch him until his car failed him.

            It is true that Vettel was untouchable until the alternator failure but that domination was also due to the engine mapping “trick” that was banned in germany plus the performance of Alonso in that race was absolutely stunning in a circuit where overtaking is difficult he made a grate comeback with breathless overtaking maneuvers on Shumacher,Webber,Hulkenberg,Senna,Grosjean
            Even if he finished 2nd he will still be driver of the weekend

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 19th March 2013, 5:48

          @1abe – But you could then argue that the 15th place driver could have qualified better, with qualifying being part of the weekend.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th March 2013, 17:32

        @peartree

        The race winner must always be the drive of the weekend but I prefer to pick the 2nd best highlight of the weekend.

        What a baffling contradiction.

  2. magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2013, 10:51

    Adrian Sutil. His performance dramatically increased the race’s excitement yesterday.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 18th March 2013, 18:15

      Considering the weekend as a whole, yes. Sutil was racing for the first time in an year and showed he had the pace to battle with Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus. His strategy was going to get him off the podium anyways because he started further behind than his rivals, but he lost more time than he should have because the super-softs degraded quickly.
      Alonso was the man of the race in my opinion as he was perfect, as was Kimi, although Fernando was 5 seconds behind him having pitted one extra time. I think Alonso was more on the edge whilst Raikkonen was more easy on his tyres; both were excellent drives and the top two spots were deserved, but Alonso’s qualifying wasn’t perfect and neither was Raikkonen’s.

      • John Mc said on 20th March 2013, 14:37

        Alonso finished 12 seconds behind Kimi, not 5. And Kimi didn’t push because… He didn’t need to!

        In my opinion, Kimi was flawless (locked his front tyres at turn 3 on the first lap but that was it) whereas Alonso made a right meal of overtaking the Caterham near the end at the second last corner.

    • Drew B said on 18th March 2013, 20:17

      Nice comment. There has been so much Sutil bashing over the past three years and it’s been sad to see(even before the nightclub incident). I hope he keeps driving well because most traditional f1 fans appear to strongly dislike him just for the sake of it.

    • Troy Longstaff (@troylongstaff) said on 18th March 2013, 21:39

      @magon4 I voted for Sutil too. Partly because nobody really wanted Force India to choose him over Bianchi, but he proved everybody wrong. He made di Resta look like a rookie for every moment of the weekend other than the final stint of the race when he was on the supersofts, but nobody expected him to be leading the race and pulling away from Vettel and co. on worn tyres. Bianchi a very close second for driver of the weekend, though!

      • mhop (@mhop) said on 18th March 2013, 23:05

        “He made di Resta look like a rookie for every moment of the weekend”.
        Hmm… lets look… Q1 = di Resta 1.7 seconds quicker, Q2 = di Resta 1.2 seconds quicker… and full race distance = di Resta probs 4 seconds quicker, but given team orders to hold position.

        You’re right Sutil drove a brilliant race but your comment about di Resta is hopelessly incorrect. If anything di Resta was the faster of the two.

        • Troy Longstaff (@troylongstaff) said on 19th March 2013, 8:46

          You’re right Sutil drove a brilliant race but your comment about di Resta is hopelessly incorrect.

          @mhop I respect your opinion, however in hindsight, I should rephrase. Since di Resta had the lion’s share of testing miles in the car, I just expected him to make at least a little bit of an impact on the race, like Sutil did. And di Resta was only four seconds quicker than Sutil at the end of the race when the German’s tyres cried enough,
          Qualifying was a lottery with the swimming pool-like Q1 and the greasy track in Q2, so I don’t think the difference between di Resta’s and Sutil’s times were representative of their true pace.
          Considering this was Sutil’s first race since November 2011 and having had only two days in the car pre-Melbourne, I certainly didn’t expect Sutil to be leading the amount of laps he did in the race!

  3. vuelve kowalsky said on 18th March 2013, 10:54

    it’s got to be sutil.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 18th March 2013, 15:55

      Yep.. Sutil for me as well
      He looked really pumped to be back in f1 and knew that this was his last season to make a good impression.

      Sutil was fast, stayed out of trouble and raced with the like of Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton like he had been doing it for a while. Unfortunately he couldn’t make the super softs work for him, or else it looked like his 1st ever career podium.

      Kimi and Fernando were pretty good too.. but Sutil was definitely the star of raceday

    • Yes, I voted also for Sutil. The way he held Vettel when he was charging him hard was something outstanding. I would vote also for Raikkonen for his victory. I’ll choose Bianchi when he’ll get his hands onto a midfielder, this time he was only practicing. ;-)

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 18th March 2013, 10:54

    I went for Kimi. He drove a perfect race and his win hints at an interesting championship to come, rather than a repeat of 2011, when the fast-qualifying Red Bulls were also uncatchable in the race.

  5. Boxcar Racer (@mojopixel) said on 18th March 2013, 10:54

    Sutil. 15 months out, little testing in this years car yet puts in a stellar performance and outclasses his team mate.

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 18th March 2013, 11:36

      He finished less than 3.5 seconds ahead of his teammate. Hardly “outclassing” – the way people talk, it’s as if Sutil lapped di Resta.

      Sutil’s performance in the first part of the race, while eye-catching, was largely attributable to the fact that he hadn’t yet put on the super-soft tyres. Once he did so, thus levelling the playing field, he dropped back. Force India have a good car – probably fifth fastest at the moment after Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes – so taking the race as a whole, Sutil probably performed as expected.

      • Jake (@jleigh) said on 18th March 2013, 11:50

        Exactly, I can’t give a driver of the weekend vote to someone who was out qualified by his team mate and only beat him in the race because his team mate was ordered not to pass him. For me it’s Raikkonen, followed by Bianchi, followed by Hamilton.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th March 2013, 16:44

          @jleigh

          only beat him in the race because his team mate was ordered not to pass him

          Although Di Resta was ordered not to overtake him and I wasn’t impressed with Force India for giving that order, I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion Di Resta would have passed Sutil.

          Di Resta’s lap times kept improving until he caught Sutil on the penultimate lap. By that time his pace advantage per lap had fallen to around seven tenths of a second as Sutil’s graining had cleared up.

          So even with DRS assistance I don’t think we can say for sure Di Resta definitely would have passed.

          However it is interesting that their two races which were very similar in terms of pace are being viewed so differently.

        • Girts (@girts) said on 18th March 2013, 17:50

          @jleigh I agree with @KeithCollantine. Sutil’s pace improved by almost one second a lap in the penultimate lap.

          As for team orders, I never like them and this case wasn’t an exception. However, I have more understanding for Force India’s or Williams’ team orders than I have when Ferrari and Red Bull do the same thing. FI fight for survival and the points that they desperately try to secure can turn out to be decisive in this fight. Ferrari fight for another world championship but they definitely won’t collapse if they don’t win it.

          Moreover, as team orders are allowed, if any team didn’t use them, it would deliberately put itself at a disadvantage. So it’s also a case of ‘Better to win by admitting my sin than to lose with a halo’ (a line from ‘Evita’ movie).

      • The Next Pope said on 18th March 2013, 12:10

        Yes, voice of reason, agree completely.
        Although I had to give props to Sutil for bunching up the leaders, holding up a newly pitted Vettel I believe? Someone correct me.
        My vote goes to Massa and Kimi.

      • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 18th March 2013, 12:39

        His track position was due to him not having gone on the super softs however his pace and race craft whilst on the same (yet older) tyres than Vettel, Alonso and Massa was impressive given the fact he has been out of F1 for over a year.

        Di Resta finishing 8th shows that Force India have a decent car – certainly in cold conditions at least and he would have cought and passed Sutil had he been allowed.

        • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 18th March 2013, 13:33

          @petebaldwin

          His track position was due to him not having gone on the super softs however his pace and race craft whilst on the same (yet older) tyres than Vettel, Alonso and Massa was impressive given the fact he has been out of F1 for over a year.

          This is how I see it too.

    • @mojopixe Look at the data, at first glance it looks like he had better pace but that was not entirely true, what’s true is that he made an error free race, he only showed some rustiness when he was taken by Vettel but Sutil was never that good in wheel to wheel, and Vettel is always very gutsy.

  6. Yusha (@freebird78) said on 18th March 2013, 10:54

    It’s Felipe Massa for me. He really shone on Sunday and had his team been strategically sharp he would have finished higher up. I think Massa is going to surprise everyone this season.

    • I think Massa is going to surprise everyone this season.

      It’s hardly a surprise. The end of last season has clearly shown he managed to get past the dark phase of his career. And provided with a decent car (which the F138 suprisingly is, for now) I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to snatch a win or two and a couple of podiums on the side this year.

      A surprise would be Felipe challenging for the title, but solid classifications should be his regular routine, to be honest.

      • Enigma (@enigma) said on 18th March 2013, 18:37

        @tony031 @freebird78 I agree, it seems like Massa is back on form, the car is good and I expect him to (overall) match Alonso in qualifying. A win is definitely a possibility and I think he’ll be on Alonso’s pace, but he’s just not as efficient a driver as Alonso is, so I can’t see him being in the title battle.

    • @freebird78:

      It’s Felipe Massa for me. He really shone on Sunday and had his team been strategically sharp he would have finished higher up. I think Massa is going to surprise everyone this season.

      It’s Jules Bianchi for me. He HAD really shoWN on Sunday and had his team been strategically sharp and fast he would have finished higher up. I think he is going to surprise everyone this season.
      Ok sorry, maybe I’m a being a bit cynical but at least he is not a no.2 driver in any team.

    • D (@f190) said on 18th March 2013, 18:07

      But he did smash the car on Saturday. The crash was quite big and very looks to get away with it.

  7. Quick Nick (@tasvat001) said on 18th March 2013, 10:54

    Gotta give it to kimi,his race performance was exemplary.Great peformance by sutil,bianchi and alonso.As Martin Brundle stated, its like Alonso has a permanent lease on the podium steps.:D

  8. caci99 (@caci99) said on 18th March 2013, 11:00

    Without a doubt for me, it is Raikkonen’s turn. The strategy was good, and he executed it to perfection.

  9. pwaa (@pwaa) said on 18th March 2013, 11:00

    Bianchi performed admirably. Kimi was also excellent, but I went with Bianchi in the end, since it was his debut! I expect Sutil will get a lot of votes, although tbh his performance was mainly due to his strategy, which left him 7th, on par with Di Resta pretty much. Good drive, defended well on the medium tyres, but it’s been getting a lot more praise than it deserved tbh.
    Good drive from Massa to keep in touch with his team-mate for most of the race, but he faded badly by the end. Shame, as he could have easily been on the podium.

    • cg22me (@cg22me) said on 18th March 2013, 11:12

      I both agree and disagree with the Sutil aspect; he only got to where he was up front due to being the lead man on the Medium tyre.
      However, you needed a talented driver to stay up front, especially with the pressures Fernando, Seb, Felipe and Kimi brought. He picked his battles well.
      But, it would have been interesting to see what Di Resta would have done in comparison, had he sat out Q3 and started on Mediums, as well.

      • magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2013, 12:40

        Look at the others who started at with mediums and then look at Sutil. He’s bad luck was that the temperature of the track was higher at the beginning of the race, and it lowered during the race, making it difficult for him to make those SS Pirellis work. He should have finished at least 5th.

        • sars (@sars) said on 18th March 2013, 13:09

          I disagree and point out that all the rest that started on soft’s were laden with fuel, they had done at least three laps and there should have been a greater advantage with a rubbered in track on the last few laps.

          • magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2013, 13:13

            But there clearly wasn’t. Or do you really think those laps were Sutil’s fault?
            Fact is the car was slower empty than at the beginning with those same tyres.

          • sars (@sars) said on 18th March 2013, 16:38

            Overall I don’t believe there was any advantage nor disadvantage, the super soft’s were good for a few laps and that was it, but they had to be used and thus in the end Sutil’s drive was no more exceptional than his team mates, except he could stay out longer than anyone else in front of him on his first stint.

        • Sutil led the race in two different occasions and having Vet on his tail he managed to find a bit of a margin when everybody was thinking he was just going to be nailed in a blink. It was not only due to strategy, it was a very fine driving… and apart from all that we cannot forget he was one year off.

  10. If Bianchi continues to drive the way he did for the rest of the year, he’ll be moving up to the midfield and eventually one of the top teams pretty quickly. My vote goes to him.

    • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 18th March 2013, 13:59

      It’d be nice to see him move up at the end of this season, where everyone really starts from something new, giving him a better chance to succeed I would imagine. The guy clearly has speed, and I can’t wait to see what he can do.

  11. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 18th March 2013, 11:02

    Bianchi. Driving for Marussia on your debut, you’re hardly going to be able to do anything special but he did.

    While almost all the other rookies made mistakes he didn’t, even in the wet sessions.

    You’d expect him to be a bit rusty at the start but he got up to 12th at one point. He was only lapped once was way ahead of the other ‘B class’ cars and set a brilliant fastest lap.

    Showed Force India they chose the wrong driver.. in Di Resta, because Sutil was great too.

    • cg22me (@cg22me) said on 18th March 2013, 11:21

      I don’t get this?
      Sutil finished one position ahead of Di Resta in the race.

      • magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2013, 12:42

        @cg33me and everyone else saying you don’t get why Sutil is being praised: Did you watch the race??? That should answer it.
        If it doesn’t, let it be known that while SuperS worked okay at the beginning of the race for everyone, it completely wasn’t working at the end, due to the drop in track temperature. If Sutil had run the SuperS under the same conditions as the rest of the pack, he would have easily held on to 5th place.

        • magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2013, 12:43

          @cg22me i meant…

        • oakrichardson (@oakrichardson) said on 18th March 2013, 13:12

          no he wouldn’t have been 5th. the only reason he ended out in front was because he did not get into q3, thus starting on the hard. had he been in q3 he would have been on the super soft and would have had a pretty similar race to di resta, in the end it was like what perez did, not being in q3 because he was actually slower on certain tracks (i am not saying di resta is a faster driver before i am accused of that!) and running a different strategy. It was a good first race for sutil back, but imo not quite as amazing as some people seem to think.

          • magon4 (@magon4) said on 18th March 2013, 13:16

            Just compare his lap times with Di Resta’s when they were both on Mediums. Even on the older ones, Sutil was lapping faster than Di Resta. It was a tyre problem in he last stint, unless you believe it was Sutil who was incapable. Di Resta was much faster on the supersofts, compared to Sutil, even with much more fuel load. There must be a reason for this.

          • oakrichardson (@oakrichardson) said on 18th March 2013, 16:42

            you cant seriously be suggesting that he would have been able to keep pace with the leaders and finish 5th?if he had started on the super soft, as i say, he would have had to change tires earlier and do a similar strategy to di resta. i don’t believe sutil is incapable btw, but believe that he was very lucky for most of the race with regards to track position. I am sure di resta ran much of his race in traffic? that may be the reason you are looking for.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th March 2013, 11:23

      Pretty much agree @tommyb89, even if I chose Sutil for showing that getting him back in a car was a good choice after a year out of it.

      Bianchi certainly did all he could have done to silence any people doubting his talents. No mistakes, great speed, one to keep an eye on for certain. At this rate, I don’t even think that elusive first point cannot be achieved with a bit of luck.

      Kimi was good too but he already took the win home, so that is enough palms for him :-)

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 18th March 2013, 11:42

      @tommyb89 Yes, Tom. Absolutely yes. :)

    • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 18th March 2013, 12:02

      @TommyB89 I actually voted for Bianchi too. Had every right to be unremarkable and invisible in that car on his first race, but was far and away the best of the backmarkers. Didn’t make a mistake and was very consistent all weekend.

      It’s tough to be a Formula 1 rookie these days, so when a debutant puts in an impressive performance like that, I think you have to recognise how impressive that is.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 18th March 2013, 12:19

      Also forgot to add that he only had two days in his car before the weekend.

  12. mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 18th March 2013, 11:11

    Not sure what Alonso did this race to receive those 3 votes. Like Vettel, he maximized his car, don’t really see one over the other.

    Kimi did great to make his strategy work, but it’s got to be Sutil for me, who was the big surprise.

  13. infy (@infy) said on 18th March 2013, 11:11

    Kimi played the long game, going slow enough to win.

  14. David not Coulthard (@) said on 18th March 2013, 11:12

    Massa. He managed to be (almost?) as good as Fernando, and that was enough for me.

  15. Slr (@slr) said on 18th March 2013, 11:14

    I voted for Bianchi as it is extremely difficult to impress in such a slow car, but he managed to do it. I’ve been very pessimistic about the rookies this year (I still am about most of them), but in just one race Bianchi has already shown some star potential. I don’t think I would be surprised to see him score a point this year.

    Never seemed to have his team mate’s pace and was convinced there was something wrong with his car.

    I’ve heard about this a few times, but I’ve never seen any explanation to what the problem might have been. I can’t help but feel that Grosjean is pulling a Di Resta and is making up excuses for why is was nowhere compared to his team mate. Has anyone here heard what his problem might have been?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th March 2013, 11:27

      Apart from probably having a far from optimal setup with the new parts (after getting only saturday morning to try them out), I am not aware of any specific problems. Then again, who knows what can happen, maybe the ECU was playing up on his car too (as it did on Webber – taking his KERS and telemetry info, Vettel had no telemetry either, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rosbergs problem also had to do with that ECU)

    • I voted for Bianchi as it is extremely difficult to impress in such a slow car, but he managed to do it. I’ve been very pessimistic about the rookies this year (I still am about most of them), but in just one race Bianchi has already shown some star potential. I don’t think I would be surprised to see him score a point this year.

      Doesn’t Bianchi remind you of Alonso and Webber back in their Minardi days?

      I’m now quite convinced Marussia are in for their first point this year. I’ll print this comment and eat it if that doesn’t happen.

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