Vote for your 2013 Chinese GP Driver of the Weekend

2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Start, Shanghai, 2013Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend?

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

Chinese Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Opting not to set a time in Q3 and start the race on medium tyres was a striking deviation from Red Bull’s usual tactics. It almost paid off at a track where the RB9 lacked its usual edge. Vettel picked his fights carefully during the race but when it came to the crunch a slip-up at turn 11 on the final lap cost him a clear chance to take a podium finish.

Mark Webber – If Webber was owed a karmic debt after Sepang it certainly didn’t come in Shanghai. He ran out of fuel in qualifying and an improperly fitted wheel ended his race. While problems beyond his control wrecked this event for him an error of his own making – an optimistic move on Vergne at turn six – saw him collect a grid penalty for the next round.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013Fernando Alonso – Laughed off questions about Massa out-qualifying him for four races in a row then put a stop to it on Saturday, claiming third on the grid. After his usual good start he put a straightforward DRS pass on Hamilton to take the lead. His driving in the second stint won him the race, quickly working his way through traffic to minimise the strain on his tyres.

Felipe Massa – Disappointed to miss out on the top three in qualifying, but the first round of pit stops really spoiled his race. Left to do another lap on worn softs, he dropped back into the midfield where he struggled with tyre degradation and finished sixth.

McLaren

Jenson Button – As in Malaysia he took the best that the MP4-28 had to offer. But this time there was no pit lane slip-up to deprive him of the reward for his efforts. Ekeing the tyres out for two pit stops asked a lot of his self-control: “I had to cruise when I’d normally fight the others. It’s not the most exciting way to go racing, but we got ten points today because we did it.”

Sergio Perez – Another driver who found himself mired in the pack and struggling to make his tyres last. He persevered with his two-stop strategy to the end but finished out of the points. He was clouted by Raikkonen on the way: the Lotus driver claimed Perez had pushed him off the track but the McLaren hadn’t deviated from the racing line and no penalty was forthcoming.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – Qualified on the front row for the first time since Monaco four years ago. But a problem with his start settings saw him get away poorly. This was the first blow to his victory chances: the second came when he hit Perez’s McLaren. Despite front wing and nose damage estimated to have cost him a quarter of a second per lap he soldiered on and jump Hamilton at the final round of pit stops to take second.

Romain Grosjean – Grosjean had the same problem as Massa when it came to timing his first pit stop, but his lap times suffered even more and he emerged even further back in the midfield. From there he salvaged ninth, passing Hulkenberg in the closing stages.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2013Nico Rosberg – An error at the final corner on his flying lap in Q3 probably cost him a place on the front row. He followed his team mate into the pits on lap five but didn’t lose too much time. However a fault was detected with his rear anti-roll bar after his second pit stop and that ended his race.

Lewis Hamilton – A clean sweep in qualifying including a brilliant Q3 lap produced his first pole position for his new employers. But his lead only lasted four laps, after which he was unable to hold off the Ferraris. He struggled with understeer in the middle of the race but it cleared up later on, suggesting rubber debris had become stuck in his wing and then been dislodged. But it was too late to claim second place back from Raikkonen.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg – Reached Q3 for the first time this year but decided against doing a lap. He started on medium tyres and passed Button and Vettel on lap four. That handed him the lead of the race three laps later, but by the end of the race he’d fallen to tenth. Having used the soft tyres for his third stint it was his return to medium tyres in the final stint that really hurt him and he was passed by Ricciardo and Grosjean.

Esteban Gutierrez – Eliminated in Q1. Five laps into the race he missed his braking point at the hairpin and slammed Sutil out of the race, earning himself a five-place penalty for the next round.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Missed the top ten shootout by 0.026s. Paid a high price for getting too close to his team mate on the first lap, running wide and losing several places. Although he recovered to finish seventh his team believed he could have finished ahead of Button. His stints on the medium tyres were impressively consistent.

Adrian Sutil – Having been out-qualified by Di Resta, his race had barely begun before he was taken out by Gutierrez.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado – “We didn?t have a chance to fight for any higher positions,” was Maldonado’s glum assessment after coming home with just the Marussias and Caterhams behind him.

Valtteri Bottas – Used his soft tyres at the end which helped him pass his team mate but couldn’t offer any opposition to the faster cars.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Shanghai, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Comprehensively beaten by Ricciardo in qualifying – the gap between them was almost a full second in Q2. His race was ruined when Webber knocked him into the spin at turn six.

Daniel Ricciardo – Qualified an excellent seventh and eventually came home in the same position having out-raced Grosjean but lost out to Vettel.

Caterham

Charles Pic – Ma Qing Hua drove his car in first practice and Pic lost furthe time in second practice with a suspected hydraulics problem. In the race he got rid of his soft tyres early which jumped him to the head of the Marussia/Caterham battle. He lost out to Bianchi on their final stops but stuck with his rival until the end, which perhaps explained his reluctance to let Hamilton and Vettel past.. He reckoned that was “almost as good as we could have hoped for with our current performance levels”.

Giedo van der Garde – Said he was struggling to understand the tyres and made a mistake in Q1 but was little slower than his team mate. However in the race his tyre trouble told and he was over a minute behind Pic at the flag.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Came out on top of the ‘back four’ cars, using the undercut to jump Pic at the final round of pit stops.

Max Chilton – Closer to his team mate than Van der Garde was but was warned about obeying blue flags several times in the race.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 9th -1.336s 15/15 3 4th
Mark Webber 16th +1.336s 0/15 2
Fernando Alonso 3rd -0.145s 54/56 3 1st -40.827s
Felipe Massa 5th +0.145s 2/56 3 6th +40.827s
Jenson Button 8th -0.53s 56/56 2 5th -28.575s
Sergio Perez 12th +0.53s 0/56 2 11th +28.575s
Kimi Raikkonen 2nd -0.603s 53/56 3 2nd -43.255s
Romain Grosjean 6th +0.603s 3/56 3 9th +43.255s
Nico Rosberg 4th +0.377s 0/21 3
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.377s 21/21 3 3rd
Nico Hulkenberg 10th -1.005s 4/4 3 10th
Esteban Gutierrez 18th +1.005s 0/4 0
Paul di Resta 11th -0.118s 1/5 3 8th
Adrian Sutil 13th +0.118s 4/5 0
Pastor Maldonado 14th -0.488s 19/56 3 14th +1.592s
Valtteri Bottas 17th +0.488s 37/56 3 13th -1.592s
Jean-Eric Vergne 15th +0.941s 11/56 3 12th +29.913s
Daniel Ricciardo 7th -0.941s 45/56 3 7th -29.913s
Charles Pic 21st -0.046s 48/55 3 16th -67.119s
Giedo van der Garde 22nd +0.046s 7/55 3 18th +67.119s
Jules Bianchi 19th -0.757s 49/55 3 15th -37.928s
Max Chilton 20th +0.757s 6/55 3 17th +37.928s

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (5%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (47%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Jenson Button (6%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (16%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (5%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (18%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (1%)

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120 comments on Vote for your 2013 Chinese GP Driver of the Weekend

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  1. Kimi Raikkonen 100% votes,like a boss :)

  2. victor (@genevene) said on 15th April 2013, 17:11

    Is Ciaron Pilbeam responsible for Kimi ‘s start ??

    • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 16th April 2013, 1:06

      Hahaha just thought about that, maybe HE was responsible for Webber’s bad starts last year..

    • Well, that’s an interesting question. I voted for Raikkonen not because of the race itself but the work put in to the race. Raikkonen and Lotus tried until the last minute to improve their set-up and even though they didn’t had that much time after their last change they made it good enough to in the end snatch Lotus best qualifying effort since Australia 2012 and more importantly avoid another sunday like Malaysia.

  3. plutoniumhunter (@plutoniumhunter) said on 15th April 2013, 17:14

    Clear-cut Alonso for me, Ricciardo 2nd.

  4. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 15th April 2013, 17:14

    Ricciardo isn’t my favorite driver in the field, but he did a great job both in qualifying and in the race with the Toro Rosso after two unlucky retirements, for which he gets my vote. The top five and Di Resta in eighth also made a very good effort, so if it wasn’t for Ricciardo, I wouldn’t know who to choose.

    • dennis (@dennis) said on 15th April 2013, 19:32

      Totally agreed. Second faster than his team mate in qualy, then finishing the best result for TR since 2011 or so… Good job!

    • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 15th April 2013, 23:02

      Forgot about Ricciardo, not the guy I’m used to think off … I already vote or it would be his.
      Nothing to chose from on the front, Button doing a nice job with the McLaren but quite some way off pace. Hulkenberg deserve a mention, to bad for him he dropped off that much at the end he had a superb first part of the race.
      Bianchi once again first of the last teams, but less impressive than at the 2 previous races …
      After I guess this one will be on Fanatics preference and “vote to the winner” more than anything else

    • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 16th April 2013, 1:04

      I voted Ricciardo, purely for the fact he decimated Vergne in qualifying and had great race pace, most noticeably against Grosjean. Alonso was obviously a close 2nd choice but the Ferrari’s have looked pretty good all weekend whereas the same cant be said about the Toro Rosso, so I think Ricciardo way outperformed the car this weekend.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 16th April 2013, 4:21

      Agreed, with everybody else driving a time trial (most of the race) Ricciardo seemed to be pushing the STR to its full potential, he could have had a couple more points with better tyres, but then so could they all.

  5. karter22 (@karter22) said on 15th April 2013, 17:20

    Has to be Alonso! He topped a practice session, nearly missed out on pole, beat his team mate all around and had an absolutely commanding race! Watching both Ferrari mug Hamilton was priceless!
    Gutted for Webber and Hamilton!

    • Nick.UK (@) said on 16th April 2013, 1:29

      @karter22 I don’t see how DRS can be ignored anymore. When both second AND THIRD place are getting by first place on one straght. It’s a joke. Yet it isn’t remotely funny!

      • Cristian (@theseeker) said on 16th April 2013, 15:59

        It’s true that the DRS gave the the edge to overtake Hamilton, but if Lewis wasn’t fast enough to stay clear from that 1 second margin and then (again) not fast enough to comeback. Basically, the DRS makes the rich richer and the poor poorer :)).

  6. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 15th April 2013, 17:20

    Wish I could split my vote and give half to Alonso and half to Ricciardo.

    • @davef1 – me too! Alonso for the fact he was very “Vettel-esque “(except from qualifying) and Ricciardo for the surprise result. I’ve gone for the latter though, purely because I feel Alonso will get the bulk of the votes anyway.

      • Ben (@scuderia29) said on 16th April 2013, 2:25

        same here!

      • Ben (@scuderia29) said on 16th April 2013, 2:27

        @Max Jacobson “vettel-esque”? what characteristic did he show that was like vettel and unlike any other driver?

        • Julian (@julian) said on 16th April 2013, 8:09

          @scuderia29
          Vetted has a displayed fantastic ability (or frustrating for a non vetted fan)in the past 3-4 years to build a 5-10 plus second lead and maintain it for the rest of the race.
          And that was what Alonso managed to do this weekend so in that regard you can consider it a vettel-esque drive.

          • Ben (@scuderia29) said on 16th April 2013, 15:24

            Sounds more “schumacher-esque” to me, but in fact i wouldnt liken it to anyone….im sure there has been hundreds of grand prix wins by many different drivers where theyve won by 10+ seconds, likening it to Vettel just seems silly to me. Alonso was winning like this before formula 1 even knew what a Sebastian Vettel was

          • Ben (@scuderia29) said on 16th April 2013, 15:25

            @julian

  7. toiago (@toiago) said on 15th April 2013, 17:21

    Regarding Kimi Raikkonen, where it says: “Qualified on the front row for the first time since Monaco two years ago.”, shouldn’t it be four instead of two years? Because Kimi got that second place grid start in 2009, not 2011, when he was still rallying.

  8. sumedh said on 15th April 2013, 17:25

    Hard to say.

    Alonso did well. But he had a quick car underneath him.
    Kimi did well with a damaged car but he himself was responsible the damage in the first place.
    Jenson drove like an obedient student always following the lap time delta which his engineer demanded.
    Vettel did the mistake of letting the Hulk get ahead of him early on in the race.
    Lewis just went backward through the race.

    I think I will go for Daniel Ricciardo. He followed up a good qualifying with a nice consistent race. And more importantly, he got the timing right. The first race after Vettel Webber had their fallout, he does this. He has now got a health lead over JEV for the race to the other Red Bull seat.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 15th April 2013, 23:11

      Vettel’s mistake was hardly a mistake. Hulkenberg passed Vettel AND Ricciardo in one move. There was absolutely nothing Vettel could have done to hold that position at that time.
      Just look at Alonso passing Hulkenberg with DRS. Hulkenberg got in Alonso’s slipstream and almost retook the position at the end of the straight. The Sauber without DRS was just as fast as the Ferrari with DRS open and fresher tyres. Vettel was a sitting duck for that speed.

      That’s why he couldn’t get passed Hulkenberg later on, even with DRS.
      In fact there were a few laps where, even with Vettel using DRS, Hulkenberg streaked away slightly on the straight.

  9. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 15th April 2013, 17:30

    Alonso for me. He had a very good qualifying, and a fantastic race! He did some easy overtakes in the second stint, without being held up (maybe with the exception of Button) and controlled his tyres to pit a bit later for the final time. 9.5/10 for Alonso. He only could have taken second but it finally didn’t cost him.

    Also, I must make a mention to Ricciardo, who dominated his teammate for a well deserved seventh place.

  10. Dan (@danf115) said on 15th April 2013, 17:36

    Daniel Ricciardo
    Qualified 7th in an STR
    Nine tenths of a second quicker than his teammate in Q2
    Great race start, held on to his position and stayed in contention all race
    Finished 7th, his career-best, and the best for STR since Korea 2011.
    Was only 2 seconds behind Felipe Massa in a Ferrari, and could well have beaten him and possibly even Button if he hadn’t needed to pit early and relatively long for a new nose on lap 5.

  11. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 15th April 2013, 17:40

    - Hamilton did a great job getting pole by three tenths.
    – Alonso drove a fantastic race for a commanding victory.
    – Button did a very good job in both quali and the race, to trounce his team mate and finish in front of two cars, which were good enough to win the race and finish second.
    – Raikkonen really was good as well, almost as good as Alonso, and was definitely hindered by Perez (Whom was quite terrible).

    However, despite all of that, I had to give my vote to Ricciardo. Not only was he able to get into the top 10, but he stayed there during the race and achieved his best result to date. If he can keep up performances like this, then I can certainly see him making the move up soon enough.

  12. Chad (@chaddy) said on 15th April 2013, 17:41

    Alonso had a great car and just cruised. There wasn’t anything particularly inspired about it. He also benefited by getting a pit-stop preference over Massa. A great weekend for him, and solid racing, but I don’t think that leads to being DOTW.

    I chose Vettel, who started in 9th and passed a number of people (Massa, Lewis once, Button) like a boss. In the end his team’s strategy for him may not have been optimal, but he made the most out of it he could have; and that final stint was really impressive.

    • D (@f190) said on 15th April 2013, 18:19

      Driver of the WEEKEND to someone who didn’t even bother in q3… no thanks.

      • Palle (@palle) said on 15th April 2013, 23:17

        @f190: That isn’t true. VET really tried but had a technical brake issue, which was why he overshot in a corner and gave up his lap as it was ruined. If he had been successful and gotten a P6 or so, he would certainly have been on the podium.

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 15th April 2013, 22:08

      I voted for Alonso, and I really don’t often do that. The way he was able to use DRS to his advantage by overtaking after the detection line and before the activation point so that he could extend his advantage (I saw him do this twice I think) was a measure of how he was able to maximise everything. His qualifying and race start were good too and whilst he clearly had the best car on race day he still had to work for this victory.

      • David (@tyeetime) said on 16th April 2013, 7:22

        Yes, I noticed the same thing. Clever use of DRS zone, took care of the tires, and still drove very fast. Even when the team wanted him to slow down a bit he put down some fast times.

  13. Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 15th April 2013, 17:43

    Ricciardo. Great weekend overall, he had a very good pace compared to JEV. And I didn’t expect a Toro Rosso to out-race Force India and Sauber. Good job by Daniel, I hope that Toro Rosso will give him a decent midfield car for the next races, he needs it if he wants to be in a Red Bull next year.

    • Agreed: he had a stellar performance, along with Alonso. I wonder then if that performance has been spurred for the need to beat Vergne, cause Felix Da Costa is coming for one of those seats I think!

  14. mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 15th April 2013, 17:48

    Let’s see, a Vettel-esque victory by someone not Vettel. I predict Alonso’s gonna win this one.

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 15th April 2013, 17:59

      @mnmracer

      Even as an Alonso fan I have to agree with you here. If the red car was blue and the driver was German I think people would be voting for someone else…

    • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 15th April 2013, 18:03

      For the record, I did vote Alonso, but it was very close with Vettel.

    • mikkomixxx (@mikkomix) said on 15th April 2013, 18:29

      Voted for Alonso. ‘Vettel-esque victory’ is spot on.

      Funny, doing a ‘Vettel’ becomes a compliment when other drivers do it. When Vettel does it, congrats to Newey.

      Honorable mentions go to Ricciardo, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Button.

      • Damien Blackman (@hyakuyagami) said on 15th April 2013, 19:36

        Funny, doing a ‘Vettel’ becomes a compliment when other drivers do it. When Vettel does it, congrats to Newey.

        That’s because the victory is normally accompanied by qualifying on pole by some ludicrous margin over the other teams. I had to vote Alonso because the car had good race pace, not superlative or Massa wouldn’t have floundered in traffic like he did. Alonso made the passes that were necessary when necessary to capitalize on it shaking Hamilton off and getting that comfortable lead position.

        As for the other who were up there in my opinion:
        Hamilton as per usual had an impressive qualifying.

        I had casually slagged off Ricciardo to some mates just prior to the race, was forced to eat crow afterwards, so he also impressed.

        Button got a chance to make his tyre saving ways play to his advantage. As a Mclaren fan I am sad to see them reduced to a two stop strategy in a three stop race to scrap for lower points positions, kudos for actually making it work however.

        Vettel’s final stint was almost impressive, but it seemed more he was pushing when everyone else was (forced to be) cruising, I am probably still angry he chose not to qualify for the free pass on tyre strategy. I was scared he might actually make the podium and vindicate a decision to not do anything in qualifying.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 15th April 2013, 20:33

          That’s because the victory is normally accompanied by qualifying on pole by some ludicrous margin over the other teams.

          Ah, but qualifying on pole is supposed to be something that all drivers are aiming for on Saturdays? If anything, accompanying a strong race pace with a pole position would make the weekend as a whole, more impressive.

          Here, though, Alonso is DOTW, for a dominant display in the race.

          • Damien Blackman (@hyakuyagami) said on 15th April 2013, 20:50

            I guess what it really comes down to is whether persons perceive the car to be ‘dominant’ over the remainder of the field, supreme pole and win a la Vettel 2011 makes many feel that if you shove any driver in the car it will perform. This will probably haunt Vettel for his remainder of days at Red Bull as Newey really does churn out some fast ones. Not having a HAM, ALO, RAI top rated driver right beside him keeping him honest doesn’t help either.

            Back on track I went with Alonso because his car was ‘good’ but not ‘dominant’ in my opinion.

          • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 15th April 2013, 20:52

            How was this drive Vettel-esque, when Alonso started 3rd in a car which was not good enough for pole position, and actually overtook his way to victory?

          • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 15th April 2013, 20:54

            It was closer in resemblance to Vettel’s Korea 2011 drive more than anything else. Damn, I wish I could edit.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 15th April 2013, 21:13

            @hyakuyagami – Okay, though these perceptions of what makes a car “dominant” are hardly ever fair. Vettel wins 4 races late last year, and I remember the claims that his car was “dominant”, yet the previous 3 races (and 4 poles, including one in a race Vettel won), were won by Mclaren, who supposedly weren’t “dominant”.

            Plus Raikkonen has never had a Hamilton/Alonso teammate, and HAM/ALO only sat in the same car for one year.

            @kingshark – The term Vettel-esque, as said above, is a compliment. Alonso dominated the field on raceday (the most important session of the weekend), which is why he is DOTW.

          • Damien Blackman (@hyakuyagami) said on 15th April 2013, 21:33

            Ahhh yes, but HAM/ALO did sit in a car together so they are proven against a world champion class teammate, something Vettel hasn’t got to his credit yet. The feeling being that if Vettel had such a team mate to run against he wouldn’t have the 3 titles on the trot.

            Also, I personally believe Hamilton should have won last year, but for the size and quantity of Mclaren’s mistakes. They really were the fastest cars for a good portion of the races.

            When we bring it back to why the Red Bull was considered dominant it is because whenever Red Bull are fastest on a weekend it’s put down to them “regaining their form”.

            Hardly fair, but in a stable regulations era, if Car 1 was dominant the expectation is Car 2 will be as will be Car 3 e.t.c no need to go re-invent the wheel right? (Jab at McLaren totally intended).

          • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 16th April 2013, 0:02

            many feel that if you shove any driver in the car it will perform.

            Any driver not named “Mark Webber”, apparently.

        • That’s because the victory is normally accompanied by qualifying on pole by some ludicrous margin over the other teams.

          No, it really isn’t accompanied by any such thing.

          Average margin of victory for Vettel when he takes pole = 0.247 seconds.

          Average margin of victory for Hamilton when he takes pole = 0.253 seconds.

    • Nomore (@nomore) said on 15th April 2013, 19:23

      Problem is his team mate finished +41 sec…when Vettel wins like this, Webber is second or at least third in most of races.

      • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 15th April 2013, 22:49

        Only borderline true. 10/27 times Webber was 2nd, 4/27 times Webber was 3rd. Vettel certainly wasn’t voted DotW for the 13 times his team-mate was a few miles back.

        • F1fanNL (@) said on 15th April 2013, 23:21

          @mnmracer

          +1.

        • Nomore (@nomore) said on 15th April 2013, 23:46

          @mnmracer
          So more than 50% of vettel’s wins Webber was in the podium with him… the Percentage of Massa compared to Alonso wins it’s 10 with 3… so less than 50%

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 16th April 2013, 1:34

            @nomore – Ah, but Webber has been the more competent number two over the previous 3 years. Massa, as much as I like him, tends to simply disappear (like this race, Malaysia, or the majority of 2011/12), more often than Webber does.

          • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 16th April 2013, 7:37

            You’re missing the part of the 13 non-team-mate-podium wins that Vettel got no credit for. Not to mention, the team-mate argument certainly was not applied to Red Bull last year. Vettel won the championship, Webber finished sixth, and still people claim Red Bull was the fastest car last year.

            Double standard all over the place again.

          • Nomore (@nomore) said on 16th April 2013, 11:55

            3 non-team-mate-podium wins that Vettel got no credit for

            From me he got when he deserved (Italy 2008, Barcelona 2011, Monaco 2011…) but there are example like Japan last year it’s not the same as Shanghai this year… we agree on this.

            Vettel won the championship, Webber finished sixth, and still people claim Red Bull was the fastest car last year.

            Red Bull had the fastest car last year. Like Ferrari has the fastest car in these 3 races. it’s an open discussion, but in my opinion RB had the fastest car last year. There isn’t a mathematical way to prove which was the fastest so opinions comes in play

            Double standard all over the place again.

            You use this in every of your posts, but i think that firstly you have to decide which standards are you talking and then we can says if double standards exist.

            For which standards are you talking Sir ?

          • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 16th April 2013, 12:11

            The argument made here (perhaps not by you) is “Alonso didn’t have the fastest car in China, because look where Massa ended”. Yet when it comes to Red Bull in 2012, “look where Webber ended” is dismissed and the RB8 is by many proclaimed to be the fastest car.

            That is a double standard.

          • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 16th April 2013, 12:25

            For the record, if it doesn’t apply to you, then there’s no beef. But I reckoned that’d be obvious ;-)

    • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 15th April 2013, 23:35

      @mnmracer
      I thought Vettel-esque was pole-to-flag with a car over 1 second a lap faster ;) Not 3rd to flag, actually overtaking the pole-sitter and several other drivers in the process. But meh, what do I know.

      Anyway, it’s still Alonso for me, with Vettel close second. The only thing missing here for Seb was his final charge to succeed.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 16th April 2013, 1:31

        @cyclops_pl – At least you added a wink. Some people actually believe that RB always possess such an advantage ;) I agree with Alonso as DOTW.

      • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 16th April 2013, 7:44

        It was Vettel-esque in that Alonso was at the front in the first corner, got the undercut on the first pit stop and then simply retained his lead. Not wasting time and tires on long fights; just very clean and clinical, purely on speed. Vettel-esque.

  15. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 15th April 2013, 17:53

    I voted Ricciardo. His qualifying was outstanding, and his race performance was perhaps even more impressive. Although he didn’t get much air time, the lap times show he did some very fast and consistent stints.

    My second choice would be Alonso. He was dominant in the race, making his way past traffic when he needed to, but at the same time I feel he was not challenged enough by the others. Kimi had a poor start and a damaged car, the Mercedes wasn’t quick enough, and Vettel’s Q3 gamble did not pay off.

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