Vote for your 2013 Bahrain GP driver of the weekend

2013 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?

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

Bahrain Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Slipped from second to third at the start but was quick to attack Alonso further around the lap, claiming the place back. He got Rosberg before DRS was activated too. Those two moves gave him the benefit of clear air for much of the rest of the race, and put him on course for win number two.

Mark Webber – Beaten by Vettel in qualifying, then had to take a three-place grid penalty. Pitting early to gain track position meant he had to run long stints later which came back to haunt him at the end of the race. Despite losing grip he fought hard against Hamilton but the Mercedes driver broke his defences on the final lap and Perez took advantage as well. Was later reprimanded for contact with Rosberg at turn two.


Fernando Alonso – Made his usual good start before being pegged back by Vettel. His race was ruined when his DRS jammed open passing Rosberg, then again when he overtook Bianchi. Climbed back into the points but was passed by Perez near the end.

Felipe Massa – Collided with Sutil at the start, then picked up two punctures during the race. Hulkenberg, Sutil and Bottas all passed him in the last six laps.


Jenson Button – Was pleased to reach Q3 again but less happy with his tyre wear and even less so with his team mate’s driving. Button helped Perez onto the run-off at turn four but needed to make a fourth stop for tyres which demoted him to tenth.

Sergio Perez – Failed to reach Q3 for the third time in four races. But a great start saw him move up to eighth by lap three. He played hardball with his team mate and crossed the line at times – he was fortunate not to ruin both their races when he tagged Button at turn four. But he came out on top and having conserved his tyres he was able to attack in the final phase, passing Alonso and Webber for sixth.


Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Raikkonen admitted his qualifying lap “wasn’t great” – he was promoted to the fourth row by Hamilton’s penalty. He lost further ground when the McLarens passed him on the second lap. But his two-stop strategy lifted him ahead of most of the three-stoppers to finish second behind Vettel.

Romain Grosjean – Trying for a single run in Q2 was his downfall: a mistake at turn 11 caused his elimination. But equipped with a new chassis and plenty of fresh tyres he had his best race of the year so far. He had to make his first pit stop early as a McLaren endplate lodged in his radiator, causing overheating. That meant he couldn’t emulate his team mate in running a two-stop strategy, but he still managed to catch and pass Di Resta for third.


Nico Rosberg – Took pole position but his car seemed better suited to a flying lap than a race stint. “I didn’t feel comfortable in the car today and it wasn’t much fun out there really,” he admitted after slipping from first to ninth by the chequered flag.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton was demoted to ninth by a gearbox change penalty, then puzzled by his car’s mid-race improvement in pace. From then on he went on the attack and came out on top of a battle with Webber to claim fifth.


Nico Hulkenberg – There was little evidence of the progress Sauber thought they’d made in China. Hulkenberg suffered rapid degradation at every stint and unsuccessfully lobbied his team to put him on a four-stop strategy. “A difficult and frustrating weekend,” was his verdict.

Esteban Gutierrez – Carrying a five-place penalty into the weekend, Gutierrez failed to reach Q2 and lined up last on the grid. He picked up damage on the first lap and spent his race trying to catch Pic’s Caterham, which crossed the line half a second in front of him.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Paul di Resta – Both Force Indias took advantage of Hamilton and Webber’s grid penalties, so Di Resta headed Sutil on row three. He got ahead of Massa at the start, then passed Rosberg and by lap 11 he was in the lead of the race. He was the only driver besides Raikkonen to run a two-stop strategy, though he couldn’t keep either of the Lotuses behind, surrendering the final podium place to Grosjean.

Adrian Sutil – Pipped by Di Resta in qualifying, Sutil tangled with Massa on the first lap which ruined his race. He passed the delayed Ferrari on the penultimate lap for 13th.


Pastor Maldonado – Came home in front of his team mate for the first time this year but 20 seconds behind the points finishers as Williams continue to struggle.

Valtteri Bottas – Reached Q2 at the expense of his team mate after he was the first of the two to set times that were identical to a thousandths of a second. He started on the hard tyres and ran as high as fourth to begin with but had difficulty looking after his rear tyres and dropped back.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Tangled with Bottas at the start, then was hit by Van der Garde. He tried to carry on but the damage caused overheating and forced him to retire.

Daniel Ricciardo – Difficulty with tyre warm-up and braking pointed to a lack of downforce. Ricciardo’s best lap was slower than that of the Caterhams and Marussias, though he finished ahead of them in 16th.


Charles Pic, Caterham, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Charles Pic – Was the only Caterham driver to benefit from the team’s upgrades though it’s doubtful they accounted for all of his one second margin over Van der Garde in qualifying. Fell behind both Marussias at the start but overtook them and stayed there, and kept the delayed Gutierrez behind too.

Giedo van der GardeHeikki Kovalainen drove his car in first practice which must have given him food for thought. Having started well he was helpless to avoid hitting Vergne. That forced an early pit stop, and another one later due to a delaminated tyre meant he made five visits to the pits.


Jules Bianchi – Both Marussia drivers were unhappy with their car’s balance in Bahrain. Bianchi’s usually ample margin over his team mate in the race was reduced to 12 seconds as both had to make four pit stops.

Max Chilton – Kept Bianchi in sight early in the race before dropping back.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd -0.494s 57/57 3 1st -37.244s
Mark Webber 7th +0.494s 0/57 3 7th +37.244s
Fernando Alonso 3rd -0.54s 43/57 4 8th -48.79s
Felipe Massa 4th +0.54s 14/57 4 15th +48.79s
Jenson Button 10th -0.212s 32/57 4 10th +10.633s
Sergio Perez 12th +0.212s 25/57 3 6th -10.633s
Kimi Raikkonen 8th -0.616s 38/57 2 2nd -10.396s
Romain Grosjean 11th +0.616s 19/57 3 3rd +10.396s
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.432s 34/57 4 9th +5.896s
Lewis Hamilton 9th +0.432s 23/57 3 5th -5.896s
Nico Hulkenberg 14th -0.321s 56/56 3 12th Not on same lap
Esteban Gutierrez 22nd +0.321s 0/56 4 18th Not on same lap
Paul di Resta 5th -0.011s 57/57 2 4th -54.992s
Adrian Sutil 6th +0.011s 0/57 3 13th +54.992s
Pastor Maldonado 17th 0s 39/57 3 11th -15.061s
Valtteri Bottas 15th 0s 18/57 3 14th +15.061s
Jean-Eric Vergne 16th +0.31s 0/16 1
Daniel Ricciardo 13th -0.31s 16/16 3 16th
Charles Pic 18th -1.021s 54/55 3 17th Not on same lap
Giedo van der Garde 20th +1.021s 1/55 5 21st Not on same lap
Jules Bianchi 19th -0.298s 52/56 4 19th -12.284s
Max Chilton 21st +0.298s 4/56 4 20th +12.284s

Review the race data

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 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (32%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (12%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (11%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (10%)
  • Romain Grosjean (9%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (5%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (18%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

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141 comments on “Vote for your 2013 Bahrain GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Has to go to Vettel.

  2. Kimi for me…great race…after 1st 8 laps…never thought he’d be fighting for a podium…fought well in the heat…2nd place is good considering he had allergic reaction just before the race..diresta and grosjean great as well..

  3. Easily Vettel. Not often I say that but he stood out for me in a race where so many drivers performed excellently.

  4. 1. Vettel: untouchable.
    2. Grosjean: finally the speed is back.
    3. Perez: good race craft, and no mean feat beating Button on tyre management.

    DiResta put in another good effort this race, and I would have voted for him had he reached the podium, but as it was his team mate actually drove a quicker race from lap 2 onwards.

  5. Di Resta for me. I don’t really like him, but he drove a very good race and took advantage of Ferrari hitting trouble. Deserved a podium for his efforts.

  6. Vettel did an awesome job in the opening 5 laps but to me Sergio Perez provided alone with Nico Roseberg the necessary entertainment

  7. Vettel this time. Complete control of the race, passed his rivals quickly, fastest driver out there.

    Di Resta could have won it if he held onto the podium, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso did well too.

  8. Traverse (@)
    22nd April 2013, 18:07

    I went for Hamilton. Endured a terrible preperation to the race having to deal with first the puncture, and then the five place grid penalty. Despite this he quietly went about making the most of the tools at hand and crafted a fantastic 5th place and a vital 10pts (finishing ahead of pole sitter Rosberg in the process).

    Leaving McLaren was the best decision of Ham’s career thus far, he appears to have found himself and really looks happy and contented.

    1. @hellotraverse – I completely forgot about Hamilton! He was very good as well, but I’ve gone for Vettel personally. Hamilton was slower than Rosberg in qualifying anyway remember so that’s enough to swing it for me.

      1. @vettel1 but was Hamiltons poor quali down to a problem with the car after the P3 problem. We will probably find out in the next few days or weeks, but if it was then Hamiltons “forgettably brilliant” race will surely be worth many a vote.

        1. @jleigh – very true: if it turns out he could’ve been in touch with Rosberg I may reconsider slightly, but I guess there may be just too much of a “what if” on that…

        2. Yes guys Hamilton was 30 secs slower than Vettel in 29 laps then the next half of the race was only 6 secs slower, which is a very good effort in the Merc which has fairly bad traction. Nico was great in qualifying but poor in the race even before his 4th stop he was only 2 secs ahead of Ham who started 9th. The good thing with Lewis is he can still improve imo with the Merc because I don’t think he is 100% yet, although he is certainly doing better than Nico only Malaysia as Ham been slower he was 6 secs infront in Aus befor Nico retired and in China he was doing much better. Vet for DOTW, I think Di Resta is close though.

  9. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher)
    22nd April 2013, 18:14

    Normally I’d say Perez was too aggressive, but hell it was very entertaining and great racing between the both of them

  10. Grr I knew people would vote for Perez. My vote goes to Grosjean, for racing hard without attempting to drive people off the road at every opportunity.

  11. Went with Seb. It was a neat race. a perfect day in office. Went on with his job.

    I believe if he had gotten the pole he would have even tried a Grand Chelem !!!

  12. Has to be Vettel.
    His weekend was nearly perfect!

  13. I’m voting for Pic whom had an excellent race.. Performance from the smaller teams should be recognized as well.

  14. Has to be Di Resta for me. Vettel did very well of course, but to an extent, it’s almost expected of him now. That by no means that it was any less impressive, but I found myself more impressed by Di Resta qualifying 5th and finishing 4th.

  15. Also Sutil should be praised for his performance, having a good race without it being on camera due to his bad luck on the first lap. He showed some awesome pace.

    1. Al (@boomer650)
      22nd April 2013, 21:57

      Agree, according to my understanding and Keith’s lap time chart he’s performing better than Kimi and Di Resta by comparing it from Lap 2. Am I right?

      1. Leen (@leendert82)
        23rd April 2013, 7:00

        Correct, specially impressive as he had nothing to fight for, but kept on pushing hard.. He almost finished in the points even.

  16. It was Alonso for me. He had to make an extra stop or two because of the wing problems and then drove almost the entire race with no DRS yet managed to hold on for points and even press people with healthy cars.

  17. Lots of drivers were great this weekend. Perez (although he overstepped the mark on one occasion), Grosjean, Raikkonen (although both were let down by poor quali), Hamilton (a poor quali from him suggests he was more prepared for the race, which ended up showing, plus he bounced back well from a grid penalty and strangely slow first stint), Alonso and Di Resta. But I went for Vettel. I just wish we could have seen Alonso chasing him.

  18. Grosjean’s drive from 15th to 3rd was very impressive. But since it’s “Driver of the weekend” it has to be Vettel.

    I’ve said some disparaging things about di Resta in the past, but it looks like he has a future in F1 after all. Nicely done.

    1. Grosjean started 11th, but we can still call that quite an achievement

  19. Voted for Vettel – good qualifying as usual and a really impressive race pace. Though lots of other good/solid drives by Perez, Grosjean, Hamilton, Alonso.

  20. Di Resta, great qualifying and racing, unfortunate to miss out on a podium, Vettel, Pic and Grosjean were very good too.

    The weird thing for me is: how have Rosberg as polesitter and Pic, who finished even ahead of the Sauber of Gutierrez got none of the votes and for example Chilton 1%?

    1. Well Nico started on pole yet finished 9th which is embarrassing when his teammate had such a slow first half of race and till came 5th after starting 9th.

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