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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  1. Had to be Vettel for me, I rarely vote for someone that has dominated a race so this is odd for me.

  2. Has to be vettel for me, he drove fantastically the whole race. Very nice overtaking in the opening laps, managed his tires well to the end and still able too put in the fastest lap.

  3. Vettel was unstoppable, so I voted for him. Surprised to see the Lotus drivers getting so many votes, since it’s “Driver of the Weekend”, not just “Driver of the Sunday”.

  4. If there was a “Most Entertaining Driver Of The Race” poll, I’d have voted for Perez!

  5. I Love the Pope
    22nd April 2013, 19:56

    Vettel, but Pic gets a shout for dragging a Caterham home in front of both Marussias.

  6. Vettel, by far.

  7. Vettel by a long way this weekend. Just look where Webber finished.

  8. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
    22nd April 2013, 20:28

    Didn’t think anyone’s race or weekend really stood out. Vettel got the holeshot, and sailed away. Kimi came back from a poor grid position, Grosjean was fairly quick, Di Resta was pretty good but faded, and everyone else was just kind of mediocre.

  9. Vettel. Faultless all throughout. Great pace, impressive overtake to claim first position before DRS was activated, great tyre management. Just superb!

  10. I will go for Romain this time because he drive great

  11. ive gone for lewis.his car was terrible in the race,he had problems in p3,and got a 5 place grid penalty.
    but he still came through to get some solid he helped to make the race abit more enjoyable because of his battle with webber.

  12. Can’t vote anyone but Vettel. What a great weekend. I was actually surprised to see him outqualify Alonso, I didn’t think Red Bull had the speed and, besides, he only had one shot in Q3.
    His first few laps were just amazing. Alonso is one of the best drivers when it comes to lap 1, he is able to overtake people quite easily, I certainly didn’t expect Vettel to overtake him as soon as turn 5.

    Very good weekend for Grosjean, Pic and Perez, too. I wanted to vote one of them, but Vettel was faultless.

  13. By quite some margin: Sebastian Vettel. He nailed that (what at the time seemed like a ‘crucial’) pass on Alonso on the first lap, and shortly after that Rosberg. From that moment on he drove a smooth race, excellent drive.

    Notable mentions: Paul di Resta drove very well, I’m afraid fourth just was all he could achieve. Also impressed by Hamilton, somehow finishing fifth!

  14. I’d like to knowwhy people that voted for Alonso last week didn’t vote for Vettel today… I don’t know but in my opinion their races were quite similar, they passed the leader before the fifth lap and drove away from that point unchallenged because their main contenders had problems (Kimi in China and Alonso yesterday). I would even say that Vettel has a little more merit because he passed both Rosberg and Alonso without DRS.

    1. Great moves by Vettel without DRS, yes. But Alonso had to race without DRS for a whole race. 22th to 8th. Epic drive. Dont recall Vettel doing something like that last week

    2. MB (@muralibhats)
      23rd April 2013, 6:24

      Its obvious :)

    3. I’d like to knowwhy people that voted for Alonso last week didn’t vote for Vettel today

      Because Alonso has more fans here than Vettel. Had it been Vettel loosing DRS & finishing 8th after that & Alonso winning the race by 10 seconds, the Poll would look like Alonso (60%) & Vettel (3%)

  15. I voted for Vettel – what else does he have to do to win DOTW??? I think Webber’s weekend in the other Red Bull underscores just how good Vettel was this weekend.

  16. Definitly Grosjean, he did an outstanding race. from 11th to 3rd with heaps of passes. Without seeing the statistics he must have completed most passes of everyone.

  17. Look at how tight the poll goes regarding third place: Alonso, Perez, Grosjean. And DiResta second.. Currently F1 is going to great times, having the champions and the new challengers running on quite similar machinery. Great days, we are lucky to see all of them.

  18. Vettel this time. I voted for Alonso in China so I don’t see any reason not to vote for Vettel here, since he pretty much did the exact same thing, only on another track…

    Notable mentions, in order:
    – Alonso. Did a superb job out of dragging himself from last to 8th without DRS, but as I’ve mentioned before, he took too much of a chance by opening the wing again after it first got jammed. The second pit stop was avoidable. Still a solid drive.
    – Di Resta. Third would have been a well deserved result after a very-composed weekend.
    – Perez. Driver of the race, without doubt!
    – Pic. I don’t know if it was the upgrades or something else, but we’ve seen a different Charles Pic in Bahrein.

    And last but not least, five years too late (but better late than never), an honorary mention and a sincere hats-off for Takuma Sato.

  19. I voted for Hamilton, purely because I had just finished watching his battle with Webber in the closing laps! Brave driving. I think it should go to Alonso really – back of the field to 8th place with no DRS is pretty impressive, even by his own high standards. Di Resta and Kimi also did great, as did Grosjean and Perez IMO.

  20. Voted Vettel. Here’s hoping this season we can finally see some proper on-track battles between the two main title challengers! Vettels pass on Alonso was just amazing..

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