Vote for your 2013 Bahrain GP driver of the weekend

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

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.

Ferrari

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.

McLaren

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.

Lotus

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.

Mercedes

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Caterham

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.

Marussia

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

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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 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 (3%)

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

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  1. Di Resta I haven’t forget about you.

  2. Jono (@me262) said on 23rd April 2013, 5:48

    maldonado and grosjean seem to have lost their ‘edge’ this year

  3. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 23rd April 2013, 6:54

    I went for di Resta, though I was very, very close to voting for Vettel who was supreme this weekend. di Resta impressed me no end, I had to go with him.

    He out qualified Sutil, he made his 2 stop strategy work and very nearly managed to sneak onto the podium. If he did it would have been thoroughly well deserved. 4th was still a terrific result for Force India who continue to be the surprise package of the year for me. I thought they’d be nowhere after pre-season testing but they are putting Sauber, Toro Rosso and (particularly) Williams to shame.

  4. Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 23rd April 2013, 8:29

    Has to be Alonso, no doubt about it.

  5. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 23rd April 2013, 9:11

    I voted for Grosjean.

    Even though he wasn’t televised too often up until he passed Di Resta for 3rd.
    Regardless, 11th to 3rd is a great drive.

    Honourable mentions:
    - Vettel
    - Di Resta
    - Alonso
    - Perez
    - Pic

  6. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 23rd April 2013, 11:35

    Alonso’s recovery drive was alright but lets be honest, Vettel rarely had to use DRS all race either and he won!
    Alonso gained most of his ground through strategy and I think he only passed Ricciardo and Perez. Maldonado went off ahead of him for his other place…

    Vettel was amazing this weekend- his 2nd and 3rd stints were different gravy

  7. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 23rd April 2013, 11:52

    Paul di Resta. Very impressive.

  8. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 23rd April 2013, 15:43

    Vettel for me.

    He knew that to win, he had to make 2 crucial pass at the opening laps, and that is Alonso and later Rosberg.

    He get the best out of his car to overtake the 2 cars before Lap 3 (When DRS is not yet activated). From there on, he just drove a commanding race to the chequered flag.

    Too bad he did not managed to get pole, else this will be Grand Chelem No. 3 for him.

  9. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 23rd April 2013, 16:40

    I hate that shiver of guilt, betrayal and personal disgust I have just experienced when I voted for Sebastian Vettel, which is something I have never done before. There was no other choice though, because what we saw from Vettel was a masterclass in race management, but his attacks on Rosberg were so effective that he really did show his new racing ability which has just materialized from nowhere. For me, it was amongst Vettel’s top five drives, and right up there with Abu Dhabi ’13, Brazil ’13, Monza ’08 and Monaco ’11. It was certainly more of a champion’s drive than Malaysia, which was more a the spoilt brat’s drive, but I won’t go into that again, every single F1 Fanatic reader already knows my POV regarding that debacle!

  10. PJA (@pja) said on 23rd April 2013, 19:03

    There were quite a few drivers who I thought had a good weekend but in the end I gave it to Vettel as he just seemed to be in total control during the race, just like Alonso in the last Grand Prix.

    The other drivers who stood out for me, in no particular order

    Alonso – if it hadn’t been for his DRS problem I think he would have had a podium and maybe even have challenged Vettel for the win. Last year Ferrari didn’t have a quick car but didn’t make many mistakes which helped Alonso take the championship down to the wire, this year the car is more competitive but now they having other problems.

    Perez – He was told by McLaren to be more aggressive and he was.

    Raikkonen – A good race but hampered by a poor showing in qualifying, if he had qualified near the front as he did in China I think he could have had a chance at victory.

    Grosjean – Like Perez he has not had a good start to the season but found his form again during the race.

    Di Resta – Just missed out on his debut podium.

  11. My vote is for Perez

    Great show! if I could just see same wheel to wheel racing in front runners, mid runners and back runners that will be the best TV Sport!

  12. f1con (@f1con) said on 25th April 2013, 19:52

    Bianchi has been impressing me all season, he should be in a better tem

  13. Tom Taylor (@tommo1976) said on 25th April 2013, 21:04

    Hmmm difficult one to choose this time but in the end went for Paul Di Resta for a well deserved 4th place, toyed with the idea of Alonso for his fight back after DRS issues and Perez for being – as requested by his team – more aggressive.

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