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
Sebastian 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 – 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.
Paul 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.
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 – 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 Garde – Heikki 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|
|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|
|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|
Review the race data
- 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops
- 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix lap charts
- 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps
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%)
Total Voters: 698
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