Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013

Alonso voted Chinese GP Driver of the Weekend

2013 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013Fernando Alonso was voted Driver of the Weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix while Daniel Ricciardo made his first appearance in the top three.

Kimi Raikkonen made his second appearance in the top three this year.

1. Fernando Alonso

Started: 3rd
Finished: 1st

Alonso brought his team mate’s run of superior qualifying performances to an end and lined up third on the grid. He took the lead in the early stages of the race and seldom looked under serious threat for the victory from that point on.

He just seemed to be in control the whole race. I loved the team radio when Ferrari told him not to push and he said he wasn?t, then the fastest lap for Alonso caption came on screen straight away.

world champion. This race Alonso face it with maturity and with a good pit strategy. It worked. It wasn?t a breathtaking race until the last lap, for the lead lacked a bit of fight there. But it wasn?t Alonso’s fault, he was there, he did enough to came out in first and win the grand prix.

He topped a practice session, nearly missed out on pole, beat his team mate all around and had an absolutely commanding race.

Watching both Ferraris mug Hamilton was priceless. Gutted for Webber and Hamilton!

2. Daniel Ricciardo

Started: 7th
Finished: 7th

Ricciardo beat his team mate by almost a second in qualifying and managed to convert his lofty starting position of seventh into the same result. This is the first time he has appeared in the top three in Driver of the Weekend.

Great weekend overall, he had a very good pace compared to Jean-Eric Vergne. And I didn?t expect a Toro Rosso to out-race Force India and Sauber. Good job by Ricciardo, 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.

He decimated Vergne in qualifying and had great race pace, most noticeably against Grosjean. Alonso was obviously a close second choice but the Ferraris 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.

3. Kimi Raikkonen

Started: 2nd
Finished: 2nd

It was a case of what might have been for Raikkonen. Poor starting positions have been Lotus’s weakness in recent races but on this occasion he started on the front row but slipped back at the start. Then came the collision with Perez which left him with a damaged car, despite which he still recovered to second at the flag.

I loved his fight with Hamilton till the end in a damaged car and surely would have fought for victory if the team didn?t ruin his setting for start. Really loving the old McLaren Raikkonen.

2013 Driver of the Weekend results

Race First Second Third
Australian Grand Prix Kimi Raikkonen (51.2%) Adrian Sutil (17.9%) Jules Bianchi (13.6%)
Malaysian Grand Prix Mark Webber (34.2%) Sebastian Vettel (17.4%) Nico Rosberg (13.6%)
Chinese Grand Prix Fernando Alonso (47.0%) Daniel Ricciardo (18.2%) Kimi Raikkonen (15.6%)

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