Vote for your 2013 Spanish GP driver of the weekend

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

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

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

Spanish Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Qualified ‘best of the rest’ behind the Mercedes with a single run in Q3. But trying to run a three-stop strategy didn’t work out: pitting a lap later than Alonso cost him track position to the Ferrari and he was demoted by Raikkonen and Massa as well. Fourth keeps him in the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Mark Webber – Half a second off his team mate in qualifying, he made a somewhat typical poor start and fell to 11th at the end of lap one. He was in the pits six lap later and fell as low as 19th. But committing early to a four-stop strategy allowed him to aggressively exploit the advantage of the ‘undercut’ to make made up places and finish behind his team mate.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Fernando Alonso – Alonso said he was reasonably pleased with taking fifth on the grid, despite having Raikkonen and Vettel ahead of him. He made light work of Raikkonen at the start, driving around the Lotus at the exit of turn two and taking Hamilton’s Mercedes for good measure. Pitting before Vettel for his first stop allowed him to jump the Red Bull. After that he took Rosberg in the DRS zone and was on his way to victory. Even a slow puncture at the end of his fourth stint couldn’t put him off his stride.

Felipe Massa – Fastest in the final practice session but lined up an unimpressed ninth after a three-place penalty for impeding Webber during qualifying. But he moved up two places at the start then passed Perez to join the leading queue of cars. He passed Hamilton just before his first pit stop and jumped Vettel with his second. However he faded in his pursuit of Raikkonen late in the race.

McLaren

Jenson Button – Was out-qualified by his team mate and failed to reach Q3, both for the first time this year. He looked set for a miserable day when he came around at the end of lap one with only the Marussias, Caterhams and Bottas behind him. But with many drivers using a four stop strategy his three-stopper allowed him to spend more time in clear air. So much so that his team mate emerged from his last pit stop behind him, and they stayed that way until the flag.

Start, 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona,Sergio Perez – An excellent Q2 lap got him through to Q3 where he secured ninth on the grid despite failing to improve his time. That became eighth after Massa’s penalty, and he moved up to sixth after an excellent start. He ran a four-stop strategy to his team mate’s three, and felt he would have been better off not setting a time in Q3 and conserving his tyres instead. He was initially told to go after Button (and Rosberg) in the final stint, then reminded to look after his tyres. Judging by the difference in their lap times, and the similar difficulty Gutierrez and Di Resta had trying to make passes at this point, it seems Perez was more unable than unwilling to pass Button – though he may have been a little more circumspect after Bahrain.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – Believed there wasn’t much more in the car after taking fourth on the grid. He was outfoxed by Alonso at the start and lost some time in the opening stint getting past Rosberg. More time lost behind Vettel later on potentially kept him from challenging Alonso for victory with his three-stop strategy.

Romain Grosjean – Promoted to sixth on the grid after Massa’s penalty but started poorly and dropped back. He was optimistic of making progress but never got the chance to as his suspension failed on lap eight.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg – Claimed pole position for the second race in a row with two laps in Q3 that were quicker than anyone else could manage. Repelled Vettel in the opening stages but after the first pit stops the floodgates opened and he was passed by three cars in one lap. However he found some pace on his three-stopper later on and held off Di Resta for sixth.

Lewis Hamilton – Said he wasn’t happy with the balance of his car after qualifying. He’d looked on course for pole position with a brilliant lap in Q2, but struggled to improve in the top ten shoot-out. Went backwards in the race and said he couldn’t understand why his car treated its tyres so poorly.

Sauber

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Nico Hulkenberg – Sounded astonishing on the radio when his team told him he had been knocked out in Q2 – he said he’d wrung everything out of the car. He made gains in the race and was moving into contention for points when his teamed waved him out into the path of Vergne’s Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg suffered wing damage and was handed a stop-go penalty which ruined his race. Without that he reckoned eighth was possible.

Esteban Gutierrez – Made it through to Q2 but a three-place penalty for getting in Raikkonen’s way dropped him back to 19th. He ran a “long” (13-lap) first stint which briefly put him in the lead. After his first stop he passed Vergne and his second moved him ahead of Hamilton. He ended up on Ricciardo’s tail but couldn’t pass the other Toro Rosso and missed out on a point by three-tenths of a second.

Force India

Paul di Resta – In the points for the fourth time this year despite being one of the first drivers to abandon a three-stop strategy and switch to four. This meant running a long third stint, which he did with impressive consistency, then pressing on in the latter two. He spent the final laps trying unsuccessfully to pass Rosberg.

Adrian Sutil – Out of the points for the fourth time this year and once again there was little he could do about it. Sutil made a scorching start to take eighth place, then his race was ruined by a cross-threaded wheel nut at his first pit stop. Force India said it was unrelated to the problems they experienced in Malaysia.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado – Neither Williams driver made it into Q2 and Maldonado was fortunate to escape a penalty after holding up Button. Finished ahead of his team mate using a four-stop strategy, despite picking up a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Valtteri Bottas – Out-qualified Maldonado for the third time and was promoted to 16th on the grid when Gutierrez was handed a penalty. But persevering with a three-stop strategy didn’t pay off: he was slow at the end of his last two stints and fell to 16th ahead of the Caterham/Marussia battle.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Joined his team mate on the sixth row of the grid, made a better start but was re-passed by him on the second lap. He was blameless in the incident with Hulkenberg that ultimately ended his race.

Daniel Ricciardo – Made quicker progress in the race than his team mate as he tweaked his car during the pit stops to counteract the front brake locking he suffered in the first stint. He lost some time at the end of his third stint which had to be extended by a lap as his team were tending to Vergne’s damaged car in the pits. That may have cost him a place to Perez, but he was able to hold off Gutierrez for the final point.

Caterham

Charles Pic, Caterham, Circuit de Cataunya, Barcelona, 2013Charles Pic – Couldn’t get Caterham’s new parts working to his liking in qualifying but said the car felt right from the first lap in the race. He finished well clear of the delayed Marussias and was pressuring Bottas.

Giedo van der Garde – Happy to out-qualify his team mate despite not having the new upgrade package in full – only Pic had the revised front wing. However the team failed to attach his left-rear wheel properly during second pit stop which wrecked his race. He’d been running ahead of his team mate until then.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Damaged his front wing on the first lap and had to pit for a new one. He believed he could have joined the Pic/Bottas fight without that extra pit stop, and closed to within eight seconds of it in the final stint before backing off to preserve his tyres.

Max Chilton – Lost around six seconds at his second pit stop but finished much further than that behind his team mate who’d been delayed even more.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.516s 66/66 4 4th -9.69s
Mark Webber 7th +0.516s 0/66 4 5th +9.69s
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.001s 66/66 4 1st -26.049s
Felipe Massa 9th +0.001s 0/66 4 3rd +26.049s
Jenson Button 14th +0.565s 29/66 3 8th -2.232s
Sergio Perez 8th -0.565s 37/66 4 9th +2.232s
Kimi Raikkonen 4th -0.131s 8/8 3 2nd
Romain Grosjean 6th +0.131s 0/8 0
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.254s 65/65 3 6th Not on same lap
Lewis Hamilton 2nd +0.254s 0/65 4 12th Not on same lap
Nico Hulkenberg 15th -0.404s 21/65 5 15th +24.456s
Esteban Gutierrez 19th +0.404s 44/65 4 11th -24.456s
Paul di Resta 10th -0.327s 58/65 4 7th Not on same lap
Adrian Sutil 13th +0.327s 7/65 4 13th Not on same lap
Pastor Maldonado 17th +0.058s 48/65 4 14th -49.3s
Valtteri Bottas 16th -0.058s 17/65 3 16th +49.3s
Jean-Eric Vergne 12th +0.039s 4/52 4
Daniel Ricciardo 11th -0.039s 48/52 4 10th
Charles Pic 22nd +0.409s 2/21 3 17th
Giedo van der Garde 18th -0.409s 19/21 2
Jules Bianchi 20th -0.283s 50/64 4 18th -27.37s
Max Chilton 21st +0.283s 14/64 3 19th +27.37s

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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 Spanish Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (61%)
  • Felipe Massa (11%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (10%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (3%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (4%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (1%)
  • Jules Bianchi (1%)
  • Max Chilton (1%)

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136 comments on Vote for your 2013 Spanish GP driver of the weekend

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  1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 13th May 2013, 12:29

    It has to be Alonso. It was a masterclass. Shout out to Esterban as well.

    • anon said on 13th May 2013, 12:34

      What? Masterclass?? LOL.

      He’s had the fastest car all year except in Australia where he had the second fastest.

    • jx (@jx) said on 13th May 2013, 13:07

      The thing about Esteban is he was in a car that was capable of points and he didn’t score any. He was 2 seconds a lap quicker than Ricciardo when he caught up and had 3 or 4 laps look at him and couldn’t make a pass. Personally I think Esteban is getting a much bigger wrap than he deserves for this one.

      • Piero (@collective) said on 13th May 2013, 23:56

        I think he was very solid, considering he started 19th after the penalty. Also 0.2s off Hulkenberg in Q1 and 0.4 in Q2, no cars in between.

        The problem with passing was that the Sauber struggles with straight line speed, he mentioned it in the radio after the race finished and his engineer agreed. Also, he surely wasted some tyre to catch Ricciardo and surely didn’t have that much left when it was time to make a move.

        I would say it was a solid showing from him.

    • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 13th May 2013, 14:50

      Purely for that move on Hamilton & Raikkonen.
      Took them to school.

    • F1 Noob (@noob) said on 13th May 2013, 16:42

      Can’t believe Hamilton was LAPPED by Alonso… That is such a shame for a driver…

      • Shane (@shane-pinnell) said on 14th May 2013, 6:12

        I can’t believe that P2 in qualifying was lapped AND it was Hamilton. There is something seriously wrong with that Mercedes. One glimmer of hope, it can be very fast, that is probably the hardest thing put into a car. Making the tires last longer, they will get it.

    • I just voted Nico Rosberg.. Did no Quali Sim in the Practice Sessions, yet beat the field comfortably come qualifying..

      Drove a brilliant 1/5th of the Race keeping Vettel behind and then defended later from Di Resta in a much faster Car.. Stopped only 3 times(?????) in a Car that digests Tires better than conc. acid.. Also beat his Team mate comfortably..

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 13th May 2013, 19:03

        I agree. I voted Alonso, although without a doubt Rosberg deserves a shout for what was, in my opinion, a very underrated drive.

        - Had a perfect qualifying lap.
        - Finished 6th in the race in a car slower than Ferrari, Lotus, Red Bull, Force India, and arguably McLaren and Toro Rosso.
        - Schooled his teammate who people consider to be the fastest man in the sport.

        Fantastic performance

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th May 2013, 12:17

      I voted for Guttierez, not a perfect weekend (the blocking penalty) but he did do what was needed to show Sauber should not yet look for a replacement immediately.

      Alonso did a great job, Rosberg also did very well with beating Hamilton to pole and not losing more than 5 spot in the race. Not much wrong with Kimi either, and Massa really was a very good driver this weekend as well.

      Also a bit of a shoutout for Guido VdGarde, his car did not have all the new bits, and ultimately he had to park it. But I think he did show he can stand his own by beating Pic in qualifying. Also another good weekend from Sutil and Grosjean, shame they had to park it in the end.

  2. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 13th May 2013, 12:30

    Wow, didn’t realise Bianchi did so well!!!

  3. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 13th May 2013, 12:33

    Who voted Max Chilton! lol

  4. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 13th May 2013, 12:41

    A lot of strong drives, it’s difficult to pick. Stars of qualifying were unquestionably the Mercedes pair as well as Perez, if just for that mega Q2 lap.

    Several others impressed me in the race. Alonso (obviously), Massa, Webber, Ricciardo, Gutierrez… But I have to give it to Raikkonen. In a weekend with the typical whines about the tyres, he simply shut up and got on with it (unlike many others), doing fewer stops and a surprising number of laps on the softer compound. Good on him.

    Also an honourable mention to van der Garde. Far and away his best performance of the year so far, a real shame to see him not finish.

  5. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 13th May 2013, 12:43

    Alonso.

    His move round turn 2 and 3 at the start was just incredible ! He was so far behind Kimi that it was ridiculous how easily he got in front of not only him but Lewis aswell !

    Keeping up with Rosberg and Vettel was no hard job but when he pitted and got ahead of both of them, it was already game over.

    With pole being less and less relevant with these tyres, Driver of the Weekend might well end up being Driver of the Race. Specially if the ones that do well on saturday suck so much on sunday.

    • Roger Camp (@rogercamp) said on 13th May 2013, 13:54

      Alonso passed both Kimi and Lewis because a matter of timing and strategy. Timing because he caught Kimi behind Lewis who was kinda very slow at the corner and Kimi was unable to pass because Alonso saw the opportunity and put his car by Kimi’s side. Strategy because he knew he was on 4 stops so he needed to be more aggressive. Kimi knew he had to be cautious, as he was on 3 stops. So, it’s not a matter of genious of Alonso. It’s just an occasion.

      • caci99 (@caci99) said on 13th May 2013, 14:15

        So, it’s not a matter of genious of Alonso. It’s just an occasion.

        I had a good laugh, thank you. The hate or love for someone, really pushes people to all kind of statements and excuses.

        • Dwight_js said on 13th May 2013, 15:47

          It has nothing to do with hate or love. Watch the start again. Alonso gets off the line well, but makes no gain in t1. The first four cars are bunched going coming out of t1 which makes them a bit slow, then Kimmi takes a line directly behind Hamilton which opens the door for Alonso who makes the double pass thanks to Lewis being incredibly slow through t3.

          Alonso showed the correct amount of aggression, but most of all he was the beneficiary of Hamilton’s slow car, and Kimi’s conservative line.

          Now Vettel on the other hand… ;)

      • Ben (@scuderia29) said on 13th May 2013, 16:58

        @rogercamp sometimes even if you dont like people you still have to give them credit when they deserve it

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 13th May 2013, 18:46

        Alonso passed both Kimi and Lewis because a matter of timing and strategy. Timing because he caught Kimi behind Lewis who was kinda very slow at the corner and Kimi was unable to pass because Alonso saw the opportunity and put his car by Kimi’s side. Strategy because he knew he was on 4 stops so he needed to be more aggressive. Kimi knew he had to be cautious, as he was on 3 stops. So, it’s not a matter of genious of Alonso. It’s just an occasion.

        @rogercamp ofc, that’s nothing to do with skills or anything. If the others failed to do it, well, Alonso did it.

        Really, Some people..

        • M Sánchez (@faulty) said on 14th May 2013, 0:14

          Not only that pass, but the intuition in anticipating Vettel’s move at the of the start… genius. That and *effortlessly* slotting behind Rosberg after his first stop… he makes it look easy.

          Driver of the weekend, no matter how you see it. Except I’m voting for Guti, he finally got it right, and Nando’s got such a big gap, so why not?

  6. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 13th May 2013, 12:43

    Few standout drives yesterday. At certain points during the race I thought Guitierrez and Ricciardo were going to finish higher up and if they had, I might have voted for one of them. I was also impressed with Webber finishing relatively close to his team mate despite being so far back initially, although he should have qualified better on one of his “form tracks”.

    So I went for Alonso, again. He was untouchable on race day, and one gets the feeling many more victories like these will follow this season.

  7. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 13th May 2013, 13:03

    I’ve gone for Rosberg: a dominant show in qualifying, setting two laps fast enough for pole, and held his mettle for the duration of the first stint with pretty significant pressure from behind. If past form and Hamilton’s degerdation levels are anything to go by also him managing a 3 stop (and being able to resist the pressure of a four-stopping Di Resta at that) whilst the leader had to do a 4 stop shows he had a very decent performance in the race also.

    By the way, I’ve voted for him because I think he deserves cerdit where it’s due: Alonso has plenty already!

  8. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 13th May 2013, 13:09

    Has to be Kimi for me. Driver of the WEEKEND.

    Both him and Alonso were perfect in the race with Kimi maybe having to fight a bit more for his position. But what makes the difference for me is that Kimi was also perfect in quali and beat his team-mate by a country mile while Alonso was only one thousand of a second faster than Massa in Q3. With the dominant pace the car had he maybe could’ve been higher.

    With Kimi and Alonso both maximizing their results in the race, quali has to be the deciding factor.

  9. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 13th May 2013, 13:18

    Alonso has a fantastic race but I’m bored of him and Kimi get a gazillion votes every time so I went for Massa.

    9th to 3rd, beat the Red Bulls and kept Kimi honest. Don’t think he could have done much more…

    • Traverse (@) said on 13th May 2013, 13:57

      Same here, Massa is slowly returning to form.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 13th May 2013, 16:25

      @davef1 and I reckon he would’ve beaten Räikkönen had it not been for the grid penalty. That was a very good performance indeed also and I agree with the fact it’s better to vote for someone who put in a top 3 performance at this stage rather than the best (who was Alonso really): he’s already got more than the lion’s share!

      • BJ (@beejis60) said on 13th May 2013, 17:04

        Agreed. Without that questionable penalty, which is kind of hard to move out of the way in a chicane, he probably would have been 2nd, maybe first. Hard to say due to the different starting positions.

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 13th May 2013, 21:45

          I still think Massa did deserve his penalty, which is why I didn’t vote for him, but had he not be so unfortunate I think second was pretty much a certainty judging by his pace.

    • dodge5847 (@dodge5847) said on 13th May 2013, 17:06

      Not even a Ferrari fan, I was spilt between alonso and massa, if Massa’s qualifying was clean, he would have been driver of the weekend

  10. Cristian (@cristian) said on 13th May 2013, 13:24

    I voted for Alonso, but I think it’s unfair Vettel loses when he does exactly the same thing. People use double standards when voting and that is not okay

  11. Trenthamfolk (@trenthamfolk) said on 13th May 2013, 13:41

    Eyebrows for me… he was incredible, and so was that Ferrari…

  12. Lamalas (@lamalas) said on 13th May 2013, 14:04

    It was a tough call, but I voted for Rosberg. His pole lap was near perfect and he drove a good race considering how hard the mercedes is on it’s tyres when it’s hot. Outclassed Hamilton both on saturday and on sunday.

    Drives from Alsonso, Raikonnen and Di Resta were impressive as well imo.

  13. caci99 (@caci99) said on 13th May 2013, 14:13

    Alonso for me. His brave move on first lap was beautiful to see, and later on he made his strategy work. It sounds easy, but I am sure it is not.

  14. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 13th May 2013, 14:26

    This should be a landslide for Alonso. As impressive as Raikkonen was on his three stopper, he made a meal of getting past Rosberg and Vettel and that ultimately cost him a shot at the win. That said, it was still a terrific drive.

  15. Ivan B (@njoydesign) said on 13th May 2013, 14:45

    Voted Alonso, the only driver I seen pushing most of the time in the race…

    So many failed trying to conserve the tyres when they should’ve just gone for a 4-stopper and push. Mercedes should have thought of that first, they had nothing to lose. Same for RB, who had to adjust their strategy later in the race, to miss the podium..

    It just looks to me that ferrari was the only team to approach the race with this intention of pushing to compensate for the extra stop, and it paid off really well also because others were too concentrated on “managing” their tyres

    • Akshay (@hamilfan) said on 13th May 2013, 15:56

      LH went for a 4 stopper and still could not push …they were off by the first stint itself . NIco got passed by everyone that the only way he could get points is by 3 stopper … so merc is chewing gum at the moment

      • Ivan B (@njoydesign) said on 13th May 2013, 17:17

        Wasnt LH switched from a 3-stopper like Vettel? Nico was holding position rather well until his tyres went off. And this is when they should’ve brought him in, copying Webber. Also, hards obviously didnt work for them, why not try running more on softs?

        I’m not saying it would surely get them higher, no. But I would like to see them try

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