Vote for your 2013 Spanish GP driver of the weekend

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 (0%)

Total Voters: 622

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

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  1. Will the following people please raise their hands?
    1. Those who voted for Hamilton
    2. Those who voted for Button
    3. Those who voted for Chilton(really beats me how Chilton got votes and Bianchi didn’t)…

    1. Add to that, who voted for Webber?

    2. Ben (@scuderia29)
      13th May 2013, 17:01

      @wsrgo hamilton was the strangest vote to me :S started 2nd – finished 12th + finished a long way behind his team mate

    3. @keithcollantine I assume there was a malfunction because aboutan hour-and-a-half ago, Chilton had three percent votes and now, after 55 more people have voted, he has ZERO percent…

    4. What would be so strange voting for Webber or Button? Both did a great job in the race regarding their grid positions, especially Webber if you compare him to Vettel.

    5. @ wsrgo I voted for Button. What of it? You’re all wrong about him.
      I find it strange that a driver who elevated himself significantly up the grid in a less than perfect car on dodgy tyres gets the same number of votes as one who steadfastly sailed backwards, complained about having no grip moaned every time someone who he deemed beneath him overtook and, as a bonus, was soundly beaten by his teammate.

      1. @baron

        @ wsrgo I voted for Button. What of it? You’re all wrong about him.
        I find it strange that a driver who elevated himself significantly up the grid in a less than perfect car on dodgy tyres gets the same number of votes as one who steadfastly sailed backwards, complained about having no grip moaned every time someone who he deemed beneath him overtook and, as a bonus, was soundly beaten by his teammate.

        But Driver of the Weekend? After getting pummeled by Perez(not known for his one lap pace) in qualifying? Come on…

  2. Wow, that was difficult!

    (F. Alonso)

  3. yuya (@john-locke)
    13th May 2013, 17:29

    no.1 driver must be Alonso.
    His overtaking was supreme. Martin repeated “Brilliant Brilliant”

    1 Alonso 2 Kimi I can’t rate others. Massa got a podium, but he could not Match Alonso’s pace.
    I know he said he was trouble in final stint, but he was already far behind Alonso about 20 sec in his forth stint.

  4. Alonso but Massa equally deserving.

  5. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
    13th May 2013, 17:46

    Guess who I voted for…

    1. Ah-AH ! So you’re the one who voted for Chilton ! ;)

  6. Despite being only fifth in qualifying and just pipping his team mate, I have to give this to Alonso. He’s shown once again that talent in F1 can come in many forms, and although he’s not the best qualifier or the most aggressive on track, he knows how to get the most out of himself and the tools at his disposal every time the lights go out.

  7. Alonso, Raikkonen, Massa, Rosberg and Gutierrez are my short list of nominees. Alonso had a great race, but had the advantage of starting four positions ahead of Massa who was capable of lapping on his times during the race and also showed great speed in practice. Raikkonen was never the quickest but took all he could from the car both in qualifying and in the race. Rosberg was impressive in qualifying and very good in the race considering he finished 6 positions ahead of Hamilton and with that car 6th is a great result. Gutierrez improved notably, and although his fastest lap was aided by new tyres he beat Massa’s, and the Brazilian had also just changed tyres; his result was also positive.
    So hard to pick one…

    1. Picked Rosberg in the end.

  8. I’m a big Kimi fan, but voted Alonso.
    Alonso just looked that little bit more racey yesterday and it never felt that Kimi would get the job done, it took him too long to overtake Hamilton and lets face it, Button managed to do that later on!

    I think the Lotus strategy didn’t help though, still don’t understand the tyre choices and Kimi was losing a lot of time in the pitstops.

  9. Rick Lopez (@viscountviktor)
    13th May 2013, 19:28

    Massa’s performance was great,and I still think his penalty was stupid. How could he move in that position? If he had moved to the side, he would have crashed into Webber, so tight is the track. I feel Webber should have driven past him, apparently he wasn’t on a good lap anyway. If it hadn’t been for the penalty he might have won. Great to see Felipe back in form. Forza Massa!

  10. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher)
    13th May 2013, 19:51

    There can only be one! Maybe we should just vote him for driver of the year now too!

  11. Vettel is racing against Pat Fry…

    …and he is still not backstabing his own team?

    who was the driver who did that when he was racing Newey?

  12. Really cannot think of anybody who isn’t Alonso who deserves to be DOTW.

  13. Alonso, drove a spectacular race. Measured, calm and on the money at all times. He passed when he had to, saved tires when he needed to and put the pedal to the metal when required to. It’s been quite rare over the last couple of years to get a landslide win for the vote, but this week, there can be no other. What really struck me was the confidence Alonso has on the Catalunya track, it’s like he knows every inch and every kerb. The start was especially impressive with those commited passes he made. I’m not a big Alonso fan, but I wonder if I should really been one.

    The second driver who impressed was Massa. What a turn-around for this guy. From a horrible start last year with only a couple of decent performances towards the end, it seems like he has the confidence in him to fight. I believe the team are also showing greater trust in him and It is showing in his driving. More relaxed and comfortable. Maybe Ferrari realize it takes 2 to win the WDC and have thus been focusing much more on Massa much more.

  14. If I could I would have vote for four drivers ex aequo: both Ferrari drivers, Raikkonen and Gutierrez.

    – Alonso for commanding performance and masterpiece maneuver on Raikkonen & Hamilton
    – Raikkonen for showing you can go fast with these tires and still have a three stop strategy
    – Massa for showing he’s not only a mere shadow of Alonso and taking his Ferrari from 9th to podium
    – Gutierrez for simply very good drive, almost scored points, all of this despite grid penalty and very little experience.

    In the end, the winner takes it all. Alonso has it.

  15. Alonso. I’ll disagree it was masterclass, as we’ve seen him score better (or at least more spectacular) wins, but it was a pure example of a driver in complete control, that understands his car and manages to get the most of it. Sort of a Vettel-esque performance. Also, beating Raikkonen by a clear 10 seconds with the low degradation on the Lotus and an extra stop, has to count for something.

    Other notable mentions, in order:
    – Massa: he did an excellent job all weekend and if it wasn’t for his penalty I believe this would have been a certain Ferrari 1-2.
    – Rosberg: stunning pole and a much better race than expected, if we are to take Hamilton’s performance as a marker.
    – Ricciardo: I don’t know if it’s the news of Webber leaving / a seat opening up at Red Bull, but Ricciardo is a different driver ever since Malaysia. Decent performance once again.

  16. Voted Alonso: not a perfect weekend, but still gihly impressive stuff. The overtake on lap one was the best one I’ve seen in a while, simply because it was so clever and wel prepared.

    Surprised nobody voted Hülkenberg so far: had an excellent qualifying and was running a perfect race, on course for some good points, before he unfortunately hit trouble – which was not his fault.

    1. *gihly? highly!

      1. Ah, I was already questioning my English vocabulaire…

        1. Vocabulary whoops

  17. In all honesty? Bianchi here.

    Watching that stint of his hard fight not to go more than a couple seconds more than a lap down earned my respect.

    Alonso had the best car and had one highlight-reel sector. After that, he did his job.

    Looking at what they had to deal with, DOTW was either Rosberg or Bianchi, and I went with the rookie in the backmarker rather than the veteran who has had to learn how to “drive with a torniquet on.”

  18. 2% for Chilton at the time of writing this… nice one. Clearly DOTW is Grosjean and anyone who says otherwise just didn’t watch the race properly.

  19. I am a big big Alonso fan but voted for Massa as the guy deserves credit and he too competed against Bulls and Lotuses and we dont really give him chance against KImis, Vettels, Hams and Webbers let alone Alonsos. Well done massa and btw, l ove ur son,,, too cute.. and love Dasha tooo….. It has been a while since I saw Jessica, miss her too ,,, jenson podium is needed.

  20. Alonso for making it so hard for Artur Mas (the Catalan president) with all those Spanish flags and hymn in Barcelona

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