2013 Spanish Grand Prix
The Ferrari drivers were voted the best racers of the Spanish Grand Prix by F1 Fanatic readers.
1. Fernando Alonso
A great start to the race helped Fernando Alonso on his way to his second victory of 2013. Although he got off the line well, he wasn’t able to gain any places until he sprang a pass on Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton as they went into turn three.
After that Alonso jumped Sebastian Vettel at the first round of pit stops, and passed Nico Rosberg for the lead. A puncture ahead of his final pit stop failed to put him off his stride.
He took control of his strategy from turn three on lap one when he passed Raikkonen and Hamilton on the outside and just pushed (as much as the tyres allowed him to) until he had built a good gap on Raikkonen. Perfect race, surely.
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.
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 committed passes he made. I’m not a big Alonso fan, but I wonder if I should really been one.
2. Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa would have started alongside his team mate on the third row but he was docked three places for holding Mark Webber up.
He recovered quickly in the race, however, moving past both Red Bulls but was unable to get ahead of Raikkonen to give Ferrari a one-two.
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.
Fastest in practice and came sixth in Q3. Did remarkably well to come back from ninth on the grid to take 3rd on the podium. Had the impeding incident and the penalty not happened, he would have had the chance to challenge for victory and definitely made a Ferrari one-two.
Valan Sammanasu (@Seahorse)
3. Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen took his fourth podium finish in six races in Spain, but finished behind Alonso who he had started ahead of. He lost time in the middle of the race behind Vettel which kept him from attacking Alonso for the win.
Both him and Alonso were perfect in the race with Raikkonen maybe having to fight a bit more for his position. But what makes the difference for me is that Kimi was also perfect in qualifying 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 Raikkonen and Alonso both maximizing their results in the race, qualifying has to be the deciding factor.
2013 Driver of the Weekend results
|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%)|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (32.2%)||Paul di Resta (17.8%)||Fernando Alonso (11.9%)|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (61.4%)||Felipe Massa (10.8%)||Kimi Raikkonen (10.5%)|
2013 Spanish Grand Prix
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