Vote for your 2013 Monaco GP driver of the weekend

2013 Monaco Grand Prix

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

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

Monaco Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monte-Carlo, 2013Sebastian Vettel – A typically quiet Monaco Thursday for Red Bull was more subdued for Vettel who had a KERS problem. Was a tenth of a second away from taking pole position and believed he could have done it. He started well but didn’t have space to get past either of the Mercedes. Hamilton’s dawdling when the Safety Car came out allowed him to take second, but after that his team warned him Rosberg was getting much better tyre life and trying to attack would be futile. He reeled off the fastest lap in the closing stages anyway, making a point about his frustration at having to run so slowly.

Mark Webber – Remains yet to out-qualify his team mate this year but came closer than he had previously on a track where he’s won twice before. Weathered a major attack from Hamilton in the second half of the race at Rascasse to finish on the podium.


Fernando Alonso – Looked committed and quick from the word go but could only manage sixth on the grid, after which he refocused on trying to beat his closest championship rivals. Debris on his wing affected his race but Alonso felt his car had a more fundamental lack of traction. Even so it was a surprise to see him leave the door open for Perez at the chicane and Sutil at the hairpin. An attempt to gain a place back from Sutil resulted in him being passed by Button on a day when nothing went right for him.

Felipe Massa – Massa’s weekend was defined by a pair of crashes that were startling in their ferocity as well as being curiously similar. Ferrari identified no car fault in the first crash but believed a failure was responsible for the second. The former kept Massa out of qualifying and meant he started from the back row, the latter ended his race on the 29th lap. Although he had a neck brace attached at the scene he was later given a clean bill of health.


Sergio Perez, McLaren, Monte-Carlo, 2013Jenson Button – Frustrated to qualify ninth after a suspected fuel pump problem on his car developed during Q2. But made a strong start, passing Sutil and attacking his team mate, whom the stewards later instructed to surrender his. However he admitted he “wasn’t paying attention” when Perez repassed him at the chicane later in the race, and lost another position to Sutil later. He redeemed himself by taking advantage of Alonso’s delay at Rascasse to claim sixth.

Sergio Perez – Reached Q3 again and lined up seventh. Cut the track twice on the first lap to keep Button behind, and was perhaps fortunate the stewards only instructed him to give the place back instead of handing down a drive-through penalty. But he got Button back at the chicane later and pulled the same move on Alonso. His attempts to pass Raikkonen were borderline, forcing the pair of them to cut the chicane at one point, leading Raikkonen to brand him an “idiot”. A lunge from further back resulted in contact between the two as Raikkonen tried to cover the inside. Although he soldiered on the front wing damage he eventually had to retire when broken ducts cooked his brakes.


Kimi Raikkonen – Beat Alonso to fifth on the grid by two thousandths of a second and kept his title rival behind at the start and through the first round of pit stops. His collision with Perez was the product of one driver committing to a pass on the inside and another committing to defend it at roughly the same time. Neither driver saw it that way: Perez blaming Raikkonen for moving over on him, Raikkonen saying Perez hit him from behind. Unfortunately for Raikkonen the contact produced a puncture. But after changing it he was able to let rip on fresh tyres and a demon final eight laps saw him rise from 16th to claim the final point.

Romain Grosjean – Unbelievably ragged all weekend: he crashed twice at Sainte Devote and once at the chicane during practice. Following his mechanics’ third repair job of the weekend he joined the track late in Q1 and immediately went quickest. But he was very unhappy at being eliminated in Q2, blaming a Toro Rosso for holding him up. His raced ended when he rear-ended Ricciardo at the chicane, for which he unwisely tried to blame his rival.


Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2013Nico Rosberg – Headed all three practice sessions but looked like he might lose his grasp on the top spot when rain hit in qualifying. Then the track dried and Rosberg again wielded the W04 to better effect than his team mate and claimed his third pole position in a row. He kept the pace slow in the opening stages, preventing any gaps from opening up in the chasing pack. From his radio messages it seems he would have had an easier time one-stopping than Vettel did, and he kept his cool during each of the three restarts for his second career win.

Lewis Hamilton – Said he didn’t feel comfortable at Monaco for the first time in his F1 career. However it wasn’t that which cost him second place: he backed off too much while following his team mate into the pits when the Safety Car came out. After that he made a valiant effort to recover third from Webber, but it wasn’t to be.


Nico Hulkenberg – Qualified 11th and finished there having struggled for pace after the final Safety Car period. Raikkonen passed him for tenth on the last lap. “After another Safety Car, the tyres never came back to life again,” said Hulkenberg. “The rears especially degraded a lot. When I got out of the car I could see the steel belt, so it?s no wonder the pace wasn?t good enough anymore.”

Esteban Gutierrez – Didn’t look comfortable in practice so it was no surprise to see him go out in Q1 for the fourth time this year. Got his car to the end in a tough race.

Force India

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Paul di Resta – Failing to put a fresh set of intermediates on during Q1 was an error of complacency on his part as well as the team’s. Getting into the points from there was always going to be a challenge but he did so by staying out of trouble and making some impressive passes on the outside at Sainte Devote.

Adrian Sutil – Broke his streak of misfortune and scored an excellent fifth place, passing two world champions on the way. He mugged Button and Alonso at Loews hairpin, then took advantage of the Perez-Raikkonen collision for his first points since Melbourne.


Pastor Maldonado – Often appeared among the top teams during practice but fizzled out in qualifying and was beaten by Bottas. He was hit by Van der Garde on the first lap, forcing an early pit stop, then was taken out of the race completely by Chilton.

Valtteri Bottas – Went 4-2 up on Maldonado in qualifying for the season so far. As Monaco is a favourite of Maldonado’s and this was Bottas’s first visit to the track, that was particularly impressive. Made a great start and picked up two places but poor degradation in his first stint dropped him out of range of the points finishers.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Looked great when the rain fell during qualifying and made his first ever visit to Q3. He saw Sutil passing Button and Alonso at the hairpin and tried to copy him but they were wise to the move by then. But by keeping out of trouble he matched his best result to date with eighth place.

Daniel Ricciardo – Ran the soft tyre at the start while most opted for the super-soft but couldn’t get good enough life out of them to make an alternative strategy work. Then he was harpooned by Grosjean.


Start, 2013 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo,Charles Pic – Blamed traffic in the final sector in Q1 but got ahead of his team mate on the first lap. He didn’t last much longer, however – a gearbox problem caused his exhausts to overheat, starting a fire.

Giedo van der Garde – Gave Caterham their best qualifying performance to date with 15th, then spoiled it by crashing into Maldonado on the first lap. He lost KERS shortly afterwards but was able to reset it later. At the end of the race his tyres were “destroyed”, allowing Chilton to pass him.


Jules Bianchi – A luckless weekend saw Bianchi stop at the start of Q1 with an airbox fire and start from the pits due to an electrical problem. In the race he was unable to avoid the barrier dislodged by the crash between his team mate and Chilton, damaging his front wing. He continued but his front-right brake disc failed at Sainte Devote, putting him out.

Max Chilton – Chilton admitted he knew someone was on his right heading into Tabac but failed to leave Maldonado enough room, causing what could have been a serious crash. He was fortunate the stewards limited his punishment to a drive-through penalty, and doubly so that the final Safety Car period nullified that disadvantage. That helped him to pass Van der Garde for 14th.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.201s 78/78 2 2nd -2.426s
Mark Webber 4th +0.201s 0/78 2 3rd +2.426s
Fernando Alonso 6th 28/28 2 7th
Felipe Massa 21st 0/28 1
Jenson Button 9th +0.509s 30/72 2 6th Didn’t finish on same laps
Sergio Perez 7th -0.509s 42/72 2 16th Didn’t finish on same laps
Kimi Raikkonen 5th -2.563s 63/63 3 10th
Romain Grosjean 13th +2.563s 0/63 3
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.091s 78/78 2 1st -13.894s
Lewis Hamilton 2nd +0.091s 0/78 2 4th +13.894s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th -1.37s 77/78 2 11th -0.64s
Esteban Gutierrez 19th +1.37s 1/78 3 13th +0.64s
Paul di Resta 17th +1.214s 0/78 2 9th +6.131s
Adrian Sutil 8th -1.214s 78/78 2 5th -6.131s
Pastor Maldonado 16th +2.611s 0/44 2
Valtteri Bottas 14th -2.611s 44/44 2 12th
Jean-Eric Vergne 10th -0.721s 61/61 2 8th
Daniel Ricciardo 12th +0.721s 0/61 2
Charles Pic 18th +0.538s 7/7 0
Giedo van der Garde 15th -0.538s 0/7 4 15th
Jules Bianchi 20th 0/58 2
Max Chilton 22nd 58/58 3 14th

Review the race data

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 Monaco Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (3%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (4%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (10%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (54%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Adrian Sutil (22%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (1%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (1%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

Total Voters: 659

Loading ... Loading ...

An F1 Fanatic account is required in order to vote. If you do not have one, register an account here or read more about registering here.

Images ?? Red Bull/Getty, Daimler/Hoch Zwei, Force India

Advert | Go Ad-free


161 comments on Vote for your 2013 Monaco GP driver of the weekend

1 2 3 5
  1. dennis (@dennis) said on 27th May 2013, 14:09

    The only chance Nico Rosberg isn’t getting 100 % of the votes would be when someone accidentally clicked on Hülkenberg instead.
    Honorable mention to Adrian Sutil and both Red Bulls. But Rosberg was simply the best during the whole weekend. No contest.

    • BreezyRacer (@breezyracer) said on 27th May 2013, 14:29

      I voted Rosberg but I do have to say that the tire testing story greatly detracts from his outstanding weekend. I wish we could vote for a top 3 as Sutil was also outstanding and Webber did well too.

    • NOOOOoooooooooo that’s what i did (facepalm) @dennis , I felt confused when i saw hulk’s name in bold letters after my vote, then I realised what i did

    • Between Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Jean-Eric Vergne who were 10/10, my vote goes to Sutil. He impressed me even more than the two others drivers, plus he made a bold move at Loews over Fernando Alonso.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th May 2013, 23:22

      Actually, I considered Rosberg, who thoroughly deserved his win but whose car was vastly superior in Monaco and who was never challenged during the race, so I gave it to Sutil for taking a mid-field team car to 5th. with a couple of nice clean passes on a track reputedly impossible to pass on, Sutils drive was an example of how it should be done.
      If I wanted to vote for my favourite driver as so many seem to, I could have “justified” a vote for Webber purely on the grounds that he got an excellent start but this is not a personality or nationalist competition.

  2. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 27th May 2013, 14:09

    Easiest decision so far this year. Rosberg.

    Fastest in all three free practice sessions, pole position, led every lap of the race on the way to victory. The ideal weekend.

    He didn’t get phased by the SCs and the red flag period and did a great job at the restarts. He may have been helped a little by the fact that this is Monaco, but you still have to complete the race without making a mistake and he didn’t. Fully deserved the win and is showing once again how skilled a driver he is.

    • @magnificent-geoffrey just in case, not talking about you, and I know F1 is a “democracy” so votes are secret. But please let me do some wondering here:

      Fastest in all three free practice sessions, pole position, led every lap of the race on the way to victory. The ideal weekend.

      How many times Vettel has won the race in almost the same (or identical way) and wasn’t chosen DOTW? Countless. And just before people bury me, I voted for Nico, I confused the thing and voted for Hulk, but my real chose was Rosberg. There should be a way to know the users’ votes race by race so we could discover the “double-standards” ones

      • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 27th May 2013, 15:28

        @omarr-pepper I think you make a perfectly valid point.

        When a driver is as dominant over a whole weekend as Rosberg was at Monaco (it is ‘Driver of the Weekend’, after all), I almost always vote for the dominant driver unless another driver has done something to even outshine them for whatever reason.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 27th May 2013, 18:57

          I think the reason SV wasn’t chosen DOTW on several occassions in spite of doing the same thing as NR this weekend is because he is perceived to have, and does have, the best car in the last 3 years, and owns 3 WDC’s in a row as well, and leads the chase this year. ie. it is more ‘expected’ of SV these days, whereas looking at Mercs placings in the last 3 years, NR with their only other win last year in China, it is simply a bigger achievement for a Merc to win a race these days than a Red Bull.

          Sometimes DOTW is a no-brainer, and sometimes it goes to the driver that did the most with the least ie. the one that really did something beyond expectations. I agree many thought Merc had a good chance at Monaco, but I’m sure some were still expecting that their tire issue might still bite them anyway, and in general Merc has usually fallen way back from their excellent quali positions, hence the nod for NR for DOTW.

        • James (@jimmyd13) said on 27th May 2013, 19:21

          I think the difference is that when Vettel wins in that style he is 10 seconds ahead, but here Rosberg had great tactical racing and had complete control over the race. He did exactly what he had to do no more no less.

      • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 27th May 2013, 23:48

        That’s exactly my thought, a very near clean sweep (except fastest lap) – that’s German efficiency at its finest!
        I don’t think we’ll see the same rebuttal against Rosberg’s masterclass than we would had it’ve been Vettel topping all the sessions, purely because this was such a popular win in the paddock.
        But when Vettel dominates a weekend it feels as if its a bit of “Vettel vs The Rest”. I’ve been guilty of that purely because I enjoy seeing an underdog come through, so maybe I should’ve voted Sutil. But after the last few races I think Rosberg deserved it.
        Not that Vettel doesn’t deserve his dominating drives, but I think people like to see a change every now & then.

    • EstF1 (@estf1) said on 27th May 2013, 17:22

      I don’t understand why Nico was the best in everybody’s opinion. He won because noone could overtake him at Monaco. Kimi was the best. He overtook 6 drivers in the last 8 laps to get at least one point, set the second fastest lap and did a good job defending his position.

      • kpcary said on 27th May 2013, 17:58

        any of the other top 10 drivers could have done the same if they also changed tyres in the last 8 laps. kimi is ‘driver of the last 8 laps with new tyres’ not ‘driver of the race’

      • dennis (@dennis) said on 27th May 2013, 18:20

        He clearly was quick enough that nobody got even close to him. He didn’t block Vettel nor Hamilton. So I think you’re wrong in saying he won because nobody could overtake. Besides, he was really impressive at each restart and quickly built a lead. He was constantly faster than his team mate. Pole position, all three practices… Not a single mistake… That is basically the definition of driver of the weekend.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th May 2013, 23:29

        If only we had seen Kimi’s last 6 laps he may have got a lot more votes.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th May 2013, 11:09

          I already heard Sauber accusing Bottas of dirty play because he reeled to Kimi without a fight and that enabled Kimi to take Hulk (Bottas mentioned that it was not about giving his countryman an easy ride, but thinking that Kimi was one of the leaders coming through) @hohum

      • dragoll (@dragoll) said on 28th May 2013, 10:04

        @estf1 I’m not sure how you can think that driver of the weekend could go to anyone else other than a driver whom got:

        * Fastest in FP1
        * Fastest in FP2
        * Fastest in FP3
        * Pole Position in changeable conditions
        * Race Victory that was controlled measured and dominant

        What more must someone do to get DOTW honors? :P

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th May 2013, 11:07

          not do the same for 15 of 19 races, I guess, after the first 2-3 it gets “normal routine”, so we start rewarding others who did great things in the races

  3. magon4 (@magon4) said on 27th May 2013, 14:10

    Gotta love Adrian’s good work in qualy and then his great passes in the race, particularly the one on Alonso. Good pace, too. Finally no bad luck and some well deserved points.

  4. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:10

    Adrian Sutil, just for the way he made Alonso look like an amateur at the Lowes Hairpin!

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:17

      *Loews. Also, fantastic job by Nico Rosberg and Vettel did really well to maximise the potential of the race when Alonso and Räikkönen faultered.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 15:53

        @omarr-pepper of course I wasn’t being entirely serious: he was very good all weekend, finishing a very respectable 5th. I tend to vote for the non-dominant drivers when the dominant driver has a clear winning percentage at the time anyway as I think the others deserve recognition, so if more people voted for Vettel when he deserves it I wouldn’t vote for him (provided there was somebody in the midfield that deserved recognition that wasn’t getting it)!

      • Angelia (@angelia) said on 28th May 2013, 7:47

        I dont see how Kimi faltered. He qualified in the best position he could as Ferrari was looking faster, and Mercedes and Red Bull were a second faster in qualifying. The first safety car waved Vettel and Webber pass, giving them a huge break, while the safety car stayed out n front of Kimi. Kimi was on soft tyres while everyone was on supersoft tyres and he managed not to be passed at all of the restarts with cold tyres, Perez dived into Kimi, Kimi pitted and he came out in 16th place and still managed to score a point in the end. He did the best he could.

  5. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th May 2013, 14:11

    Rosberg’s gonna win it. He was fautless. He’d get my vote, but as he’s going to win anyway, I’m giving it to the next one: Sutil.

    I hate the guy (don’t ask why, not even I know) but his race was very good. Q’ed well, started well, benefited from others misfortunes and put some very oportunistic overtakes on two guys that are far from rookies, and all that at a place where’s easier to stall than to overtake.

    Top job. Revenge over Monaco 2008.

  6. Mark (@surfermark) said on 27th May 2013, 14:11

    Surely it can’t be Nico Rosberg, although he won all he did was drive round really slowly even though he had the fastest car, Adrian did some good overtakes.

  7. safeeuropeanhome (@debaser91) said on 27th May 2013, 14:12

    Surely the easiest decision all year. Fastest in every practice session, fastest in qualifying, won the race pretty comfortably. Nico Rosberg by a mile. Sutil second.

  8. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 27th May 2013, 14:13

    Easiest driver of the weekend pole ever? Rosberg.

  9. Rooney (@rojov123) said on 27th May 2013, 14:14

    Sutil for me. He drove a brilliant race, put his tyres to good use and stayed with the top cars around him. The passes on Button and Alonso at the hairpin were amazing! He was the best driver in the race. Period!

  10. Douglas (@mwahahaha) said on 27th May 2013, 14:15

    Can only be Nico Rosberg for me. Fastest in all practise sessions and led every lap to a well controlled victory. Perhaps most impressively he took his third pole position in a row against qualifying specialist Vettel in a very quick Red Bull and against qualifying specialist Hamilton in the same machinery. After the last few weekends and in particular this one, I rate Nico a lot higher than before

  11. Liam McShane (@motor_mad) said on 27th May 2013, 14:16

    I think PDR did a better job in the race than Sutil. Climbed from the back end of the grid into the points, only finishing a few places back from Sutil. They both drove brilliantly though. Driver of the weekend has to be Rosberg though. He has been flawless.

    • Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 27th May 2013, 14:40

      I think PDR did a better job in the race than Sutil.

      In the race. Overall Sutil was better, but if I could choose a top three, Di Resta would complete it alongside Rosberg and his team mate.

      Definitely a better showing from Di Resta than Raikkonen or Perez, par example.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 27th May 2013, 16:25

      @motor_mad Disagree. Di Resta only managed that because he was lucky with the red flag that allowed him to change to new tires without penalty. Otherwise, having pitted on lap 9, by the end of the race he would be 6 seconds slower and down to the canvas a-la Hulkenberg

  12. V. Chris (@vasschu) said on 27th May 2013, 14:16

    Oh dear… misplaced my vote for the other Nico :D Well the Hulk did fine race too, the point wasn’t an option as Kimi managed to open 7 seconds gap to him in the final lap.

    Wanted to give it to Rosberg, he controlled the entire weekend and won well deserved win. Great performance from Sutil too, and stable Vettel who did very mature race despite lap 77.

  13. Broom (@brum55) said on 27th May 2013, 14:21

    Rosberg – one of the best drives so far this season.

  14. Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 27th May 2013, 14:23

    Rosberg. Flawless all weekend.

  15. Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 27th May 2013, 14:25

    For me it’s simple: Rosberg or Sutil.

    Both have done outraced and outqualified their team mates and brought in great results for their teams on Saturday and Sunday.

    Rosberg has been absolutely supreme all weekend, did not put one foor wrong, was fast enough to win and did it while managing to control the race in a dominant fashion.
    Sutil’s pulled off a great quali session and by his aggressive approach to the race, proved he might have had to work just a little bit harder than Rosberg, in order to achieve his result. Had a rather poor start of the weekend in practice though.

    Still, a win is a win and there’s so much a driver can do to equal Rosberg’s magnificent weekend, and Sutil all-in-all came just short of that, I’m afraid. Nico is the logical option here.

    Notable mentions, apart from these two: Vergne – nice and steady, Di Resta – a bit underrated this weekend, Gutierrez – for keeping out of trouble and finishing right on Hulk’s gearbox.

1 2 3 5

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.