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Vote for your 2013 Monaco GP driver of the weekend

2013 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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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 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%)

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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

      1. @dennis I disagree. I think Sutil did an even more outstanding job so I voted for him

        1. I think Sutil did a superb job, particularly in the race. He had my second vote, but it’s hard to look past Rosberg who dominated his champion team mate and excelled during a weekend where an extraordinary amount of expectation was put on his shoulders.
          All the factors for a fairy tale race were there
          and it was just a perfect weekend, not only for him, but for his whole family.

      2. me too. :-|

    3. 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.

      1. Nick.UK (@)
        27th May 2013, 18:54

        Not sure why people think JEV did that well. Matched his best, but 8th is still pretty poor when it comes to picking a driver of the weekend.

        1. James Allen (@jamesallen1705)
          27th May 2013, 20:51

          What if a Caterham/Marussia came 8th? That would take some drive!

    4. 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)
    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.

    1. @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

      1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey)
        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.

        1. 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.

        2. 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.

      2. 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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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’

      2. 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.

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

        1. 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

      4. @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

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

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

      1. @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)!

      2. 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.

        1. @angelina faltered was only referring to the Perez incident: for the rest he was almost exactly average.

        2. You also have to ad that he saved Perez and himself from crashing at Perez’ first suicide attempt due lightening reflexes letting him cross the chicane.

          Unfortunately we didn’t see it but Kimi’s final eight laps must have been the the most intense racing of the weekend.

  5. 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.

    1. @fer-no65 I’m exactly the same in every sense. I really don’t know why I don’t like Rosberg – as a personality I’ve always disliked him!

      1. @vettel1 sometimes it works that way. Dunno, I don’t mind Nico, but Sutil… I always hated him !{

        Maybe because they were tipping him for McLaren back in the day, having done nothing at all…

        1. I didn’t actually mean to say Rosberg there – I intended to say Sutil! I actually rather like Rosberg! Silly me @fer-no65

          I’ve just never found Sutil to be that immensely talented either – he’s got a whiff of the “dependable midfield driver” about him which I don’t really like!

          1. @vettel1 same ! I was on Jarno’s side when the photograph debacle happened in Brazil 2009 :P

            He’s forcing me to vote him, though.

          2. @fer-no65 I tend not to vote based on what driver it was because otherwise I may have just said “I don’t like Sutil, therefore I’ll vote Rosberg and not give Sutil any recognition”! ;)

          3. @vettel1 Of course :) same here.

      2. hey @vettel1 that´s a speck of dust in the hole weekend. Even if you don’t like Alonso (me neither), you should vote for the driver who shows talent all weekend long. So other people can then, my friend, remind you about what you have just said here, whenever you have to vote for Vettel one day he wins from start to finish.

        1. this comment should have been after your sutil vs alonso comment, @vettel1, sorry for the mess

    2. I’d laugh if everyone said ‘Rosberg will win it so I’m voting for Sutil’, and Sutil actually ended up winning the vote.

  6. Mark (@surfermark)
    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. 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. Easiest driver of the weekend pole ever? Rosberg.

  9. 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. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. @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. 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.

    1. Hulk may win it from the sound of things!

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

  14. Rosberg. Flawless all weekend.

  15. 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.

  16. This was no race, so it is pointless voting for the “driver of the weekend”.
    What we should vote for is Widest Car Of The Day (WCOTD) – For going as slow as possible without getting passed.
    This honour unanimously goes to Mark Webber for managing to hold off Lewis, Alonso and Kimi at various stages of the race, despite constant pressure.

  17. Rosberg, no contest here.

  18. Ahh no! I clicked on Hulkenberg instead of Rosberg! That was a stupid of me, ah well.

  19. Alonso is getting 2% so far? Decent on Thursday, a second off the pace in FP3 and lucky to qualify 6th on Saturday, then sank like a stone in the race. How does he get any votes?

    Hands down Rosberg was on it from the start and it was fitting for him to take the victory.

    1. @uan you always get people who vote for their favourite driver regardless of how poor they were.

      1. Alonso is getting 2% so far?

        Raikkonen is also getting 13% at the moment and Perez 5% compared to Di Resta’s 0%, even though he did a fine job in the race. It’s all about preferences for some. Happens all the time.

        1. I’d also like to point out that there is only 100 votes so far. That means that Alonso has only 2 votes so far. Some funny guys have even given Grosjean and Chilton a vote.

          1. @hotbottoms as of now though (120 voters at time of writing) that means 12 people have voted for Räikkönen (10%) – I do urge these people to justify their rating, as I could use a laugh…

          2. @vettel1 – “He pulled off a miraculous last lap and overtook three cars that are slower-by-definition, all on burned out tyres, in a light-fuel-load Lotus fitted with brand new option tyres.”

            Is this it? I think this is it.

          3. @tony031r that wasn’t very funny, it seemed almost serious :(

          4. @vettel1: It is serious. And it’s also a very poor argument.

        2. @vettel1 I voted Sutil but I can sort of see where the people who voted for KR are coming from. He’s had a very good weekend overall, really couldn’t maximize the potential of the car more than he did, defended very well from Alonso and then after being dive-bombed by that idiot Perez overtook 6 cars in 7 laps to still finish in the points.

          I would never vote for him as I think there were at least 5 drivers who did a better job-Sutil, Rosberg, Vettel, Button, Vergne. But, it’s sometimes worthwhile to remember that different people value different things

          I also think some people over-estimate what di Resta has done. He has only finished 9th because he got lucky with the red flag=free change of tires. Otherwise he would have had to pit for a second time

          1. @montreal95 I thought his weekend was pretty average from every perspective: he was good in qualifying but not exactly spectacular, in the race again he kind of languished around not really gaining or losing anything and then he really caused his own downfall with the Perez incident: however you look at it, the solution wasn’t to turn in – that’s just asking for a crash. He made up the places indeed in the end, but as @tony031r has quoted (I think with sarcasm afterwards!) really the only thing that made that good was “it’s Monaco”.

          2. @vettel1 The key sentence I wrote above is “maximize the potential of the car”. Could he have qualified any better than 5th? Based on evidence from Monaco and all the start of the season the answer is negative. Actually not many had thought he’d out-qualify Alonso before the qualy started. In the race he did the maximum again. It’s possible that he could’ve got among the top 4 with some luck and strategy, but it’s not related to his driving. With Perez, he gave the stupid dive-bomber room the first time but the second time he said: “screw you and your let-me-past-or-we-crash tactics!”

            And I don’t understand the sarcasm. Kimi’s charge was so good precisely because it was at Monaco. On a normal track if you’re much faster than overtaking a few cars is no big deal. But to overtake 6 cars in 7 laps at Monaco, even with the car advantage you have to be absolutely on it, and he was!

          3. @montreal95

            With Perez, he gave the stupid dive-bomber room the first time but the second time he said: “screw you and your let-me-past-or-we-crash tactics!”

            So he’s “driver of the weekend” based on what? The fact that he decided to teach Perez a lesson and failed?

            And I’ll strongly disagree with the “overtakes on the last laps” argument. Di Resta and Sutil have been doing that for the whole race in tougher conditions than Raikkonen did, with rival drivers running similar levels of tyre-wear on faster cars than the Force Indias. If you’re gonna talk about “maximizing the potential of the car” and “being patient and opportunistic”, it’s the FI duo you should be talking about.

            And except for Rosberg, Sutil and Di Resta, i can also name at least three other drivers that had better showings than Raikkonen: Vettel, Webber and Vergne.

          4. @tony031r Where did I say that he’s my driver of the weekend? I can understand those who chose him but if you would read my original message and not only my reply to vettel1 you’d see that I said that I voted Sutil and think there are at least 4 other drivers that did better than Kimi.

            Also, in my original message here, it was you who I had in mind when I said that people over-estimate what Di Resta has done. He was gifted the 9th place by the red flag, nothing more. Otherwise he would’ve had to pit again. Di Resta was on a 2-stop strategy so your statement that he was “running similar levels of tire wear” is incorrect. He also didn’t overtake any faster cars apart from Massa, and that was when Di resta was on fresh tires, while Massa was struggling. Wholeheartedly agree about Sutil, though that’s why he’s my choice for Driver of the Race

            Kimi Raikkonen failed to teach Perez a lesson? That’s not a fact, that’s your opinion. Yes, Kimi lost 7-9 points in the WDC, but Perez has lost more than that, and was put into the wall, which is what he deserved for his troubles. That’s lesson successful in my book

          5. @montreal95

            Where did I say that he’s my driver of the weekend?

            Never said or thought you did as I DID read your original post. That’s why I made the Force India point right above. However, you are (more or less directly) arguing in favour of those who did choose Raikkonen as driver of the weekend, hence my tone.

            I said that people over-estimate what Di Resta has done

            Compared to other drivers, except for Rosberg and Sutil (as I’ve said before), Di Resta was the best of the rest in my opinion. I found his determination in the first part of the race delightful to watch, and even though he was on a two-stopper he didn’t run fresh tyres when literally everyone else was on a trashed set. As for being successfully opportunistic…that’s also a skill and it also weighs an awful lot in Monaco. I can be argued into believing Di Resta isn’t the 3rd best or 4th best driver of the weekend. Vettel and Webber could be, but 5th is at low as it goes for Di Resta, in my humble opinion. He did have a much better outing than many out there…including without a doubt Alonso, Raikkonen and Perez.

            Kimi Raikkonen failed to teach Perez a lesson? That’s not a fact, that’s your opinion.

            If you get into a fight and you both end up on a hospital bed, who won and who taught who a lesson? Kimi’s “lesson teaching” wasn’t any more successful than Perez’s attempt to overtake. They both ruined their perfectly decent weekends. And that’s the main reason why Raikkonen doesn’t even make the top 6 on my list. The end.

    2. Alonso is getting 2% so far? Decent on Thursday, a second off the pace in FP3 and lucky to qualify 6th on Saturday, then sank like a stone in the race. How does he get any votes?

      I had the same reaction when I saw it.
      After doing nothing interesting during practice, in the tightest track of the season, during the race the was overtaken by four lesser cars. Not by one, but FOUR.

  20. Traverse (@)
    27th May 2013, 14:33

    Driver of the weekend was Rosberg but driver of the day was Perez. Without Perez the race would’ve been a sullen affair (much like Kimi’s persona :P ).

    1. @hellotraverse he was definitely far better than Räikkönen anyway, so quite why Räikkönen has 12% of the votes vs 5% for Perez is baffling.

      1. @vettel1 I think you answered your own question earlier. People will always vote for their favourites.

        What’s even more baffling is how does Vergne not have any votes yet. Probably the best driver after Rosberg and Sutil in my eyes.

        1. @davef1 yea I think I have. It just seems the Räikkönen fans are more voluminous in number!

          Actually I rather forgot about Vergne: he had a quietly rather good weekend, and for the first time really outdid his teammate this year. He wasn’t a contender for driver of the weekend IMO but a top three contender for sure.

      2. I think it’s taste based, cause I find Perez’s performance quite appalling in Monaco. Keeping in mind he barely improved since he was announced a McLaren driver last year. Maybe it’s a lack of distinct strategic choice that hinters him from performing outstanding feats, that he enjoyed last year on a different tyre strategy. And as I remember his bomb-divings in later part of the season ended up exactly how his Monaco race. He is a slow learner I guess.

    2. Raikkonen and Alonso get votes for simply turning up it seems. Alonso was weak all weekend (I know his qualifying always is) and was overtaken by two McLarens and a Force India, all in slower cars. Vettel 1% and Raikkonen 12% is just astounding. Raikkonen made a few of overtakes at the end against a Williams and two Saubers, all poor cars. He hardly did much else except ruin his own race. That doesn’t warrant so many votes.

      1. @deej92 precisely! I would consider Vettel for a top three as he was good enough for that but I don’t think he was driver of the weekend (I could see why someone might think so though) but Alonso definitely and Räikkönen very much so did nothing to merit driver of the weekend!

        1. @vettel1 Agreed, I’d have Vettel 2nd or 3rd best driver of the weekend (with Sutil). Rosberg didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend so I can see no other option for driver of the weekend, personally. I find Perez a breath of fresh air challenging the big guns like he does (aslong as he doesn’t take out Hamilton ;)). These Alonso and Raikkonen votes just puzzle me.

          1. @deej92 yea I can’t consider Vettel for driver of the weekend for as he said himself he made a quite costly mistake on qualifying. As it stands though he maximised what he had when Alonso and Räikkönen faltered – so a solid day at the office for him!

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