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.

Ferrari

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.

McLaren

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.

Lotus

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.

Mercedes

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Caterham

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.

Marussia

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 (1%)

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

  1. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 27th May 2013, 14:26

    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.

  2. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 27th May 2013, 14:27

    Rosberg, no contest here.

  3. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 27th May 2013, 14:32

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

  4. uan (@uan) said on 27th May 2013, 14:33

    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.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:37

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

      • Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 27th May 2013, 14:43

        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.

        • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 27th May 2013, 14:56

          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.

        • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 27th May 2013, 16:38

          @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

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 23:19

            @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”.

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 28th May 2013, 0:22

            @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!

          • Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 28th May 2013, 1:03

            @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.

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 28th May 2013, 9:31

            @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

          • Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 28th May 2013, 12:08

            @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.

    • AldoG said on 27th May 2013, 19:42

      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.
      LMAO!!!

  5. Traverse (@) said on 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 ).

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:39

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

      • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:45

        @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.

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:54

          @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.

      • Kimi4WDC said on 28th May 2013, 3:33

        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.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 27th May 2013, 14:51

      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.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:57

        @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!

        • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 27th May 2013, 15:32

          @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.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 22:35

            @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!

  6. caci99 (@caci99) said on 27th May 2013, 14:37

    Nico Rosberg, easy pick

  7. Valter Tänav (@velodrive) said on 27th May 2013, 14:38

    It’s funny how everybody are telling now that it is the easiest poll ever, considering the fact that Mercs have dominated last 4 races in speed and now they have solved tyre issues but when Vettel did the exact same thing he was even struggling to get into the top 3 in this poll…

  8. Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 27th May 2013, 14:39

    Kimi for me. Getting back into the points at the end of the race was really great.

    Most disappointing driver of the race: Seb Vettel. Crying over the Mercedes’ slow speed but not one attempted overtake in a clearly faster car.

  9. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 27th May 2013, 14:42

    This should be a no brainer Rosberg of course! Only one question: “who is the joker that voted on Grosjean?”

    • Sakis (@sakis) said on 27th May 2013, 14:58

      Isn’t someone entitled of their own opinion?
      Why do you judge other people choices based on your own logic?
      And just so know you know, I voted for Perez.
      He is the only driver on the grid to bring up the memories of the sport, when it was actual racing and fighting for position.

    • RACERNORRISKI (@racernorriski) said on 27th May 2013, 20:08

      parents and relatives get to vote, don’t they?? siblings and girl friends and girl friends wanttab……. etc….

  10. JS (@js) said on 27th May 2013, 14:54

    Hi!
    Seems weird to me that Paul di Resta gets so few votes. I think it was his team’s fault for the qualifying position and not his. And then he had a very strong pace during the race and made some pretty good and solid passes. I think he deserves that one, especially since:

    _ ROS was very solid, did not make mistakes but was not the ‘fastest’ in some sense, especially given that the Mercedes were thought to be the best cars at Monaco this year: it seems to me that VET should have gotten the pole (thus thanks to a better driving), but:
    _ I cannot put VET since he did not perform this perfect lap during the qualifications and was then unable to pass ROS despite being, most likely, fastest (subject to tyre wear, and all this, of course…).

    So, to me, di Resta is a safer choice and, at the same time, allows me to shed some light on his solid race and very good performances since the start of the season…

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2013, 14:59

      @js pretty accurate summation except for the fact I do think the Merc’s legitimately had superior race pace: Vettel tried to close the gap later on only for Rosberg to push again and bring it back to the previous margin.

    • Yoshitsune (@yobo01) said on 27th May 2013, 17:59

      @js
      I actually think that Di Resta was a bit lucky yesterday. He damaged his front wing early in the race (if I recall correctly), so he had to pit very early. He was on new softs, he didn’t have traffic, so he undercut quite a lot of people. Obviously he would have never finished the race on a one stop, so the red flag was a blessing for him.

      It was a solid race, he made some good moves, but I don’t think he was the best driver of the weekend.

      • JS (@js) said on 27th May 2013, 19:57

        @Yobo01 Yes, he benefited from race conditions indeed. But it does not mean he did not drive well; and you could say he was first unlucky to start where he started due to his team’s poor strategy… I liked his pace.

  11. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910) said on 27th May 2013, 14:54

    I’ve actually gone for Di Resta. He was not at fault for dropping out of Q1 and was showing good pace in qualifying. Without the team telling him to stay out on his worn inters, he was looking good to get into Q3. He stayed out of trouble in the race and took a solid ninth place. Also, the overtakes he acheived at turn one were amazing.

  12. tmax (@tmax) said on 27th May 2013, 14:55

    I Voted Van Der Guarde . In the weekend procession, the rookie did some decent job with a Caterham. I am sure he has caught the attention of some of the top team principals.

    • Adriaantje (@sutil2013) said on 27th May 2013, 19:19

      As a fellow Dutchman (?) I also enjoyed his qualifying effort. Sadly, his race pace was more like the other races he did so far; a total lack of pace in the second half of the race. His tyre management is awful and not improving either. I think most team principals already saw that, if they watch this 28 year old rookie anyway.

      I guess we will have to wait for Robin Frijns to enter F1. Then we might have a more serious Dutch contender.

  13. Riku (@riku) said on 27th May 2013, 15:04

    Three drivers IMO were superb… Kimi.. for making places from 16th to 10th in just 2 laps… PDR for finishing 9 after having a disastrous quali.. And Sutil… for making those two moves on Alonso and Button… Finaly voted for Sutil…

  14. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 27th May 2013, 15:13

    My vote goes to Adrian Sutil.
    Everyone expected Nico Rosberg to performe well. He has the fastest car in qualifying, and he had already set pole on the two previous occasions. He had also had a brilliant GP in 2012. It wasn’t difficult for him to start on pole, and then stay first for the hole race.
    Sutil is the driver that really surprised me. For a few weeks, he was a bit in the shadow of his teammate, and some began to doubt his performances. Sutil has answered to all his detractors this week-end. He managed to get to Q3, while Di Resta was stucked in Q1. Starting from an 8th position, he kept out of trouble, avoiding all this incidents, and then he also managed to make some brilliant passes. The end result : he finished 5th, behind the Red Bulls and the Mercedes, who were way faster thant the rest.

    • Adriaantje (@sutil2013) said on 27th May 2013, 19:33

      For a few weeks, he was a bit in the shadow of his teammate, and some began to doubt his performances.

      I think those people (Martin Brundle) missed a few things. A small recap of Sutil’s season so far:

      race 1: Lead the race for some 20 laps on his comeback. Due to bad last stint finished only 7th.

      race 2: Ruined by “wheel nut” issues

      race 3: Ruined by Gutierrez smashing him off the track in lap 5

      race 4: Ruined after contact with Massa (flat tyre). After coming out again with some 80 seconds behind his race pace was stunning

      race 5: Great start, first pit stop (1 minute) ruined by another wheel nut issue. Great race pace afterwards. Got stuck behind Hamilton in the end.

      Don’t get me wrong, I think DIR is a decent driver too, but he lacks something extra. For instance, I dont think DIR would have succesfully made those moves on Alonso and Button.

      The things Sutil really should improve ASAP are his qualifying (he beat DIR nicely in the second part of 2011) and I also hope his rain skills will return soon (he was one of the best rain drivers in the field in his first F1-career).

  15. Dion (@infinitygc) said on 27th May 2013, 15:20

    Keith, you surely mean “between his teammate and Maldonado” in Bianchi’s review?

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