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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. Nico Rosberg, easy pick

  2. 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…

    1. Traverse (@)
      27th May 2013, 15:00

      Don’t worry, when the rapture comes and engulfs this planet with the fires of hell, our true lord and saviour The Vet (pole positions be upon him) will save us believers, and smite the non-believing infidels with the Holy Index Finger of Truth!

      1. Haha, ka pai reply!

  3. 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.

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

    1. 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.

      1. @sakis no, everyone is entitled to their own opinion if they can justify it. You’d have a hard time justifying that.

        1. @vettel1 “He was entertaining” Justified! ;-)
          And no, I didn’t vote for him. I voted for Nico Rosberg!

          1. @gdewilde on the flipside though, Grosjean and Chilton were far more entertaining from a crashing respect and Perez & Sutil from an overtaking respect, so however you look at it he wasn’t the best (except for post-race complaints – I don’t count that as part of the weekend though) ;)

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

  5. 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…

    1. @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.

      1. @vettel1 yes, I think you are right. What I meant was rather than the situation between VET and ROS could have been just inverted if the starting positions had been…

        1. @js true, unless Rosberg could’ve got the move done!

    2. @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.

      1. @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.

  6. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910)
    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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan)
    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.

    1. 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).

      1. This, I hope Sutil or Hulkenberg end up pairing Kimi in Lotus next year!

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

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

  11. One of the easiest DOTWs so far: Nico Rosberg was mighty during practice and qualifying. The race was always going to be difficult, but he kept his cool and didn’t make mistakes. I do believe the Red Bull put on a bit of a weak display behind him – I believe they could have gone much faster (even with tyre deg taken into account) but that they just chose to see the pit stops as their only chance to win this race, and apart from that not risk anything at any point. But still, well deserved win and a well deserved driver of the weekend for Nico.

    Second place goes to Adrian Sutil this weekend: he pulled off some excellent passes at the Loews hairpin and managed to stay out of trouble, albeit one little screw-up at Massenet in FP3.

    Some more mentions: Sergio Perez’s initial passes into the new chicane were great to watch. But unlike Sutil, his passes were mostly not very clean. I do have to say, most of his attempts, including the ‘pass’ on Raikkonen, were perfectly fine in my opinion, as he would have made the corner in most cases.

    Kimi Raikkonen performed quite averagely, until he messed up and pretty much pushed Perez into the barrier. The passes he then made on fresh tyres were a joy to watch.

    Finally, the most unluckiest guy of the weekend: Pastor Maldonado. He seemed to be very quick in free practice, but for some reason he was absolutely nowhere in Q2 (still don’t know why he was so much slower than the rest of the field). Then in the race he hit Pic before being hit by VDG on the back. He made a good come-back, before Chilton launched him into the barriers at Tabac. A real shame, as I think Maldonado could have scored a good haul of points for Williams.

    1. @andae23 where did you watch Kimi’s passes ?

      1. BBC showed the passes in their coverage, after the race. They were good, although I don’t think 3 laps of good racing warrants a vote.

        1. Traverse (@)
          27th May 2013, 16:28

          From what I saw the cars pretty much moved out of Kimi’s way and didn’t put up any resistance whatsoever.

          1. Yeah it’s no wonder really he had brand new supersofts for the last laps, must’ve been five or six seconds faster than the guys at the back. I don’t think it was easy though even if the tyres were, it’s still Monaco after all.

            Bottas of course literally gave way, unfortunate miscommunication between him and the team.

          2. *even if the tyres were new

  12. Those 3 laps of good racing by Kimi are NOT enough to be the driver of the weekend. I can understand why Perez is getting a few votes, although I don’t think pushing people off the track is actually good racing. For me it would have to be Rosberg, he completely controlled the race, not going faster or slower than he needed to, Mercedes almost got that weekend bang on, if it wasn’t for that one lap by Lewis which ruined his weekend. After that it would probably have to be the 2 Force India’s, although Paul mucked up in qualifying, and then Van der Garde, although his KERS loss may overshadow his good weekend.

  13. Nico Rosberg never put a tire wrong all weekend long and at the Monaco GP that can mean the difference between victory or disaster. Some of the best drivers in the history of the sport have been caught out there with the smallest of mistakes that ended in agony. Hats off to Nico!

  14. Rosberg was splendid in the entire weekend. I don’t know what the tyre test is accounted for in that victory but he was on another level. I think it was a quite easy vote for him. Sutil was very good, Raikkonen drove splendidly in the last laps to finish in the points (and extending the streak) and Perez was finally a proper McLaren driver (or a proper Hamilton replacement)

  15. In the end, I came to conclusion that it will be either Nico Rosberg or Adrian Sutil.

    Rosberg was fast everywhere, but the news that broke out about Mercedes testing led me to choose Adrian Sutil here. He had one mistake in the weekend, during FP3, but he recovered to have a great qualifying and great race, and as stated, he overtook two world champions at Loews.

  16. Voted for Rosburp. A pretty much flawless weekend for him, seems to be getting the upper hand over Hamilton, at least for now.

  17. Nico Roseberg but Perez was the entertainer

  18. It has to be Rosberg, if he wasn’t challenged thoughout the race then that is vettels problem. If his car was so good, as in that, in the last few laps he posted the fastest time, why didn’t he put Rosberg under pressure.

    I cannot see the support for Perez. He did some almost suicidal lunges, that against lesser drivers or ones that drove the same as him when defending would have ended in a crash. You have to remember that to win you actually have to finish the race, he only got so far in the race, because others jumped ot of his way, and got punished for it, so that they could survive.

  19. For me it’s Adrian Sutil. He made several amazing overtaking moves where it’s almost impossible to overtake and they were very clean, unlike moves, which were done by some other drivers. His 5th place was well deserved and if he qualified higher, he could’ve fought with the leaders.

  20. It has to be Rosberg, because not only was he super-fast, but he was consistently the fastest man on track during the three days, and on a track like Monaco it’s even more impressive!

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