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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. Well this one is a no-brainer… Clearly Chilton ;)

  2. This one was easy for me.

    Finally another weekend for Sutil that was not totally ruined by bad luck.

    I guess it was Martin Brundle this weekend claiming Sutil compares to DiResta like Webber does to Vettel; the clear nr2 driver.

    Now that’s an insult!!!

  3. Rick Lopez (@viscountviktor)
    27th May 2013, 19:19

    Raikkonen for the last couple of laps

    1. Traverse (@)
      27th May 2013, 19:52

      So Kimi deserves to win driver of the weekend because he managed to string together a couple decent laps at the end of the race…okaaaay…

      1. @hellotraverse Kimi outqualified Alonso and was running well until the incident with Perez, and recovered to somehow finish 10th. His teammate however had a nightmare. They always say the first person you have to beat in F1 is your teammate.

        1. @craig-o no way – he out-qualified Alonso?! The driver legendary for his faultless qualifying performances and unmatchable speed?! I never!

          @hellotraverse you might as well vote for the bird that ended up in Webber’s front wing: it caused as much action IMO!

          1. Traverse (@)
            27th May 2013, 23:08

            Indeed! Lol

          2. @craig-o not to mention by the absolutely massive margin of 2 one thousandths of a second! That was a legendary performance!

    2. To pass around Monaco requires some skill but he passed cars that are a lot slower than his on much fresher tyres, and the drivers hardly made it difficult for him. Kimi put himself behind those cars with his error, so he deserves very little credit.

  4. Bravo Nico Rosberg, bravo! Absolutely fantastic job and finally a weekend without issues. Now keep that form up and you will silence many mouths by the end of the year.

    1. @lari he’s really putting Hamilton in his place currently: I am mightily impressed by him currently! He seemed to be one of these drivers that was consigned to the average driver ranks, but I think opinions will be swiftly changing if he can sustain this run of form he’s been having…

      Well done Nico!

  5. I couldn’t find an option to vote for Paul Hembery so…

  6. Come on…own up.whose been voting Grosjean :-)

    1. I almost did … But how can we ever forget PEREZ…. The man who deserve a punch on the face(as per KIMI)…

  7. I have to say Rosberg is for me the pick.
    He was flauless, he was the fastest of the weekend. Had a good start, yes he wasn’t a lot challenged, but has the merit of doing a good job mantaining focus under the SC and the red flags.
    I was surprise to see Peréz with only 3%, but i guess the fact that he didn’t finished didin’t helped, but in fact was the man on the move in Monaco

  8. Nico Rosberg.
    It’s actually quite strange to see someone other than Vettel dominate in such a way.

  9. Fair enough, it should be Rosberg, Sutil and only then Raikkonnen. Still, I went for Kimi.
    I don’t care for his comments but even on new tyres it’s still Monaco and to gain points after the ‘commitment issue’ with Perez shows a true driver of the weekend.

    1. @verstappen really? He was very, very average up until that point. There were well more than 2 better drives…

      1. So you felt like repeating his point? :)

        1. “Well more” means “in excess of”, so in the region of 5/6 better drives.

  10. Johnathan Ramey (@sebasvettelfanatic)
    27th May 2013, 23:55

    Adrian Sutil because his overtaking maneuvers and his driving skill that lead his best finish on his comeback.

  11. Rosberg had the better weekend but Perez does deserve a lot more credit for his race. Just a shame he sort of lost it in the end with two not very well thought moves because it could have been a close call. Hell, I wonder if he could have given Lewis a run for his money as well!

    So I’m going with Perez this time.

  12. Rosberg got pole, defended his position at the start, built a gap, he was the best. And every time the race had to be restarted, he went on to build the gap again and again. Despite the restarts putting Vettel, Webber and Hamilton close to him, he lead the entire race.

    Second place for Kimi for his last 6 laps: he had a puncture after some contact with Pérez, he had to pit, dropped down to P16 (all the others retired) and in those laps he closed a gap of 13 seconds and passed 6 cars to claim P10 and a single points. The amazing thing is he did that in Monaco and he did it very quickly.

    Honourable mention for Grosjean. 4 times in 3 days. That might be a new world record.

  13. Rosberg for me. Also Sutil and Kimi did very well.

  14. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    28th May 2013, 3:35

    For me it’s very close between Rosberg and Sutil.

    Rosberg was just fantastic, didn’t make a mistake all weekend, and won the race comfortably.

    Sutil was a strong second because of his very classy passes on Button and Alonso, and coming home 5th.

  15. It has to be either Romain Grosjean or Sergio Perez. I simply could not decide one between them. But i went with PereZ. Simply because he single handedly ruined KImi’s race and some what Alonso’s. and nearly Button’s.
    I personally beleave Alonso should have kept that place (wrong decision by Stewards). Perez didnot leave a one car leangth for Alonso and had to cut the coner for Safety grounds.

    May be Kimi is right ‘some one should punch his face to understand’

    But It has to be PEREZ. no doubt about it

  16. Very happy for Sutil.

  17. My votes:

    1. Rosberg – What can I say? Flawless weekend from him.
    2. Di Resta – Great drive from 17th on the grid into the points (although the red flag gave him breathing space re: tyres.

    Can’t really pinpoint any other great drives other than Sutil’s impressive overtakes.

  18. Why is Rosberg a clear choice for DOTW and no one else comes near IMHO ? He dominated! And i am not only talking about how he was fastest from day 1, what’s even more impressive for me is that he dominated HAMILTON AT MONACO! Get it ? DOMINATED Hamilton at his favorite track! That’s the difference with this Monaco win and Vettel’s wins, Vettel dominates his slow teammate(sorry Webber fans but it’s true, he is an average driver at best) while Rosberg is driving against one of the best drivers on the grid and quite possibly one of the fastest guys ever. I am super impressed with Nico and actually with Schumacher’s 2012 pole lap time aswell. When Brawn said last year that perhaps Nico is the best driver in the world i laughed, i thought it was funny. I assumed Schumacher was simply too old to compete at the highest level and that is why Nico did so well against him. Well, not so sure about that anymore. Nico has some serious speed in him for sure. I tip my hat to him.

    Now i want to see someone fast in RedBull so we really see what Vettel is made of. So far he hasn’t had a super fast teammate like every other champion on the grid has had so i find it quite hard to rate him. Maybe he is even better than we think but maybe someone like Rosberg is actually way better. Please please RedBull hire Raikkonen so we can finally see how good Vettel really is.

  19. Well done Nico, great drive, but Kimi is the driver IMO.
    El Kimino rejoined in 16 after his Perez incident on lap 70 and he still made up ground to finish within points and keeping his unbroken Wrestlemania streak like Undertaker. I say WM 30 should be Undertaker vs Kimi for streak vs streak.
    Martin Brundle was speechless, made me lol.

    1. @aish it’s hardly that surprising considering he was overtaking much slower cars (some of whom let him past) on shot tyres when he had brand new super-softs. Also he ended up in that situation of his own doing so you can’t really use that as the sole reason to vote him driver of the weekend. 7 laps is hardly a weekend’s performance!

      Rosberg was definitely better (led every lap), Vettel achieved a better result in what is considered to be a worse car on race pace, Sutil and Di Resta both did really well, Perez was very good up until the collision where he misjudged it slightly and Vergne had a much more solid drive than Kimi, as did Webber.

      Really however I look at it I cannot possibly see how Räikkönen can be considered for driver of the weekend.

      1. @vettel1: Ok you maybe correct, I’m an El Kimino fan. I agree, 7 laps cannot be the sole reason for him being voted. But I disagree here what you said about Der Kimster

        Also he ended up in that situation of his own doing

        It was the hot headed Cheque-o who has no class to drive alongside Kimi or Button. Alonso, Vettel, but he is opportunistic so he will stick in F1 more than Grosjean & Crash Co anyway.

        Since you and I like Vettel, I’ll say he was also very very good. His reply to Rocky was FANTASTIC. Best radio moment of the race.

        Rocky: “You can’t win it, you’re 4 seconds off him, it’s the last lap, accept it. You can’t get anything off it..”
        Vettel: “…but satisfaction.”
        And I’m sure he said it with that boyish wry smile in his R rated helmet.

        1. @aish that radio extract was the highlight of the race for me for sure – only thing that came close was Alonso getting mugged by Sutil at the Loews hairpin!

          He was good Kimi but however I look at it he had a pretty average weekend – it wasn’t bad, but nor did it set the world on fire. It was one of the top 10 performances but not top 3 IMO! That’s the key element there – IMO: it’s subjective so what pleases one person may not another!

  20. Kimi Raikkonen. His last lap was the best lap ever driven in Monaco.

    1. @rudi I think Senna would disagree with you there. His pole lap in 1988 was utterly unbelievable: he was 1.4 seconds than Alain Prost in an identical car!

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