Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Canadian Grand Prix

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

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

Canadian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Sebastian Vettel – A tidy lap early on in Q3 secured his third pole position of the season. Made good his escape in the opening laps of the race but it looked a bit hairy at times as he dealt the turn four wall a glancing blow and went straight on at turn one later in the race. Brought the car home for his first win in Canada and boosted his points lead.

Mark Webber – Was in the hunt for a podium until Van der Garde turned in on him while he was trying to put the Caterham a lap down. The front wing damage and time lost left him vulnerable to Alonso, yet he was still able to set the fastest lap.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – Sixth on the grid was his worst qualifying performance at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since his Minardi days. He picked off Bottas on the first lap and made further gains in the race, passing Webber and Hamilton thanks partly to their delays in traffic but also aided by the Ferrari’s excellent straight-line speed. Its one-lap pace remains a weakness however, one he says the team “absolutely must improve on”.

Felipe Massa – Suffered his third major crash in two weeks during qualifying which left him 16th on the grid. But made several passes in the opening laps which brought him up into the points-paying positions. Overtook Raikkonen on the penultimate lap but still finished behind Di Resta who he started the race ahead of.

McLaren

Start, 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal,Jenson Button – Missed out on doing a high-fuel run in second practice due to a gearbox problem. Starting 14th he ran a long first stint, patiently waiting for the graining to subside on his super-soft tyres. But he wasn’t able to gain enough ground to make his subsequent stint on medium tyres pay off.

Sergio Perez – Finished ahead of Button but dropped too far back from Massa in his final stint to take advantage of Sutil’s drive-through penalty and claim a point.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – His eagerness to gain places at the pit exit during qualifying got the better of him. But the two-place grid penalty he incurred only ended up costing him one spot. Having endured a luckless race with brake problems, high fuel consumption and a slow pit stop he then lost eighth place to Massa on the penultimate lap.

Romain Grosjean – His ten-place grid penalty from Monaco had little effect as he only qualified 19th after backing off for a yellow flag in Q1. He started on medium tyres and rose as high as eighth at one stage. But he wasn’t able to make his tyres last long enough to complete the race with a single stop, and his second visit to the pits left him well out of the points.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Nico Rosberg – Rosberg’s run of pole positions came to an end as his radio failed during qualiying, robbing him of vital contact with the pit wall in a session where conditions were constantly changing. From fourth on the grid he slipped back to fifth in the race, visibly struggling with his tyres and the only finisher to make three pit stops.

Lewis Hamilton – Despite still being unhappy with his car’s braking performance Hamilton was in his usual excellent form at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He claimed another front row start and looked after his tyres far better than his team mate. But he wasn’t able to keep Alonso from taking second, thanks in part to the antics of Sutil.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber admitted making an error in preparing Hulkenberg’s car on Friday as a result of which he spent most of the two sessions complaining out bottoming. He fared well in qualifying thanks to wet conditions but the race was dry and the Sauber proved too harsh on its tyres once again. He was nowhere near the points when he went out in a collision with Van der Garde. Although the Caterham had spent a lap holding him up, Hulkenberg was partly to blame for their race-ending contact as he left Van der Garde too little room as he came by.

Esteban Gutierrez – Another driver who tried to make a one-stopper work but couldn’t. Gutierrez overdid it after he left the pit lane following his second stop and crashed out.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Fastest in the wet first practice session, then lost time with an electrical problem in the second. For the second weekend in a row he was eliminated in a wet Q1, this time after being delayed by a gearbox problem. Amends were made on Sunday when a well-judged one-stop strategy lifted him ten places to seventh. Still he must wonder what might have been.

Adrian Sutil – The same could be said of his team mate, who qualified well but slipped backwards in the race, beginning when he spun while trying to pass Bottas. Nudged by Maldonado at the hairpin, he carried rear wing damage for the rest of the race. Later on he took too long letting Hamilton lap him – the Mercedes driver shouting for “blue flags” on the radio – and was given a drive-through penalty.

Williams

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Pastor Maldonado – Collected a penalty for his contact with Sutil after which he was always going to struggle to rejoin the midfield battle without a Safety Car appearance.

Valtteri Bottas – A special qualifying performance saw him take third on the grid in wet conditions despite not having driven the track before. He was always going to struggle to hold on to that position in dry conditions. Despite firm-but-fair defensive driving he was powerless to stop the bulk of the midfield overtaking him.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – There were two keys to Vergne’s best-ever race result of sixth: a great performance in the wet qualifying session, and his pass on Bottas which helped him gain ground over his pursuers. He then covered Di Resta’s pit stop late in the race to protect his position from the Force India.

Daniel Ricciardo – Joined his team mate in Q3 but picked up the same penalty as Raikkonen. He never got on top of his car’s balance in the race, struggling with oversteer and falling back to 15th.

Caterham

Charles Pic – Impressed in qualifying by beating Grosjean’s time in Q1. But on a two-stop strategy he fell behind the one-stopping Marussias. He was able to overtake Chilton but not Bianchi.

Giedo van der Garde – Made a great start, gaining four places, but drew more attention to himself by committing two errors while being lapped. He was entirely to blame for the incident with Webber and received a ten-second stop-go penalty as a result. Then came the collision with Hulkenberg for which the Sauber driver was at least partly to blame, but Van der Garde should have let him go much sooner.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Rued missing most of first practice on a track he hadn’t driven on before after he went off at turn three: “I got caught out on a damp section of the track,” he said. However he out-qualified Chilton as usual and finished ahead of Pic thanks to his one-stop strategy.

Max Chilton – Had a good stint on the medium tyres, less so on the super-softs where he began to lose grip and was passed by Pic.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.783s 70/70 2 1st -25.731s
Mark Webber 5th +0.783s 0/70 2 4th +25.731s
Fernando Alonso 6th -1.566s 69/69 2 2nd Not on same lap
Felipe Massa 16th +1.566s 0/69 2 8th Not on same lap
Jenson Button 14th +0.307s 14/69 1 12th +2.622s
Sergio Perez 12th -0.307s 55/69 2 11th -2.622s
Kimi Raikkonen 10th -1.265s 49/69 1 9th -18.89s
Romain Grosjean 22nd +1.265s 20/69 2 13th +18.89s
Nico Rosberg 4th +0.496s 0/70 3 5th +53.783s
Lewis Hamilton 2nd -0.496s 70/70 2 3rd -53.783s
Nico Hulkenberg 9th -0.88s 36/45 2
Esteban Gutierrez 15th +0.88s 9/45 2 20th
Paul di Resta 17th +0.357s 61/69 1 7th -7.164s
Adrian Sutil 8th -0.357s 8/69 2 10th +7.164s
Pastor Maldonado 13th +1.498s 0/68 2 16th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 3rd -1.498s 68/68 2 14th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 7th -1.403s 68/68 2 6th Not on same lap
Daniel Ricciardo 11th +1.403s 0/68 2 15th Not on same lap
Charles Pic 18th -1.484s 32/43 2 18th
Giedo van der Garde 21st +1.484s 11/43 3
Jules Bianchi 19th -0.554s 67/67 1 17th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 20th +0.554s 0/67 1 19th Not on same lap

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169 comments on Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

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  1. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 10th June 2013, 15:12

    JEV. No brainer. Exceptional qualifying and race.

    • dev_IanT (@dev_iant) said on 10th June 2013, 15:18

      Absolutely. Vettel’s superiority is in large part due to the car (not to take away his abilities, they just weren’t visible this weekend. Alonso did well in the race, but not in qualifying.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 16:09

        @dev_iant I actually think they were highly apparent, primarily due to the massive gap he opened up to everyone (including Webber) and how he was going often half a second a lap faster consistently for up to 10/15 laps at a time. This is even before Webber had his collision with VDG.

        • dev_IanT (@dev_iant) said on 10th June 2013, 20:22

          I think the Red Bull cars are set up to suit Vettel in the way that cars often are set up to suit the team leader. This gives Vettel an advantage, but he’s a better driver than Webber and he’s much hungrier for wins. I think that, unfortunately, Webber has been largely going through the motions for some time now & it’s probably time he retired. When he really wants it, he can still do it, but those occasions are few and far between.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 21:27

            @dev_iant Webber should hang up his helmet at the end if this season I feel – he’s come close to a championship and I doubt he’ll ever come that close again, so he’s done all he can. He’s still a great driver don’t get me wrong, but Vettel is a thrice (I am saying such because of Hamilton and Alonso) in a generation driver and no matter how good he can be on his day he will not beat Vettel in the long game. He’s just too good.

            About the car being set-up to Vettel’s tastes though, isn’t that also the case with Alonso? So really the situation is no different and they’ve both done equally as well when they’ve had the car underneath them to exert crushing superiority. Kudos to both drivers.

      • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 10th June 2013, 16:11

        @dev_iant There are a lot of these sort of comments and I’ve always wondered, what is your opinion of Webber? If Vettel only wins because he’s in the fastest car, where does that leave poor old Mark? Surely if Vettel only wins because he is in the best car, Mark either has a much slower car or is a completly useless driver.

        • dennis (@dennis) said on 10th June 2013, 16:55

          Yes, these comments pop up whenever Vettel wins a race. According to some, even in Monza 2008 he had the best car.
          It’s a bit ridicolous. Alonso had by far the best car in Spain. Rosberg in Monaco. It’s just that way. Yet still, in each of these occasions the drivers haven’t put a foot wrong. Alonso lost this race in the qualy. His race performance wasn’t that far off, looking at some of his lap times with a free road ahead. Vettel thouroughly deserved the victory on sunday. The point is, you need to be massively talented to win a Grand Prix. And that’s the end of it.

        • dev_IanT (@dev_iant) said on 10th June 2013, 20:19

          I am not saying that Vettel is not a very very good & hungry driver – he wouldn’t be a triple world champion if he wasn’t; I’m saying that the Red Bull is the best car and it’s clearly set up to suit Vettel.

          • Abdurahman (@) said on 11th June 2013, 2:48

            Why should Webber hang up his helmet? He can still race with the best of em and is refreshing in his openness Aussie grit attitude.
            He deserves to be out there more than half of the grid in my opinion.

          • magon4 (@magon4) said on 11th June 2013, 9:16

            The Red Bull is the best car? Based on what, @dev_jant?

          • @magon4 Based on them leading the championship by 56 points, based on Vettel leading the championship by 36 points, based on the fact that Webber hasn’t been driving very good lately and he is still 5th in the championship (despite a DNF), based on the fact that there car hasn’t yet had a mechanical failure this season (Webber’s wheel wasn’t properly attached)..
            They really should stop complaining so much about the tyres, because at the moment they are already running away with both championships..!

          • magon4 (@magon4) said on 11th June 2013, 10:54

            Be that as it may, @gdewilde, I agree that Red Bull have been the best team so far, based on mostly correct decisions in racing weekends and maximizing potentional. By no means this is to show that Red Bull have had the best car this season. Actually, what happens is when they do have the best equipment for the weekend, they have been able to maximize it. And when they don’t, which has happened more often than note, they have also maximized those situations. Best team so far, yes. Best car, no.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th June 2013, 16:26

            @abdurahman I’m afraid we just have to disagree here: I am firmly of the opinion that you shouldn’t be in F1 if you don’t have the belief that you can win a championship in the future. That is why I think older drivers should retire when the opportunities no longer exist, and why I think “dependable midfield drivers” are only serving to prevent younger talent coming in. Webber can no longer win championships realistically, hence why I think he should give way for one of the development drivers!

    • Jean-Éric Vergne 10/10.

    • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 10th June 2013, 18:00

      Who voted Max Chilton! lol

    • spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 10th June 2013, 21:58

      +1 he just mastered his race, good for him!

    • dot_com (@dot_com) said on 11th June 2013, 0:51

      I think Bottas’ qualifying was just as or more impressive than JEV’s. The fact that he couldn’t hold on to his position was because his car was not even nearly as fast as the cars around him – JEV on the other hand had a pretty quick car under him.

  2. CarnivorousPope (@) said on 10th June 2013, 15:13

    Surely has to be vettel. Maybe not the most exciting to watch but completely dominant on race day

    • kowalsky and friends said on 10th June 2013, 15:39

      you are forgetting that he had at least two moments, once when he brushed the wall, that could have cost him the race.
      i would go for jev this time. At red bull next year?

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 16:13

        The first one was skilfully controlled though: he hit the wall face-on with the tyre due to good car control, not luck.

        He did actually say post-race he noticed on the subsequent laps somebody had made contact with the wall but without realising it was himself! So obviously the contact wasn’t as severe as it perhaps looked during the replays!

        The second one I think was a result of him testing the limits since he had a lot of time to play with, so no real harm done their either. It’s not something to hold his weekend back is all I’m saying – they were mistakes but not costly ones or indeed serious ones, just simply a result of trying the car’s limits!

        • fangio85 (@fangio85) said on 11th June 2013, 11:01

          Never seen someone hit a wall due to good car control ;)
          I’m not voting on this one as I only saw the second half of the race.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th June 2013, 15:48

            @fangio85 read again:

            The first one was skilfully controlled though: he hit the wall face-on with the tyre due to good car control, not luck.

            ;)

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th June 2013, 15:49

            In the same way Alonso kept it out of the wall of champions in practice due to good car control, not luck ;) That doesn’t mean the initial event wasn’t a mistake though! (Vettel’s first had no cost though unlike his second mistake or Alonso’s in FP).

      • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 10th June 2013, 16:30

        You are forgetting that Alonso and Hamilton had twp moments where they touched each other (Ahem! I mean, their cars touched each other!) that could have cost them the race.

  3. learner (@zelearner) said on 10th June 2013, 15:14

    JEV was the man

  4. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 10th June 2013, 15:15

    I voted for Vettel because you can’t really take away from his superb performance over the weekend. This season has so far demonstrated that converting a pole to victory isn’t as easy as is often assumed yet Seb looked dominant from the start and you can’t really fault any aspect of his performance.

  5. Matthijs (@matthijs) said on 10th June 2013, 15:16

    No votes voor Vd Garde ;) Seriously, I voted for Vettel, because this kind of dominance is rare in 2012-2013.

    • puneeth Bharath (@puneethvb) said on 10th June 2013, 20:07

      Alonso in China and Spain and Vettel himself in Bahrain were equally dominant, so this year it does not seem to be a rarity … BTW I voted for Vettel .. he was brilliant… Alonso , Hamilton and JEV were good too ….

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 21:23

        @puneethvb yea it’s strange how the pendulum swings so drastically between races this season! I definitely think this is due to the extreme nature of these tyres, so perhaps Pirelli have actually shot themselves in the foot and instead of spicing up the action are just handing race victories on a plate to whoever can get the tyres “into the operating window”?

    • David not Coulthard (@) said on 11th June 2013, 7:43

      No votes voor Vd Garde

      Until Frijns comes along I very much doubt that a Nederlander’s going to even stand a chance.

  6. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 10th June 2013, 15:17

    I’ve gone for Vergne. He had Toro Rosso’s best result since Brazil 2008, qualified very well, and looks like he has the gained the upper hand on Ricciardo (some food for thought for Marko).

  7. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 10th June 2013, 15:19

    Also, although Alonso drove well, he definitely profited from the misfortune of others. Getting pass Bottas was easy (as shown by how many drivers managed it) and he benefited heavily from Van dar Garde’s ridiculous turn into Webber and Sutil’s childish holding up of Hamilton. I can see why people would vote for him but I don’t think he did anything particularly special.

  8. Adriaantje (@sutil2013) said on 10th June 2013, 15:19

    For me it was a difficult choice; Alonso, Vettel or Vergne. In the end I voted for Vergne. Great qualifying in the wet and very consistent in the race.

  9. F1abw (@f1abw) said on 10th June 2013, 15:19

    @keithcollantine

    “Later on he took too long letting Hamilton lap him – the McLaren driver shouting for “blue flags” on the radio – and was given a drive-through penalty.”

    Takes time to break a habit I guess…..

  10. It can’t be anyone other than Vettel in my opinion. For the first time this season we’ve seen Seb drive to the absolute limit 100% of the race (hence the brush with the wall and his run-off in T1). Sure, the RB09 was the best car out there this weekend, but that drive and that crushing gap to second were all Seb’s “fault”.

    Notable mentions:
    - Vergne (got the most out of the car both in quali and in the race / outraced Daniel by a mile)
    - Di Resta (definitely the one driver that got the most out of this race, strategy-wise and showed Button how it’s done, for that matter / managed to increase his reputation as a great recovery-racer this season)
    - Alonso (provided the F138 is virtually incapable of qualifying well, he actually did a great job)
    - Bottas (proved himself / showed us what he would be capable of in a decent car / did his best in the race)

  11. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 10th June 2013, 15:22

    For me it’s a three way tie between Vettel, Alonso and Di Resta.

    Voted for Di Resta though because he was able to 1-stop and still scored 6 points, especially after how terribly his qualifying went.

    Terrific drive.

    • M Dickens (@sgt-pepper) said on 11th June 2013, 13:26

      (@tophercheese21)
      Also went for Di Resta, although it was close between him and JEV (and maybe Alonso) – but my level of astonishment during the race at how long he made his tyres last swung it his way. Simply incredible.

    • dodge5847 (@dodge5847) said on 11th June 2013, 21:25

      also Paul DiResta, close between him and Verne, driver of the weekend isnt all about who comes first

  12. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 10th June 2013, 15:22

    Vergne. 10 out of 10 race couldn’t have done any better whatsoever.

    Then Bottas, Alonso,Vettel in that order. I put Vettel as 4th best because he made 2 major mistakes in the race, each of which could’ve resulted in him losing the win, while his brush with the wall at turn 4 was ascloseasthat to not finishing at all.

    On the other hand there were the 4 worst drivers of the race IMO(mere coincidence, the same number):

    1) Van der Garde-looked out of his depth, completely

    2) Gutierrez-looks out of his depth from the beginning of the season

    3) Maldonado-again…

    4) Grosjean-looked a shadow of himself from a year ago

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 16:19

      @montreal95 I wouldn’t really call them “major mistakes”: he brushed the wall in T4 through car control really, he hit face on with the tyre and was just testing the limits. It wasn’t as if he cracked under pressure or anything and in actual fact I think precisely because he was exploring the limits more graphically than others he won by such an emphatic margin!

      The T1 incident was just a legitimate mistake by out-breaking himself but again he wasn’t under pressure or trying an overtake, he was just seeing how far he could go (I doubt he would’ve tried that one had the gap been 7 seconds say and not 19!). He followed that one up by setting fastest lap on the next lap I do believe and built the gap back up, so no harm done.

      What I’m getting at is that him toying with the limits isn’t really something to rate down his whole weekend on – they were two very minor mistakes contrary to what you are making them out to be!

      • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 10th June 2013, 18:04

        @vettel1 Minor mistake? Toying with the limits?!!! You can search up youtube for numerous extremely dangerous crashes of people like Massa, Barichello or Montoya etc. who were “toying with the limits” there over the years. Turn 4 is not a place to be toying with the limits at all, as the limit is a concrete wall you pass at over 100mph. He was literally 5 inches(or less) from exiting the race there.

        At turn one, it was a simple mistake, done by many not only Vettel. So I think your saying that “I doubt he would have done it…” should be the other way round-Vettel was lucky that he was such a long way ahead, so this mistake didn’t cost him anything.

        Saying this, Vettel’s weekend was great. But on this weekend, on balance I think that 3 people did a better job than he did, great as it was. Vergne had a perfect weekend, Bottas had a perfect qualy and in the race maximized his car’s rubbish potential and also raced hard and fair at the same time which a few people much more experienced than him have a trouble doing. Alonso maximized the car’s potential in qualy (except for Bottas) and the race, using the DRS intelligently to overtake saving his KERS for out of turn 14, which gives him 3rd place narrowly from Vettel IMO

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 18:25

          @montreal95 yes, a minor mistake: did it cause him damage, severely deplete his lead, cause him to lose a place or indeed retire? No, so by definition it was a very minor incident!

          He didn’t actually “hit” the wall as such, he glanced it with the wheels at right angles to the wall. It was a scuff, if anything. I’m not saying it wasn’t an error as obviously he didn’t actually aim to scuff the wall but he hardly gave it a whack and he was fully under control at that point! Saying what could’ve happened is almost irrelevant, as it didn’t happen! That’s just the same as saying Alonso “could’ve got a puncture” from his clash with Hamilton.

          Turn 1 was a simple mistake absolutely but again not a costly one as he knew he could afford to have a little lock-up because of the extent of his lead. It didn’t really do him much harm in the end but perhaps it gained him pace on the subsequent laps as he then knew how deep he could go on the brakes into there. Again I shall point out he likely did that precisely because he had such a big lead, so saying it was “lucky” he did is also not very well backed IMO!

          Personally I don’t feel Bottas’ qualifying is enough to get him rated driver of the weekend as good as it was – he defended nicely but still dropped back too much in the race. Alonso I don’t really think was all that impressive as Bottas barely counts as an overtake and Rosberg seemed well off the pace, so he ought to have gotten passed him! I’m no so sure he would’ve taken Webber either had he not had the coming together with Van Der Garde but I guess that’s just speculation. He wasn’t particularly clean in his battle with Hamilton either so overall I think his race was good but not highly impressive (still a top 5 performance though).

          Vernge was impressively consistent but then again so was Vettel which is why I’ve selected him as my DOTW (I usually go for underdogs, but I suspected the margins would be far tighter than they were in Spain purely because its Vettel and it looks like my suspicions were correct)! He was fastest in qualifying throughout and just left everyone for dead in the opening phases of the race. The championship lead he has amassed I think is very similar to how Alonso got his – always maximising the potential points haul.

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 10th June 2013, 19:21

            @vettel1 The fact that this error didn’t amount to him exiting the race only means he was lucky, not that it wasn’t serious. I’ll give you an example: in Monza 1996 they’d put stacks of tires on the inside of the chicanes to stop drivers cutting them. It was a stupid and dangerous decision, and so it proved. Over half of the drivers(12 out of 22) hit the tires and were out on the spot including Hill, Hakkinen, Villeneuve etc. The only driver to hit the tires and somehow escape that fate was M. Schumacher, who afterwards admitted that he was sure his race was over but the suspension held somehow. Was his mistake any less serious than all the others’ because it didn’t end the same way? No. He just had the devil’s own luck. Now, I’ve seen the slow-mo replay of Vettel’s brush with the wall, and the right rear corner was rather serious. Again, he was mere 5 inches from disaster, which you shouldn’t do, especially while leading the race comfortably. It’s a serious lapse of judgement in my book and the end result is not a mitigating circumstance

            Bottas dropped too much in the race? That’s assuming this car had the potential to beat any of the 13 cars who finished in front. Based on previous races and Maldonado’s pace, it hadn’t. Had this been Monaco it would be a different story but not in Montreal

            I’m not sure what more Alonso could’ve done. Maybe he wouldn’t b able to pass Webber but maybe him and Webber would be both past Hamilton otherwise. We cannot know. Also, I believe his passes were intelligent as I said. He nearly touched Hamilton yes, but that was all the gap that was available to him, he had to go for it

            Vettel has an impressive season so far I agree. If this was the question at hand I would definitely have chosen him. But this is regarding the weekend only. In qualy Vettel admitted that he had some luck with the conditions. Nor was he invincible thru Q1,2,3. Several others could challenge him-Webber for example but he made a mistake at turn 3 during his first Q3 lap and by the second lap of his it was raining cats and dogs in S3 so he was slower. Hamilton also could’ve challenged for pole. Obviously they failed and Vettel deserved it 100%.
            But for me Vergne was the only driver who was perfect throughout-perfect qualy and race

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 19:43

            @montreal95 perhaps it was an unnecessary risk, I can accept that much. However, it was not one in which he was “lucky not to damage his car” so far as I can tell as again he hit it side on through skill! I think the magnitude of the contact is over-emphasised as well in the slow motion cameras: it looks like the car’s suspension must break when they come crashing over kerbs and I imagine this is a similar situation! The man in the cockpit didn’t even notice he’d glanced the wall!

            Alonso as far as I’m concerned put in a solid but unspectacular performance – he never made me sit back and say “wow” at any point during the weekend unlike Di Resta, Vettel, Bottas & Vergne. I do feel if his car was as good as it was predicted to be he shouldn’t have been so far behind Vettel at the end, which is why I’be not considered him for DOTW.

            To me it’s between Vergne, Di Resta and Vettel and I picked the latter purely because he was in a class of one all weekend.

          • puneeth Bharath (@puneethvb) said on 10th June 2013, 20:49

            To be honest .. I dont think this victory was any more dominant than Alonso’s victories in china , Spain or Vettel’s own in Bahrain… the difference was that here tyre wear was nt a big factor hence all the drivers were able to push harder… we all know Vettel is very quick and he had the best car this weekend and was in clean air most of the time which allowed him to build the gap . . That’s what he had to do and he did it brilliantly… he was great in qualifying too , so for me DOTW is Vettel….

            though I find the suggestion laughable that his two scary moments were not mistakes rather the results of trying to push harder:)… Since when the mistakes made trying to push harder are not considered mistakes at all? it would’ve looked stupid if he crashed out trying to go faster when he did not need to…

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 10th June 2013, 21:00

            @vettel1 check out this video. This brush with that wall was only slightly heavier than Vettel’s yet it forced none other than Alonso to retire from the 2005 race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBA6QpW-FFk I rest my case

            I also think Alonso’s not a candidate for DoTW. That’s because Vergne’s perfect weekend puts him in a class of one ;) Doubly surprising, since but a month ago putting “Vergne” and “perfect” in the same sentence would be preposterous!

          • paulista said on 10th June 2013, 21:07

            Not going to vote for Vettel. Yep he was clearly the best at qualifyng and race but he made two mo*onic (as totally needless) mistakes that could have easily cost him a DNF -and I am still waiting to see him get a DNF in a race for needlessly going for the fast lap with the victory at hand; it won’t be long, I guess. Besides, he is just too boring.

            Fernando Alonso was almost perfect in the race, but failed on quali. Even with a good qualy I doubt that he could have stood up to Vettel in the race but I’d have loved to see him trying. Anyway, barring a Vettel shunt -which wasn’t that far away- , there was no way he could finish better than 2nd from 6th in the grid, so he maximized his chances.

            So i guess my vote goes for JE Vergne. I don’t know how he could have done any better both in quali and race. Which is more than I can say about Vettel, Alonso or anybody else.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 21:34

            @puneethvb I’m not even attempting to argue that they weren’t mistakes (well actually, now that I say that I wouldn’t really class the T4 incident as a “mistake” for it didn’t cost him any time). What I’m saying is that they weren’t exactly ‘moronic’ mistakes as has been implied. He knows what he’s doing and wouldn’t take such an unecessary risk as to the fact he might bin the car in the wall – I think it’s an insult to his intelligence to think otherwise.

            Basically, what I’m saying is its hardly something to rank down his weekend on! He still won emphatically so what might’ve happened is completely irrelevant as to his actual performance on the day. I don’t think subsequently that those mistakes bore a large enough importance to have been dedicated as much text as they are in the driver summaries.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2013, 22:15

            @montreal95 the key difference to me is that Alonso seemed to lose control of the rear and didn’t hit the wall exactly face-on. I can’t draw I direct comparison as I’m only going by memory on the Vettel incident but to me Vettel’s contact seemed far less severe and was completely in control.

            “Class of one” is a term I use only ever for emphatic race leaders as obviously nobody else is ahead of them or even close to them ;)

          • paulista said on 11th June 2013, 1:36

            Hitting the Wall of Champions while being “completely in control” sounds downright delusional. A driver in complete control doesn’t go around hitting any walls. So there.

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 11th June 2013, 8:05

            @vettel1 Your definiton of “class of one” sounds to me more like a “classy one”. So be it. I’ll call Vergne’s drive “classy six” then!

            Well, I have the race recorded and I can tell you that Vettel has also lost the rear slightly, not by as much as Alonso, but as in Alonso’s case the biggest impact was on the right rear, because of the slide. As I said the difference between this and disaster was 5 inches more slide, which would’ve meant a bigger angle of impact and a damaged suspension

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th June 2013, 8:22

            paulista what race are you talking about? T4 isn’t the wall of champions!

            I’ll try and see if I can get a replay and analyse it for myself but it did look much less significant than Alonso’s I think! Really though I’m not arguing whether it was a mistake, just purely whether it was a major one which I don’t believe it was (not something to rate his weekend down on much is what I’m saying)!

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 11th June 2013, 9:53

            @vettel1 It didn’t amount to anything but it was serious,and unnecessary. It doesn’t make his weekend anything less than great though. I’m even willing to put him joint second with Bottas and Alonso :) But JEV’s weekend was absolutely perfect so I’m unwilling to put SV in front of him

          • paulista said on 11th June 2013, 10:07

            @vettel1
            My bad, it was a wall but not The Wall, ok. Still trying to see a replay of the incident myself. Anyway the point stands: next time you hit a wall, try explaining the police that you were in complete control. Good luck.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th June 2013, 15:53

            @montreal95 fair enough, I’m not disagreeing with you there as that is your opinion (although I have a distinction between “serious incident” and “potentially serious incident”, which usually end up minor) ;)

            Paulista, see my comment here to get a better understanding of where I’m coming from!

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 11th June 2013, 16:04

            @vettel1 Should we count the incidents at Montreal turn 4 over the years and see how many of them ended up “minor”? I’ll spare you the search-vast majority of them ended up badly(it’s a 100mph corner with wall on the exit, what do you expect?). Not the same vast majority as Monza 96 in which only 1 out 12 accidents with the tire stacks didn’t end up badly, but still a majority. Face it, Seb was a bit lucky there, there’s nothing wrong with that.

          • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th June 2013, 16:16

            @montreal95 it’s very different in the sense it was only a glance, not a heavy impact which he was lucky to escape unscathed from as was the case in Spain! Besides, it doesn’t matter about the other incidents really, only what happened on that occasion.

  13. TMF (@tmf42) said on 10th June 2013, 15:24

    torn between Vettel and JEV but I thought to go for the underdog in this competition and gave it to Vettel – quickest in difficult conditions on Saturday and dominating Sunday.
    Alonso and DiResta had a great Sunday but Saturday performances weren’t good enough to get the DOTW.

  14. Palle (@palle) said on 10th June 2013, 15:29

    Vettel for sure. Alonso drove very aggressive but Vettels dominance and Alonso’s bad qualifying robbed us the chance of a battle between them. And sadly the all to efficient DRS ended the exciting battle between Hamilton and Alonso all too fast. The DRS also meant that even without the frontwing issue I don’t think Webber would have been able to keep Alonso behind.

  15. For the whole weekend?
    Either Vettel, Hamilton, or Vergne.

    I ended up voting for Hamilton, as everybody else seems to vote for the other two.

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