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Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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 Canadian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (37%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (25%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (4%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (14%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (3%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (14%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

Total Voters: 715

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

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  1. It baffles me how Alonso has 25% of the vote as I cast my decision. 1) Vettel 2) Vergne. No one else really stood out for me.

  2. I should give this one on merit and that is to Vettel. Fast all weekend. However, special mentions do go out to Vergne and Di Resta. Funny how last year FI were suffering massive degradation issues at the same venue and here Di Resta pulled 53 laps on a single set making Pirelli’s look like Bridgestones. Now only if he could quit whining. Vergne drove a solid race. I would have voted him as DOTW if I honestly did not feel that part of the qualifying was a lottery.

  3. Vettel gets my vote. The way to win a race is to out your self on pole and control the race from the front. And it’s not only the car.

  4. Vettel hands down. Took pole when Mercedes really should have had it, decimated the field in the race. Crushing and clinical.

    Vergne is second, for an excellent qualifying and race performance (best result for STR since Vettel), Alonso third for a good recovery drive in the race after a poor qualifying session. Hamilton and Di Resta did pretty well too, but are behind those three.

  5. I voted for Vettel- this year it doesn’t seem easy to be so invisible during a race due to such dominance, and yet we barely saw him. Vergne would also be a worthy winner. Hamilton did well too, as did Alonso in the race only, where he was also aided by his rivals being held up. Bottas was impressive, but his car was so useless its hard to determine how well he drove (aside from the obviously impressive qualifying and defending in the race). Massa raced well, but his weekend was ruined by his own error.

  6. While Alonso and di Resta shone on Sunday with superb drives, they weren’t spectacular on Saturday. Granted, di Resta’s Q1 elimination came down to car issues, but it still put a question mark over his Saturday performance. As for Alonso, he should’ve- and definitely could’ve- qualified higher. Had he done so, he might have been able to challenge Vettel at the start. Therefore, the decision for Driver of the Weekend came to be between two Red Bull-sponsored men, neither of whom are Australian. Vettel put in a masterful performance in both the dry and the wet and took a champion-worthy win. Vergne, meanwhile, enjoyed a successful run to sixth. I ultimately gave it to Vergne because he outpaced and outraced his teammate (generally regarded as the qualifying expert between the two). Furthermore, he avoided mistakes to claim Toro Rosso’s best result since the Vettel era. He carried on his momentum from Monaco and translated it into a personal-best qualifying and race result that certainly caught Helmut Marko’s attention.

  7. For me it was either Vergne, Di Resta, Hamilton or Vettel, in the end I went with Vergne: finishing 6th in that car is an outstanding performance !

    Di Resta may have been brought in by the team in Q1 but he could have told them he wanted to stay out, Vettel put in a great lap for pole position but made a couple of minor mistakes in the race, Hamilton was great in qualifying and I was surprised by how well he held out during the race – it was just a little disappointing that he failed to capitalise on Alonso’s mistake by trying to overtake him in the first DRS zone instead of waiting till the second as Alonso had done to him when he overtook him.

  8. Vettel. Just a mega race from him. He ran off into the distance, there was no competition.

  9. Please, anybody has a link for a vid of Vettel’s brush with the wall?

    1. What could have been (2011 Friday practice)

  10. Vettel all the way. He was on it in Qualifying, he was on it in the Race. Alonso needs to clean up his Saturdays, and while Vernge and di Resta had great races, they didn’t seem to be on it for the rest of the weekend.

  11. only 3% on Bottas?
    that was massive show of talent, qualifing so high because of rain, that gained my vote.
    Wasn’t impressed with 2012 Maldonado win because I think they got the right car at the right week end, but, this sarurday Valtteri showed something exceptional, considering how bad the car turned out to be on sunday, as usual.

  12. Bottas.
    Qualifying 3rd in that car is outstanding. The current DRS rules prevented him from getting a better end result, but he can’t be blamed for that.

  13. Vettel of course. The best over the weekend. Very good job also for by Vergne and DiResta.

  14. I kinda want to vote for Grosjean or Maldonado, just because they didnt hit the wall of champions. I’ll just go with Vergne, I think. He finished really high in a STR, a few weeks after his team said Ricciardo was the best driver.

  15. 3% for Chilton? Some people have a sense of humour!

  16. I’m very surprise Sebastian still ahead in DOTW so far. :D (sarcastic)

  17. Could have voted for Vettel or Vergne.
    Honorable mention to Alonso, Hamilton, di Resta and Massa.

  18. Props to Bottas, Di Resta, Vergne; Vettel for a calm, cool, controlled win.

    But I’ll give it to Alonso for his sheer relentlessness, after a compromised qualifying, in hunting down and passing quality drivers and cars in front of him without errors. Without that, the race would have not been very exciting. Respect to Hamilton’s defense and holding out as long as possible – he described it like being pursued by “a bull”, nice..

    Bonus: I got to meet both Alonso and Vettel at the autograph session, and they ended up 1-2 in the race, sweet…

  19. 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.

    Just wondering Keith.. did you want to say the Mercedes driver on this one?

    1. I’ll learn.. I should really have put @keith Collantine :)

  20. No love for Bottas….

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