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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%)

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

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  1. Of course Vettel. No brainer, dominated the race, got the pole. It was a great performance from him.
    Di Resta, JEV and Bottas need to be reminded, the 1st one for the places he got in the race with the one stopper, JEV for his best resut and Bottas for his performance on Saturday.

    It’s funny to see the same that voted Nico, votting on other driver, and doing anything not to vote Vettel.
    Here i tought that would find fans from other teams but beeing truth to the sport, but i guess in many ways i got it wrong.

  2. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend)
    11th June 2013, 7:37

    It can only be JEV this weekend absolutely superb in qualifying and race.

  3. This was a tough call as I couldn’t really pin point anyone who really stood out as having been flawless all weekend.

    I would have given it to Vettel, but he ran off track at T1 and had a brush with the wall in the race. Alonso and Di Resta had strong races but both qualified poorly, so I can’t say either of them deserves it. Hamilton was solid, but didn’t really shine. Bottas was remarkable in qualifying but was let down by the FW35’s lack of race pace. Then I remembered…Vergne. He was quick all weekend, had a good quali and put in a strong drive in the race. Add all that to the fact that he no doubt needed to perform to get a bit of pressure off of him and it makes him a worthy DOTW.

  4. Vettel made way too many mistakes during the race to be called ‘the best driver of the week-end’. Alonso pushed his Ferrari F138 at maximum and didn’t make a single error (even when he was hit twice by Hamilton!).

    1. @A4p Two isn’t a number that could be described as “way too many”. And that doesn’t prove that Alonso did as well as he could have through the weekend, which was hampered by a poor Saturday (which he admitted to).

      1. Two mistakes!? I counted at least three! And also, Vettel makes mistakes all the time, even on his ‘glorious’ pole-position laps from the old days, but the car is so good that wipes them away with ease. If only Alonso had driven a Red Bull all these years, now we would be saying… Fangio/Senna/Prost/Schumacher who? Even children know that.

        1. P.S. – And I consider Vettel a great, deserving champion. But sometimes he makes silly mistakes and gets away with them, just like Schumacher in the solitary wins of the Ferrari days. Perfection is undoubtedly elsewhere (Fangio and Prost).

          1. @A4p Fair enough that you recognise Vettel being great, but still, there was running wide at turn 1, and lightly brushing a wall at 1 point. Where were the other mistakes that Vettel supposedly made that others didn’t make? The RBR is quick, but certainly not to any extent that Vettel magically gets away with errors, especially this year, when Ferrari have an often stronger car on race pace. Vettel’s done a much better job than Alonso this year in fact .

        2. So a driver that ends on last flawless is better than the one who wins regarding 2 or 3 mistakes?

          1. I’m just saying that Vettel was not the best driver of the lot in Montreal. He made silly mistakes on a winning car. Alonso recovered from 6th to 2nd and, for Heaven’s sake, he didn’t run wide a single time. It’s a fact.

          2. @a4p – Not running wide =/= better though. Qualifying that Ferrari down in 6th has to count against Alonso. That’s also a fact.

          3. I’m pretty confident that Alonso would have never qualified better than that with a car that saves tyres so much, especially on a cold + wet track. 5th on the grid (behind Rosberg) would have been maximum, I suppose.

          4. Well, that poor quali cost him a chance to get closer to the leader, which still counts against him.

          5. @davi-a It don’t count, Vettel dominates from pole to the end, wins points to everybody in the Championship, but still is not the DOTW because he made 2 mistakes, that’s a fact.
            For him to win with a bigger margin he has to drive only with the left hand waving his right to the fans and win it.

          6. @hipn0tic He also has to have one eye shut :P Maybe then, other people will finally give him their DOTW votes. :)

  5. Vergne gets my vote for the driver with the most complete WE considering the tool he sits on.

    Alonso – qualifying, qualifying… Ferrari needs to improve for Alonso to deserve DOTW and challenge the tittle although we’d miss great sundays seeing him overtaking and manouvering in the race starts.

    Vettel – Impressive first stint with the ssofts. 1 of his errors was unnecessary, the gap was huge already.
    Now FIA please investigate. Horner must have developped an invisible protection shield around Vettel’s car. Once again he escaped from a DNF by a hairs width

    Raikonnen – I think a podium would have been possible for him. Strategic error from him and team. Why didn’t he go for 1 stop strategy starting with mediums and so far behind in the grid? (Di Resta…)

    1. ” Vergne gets my vote for the driver with the most complete WE considering the tool he sits on.”
      Call me immature but I laughed so hard when I read that bit I almost did a little “WE” ;)

      1. Inmature!! Hehehe. True, @fangio85 sounds WEird when reading it again. I’ll go for the extended version next time ;)

  6. Keith Collantine you must be Alonso hater.

    Your comment to Alonso always too harsh. “poor performance in qualify and he gained postions due to other driver’s bad luck”

    You are biased

    1. That must be why I picked him as my driver of the year last year.

    2. Your comment made me laugh. Keith, an “Alonso hater”?
      My question is: what is so fundamentally wrong with Alonso pilgrims, that nothing can be said about him, unless it’s to glorify the magnificence of his supreme talent?
      Yes, Alonso performance at qualy was “poor”, live with that. During the race, he pushed with his already known quality and consistence, but he gained positions due to other drivers’ bad luck. There’s no question about it, really. His overtake on Hamilton was, to me, the living proof that DRS MUST BE BANNED. That was silly.
      Even to consider adding Alonso to the group of main names at the Canada GP is just childish.
      Do all this means that Alonso is a bad driver? No. He is one of the best drivers on the track today. But in Canada he showed “poor performance in qualify and he gained postions due to other driver’s bad luck”. Full stop.
      Also, some people need to stop bashing Vettel for making two mistakes during the race. No matter how much I despise the current form of F1, Vettel was just untouchable. Yes, DiResta climbed 10 positions, and Massa another 6, Vergne did a very good job, but Vettel was just spotless.
      Just my last $0.02

      1. DRS is the law of the land. Get used to it. When it goes away, then we won’t have it to kick around…

        In the meantime, smacking the wall and almost losing it in a turn is not ‘just spotless’. Did he smack the wall? Fact: yes. Did he intend to do it: fact: dunno (but can not imagine it). Did Vettel win? You bet he did. Did Alonso pass Hamilton? Fact: yes, he did. Did Alonso gain positions due to others bad luck? Fact: looks like it only according to 1 or two people.

        And let’s stop this rubbish about ‘even to consider blah blah is just childish’. Everyone here has lot’s of opinions and very little fact.

        1. DRS is the law of the land. Get used to it.

          Why? Because you say it? It is rubbish, and can’t wait for the day when we don’t have it anymore to kick it around. The speed difference that DRS creates is enormous and leaves the car ahead unable to defend his position. There is a video that shows clearly how Hamilton and Alonso step on the brake before entering the DRS zone, as either wanted to enter that zone ahead and be exposed at the of the straight. Maybe you call it racing, I call that **.
          Vettel smacked the wall? Yes, so what? He left the mark on the wall, yes. So what? Yes, he “almost” lost it in a turn, but he didn’t, so what? At any moment during the whole weekend there was a driver able to put his victory under threat, simple as that.

          Everyone here has lot’s of opinions and very little fact.

          Including you. The “fact, fact, fact” in your post proves nothing.

          Peace, brother.

          1. Because I say it? Good heavens no. Because the FIA says it. They determine the rules. Perhaps in 2014 or some other year this will change. But we have DRS in 2013.

            Notice I did not offer my opinion on DRS. I merely stated a [obvious] fact. (In fact, I happen to abhor DRS, but that’s a different thread).

            Here is another thought on DRS- by staying a tad over 1 second in front means you can’t be DRSd. By being 1 sec or less, you can be. And SEB has figured it out better than most- start like a madman, get your gap and then let the other guys get mired in DRS & passing dynamics (which mostly results in slower laptimes- just look at the telemetry)

            If one offers an opinion of ‘Vettel had a perfect weekend’ or ‘he planned to test the limit and smacked the wall to remind himself when he had reached it), well, sorry, but he made a couple of boo-boos. And got away with them. I very much doubt he was planning to– IMHO it looked more like he suffered from the lapse in concentration because he was not being pressured that occasionally befalls the best drivers.

            If you take a test, miss a couple of questions, you can still score the highest grade, but it won’t be a perfect 100.

            So, congrats to SEB AND the team on a solid victory (c’uz w/o Newey there would be some doubt on SEB’s 3 WDCs). And yes, that’s my opinion too (freely shared).

  7. Sebastian Vettel of course.

  8. Bottas, sublime qualifying performance, he had some good battles during the race but the car was a let down, once again, sadly.

  9. Would have picked Vettel- except for his two unforced-but-lucky gaffes on race day. Seemed to lose concentration perhaps. I went with Alonso- sixth to second on race day. I was at the track all three days and the weather on Friday and Saturday was miserable for setting a car up- wind changing direction and speed- on and off rain- cold– a driver and race engineers nightmare. So I excuse quali performance. But on race day, Alonso doggedly chased down and passed 4 guys in front of him.

    1. Sorry @wacamo but “Alonso doggedly chased down and passed 4 guys” wasn’t actually how I saw it for the following reasons. 1) it kind of was a given that Bottas would eventually drop back 2) Webber’s wing was probably damaged because of VDG, was told to save tires early so he can try to catch up with Hamilton, but somehow got slower even when he was told to push towards the end (gap became 8 sec. to 4 seconds to the third car) 3) Hamilton had a problem with DRS at some point, and 4) Rosberg was also having problems earlier on if I remember correctly. As someone else had pointed out in the comments, Alonso greatly benefitted from others’ misfortunes.

      1. Well, I sat at the hairpin with a stopwatch and timed gaps of various drivers throughout the race. Alonso closed down and passed Webber and Hamilton while also (like they did) weaving their way through backmarkers. If Webber ran his tires off (and someone else didn’t, too bad… don’t run them off next time). Is it possible that the front wing damage affected his times. Yes. However, remember past races when all manner of small aero bits disappear from cars only to have no real affect on laptimes- so I’m not convinced. If you can cite real references on DRS issues and problems that Rosberg had, I would be keen to read as would we all.

        Here is the gap-to-leader chart for the suspects. Suggest you look at Alonso’s gap time starting around lap 30.

        1. From the article above about Rosberg:

          “….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.”

          From Webber: “Mercedes covered us well at the stop, and then the battle was on again. I was happy to see Mercedes did the option for Nico, because I thought that was going to bite him in the arse, and it turned out it did, which was good” (Source)

          1. Running your tires off or getting the wrong tire fitted is hardly a misfortune as was stated, it’s a mistake of one’s own doing.

    2. I don’t know why people are pointing Vettel’s two mistakes for a reason not to vote for him. He surely lost concentration but I think that would not happen if he had someone close behind. Anyway, can anyone prove for sure that Alonso took every corner perfectly? Just because he didn’t brush the wall or overshoot a corner it doesn’t mean he had a perfect race. There are many ways to make a mistakes going around the track. What matters is the end result. And that is what Vettel did right. Qualifying performance shouldn’t be excused by the weather, it was the same for everyone (like the tires in Barcelona, which Ferrari fans don’t want to change because it’s the same for everyone and others have to adopt). So Alonso’s bad qualifying has more weight to the end result that Vettel’s two mistakes, and that has to be taken in consideration for the Driver of the Weekend. But then, my suspicion is that you were one of the people that booed Vettel.

      1. Actually, I only boo Hamilton ;-)

  10. I wanted to go for Vettel but that was to obvious – and he made two potentially race ending errors. I wanted to go for Bottas but couldn’t base my decision on Saturday alone. I wanted to go for Vergne, he qualified well and scored good points but didn’t really do much in my eyes in the race, you may argue he kept out of trouble and took the points he deserved having cone the hard work on Saturday but that’s why I picked Di Resta. Poor qualifying aside he was fantastic, fastest FP1, not afraid to have a go and get stuck in again and proofed that that you can get a good distance on the Pirelli rubber, more points too on a weekend where his employers were having a big celebration.

  11. When Alonso or Hamilton or other driver wins like Vettel did, i want to see the same that are pointing out Vettel’s mistakes do it with other pilot’s.
    I think that for same is hard to admitt that Seb is a great driver.

  12. The drivers that stood out for me this weekend were Vettel, Alonso, Di Resta and Vergne.

    Vettel and Alonso put in their usual top performances that we are now used to but for me it was between Di Resta and Vergne, and in the end I voted for Vergne.

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