Start, Silverstone, 2013

Vote for your 2013 British GP driver of the weekend

2013 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Silverstone, 2013Which F1 driver was the best performer during the British Grand Prix weekend?

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

British Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Said Hamilton’s pole position lap was “phenomenal” and “wasn?t in reach” for the Red Bull. He extended his unbeaten run against Webber in qualifying, though by the smallest margin so far, and took third on the grid. Having passed Rosberg at the start he assumed the lead after Hamilton’s early puncture. He responded to early pressure from Rosberg after the first Safety Car and had a steady three second lead when his gearbox failed on lap 41.

Mark Webber – Having got off the line well in Monaco and Canada, Webber made a dreadful getaway at Silverstone. Contact with Grosjean at the first corner broke his wing and he fell to 14th, but gained three spots before pitting. He passed Perez and Grosjean during his second stint and Red Bull took advantage of the final Safety Car deployment to put him on a fresh set of tyres for the final blast. He wasted no time passing Ricciardo, Sutil and Raikkonen and closed on leader Rosberg, finishing within a second of the Mercedes having set fastest lap on the final tour.


Fernando Alonso – After qualifying on the fifth row Alonso said Ferrari hadn’t improved their car quickly enough and suggested Pirelli’s tyre choices were favouring their rivals. He narrowly avoided a puncture as his tyre began to disintegrate as he pitted on lap ten. And he was relieved to escape injury when Perez’s tyre exploded in front of him with six laps to go. Although pitting shortly before the second Safety Car came out was a setback that cost him several places, it also gave him the advantage of fresh tyres at the end of the race, which he used to pass a string of rivals and claim the last podium place.

Felipe Massa – Massa racked up his fourth crash in three race weekends during second practice, and an engine problem on Saturday morning cost him more running time. Come qualifying, he was unable to make it into Q3. It looked like things were finally going his way when a superb start propelled him to sixth from eleventh. But his left-rear tyre failed on lap ten, causing a spin which left him last for 11 laps. The Safety Cars helped him come back into contention – particularly the last one, during which he put on a new set of tyres and subsequently climbed to sixth.


Jenson Button, McLaren, Silverstone, 2013Jenson Button – Both McLaren drivers failed to reach Q3 again. Button elected to start on the hard tyres but quickly suffered front and rear graining and was passed by Perez and Webber. He was a sitting duck on worn tyres at the final restart, losing three places in one lap and finishing out of the points.

Sergio Perez – Perez was the first driver to experience a left-rear tyre failure during final practice. Tyre warm-up was a problem for him during qualifying, and getting called into the weighbridge didn’t help matters. He ran a different strategy to his team mate which seemed to be working better. But after the final restart he suffered his second puncture of the weekend and the team chose to retire his car.


Kimi Raikkonen – Raikkonen was the only Lotus driver to run the team’s new Drag Reduction Device, but he was out-qualified by his team mate for the first time this year. He got ahead of Ricciardo at the start but was jumped by Alonso at the first round of pit stops despite Lotus producing one of their better efforts. He also lost out to his team mate, though the team quickly ordered Grosjean to move aside. But they weren’t alert to the possibility of bringing Raikkonen in during the final Safety Car. Defenceless on worn tyres, he fell from second to fifth.

Romain Grosjean – Grosjean picked up front wing damage early in the race and after being told to let Raikkonen past began to experience problems with his tyres. He was passed by Ricciardo and Webber at Brooklands on consecutive laps. He did take on fresh tyres for the final restart but his front wing eventually failed and Lotus retired his car.


Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2013Nico Rosberg – Couldn’t match Hamilton in qualifying and was beaten off the line by Vettel. Hamilton’s puncture promoted him to second and Rosberg almost suffered one as well. While chasing Vettel during the second stint he felt a problem with his left-rear tyre was developing. Vettel’s retirement served to both hand Rosberg the lead and give him the chance to make a pit stop without losing his newly-won advantage. He had enough in hand to keep Webber at bay and escaped a penalty for going to quickly under yellow flags – the stewards gave him a reprimand.

Lewis Hamilton – Wasn’t happy with his car’s balance in practice but a superb lap in qualifying secured his second pole position of the year. Vettel was just beginning to edge into his two second lead when Hamilton’s left-rear tyre exploded, robbing us of an intriguing battle. It dropped him to last, but he quickly gained ground due to the Safety Car. He ran a long middle stint on hards and changed tyres for the last time five laps before the last Safety Car period. He dispensed with Di Resta and Grosjean before the final charge to the flag during which he took four more cars, ending up passing Raikkonen for fourth.


Nico Hulkenberg – Felt 15th on the grid was “more or less the best we could do”. A slow puncture forced an early second pit stop on lap 25, which put him on a three-stop strategy. The final Safety Car reduced the disadvantage of this and allowed him to finish tenth for Sauber’s first point since China. It might have been two had he not run wide at the restart, losing a place to Di Resta.

Esteban Gutierrez – Was knocked out in Q1 for the fifth time in eight races: “It seems I am losing a lot of time at the exit of the corners,” he said, “and this is tricky, because that is usually when I try to push and get things right.” In the race he also had a tyre failure which destroyed his front wing. A pit stop to replace it left him back among the tail-enders.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2013Paul di Resta – Having failed to progress beyond Q1 in the last two races, Di Resta was “over the moon” to equal the best qualifying performance of his career by taking fifth place. Then came the news he’d been thrown out of qualifying for being underweight. From 22nd on the grid he passed the Caterham, Marussia and Williams drivers early on, and gained a series of places after his first pit stop to hold 11th after the first Safety Car period. His progress slowed from then on, though he battled gamely with Hamilton, and eventually took two points for ninth.

Adrian Sutil – Ran in a podium position during the middle part of the race, resisting pressure from Alonso. Running a two-stop strategy the team left him out for three laps after Alonso’s second stop, dropping Sutil behind the Ferrari as well as Raikkonen. They also declined to bring him in during the final Safety Car which brought him back up to third but he was passed four times in the subsequent run to the chequered flag.


Pastor Maldonado – Blamed Hulkenberg’s off at the final restart for losing him two places and with it the chance of scoring the first points of the year for Williams.

Valtteri Bottas – After his Canada heroics he was unable to drag the FW35 into Q2 at Silverstone. Struggled with his set-up.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Silverstone, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Vergne was disappointed to miss the top ten shoot-out in qualifying: “I made a mistake on my quick lap in Q2 and that?s the plain fact and I?m very upset about it, as it lost me the chance to get into Q3 which was definitely possible.” His tyre explosion on lap 14 caused damage to the rear of his car which ultimately forced the team to retire him.

Daniel Ricciardo – Admitted he was surprised to qualify as high as sixth, which became a career-best fifth after Di Resta’s penalty. He held seventh for much of the race, passing Grosjean on the way. But he was among the drivers who did not make a late pit stop under the Safety Car and suffered for it, slipping from fourth to eighth at the end of the race.


Charles Pic – Conclusively won the ‘battle at the back’, out-qualifying his team mate and the Marussias and leading them home. Was ahead of Bottas at the final Safety Car period but couldn’t keep the Williams behind.

Giedo van der Garde – As he was carrying a grid penalty from Canada the team only gave him a perfunctory tun in qualifying to save tyres. He spent much of the race battling Chilton, and lost. ” I did pass him with a couple of laps left, but it was very tight on track and I had to give the place back which is obviously a shame,” he said.


Jules Bianchi – Reprimanded for failing to stop at the weighbridge during qualifying. He fell behind Chilton at the start but immediately repassed him and went after Pic, but never quite had the pace to get on terms with the Caterham.

Max Chilton – “A day that I will never forget,” said Chilton after his home race. Kept Van der Garde behind at the end despite having tyres that were eight laps older.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.009s 40/41 2
Mark Webber 4th +0.009s 1/41 3 2nd
Fernando Alonso 9th -0.392s 43/52 3 3rd -7.449s
Felipe Massa 11th +0.392s 9/52 4 6th +7.449s
Jenson Button 10th -0.433s 5/46 2 13th Didn’t finish on same laps
Sergio Perez 13th +0.433s 41/46 2 20th Didn’t finish on same laps
Kimi Raikkonen 8th +0.007s 48/51 2 5th Not on same lap
Romain Grosjean 7th -0.007s 3/51 3 19th Not on same lap
Nico Rosberg 2nd +0.452s 45/52 3 1st -7.756s
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.452s 7/52 2 4th +7.756s
Nico Hulkenberg 14th -0.498s 48/52 3 10th -6.576s
Esteban Gutierrez 17th +0.498s 4/52 4 14th +6.576s
Paul di Resta 22nd -0.172s 0/52 3 9th +1.608s
Adrian Sutil 6th +0.172s 52/52 2 7th -1.608s
Pastor Maldonado 15th -0.152s 51/52 2 11th -3.959s
Valtteri Bottas 16th +0.152s 1/52 2 12th +3.959s
Jean-Eric Vergne 12th +0.603s 2/35 2
Daniel Ricciardo 5th -0.603s 33/35 2 8th
Charles Pic 18th -1.615s 52/52 2 15th -36.146s
Giedo van der Garde 21st +1.615s 0/52 3 18th +36.146s
Jules Bianchi 19th -1.75s 50/52 2 16th -31.563s
Max Chilton 20th +1.75s 2/52 2 17th +31.563s

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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 British Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (4%)
  • Mark Webber (18%)
  • Fernando Alonso (10%)
  • Felipe Massa (3%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (52%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (2%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (4%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

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  1. Wow- Rosberg only gets 4% of the vote- even Seb never got that low when he wins… but how only 4% of people saw Seb as DOTW yet 12% voted Webber… I must’ve seen the wrong race

    1. @91jb12, you do realize you are the first to comment, and therefore not many people have voted yet?

      1. Ryan (@ryanisjones)
        1st July 2013, 17:56

        Yep. Rosberg now sits at 1%. lol

        1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
          2nd July 2013, 9:24

          Who Voted Max Chilton! lol

    2. Well, considering he had been outclassed by his team mate this weekend, lost his starting position due to bad start, inherited a place when his team mate got a puncture and couldn’t close down the new leader and then inherited the lead once the leader’s car failed, I would say he wasn’t really DOTW material this weekend.

      1. Agree totally

        1. Disagree. I never understand why people feel that car failures and punctures have nothing to do with the way drivers drive. Yes he had a bad start but for me the punctures may have been caused by the aggressive driving and overheating the tires.
          Of course it may be just bad luck but just by looking at the list of drivers who have had problems, there may be something more into it.
          You need to be “up there” to have possibility to gain.

          1. The list of drivers including Perez who is known for being extremely gentle on his tyres you mean? The tyre failures weren’t luck, but a flaw in the tyres.

          2. David S (@stanley2285)
            2nd July 2013, 7:26

            Come on, Perrelli have got the tyre constuction wrong they change the method after Malaysia since then tyres have failed at every race. its pot luck who get the bad batch. see how many fail next week in Germany.

    3. @91jb12 I’ve seen several people post on these almost immediately after they’ve gone up complaining that they don’t like the results of the poll when hardly anyone’s had a chance to vote yet. The results of the poll are always published later, better off waiting until then.

      1. @keithcollantine I remember that some years ago (up to and including 2009 if I remember correctly) these polls displayed the actual number of votes every driver was getting, instead of percentages. In my opinion displaying the number of votes along with percentages is a little better, and would clear up these misunderstandings… It’s very easy to look at the relative ammount of votes and jump to some conclusion. :-)

        1. @guilherme The total number of voters is clearly shown at the bottom of the poll. That and the fact this was the first comment posted means there’s no excuse for jumping to premature conclusions.

          1. @keithcollantine Though to be fair, he has a point, given that as it stands now, Rosberg has 2% and Webber has 18%

  2. But I’d say Hamilton was the DOTW- closely followed by Vettel, Ricciardo and Alonso

    1. @91jb12
      My thoughts exactly.

    2. I don’t think Alonso was all that spectacular: he was there or thereabouts but I reckon Di Resta or Webber put in better performances all-round.

    3. Emphatically NOT Vettel. When he was under pressure from Nico, he blew the gearbox, not the tyres. You can’t say it was bad luck or Pirelli’s fault. Nobody else to blame for his DNF. But the worst part is, after he lost power he was still in control of the car for quite a while, and instead of getting it out of the way he parked it in the most dangerous possible way for the other drivers, forcing a SC. In my opinion that deserved quite a serious penalty, like a race ban.

      1. he blew the gearbox

        What makes you think Vettel did anything to cause the failure?

        he parked it in the most dangerous possible way for the other drivers, forcing a SC

        He didn’t have a choice of where his gearbox failed so he had little choice of where to stop.

        1. He kept driving the car for several hundred meters after he lost power until the car came to a stop, as everyone could see; it is nonsense to pretend that he couldn’t have got it out of the way.
          And mechanical failures are not a matter of luck, they happen for a reason. You can blame the pilot and/or the team, nobody else. Tyres are different because they are not made by the team.

          1. they are not made by the team.

            meaning made or chosen, of course teams do not manufacture every part of the car but they order components of their choice according to exacting specifications. Except of course tyres, where they have no choice.

    4. Yeah almost voted Hamiton but favoured Ricciardo instead, purely because him & Vergne are so closely matched and Ricciardo managed an average 6 tenth gap the whole weekend, the largest of the “equal” drivers.
      Plus, in the race he defended well from Grosjean & Alonso (who only managed to get him in the pits and then later on fresh tyres), and kept pace with the quicker cars on a weekend that he really needed to stand up and be noticed.

      Hamilton’s quali lap was pure perfection though but I figured he’d have the vast majority of the vote after being robbed of a likely victory.

  3. Ι always vote for the winner and this was no exception. But, Webber’s comeback was fantastic, as was Hamilton’s. Vettel was cruising before he retired and Alonso proved himself in the last laps. But as I said, Rosberg

    1. How ?!

      Rosberg was massively beat by Hamilton in qualifying and was dropping back in the race from both Hamilton and Vettel. He was lucky that they both had problems and that’s the only reason he won. He did have a solid drive and I do like Nico but he was outclassed by two drivers this weekend.

    2. @dimitris-1395 Why do you always vote for the winner?

      1. He managed to finish in front of all the others…

        1. *facepalm*

          1. Nathan (@il-ferrarista)
            1st July 2013, 16:30


        2. Yeah, by virtue of the two drivers in front of him having major issues. And had the race been even one lap longer, the smart money says Webber would have taken Rosberg. Plus, it’s driver of the weekend, not just driver of the race. Hamilton’s pole lap was almost half a second quicker than Rosberg’s

        3. i laughed so much. it’s a bloody good reason

        4. Lol +1

        5. Yes that is indisputable, BUT, it was by default was it not…???

  4. Maak Wobbler
    1st July 2013, 15:12

    “It’s gonna happen, mate.”

  5. Lewis no question.

    1. Voted Hamilton withour questionning myself aswell. But, Webber had big balls overtaking Raikkonen.

    2. It very much seems Hamilton has his form back. Unfortunately, he also seems to have his luck back.

  6. Hamilton. Pole Position and he was probably going to win until his tyre failure. After the tyre failure he managed to fight his way back up through the field to 4th.

    1. managed to fight his way back up through the field to 4th.

      But he was helped a lot by safety cars and retirements. Which, I’ve been told in other contexts, negates what he did.

      1. Traverse (@)
        1st July 2013, 17:57

        You can’t be serious? Hamilton was clearly DOTW.

        1. If Vettel gets assistance of 2 safety cars (Abu-Dhabi 2012), that’s help.
          If Hamilton makes a comeback largely assisted by 2 safety cars, that’s not help! It’s the greatest of comebacks!


          1. Big difference being the fact that Hamilton had got pole position and led easily until the puncture. He also didn’t make a couple of big mistakes that he was very lucky to get away with on his way through the field.

          2. @jleigh hardly two “big mistakes” – he misjudged Senna’s turn-in slightly and wasn’t properly paying attention on the other occasion (he still avoided it though).

            I wouldn’t call front wing damage a “big mistake” as it didn’t subsequently lead to his retirement or anything of the sort. It was a couple of errors.

          3. @vettel1 ok, take away the word “big” and my point still stands

      2. @jonsan As was Canada 2011, when Button came from last place to win it, but no-one ever mentions the 3 or 4 SCs and the red flag…

        SCs are part and parcel of the race, sure they helped, but that’s motor racing

        1. Traverse (@)
          2nd July 2013, 11:08

          Nor the fact that Button ended Alonso race with a rash move.

  7. Eddie (@wackyracer)
    1st July 2013, 15:16

    Between HAM and WEB but HAM had bigger comeback then Web did also the qualy lap was masterpiece, HAMILTON :-D

    1. I don’t see how people are saying Webber. He was out qualified on Saturday and made a bad start to the race. He did recover well yes, but it was his fault he was out qualified and his fault he was 15th at the start of the race.

      1. He was outqalified by 0.009s! You make it sound like he was humiliated in qualifying.

        Besides, the reason for the bad start is often mechanical and in this case it was compounded by Grosjean ramming him. Yet still he came back with his damaged car. If the ridiculous safety car period hadn’t lasted that long (to push a car away takes 10 minutes?), Webber would have won the race.

        1. @patrickl The “ridiculous” in that sentence should be refering to the fact that the safety car was deployed at all. It shound’t be needed to have full course caution to push a car that is already well off the racing line.

          Yesterday’s end to the race had NASCAR written all over it.

        2. That still makes Vettel the better driver by 0.09 of a second.

          You mention the safety car being out too long. Don’t you understandtthat without this he would have been nowhere ?

          He was slower in qualifying and made a bad start.

          I don’t really like Vettel but he drove much better than Webber this weekend. Facts don’t lie.

          1. @f190 he did but Webber was much closer than he has been. I never vote a losing teammate as driver of the weekend unless the circumstances are exceptional (like with Di Resta for example) but I’d say he’s worthy of a top 3 this weekend possibly.

            However, agreed that he wasn’t better than Vettel because as you said the facts don’t lie: he was out-qualified and out-raced.

  8. Has to be Hamilton. Brilliant in quality and the first seven laps, and then an amazing charge through the field after the tyre exploded. Not quite sure how anyone can vote for Webber or Alonso. Yes, they both made a charge through the field too, but Webber wouldn’t have had to if he’d started a bit better, and Alonso wouldn’t have had to if he’d qualified a bit better.

    Hamilton wins it by a country mile.

  9. Has to be Lewis due to qualifying and that comeback in the race. Massa, Rosberg, Alonso, Räikkönen, Ricciardo and Webber were my other candidates, but everyone did (or did not) do something that drops them down the order (crashes, poor starts, “nothing special” etc.).

  10. it has to be hamilton. And Now mercedes have the dominant machine. A lot of races left, so the sky is the limit.

  11. Interesting to see how the vote goes since Vettel, Hamilton and Massa performed better than the drivers on the podium, who were massively helped by their team mates’ bad luck.

    1. @hotbottoms +2
      I think Massa would’ve beaten Alonso had it not been for the failure but I can semi-understand that one as he was outqualified.

      Vettel I don’t understand as however you look at it Mark was still slower than Vettel all weekend in the same car, so by definition he can’t have been “better” (unless there are exceptional circumstances, which wasn’t the case here to any great extent).

      Hamilton deservedly gets the chunk of the votes as he was on top of Rosberg in every aspect of his game. He deserves the driver of the weekend hands down and was definitely robbed by these awful tyres.

      Really though I think this is just incredibly telling that people ignore the impartiality that is supposed to happen when voting.

  12. Lewis has over 50% of the vote so far and rightly so. Absolutely storming pole lap, and an immensely impressive recovery from some rotten luck. Given his pace, if he hadn’t suffered the tyre letting go he would have easily picked up the win, even if Vettel hadn’t retired.

    1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
      1st July 2013, 17:32

      If think about it, it’s actually surprising that he only has 54% after such an impressive showing in qualifying, race start and escaping DRS and then staging as impressive a comeback as Alonso. Too bad, Sutil slowed Lewis down because this race would have been a lot more interesting with Lewis fighting with Alonso for podium and Webber fighting with Rosberg for the win. This race just needed those 2 extra laps….

      1. I’m with ya, I picked HAM for DOTW also. However, I think it would have been hard to pass ALO as HAM had older tyres and floor damage. He also took longer relative to ALO to clear RAI and others so it’s questionable whether we would have been able to pass him.

        1. Also Sutil slowed Alonso a lot too

  13. I voted for Hamilton. A fantastic qualifying lap, and he had a great race as well, initially edging away from Vettel and Rosberg, later fighting his way through the field. It would have been a perfect drive for him if he had managed to get by DiResta in the second stint, which would have moved him onto the podium I believe, but at that point he had the oldest tyres of anyone on track.

    Great weekends for Webber and Ricciardo also. Webber’s qualifying statistics may be quite damning, but less than a hundredth of Vettel was still a good effort, and in the race he was fast and combative. Not sure what happened at the start, though. It looked like his initial getaway was alright, but then he seemed to go into anti-stall in third gear or something.

    Finally, it was a great race for Felipe Massa, in which he finally put in a race performance equal to that of Fernando’s. On the one hand, it’s good to see him finally perform again, on the other hand I am hoping Ferrari sign a promising youngster next season (e.g., Hulkenberg, Bianchi), so if Massa now starts doing just enough to get his contract renewed yet again, that will be a bit boring.

  14. Has to be Lewis, with Vettel close second.

    Alonso and Webber get the usual simplistic “look at them race, they’re awesome!” votes, disregarding that the only reason they had to race and overtake, was beacuse they underperformed. Unfortunately, some people believe the skills of a Grand Prix driver is measured by entertainability, not by actualy skills to drive their ass off.

    1. @mnmracer +1! Voted for Lewis as well, Vettel was a close second. Ricciardo and Massa also impressed me.

      And I also don’t understand the default votes for Webber. He had a massively quick car underneath him (overtaking with a broken front wing), had a terrible start even by his standards and only figured in the race at all because of other’s misfortunes.

    2. delighted you realized this mnmracer- I realized a lot in 2011 that a pole-win isn’t actually a sign of a good performance!
      But fair play to them taking the risk and making the last laps exciting- had they all been on the same tyres, it would’ve resembled the god awful GP3 Race 2 where there was no chance to pass

      1. @91jb12 I disagree: on most occasions a pole to flag victory is very much the sign of a good performance as obviously no-one bettered you!

    3. @mnmracer – Completely true. It’s a pleasant surprise that Hamilton is clearly going to win the vote.

    4. Alonso and Webber get the usual simplistic “look at them race, they’re awesome!” votes, disregarding that the only reason they had to race and overtake, was beacuse they underperformed.

      I actually thought before qualifying that Webber was driving pretty well, seeing him at work in the cockpit in and the fact that he was only out-qualified annoyingly by nine thousandths and the recovery drive he performed, taking into account his usual poor starts. He was certainly one I wanted to be on the top-step should it not be Hamilton, who got my vote.

  15. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
    1st July 2013, 15:29

    I think Paul di Resta was overlooked. The grumpy Scot had interesting battle with Lewis. And given Mercedes speed and double DRS zone, the fact that he was able to keep up in front of Lewis is quite good performance. My vote goes to him.

    1. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
      1st July 2013, 15:32

      I mean in some point in the race, despite that Lewis finally passed him.

    2. Good point. He should definitely make the F1fanatic podium (especially after his qualifying), but I fear that he won’t. Perhaps if we named our top 3 drivers in this poll there would be a chance, although that would complicate things logistically of course.

      I also think that’s why Button is the favourite driver on this site. He’s fits the ‘second-favourite driver’ tag I think, a bit like Swansea City (for example!)

    3. I did vote for Hamilton because his qualifying and race were so strong. In the race before and after the tire explosion.

      @adityafakhri – I do agree with you about Di Resta being overlooked. I gave him an honorable mention in my post about Hamilton. Starting 22nd and finishing 9th was very impressive and just what he needed after his team let him down. Good job and very mature drive. If he did any team bashing after the weight debacle, I never heard it reported. Far as I can tell, he let his driving do the talking.

      Massa also impressed me. He started 11th and finished 6th even with an exploding tire.

      Sometimes I wish we could vote for a 1, 2, 3 DOTW. That would likely complicate things though.

  16. I went for Hamilton. He had good pace and I suspect he could have beaten Vettel over a full distance had technical problems not intervened. He would almost certainly have beaten Rosberg without the tyre failure, and it was a fantastic recovery drive in any case.

  17. Hamilton for me. As good as Vettel was, this wasn’t a great weekend by his own standards (seems strange to say that about someone who qualified third and led most of the race). Hamilton was surprisingly quick in qualifying and given how well Mercedes were doing on tyre life, I think it’s fair to say Hamilton could’ve won without the puncture, and even without Vettel’s gearbox failure.

    I can’t see a reason to vote for Rosberg because, let’s face it, he was tremendously lucky. He was lucky enough to be in 2nd place after HAM’s blowout, but then to inherit the win after another leader dropped out is very very fortunate. On top of that, he got a free pitstop, and then the final safety car was one lap too long for Webber to catch up with him. I know that people in F1 say “you make your own luck”, but still it was all very convenient for him.

    I’d like to give Ricciardo an honourable mention. Probably one of his best weekends yet, a points finish never looked in doubt for him.

    1. Agreed. Ricciardo should definitely be up there. 1.HAM, 2.RIC, 3.DIR for me.

  18. Hamilton.

    If he didn’t have a tyre explode during the race, he would’ve won by a significant margin. His recovery from that was impressive, and showed just how much pace he had.

    While Rosberg drove very well, he had a lot of good fortune by having both drivers in front of him drop out. With those two still in the race, he would’ve come home third. He also had some good timing with the safety car deployment.

    Similarly, Webber was mighty during the race, but his start was typically terrible. It’s hard to argue that he performed better than other drivers who were mistake free all weekend.

  19. I was quite impressed by Alonso’s sheer speed at some times, especially in the first and in the last few laps, but his poor grid position and his lack of consistency are not good sings for his title campaign.
    Hamilton was good trough the weekend and his pole lap was amazing. Also, he was well in control of the race and he still managed to get a decent result, despite his tire failure.
    But the one I choose, for this weekend, is Rosberg. He was consistent trough the weekend, he was fast in qualifying and fairly good in the race. His victory was more a result of consistency, rather than excellence, but I think he finally starts to unleash his true potential. I would like him to prove what he can really do and be a leader, challenge for victory, as he was about to do before Vettel retired.
    I also have to give some credit to Webber, di Resta and Sutil.

  20. This is simply between between Hamilton, Webber and Massa.
    Vettel, Alonso and Nico should NOT even get a look in

    – It can’t be Webber because he was outqualified by his teammate, fluffed his start, which put him in a position to get nudged by Grojean, but eventually did have a stunning comeback drive.

    It can’t be Nico because he was comprehensively beaten by his teammate in qualy, lost a position at the start, fell back from both leaders, and simply inherited a win due to circumsstances he had nothing to with.

    – It can’t be Massa because though he made a stunning start, and an ok comeback, he was also outqualified by his teammate.

    – It can’t be Alonso, because he qualified low, and inherited a podium due to Lotus having a brain fade moment.

    It can’t be Vettel, though he qualified as well as he could, beat is teamate, DNF due to mechanical faliure, he was still being beaten before he retired.

    Which leaves Lewis Hamilton. Qualified with a mega 4 tenths over the next competitor, who incidentally had the same car, started well, drove a good and measured pace before his tyre faliure, went to the back of the grid, made a lot of overtakes, most of which were not easy, and fought his way back to 4th position, albeit helpd by multiple safety car sessions; as was everybody else. In fact, if Merc had been as inspired as RBR and Ferrari, they should have stacked Lewis along with Nico at the 2nd safety car period to also give him a change of tyres. I believe he would certainly have taken Alonso and Webber in the final stages of the race.

    A long winded explanation for a great drive.

    1. @kbdavies

      he was still being beaten before he retired

      Who was Vettel being beaten by when he retired with a gearbox failure while leading?

      1. Apologies, i forgot Lewis had retired!

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