Vote for your 2013 British GP driver of the weekend

2013 British Grand Prix

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.

Ferrari

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.

McLaren

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.

Lotus

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.

Mercedes

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Caterham

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.

Marussia

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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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 (3%)

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176 comments on Vote for your 2013 British GP driver of the weekend

  1. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 1st July 2013, 15:34

    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.

  2. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 1st July 2013, 15:39

    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.

  3. DavidS (@davids) said on 1st July 2013, 15:39

    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.

  4. Cristian (@theseeker) said on 1st July 2013, 15:43

    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.

  5. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 1st July 2013, 15:47

    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.

  6. Robert Tang (@robertthespy) said on 1st July 2013, 15:48

    Hamilton for sure. Superb Q3 lap and beaten Vettel’s 2010 lap record. Got robbed the win when his tyres failed and damaged his car, but he held composure and clawed 4th from Kimi in the end. Did some awesome overtakes and I saw that very aggressive Hamilton again. Supreme drive!

    Great drive from Massa as well considering he was dead last in lap 10 to 6th in the end!

  7. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 1st July 2013, 15:54

    For me it was a choice between Hamilton and Di Resta.
    Di Resta probably brought the weight disaster upon himself by not eating another plate of pasta before getting in the car, but he redeemed himself in my eyes by not murdering the entire Force India team out of sheer exasperation.
    But this was probably one of Hamilton’s best weekend performances so far. His qualifying lap was outstanding and his composure and determination in dragging himself up through the field post-tyre-pop was terrific entertainment.
    There’s something else he did, too. Right at the start of Q1, he walked up to a gap in the pit wall fence, stuck his head through and waved at the stand opposite. Of course he was playing the crowd, but he recognised that the fans were there to be entertained and wanted to see drivers, driving fast.
    I voted Hamilton.

  8. anon said on 1st July 2013, 15:57

    Hamilton has always been harder than anyone else on his tyres, so you could argue that the tyre failure was partly a result of his driving style. Massa is similarly hard on his tyres and had an early blow out (like in Bahrain).

    Driver of the day Vettel imo. Would have likely caught Hamilton. Vettel must be the unluckiest driver on the grid to have had so many mechanical problems in the last four seasons while leading a race.

    Not sure how Kimi got votes when his teammate was told to move over for him.

    • D (@f190) said on 1st July 2013, 16:04

      Sorry but you are just wrong.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 1st July 2013, 16:47

      Perez must be doubly hard on his tyres then due to his two failures. You know, the driver who was famously kind on his tyres at Sauber!

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 1st July 2013, 19:14

      Disagree there . Hamilton wins that too .. Pretty unlucky last year 2 times from the lead . Vettel is the “luckiest” by far for not having too many DNFs . Just look at his consecutive races without a DNF data . Of course, his consistency comes from his driving for sure and partly the Red Bull .

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 1st July 2013, 22:12

      Vettel is the “luckiest” by far for not having too many DNFs

      @hamilfan I don’t agree with either you or anon: Vettel isn’t the most unlucky driver on the grid clearly as he has won the last three championships but as @91jb12 has pointed out here 6 of his 7 retirements since 2010 have come from the lead of a race (5 due to mechanical failure of some kind and 1 from a collision).

      So he’s lost a fair chunk of points from mechanically-induced retirements since 2010. I wouldn’t call him the “luckiest” driver in that respect at all but nor would I call him the unluckiest!

  9. Tango (@tango) said on 1st July 2013, 15:57

    This one has to be a landslide. Hamilton gave a brilliant performance of speed, agression and control.

    And yet again he unwittingly untertains us like no other driver manages to do so regularly. (allthough I guess he probably would have rather done a Vettel and won this one… Next time maybe).

  10. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 1st July 2013, 15:58

    It’s got to be Alonso. The high speed balance of the Ferrari was awful, and around Silverstone, that’s a major penalty. OK, he benefited for tyre failures and other retirements in the race, but once again his sheer brilliance managed to drag a result out of a car that simply wasn’t up to it. During the race he is the best man on the grid, and the race is when they hand the points out. I think the poor Ferrari balance derived from limited Friday setup time, and is therefore a bit of a one off. For me, Fernando looks good for the win at the Nurburgring.

    • D (@f190) said on 1st July 2013, 16:53

      Did you watch the race ?

      • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 1st July 2013, 18:15

        @f190 – I sure hope so. I hope I didn’t pay good money to sit on the starting line of some elaborate dress rehearsal.

        • Rybo (@rybo) said on 1st July 2013, 19:41

          Except that his race wasn’t too impressive. Sure he had a great result, but I rate his race the same as Rosberg’s, in the right place at the right time. Puncture just before pitting?Great timing. Kimi not pitting during the saftey car? Even Better. Good drive to keep his championship hopes alive? Yes, but driver of the weekend, not a chance.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st July 2013, 23:07

            @rybo +1
            @william-brierty – Massa finished 6th in the car “that simply wasn’t up to it” despite a puncture while running ahead of Alonso as well.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 2nd July 2013, 10:01

            @rybo – Rubbish. Alonso drove an awesome race. Rosberg was the one that lucked into a result, but Fernando scraped the barrel of that car’s performance and produced a really rather perfect drive. His pace was poor, and yet through the use of his magic wand, he ends up on the podium. Remember when Alonso started to fall back from Sutil and into Raikkonen’s clutches? Remember when Sutil had just one poor lap, gave Alonso one chance? Did he waste it? No. When Alonso needs to pass a car, he just gets on with it. Both Ferrari drivers comprehensively outperformed perhaps the most poorly setup car on the grid. Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel and Webber had the performance, Raikkonen, di Resta and Ricciardo also seemed to have better cars, so I don’t exactly think they need to be congratulated for being faster. OK, Hamilton drove brilliantly, but it’s not as if he needs a pat on the back every time he outperforms Rosberg; he does have more talent at his disposal, he should be ahead.

            @david-a – After Massa’s tyre failure he, like Hamilton, was out of phase in terms of tyre wear, so at all times during the race, Massa had the younger tyres. It was therefore rather easy to come through the field, and the final safety car really helped both Hamilton and Massa. I will concede however that Massa’s start was awesome, and Alonso’s was rather poor for his standards. Excluding that though, Alonso’s race was unbelievable. What is the formula by which we normally measure greatness in F1? Drivers that outperform their cars. Is that not a description of Alonso’s race?

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 2nd July 2013, 17:25

            @william-brierty -

            “The most poorly setup car on the grid”? That’s a massive exaggeration. As is the simplistic assumption that everyone who was near or ahead of him had “better” cars.

            What is the formula by which we normally measure greatness in F1? Drivers that outperform their cars. Is that not a description of Alonso’s race?

            No. He finished on the podium after Hamilton and Massa’s punctures, Raikkonen not pitting, plus Vettel’s gearbox failure. It was a good drive, but it is not any form of miracle that he could reach the podium.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 3rd July 2013, 8:52

            @david-a – What a short-sighted response. You say I exaggerated the poor pace of Ferrari, would you like to develop that point? It would have saved me from having to explain to you that Ferrari, in a bid to improve their qualifying and knowing that their pace would be strong in the race regardless, they put a lot of front end of the car hoping to create a “pointy” and responsive car for qualifying. It actually had the effect of making the car unstable at high speed, hence the poor showing from Ferrari throughout the weekend. Had Friday been dry, Ferrari would’ve reversed that decision early on. And you say that I automatically think that anyone ahead or near Alonso had “better” cars, but has Sutil suddenly become a better driver than Alonso? Has di Resta? Ricciardo? No, because every time you went onboard with any of them they had a stable balance, whereas when you went onboard with a Ferrari it looked like Alonso and Massa were fighting an octopus in the cockpit. Do you not find it odd that even in balanced and “conventionally” setup cars, Sutil and Ricciardo didn’t end up on the podium whilst Alonso did? Two drivers that to all intents and purposes had equal chances of a podium as Alonso, in “better cars”, failed to deliver the kind of result that Alonso could. OK, the result was not miraculous within the context of that afternoon, but the style of Alonso’s drive, the intensity, vehemence and determination easily rendered him my driver of the weekend.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 3rd July 2013, 14:00

            @william-brierty
            You say that the changes led to a poor showing throughout the weekend, when if anything, their race pace was similar to other weekends.

            And you say that I automatically think that anyone ahead or near Alonso had “better” cars, but has Sutil suddenly become a better driver than Alonso? Has di Resta? Ricciardo?

            No, but Alonso does not necessarily perform at his highest level every weekend, such that he waves a “magic wand”. And while you’re asking that, is Massa suddenly great enough to finish where he did, despite the issues he had, or doesn’t his performance, in conjunction with Alonso’s suggest they had a car quite easily capable of actually beating Force Indias and Toro Rossos?

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 3rd July 2013, 16:46

            @david-a – So what you’re saying is that Ferrari’s race pace was as good as any other weekend even though Alonso started falling back from the Force India of Sutil in clean air, and also came under pressure for Ricciardo. Is that similar to other weekends? Did Alonso drive so badly that he came under pressure from Ricciardo on sheer driver merit? No, that’s delusional. Alonso sometimes struggles in qualifying. End of. Other than that his occasional woes in qualifying, Alonso drives during the race reach a level of intensity simply beyond the reach of many drivers. Regarding Massa, he was greatly aided by the final safety car and his tyre failure put him out of sync with other drivers, like Hamilton, meaning that he had the fresher tyres…as I have already explained. As you well know, Massa would scarcely have finished in the points had there not been such an extensive showing from the safety car; the massively influential nature of which is demonstrated by the way both Hamilton and Massa had most of the lap to return to the pitlane, and yet finished well in the points. Unless you have a more intelligent rebuckle to dispense with, I believe that is game, set and match to myself.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:49

            @william-brierty -

            Did Alonso drive so badly that he came under pressure from Ricciardo on sheer driver merit?

            I didn’t say Alonso drove “badly”, rather that he didn’t necessarily outperform his car this weekend as you’re claiming.

            Alonso drives during the race reach a level of intensity simply beyond the reach of many drivers.[...]As you well know, Massa would scarcely have finished in the points had there not been such an extensive showing from the safety car; the massively influential nature of which is demonstrated by the way both Hamilton and Massa had most of the lap to return to the pitlane, and yet finished well in the points.

            Alonso started 9th, finished 3rd. While his teammate and Hamilton may have been helped out slightly by the first safety car bunching up the field/putting them out of sync with the rest on tyres, that help only came because they suffered misfortune in the first place. They were otherwise ahead of Alonso. Regarding Massa, I’d consider it likely that Alonso would have eventually beaten him. But still, Alonso was behind and making no progress initially.

            So, where was this “intensity” from Alonso this weekend that was so special? Was it those laps where he was stuck behind Sutil? Was it supposed to be the sprint at the end that got him from 8th to the podium, when Alonso was on fresh tyres, just like Massa, but unlike Lewis, Kimi, Sutil, Button and Ricciardo?

            Alonso did a good damage limitation job- that’s a great quality, and will do him well in his quest for a third title, but that was largely it. This individual performance just wasn’t that great.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 4th July 2013, 10:35

            @david-a – Where was this “intensity” from Alonso? Those laps where he overtook both Lotuses in quick succession before overtaking Ricciardo all within a matter of corners. The way in which he glided past those that hadn’t pitted in the concluding laps. The way in which he immediately overtook Sutil after he had one poor lap. Oh, no of course, he got “stuck behind Sutil” even though Sutil was actually pulling away at one point, and looked to even the most casual onlooker to have a better car. And the way in which you claim that Alonso made “no progress initially” is a) not true and b) compounds the fact that Ferrari simply didn’t have the performance and were to all intents and purposes behind the Force Indias and Toro Rossos. Alonso was a net 4th place before he pitted in the later stages, and only fell to 8th after pitting. Don’t pretend that you don’t know that Alonso did most of the hard work in the first stint. I simply don’t know how you can’t see the sprinkle of brilliance in Alonso’s drive; a brilliance that was even apparent to a bewildered spectator (me), who had no idea what was going on in the race. OK, his qualifying performance was mediocre, but he put the car on a representation spot on the grid before comprehensively outperforming the car in the race. Whether that makes him the driver of the weekend, that is a debate for another day, but the sheer merit of Alonso’s Sunday drive cannot be denied by even the most stubborn and subjective onlooker.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 4th July 2013, 18:28

            @william-brierty

            Those laps where he overtook both Lotuses in quick succession before overtaking Ricciardo all within a matter of corners.

            The Lotuses? Fair enough. But he didn’t pass Ricciardo immediately after- it was Vergne, who hadn’t pitted.

            The way in which he glided past those that hadn’t pitted in the concluding laps.

            That’s a pretty weak argument. We know how influential fresh Pirelli tyres are. As pointed out, Massa made similar progress in the final laps on similarly fresh tyres from the position he was in. Webber carved his way up in the closing laps on fresh tyres.

            The way in which he immediately overtook Sutil after he had one poor lap.

            Which poor lap was this? I see that Alonso got past Sutil on lap 30, before pitting at the end of the lap. But wait, Raikkonen got past Alonso and Sutil on lap 29, before he pitted. Ricciardo got past Sutil on lap 32, before he pitted as well. That’s either a lot of poor laps by Sutil (and one by Alonso), or it’s the pit entry allowing drivers to miss a portion of the track.

            Oh, no of course, he got “stuck behind Sutil” even though Sutil was actually pulling away at one point, and looked to even the most casual onlooker to have a better car.

            Casual onlookers would also have seen the other Ferrari up the road, closing and attempting to pass Sutil’s Force India.

            Alonso was a net 4th place before he pitted in the later stages, and only fell to 8th after pitting. Don’t pretend that you don’t know that Alonso did most of the hard work in the first stint.

            According to the lap charts, Alonso was 8th in the opening stages. In the first stint, he gained 2 positions because of Massa/Hamilton’s punctures. After the first tyre stop, he passed Raikkonen (Grosjean as well, who only got ahead due to an early stop and undercut). The other position was Ricciardo, who on lap 11 had a pitstop almost five seconds slower than Alonso’s on lap 10. He remained 4th throughout the next stint until losing a place to Webber (not Alonso’s fault, unsafe release cost him time), then gained a place again due to Vettel’s gearbox failure.

            I simply don’t know how you can’t see the sprinkle of brilliance in Alonso’s drive; a brilliance that was even apparent to a bewildered spectator (me), who had no idea what was going on in the race. OK, his qualifying performance was mediocre, but he put the car on a representation spot on the grid before comprehensively outperforming the car in the race.

            Well, I would hope that now you’re aware of more facts regarding the race, that you can see how it wasn’t that brilliant, especially by Alonso’s high standards. It was a good damage limitation result, rather than a true case of outperforming the car.

  11. Jason (@jason12) said on 1st July 2013, 15:59

    Lewis was on another level!

    He’s back……

  12. Pete (@repete86) said on 1st July 2013, 16:07

    It has to be Hamilton. Pole by almost a half of a second, taking off from the field at the start, and then a recovery from dead last to a very strong points scoring position. Had he not had his tire issues, I have no doubt that he would have won by a comfortable margin.

  13. yuya (@john-locke) said on 1st July 2013, 16:16

    I picked up Alonso.
    Webber had bad start again and contacted with Grosjean again.
    I also was impressed by Hamilton, but Alonso survived 3 serious situation (1 he avoided contact with -WEB-GRO at start. 2 Ferrari crew misjudged to release Alonso and he avoided contact with Grosjean in pit lane. 3 he avoided contact with Perez when his left tire burst.) and Alonso showed us a lot of cleaver overtakes…

  14. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 1st July 2013, 16:32

    This weekend, Lewis should get the crown… unbelievable drive !!

  15. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 1st July 2013, 16:35

    Hamilton.
    Half a second quicker than the second place on saturday, was leading convincingly on sunday until his tyre gave up. Probably would have won the race. On the last restart he was in 9th place and with OLD tyres came up to 4th and with a few more laps would probably pass Alonso. Great race by him.
    But he is one unlucky driver.

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