Vote for your 2013 German GP driver of the weekend

2013 German Grand Prix

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

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

German Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Admitted he was struggling in the first sector during qualifying and that was where he lost the time that allowed Hamilton to take pole position off him. But from second on the grid he was quickly into the lead at the start. He came under pressure from Grosjean early in the race, then the Safety Car brought the other Lotus within range as well.

Vettel managed to pit to cover Grosjean in the second half of the race and get through traffic quickly enough to see off a threat from Raikkonen – a task not made easier by an intermittent KERS fault. Raikkonen came back at him in the final laps on soft tyres but Vettel had enough in hand to grab his first home win.

Mark Webber – Said the track conditions were “sensitive” during qualifying and was relieved to take third. Made a fantastic start, briefly nosing ahead of Vettel on the run to turn one, and stayed within range during the first stint. He led for two laps after Vettel pitted but his own pit stop was a disaster, a wheel coming off his car and hitting an unfortunate cameraman.

Webber resumed in last place but for the second weekend in a row his race was saved by the Safety Car. Webber not only got his lap back but was able to rejoin the queue of cars. From there he passed several rivals, finishing up with a move on Perez for seventh on the final tour.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2013Fernando Alonso – Both Ferrari drivers qualified and started on the medium compound. But they didn’t get the strategic dividend they were counting on early in the race as the front runners made the soft tyres last longer than expected. Alonso had to pit for softs the Safety Car. That allowed him to attack Grosjean for third on the final lap but he dropped back and then stopped his car after the finishing line.

Felipe Massa – Out-qualified Alonso for the first time since Malaysia, then threw it away by spinning off at turn one on lap four. “At the moment when I braked, the rear wheels locked up and I couldn?t stop the car from spinning,” he said. “When the car came to a stop, it was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn?t stop the engine from stalling. It?s very odd that it got stuck like that, even if so far, the team has not seen anything unusual.”

McLaren

Jenson Button – Said his Q2 lap was “as good as it?s going to get for us at the moment ?ǣ in fact, it was one of the best laps I?ve done in a very long time”. It got him through to Q3, where he elected not to do a lap.

In the race, having run a long opening stint on medium tyres he’d not long since changed them when the Safety Car came out. He passed his team mate after the restart but got held up by the Caterhams and Max Chilton, which allowed Hamilton onto his tail for a last-lap pass. “The Caterhams absolutely screwed us,” he complained afterwards.

Sergio Perez – Admitted he struggled to match Button in practice and lined up 13th on the grid. But starting on softs he passed his team mate early on, then took Maldonado after the Safety Car period. He tried to run to the end without a further pit stop but was passed by Hamilton and Webber, ending up eighth.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Raikkonen said he didn’t get enough heat into his front tyres for his lap in Q3 which compromised him in the first sector. That left him fourth. He lost a lot of time behind the Mercedes after his first pit stop, despite passing both, but it was cancelled out by the Safety Car.

Radio problems made it hard for the team to work out whether to pit him again at they end. They eventually decided to – which might not have been necessary. However after Grosjean let him by on instructions from the team Raikkonen chased after Vettel, finishing a close second.

Romain Grosjean – Like his team mate he felt he should have been quicker in the first sector on his flying lap. He ran behind Raikkonen in the opening laps, complaining that his team mate was holding him up, then stretched out his soft tyre stint longer than anyone else to take the lead for five laps.

After his pit stop he closed on Vettel but the Safety Car wiped out then ten-second margin he’d built up over Raikkonen. The team tried to get him ahead of Vettel by ‘undercutting’ the Red Bull, to no avail. Was told to let Raikkonen through into second late in the race.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg – “I was really shocked when I saw the times falling in Q2 today and realised that I was in P11,” said Rosberg, who believed he would have been in contention for the front row. He started on medium tyres but made little progress until the final stint. Took ninth off Di Resta with three laps to go.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton was surprised to be in contention for pole position after struggling with his car during practice. But the race showed Mercedes haven’t figured out how to make their tyres last in warm conditions – Hamilton was critical of the rubber after slipping back during the race. Rosberg was told to make way for his team mate at one stage and Hamilton wrested fifth off Button on the final lap.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg – There were no new parts for Sauber who are having financial difficulties. But they made an appearance in Q3 for the first time since China, following which Hulkenberg chose not to set a time, to save tyres. Starting on mediums his strategy was compromised by the Safety Car. But making another pit stop with 11 laps to go proved the right thing to do as he was able to take the final points place off Di Resta.

Esteban Gutierrez – Equalled his best qualifying performance to date with 14th. Felt his car lacked straight-line speed during the race and never looked like challenging for points.

Force India

Start, 2013 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring,Paul di Resta – Neither Force India driver made it into Q3 as the cars lacked their recent pace. “Ahead of qualifying we completely changed the set-up to try to improve things and it certainly helped,” said Di Resta, who took 12th.

In the race he tried to get to the end without pitting following the Safety Car but slipped out of the points. Curiously did not get a time penalty despite delaying Vergne when he was released from the pits too early.

Adrian Sutil – Had a DRS problem in qualifying which he said cost him half a second per lap. He tried to run a two-stop strategy like his team mate but had to convert to a three-stopper which ended his chance of scoring points.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado – Only did a single timed lap in Q1 due to a water pump leak. Gained ground thanks to the Safety Car and was running seventh when he made his last pit stop with ten laps to go. But the stop was botched, dropping him to 15th at the flag. Had the stop gone according to plan he likely would have been 11th behind Hulkenberg.

Valtteri Bottas – Suffered doubly at the hands of Williams’ problematic pit stops and also had a poor start. Followed his team mate home.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Comprehensively beaten by Ricciardo in qualifying and admitted “I didn?t make any mistakes and I was hoping for much better.” His struggle continued in the race, he was held up by Di Resta when the Force India was released unsafely in the pits, and then the team told him to switch off his car, which had an hydraulic fault. “A weekend to forget,” he concluded.

Daniel Ricciardo – Sixth-fastest in qualifying for the second race in a row and ahead of both Ferraris again but said “we definitely had to pull something out of the bag to do the time”. Couldn’t get any performance out of the medium tyre in the race and slipped out of contention.

Caterham

Charles Pic – Beat his team mate and the Marussias despite being held up by a starter motor problem at the weigh bridge and getting traffic on his best lap. But a gearbox change penalty eventually relegated him to last on the grid. Nonetheless he led his immediate rivals home in the race, passing Chilton and Van der Garde in the second stint, but not without incurring the wrath of Button.

Giedo van der Garde – Couldn’t get the most out of his tyres and was eight tenths off his team mate in qualifying. Made a good start, passing Vergne and Bottas, but was never going to be able to keep them behind.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Rodolfo Gonzalez took his car for first practice but Bianchi was grateful for the respite having turned up at the track feeling unwell. He only did ten laps in second practice. By Saturday he was feeling better and extended his run of superiority over his team mate in qualifying. His race came to an end due to an engine failure, after which the car tried to continue without him.

Max Chilton – Slowest in qualifying for the second race in a row and was over a second off his team mate. Finished last, struggling with rear tyre wear.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd -0.107s 58/60 3 1st -37.562s
Mark Webber 3rd +0.107s 2/60 3 7th +37.562s
Fernando Alonso 8th +0.083s 0/3 3 4th
Felipe Massa 7th -0.083s 3/3 0
Jenson Button 9th -0.664s 52/60 2 6th -10.31s
Sergio Perez 13th +0.664s 8/60 2 8th +10.31s
Kimi Raikkonen 4th -0.067s 23/60 3 2nd -4.822s
Romain Grosjean 5th +0.067s 37/60 3 3rd +4.822s
Nico Rosberg 11th +0.174s 7/60 3 9th +19.894s
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.174s 53/60 3 5th -19.894s
Nico Hulkenberg 10th -0.779s 54/60 3 10th -10.268s
Esteban Gutierrez 14th +0.779s 6/60 3 14th +10.268s
Paul di Resta 12th -0.313s 20/60 2 11th -3.967s
Adrian Sutil 15th +0.313s 40/60 3 13th +3.967s
Pastor Maldonado 18th +0.014s 54/59 2 15th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 17th -0.014s 5/59 2 16th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 16th +0.881s 0/22 1
Daniel Ricciardo 6th -0.881s 22/22 3 12th
Charles Pic 22nd -0.797s 8/59 3 17th -5.093s
Giedo van der Garde 20th +0.797s 51/59 3 18th +5.093s
Jules Bianchi 19th -1.035s 16/21 2
Max Chilton 21st +1.035s 5/21 4 19th

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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 German Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (39%)
  • Mark Webber (6%)
  • Fernando Alonso (3%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Jenson Button (2%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (16%)
  • Romain Grosjean (28%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (2%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (1%)

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70 comments on Vote for your 2013 German GP driver of the weekend

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  1. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 8th July 2013, 16:22

    Romain Grosjean. Qualified well, and was narrowly beaten by Raikkonen. Had a great start and showed consistent and fast pace throughout the race. He did all he could to bring the fight to Vettel and if it wasn’t for the team’s strategy he would have finished a close second.

  2. MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 8th July 2013, 16:22

    Going for Seb, great qualifying, great start, kept two faster cars at bay for the entire race and held his own under immense pressure ( including a KERS failure) to take his frist home win. Fantastic job.
    Also great job by Kimi and Romain and recovery by Mark

    • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 8th July 2013, 16:25

      To be honest, I rate RBR fabricate those “issues” to try and look even better.

      • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 8th July 2013, 16:41

        Maybe it is true but since its introducing in 2011 KERS means nothing to Adrian Newey in his cars , i have seen Vettel defending his position in Spain 2011 without Kers also Mark Webber in india last year succeeded to defend from Hamilton without Kers, the advantage of packaging the car’s component on the limit is bigger than to have good Kers

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 8th July 2013, 20:36

          That’s only because they artificially limit KERS. Next year when they double the power and increase the energy storage by an order of magnitude…NOBODY will even be competitive if their KERS is acting up. RBR better get their act together on the KERS front this offseason because next year a KERS failure will automatically take you out of the points.

          • JCost (@jcost) said on 9th July 2013, 8:40

            That’s why I think DRS should go next year.

          • M Dickens (@sgt-pepper) said on 9th July 2013, 10:46

            (@daved) I’m sure RBR will miraculously have no more KERS issues with Webber gone next year.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th July 2013, 23:39

            @sgt-pepper You mean problems such as the one Vettel had on Sunday?

            I don’t see how Webber leaving will make a difference to that.

          • DaveD (@daved) said on 10th July 2013, 1:45

            Yes, Keith is right. I think Vettel has had more failures on his KERS than Webber. Webber just likes to use it as an excuse for his poor starts so it seems like he has more problems! LOL

          • DaveD (@daved) said on 10th July 2013, 2:01

            @JCost,
            I’m on a crusade to convince people, so here goes again :-)

            If they want to get rid of DRS, they need to allow them to shape the floor of the car for downforce and get rid of the huge wings. An inverted “lifting body” is not as sensitive to the air coming off the car in front and can get close enough to pass on corners.

      • Baron (@baron) said on 8th July 2013, 23:01

        What’s wrong with ‘sandbagging’ to wrong foot the opposition?
        Sounds like a perfectly acceptable tactic to me….

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 9th July 2013, 8:48

      Seb made a great effort to land that one, but I don’t think he was slower than Lotus on same rubber, he managed his tyre sperfectly when Grosjean on fresher tyres mounted an attack just to fall short because his tyres didn’t last long enough to complete the pass and towards the end Kimi was on softs so, I think RB9 and Lotus were, at least, even on race pace.

      1. Vettel
      2. Grosjean
      3. Raikkonen

      Props to Mark Webber who, with a clean pit stop, could’ve jumped Seb or get very close to his gearbox and provide us with the long awaited fight for P1 beteween those two “mates”…

  3. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 8th July 2013, 16:23

    Seb did a good job at fending off a really strong attack from the Lotuses. Never put a foot wrong.

    2nd for me was Gros. I feel the team should have put Gros on the softs at the end instead of kimi, as Gros was in a better position to get in front of Vettel.

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 8th July 2013, 16:29

    I was hoping my favourite drivers Hamilton and Webber would go well at this track where they have shown good form before, but it wasn’t to be their weekend. It was particularly disappointing to see Webber thrown out of what would have been a four-way battle for the win, due to an uncharacteristic error from the otherwise so efficient Red Bull pit crew. And he had had such a great start!

    So I voted for Vettel. I was, surprisingly, happy for Vettel to finally win his home race, and in very deserving style. To hold off two Lotuses that were faster on race day was very impressive. His qualifying lap may not have been his best ever (he seemed to run a bit wide at turn 1), but it was still good enough for a front row, and from there on an early lead.

    Honourable mention to Grosjean, whose great first stint might have brought him into contention for the win, but the safety car wiped out his advantage, and he faded a little bit in the closing laps. Good to see him error-free and on the pace all weekend again, though.

  5. Lance (@lancelot) said on 8th July 2013, 16:44

    Of course it’s Vettel. Ouqualified Webber who is exceptionally strong on this track, had a flawless race, had a great start, with quick overtaking when needed, and was very composed under pressure.
    Grosjean was very good, but he wasn’t better. He seemed great only in comparison to his usual performance. He drove a solid race, but that’s it. It wasn’t like he was driving a dog of a car. In this race, his car was faster than Red Bull. And he was also outqualified by his teammate.

  6. David-A (@david-a) said on 8th July 2013, 16:51

    Close one, but I’ll go for Vettel. Had to dig deep to deliver a great win in front of his home crowd, holding off both Lotuses, who were faster.

    Grosjean would be second. He drove his best race to date, and on top of that, it came after a tough run of races for him. I also admired the way he handled the team orders. Kimi had the better chance of going for the win (on option tyres), so I do not disagree with the team’s decision, but I wouldn’t have blamed RG for feeling a little irritated that he had to give up a position when the winner was 1s ahead. Rather he smiled and will hopefully use this result to spur him on.

    Narrowly in third would be Kimi Raikkonen, who indeed was a slightly bigger threat at the end for Vettel’s win.

  7. João Leite (@johnmilk) said on 8th July 2013, 17:09

    great race from Massa. he managed to lead his team mate during his 3 laps during the race

  8. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 8th July 2013, 17:15

    Vettel for me. Slower car and had to give everything to defend; I was especially impressed between lap 40 anf 50 where he had to both push for lap time to stop Kimi from undercutting him and at the same time defend directly against Grosjean in a faster car, while having to pass Hamilton and Button. Usually these fights slow you down a lot, but Vettel maintained the pace of Kimi.

  9. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 8th July 2013, 17:15

    Grosjean. He is now under pressure in all the weekends and in this weekend he did well, after being in contention for the win, with similar pace to Raikkonen and a good qualifying, let’s not forget, until he was affected by team orders (once again).

  10. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 8th July 2013, 17:22

    Definetely Vettel. His performance was just perfect. He resisted huge pressure during almost whole race and didn’t put a foot wrong, though he didn’t have fastest race car. His performance this year resembles lats year’s Alonso’s performance – consistent and perfect.

  11. safeeuropeanhome (@debaser91) said on 8th July 2013, 17:27

    Vettel. There was a barely a lap when he wasn’t under pressure and he didn’t put a foot wrong. Great drive from Grosjean but ultimately Vettel was the better man on the day than the two Lotus cars.

  12. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th July 2013, 17:33

    I really cannot vote for any driver outside the top 3 here: Alonso could have been in contention for the lead if he would have made his first stint last longer. He could have easily made it to lap 23 (much less deep into the race than for instance Di Resta in Canada), which could have given him the lead or second place if Vettel would have overtaken him before the safety car. So no Alonso vote. Button is the only other driver I’d consider, but I think he benefited from the safety car massively (a bit like what Alonso could have done).

    Let’s compare the top three: all three of them admitted they made a mistake in qualifying, so if I were to choose any of them, I cannot base my decision on that. Sebastian Vettel immediately took the lead and had to hold off pressure from the Lotus guys throughout the race. Lotus seemed to have benefited the most from the tyre regulation changes, it reminded me of how well Raikkonen did in Australia (doing just two stops instead of three). I’d say if you compare the Lotuses, Grosjean slightly had the upper hand, but both did really well.

    Voted Vettel in the end: the car was less good on its tyres than the Lotus cars, but he still managed to stay ahead of the two, despite them running two different strategies. Really impressive performance from Vettel, probably one of his best victories.

  13. John H (@john-h) said on 8th July 2013, 17:36

    I voted Hulkenberg. Did well to get into Q3, set the fastest lap of the race at one point, and despite the safety car ruining his strategy, took the final point at his home race. He needs to replace Massa basically asap.

  14. Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 8th July 2013, 18:04

    People are voting, but not commenting. What’s up with that? Grosjean had an excellent weekend, but Vettel was better on both Saturday and Sunday.

  15. Tariq Patel (@mdtariqp) said on 8th July 2013, 18:09

    Voted Vettel. He had to defend from Mark, Romain and Kimi throughout the race. Had a KERS issue for some laps in the race. He and his team had to react to the strategies from the Lotus team multiple times in the race and they managed to get it right every time.

    Honorable mentions also for Romain, Kimi and Mark.

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