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

  1. i eat candy said on 8th July 2013, 18:15

    Vettel grabs this one for me. As mentioned, he managed to hold of two faster cars on 2 different strategies. Not to mention he did it with KERS issues for several laps.
    Glad to see Grosjean have such an excellent race though, hopefully we’ll see more of this Romain. Sad to see he had to give his position up, though it’s very understandable why.

  2. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 8th July 2013, 18:48

    This one is difficult. Vettel, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Button and Webber all had credible weekends, even on Sunday Alonso, Hulkenberg and Maldonado all too did decent jobs.

    However it has to be Vettel. I personally rate this win as his best since Monza 2008. It’s not mean feat keeping your cool as a driver of Raikkonens calibre is closing the gap to you with every lap. Even with KERS issues he kept a cool head. I thought Seb was going to choke it away like he did at Canada 2011 but he proved me wrong. Vettel is on Alonso 2012 form at the moment and it’s going to take something special to beat him.

  3. infernojim (@infernojim) said on 8th July 2013, 18:56

    I voted Mark Webber. Made a place at the start, and was pushing Vettel hard during first stint, keeping him honest.

    Through no error of his own had a disaster in the pits and ended up over a lap behind. Plugged away and got big time lucky when the safety car came out. However, he still was plum last and managed to come through to 7th in the last 10 laps. Good stuff.

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 8th July 2013, 19:13

    i voted grosjean, simply because he could’ve been a way more serious contender for the victory if the safety car didn’t completely ruin his strategy. honorable mentions to vettel, button and hulkenberg.

  5. dennis (@dennis) said on 8th July 2013, 19:43

    Many strong contenders this race, but it still has to be Vettel. The only foot he put wrong was losing out narrowly to a brilliant Hamilton in the qualy. But he corrected that with a bullet-start. For 60 laps he was constantly under pressure from Webber, Grosjean, and Räikkönen and didn’t make a single mistake. Not a slide, not one lock-up. And he still didn’t overstress his tyres. He kept enough distance between himself and Grosjean even when KERS was at fault.
    While Räikkönen wasted 4 laps behind Hamilton, Vettel was aggressive enough to overtake as quickly as possible, only losing a minimum of time. He did not have the fastest car this time around, yet still kept his cool and brought the victory home.
    Flawless.

  6. Voted for kimi. Clean and two extraordinary overtakes on both Mercedes. If lotus believed in team orders , he would have won the German gp.

  7. Breno (@austus) said on 8th July 2013, 20:25

    Vettel. He qualified second and took the lead as soon as the lights went out. First he came under pressure from Mark Webber, then from Grosjean, and then from both Grosjean and Raikkonen. He even had a KERS failure, but didnt lose first place.

  8. Nick (@npf1) said on 8th July 2013, 20:43

    Went for Grosjean. He was fast all weekend and it surprised me he didn’t manage to qualify in front of Kimi. It’s a shame he got team orders twice, but I don’t think he could have won regardless. A very good drive from him, he impressed me the most.

    Vettel made a more costly error in qualifying imo and to be honest, I’ve come to expect this sort of quality from Vettel. Hard decision, though.

  9. Fixy (@fixy) said on 8th July 2013, 21:04

    Can I go with Hulkenberg? He seemed to have a great weekend, so much that his results don’t reveal the true situation Sauber is in at the moment, you can see it only by scrolling down the classification to find Gutierrez…
    It was another positive weekend for Nico, pushing the car to its maximum and putting it higher than where it deserves to be.
    Ricciardo also had a good weekend, and so did Vettel and Grosjean.

  10. RACERNORRISKI (@racernorriski) said on 8th July 2013, 21:20

    Voted for Grosjean but liked Raikkonen, Button and Webber … no idea what rally happened to Massa and Rosberg ….. my usual guys that I root for…… BUT the voting instructions are: Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend? It would seem to me that the driver that did the best job was the winner, however like in the MS days …………… Next item: Broken DRS, broken kers, tyres OK this time but then next year it will be all this stuff plus broken turbos or whose turbo was set higher or which software was tweaking the boost and so on. Less rules, less contraptions, more racing!! Thanks, Ray

  11. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 8th July 2013, 21:35

    I went with Vettel as he did really well to fend off the attacks from the two Lotuses. Both Lotuses are also up there, as well as Hulkenberg who is wringing the neck of that Sauber. I just want to see him in a competitive car now.

  12. phildick (@phildick) said on 8th July 2013, 22:06

    Vettel before Grosjean. By the skin of his teeth.

  13. tmax (@tmax) said on 8th July 2013, 22:36

    Voted Vettel : good show on the FP sessions. Qualified well though missed out pole to Lewis. Good clean start in the race. Kept the cool. Worked through back markers and others who are on different strategy. Fended off the lotus really well. At around lap 50 when kimi and Alonso went on to the softs. I thought better might eventually finish 4th and miss the podium. But a good drive in the last lap. I saw him maturing in this race. Sometimes that is what good competition can do to people.

  14. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 8th July 2013, 22:56

    Although I would seriously love to give it to Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean takes it.

    Seb was fantastic the whole weekend but I still feel that the pitstop problem for Mark, strategic error for Kimi and Lewis getting held up for a good 7 laps by Rosberg gave him a marginally better opportunity to win. Although he nursed a KERS issue for a while and fended off the Iceman attack, he still got a bit better opportunity with the above mentioned problems for other drivers.

    Romain Grosjean qualified within 0.67 of his team-mate’s time, went fairly long on the options (which Kimi could have done if not for the error from the team) and was very quick on them. Was super consistent, pressurised Seb, fended off a late charge from Fernando and only lost 2nd place when told to do so but still spoke in favour of that decision from the team (which was impressive).

    I just wish Romain keeps performing like this. He truly has immense potential!

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 10th July 2013, 6:19

      I agree with you @neelv27, voted for Grosjean too.

      Apart from perhaps the start, Hamilton actually did pretty good this weekend, getting the best out of the car. On Saturday it was even great, but the race was hard to judge, without a car to race with.

  15. bchgrl1478 (@svfan) said on 8th July 2013, 23:04

    Vettel. Good qualifying, great start, and drove a fantastic race defending against Webber, Grosjean, and Raikkonen. Was composed, focused, and held his nerve all throughout despite the pressure from the faster Lotuses. Well-deserved win at home.

    Special mentions to:
    Grosjean – drove really well and made nary a mistake
    Webber – great recovery to finish 7th from last
    Hulkenberg – squeezing everything out of his car by finishing in the points

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