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. juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 8th July 2013, 23:33

    Normally when Vettel wins and he doesn’t get DOTW it seems a bit unfair, but on this occasion it would be more than fair. Webber was on track to leapfrog him in the first pitstops – RB brought Web in early to try to prevent it but the wheel guaranteed it. And then if the safety car hadn’t come out Grosjean had Vettel easy on a 2-stopper.
    Not this time. Grosjean (at least) easily ahead of Vettel.

  2. Bryant (@mak-atak3) said on 9th July 2013, 0:04

    I voted for Kimi, but have to agree that Vettel drove a stellar race. Of course he has the best car, but the car still requires a good driver to win. I would love to see the F1 guys race in an IROC type race where they all have the same equipment.

  3. Akshay (@hamilfan) said on 9th July 2013, 7:29

    I voted for grojean .He did a brilliant opening stint and pushed for victory till the end . It was so close with vettel or grosjean for me . I think grosjean taught me a valuable lesson not to underestimate anyone in f1 .

  4. Voted Vettel for the first time though it’s tougher for me to do than it was for him to win the race. He get’s it for staying strong under unusual pressure which I hadn’t expected.

  5. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 9th July 2013, 10:59

    Couldn’t choose between Webber, Vettel and Grosjean, so voted Webber purely because of personal preference. I was very close to throw something on the TV when RBR screwed Webber’s big chance for victory again. Hate them with a passion and will wish them lots of ill luck next year. To see them relegated to midfield in 2014 is my second best thing on the wish list, the first being Crashtor Walldonado’s getting a licence ban for his stupidity and dangerousness.

    Now let’s look at Webber’s qualy and race: in qualy he was half a tenth ahead of Vettel after S2, but lost a tenth and a half in the last sector so ended up a tenth behind. But this was due to him catching pits-bound Alonso at the exit of the chicane which must have lost him a tenth, though he never complained and certainly Fernando couldn’t do anything about it. Without it the qualy would be ascloseasthat between MW and SV. In the race, brilliant start, on SV’s gearbox throughout the first stint, driving a brilliant 2 laps in the lead after SV’s pitstop. the live-timing showed that MW would be ahead of SV if his pitstop was normal(though that’s partly because Vettel encountered traffic when out of the pits). And then RBR screw him up. After that, a brilliant comeback-got the absolute maximum of what was possible

    There wasn’t anything to choose between MW and SV this weekend. they both drove brilliantly in a car that was second fastest both in qualy( to Merc) and in the race(to Lotus). Advantage Webber here purely because of RBR’s screw up

    Grosjean was faster than Kimi in the race, and got unlucky with the safety car, otherwise he could’ve won, so he’s joint second for me with SV

  6. Antonio (@antoniocorleone) said on 9th July 2013, 12:09

    First of all, I am a Ferrari-Alonso fan. I voted for Vettel but I honestly think that Webber was on course for the win today if it wasn’t for the pit stop error. Sebastian has got really mature over the years and it will be really difficult for someone to beat him. This was Seb’s greatest victory in terms of maturity that he has shown. I just hope that the WDC doesn’t end early…

  7. katederby (@katederby) said on 9th July 2013, 15:06

    Perhaps now people can stop complaining that Vettel never gets DotW… struggling to see how Grosjean and Webber had a much worse weekend. All three were top class.

    • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 9th July 2013, 19:12

      struggling to see how Grosjean and Webber had a much worse weekend.

      They both qualified and finished behind Vettel, which pretty much by definition means they had a “worse weekend” then he did. Except in rare extenuating circumstances I would expect that the driver who qualifies best and/or finishes best would be “DOTW”. And being named “Vettel” should not be one of those extenuating circumstances.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 10th July 2013, 6:24

        Not for Grosjean in a slower (on Saturday) Lotus, I think@jonsan!

        Otherwise only the podium guys would be the only ones in contention ever, while now people are voting for, for example Hulkenberg, because he did a great job in a sub-par, though raceable here, Sauber.

  8. Jay (@j-rva) said on 9th July 2013, 15:53

    Voted for Grosjean, for many of the same reasons as everyone else.

    On a side note, another killer start from Massa; just a shame it was ruined by such a rookie mistake. I was not surprised when Ferrari signed him for another year last season, but I will be surprised if they keep him on for 2014.

  9. liam (@) said on 9th July 2013, 21:58

    Hamilton for me, An excellent great pole. His race was destroyed by Pirelli tyres he should have finished 1st not 5th. Travesty ;)

  10. DaveD (@daved) said on 10th July 2013, 2:07

    Sigh. As much as I’m not a Vettel fan, I had to give it to him. The guy had a fight on his hands and still held Kimi off even without his KERS running. I just can’t deny he had the best performance of the weekend.

    OK, but can someone PLEASE explain to me how Webber actually gained spots at the start?!? LOL

  11. PJA (@pja) said on 12th July 2013, 19:00

    I voted for Vettel. Hamilton may have got the better of him during qualifying but Vettel put in another great display in the race to finally win his home Grand Prix.

    I would put Grosjean second, nice to see his return to form, hopefully he can maintain it.

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