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Vote for your Hungarian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Hungarian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Hungaroring, 2013Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?

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

Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Despite being able to attack Q3 with two new sets of soft tyres, he lost out to Hamilton by a few hundredths of a second. “Maybe on the second I was losing out a bit in the middle sector and perhaps I wasn?t aggressive enough,” he said. He jumped onto Hamilton’s tail immediately after the start but couldn’t get the sniff of a pass. That set a pattern for his race in which he lost time stuck behind Button (twice) and later Raikkonen. Despite a frustrating race he goes into the summer break having increased his points lead to 38.

Mark Webber – Qualifying was a disaster. “Mark?s car had two issues, one with the gear shift and also with KERS, which was probably costing him up to 0.8 of a second per lap,” said team principal Christian Horner, adding he “did a very impressive job to get into Q3”. A good start and a strong first stint on medium tyres brought him back into contention. Running on softs at the end of the race he set the fastest lap. But like his team mate he was begin given “fail” radio messages, indicating a car problem, and he couldn’t catch the Raikkonen-Vettel battle for second.


Fernando Alonso – Said his car’s traction and turn-in had been improved by the latest aerodynamic modifications to the F138. But he couldn’t keep the two-stopping Raikkonen behind and ended the race a disappointed fifth. Criticised Grosjean after the race for getting in his way at the start, but the Lotus driver hadn’t done anything wrong.

Felipe Massa – A first-lap tangle with Rosberg damaged his front wing. His tyres went off sooner than his team mate’s so he was the first of the Ferraris to pit on lap 11, though they had to leave the wing as it was to save time. He was passed by both Lotuses in the next stint and was later jumped by the two-stopping Button, leaving him eighth.


Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2013Jenson Button – Felt he couldn’t get the most out of the car in qualifying: “When we run fresh rubber, I can?t get enough front-end in the car ?ǣ we?re maxed out ?ǣ so I?m struggling. In a way, that?s a positive ?ǣ because it means we?ve introduced downforce to the rear of the car.” A brilliant start – despite using the harder medium tyres – saw him gain five places. McLaren would have preferred to run him on a three-stop strategy but were wary of dropping him into traffic. It paid off and he finished seventh.

Sergio Perez – Crashed at the end of final practice at turn 11 when the rear of the car got away from him, but the team repaired it in time for him to participate in qualifying. He rewarded them by getting into Q3, where he qualified on the medium tyres. But he couldn’t match Button’s pace on the harder compound. His tyres began to go off in his final, 31-lap stint on mediums, though by then he had no immediate threat from behind.


Kimi Raikkonen – Wasn’t as happy on the revised tyres as his team mate was: “Maybe the new tyres are a bit different ?ǣ especially on the front ?ǣ so it?s been hard to find a good set-up,” he said. Starting on the dirty side of the grid he lost out to Massa, and although Lotus pitted both their cars on lap 13, Raikkonen came out behind the Ferrari again. However he passed Massa soon after, then hit a useful patch of clear air when the McLarens pitted. This allowed Lotus to make a two-stop strategy work which vaulted Raikkonen from the middle of the top ten up to second place. He kept Vettel behind in the final laps to claim his fifth runner-up spot of the year.

Romain Grosjean – His third place on the grid was briefly put in jeopardy when the stewards found his floor was flexing too much, but the team were able to show the part had been damaged on a kerb. Vettel squeezed him hard at the start but when Alonso tried to take advantage of him at turn two Grosjean showed his gives as good as he gets. But he overstepped the mark when passing Button, needlessly clouting the McLaren and earning a post-race time penalty. His drive-through penalty for passing Massa around the outside of turn four and briefly putting all four wheels off the track was unfortunate, as he’d clearly been trying to avoid exactly the sort of contact he’d had moments earlier with the McLaren.


Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2013Nico Rosberg – Blamed Massa for the first-lap tangle that dropped him to 12th place, though he could have avoided the contact himself. That effectively ruined his race, though the engine failure six laps from home – his third technical failure in a race this year – cost him ninth.

Lewis Hamilton – A stunning lap in qualifying surprised even Hamilton who did not expect to get pole position: “I thought Sebastian [Vettel] had done enough,” he said afterwards. He held his lead at the start and, crucially, when he made his first pit stop he was able to quickly get past Button, drawing alongside with DRS on the main straight. With Vettel stuck behind Button, Hamilton was able to build up a lead. Later in the race he came out of the pits behind Webber but an opportunistic pass at turn three meant he lost little time. With a useful cushion over the two-stopping Raikkonen he was able to look after his tyres and secure his first victory for Mercedes.


Nico Hulkenberg – Qualified 12th but was just eight hundredths of a second slower than the eighth-placed car in a very close Q2. Started poorly, falling to 15th, but then passed Sutil. Whether it was Sauber’s upgrades or the revised tyres, Hulkenberg’s race pace was much improved. He was on course for points until a problem changing gears during his second pit stop led to him breaking the speed limit and collecting a drive-through penalty.

Esteban Gutierrez – Didn’t set a time in final practice due to an engine problem. That was rectified in qualifying, but for the sixth time he got no further than Q1. More trouble struck during the race: he retired with a gearbox fault while running 16th.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Languished in 18th in first practice but believed he had made some progress after that. So he was bemused to qualify in the same position. “Throughout all the sessions we?ve looked more competitive on the softs,” he said, “but in Q1 they just didn?t switch on”. He made amends with an excellent start, passing his team mate – who’d started seven places ahead of him – along with four other cars. But he didn’t have the pace to challenge for points so the team retired his car when a hydraulic problem became apparent in the final laps.

Adrian Sutil – Struggled at the start on mediums but felt the race was coming back to him when a hydraulic problem started to interfere with his upshifts and he was forced to retire.


Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Hungaroring, 2013Pastor Maldonado – Finally ended Williams’ ten-race wait for a point in 2013, though he needed the misfortune of Rosberg and Hulkenberg to get it. But the Williams had the legs on the Toro Rossos and Force Indias which has seldom been the case previously this year.

Valtteri Bottas – Admitted he hadn’t been having his best race to date when a hydraulic problem ended it shortly after half-distance.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Was mystified by the gap between him and his team mate in qualifying, which had him poring over their car data afterwards. Finished ahead of Ricciardo in the race but drew little satisfaction from it: “It means nothing, especially when we are outside the points. I?d rather finish behind him inside the points.”

Daniel Ricciardo – Got into Q3 for the third race in a row but didn’t have the pace to build on it in the race. “We struggled at [the] Nurburgring as well, so the heat has got something to do with it,” he said.


Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Hungaroring, 2013Charles Pic – Ran a two-stop strategy and made short work of the two Marussias when he came out of the pits behind them at the start of his second stint. But it looks like his team mate’s three-stopper was the quicker strategy for Caterham.

Giedo van der Garde – Made a lot of changes to his car on Friday night after struggling with understeer, and judged the car to be much improved on Saturday. Said his race performance was his best so far after finishing six seconds ahead of his team mate.


Jules Bianchi – Marussia struggled dreadfully with their tyres and were well off Caterham’s pace. That consigned Bianchi to a lonely race which he finished a lap behind Pic and 43 seconds ahead of Chilton.

Max Chilton – Reasonably close to Bianchi in qualifying but struggled in the race, particularly with the balance shift between the two types of tyre. Marussia expect the next races will be better for them.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd -0.511s 45/70 3 3rd -5.585s
Mark Webber 10th +0.511s 25/70 3 4th +5.585s
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.138s 70/70 3 5th -25.036s
Felipe Massa 7th +0.138s 0/70 3 8th +25.036s
Jenson Button 13th +0.232s 69/69 2 7th Not on same lap
Sergio Perez 9th -0.232s 0/69 2 9th Not on same lap
Kimi Raikkonen 6th +0.256s 40/70 2 2nd -41.357s
Romain Grosjean 3rd -0.256s 30/70 3 6th +41.357s
Nico Rosberg 4th +0.332s 0/64 3 19th Not on same lap
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.332s 64/64 3 1st Not on same lap
Nico Hulkenberg 12th -0.696s 16/28 2 11th
Esteban Gutierrez 17th +0.696s 12/28 1
Paul di Resta 18th +0.572s 8/19 3 18th
Adrian Sutil 11th -0.572s 11/19 0
Pastor Maldonado 15th -0.086s 41/42 3 10th
Valtteri Bottas 16th +0.086s 1/42 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 14th +0.502s 16/69 3 12th -0.611s
Daniel Ricciardo 8th -0.502s 53/69 2 13th +0.611s
Charles Pic 19th -0.326s 16/68 2 15th +6.374s
Giedo van der Garde 20th +0.326s 52/68 3 14th -6.374s
Jules Bianchi 21st -0.21s 66/67 3 16th -42.899s
Max Chilton 22nd +0.21s 1/67 3 17th +42.899s

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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 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Mark Webber (3%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (3%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (12%)
  • Romain Grosjean (12%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (64%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (1%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

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98 comments on “Vote for your Hungarian GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Hamilton, for sure

    1. +1 not doing it would be lying

      1. So basically the vote is just a test to see how many understood that Hamilton took pole and won?

        Actually I was more impressed with some of the people really racing each other down behind.

        1. @poul for me it was Maldonado, even if I have to admit Hamilton was deeply impressive (if not sightly fortunate at times).

          1. @vettel1 I don’t see how he was fortunate. Other people’s inability to do the same as him is not fortune.

          2. @jleigh I didn’t mention anybody else. What I am saying is that each time he came across Webber he was in a tangle with another driver (which undeniably helped Hamilton’s case) and his higher top speed almost inevitably helped with Button also. I’d call it an opportunist drive but nowhere have I said anything other than it was very impressive.

          3. @vettel1 perhaps you have a point about Webber being caught up, but I can’t agree that a high straight line speed is fortunate, just as Vettels slow speed is not unfortunate. These are deliberate set-ups by the teams.

          4. @jleigh it is only fortunate in the sense that it helped him out and hurt Vettel. Nothing more than that.

          5. @vettel1 I voted Maldonado too, as I considered Hamilton would win irrespective of my vote..

        2. @poul so you mean Hamilton too then, since he did have to make passes on people to have the ability to win and thus had to open up a gap and conserve his tires, to make the strategy work and pull off his win.

        3. Indeed, just as not everyone (or even a majority) vote Vettel when he wins from pole with a very well driven race, and even though Hamilton did have a fight on his hands, there’s a lot of good driving we can rate by voting for other drivers.

          Maldonado got the williams in the points, Grosjean drove very well all weekend, even though the move on Button was scruffy and he overstepped the line while passing Massa. Kimi did a good job to get on the podium during the race, and there were more drives worth watching this weekend.

      2. Traverse (@)
        29th July 2013, 17:12


    2. agree – only guy in a position to challenge him was Vettel but even if he had managed to get past Button early I think the winner would have still been Hamilton.

      1. Hamilton got passed Button!

    3. Obvious but deserving choice, praise from Niki Lauda says it all!

    4. I would have loved to vote for Hamilton as he did a flawless job …
      … But I just can’t vote for Mercedes right now!
      I really did not want to give my vote to anyone in this race and there is no way to do a blank vote.

      1. Al (@boomer650)
        30th July 2013, 15:40

        Actually I’ve given my vote already to HAM but reading your comment let me remember that story. Black helmets. Now I wish there where a undo- button to clear my vote.

  2. easily grosjean, he had a fantastic weekend which was spoiled by a penalty he didn’t deserve. quicker than kimi aswell.

    1. Andy G (@toothpickbandit)
      29th July 2013, 15:54

      Easily Grosjean? You could make a case for him with ifs and buts, but I don’t see how he was easily the best driver, especially when you consider Hamilton’s drive.

    2. Apart from the fact he hit Button…

      1. Vettel also hit Button… but some angel was the rest of the race holding is front wing or something….
        Hamilton had a very good race, but i don’t have 100% sure of his win, if Vettel wasn’t behind Button for so many laps.
        So for me, Grosjean was the best Driver this weekend… Was amazing see him almost all the times in the edge…

        1. On the edge or over the edge?

    3. He hit Button, and whether you think he should have been penalized or not for the Massa move, he WAS 4 wheels off the track, and according to the rules, he must be penalized. Sure it sucks that he was penalized for such an awesome move, but the rules are clear, and I’m glad they’re actually consistently enforcing them for once.

      1. Sounds simple but it’s not that black and white. Had his wheels been a tad further to the left they would also have been entangled with Massa’a wheels.

        No better judge for that than Massa and his statement was very clear: The penalty was wrong.

        1. The pass would not have been possible with two wheels in bounds!
          Out of bounds = penalty was correct.

          1. And if he didn’tgo off track, Massa would have hit him and he still would have taken the blame. What’s your point? Even Massa thinks that there was no need for a penalty.

      2. except the penalty was not consistent : for example with that given to Hamilton Spa 2008 for the same offence. HAM was given 25sec penalty, GRO only 20 sec. That ensured he kept p6, which if 25 sec was applied, at it should, would have given p6 to Button.

        1. The Hamilton incident you refer to was nothing like the incident between Button and Grosjean last weekend, so the comparison is meaningless.

    4. @rigi – Grosjean showed potential, but he did it on multiple other occasions too.

      It’s not that he is unable to drive the wheels off that car on occasions. It’s his complete inability to keep himself out of trouble (whether he’s deep into or on the borderline of “trouble”) that costs and will cost him wins, points, DoTWs, other drivers’ respect and probably his F1 seat eventually.

      A driver who lost out by putting himself in a couple of delicate / avoidable situations can not outclass, outrank or outscore a driver who didn’t put a foot wrong the whole weekend.

  3. Lewis for sure.

    Notable mention to Kimi.
    Thank god Kimi struggle on the new tire on Saturday. It provide a fascinating battle of him and vettel for the last 15 laps.

  4. That was one of Lewis’ best grand prix of his whole career. Didn’t do anything wrong and was so relentless and driven to finally win. Get those tyres working and Lewis is a monster.

    Who ever voted for Chilton… har har :P

  5. Lewis for sure. Grosjean and kimi were very good also .

      1. I was contemplaiting these three also. In the end went for Kimi, but it was a long debate in me :)

  6. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    29th July 2013, 16:04

    With Kimi in a very close 2nd.

    Lewis drove a masterful race and controlled it from the start. Considering how poor the Mercedes race pace has been on average this season, this was their best race.

    Kimi’s ability to dance with these tyres is brilliant. Great strategy and controlled driving to secure a 2 stop race and holding off a hard charging Vettel was intoxicating to watch.

  7. Lewis for me although Kimi had a great recovery drive to 2nd.

  8. I voted Hamilton. I liked what Button had to say about him:

    I don’t normally comment on other drivers but he has had ups and downs this year and this race was a proper Lewis Hamilton weekend. He did a great job.

    And what Lewis himself had to say:

    I think you could tell I was hungry for it today. I was just going all-out. I needed to get past those people and usually I get stuck in traffic, generally in my races, and today I wasn’t having it. I was going for every move I had.

    I think that despite his reputation for being an aggressive overtaker, he is cautious more often than not, but yesterday was simply Hamilton at his best.

  9. Just has to be Hamilton, doesn’t it? it’s sometimes a bit unimaginative voting for the race winner but he didn’t put a single foot wrong all weekend and scored a fully deserved win. Second place would have been far less than he deserved this weekend. Great race, great win, great boost for a guy who’s going through some tough times.

  10. yuya (@john-locke)
    29th July 2013, 16:24

    Keith Collantine

    If you put on “Criticised Grosjean after the race for getting in his way at the start, but the Lotus driver hadn’t done anything wrong.” on Alonso, Why you did not mention about Vettel’s radio and put on “Vettel criticised Raikkonen on radio ‘He didnt leave enough space’ , But the the Lotus driver hadn’t done anything wrong ”

    You always put negative things on Alonso…

    1. @john-locke because Vettel was on the team radio during the race: he didn’t criticise Räikkönen after the race (in actual fact they were having a friendly joke after the race before the podium ceremony). The two situations hardly bare comparison: Alonso publicly criticised Grosjean without the pressures of also driving a formula 1 car and Vettel made a harried comment whilst being engrossed in a very hard battle.

      Please, think about both situations before you make rushed judgements.

    2. @john-locke Because Vettel was clearly just trying it on with the stewards – he admitted as much after the race.

      Whereas Alonso complained about Grosjean’s move two hours after the fact. What’s more he said he was pleased Grosjean had been punished for a completely different incident Alonso wasn’t even involved in.

      I was genuinely surprised to hear Alonso make those remarks. Grosjean did nothing wrong and did not compromise his race by defending from Alonso – in fact he benefitted from it. I thought Alonso’s point of view was completely unreasonable and rather bitter.

      1. well thats alonso for you

      2. I felt completely the same as you do about what Alonso said. Interesting contrast too with his teammate Massa who mentioned he thought it harsh Grosjean got penalized for a move where he did do something wrong @keith-collantine!

  11. Hamilton was the best over the whole weekend, but I also appreciate the way Raikkonen and Webber made best of the situation on race day.

  12. Hamilton for me. Great lap in qualifying, and perfect in the race. Very good start, good pace, good management f the tyres, didn’t lose time in traffic, nice overtaking moves as well and a well deserving win.

  13. Definitely Hamilton, but Grosjean would be my second choice. Hamilton had a superb drive, from quali to podium, very Vettel -esque though. Another demonstration of his superb ability to over deliver what the car is capable of. Grosjean also demonstrated he has an ability to over deliver what his car is capable of, superb drive & didn’t deserve the penalty against Massa!! I think Grosjean could be a future candidate for the club of drivers who can over deliver.

  14. As everybody votes for Hamilton, I voted for Raikkonen. Pity he doesn’t have car, which would be stronger in qualifying. But he is always up there in the front during the races and this is why he keeps himself in the championship hunt. I just hope for his victory in Spa, because overtaking will be much easier.

    1. He does now have a car which is stronger in qualifying – Grosjean’s Q3 time was closer to Hamilton’s pole time than Kimi’s was to Grosjean.

      Both Grosjean and Raikkonen were very impressive, but neither managed the all round performance that Hamilton did for the whole weekend.

  15. Easily Hamilton but I’m going to vote for Pastor Maldonado as I think his very solid drive to William’s first points will go largely unrecognised. He was very good all weekend and credit to him for keeping his nose clean.

    1. My problem with MAL getting the point was because of Nico’s and both FI’s retirements… He really didn’t “deserve” that point provided at least one of those cars made it home. I would say WEB, GRO, and iceman are all pretty deserving. HAM’s ability to get around the slower cars when he absolutely had to though puts him just barely at #1 I feel…

      1. @beejis60 sure he was fortunate but he took his opportunities and had a very decent race – it’s a shame Bottas didn’t finish so we could directly compare him to his teammate in the same car.

  16. Hamilton. No question. He was on rails around Hungaroring the whole weekend and never made a single mistake. Add up the fact that he didn’t have it easy with Grosjean, Vettel and Raikkonen posing a serious challenge for the win and a out-of-nowhere lap in quali and it’s an absolute no-brainer.

    Notable mentions: Raikkonen, Webber, Maldonado

  17. I’d have given DoT Day to Webber but the weekend?
    Lewis without question. Not a big LH fan but he certainly dominated.

  18. Lewis gets it for me. Supreme drive from the lights going out to him taking the chequered flag to compliment his qualifying brilliance to snatch away almost certain pole for Vettel. It’s easy to think that he would’ve had the win made more difficult had Button not held up Grosjean and Vettel but the fortunes were virtue to his driving right from qualifying onwards I’d say because it might have been a different story altogether had Vettel got pole and not Lewis. Having alluded to Lewis making his luck, there were the tactically crucial (and combative) overtakes pulled off by him, the similar overtakes that couldn’t be pulled off on Button early enough by his rivals for them to stay in touch with him.

    Credit to Grosjean too, who was really unfortunate to be off the podium at least, his driving (ignoring his incident with Button, which I can understand) was audaciously good in the race and was quicker than Kimi throughout the weekend. Here’s hoping that he takes the positives out of the weekend and build further on the morale-boosting performance of Nurburgring.

  19. When it is such a clear case of one driver winning, I’m voting for 2nd best. Räikkönen did great, Grosjean did great, Vettel never gave up despite the situation he found himself in, and Button was a surprise. Webber didn’t do bad, but benefited from a lot of clean air.


    1. @mnmracer I think it’s worth remembering Maldonado: he was very solid in scoring William’s first point of the season. I think he’s a candidate for second best.

    2. @mnmracer I find this a strange logic. This poll is here to find out who people think was the best driver of the weekend, not who was the 2nd best. You’ve said one driver was clearly the best, so why are you voting someone different as the best driver??

      1. Because in the end, first 3 drivers get credits. Lewis will get his due credit, so much is clear, so I can do a tactical vote to make sure another driver I believe deserves credits, gets his moment in the spotlight.

  20. Hamilton, of course. Also good job by Kimi and Grosjean (yes, he makes mistakes but still he drive fast).
    By the way who vote for Alonso? Please, that is a joke.

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