Start, Hungaroring, 2013

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%)

Total Voters: 573

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

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  1. Hamilton for sure. He did a vettelesque qualifying and race with inarguably the best car on grid. World class.

  2. Did anyone catch Niki Lauda post-race in the euphoria of the moment of the win saying that Lewis is “the best I have seen in my life”? The same way they say about certain musicians being a “musician’s musician”, I think Lewis is a “driver’s driver”.

    1. I agree! Look what Alex Zanardi tweeted yesterday after the race:

      “If I say I’d love to have two feet no one would be surprised, but between a normal couple and just one like Hamilton’s I’d take the trade!”

      I’d say that’s a pretty huge compliment.

  3. Button had a very good race. He made an excellent start making up 5 places in the first lap, looked after his tyres well and helped make an intersting battle between himself, vettel and grosjean. I’m a McLaren fan but have found buttion to be very frustrating this season but i have to put it to him for his sunday performance.

  4. A toss up between Hamilton and Webber.
    Voted Webber in the end as Hamilton had enough support already.

    Notable mention to Button, the Lotus pair and Vettel. Great race from Raikkonen and Button but they had a poor qualifying. Grosjean’s on the other hand had a great qualifying but a less than perfect race.
    Vettel did a great job on both the qualifying and the race, but I kinda expected him to overcome his straight line speed deficit with daring overtakes like what he did in Spa last year. Not a bad performance at all, I just thought he could do better.

    Alonso and Ferrari need to sort out their issues. I hope Allison could put them in the right direction. As a Ferrari fan, it’s irritating to see them having more windtunnel problems.

    1. @fihar he just had to think of the championship: no point throwing away a respectable points haul for the slim chance of getting an overtake done into turn 4 (where his only real opportunities were). I’m sure had he not had the lead in the championship he may have put up a bigger fight.

  5. I voted for Raikkonen because of how he drove his final stint, making his tires last 33 laps and keeping Vettel behind him cleanly and fairly. Defense is a very important aspect of driving in the DRS era, and Kimi is a master of it. Starting in 6th and finishing 2nd was also impressive. Hamilton drove very well, but why must he be so corny? :)

    1. Sorry, I meant 28 laps on last stint tires.

  6. I went for Hamilton…great pole lap, quality drive for the win. Notable mentions for Raikkonen and Webber, but:

    Raikkonen didn’t do so well during qualifying (points off for driver of the *weekend* there), but drove a great race.
    Webber’s struggles in qualifying weren’t his fault, but during the race he got passed twice by Hamilton…

    Strange to see Vettel (5%) with more votes than Webber (1%) and some comments saying that Hamilton’s win was not 100% guaranteed – “if Vettel hadn’t got stuck behind Button…” but the point is he did get stuck, and when he went for the pass he broke his front wing.

    For me Hamilton’s drive was just superb; controlled aggression throughout, good overtakes when needed and a thoroughly deserved win.

  7. Hamilton all the way!
    I think that Lewis was/is a little bit downbeat because of the Vettel’s last three years domination, mainly because of the car. Remember everyone when LH said that Vettel has a monster car as he makes three-four mistakes per lap in qualifying and still gets pole? Now Hamilton has a reasonable quick car underneath him and, guess who’s taking in those monster laps? Vettel’s face and body language after the qualifying says is all that it needs to be said…

  8. I would love to vote Kimi, but still, Hamilton was perfect, so he gets my vote.

  9. Hamilton for sure, but bxs we need a top 3 , so i gave my vote to Grosjean ;)

  10. Ben (@scuderia29)
    29th July 2013, 18:24

    Hamilton got my vote (never though i’d say that) with grosjean a very close 2nd (never thought i’d say that either)

  11. Accidentally voted for Grosjean (though he did a great job too, especially in quali), I meant to vote Kimi.

    Underperformed in quali but it wasn’t entirely his own fault, the new tyres really hurt him in single-lap pace due to the tricky nature of E21 (and probably his driving style that requires full co-operation from the front of the car). On Sunday he was simply the best driver out there, couldn’t have done a better job with what he was given. I don’t know if he could’ve challenged for the win had his starting position been better but either way, he’s currently driving like a world champion.

    Hamilton had it easy, can’t really vote for him simply because I don’t think he was the best driver out there overall this weekend.

  12. If there ever was a no-brainer, this is it.

    1. No-brainer… you must mean voting for Chilton! ;)

      1. I guess his hand slipped ?

        1. @shrieker at least 8 people have to have voted for him: 1.5% of 521 (Chilton has 2% of the votes of a total 521 votes at the time of writing) which equates to 7.8 which in turn must be rounded up to 8 (as .8 of a person can’t vote!). It could be as high as 13 people though!

          I invite any of these 8-13 people to justify their choice: what the hell did Chilton do to deserve driver of the weekend‽

          1. I guess their hands slipped :)

  13. Hamilton, no question about it.
    But i’m having fun reading people trying to find answers for vote in another driver. As much as i have when people try to diminish some of Vettel’s achievements.

  14. Grosjean for me. He was so fast and didn’t deserve this penalty. He suffered also from a poor srategy of Lotus (as usual), pit one lap too late on the second pit stop to avoid the tyres degradation. Maybe he could do better against Alonso at the end.

  15. Definitely HAM, do not understand where VET’s 5% is coming from, WEB had a much better race, Vettels was accurately described by Gary Anderson – “scruffy”

  16. It was between Hamilton and Grosjean… but at the end of the day, Hamilton got pole and win!

  17. “Daniel Ricciardo – Got into Q3 for the third race in a row”

    Actually Q3 for the FOURTH race in a row.


  18. Grosjean got my vote with Kimi a half step behind. There were other drivers called out by the announcers that went off the track with all 4 wheels BUT they did not receive a penalty. Such arbitrary action by the whomevers always ruins not only this race but others as well because it will be referenced in the future……. too many cooks spoil the soup … too many rules not equally enforced ….. and than there is Alonso, I like Alonso as a driver and he seems to be one of the good guys even after lewis tried to fry him when they were team mates …. but alas Alonso lives in some altruistic world where the rules are only known to Alonso. Lastly, poor Nico R. he is one of the several drivers that I like and always hope that he can win but he seems to have some negative aura about him. But I will still support Nico and hope he never gives up the good fight. Thanks, RnR

  19. Lewis Lewis Lewis Hamilton ……

  20. I’ve voted for Lewis. Not just because of the race, either.

    Ok, Mercedes were clearly off the pace on Friday, although much of that was spent evaluating their long-run pace and how the tyres were performing under heavy fuel. The team and Lewis worked hard on Friday evening on Saturday morning to work on a good overall set up and you could see the car (and circuit, maybe) coming more and more towards them throughout Saturday. To the point that Lewis snatched pole position from right under Vettel’s nose! Nobody was expecting it, which made it all the more extraordinary. Then, obviously the race happened. Which, was a commanding performance from Lewis. Sure, maybe it would have been more of a challenge if Vettel hadn’t been stuck behind Button for so long, but I think Lewis had the pace in hand to hold off a challenge. Lewis showed at the end that he had plenty of pace left in the car, with his best lap being only a tenth slower than Vettel’s PB.

    Lewis deserves this for many reasons, not just the race performance.

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