Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Vote for your 2013 Belgian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Belgian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Vettel held the whip hand during practice, even though a puncture cost him some running in second practice. Hamilton pipped him to pole in the wet Q3 but judicious use of KERS at the start and a committed run through Eau Rouge gave Vettel an irresistible run on the Mercedes to take the lead. After that he has never headed.

Mark Webber – Close to Vettel on pace all weekend but was a tenth off in qualifying and made another of his poor starts. Sixth by lap two, he passed Button but was unable to crack the two Mercedes.


Fernando Alonso – Ferrari had clearly made gains this weekend and in the dry part of Q2 Alonso was just a few hundredths of a second off the fastest time. But then the rain came and he ended up ninth on the grid. A typically strong start got him past both Lotuses and – importantly – Webber’s Red Bull. Button and Rosberg were easily dispensed with in the DRS zone and he out-braked Hamilton for second at La Source. Even if he’d qualified better it’s hard to see how he could have finished higher.

Felipe Massa – Also started well but had to run wide to avoid contact at the first corner, losing positions to Hulkenberg and Perez. He was hampered by a KERS glitch in the early running but the Grosjean/Perez incident effectively handed him two places. An early first pit stop also helped him move back up the order, though not as effectively as Alonso was able to.


Jenson Button, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Jenson Button – Arrived at Spa believing a podium was possible and left in a similar frame of mind. He reached the top ten in the dry conditions of Q2, then when the rain came in Q3 he produced a lap good enough to beat the Lotuses and Ferraris. Had McLaren extended his first stint to allow him to complete the race with a single stop it’s possible he might have finished higher than sixth, though third may have been too optimistic all along.

Sergio Perez – Had he left the pits a few seconds earlier in Q2 he would probably have reached Q3. Perez gained two places at the start but spoiled a pass on Grosjean by needlessly squeezing the Lotus driver, earning himself a penalty. He was clearly unhappy with the stewards’ decision during the race, but afterwards said “I now understand where the penalty came from”. McLaren converted him to a one-stopper but Ricciardo edged him out of the top ten with four laps to go.


Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Both Lotuses performed less well when the rain fell during qualifying and neither of them made good starts to the race. Raikkonen got ahead of Grosjean on the second lap but a visor tear-off had got into his left-front brake duct, causing the disc to overheat. It was removed at his pit stop but the brake was already too far gone and it eventually put him out, ending a 27-race scoring streak and leaving him 63 points behind Vettel in the championship.

Romain Grosjean – Out-qualified Raikkonen for the third time in four races but lost ground in the race when Perez forced him wide, allowing Massa through. Ran a one-stop strategy in an attempt to gain ground, and did jump ahead of the Ferrari, but was re-passed late in the race.


Nico Rosberg – If Rosberg had had enough time in Q3 to set another lap, as Hamilton did, it’s likely he would have challenged for pole position as he was flying in the damp conditions. His race was more subdued, finishing fourth.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton’s claims his fourth pole in a row was a “surprise” does not seem that unreasonable considering he was outside the top ten in all three practice sessions and only scraped into Q3 by a few hundredths of a second. Fell victim to Vettel at the start but might have made Alonso work a bit harder for second place.


Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Nico Hulkenberg – Not for the first time this year Hulkenberg found himself eliminated in Q2 by a slender margin. Continuing a running theme of his season he began and ended the race unhappy with his tyre degradation, and was out of the points.

Esteban Gutierrez – Gutierrez showed clear signs of improvement but wasn’t able to capitalise on them. He was caught out in Q1 for the seventh time this year and started on the back row. His race pace looked at least a match for his team mate’s and might have beaten him had he not collected a drive-through penalty for going off the track while passing Maldonado.

Force India

Paul di Resta – After spinning in Q1 Di Resta almost pulled off a shock in Q3 by playing a tactical blinder. He left the other nine drivers to try in vain to set a time on a wet track using slick tyres, then left the pits on intermediates and had the track to himself. However the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers were able to beat his effort, leaving him fifth. despite a poor start with a lot of wheelspin he only fell as far as seventh. His first pit stop dropped him behind Massa and he then fell victim to Maldonado’s carelessness.

Adrian Sutil – While Maldonado took his team mate out and Gutierrez took care of himself with a drive-through penalty, Sutil was there to pick up the pieces. He didn’t qualify that well and made a poor start, but even so it’s doubtful he would have finished much higher than eighth.


Pastor Maldonado – Was one of several drivers to be caught out by the Marussias and Caterhams using slick tyres in Q1. Maldonado felt Williams committed to intermediate tyres too soon, leaving him 17th on the grid. He was coming to the end of his second stint on lap 27 when Gutierrez tried to pass him, followed by the two Force Indias. As Maldonado tried to make for the pits he clipped Sutil, then took out Di Resta entirely, earning himself a stop-go penalty.

Valtteri Bottas – Started behind Gutierrez and the two Toro Rossos and finished there. “We were struggling for pace in sector two and this made it difficult to get close to the cars in front and once I had been overtaken it was very difficult to regain the place,” he said.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Another driver who looked quick early on in qualifying but missed the cut in Q1. “It was just a team mistake,” he said afterwards. “These things shouldn?t happen, but everyone gets it wrong now and again. It is very frustrating.” Made patient progress on race day and felt he could have finished higher but for a slow puncture during his final stint.

Daniel Ricciardo – Also got caught out during Q1. Ricciardo fought back by running long in his first stint on hard tyres then pushing during the final two on mediums. In his last stint he passed his team mate, Hulkenberg and Perez to claim the final point from 19th on the grid.


Charles Pic – Unlike his team mate he did not use slick tyres for his final run in Q1 and the difference between them at the end was stark: Van der Garde was almost seven seconds quicker. Bad luck struck again in the race when his engine failed early on.

Giedo van der Garde – After the high of finishing Q1 third thanks to his slick tyre gamble he lined up 14th on the grid. Within five laps he was down to 19th, unable to mount any realistic opposition to the faster cars he’d jumped ahead of in qualifying. Maldonado’s penalty helped him to 16th.


Jules Bianchi – Both Marussias reached Q2 thanks to their slick tyre gamble but once again they did not look like beating the Caterhams on merit. Radio problems hampered his race but he was generally quicker than Chilton.

Max Chilton – As usual he wasn’t miles off Bianchi’s pace but never really looked like beating him either – particularly after he collected a drive-through penalty for failing to respond to blue flags.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd -0.125s 44/44 2 1st -33.845s
Mark Webber 3rd +0.125s 0/44 2 5th +33.845s
Fernando Alonso 9th -0.577s 44/44 2 2nd -37.053s
Felipe Massa 10th +0.577s 0/44 2 7th +37.053s
Jenson Button 6th -0.663s 44/44 2 6th -41.142s
Sergio Perez 13th +0.663s 0/44 1 11th +41.142s
Kimi Raikkonen 8th +0.309s 17/25 1
Romain Grosjean 7th -0.309s 8/25 1 8th
Nico Rosberg 4th +1.239s 1/44 2 4th +2.138s
Lewis Hamilton 1st -1.239s 43/44 2 3rd -2.138s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th -2.612s 32/44 2 13th -12.178s
Esteban Gutierrez 21st +2.612s 12/44 2 14th +12.178s
Paul di Resta 5th -0.178s 16/26 2
Adrian Sutil 12th +0.178s 10/26 2 9th
Pastor Maldonado 17th -0.36s 23/43 2 17th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 20th +0.36s 20/43 2 15th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 18th -0.017s 20/44 2 12th +13.27s
Daniel Ricciardo 19th +0.017s 24/44 2 10th -13.27s
Charles Pic 22nd +6.82s 0/8 0
Giedo van der Garde 14th -6.82s 8/8 2 16th
Jules Bianchi 15th -0.199s 41/42 2 18th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 16th +0.199s 1/42 2 19th Not on same lap

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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 Belgian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (38%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (39%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (7%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (2%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (5%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

Total Voters: 624

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190 comments on “Vote for your 2013 Belgian GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Oh Lord! You can’t please everybody eh! Why does it have to turn into a ‘my-favorite-driver-is-better-than-yours fight? These are only ratings, just vote…

    1. @ladyf1fanatic the debating is the fun part! I’d hope it isn’t turning into a “my favourite driver” debate though – that’s expressly not the point!

  2. It has to be Alonso… Vettel drove as good, but Alonso had to take more risks… The start was breathtaking…

  3. It has to be Vettel by a far margin. Simply unmatched. Compared to Webber and his constant car/clutch/KERS troubles, it makes wonder how finicky the RB9 is and how much more of an adaptable driver than his teammate Vettel really is. Kiddo’s already a legend.

    With all that said, my vote still went to Guti… Finest race he’s driven in his short and, um disappointing, F1 career. He had shown great starts in other races in the European season, that were often marred by accident or loss of pace after pitstops. Yes he undid his own race, but how much of that was to be expected when trying to overtake Maldonado, who is at the same time, defending from Sutil?

  4. Wow, 361 votes cast to date and not one for Webber. Even us die-hard aussies are getting tired of the backwards march he makes at the start.

  5. This race irritated me a bit, so I’ve decided to go alternative and vote for Ricciardo. Yes STR totally nerfed their qualifying and instead of another Q3 appearance Ricciardo couldn’t make it past Q1, but making up nine places during the race (granted, some of those were due to attrition) and cheekily stealing the last points position from Perez right at the end was class. A solid race performance at a time when he needs to prove his worth.

  6. Alonso, I don’t think Vettel can be for this driver of the weekend considering the RED BULL’S upgrades… Red Bull somehow were able to reduced the rear wing angle and still maximize the front wing angle… This in turn gives a lot of DOWNFORCE *through the 2nd sector* and a lot of drag as they had shown *SECTOR 1 and 3*…
    I would give Van der Garde an honorable mention for his qualifying in changing conditions…

  7. Voted Alonso. He showed again He is the best driver.
    Hamilton’s qualify was stunning but he made mistakes twice before overtaken by Alonso and Vettel.

    Vettel also did fantstic job , but I was impressed by Alonso’s defend toward Hamilton at turn 7 by his amazing braking..

  8. So sad van der Garde is not going to make it into the top 3 :(

    1. Just 1% difference. Could be done!

    2. Well I hope he will. He is only 1% behind Button.

  9. I’m starting to think people hate Sutil so much he has no recognition for his driving. In the race, his actions have to be amongst the most interesting, and he even managed to pass Di Resta on the track, but Keith and most of you seem to completely ignore it.

  10. Voted Vettel because he needed the votes versus Alonso, who fluffed final qualifying
    Hamilton also did as well as you could’ve hoped for. Van der Garde also did very well. 3rd in Q1, best of the rest in Q2, didn’t fall back immediately in the race (took 4 or 5 laps before he was down to P19 and beat Maldonado on track

  11. Charles Pic, his qualifying was ruined when he was called to the FIA weighbridge, meaning he had no time to do a run on slick tyres. In the race he passed both Marussia’s and was catching van der Garde, but had to retire due to an oil failure. Pic did the maximum he could over the weekend but was let down by situations out of his control.

    1. Sorry, oil leak that should say.

  12. Vettel is so overrated you guys. It’s just the Newey RC car. Ricciardo is totally gonna prove it by winning five WDCs and beating Schumacher’s win total next season.

    1. +100

  13. I voted Alonso

    1 Alonso 2 Vettel 3 Button

  14. It was close between Vettel and Alonso for me but I chose Alonso in the end.

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