Start, Monza, 2013

Vote for your 2013 Italian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Italian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Italian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2013Sebastian Vettel – As at Spa, Red Bull seemed to have more of an advantage on Friday than Saturday. But it was still sufficient for Vettel to take his fourth pole position of the year. He had speed to throw away in the race but spent a significant part of it concerned about technical trouble – he locked his brakes on the way to the first corner, damaging his front-tyre tyre which had to be watched closely. Towards the end of the race Red Bull were preoccupied with worrying signs from his gearbox. But there was no repeat of his Silverstone failure and he claimed win number six of 2013.

Mark Webber – Started from the front row of the grid for the first time since Melbourne, but was beaten to the first corner by Massa. The other Ferrari of Alonso demoted him on lap three, but Webber came back at his rival in the final stint. This was thanks to excellent pit work by Red Bull, who brought both drivers in on the same lap allowing Webber to undercut Massa and get ahead. Webber applied sustained pressure to Alonso in the final stint despite a gearbox problem but had to settle for third.


Fernando Alonso – Should have started from the second row of the grid, particularly with his team pulling out all the stops to help him, even putting Massa’s qualifying chances in jeopardy by having him give Alonso a tow. It didn’t work, Alonso ended up fifth, and vented his frustration on the radio. In the race things went more according to plan: he sprang a brilliant pass on Webber on the outside of the Roggia chicane which even Alonso thought might not work. Massa handing over second place was a formality, but the final stint was more a case of keeping Webber behind than chasing down Vettel.

Felipe Massa – Pipped Alonso to fourth place by a hundredth of a second once he was able to focus on his own lap. Lost at least a second letting his team mate past during the race which helped Webber to get within range. Red Bull took advantage, pitting Webber early to jump ahead of Massa, forcing him to settle for fourth.


Start, Monza, 2013Jenson Button – Felt the team shouldn’t have bothered setting a time in Q3 as there was too little to gain: he ended up ninth, a few thousandths of a second the margin between him and Perez. In the race the team found they’d set seventh gear too low, compromising their drivers’ efforts to make up places. Button was picked off by Grosjean and Hamilton in the second stint but hung on to claim a point despite a severe shaking from a flat-spotted tyre.

Sergio Perez – Cut the chicane at the start after being nudged from behind by Raikkonen but held onto his eighth place. However a slow pit stop dropped him to tenth and his lack of straight-line speed made him easy pickings for Hamilton and Raikkonen.


Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus looked in good shape on Friday: Raikkonen tested a long-wheelbase version of the E21 and although he was no faster than Grosjean in it, they were ‘best of the rest’ behind the Red Bulls. That pace vanished on Saturday and neither of the black-and-gold cars made it into Q3, Raikkonen lining up 11th. This left him vulnerable to first-corner chaos and sure enough he tagged Perez’s McLaren, breaking his front wing and forcing a costly first-lap pit stop. From there he wasn’t able to get back into the points on a day when Lotus were off the pace.

Romain Grosjean – Was knocked out in Q2 along with his team mate, complaining his out-lap went poorly. The race was more successful – he passed both McLaren drivers and despite coming under attack from Hamilton on the final lap was able to hold on to eighth.


Nico Rosberg – Missed much of final practice but still managed to get into Q3, though it was a surprise to see the fastest Mercedes down in sixth. He finished where he started after spending the race staring at Hulkenberg’s rear wing.

Lewis Hamilton – Looked handy in Q1 but Q2 was a disaster – he went off at Parabolica and damaged his car on his first run, then caught Sutil at the same corner on his second run, losing time and missing the cut. “I drove like an idiot,” he admitted after his four-race streak of pole positions came to an end. His team gambled on starting the race with hard tyres, prepared to sacrifice performance at the start to come on strong later. Unfortunately he picked up a puncture early on which compromised this strategy. After two stops he used his tyre advantage in the last stint to pass a string of cars, but running wide at the Roggia on the last lap meant he had to hand eighth place back to Grosjean.


Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Monza, 2013Nico Hulkenberg – Starred in qualifying, snatching a brilliant third place, beating both Ferraris. Although they passed him at the start Hulkenberg yielded no further ground in the race. The Sauber seemed to be transformed at a circuit where the team expected to chew their tyres in the slow corners. Hulkenberg even closed in on the Ferraris during the final stint on his way to an excellent fifth.

Esteban Gutierrez – Continues to struggle in qualifying – this was his eighth Q1 elimination. Again the race was better, but the gap between him and Hulkenberg in qualifying made a huge difference.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Went off at Parabolica during final practice when a brake disc failed, fortunately without causing serious damage. Missed his braking point at the Roggia chicane on the first lap and hit Grosjean. Luckily for him the contact only ended his own race, or his punishment would surely have been tougher than a reprimand.

Adrian Sutil – Of all the cars Sutil could have held up by dithering at Parabolica, it had to be Hamilton, who he has fallen out with lately. The stewards concluded it wasn’t intentional, but moved him back three places on the grid. Force India continue to lack pace since the change in tyre construction and Sutil never looked like challenging for the top ten before retiring with a braking problem on the final lap.


Pastor Maldonado – Produced a very good lap to get Williams into Q2. He then lost time at the weighbridge which compromised his next run, but it’s doubtful the car was capable of reaching Q3. On race day he could do little more than watch the gap grow between his car and the faster ones ahead.

Valtteri Bottas – It was a similar situation for Bottas, who finished eight second behind his team mate: “I couldn’t really challenge any of the cars ahead as we just didn’t have the race pace today.”

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Monza, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Lamented that he seems to be spending more time watching the races on television this year instead of competing in them after his fifth race-ending technical failure, this time due to an engine failure. He at least achieved his third Q3 appearance of the year.

Daniel Ricciardo – Provided some justification for his impending promotion to Red Bull with a safe-pair-of-hands performance, starting seventh and finishing there.


Charles Pic – Caterham were unusual in that they were the only team who made two pits stops for each driver out of choice. Pic pulled far enough ahead that he was able to leave the pits after his second stint with almost ten seconds in hand over the Marussias.

Giedo van der Garde – Unlike Pic, Van der Garde came out between the Marussias and had to pass Bianchi to back his team mate up in 19th.


Jules Bianchi – Said he “ran out of time” trying to suss out the best set-up for his car and ended up half a second off the slowest of the Caterhams. Particularly struggled for pace on the hard tyre.

Max Chilton – Also struggled with his car’s balance but stayed close to his team mate “despite experiencing the toughest blue flag phase of the season”.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.213s 53/53 1 1st -6.35s
Mark Webber 2nd +0.213s 0/53 1 3rd +6.35s
Fernando Alonso 5th +0.01s 46/53 1 2nd -3.894s
Felipe Massa 4th -0.01s 7/53 1 4th +3.894s
Jenson Button 9th +0.013s 31/53 1 10th -1.438s
Sergio Perez 8th -0.013s 22/53 1 12th +1.438s
Kimi Raikkonen 11th -0.238s 10/53 2 11th +5.565s
Romain Grosjean 13th +0.238s 43/53 1 8th -5.565s
Nico Rosberg 6th -0.41s 44/53 1 6th -22.528s
Lewis Hamilton 12th +0.41s 9/53 2 9th +22.528s
Nico Hulkenberg 3rd -0.45s 50/53 1 5th -30.525s
Esteban Gutierrez 16th +0.45s 3/53 1 13th +30.525s
Paul di Resta 15th +0.145s 0/0 0
Adrian Sutil 17th -0.145s 0/0 1 16th
Pastor Maldonado 14th -0.386s 52/53 1 14th -7.742s
Valtteri Bottas 18th +0.386s 1/53 1 15th +7.742s
Jean-Eric Vergne 10th +3.841s 0/14 0
Daniel Ricciardo 7th -3.841s 14/14 1 7th
Charles Pic 20th +0.157s 49/52 2 17th -15.098s
Giedo van der Garde 19th -0.157s 3/52 2 18th +15.098s
Jules Bianchi 21st -0.395s 49/52 1 19th -12.226s
Max Chilton 22nd +0.395s 3/52 1 20th +12.226s

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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 Italian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (29%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (9%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (2%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (8%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (48%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

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109 comments on “Vote for your 2013 Italian GP driver of the weekend”

    1. Well logically it’s hard to fault a vote for the pole-sitter and winner but this poll would be redundant if winning was the only criteria, this is about the driver ,not the car/team, would SV have done better than DanR had he been in an STR, would DanR have lead every lap in a RBR ? As I write this DanR appears to have zero votes while Nando, outqualified by his team-mate has a bunch of votes as does Lewis”I drove like an idiot” Hamilton. Hulkenberg got exceptional performance out of an unexceptional car, we must do better and use our heads not our hearts if this poll is to be at all relevant.

    2. Vettel probably “technically” earns it, but since the Red Bulls lined up 1st and 2nd on the grid and finished in the top 3, my choice went to a driver who outperformed his car I’m both qualifying and the race.
      Aside from blitzing his teammate (albeit a rookie) he also outperformed both Mercs, Lotuses, McLarens, Force India’s etc etc and kept in touch with the leaders.
      That stands out more for me.

  1. The only stand-out drivers for me (ie: managing to string together a successful Saturday and Sunday), were Vettel, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo.

    In that order. Vettel got my vote, he dominated throughout and was never challenged for victory or pole in reality.

    Hulkenberg outperformed the Sauber (or Gutierrez is underperforming it!) again and deserved his 5th place.

  2. The only contenders are Vettel and Hülkenberg. Since I couldn’t decide between them I looked at the poll for the Belgian GP where Vettel was in second behind Alonso… (It’s Driver of the weekend, people, Vettel was flawless there while Alonso didn’t deliver on Saturday) – That made me vote Vettel: Perfect qualifying effort and very good pace without making mistakes; same could be said about Hülkenberg.

    #3 for Ricciardo, very good job on Saturday and Sunday.

  3. I’m a Vettel fan, but I voted Hulkenberg. Not that Vettel could have done any more or better, but qualifying third and finishing fifth in this year’s Sauber is a serieous feat. So for me it’s logical he would edge it in front of Vettel.

  4. I voted Vettel as DotW at Spa for a similar performance, but I think the incredible Hulk deserves it for this weekend. Faultless qualifying to put his Sauber in 3rd (watched his lap on Sky Sports F1, and it was just that: faultless), and a tremendous race to hold 5th and keep Nico Rosberg behind for 53 laps, which, going on Lewis’ and Nico’s respective pace throughout the race, was no mean feat. When will this lad get a top drive? There are at least three drivers currently occupying race winning seats that don’t merit them half so much as he does.

    Honourable mentions: Vettel (obviously) and Ricciardo.

    1. Actually the results were Vettel best German on Saturday and best German on Sunday.

      Not doubting Hulkenberg’s brilliant drive but the actual result says 2nd best German which is no bad thing with Vettel in the mix. Hulkenberg would have for it from me also had he maintained his grid position but he didn’t shine on lap 1. The fact that he kept Rosberg behind after shows that he could have maintained 3rd had he performed to ‘best driver’ standard on lap 1.

  5. Nico Hulkenberg. Drove the wheels off during qualifying and the race, keeping with the Ferraris and Red Bulls and fending off faster Mercedes (Nico Rosberg). His speed is underlined by Gutierrez’s finishing position.

  6. Nico Hulkenberg, he qualified in a brilliant third only behind the Red Bulls, and finished behind Ferraris and Red Bulls. He finished one second behind Massa and ten behind Vettel. He was under pressure from Rosberg but kept his mind and didn’t make mistakes. Well deserved vote for Nico.

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