Vote for your 2013 Italian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Italian Grand Prix

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. Diceman (@diceman) said on 9th September 2013, 13:45

    Definitely Hulkenberg. Brilliantly outperformed his car all the Weekend. Vettel was also great, but still only second best German.

  2. Dragon (@dragon88) said on 9th September 2013, 13:49

    Hulkenberg by a country mile.

  3. Vettel was once again better than his team mate and, with a better car, the fastest of all drivers. But what Hulkenberg did with what was at his disposal is even more impressive.

  4. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 9th September 2013, 13:54

    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.

  5. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 9th September 2013, 13:54

    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.

  6. Hairs (@hairs) said on 9th September 2013, 13:59

    Pretty easy win for Hulk here. Fantastic qualifying, great race pace, professional and solid all round. Deserves the Ferrari drive.

    Vettel was peerless but everyone is tired of seeing the lights to flag victories where he drives to 75% of the car’s capacity for everything except 2 or 3 laps then claims the result was very close and shouldn’t be taken for granted. That booing may not be nice, but it’s human nature. I wish it didn’t happen, but until red bull have genuine competition in the paddock they and he will continue to be unpopular.

    Alonso drove well but was beaten by massa, and nobody who gets beaten by massa can really be in the running for any kind of accolade.

    • MGriffin90 (@mgriffin90) said on 9th September 2013, 14:19

      I’ve come to think that when people boo, they’re booing the fact that the teams seem utter incapable of challenging Red Bull sufficiently.

    • @hairs he won with a gearbox glitch – that’s quite impressive. I don’t think him not having to push 100% can be used to his detriment.

      Also, being unpopular shouldn’t really affect the ratings.

      Not that I disagree with nominating Hülkenberg (he certainly deserves it more than Alonso did the Spa vote) but it’s not really fair to criticise Vettel for winning so easily (in fact, that should be very much to his credit).

      • Hairs (@hairs) said on 9th September 2013, 19:49

        Well my point is not to be personally critical of him, but to explain why people are reacting negatively to him.

        And if he can win comfortably without pushing the car to the limit then people will react the same way they did with Nico in Monaco: Deserved victory, but not the way we want to see someone win. While you can argue that shouldn’t affect the voting, I don’t think it’s an argument that holds water. If we’re being asked to vote on who did the best job, then a guy who out performs his equipment clearly deserves it more than someone whose equipment is faster than anything else on track even when it’s broken…

        • @hairs I don’t think the quality of their equipment should go any further than giving context on how well they could’ve theoretically finished. Jim Clark for example had a similar car – one which was massively fast, yet fragile (obviously to extremes in each respect in comparison to the Red Bull). Yet I’d imagine few doubted that he was performing brilliantly.

          We must remember that Webber drives the same car, yet he’s been nowhere near as dominant. That surely says something that it can’t all be the car.

          As for Nico’s though, I do seem to remember him easily winning the poll…

          • Hairs (@hairs) said on 9th September 2013, 23:16

            @vettel1 In Clark’s day, there was an awful lot more to go wrong, and the driver was on his own managing it.

            A modern driver, no matter how good they are, have a team of 100 people monitoring the car and telling them what’s going on (and how to fix it) over the radio. One of the perils of comparing old and new.

            Should Vettel be booed and given less credit? Possibly not, but the fact remains he will.

  7. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 9th September 2013, 13:59

    The Hulk. Then Kimster/Iceman & the HAM!
    Proper Racing, overtakes and racecraft in F1 not boring fest!… Verdammt nochmal!

  8. TMF (@tmf42) said on 9th September 2013, 14:03

    Vettel got my vote to counter the tifosi and secure his 2nd place :) – but HULK and RIC had a pretty good weekends too. Excited about 2014 he will definitely put more pressure on Seb in qualifying than Mark does right now.

  9. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 9th September 2013, 14:08

    Vettel won, didn’t put a foot wrong, but my vote goes to the guy that is quickly becomming my favorite driver out there, yay for the Hulk! The car was probably not as bad this weekend as it has been in the past, but still to qualify it 3d and finish 5th is a superhuman effort if ever i saw one!

  10. MGriffin90 (@mgriffin90) said on 9th September 2013, 14:18

    Has to be Hulkenburg, for me. Vettel did a very good job yet again, but Hulk was incredible. That car had no business qualifying third and finishing fifth.

    Extraordinary performance from Nico.

  11. mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 9th September 2013, 14:24

    Another great example weekend why we need three votes.

  12. ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 9th September 2013, 14:30

    The Incredible Hulk!

  13. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 9th September 2013, 14:30

    Hard to choose between Vettel and Hulkenberg. Both out performed their team mates and extracted the absolute maximum from their machinery. Went for Hulkenberg though simply because he took a car top the top end of the grid that’s usually only a bit better than the Williams.

  14. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 9th September 2013, 14:30

    Hard to choose between Vettel and Hulkenberg. Both out performed their team mates and extracted the absolute maximum from their machinery. Went for Hulkenberg though simply because he took a car top the top end of the grid that’s usually only a bit better than the Williams.

  15. hülkenberg

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