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.

Ferrari

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.

McLaren

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.

Lotus

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.

Mercedes

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Caterham

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.

Marussia

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. J. Withman (@polestar31) said on 9th September 2013, 14:59

    No doubt: Hulk.
    Vettel is close, but he made one error.

    But which 10% voted for Alonso? Terrible weekend: outqualified and frustrated on saturday, outperformed by his teammate on sunday, who was ordered to let him pass. And almost caught by Webber, who had to let him go ’cause of technical problems. This means Alonso is 100% not driver of the weekend…

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 9th September 2013, 15:07

      I’m more intrigued by the 1% for Max Chilton

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 9th September 2013, 15:23

      Hülkenberg had a poor start, you can also consider that he made one error :P

      However I voted for him, Vettel being a close 2nd and Riciardo third. Quite sad nobody voted for Daniel :(

      The 50%+ score for Hülkenberg is quite impressive! :D

      • Dragon (@dragon88) said on 9th September 2013, 19:15

        Hulkenberg’s poor start (compared to the Ferraris’ and Red Bulls’) is explained by the fact that usually faster cars make better starts.
        Also Ferrari are renowned for their lightning starts.
        I don’t think anyone within the Sauber team expected the Hulk to be in front of either Alonso or Massa after the first Variante.

  2. liam (@) said on 9th September 2013, 15:10

    Hulksta

  3. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 9th September 2013, 15:40

    It has to be Vettel, Hulkenburg and Ricciardo.

    Vettel should be the DotW for the dominance since FP2 and also how professionally he handled the disgruntled fans.

  4. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 9th September 2013, 15:45

    Hulkenberg all the way . He just shoved the opinions of his critics down the dustbin with that performance !

    If he goes without a drive …… I can’t even think of that !

    maybe Ferrari ? They can’t give the crap reason saying he isn’t experienced enough as he just outqualified both ferraris at their home race . Again what a way to do it !

    Honourable mentions to Vettel who was flawless as ever.

    What more could Alonso have done ?

    Maybe a little more in Qualifying , he would have had a shot at vettel and that call not to come into pits went astray as the rain did not come , so two minor errors there . Otherwise a steady performance from him too and that overtake had me on the edge .

  5. Merv (@) said on 9th September 2013, 15:54

    It’s very hard to see past Vettel on this one really. Like him or hate him he barely put a wheel wrong all weekend and had to nurse the car home too.
    Hulkenberg just put himself on the map at the perfect moment in time when silly season is about to go bonkers. Last thing I remember him doing is putting a Williams on pole in Brazil and promptly losing a race seat. The guy has talent and hopefully this will land him somewhere he deserves to be.

  6. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 9th September 2013, 16:01

    On di Resta:

    Luckily for him the contact only ended his own race, or his punishment would surely have been tougher than a reprimand.

    I don’t think that’s fair, Grosjean received a 10 place grid penality for a similar incident at Monaco …

    • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 9th September 2013, 16:55

      That’s because he’s a repeat offender, you should already know what he did in 2012. Besides, Grosjean ended not only his own race but Ricciardo’s race as well at Monaco, although to be fair none of them would have scored points even if they finished.

      • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 9th September 2013, 21:26

        I dont think its fair to give a penality in function of the fact if there were consequences or not @woshidavid95

        Also, they should judge Grosjean in function of the incident, not because it is Grosjean. He only made one error on race day this year and got a 10 grid place penailty for it, so if di Resta does something similar, he should be penalised in the same way

        • Dragon (@dragon88) said on 9th September 2013, 21:32

          I agree with the second part. The only problem with it being that the stewards do need to take into account (in my opinion) whether the driver committing the offence crashes into someone every other race like Grosjean did last year.
          But apart from that, driver offences of the same kind should be treated equally.

          However, whether there are consequences to other drivers is a rather crucial part.
          Surely if I crash into somebody and take him out (as well as taking out myself) it’s a worse offence than just crashing into the same guy but only taking myself out of the race.
          In the latter case the penalty is mostly just having taken myself out. But if I also take somebody else out, that’s not fair to whomever that guy was. Hence a harsher penalty.

        • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 9th September 2013, 22:35

          @paeschli
          I personally havr a soft spot but I’ll have to disagree with your second statement. Repeat offenders should naturally be given more severe punishments for the same reason that stiffer sentences are meted out to recalcitrants in court; basically if you’ve already made a mistake and didn’t learn from it, naturally the severity of the punishment should be greater since the original more lenient sentence isn’t enough of a lesson/deterrence.

          • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 9th September 2013, 23:50

            have a soft spot for Grosjean*

          • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 10th September 2013, 9:07

            Your argument makes sense but Grosjean only made one (!) error this year. He clearly leveled up his game so he shouldn’t be treated that harsh.
            @woshidavid95 @dragon88
            If Grosjean receives a 10 grid place penalty and di Resta makes exactly the same error, he should also receive some kind a penalty. Okay, he only ruined his own race but his move was still pretty dangerous. Braking too late can have big consequences

          • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 10th September 2013, 10:14

            @paeschli
            There’s also the swipe on Button at Hungary but that aside, it will take quite some time before he gets rid of his accident-prone reputation; it’s perfectly reasonable for people to keep an eye on him given his history of on-track incidents. He’s getting better, but he still has to improve and it’ll be some time before he can rid himself of that crash-prone image.

  7. oliveiraz33 (@oliveiraz33) said on 9th September 2013, 17:08

    It was either Vettel or Hulkenberg easly…

  8. Robbie (@robbie) said on 9th September 2013, 17:12

    As I suspected before I voted, the driver who dominated the weekend did not get DOTW but rather the one who did something unexpected with less equipment gets the nod. Not saying there’s anything wrong with it…it’s just as I expected. And perhaps it’s as it should be, and after all…the voters have had their say with their vote.

    • rez (@rez0) said on 9th September 2013, 19:06

      The driver of the weekend pools often turn out this way, see the last poll from the Belgian Grand Prix.

      It’s a very personal thing. Some people appreciate the efforts of a driver alone at the front, crushing his opposition; others prefer the drivers that fight their way through the field, including flashy/daring manoeuvres. Then there are those pining on the underdog showing grit and determination to hold his ground…

      I feel that a dominating performance of a certain driver in the field is very underappreciated nowadays, however I can’t exactly blame people for getting tired of it.

  9. seriously who in their right mind thought Chilton was the driver of the weekend?

  10. Jorge Lardone (@jorge-lardone) said on 9th September 2013, 18:07

    Vettel. Almost a perfect weekend for him. Anyway, Hulkemberg did also a great weekend. I want se him next year in a winner team.
    I agree with Withman (@polestar31):
    “But which 10% voted for Alonso? Terrible weekend: outqualified and frustrated on saturday, outperformed by his teammate on sunday, who was ordered to let him pass. And almost caught by Webber, who had to let him go ’cause of technical problems. This means Alonso is 100% not driver of the weekend…”

    • @jorge-lardone agreed. I also don’t quite understand Hamilton, considering he made quite a major mistake in qualifying.

      • Well as for performance (as an entertaining performance) Hamilton and Räikkonen win this one hands down. Yup they messed up qualifing (and had incidents) but the race was saved of snoozefest because of them.
        If Vettel wouldn’t win races that easily he would have much more wins in DoTW.
        Instead there are as of now more and more people who are turning away from F1 as one man wins it all. And that can’t be good for the “show”.

  11. Driver of the Weekend – IMHO & My Vote Vettel …

    Hulk was pretty close …

  12. kimrogue (@kimrogue) said on 9th September 2013, 18:12

    Tough call between Vettel and Hulkenberg. But, went for the Hulk. He just drove the wheels off of that Sauber. Not just for outperforming the machinery, but also for keeping the other Nico behind in a much faster car for a long while. We all know the Merc was pretty fast, even Kimi couldn’t keep it behind.

  13. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 9th September 2013, 18:27

    Hulkenberg far outperformed his teammate all weekend long. Qualified extremely well and amazingly raced with the top teams for the whole race. One of the most gratifying things in F1 is to see a young driver in lesser equipment do well. Call it love of the underdog or whatever you wish, but that was Hulkenberg at Monza in 2013.

    A side note: McLaren celebrates a 50th anniversary by putting too low of a gear ratio for 7th gear in both cars and then bungles a pit stop to boot. Sad. Meanwhile Red Bull pits both drivers on the same lap and never misses a beat. No team is perfect, but is it any wonder why Red Bull and McLaren are where they are in the standings respectively for 2013?

    • macrob said on 9th September 2013, 20:47

      Give Hulk a bike and still would outperform Gutierrez, is like the rookie is trying hard to get it wrong…

      McLaren is a disaster this season, nowhere near where a legendary top team should be.

  14. Vetted for me – Hülkenberg was incredible, but increasingly Vettel is actually becoming an underdog in these polls (which is baffling considering his form this season).

    • I don’t understand Lewis being voted DOTW considering (by his own conviction) he messed up his own qualifying. Alonso I also don’t understand but to a lesser extent considering he was out-qualified by his teammate (which in the context of Hülkenberg and Vettel’s imperious performances surely prevents him from being the best driver)?

    • gilles (@gilles) said on 10th September 2013, 9:25

      To be fair ignoring Seb’s performance in these polls is thing of the past. This year he has 3 wins – more than any other driver.

  15. Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 9th September 2013, 19:01

    It’s very difficult to decide between Hulkenberg and Vettel. Both had a fantastic weekend, they were really impressive. I’d love to vote for both of them, but unfortunately I can’t.

    In the end I voted for Hulkenberg, because it was nice to see him up there again, and his performance on saturday was just incredible. I really couldn’t believe it. And keeping P5 with a Mercedes behind all the race.. that’s not something I expected.

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