2013 Belgian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso scored a narrow win over Sebastian Vettel in the Driver of the Weekend poll for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver received just four more votes than his championship rival.
Alonso headed the poll for the third time this year after recovering from ninth on the grid to finish second.
1. Fernando Alonso
At the end of Saturday’s qualifying session it seemed likely to be a weekend to forget for Alonso. He had been in contention for the quickest times when the track was dry, but when rain came he and team mate Felipe Massa slipped back to the fifth row of the grid.
Alonso fought back on Sunday, beginning with one of his trademark rapid starts. He gained four places on the first lap then passed Jenson Button for fourth place and Nico Rosberg for third.
Lewis Hamilton was dispensed with after Alonso’s first pit stop. But he could do nothing to catch Vettel, who proved a close rival in this Driver of the Weekend poll:
Vettel drove superbly, and did nothing wrong. However, Alonso gets my vote for yet again pulling off a terrific come from behind second, from ninth on the grid.
A tough one this weekend but I went for Alonso. He was unlucky not to get a crucial extra lap in at the end of Q3. That did little to hold him back during the race, and he had his now seemingly customary battling drive up to the podium. His first lap was thrilling and he made some great overtakes, on Grosjean in particular and defended well against Hamilton.
Colossal Squid (@Colossal-Squid)
I voted for Alonso. Although he was unlucky in Q3, he put his head down at the race and from ninth he finished second. He also defended amazingly when Hamilton attacked him on Kemmel straight. Great performance from him.
2. Sebastian Vettel
Despite narrowly losing pole position to Hamilton, Vettel asserted himself within moments of the start to take the lead. After that he kept his cool and no one was able to threaten his run to win number five this year.
Never put a foot wrong the entire weekend. No mistakes, a quick, crucial overtake on Hamilton – which was not an easy feat as was proven later by Webber who was unable to overtake Rosberg despite having softer tyres.
It wasn’t a spectacular win, but it was a commanding, flawless one. Vettel couldn’t have done it better. Wins like that aren’t remembered for years to come
He was excellent throughout the weekend, was only outdone by Hamilton in qualifying which given Mercedes qualifying prowess is no shame and come race day was pretty much perfect.
He dominated the race, pushed, looked after his tyres, came through the traffic and won easily.
3. Jenson Button
Button took advantage of the wet conditions on Saturday to give McLaren their best qualifying result of the year, ahead of the Lotus and Ferrari drivers.
He also drove a solid race, though a better result might have been on offer had McLaren stuck to a one-stop strategy.
Credit where it is due, Button out-performed that car by a mile all weekend. Shame they didn’t one-stop, could have been fifth or better.
He was mighty impressive in qualifying, and even if he is also responsible for the strategy, he was still driving really well in the race.
I picked Button as he was far ahead of his team-mate all weekend, even though Vettel dominated the whole weekend Sad we couldn’t choose a top three.
2013 Driver of the Weekend results
|Australian Grand Prix||Kimi Raikkonen (51.2%)||Adrian Sutil (17.9%)||Jules Bianchi (13.6%)|
|Malaysian Grand Prix||Mark Webber (34.2%)||Sebastian Vettel (17.4%)||Nico Rosberg (13.6%)|
|Chinese Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (47.0%)||Daniel Ricciardo (18.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (15.6%)|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (32.2%)||Paul di Resta (17.8%)||Fernando Alonso (11.9%)|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (61.4%)||Felipe Massa (10.8%)||Kimi Raikkonen (10.5%)|
|Monaco Grand Prix||Nico Rosberg (54.3%)||Adrian Sutil (22.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (9.6%)|
|Canadian Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (36.8%)||Fernando Alonso (24.6%)||Jean-Eric Vergne (14.0%)|
|British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton (52.5%)||Mark Webber (18.4%)||Fernando Alonso (10.2%)|
|German Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (39.2%)||Romain Grosjean (27.6%)||Kimi Raikkonen (15.9%)|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton (63.9%)||Kimi Raikkonen (12.4%)||Romain Grosjean (12.0%)|
|Belgian Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (39.1%)||Sebastian Vettel (38.5%)||Jenson Button (6.9%)|
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