Start, Singapore, 2013

Vote for your Singapore GP driver of the weekend

2013 Singapore Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Singapore Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Fractionally slower than Webber on the medium tyres in practice, but emphatically fastest on the super-softs. Took a big risk by only doing a single run in Q1, and nearly lost out as Rosberg closed to within a tenth of a second of him, but held on for his fifth pole position of the season. Rosberg then got the better of him at the start but Vettel was quick to reverse the move. Vettel held onto his lead throughout the race and increased his championship advantage to 60 points.

Mark Webber – Was bumped back to fourth in qualifying by Grosjean, leaving him on the dirty side of the grid. Got ahead of Grosjean at the start but lost out to Alonso. Didn’t pit under the Safety Car which left him needing to make progress through the field after his second pit stop. He passed the Saubers and McLarens more quickly than the Mercedes drivers managed and might have been able to put Raikkonen under pressure had a water leak not caused his engine to fail. Walking onto the track after the race to get a lift from Alonso was a strange lapse, earning a reprimand and consequently a ten-place grid penalty.


Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Singapore, 2013Fernando Alonso – Consistently faster than Massa throughout practice, Q1 and Q2 – then was pipped by less than five hundredths of a second in qualifying. But he made a demon start, flying around his rivals on the outside to take third place. Ferrari gambled when the Safety Car came out and Alonso was able to make his medium tyres last until the end, leaving him second to Vettel for the third race in a row. Then collected a reprimand for stopping on the racing line to pick Webber up.

Felipe Massa – Struggled in practice and came close to being eliminated in Q1, but set-up changes brought the car back to him and he ended up out-qualifying his team mate. Scrapped with Hamilton at the start and was handed the position on lap two, but was jumped by the Mercedes driver after his first pit stop. Massa went the other way to Alonso when the Safety Car came out, taking super-soft tyres, but remained stuck behind Di Resta’s similarly-shod car. After his second pit stop he recovered from twelfth to sixth, passing the Saubers and McLarens and benefiting from the demise of Di Resta and Webber.


Jenson Button – Took the unco-operative MP4-28 into Q3 for the eighth time this year and qualified on the fourth row. But McLaren’s attempt to run a 36-lap stint on the mediums at the end of the race didn’t go as well as it did for Alonso and Raikkonen. With eight laps to go Button was still in the top three but their hopes of finally finishing on the podium this year vanished as his tyres began to wilt.

Sergio Perez – Didn’t make the cut for Q3 but an excellent start got him straight up into the top ten. He was handed another place when the stewards penalised Hulkenberg for going off the track while the two fought for position. Had the same tyre problems as his team mate at the end and slipped back to eighth place.


Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Singapore, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Aggravated a back injury from 2001 during practice and said that was partly the reason why he couldn’t get the most out of the car in qualifying. From 13th on the grid he passed Di Resta and Gutierrez early on, then Lotus gave him an early pit stop so he could benefit from running in clear air. That got him ahead of Perez and pitting under the Safety Car for a set of mediums brought him into contention for the podium. Passed Button around the outside of turn 14 for a surprising and richly deserved third place.

Romain Grosjean – Despite brake troubles during all three practice sessions Grosjean looked speedy whenever he took to the track and ended up an impressive third on the grid. He lost out at the start but was lying sixth after the Safety Car and would surely have finished on the podium had he not suffered an engine problem.


Nico Rosberg – While Vettel looked on nervously in the pits Rosberg came close to pinching pole position off him. He then got ahead at the start but braked fractionally too late for the first corner and with that his chance of victory was gone. Struggled with understeer after the Safety Car period due to tyre rubber in his front wing. Once that was cleared after his final pit stop he passed four cars to take fifth, which became fourth when Webber dropped out.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton looked to be in his usual Singapore groove when he went fastest in the first session on Friday. But he never looked as comfortable as that again and ended up being out-qualified by Rosberg. He was judged to have gone off the track while passing Massa at the start and had to hand the position back, but he reclaimed it at the first round of pit stops. Spent the rest of the race shadowing his team mate and finished behind him, unhappy that he’d been unaware of his position relative to other cars at the end.


Nico Hulkenberg – Said his DRS didn’t work properly in Q2, costing him a place in Q3. Went off the track while battling with Perez early on and was deemed to have gained an advantage: the stewards told him to give the place back, which he didn’t agree with. Was never going to be able to keep the likes of Webber and the Mercedes behind at the end but held on for ninth place.

Esteban Gutierrez – Achieved his best qualifying result of the year, beating Hulkenberg for the first time, and credited the performance to taking a more aggressive approach. had high hopes for his race pace but after the Safety Car came in he lost five places in two laps. Had that been it he’d still have taken a point, but Sutil and Maldonado passed him as well.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Singapore, 2013Paul di Resta – Made up even more places at the start than Alonso did, moving up five places to 12th. Unsurprisingly he wasn’t able to fend Raikkonen off, but he stayed out far longer than his rivals on the super-soft tyres. Had he chosen medium tyres at his stop he could have had a surprise result, but the team weren’t to know the Safety Car would come out four laps later. Even so a sixth place finish was in the offing when he crashed out seven laps from home. “I took the corner the same way as I had done the previous lap and the car went straight on and wouldn?t stop,” he said. “The team is investigating what happened.”

Adrian Sutil – Was the only driver to start on mediums yet pitted to change them before his team mate replaced his super-softs. Was hopeful of passing Hulkenberg or the McLarens at the end but “as soon as I reached the back of the train my tyres went off… I couldn?t attack anymore because it felt like driving on ice”. Nonetheless he salvaged a point.


Pastor Maldonado – Still finding the FW35 tricky to drive, he went out in Q1. But was happier with its tyre degradation in the race and enjoyed one of his better showings this year. However it again went unrewarded – he finished just outside the points after passing Vergne and Gutierrez in the last two laps.

Valtteri Bottas – Impressively out-qualified Maldonado at a track where his team mate started on the front row last year. But lost several places at the start and took until lap 17 to find a way past Van der Garde. Passed Vergne on the final lap.

Toro Rosso

Start, Singapore, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Converted to a three-stop strategy early on but still found his car a handful. By the end of the race his tyres were shot and overheating was becoming a concern, but he finished 14th.

Daniel Ricciardo – Qualified well – he’s now been in Q3 more often than not this year – but started poorly, slipping to 14th place. Accepted responsibility for the crash which ended his race on lap 24.


Charles Pic – Tried to make it to the end without pitting after the Safety Car period but couldn’t make it, falling to last.

Giedo van der Garde – Delighted with his car’s performance on the super-softs, but only used them for one of his four stints. Passed Pic after his final stop to take 16th.


Jules Bianchi – Had to make an extra pit stop to replace his steering wheel due to a gear change problem, which left him well out of contention. The Safety Car period brought him back in range of his rivals but his tyres went off while he was stuck behind his team mate – despite the team instructing Chilton to let him past – and he subsequently dropped back.

Max Chilton – Finished ahead of Bianchi on the road for the first time this year, though it seems he did not heed an order from his team to let Bianchi through following the first Safety Car period. Still it was a stronger weekend for Chilton, who qualified just a tenth of a second behind Bianchi.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.311s 60/60 2 1st Not on same lap
Mark Webber 4th +0.311s 0/60 2 15th Not on same lap
Fernando Alonso 7th +0.048s 61/61 2 2nd -31.25s
Felipe Massa 6th -0.048s 0/61 3 6th +31.25s
Jenson Button 8th -0.255s 59/61 2 7th -0.466s
Sergio Perez 14th +0.255s 2/61 2 8th +0.466s
Kimi Raikkonen 13th +0.701s 5/37 2 3rd
Romain Grosjean 3rd -0.701s 32/37 3
Nico Rosberg 2nd -0.322s 58/61 2 4th -2.004s
Lewis Hamilton 5th +0.322s 3/61 2 5th +2.004s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th +0.31s 61/61 2 9th -13.633s
Esteban Gutierrez 10th -0.31s 0/61 2 12th +13.633s
Paul di Resta 17th +0.161s 54/54 2 20th Not on same lap
Adrian Sutil 15th -0.161s 0/54 3 10th Not on same lap
Pastor Maldonado 18th +0.637s 60/61 3 11th -16.682s
Valtteri Bottas 16th -0.637s 1/61 3 13th +16.682s
Jean-Eric Vergne 12th +0.181s 8/23 3 14th
Daniel Ricciardo 9th -0.181s 15/23 1
Charles Pic 19th -0.209s 12/60 3 19th +14.428s
Giedo van der Garde 20th +0.209s 48/60 3 16th -14.428s
Jules Bianchi 21st -0.1s 9/60 4 18th +7.124s
Max Chilton 22nd +0.1s 51/60 3 17th -7.124s

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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 Singapore Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (54%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (12%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (26%)
  • Romain Grosjean (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (1%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (1%)

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165 comments on “Vote for your Singapore GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Not normally one to comment, but Vettel certainly got my vote. He was utterly unstoppable throughout the whole weekend. The fact that people were booing him was disgraceful. Simply amazing weekend from him, well deserved.

    1. Exactly, Vettel dominated the whole weekend though I gave my vote to Grosjean.

      1. Good one. I voted Vettel but you’re right to bring up Grosjean, he drove perfectly and would have been 3rd, possibly 2nd were it not for his poor luck.

      2. I’m with you, @jeff1s, Vettel was the fastest package all weekend by miles. But I went for Grosjean because he did do a great qualifying, and I think its pretty sure to say that he would have held on to that podium if his car hadn’t given up.
        Great drive from Alonso and from Kimi, especially with the sore back. Also Rosberg did probably all he could and he even had a chance to challenge Vettel for 20 seconds at the start!

    2. Completely agree. I though the race was rather disappointing, but that only because Vettel put the result beyond doubt with his superb driving.

    3. Kimi FTW!

    4. Not fan of Vettel, but still his performance blew my mind. Kimi also deserved a mention despite having back problems he finished 3rd.

    5. gutted to vote for Vettel, but he drove a perfect weekend

    6. Sorry Kimi, it gotta be Vettel. Like Lauda said, with that kind of pace he could have lap everybody (if engineers let him push).

  2. Even Alonso’s blinding start or Raikkonen’s 13th to 3rd result can’t take the vote away from Vettel. He completely embarrassed the whole field this weekend. His race management, especially the safety car restart, was brilliant and his race pace was just ridiculous. A third Grand Chelem well earned.

  3. If this was ‘driver of the race’, I would have a tough time choosing between Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen. Luckily this is ‘driver of the weekend’, which made my decision to vote Vettel much easier.

    1. Exactly. I can’t see how Raikkonen can get any votes at all. If he started 3rd and finished 3rd he would not have been driver of the weekend, it’s just his awful job on Saturday which makes his drive on Sunday look better than it was.

      1. Now try to convince every other driver of that concept. I bet most of them know how to drive from 13th to 3rd on paper but for some reason fail at doing so every race weekend.

        1. +1, my vote goes to Kimster:)

    2. Vettel is such an annoying driver. He sometimes makes it impossible for non-fans like me not to acknowledge just how good he is. This was one of those times.

      Grand Slam, emphatic win. Qualified in style and maked it look easy all sunday. What else is there to say really ? (appart maybe from : “Damn you Seb, you’re killing the championship!”)

      1. @tango there’s next year ;)

        1. @vettel1

          there’s next year ;)

          If the rumors are true and new Renault V6 has a serious power deficiency to Ferrari and especially Mercedes’ engine, then next year will certainly be interesting to watch. ;-)

          1. @kingshark quite frankly I think those rumours are complete BS ;)

          2. @vettel1
            Historically speaking, in an engine development race Renault have always been out-classed by Ferrari and Mercedes. I remember James Allen stating during the 2004 Malaysian GP that Renault’s V10 engine was as much as 60-70 hp down on Ferrari powered cars. The engine freeze has helped them in recent years though, but that wont do it in 2014.

            Renault have generally build engines with good traction, but poor power and poor reliability. Ferrari’s engines on the other hand, have good traction, more power than Renault’s, and bullet proof reliability.

            I’m just stating the facts, but even as a Ferrari fan, I fear that 2014 might be Mercedes’ year.

          3. @kingshark that’s all but meaningless I’m afraid: remember how in the mid 1990’s the Renault engine was easily the best?

            So yes, rumours are just that – rumours. Speculation is a wonderful thing to fill time but it’s pretty meaningless, especially in this context (I heard rumours managed to spread that the Merc engine was 100bhp more powerful over something as ludicrous as Mercedes wanting bigger tyres)!

          4. @vettel1
            Fair enough, but I don’t think that Renault easily had the best engines in the 90’s, it was mostly Newey’s ridiculous cars that made the difference. They dominated the downforce and grip department.

            In terms of horsepower, Renault was lagging behind Honda in the early 90’s, Ferrari in the mid 90’s, and Mercedes in the late 90’s.

            Renault can build engines with good traction, but never powerful ones. They always seem to fall behind in this department.

            Of course, history doesn’t always repeat itself, but the past is a good indication of what could happen in the future.

          5. @kingshark

            Your focus is all around what might have the highest peark horsepower and that doesn’t always mean the best engine, particularly for next year.

            Given that the ERS contribution is going to be greater, the 4-stroke contribution is proportionately smaller and there are limits on both fuel-flow and fuel capacity which mean engines will not be turned up full in races. Lost downforce due to new regs mean that cornering speeds will be lower so traction and efficiency will be important. I’d want a clever, drivable, efficient engine rather than a simple brute next year.

            In terms of fuel flow and capacity limits I assume that these won’t come in to play in qualifying so teams may be able to turn up power significantly in qualifying which means peak power might be more useful (and could we see a growing gap between pole and fastest lap times?)

        2. You never know, someone else might win the title next year with the different regulations. Just imagine that, someone who isn’t Sebastian Vettel winning the title. It would feel quite alien really as it’s been so long since we witnessed that!

      2. Absolutely spot on. Wish there was a flaw to make a point against him, but its becoming boringly repetitive recently in Seb’s favour…

  4. Alonso is a stubborn rival, but still it has to be Vettel comparing the whole weekend!

  5. Michael Brown (@)
    23rd September 2013, 17:03

    Vettel. Even though his win was a forgone conclusion, his driving was perfect.

    Special mention also goes to Räikkönen’s drive to third and Hülkenberg for getting the Sauber in the points.

  6. Great race from RAI, coming from 13 to 3 with an injured back. Alonso, magnificent start.

    But Vettel was on a league of his own. That drive after the SC was just spectacular.

    1. Agree. Raikkonen:

      -Back pains.
      -Poor car for the weekend
      -Overtook Button and managed his tyres properly.
      -13th to 3rd.

      He wins this for me. Enough said.

      2nd place goes to Vettel.

      1. Really? That Renault clearly wasn’t that bad, given Grojean’s pace – he was superior to Kimi all weekend (probably due to the bad back).

        13th to 3rd is good, but that was more about a fortunate strategy call than too much skill. I was pleased to see Alonso and Kimi 2nd & 3rd (and I’m a Ferrari & an Alonso fan), but I honestly don’t see how anyone could consider Kimi as being better than Vettel from Friday morning to Sunday night.

        Vettel was the perfect driver this weekend. No-one else came close, as much as it pains me to say!

        1. By Renault, i obviously mean Lotus!

  7. Has to be Vettel for me, fastest basically all weekend and utterly dominated the race.

  8. Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen were all class but it’s driver of the weekend and Vettel absolutely bossed it.

    Just a shame people find it more impressive to win from 5th by a few seconds than to dominate every session and win by the biggest margin for a very, very long time.

    1. Yeah they always love an underdog doing well, but I was annoyed when my stream died after about 30 laps. From the view of a Vettel fan, I missed the most amazing 10-15 laps ever. Following it on Live timing I was amazed how lap after lap he could do them times with no sign of the tyres wearing out

      1. I add, those times…. which were 7 or 8 seconds shy of qualifying still!

  9. Vettel hands down. He demolished and completely owned that race.

    RAI and ALO were also good during the race, but not the entire weekend as their qualifying were a bit disappointing.

    1. *dominated not demolished :)

    2. Even during the race I didn’t see anything remarkable from ALO. He picked a good line, passed Webber, Grosjean, and Massa, which isn’t anything to brag about, and got Hamilton too. Really, really great start, but that’s all there is to say. I’m surprised he has as many votes as he has.

      1. @chaddy, on the other hand you could argue that Alonso gained 500% more places in the race than Vettel did. Statistics are great aren’t they ?

        1. So 4/0 is 500% suddenly? Don’t you mean infinitely percent more places?

          I’d rather be on pole and not have to pass anyone.

  10. Vettel was undeniably great (perfect?) the whole meet, but the Driver of the Weekend in my book was (once again) Kimi Raikkonen. By making the best of what could have been a very sour weekend (what with a bad back and dirty laundry on the line), and through an exciting mixture of skill and luck, Kimi blazed through the field to capture a podium place from an inauspicious 13th starting position. Not perfect, but Epic under the circumstances.

  11. Vettel. A perfect weeekend for him. Anyway, also Kimi Raikkonen did a great job.

  12. I would be a sore loser if I voted Alonso and Räikkönen. Both has a brilliant race but it was Vettel who had a absolute stunning weekend.

    Congratulations from a Ferrari fan mister Vettel and I do hope people stop booing you, as much as I want the championship to take turn in the other direction you don’t deserve to be belittled like that.

    1. +1

      Nice to know that there are still fans like you who can give credit where it’s due. :)

  13. The driver who got Grand Slam. This happens so rarely that I don’t see how any other driver could be named DotW.

    Kimi is a runner-up.

  14. This is one race where we need not have this feature :P

    1. yet 46% of people disagree with you and me

  15. Difficult one: I am a Kimi fan and he drove valiantly despite the pain, starting from a low position and did marvellous overtakes, esp. on Button in a place very difficult to overtake (Webber in the sister Red Bull which was fastest car couldn’t overtake Rosberg and had to leap-frog him with the pit-stop).

    On the other hand Vettel’s performance was simply flawless (bar the “lazy” start which he then compensated with a great counter-attack). So in the end with a heavy heart I voted Vettel…

    1. To give credit where it’s due (even though it’s obvious), Alonso’s drive was also brilliant. But since a) his qualifying wasn’t good enough (outqualified by Massa), and b) I am not his fan, he wasn’t considered for the vote :D

      1. Kimi was out-qualified by Grosjean, so you should technically have disregarded Kimi too :-P

        1. @Gaz
          he got a free pass because of his back- ache ;-)
          In a normal situation failing to reach Q3 without any fault of the team is inexcusable.

  16. Vettel was an absolute beast this weekend, so he gets my vote. Kimi gets second not only for the whole “13th to 3rd” but for showing why DRS is uneccesary with the pass on Jensen Button.

  17. Vettel was quite simply the driver of the weekend.

    Alonso and Raikkonen deserve honorable mentions.

    Alonso’s start was amazingly great, even for him. He immediately erased all doubts about needing help from Massa or team orders. It was fast, clean and he ended up taking the best line into the first corner. That is how you do it. He also did well for the rest of the race.

    Kimi persevered through a difficult race managing to get from 13th to 3rd. A race that started without a lot of hope turned out well with well timed pit stops and a bit of attrition. But, Kimi had to keep pushing the whole race to be in position. The pass on Button was quite nice and at the right time too. Very impressive drive.

  18. I’ve been watching F1 for well over two decades and I can only compare two drivers to what I’ve seen yesterday. And here I thought this level of dominance was gone with the Schumacher era.

    Food for thought: Vettel wasn’t even at the limit. Just compare Webber with him. Sometimes I had the feeling Webber was pushing the car harder, or at least it seemed closer to the limit.

  19. Can’t really argue against a ‘Grand Slam’ – voted Vettel.

  20. Vettel. He was simply in a different league this weekend.

    Kimi gets an honourable mention after all the trouble he had and still finished third. I think Fernando did nothing during the whole weekend, except drive an exceptional 300 metres at the start of the race – and that was enough at a track like Singapore. The others? Not really worth mentioning.

    1. I think Fernando did nothing during the whole weekend, except drive an exceptional 300 metres at the start of the race

      He did a great job managing the tyres for so long while keeping good lap times, which was key for the strategy to work. It’s more difficult to see because it doesn’t involve the level of driving (pushing to the max) that we saw in Vettel, and everything that goes with “tyre management” is boring by default, but it’s far from meritless.

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