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.

Ferrari

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.

McLaren

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.

Lotus

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.

Mercedes

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Caterham

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.

Marussia

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”

  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.
    Unreal.

  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.

  21. Shame that Di Resta crashing, he was also making a great job

  22. Mmmh… Vettel?

  23. This poll will comfortably won by Sebastian Vettel. He was simply fantastic through out all weekend, and deservedly got my vote.

  24. Vettel, who else seriously? Also why Hamilton has more votes than Rosberg? It ain’t fair :-(

  25. Vettel for the weekend, Kimi for the race.

  26. Vettel was pretty unstoppable this week, but as I expect him to win by a landslide my consolation vote goes to Grosjean. He outperformed Raikkonen all weekend even with so many technical issues and even then had no luck in the race.

  27. driver of the race would have been a closer competition but not quite – DOTW goes to VET. RAI and ALO were pretty good too – but VET creating a 30s gap within 15 laps – just amazing.

  28. No doubt it’s Vettel . After the safety car , he just took off like a rocket ! No stopping him at all this weekend .

    1. which brings me to an interesting question , can anyone tell which has been the highest landslide victory for driver of the weekend in f1f history ? This must be up there .

      1. @hamilfan not sure about ever but for this year it’s 63.9% for Hamilton in Hungary. Interestingly, this is only the 4th highest winning margin by current percentages this year, despite being by far the most dominant victory of the year (the next closest winning margin was 16.869s in Belgium, of course also for Vettel. He nearly doubled that in Singapore).

  29. Vettel. Impressive to see an empty start/finish straight behind him, even long after he’s already snatched some more corners.

  30. Easy. Vettel Grand Slam, so it has to be Vettel.

  31. 38% have gone for anything-other-than-Vettel without commenting.
    And I will never understand why people hate domination and still vote Vettel.

    1. And I will never understand why people hate domination and still vote Vettel.

      Not liking his dominance doesn’t take away the fact that, well, he’s dominating, and that’s a very valid reason to vote for him.

      The poll is for DOTW, not “Driver Who Made The Race More Entertaining”. You’re mixing two completely unrelated things.

      1. To clarify, I abstained from voting. And I was only pointing it out because often you come across comments like “Vettel won from pole in a Newey Rocket” yet somehow they felt that this weekend was different which I cannot see.

        1. @ridiculous well, again, where was Webber? Vettel pulled out an over 30 second gap midway through a race. Webber did well but wasn’t even close.

          1. Since you are watching F1 for many years, I hope you agree that each car is built for a certain strategy and RB cars are no different. They are built to qualify on pole and win by staying in front all the time, taking advantage of the clean air. Mercedes tried this, but soon after solving their 2013 tire issue and starting winning, the tire specs were reversed to 2012 making them lose any advantage.

            Seeing that Vettel gets a 30s advantage with nobody in front while Webber battles it out on a track where overtaking is notoriously difficult, doesn’t mean that Vettel pulled that 1s / lap out of his bag, it just means that his starting position enabled him to use the entire car’s potential and build that gap.

            So yes, I’d say that he did a wonderful qualifying lap, but the race was business as usual, controlling his 1st position in the same way that Alonso or Kimi controlled theirs. Many drivers said that, with the current tires, they are doing controlled laps most of the race, while being allowed to push only for a few laps so that they don’t destroy the tires. Truly worrying is that the “controlled pace” of the RB is simply way too fast for the other cars on the grid.

      2. The poll is for DOTW, not “Driver Who Made The Race More Entertaining”.

        Exactly.

  32. Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen all 3 had great performances. It would be great if we could give our vote to several drivers, maybe 1-2-3 or any such system

    1. that would be cool

    2. Interesting. Why don’t we have a top 10 F1F rating and points similar to the FIA ones. And see who ‘s the fan’s champion? I understand there might be a lot of subjectivity and rating top 10 each weekend might be cumbersome. We could consider a whittled down slimmer version too.

  33. To pull away more than 30 seconds AFTER a safety car in the middle of the race is just incredible! Without that safety car, I wonder if he would have lapped more cars.

  34. If its Driver of the weekend…its not Vettel…….if its Best Car of the weekend its Red Bull…..

    1. Because the car drove itself right? And the two Red Bull’s showed that dominance, right? And because there were other drivers that were completely flawless, right? You know, Alonso and Hamilton had amazing qualifyings, right?

      Seriously, enough with that. It’s getting old.

      1. I was not knocking Vettel…..but its about driver of the weekend….not the season….and with cars that were no way as good that weekend as the Red Bull …then some other drivers drove better than seb, but without winning the race……and although arguably better action wise than the last few races….spectators want to see a proper battle for a race win…or they stop watching or attending….

    2. @jop452 After four seasons of Vettel driving brilliantly you’d think the stale argument that it’s all the car would have been entirely refuted, but you’re an example of someone who refuses to face facts. He’s got a great car, no doubt. Probably the best in the field. But he’s also doing a stunning job in that car and deserves praise and recognition, not some tired argument that it’s all the car and he’s but a passenger on the Newey Winning Machine.

  35. RED BULL and Vettle are clearly the best with very little competition as they continue to dominate. HOWEVER, I voted for Nico Rosberg … Kimi or Nico either one was OK with me. It is interesting that if anything will break on a RED BULL car it will be Mark W. Sebastian V. is truly living a charmed life and despite the remarks Fernando made about Vettle and things will happen to even out the series at this time it does not seem likely… RnR

  36. I’m voting for Kimi this time. (Vettel did a perfect job though, not denying that).

    His qualification was hampered because of the Saturday morning back problems that prevented him from doing anything useful so I don’t think he could’ve done any better. Surprisingly (lagging behind everybody in setup), he had a perfect race and you could see that even Kimi himself was very satisfied with the result (and that doesn’t happen very often).

    Vettel is going to win this and he fully deserves it but I’m voting for Räikkönen simply because of the impressive determination and focus to turn the table around when everything was against him on Friday and Saturday. He brought the result all by himself through what might have been his best drive in a very long time.

    1. kimi had something to prove and he proved it.

  37. Vettel just whipped everyone. Wow. Goodbye championship – I reckon at this rate he’s certain to win it with two rounds to spare.

    Kudos to Alonso though, he wins my moral vote for giving Webber a lift and Raikkonen wins my determination vote for fighting his back problems to come home on the podium.

  38. Honestly, I think this one is so obvious that no arguments are needed: Vettel.

  39. Any other than Vettel is just an unfair vote.

  40. It’s ludicrous to vote anyone but Vettel. Alonso and Raikkonen, others receivig votes here, were on the podium, rather than Grosjean, Rosberg, Webber, or Hamilton, becuase of the timing of the SC, period. And none of the aforementioned held a candle to Vettel in weekend-long performance. Those talking about Newey and the car need only to look to Webber. If you don’t want to look to Webber, just look for any misstep by Vettel. He was impeccable.

  41. Vettel. Completely and utterly. Kept trying to spot whatever shortcut he was using to pull out 2s per lap on everyone else but nope, couldn’t spot it. Incredible, transcendent drive. One for the history books I reckon.

    Lots of good drives elsewhere worth noting. Raikkonen, Alonso, Rosberg, and Grosjean. Especially Grosjean actually; but for and engine problem he’d have been on for a podium.

    But Vettel. Just wow.

    1. Well if other drivers took shortcut and still lose out to his pace, then I’m sure the forum will keep mum.

  42. I had hopes for someone-other-than-Vettel in P1, but P2 showed that he was on top form. Unfortunately qualifying did exactly the same thing. And as for the race – Vettel was supremely unstoppable.
    Kimi messed up in qualifying – for whatever reason, but showed real dog-fighting dedication in the race. He was great – but not for the whole weekend. Alonso out-drove the Ferrari as usual, but his team mate (who is about to be sacked) got the better of him in qualifying – not good. If Gutierrez had finished where he started on Sunday, he might have had my vote as DOTW. Di Resta too, if he’d actually finished the race in that position.

  43. For me: Alonso. Vettel was in another league + the car did most of the job for him. Here we’re talking about the DotW, not the best car. Kimi was 1 of the great drives of the race, but I don’t get it why he got so many votes over Alonso. All pre-race sessions showed Lotus in better form than Ferrari. Grosjean quali is proof enough and he’s not a top driver… yet. So, Kimi had a car at least as fast Alonso, then benefited obviously from the SC period + well timed pit stops, then… it’s Kimi… so no really big wonder he finished 3rd.

    1. “…so no really big wonder he finished 3rd” – tell this to Alonso in Abu Dhabi 2010.

      1. Just an expert opinion on such feat(Hamilton post race):

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ikkb77-vZI

  44. Grosjean deserves for votes than he is getting. 3rd on the grid with teammate 13th, would have finished 3rd most likely as well

  45. Can only be Vettel, simple this week.

  46. Vettel’s performance in Singapore is THE best example in recent years of a driver deserving ‘driver of the weekend’. We’ve had plenty of excellent combinations of qualifying and race, but the sheer dominance on Sunday was made possible only by an outstanding lap on Saturday that allowed him to save that set of tires. Truly amazing.

  47. Gave my vote to Esteban Gutierrez. Lol.

    1. Are you on drugs?

  48. Vettel without a doubt. To take a commanding win is one thing, but to utterly dominate a weekend to the extent he did is something extraordinary. The way in which Vettel was able to open up a cavernous gap between himself and the rest of the field after the safety car period showed a driver in complete mastery of himself, his car, the highly difficult track and all of his competitors.

  49. I voted in alonso just for the start that was fabulous… Kimi also was strong… and can’t forget Vettel… he had a easy win no doubt about it, he had pace to spare, but that’s true that all that pace was down to him, he extracts so much dominance out of that car… webber was nowere near his pace…

  50. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    24th September 2013, 1:37

    Vettel.

    He got snubbed by me in Spa, but this weekend was probably the most dominant win of his entire career.
    His ability to pull away from everyone was incredible. He built something like an 18 second gap over 9 laps after the safety car. I’ve never seen anything like that before.

  51. This coming from a massive fan of Mark, it’s gotta be Seb. There was no stopping him all weekend, and to pull that margin at the end when he rejoined a few seconds infront of Fernando was simply brilliant. All you guys who find some reason or another to not vote Seb when he dominates can’t escape this time.

  52. Vettel. He never put a foot wrong all weekend and made everyone else look like they were racing in another category.

  53. It’s been long since anyone has dominated a race as Vettel did this weekend. The last I remember this happening was during the Schumi era. Without the safety car, he could have lapped Alonso & co. too. It’s not luck or just the car but what we’re witnessing now is a new era where every existing F1 record will be broken sooner than later.

  54. Can’t really be anyone but Vettel.

  55. Couldn’t be anyone else but Sebastian really. I am a huge Ferrari fan but what I saw on Sunday was a driver driving conservatively throughout the race and yet expanding his lead from the rest of the pack whenever he wanted. Alonso made a hell of a start as usual but that will not be enough to win him the championship. Same about Raikonnen’s recovery. I only wonder why Ferrari did not choose to run Alonso’s third stint on the option tyre since it seemed that he could have managed it until the end of the race. And massa’s recovery in the closing stages of the race was a good proof of that. I think it was a gamble they should have taken since the only way to catch Vettel in the championship is to produce something extra special in every race.

  56. Also would like to vote for Alonso or Raikonnen, but gotta give it to the man, he pwnd.

  57. Another typical Di Resta weekend. I don’t understand how those pundits can stand there on TV with a straight face and say he deserves to drive for Ferarri!

    It’s always somebody else’s fault. “The team is investigating what happened.”

  58. Of course Vettel absolutely no doubt although amazed with the huge amount of anti Vettel people. If Alonso or Raikonnen would have done what Vettel did they would be minimal 75% or higher.

    People are always looking for excuses not to have to vote Vettel, same why Alonso got DotW for Spa where he screwed up his qualifying.

    Also @Keith is not giving Vettel a fair treatment:
    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.

    It this the proper and fair way to describe what Vettel did in Singapore? Talking about practice talking about him losing 1st place in corner 1. Where is the fact that he was 1 to 2 second per lap quicker than anyone else, that he won with more than 30 seconds.

    1. @jelle-van-der-meer Yes, Alonso screwed up his qualifying at Spa, I mean, yes, he was the first man over the line on a rapidly drying track, but he just drove so badly didn’t he? Fancy not being able to go as quickly as the Red Bulls on a much drier track. Oh, and for your information the following points are facts, not Keith being “anti-Vettel”…

      1. He was slower than Webber on the primes throughout practice
      2. He underperformed in the first sector on his final lap after not sufficiently getting his front tyres up to temperature
      3. Rosberg got wheel spin out of t9 and t14, which may have cost him the tenth that would’ve put him on pole, so yes, Vettel took too big a risk by not going out, especially owing to the fact that he plenty of new sets of tyres.
      4. He got a tardy start. Rosberg got a better getaway on the dirtier side, and yes, the difference between the clean and dirty sides at Singapore is not massive, but it was one of Vettel poorer starts in 2013.

      Keith is not being “anti-Vettel” by pointing out these things, he is being objective in that he is helping people make their decisions by telling people the finer details of each driver’s weekend. Oh yes, in saying that Vettel was “emphatically faster” than his teammate in the same car on the same tyres Keith really is turning us all into podium booers with his Vettel hating hegemony. LOL! I think if anyone can be accused of being subjective it is you kind sir. Where you looking for the Sebastian Vettel fansite when you stumbled across this forum for the reserved, objective F1 onlooker?

      1. Did not say Alonso drove badly just said he didn’t deserve DotW in Spa, he was first over the line because he spun during qualifying.

        Vettel is continuously under rated by most on this website certainly when it comes to DotW. Not sure on the numbers but doubt Vettel got more than 15 DotW despite winning 33 races, sure you are counter argument is that he has the best car and Vettel has little to do with those achievements therefore not worthy of DotW.

        Just be aware that Vettel is more dominating Webber than Alonso is Massa. Vettel has 117 more points than Webber and is 13-0 in qualifying while Alonso is only 100 points ahead of Massa and in qualifying 8-5.

        On Keith information, did not say he was anti Vettel but do find he was very selective on information and forgot to mention that Vettel won with 30 seconds (most dominating win since 2011) and that he was easily a seconds per lap faster, valid information for DotW decision.

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          25th September 2013, 9:48

          @jelle-van-der-mee

          Vettel is more dominating Webber than Alonso is Massa

          WHAT?????!!!! That’s so funny! Are you actually having a laugh? If all of the points that Vettel has scored since the start of 2009 (when his partnership with Webber began) is expressed as 100%, Webber has managed to score 71% of Vettel’s tally, whereas Massa hasn’t even managed to score half of the points Alonso has amassed since the start of 2010. My source? This week’s edition of AUTOSPORT. My advice? Do a little research before you make outrageous statements.

          In terms of Alonso’s Belgian performance. He definitely deserved DotW. Why? He probably had the third fastest car, and yet he finished “best of the rest” behind Vettel, and pulled of an awesome start, and some incredible passes on his way to the second step on the podium. And he wasn’t first over the line because of the mistake on his first run, because the two Ferraris were the two cars first to cross the line, and Massa had a decent first lap, so it was just Ferrari’s timing that cost Alonso.

          I fear you look at might of Red Bull right now and get rather the wrong picture. Do look at the many race wins, poles and championships and see only Sebastian Vettel? Not the incredible technical team behind Red Bull? Not the team’s blemish-less operational and strategic copybook? I then have news for you dear chap. When Vettel was spending most of the Singapore GP lapping between 1-2 seconds faster than highly motivated world champions like Alonso and Hamilton, that was an illustration of how aerodynamically dominant F1 is at the moment, and is certainly not evidence to suggest that Sebastian Vettel is the best out there.

          Quite apart from being “underrated”, I think Vettel is overrated. Johnny-simple-minded-F1-fan, sees 3 titles (I might as well just say 4), 33 wins and 40+poles, compare those stats to Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen, and confirms “Sebastian Vettel is the best driver in F1”. However what those stats don’t tell is that by spending most of his career 10+ seconds ahead of the field, Vettel’s skill set is not a complete as those of his rivals. He can’t, for instance, drive around an unstable rear end, and with the rather rear limited nature of the early specs of the 2012 RB8, Vettel found himself getting beaten by Webber consistently in the first half of the season. Vettel has a strange driving style. He doesn’t tend to brake too late, but instead smashes the throttle mid corner, sometimes before the apex, rotates the car with oversteer and gets incredible exits. Why doesn’t he spin I hear you say? Rear downforce and a limited front end. Without a lot of rear downforce and that heavy front end on which he relies, Vettel would struggle. He lacks the innate speed of Alonso and Hamilton who, whatever the balance, whatever the circumstance, will drag performance out of a car. Vettel is one of the world’s greatest racing drivers, but he’s not the greatest…yet. The smart money is on Alonso at the moment, however Vettel is developing all the time, so yes, one day he may be the great driver his stats suggest.

          1. @william-brierty

            He can’t, for instance, drive around an unstable rear end, and with the rather rear limited nature of the early specs of the 2012 RB8, Vettel found himself getting beaten by Webber consistently in the first half of the season.

            In Monaco, China and Britain, but in barely any other races throughout the season, including the first half.

  59. Vettel is on 56% votes. This is the highest I have ever seen for him.

    I think the booing is also increasing the sympathy for Vettel. Hence, an extra chunk of votes.

  60. Vettel was unbelievable. Perfect qualifying lap, although he arguably under-performed in the first sector, incredible race pace and just mesmurising control. Raikkonen too was impressive, and again managed to wrestle a good result following a disappointing qualy. And that conveniently leads me to Alonso. There truly was a sprinkling of magic dust on his race. His start? Only Alonso can pin me to my seat in sheer awe, and that was one of those Alonso moves, a bit like his start in Barcelona this year, that simply left my facial expression as a strange distorted mix of bemusement, surprise and wonder. Couple that with a 30 lap stint on the primes whilst still managing to do good lap-times, and you have your driver of the weekend.

    1. So you looked only at the race to rate Alonso but you counted practice results for Vettel?

      1. @debeluhi, I think he was sprinkled with lots of magic dust from Alonso’s race that he’s conveniently forgotten other aspects of Alonso’s weekend (i.e. qualifying). Instead, he just highlighted that Vettel “under-performed in the first sector”, which I think was in reference to the start, which wasn’t so bad really since he didn’t lose the position.

  61. That’s ought to be Vettel. It seems that over all those years that he is winning, he managed to perfect perfection. It was was probably the most perfect race of his carreer, because he didn’t do anything wrong at all, especially considering that it’s physically the most demanding track in F1. He just keeps getting better and better.

  62. How is this possible: ‘Max Chilton (1%)’. who voted Max?

    1. Max Chilton probably.

      1. That made me chuckle.

    2. Rounding errors me thinks

    3. He was 7,124 seconds faster than the “bright star” Bianchi.
      He didnt crash his car as RIC or DIR.
      I don’t like him…but he raced better than a few.

  63. I must admit I’m surprised by Vettel leading “only” with 55%. I mean, no one was even close the whole weekend.

    There again, Alonso won in Spa despite his mediocre qualifying, so I assume there’s no way to avoid the effect of personal preference.

    1. It’s difficult to understand how Vettel only got 55%. Like has been said before, it’s for the weekend, not just the race. Both Alonso and Raikkonen were out-qualified by their team-mates (I know Raikkonen had back problems but we can only go on what we see – Grosjean 10 places up). Honourable mentions for their strong races of course, but Vettel was extremely strong in that as well.

      1. Haha, seems to be a little misunderstanding here. I do understand why he is winning (I voted for him myself), what I don’t understand is why he has 55% when he, VERY clearly, was the dominant force. He deserves to have more votes.

        1. Yeah there is a misunderstanding because I am agreeing with you! I voted for him as well. I think he should have won drive of the weekend more convincingly too as he was so dominant.

    2. I guess it’s because some people forget that it’s supposed to be Driver of the Weekend (conveniently forgetting ALO’s and RAI’s bad qualifying sessions) and not just Driver of the Race. Or it could also be that some people really can’t just accept that VET is a great driver and would vote for anyone else but him. :)

      1. Yeah, it could be either of them, kind of a shame, because even if turned the race “boring”, it’s nice to appreciate both the level of driving and engineering. You know, the two things that make F1 what it is.

  64. 1 man dominated the race while 2-22 are bunch up on what is supposed to be a challenging and physically tough track. Just one man, alone, made Singapore GP looks so easy.

  65. Despite Seb’s fantastic weekend at Monza, I voted for Hulkenberg as my Italian GP driver of the weekend because I love seeing people out-drive their cars… I firmly believe he did a better job in that Sauber than almost anyone on the grid could have done.

    But this weekend? There is no one who can hold a candle to what Vettel achieved. I totally understand why some people find it boring that he wins all the time, but there is something quite breathtaking about the extent to which he can dominate a race in a car that was only fastest by 0.09s in qualifying.

    1. You are right…but VET could have been even faster in qualy. He showed of stepping down the car 2 minutes earlier and saving a set of tires.
      Should he had wanted….I guess the difference would have been bigger.

  66. This vote is for driver (not car) of the w/e. The Red Bulls were clearly fastest of the pack (practice, qualifying and race), Vettel was always in clean air, and could have lifted off by about a second a lap and still won. Therefore not driver of the weekend. Raikkonen made up more places than Alonso and his pass on Button was impressive…

    1. I don’t get this, the Red Bull being the fastest car somehow changes that Vettel was completely flawless the whole weekend? That doesn’t really add up.

      Neither Alonso nor Raikkonen were at their best in qualifying, while Vettel was perfect (he didn’t even need a second lap). The differences in cars don’t change that.

    2. This vote is for driver (not car) of the w/e

      Yes, the car was alone all the weekend /s

    3. @paul-a And what did you expect Vettel to do? Open up 3, 4, 5 seconds a lap? Then people would have a very strong case for it being only the car and say that even Karthikeyan could win in a RB9. And if he had only just won by 5 seconds without pushing at all during the race but still got the Grand Chelem, would you say that he underperformed, or would you applause mediocrity?

    4. Get a phantom to drive the RB9. It’ll probably sit there. So nope, RB9 isn’t the best car, alone.

    5. Valid point however disagree that the RB is so much faster than all the other cars. Why would qualifying than still be so close if RB is more than a second faster then the rest.

      Reality is that Vettel is overdriving the RB same as Alonso is with Ferrari and Raikonnen with Lotus however Vettel is not being recognized for it. Also Alonso/Raikonnen were out qualified by their inferior teammates, qualifying is an important element of DotW something Vettel excels in.

      Also look at the fact that while Vettel was 2 seconds per lap faster after the safety car, Webber could not pass Rosberg till Rosberg pitted despite having same tyres and strategy. If it really was just the car Webber would easily have overtaken Rosberg.

      1. You are not suggesting that Vettel and Webber drive the same car, are you?

    6. It looks like some people forget that it wasn’t just cruising for Vettel. After the safety car he had to push very hard to build the gap for the pit stop he had to do.

  67. Is it just me or is there something more interesting about a driver winning by a big a big margin than by just 4-5 seconds when you know he is managing the gap? To be honest, if we’re not going to have a serious competition for 1st place, i’d like to see RedBull let Vettel off the leash and see exactly what he could do. Singapore might have played perfectly to RedBull’s strengths but i’m sure even on some other tracks Vettel could do something pretty astonishing, maybe win by more than a minute?

    I know they won’t do it because there is always the chance of some mechanical issue if you overstress things but let’s be honest, drivers and constructors titles are hardly in doubt any more, let’s see how fast they can go ;)

    p.s. not even a Vettel fan particularly but had to vote for him

  68. The best pilot? Easy Vettel’s CAR.

    1. So the car drives itself? I guess Newey really is a genius!

  69. Had to be Vettel for me, I don’t think he made any mistakes all weekend.

    Vettel’s continued domination of F1 may mean the sport isn’t very entertaining for me at the moment but that is only because he and Red Bull are so far ahead of everyone else.

    Second I would have Raikkonen for managing to finish third even though he started thirteenth.

    Third I would have Alonso for finishing second thanks to another trademark great start.

    Honourably mention for Gutierrez for his qualifying performance.

  70. In a race like that, Seb could have said that he was in a trance, feeling outside himself, as if he were not really there (stuff Senna would have said); instead the thanked the team for the great work and effort, and that the victory was a consequence of everyone’s hard work.
    There’s a difference.
    Seb gets the vote, no doubt.

  71. Gotta love democracy: people voting for Webber, Massa, Button, Hamilton and Gutierrez on a weekend like this is simply mind-blowing…

    1. Specially Gutierrez…he does not deserve the drive.

  72. Voted Vettel. The timing of Safety Car was particularly unlucky for him. The lead that he created after the safety car made the difference. If he was a tad slower during that second stint, he would have come behind Alonso after the pit stop which means he will have to fight him on the track to overtake him. Given the fact that Alonso would be on worn out mediums and Vettel on fresh super soft it would have been possible on the track, but SGP is a narrow circuit not very easy on overtaking. I am sure we fans would have loved to see a Vettel – Alonso DogFight in the last few laps ( Just like San Marino 2005 & 2006) .

    Vettel’s second stint reminded me of of Schumacher’s 1998 Hungarian GP when he squeezed out 1+ Second lead every lap in the middle stint after they switched to 3 Stopper, A master stoke by the old Fox Brawn executed to perfection by Michael.

  73. I’m so surprised about all this praise to Vettel. Am I the only one who realized that his car was a solid second ahead of the rest? (And I’m talking about HIS car here. We all know that Webber’s car is not even close to Vettel’s.) The guy got the pole without even trying a second time. Even Chilton would have won in that car. I mean, even I would have won in that car!

    Vettel had already won before the race started, he cannot be driver of the weekend for the simple fact that he wasn’t even racing. The real race happened among the rest of the field. In the real race, it was Alonso who won, with a car that was a second slower than the frontrunners (and two seconds slower than Vettel’s). Raikkonen had a superb performance in the race, but his poor qualifying prevents him from being driver of the weekend.

    1. So are we to discount Alonso’s not so stellar qualifying as well? Bear in mind that he was out-qualified by his teammate.

      “…he (Vettel) wasn’t even racing”. So what was he doing then? Sitting there and just letting the car drive itself?

      1. “So are we to discount Alonso’s not so stellar qualifying as well?”
        Not at all. As you rightly say, his qualifying was not stellar. It was simply correct, so it barely gives or takes. He could have taken risks to start 6th or play it safe and start 7th. So he played it safe, it was a no brainer. The right moment to take risks was the race, as he thoroughly showed on Sunday. It’s driver of the weekend, but the race is obviously far more important than the quali. Look at Rosberg, with that mighty quali, and still 0% of the votes.
        Raikkonnen, in contrast, really blundered in quali. Still, I can’t argue with those that voted him driver of the weekend, because he more than made up for his blunder on Sunday. It was very tight between him and Alonso this time.

        “So what was he (Vettel) doing then?” Good question. A good conservative drive, I guess? It’s hard to tell, because he was alone all the time, so there was no point of reference to judge. Again, I can only tell you what, by definition, he was NOT doing: racing. In order to race you need competitors, and, unfortunately for the show, there was nobody competing with him.

  74. It’s mind blowing that people who call themselves “fans” of F1 still bleat the tired old “Vettel is nothing without his car…” and “Newey is driver of the year!” nonsense is silly.

    Vettel easily gets my vote for this race. He was flawless all weekend and no other driver can claim that this time.

    1. To be fair, I’m sure when Alonso was winning with 20+ seconds leads in 2005 and 2006, those ‘fans’ were saying the same thing. Right?… Right?…

    2. Did you guys miss the name of the thread? It is called “Singapore GP driver of the weekend”. There are great threads for commenting on driver of the year and Vettel’s general craft as a pilot elsewhere. We are talking about a particular race weekend here.

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