Vote for your Singapore GP driver of the weekend

2013 Singapore Grand Prix

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. Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 23rd September 2013, 18:52

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

    • 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.

      • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 23rd September 2013, 19:41

        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.

        • @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.

          • alexx_88 (@alexx_88) said on 24th September 2013, 8:31

            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.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th September 2013, 8:39

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

        Exactly.

  2. 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

    • that would be cool

    • kimrogue (@kimrogue) said on 24th September 2013, 7:31

      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.

  3. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 23rd September 2013, 19:04

    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.

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

    • 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.

      • 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….

    • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 23rd September 2013, 23:25

      @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.

  5. RACERNORRISKI (@racernorriski) said on 23rd September 2013, 19:40

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 23rd September 2013, 20:22

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 23rd September 2013, 21:17

    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.

  12. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 23rd September 2013, 22:07

    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.

  13. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 23rd September 2013, 22:40

    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.

  14. Juan Pablo Heidfeld (@juan-pablo-heidfeld-1) said on 23rd September 2013, 22:50

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

  15. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 23rd September 2013, 22:51

    Can only be Vettel, simple this week.

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