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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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):

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

  5. Can only be Vettel, simple this week.

  6. 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.

  7. Gave my vote to Esteban Gutierrez. Lol.

    1. Are you on drugs?

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

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


    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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. Can’t really be anyone but Vettel.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.”

  18. 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


          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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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