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

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  1. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 24th September 2013, 10:47

    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.

  2. A.D. (@aks-das) said on 24th September 2013, 11:18

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

  3. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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. :)

      • 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.

  4. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 24th September 2013, 12:52

    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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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…

    • 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.

    • Oletros (@oletros) said on 24th September 2013, 15:18

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

      Yes, the car was alone all the weekend /s

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th September 2013, 16:02

      @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?

    • iAltair (@ialtair) said on 24th September 2013, 16:24

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

    • Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 24th September 2013, 16:41

      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.

    • Deb Luhi (@debeluhi) said on 25th September 2013, 10:03

      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.

  7. 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

  8. Paul2013 said on 24th September 2013, 17:08

    The best pilot? Easy Vettel’s CAR.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. Alonshow said on 26th September 2013, 4:00

    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.

    • 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?

      • Alonshow said on 8th October 2013, 15:49

        “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.

  14. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 27th September 2013, 11:12

    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.

    • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 28th September 2013, 23:40

      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?…

    • Alonshow said on 8th October 2013, 14:15

      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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