2013 Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel topped the pole for the fourth time this year with more than double the number of votes of second-placed Kimi Raikkonen.
Fernando Alonso was voted third and therefore makes his seventh appearance inside the top three of the season.
1. Sebastian Vettel
Vettel once again dominated the weekend, topping every session with the exception of first practice and first qualifying. He was untouchable in qualifying and pole never looked in doubt.
If there was an imperfection in Vettel’s weekend – it was the start. Nico Rosberg got a run on him and took the inside line for turn one, but out-braked himself and handed Vettel back a lead he would never relinquish.
Vettel’s future team mate Daniel Ricciardo did him no favours at all when he crashed at turn 18, bringing out the Safety Car and eliminating Vettel’s lead.
But neither this nor a brake vibration later in the race could stop Vettel cruising to his seventh win of the season and third ‘grand slam’ of all time.
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 slam’ well earned.
Lewis McMurray (@Celicadion23)
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.
The driver who got ‘grand slam’. This happens so rarely that I don’t see how any other driver could be named Driver of the Weekend.
2. Kimi Raikkonen
After suffering back pains in qualifying due to an ill-fitting seat during practice, being down in 13th on the grid was no huge surprise for Raikkonen.
While Raikkonen didn’t get a great start Lotus used strategy to perfection to get him some clear air. Another good strategy call to pit under the Safety Car – and an excellent pass on Button in the latter stages of the race – secured him a fantastic podium, made all the more impressive considering his back pain.
- Back pains.
- Poor car for the weekend
- Overtook Button and managed his tyres properly.
- 13th to 3rd.
He wins this for me. Enough said.
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, Raikkonen blazed through the field to capture a podium place from an inauspicious 13th starting position.
Not perfect, but epic under the circumstances.
3. Fernando Alonso
Alonso was left unsurprised by the lack of pace on Saturday leaving him only seventh on the grid. Ferrari made the same call as Lotus however – to pit under the Safety Car – and this duly helped him to his third runner-up spot in a row.
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.
2013 Driver of the Weekend results
|Australian Grand Prix||Kimi Raikkonen (51.2%)||Adrian Sutil (17.9%)||Jules Bianchi (13.6%)|
|Malaysian Grand Prix||Mark Webber (34.2%)||Sebastian Vettel (17.4%)||Nico Rosberg (13.6%)|
|Chinese Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (47.0%)||Daniel Ricciardo (18.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (15.6%)|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (32.2%)||Paul di Resta (17.8%)||Fernando Alonso (11.9%)|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (61.4%)||Felipe Massa (10.8%)||Kimi Raikkonen (10.5%)|
|Monaco Grand Prix||Nico Rosberg (54.3%)||Adrian Sutil (22.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (9.6%)|
|Canadian Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (36.8%)||Fernando Alonso (24.6%)||Jean-Eric Vergne (14.0%)|
|British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton (52.5%)||Mark Webber (18.4%)||Fernando Alonso (10.2%)|
|German Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (39.2%)||Romain Grosjean (27.6%)||Kimi Raikkonen (15.9%)|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton (63.9%)||Kimi Raikkonen (12.4%)||Romain Grosjean (12.0%)|
|Belgian Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (39.1%)||Sebastian Vettel (38.5%)||Jenson Button (6.9%)|
|Italian Grand Prix||Nico Hulkenberg (48.4%)||Sebastian Vettel (28.6%)||Fernando Alonso (9.3%)|
|Singapore Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (53.9%)||Kimi Raikkonen (25.7%)||Fernando Alonso (12.3%)|
2013 Singapore Grand Prix
- Penalty for third reprimand “disappointing” – Webber
- Di Resta still unsure over cause of Singapore crash
- Singapore showed Vettel’s true advantage – Hamilton
- Fourth Driver of the Weekend win for Vettel
- Second-lowest ever rating for Singapore Grand Prix
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