Vote for your 2013 Korean GP driver of the weekend

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Korean Grand Prix weekend?

Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most during the last race weekend.

Korean Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Asserted Red Bull’s superiority on Saturday to take his 42nd career pole position. There was no skipping his second run in Q3 this time although it turned out he could have done. He might have come under more pressure from Grosjean had the Safety Car not been deployed, but with clean starts and restarts the result rarely looked in doubt.

Mark Webber – Knowing he had a ten-place grid penalty Webber sacrificed some downforce to improve his straight-line speed for the race. He was a few tenths off Vettel in Q3 which left him 13th on the grid once his sanction was applied. After dodging the Ferrari crash at the start he passed the McLarens, Maldonado and Ricciardo. But Perez’s tyre failure right in front of him forced a third pit stop, and after the restart he was taken out by Sutil.


Fernando Alonso – Made the best of his Ferrari in qualifying to line up fifth but was pessimistic about his race prospects. That turned out to be a realistic assessment as he wasn’t even able to pass Hulkenberg’s Sauber, despite his best efforts. Vied for position with Hamilton at one point and rather generously left the door open at turn four.

Start, Korea International Circuit, 2013Felipe Massa – Lost time in the first practice session with a punctured tyre which had to be replaced. In final practice he was worryingly far off Alonso’s pace on the mediums tyres but got it together in qualifying to line up behind his team mate. He had his Alonso’s quick reaction to thank for the fact his lap one blunder didn’t wipe them both out. Took a while to get past Gutierrez, eventually doing so after Rob Smedley had suggested using all his KERS at the final corner. The Safety Car helped him on his way to recovering two points for ninth.


Jenson Button – Believed he would have reached Q3 had he not lost around 0.15s behind Raikkonen, who he had waved past on his out-lap. For the second year running he was blamelessly hit at turn three on the first lap, though the consequences were less severe this time. Despite losing time with a front wing change and another delay when his pit exit light turned red at his second stop, Button took eighth with a long, 33-lap stint on medium tyres, only losing out to Rosberg three laps from home.

Sergio Perez – Pipped Button by three-thousandths of a second in Q2 but also failed to reach the final ten. Passed Maldonado twice in the first part of the race, and the stewards scrutinised his battles with Di Resta and Massa before judging both to be fair. He finished behind the latter, taking the final point.


Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea International Circuit, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Crashed at turn 18 at the end of the first practice session, but his team were able to repair his car quickly enough that his afternoon running was not seriously affected. Still not happy with the performance of the revised tyres in qualifying he could only manage tenth after a messy Q3 lap. Things got better quickly once the race started: he dodged the turn three carnage and passed Ricciardo and Alonso. A slow first stop dropped him behind the latter again but his fortuitously-timed second stop, six laps before the Safety Car appeared, gained him that place plus another on Hulkenberg. Pounced on Grosjean after the first restart to claim second, but never looked like catching Vettel.

Romain Grosjean – Continued his promising showing from Singapore and was quick enough on the medium tyres in Q1 to save a second set of super-soft tyres for the final part of qualifying, which he impressively used to split the Mercedes drivers. Passed Hamilton at the start and was set to pressure Vettel with a short second stint and long third stint before the Safety Car spoiled his plans. Paid the price for making a mistake at Raikkonen, then seems to have somewhat optimistically lobbied his team to try to have the positions reversed. The fact he was rarely within DRS range of Raikkonen at this point rather undermined his claim he was being held up.


Nico Rosberg – Wasn’t happy with his car’s balance in qualifying and was disappointed with the end result of fourth (after Webber’s penalty). He looked happier in the race and was in with a chance of a podium finish when his front wing dramatically failed. Recovered to pass Button for seventh near the end.

Lewis Hamilton – Said after qualifying he felt he’d got everything out of the car to qualify second alongside Vettel. But the race went less well: he lost out to Grosjean early on and was mystified by his loss of pace on medium tyres in the second stint. He was unlucky to have to do another lap after Rosberg first overtook him, then headed pit-wards with a broken wing. Hulkenberg passed Hamilton at the restart, which was unexpected, though he defended well against Alonso. Couldn’t crack the Sauber’s defences for fourth, though.


Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Korea International Circuit, 2013Nico Hulkenberg – Said Q1 and Q2 went “like clockwork” but was surprised to lose four tenths of a second in Q3. His team mate actually made a better start but the turn three incident reversed their fortunes and put Hulkenberg ahead of Alonso. It was a surprise he was able to stay there, never mind pinch another place off Hamilton and keep the Mercedes driver tucked up too.

Esteban Gutierrez – Had a spin on Friday as he acclimatised to a circuit he hadn’t driven on before. Nonetheless he improved on his best qualifying position again with eighth and made a great start, passing Alonso, before losing a lot of time trying to avoid contact at turn three. Couldn’t make his way out of the midfield quickly enough to get into the points – an opportunistic lunge on Maldonado ended up costing him a position to Massa, and Perez knocked him back to 11th.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Made it beyond Q1 despite being held up by Bianchi, but trying to blame the eliminated Marussia driver for his lacklustre showing in Q2 was stretching things a bit. Disliked the car’s handling on medium tyres in the race and when he crashed out there was no ducking responsibility this time: “I have to hold my hands up and apologise to the team,” he said.

Adrian Sutil – Said his Q2 lap was “right on the limit” and was only a tenth of a second off making the cut for the top ten. After picking up front wing damage on the first lap he began to recover but lost control of his car following the Safety Car restart and crashed into Webber. Like his team mate, he also provided the necessary apologies.


Pastor Maldonado – Tested a new front wing on Friday and was pleased with the results, but didn’t use it on Saturday. He went out in Q1 and vented his displeasure at his team on Twitter, pointing out the improvement Sauber had made since their difficult start to the season. Gained nine places at the start, thanks mostly to Massa’s spin, but was always going to struggle to hang on to them. Trying to run to the end on 32-lap old tyres didn’t work out as he slipped from the points places.

Valtteri Bottas – Used the new front wing on Saturday and out-qualified Maldonado but wasn’t able to get into Q2. He was delayed at turn three at the start but made up places from there, eventually passing his team mate for 12th place.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Korea International Circuit, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Perplexed by his car on Friday which seemed to get worse as the track conditions improved. Gained a few places at the start but soon found himself at the tail of the midfield. He was set to finish there when a severe handling problem forced him to stop.

Daniel Ricciardo – After a problematic practice he raised his game in qualifying as usual but it wasn’t enough to get the Toro Rosso into Q3. He was the only driver to start on the medium tyres and made it to lap 19 on them. He had a slow pit stop for reasons that aren’t clear, though his team were seen cleaning up the remains of a dead bird afterwards. Oddly he was forced out of the race with a familiar problem, one which also seemed to affect his team mate: “I had the same scenario here last year, when I came down to turn three with a few laps to go, I braked and the car immediately shot to the left. That time it cost me one place. Once I got out of the cockpit this time, I could see there was a mechanical problem at the front left corner.”


Charles Pic – Spent Friday practice trying to improve his car’s traction and was still not completely happy with it on Saturday morning. Out-qualified Van der Garde despite catching traffic on his best lap. Collected 14th in the race, one place shy of the 13th the team need to pass Marussia in the constructors’ championship, but earned a ten-place grid penalty for his third reprimand of the year.

Giedo van der Garde – Was happy with his car’s balance in the second practice session but, like his team mate, found the super-softs gave him a lot of understeer. Pic pipped him by a tiny margin in qualifying. A drive-through penalty in the race for forcing Bianchi wide at turn one, which dropped him to last, though he recovered to pass both the Marussias.


Jules Bianchi – Rodolfo Gonzalez drove his car in first practice, spinning into the wall early on. In qualifying he was pleased to be closer to the Caterhams but picked up a penalty – and his second reprimand of the season – for holding up Di Resta. Was preoccupied with tyre management during the race and unable to get on terms with the Caterhams. A third reprimand will also see him take a ten-place grid penalty in Japan.

Max Chilton – Said he was “really encouraged” to be close to Bianchi’s pace in qualifying. But like Bianchi he didn’t have the pace to race with the Caterhams.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.262s 36/36 2 1st
Mark Webber 13th +0.262s 0/36 3
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.185s 55/55 2 6th -8.201s
Felipe Massa 6th +0.185s 0/55 2 9th +8.201s
Jenson Button 11th +0.003s 39/55 2 8th -2.893s
Sergio Perez 10th -0.003s 16/55 2 10th +2.893s
Kimi Raikkonen 9th +1.291s 19/55 2 2nd -0.703s
Romain Grosjean 3rd -1.291s 36/55 2 3rd +0.703s
Nico Rosberg 4th +0.259s 1/55 2 7th +1.443s
Lewis Hamilton 2nd -0.259s 54/55 2 5th -1.443s
Nico Hulkenberg 7th -0.168s 55/55 2 4th -11.876s
Esteban Gutierrez 8th +0.168s 0/55 2 11th +11.876s
Paul di Resta 15th +0.287s 22/24 2
Adrian Sutil 14th -0.287s 2/24 3 20th
Pastor Maldonado 18th +0.517s 40/55 2 13th +2.964s
Valtteri Bottas 17th -0.517s 15/55 2 12th -2.964s
Jean-Eric Vergne 16th +0.364s 0/52 3 18th Not on same lap
Daniel Ricciardo 12th -0.364s 52/52 2 19th Not on same lap
Charles Pic 19th -0.007s 45/55 2 14th -0.923s
Giedo van der Garde 20th +0.007s 10/55 2 15th +0.923s
Jules Bianchi 22nd -0.153s 52/55 2 16th -4.928s
Max Chilton 21st +0.153s 3/55 2 17th +4.928s

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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 Korean Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (15%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (7%)
  • Romain Grosjean (4%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (69%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • 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 (0%)

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192 comments on Vote for your 2013 Korean GP driver of the weekend

  1. I’m going to say HĂĽlkenberg, but I’m sticking by my “underdog” philosophy and voting Vettel: both were peerless, Vettel with his Grand Chelem (the second in a row, of course) and HĂĽlkenberg with his supreme opportunism and defence driving skills. They were both very close in terms of their respective performances’ quality, but HĂĽlkenberg deserves his current winning margin.

    • Butch27 (@butch27) said on 7th October 2013, 17:01

      If you wanted to vote for the underdog of this race you should have picked Hulk. Vettel was the favorite. Are you are telling that voting the underdog was too mainstream for you at this round?

      • @butch27 hence why I put “underdog” in inverted commas, since he wasn’t literally an underdog (quite the opposite, in fact).

        It has nothing to do with being mainstream, either. I have voted Vettel because I think he thoroughly deserves at least second place in the poll (he was an equal with HĂĽlkenberg, better even arguably) and I know the tendency of some members of the site to vote with their hearts, to put it politely.

        • Butch27 (@butch27) said on 7th October 2013, 17:56

          @vettel1 I see your point. Seeing a driver who has won 2 consecutive grand chelem getting less than 20% of the votes is quite strange, and I think trying to change this tendency would be quite comprehensible. But we should all vote for the best driver of the weekend from our point of view, without taking care of other people’s vote. Only once you voted you look at the results of the poll, wich can be surprisingly, to see the tendency and discuss about it. And that’s the purpose of the poll isn’t it? We shouldn’t know other people choices until the poll is closed imo. It would be less politics, more excitement for the final result when it comes out.

          • @butch27 You should see the id first, it says vettel 1…

          • @butch27 fair argument, but you can’t see the “live” results until you’ve voted anyway ;) I was split slightly between them – my initial opinion to vote for HĂĽlkenberg purely because he was more visibly brilliant – but I didn’t feel Vettel was getting the credit he deserves. Which is why I’m again going to express a desire for having a ranking system as appose to just voting for one driver, in which case I’d have 1- HĂĽlkenberg, 2 – Vettel (very close between the top two) and 3 – Grosjean, with my honourable mention then going to Massa: even though he was out qualified and made that error, he had a great race after it: better than Alonso’s I’d say.

            That’d also remove most of the “politics”, as it’d make tough decisions significantly easier.

            @noob it does, because he’s my favourite driver and indeed he wears the number one on his car. Why does that change things though? Are you suggesting Vettel doesn’t merit at least 2nd?

            Please, do present a counter argument.

          • Butch27 (@butch27) said on 7th October 2013, 18:46

            @vettel1 Actually you can see the live results: you just need to not be logged in; and anyone can always read the comments, where obviously we all say who we voted for and why.
            @noob He didn’t actually act like a Vettel fan at all. Initially his vote was between Hulkenberg and Vettel but he thought the latter wasn’t getting the credit he deserved, so he voted for him.
            In my opinion being able to read others votes influences a lot the result of the poll, because we often try to “balance” the result itself.

  2. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 7th October 2013, 16:05

    @diceman I don’t think anybody could consider Alonso or Raikkonen for 3rd ( and I am a head-over-heels Alonso fan). Plus I think Grosjean and Vettel should swap places in your list – Grosjean did great, a great overtake on Hamilton and good, consistent racing. Vettel, you know, the win was kind of his own to lose with that RB9 of his.

    • @shreyasf1fan Lot of people on F1F were asking who might have voted for Alonso, I guessed your name.

      ( and I am a head-over-heels Alonso fan)

      hope I am not wrong

      • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 7th October 2013, 18:04

        @noob You are pretty wrong, I voted Hulkenberg.

        • @shreyasf1fan Ok got it.

          @keithcollantine Is there any list of official fans (of drivers/teams) on F1F, such as @shreyasf1fan and @vettel1

          • @noob what do you mean by “official fans”? I don’t really understand how it could really be official, but there’s a function on people’s profiles to allow you to see which drivers they support?

          • Dion (@infinitygc) said on 7th October 2013, 18:45

            It would actually make a pretty funny list, but you can kinda see who is a fan from clicking on the names of the drivers in the “Who do you support” thing on your profile.

            I get that you are actually talking about the hardcore fans here, and while I agree some people are really big fans of some drivers, they are almost always reasonable enough to accept a mistake by their favorite driver.

            An exception I could mention is a thread regarding a certain Lotus driver, and the fans of another Lotus driver acting quite immaturely there.

            Still, a “Which driver do you support with a passion”-listcould be an interesting read, but only if people would bother to explain why they voted that driver, kind of like the DOTW-polls.

          • @infinitygc of course, I’m a Vettel fan (…and the sound of shocked gasps filled the room) and quite a passionate one at that, but in all honesty I’m not sure it’d be that interesting. I prefer to think of myself as a Formula One fan, along with all the other users. So it might be a good experiment to see how big the “dedicated” fanbases are, or even just a legitimate favourite driver poll (I have 5 or 6 down as drivers I support), but I don’t know that I’d think differently or act differently for it. I treat all as F1 fans!

          • Dion (@infinitygc) said on 7th October 2013, 19:19

            @vettel1 I agree, that COULD be a better way of doing it, however you could see people frantically voting by using multiple accounts or something like that.

            Even tough a lot of people support certain drivers, not as much are particularly passionate about a driver (For instance I’m a fan of Grosjean, you Vettel, @shreyasf1fan Alonso and @hamilfan Hamilton), and those are often fairly obvious about it. A headcount would still be nice, since you’re getting some numbers, but the passionate fans are usually quite, well, passionate!

            I think the “who do you support” thing works quite well, because it allows you to see whom else these passionate people support. So, for as far as my opinion goes, it might actually not be all too interesting after all…

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th October 2013, 19:55

            @noob As a few others have pointed out already all users on F1 Fanatic can show which drivers they support. I see you haven’t yet (they would be listed here) so here’s how you can:


  3. czhihong (@czhihong) said on 7th October 2013, 16:16

    I’m a fan of Hulkenberg, and I’m sure he’ll win this at a canter, but I’m going with Vettel.

    Take nothing away from Hulkenberg’s cool defending and impeccable race craft, but I feel he’s flattered a little by the car currently. I don’t think anyone could have overtaken him unless he made a mistake with the traction and top speed that he had. Granted, Gutierrez was overtaken left and right in the same car, but I think any top driver (the world champions on the grid plus Webber) would have been able to do what Hulk did.

    I love the guy, but I think Vettel was a better driver over the weekend. It’s easy to forget how simple he makes it look, but getting it done in qualifying again, controlling the race from the front in a weekend that he didn’t seem to have a clear pace advantage, without drinking (!), makes him the more impressive driver for me.

  4. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 7th October 2013, 16:35


    Withstood the pressure from two World Champions for lap after lap with a car that was setup brilliantly for the challenge of the track. He also made the comment of the day ‘I hope we don’t fall like bananas’

    Mr. Boullier, don’t look any further this is the driver you want to replace dear old Kimi. He can be very proud of himself, that was a career-building performance right there.

  5. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 7th October 2013, 16:37

    Hulk, holding 3 WDC’s behind him is just crazy, while on a mid-tier cars in comparison.

    Vettel definitely deserved the win. Opening the gap by 2s after SC to get out of DRS range and

    put in 4 FLAPs in a row right after. This was his 3rd consecutive Korean Grand Prix win following

    his Singapore’s one and was also his 2 back-to-back Grand Chelem.

  6. geekracer2000 (@geekracer2000) said on 7th October 2013, 16:40

    I voted Hulkenberg. Great drive during the race and great qualifying as well. I considered Grosjean, Kimi and Vettel.
    As for comment above about RB9 supremacy (again!? Really?), I say 2 safety car periods we all saw how Lewis blew it after first one, Alonso was also locking all over the track when he was under pressure from Kimi. But not Vettel he got his lead sliced two times but still kept it cool made it look easy but it was he who drove that RB9 of his not other way around.

  7. Francorchamps (@francorchamps17) said on 7th October 2013, 16:50

    Vettel in the Sauber would have done even better.
    It’s ridiculous that only 17% are voting for Vettel when he does the perfect weekend.

  8. Vettel was flawless but honourable mentions to Hulk, Grosjean and Webber.

  9. Butch27 (@butch27) said on 7th October 2013, 16:52

    Hulkenberg did a fantastic job of course. But I voted for Vettel because he got another impressive grand slam. In my opinion people still haven’t realize how fast and strong this driver is. I really think he’s up there with the best drivers in the history of F1.

  10. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 7th October 2013, 16:54

    Amazing to think the winner who took a Grand Chelem, only gets 17% of the vote but even as a staunch Vettel fan, I had to give it to Hulk… an incredible performance (even if he would’ve lined up 2 spots higher had he repeated his Q2 lap in Q3)

  11. Jorge Lardone (@jorge-lardone) said on 7th October 2013, 17:27

    Vettel, because a perfect weekend. Hulkemberg did a great job also, as did Gutierrez and Grosjean.

  12. Dragon (@dragon88) said on 7th October 2013, 17:54

    Nico Hulkenberg. He’s a star.

  13. eefay1 (@eefay1) said on 7th October 2013, 18:14

    Im a massive lewis Hamilton fan and I cannot recall hearing lewis ask the team if they had any ideas.the 2nd or 3rd gear upwards traction of that sauber was fenominal.
    I don’t think lewis has had a problem like that since kubica a good few years ago (I forget the circuit. Poss canada 09-ish lol)
    My vote went to hulk.he raced a stormer.
    Top class.give that man a top seat for nxt year.

  14. I don’t really understand the bashing Kimi is getting on the comments. He made some nice passes (Ricciardo, Alonso, Grosjean) and the pace he was driving after his second stop was superb. Did you guys pay attention? He didn’t need the safety car to gain all the positions. Of course the Merc problems helped as well… Even without the safety cars, he would have been close to the podium (tyres at his side). At least that’s my guess as a fan ;)

  15. katederby (@katederby) said on 7th October 2013, 18:38

    Plenty of ‘fan’ voting going on. Raikkonen, really? Pranged his car in practice, qualified 6 places behind his team mate and had a lot of good fortune to in as high as 3rd after the final SC. Voted Hulkenberg.

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