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. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 7th October 2013, 19:04

    @diceman Yeah sorry, I considered Webber leading was valid. I got clear on the definition of “lead every lap” just a few minutes ago :p

  2. Kelsier (@kelsier) said on 7th October 2013, 19:38

    Lewis Hamilton voted Lewis Hamilton.

  3. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 7th October 2013, 19:46

    Sebastian Vettel. Grand Chelems do not come easily and Vettel was faultless all weekend. He genuinely looked to be in a different Formula to the rest of the field, and that is down not only to his fantastic car but also his formidable talents and his application of those talents.

    Nico Hulkenberg is a close second for me. Another giant-killing drive from him. Get this man in a Lotus for 2014!

  4. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 7th October 2013, 20:27

    Vettel. Absolutely crushed the opposition. Honourable mention for the Hulk

  5. Albert (@) said on 7th October 2013, 21:11

    Vettel and the Hulk. Grosjean had a remarkable performance until that mistake at the restart costed him the second place, so a step below.

    Kinda weak performances from Alonso and Hamilton, which is partly why Vettel’s victory seemed so easy.

    • Albert (@) said on 7th October 2013, 21:12

      Granted, Hamilton would have done better if the he had been brought earlier in the pits. Mercedes need to sort out their strategies.

  6. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 7th October 2013, 22:17

    Vettel was dominant as it’s getting usual, Hülkenberg was put out an amazing drive, but I chose Ricciardo – partly because it seems like nobody else voted for him, and he made a great start, fine race pace, beat Vergne comfortably – sadly for me as he’s one of my favorites, don’t know why he was so weak the whole weekend – and he barely got any praise for his performance.

    And I have to mention Gutierrez as well: he surely wasn’t DotW as his teammate beat him pretty clearly, but he is really getting his act together, getting into Q3 once again, having the best start in the race and if it wasn’t for the turn 3 trouble, he would have been a comfortable point scorer. And I can’t even blame him for getting beaten by his teammate as Nico is one of the best drivers out there currently in my opinion.

  7. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 7th October 2013, 22:26

    Obviously voted for Hulkenberg. He was great. Vettel did great too.
    I also want to mention Grosjean, he had a great weekend, and showed his worth to the team. If he continues like this next year, he might well become a top gunner for the title if the car is up for it. I honestly don’t understand why people voted Raikkonen over him this weekend. RAI didn’t do well in qualifying, and got some help from the safety-car in the race. Grosjean was better on merit this weekend, if you ask me. Last note: Force India really needs to get some decent drivers for next year, their current lineup honestly s*cks.

    • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 8th October 2013, 3:36

      Di Resta and Sutil have put in outstanding performances at Montreal and Monaco respectively, although Force India’s decline came along with their performance, especially Di Resta who crashed out 3 times in a row :/ I hope they can recover.

  8. Troy Longstaff (@troylongstaff) said on 7th October 2013, 22:51

    Hulkenberg for driver of the race definitely, but Vettel had to be driver of the weekend imho. Second consecutive Grand Chelem, only the third driver to ever do it in 64 years, not even Schumacher was able to do it. Saw off the Mercedes’ for pole, controlled the race through a bit of carnage and while it was boring, he is only doing his job, which is to win, funnily enough.
    And this is coming from a non-Vettel fan :)

  9. Kimi4WDC said on 7th October 2013, 22:56

    I vote Kimi. Hulk did an amazing job, you always can rely on him to drive to the car’s capabilities and to keep calm under pressure.

    Just to quote Hamilton’s surprise from last race with regards to Raikkonen’s progress. This is something hes been doing all the time during his whole career. And the crazy amount of overtakes speaks for it. As in any sport, if you very good, you usually put yourself into the situation where luck is on your side. I’m not excusing him for getting lucky, he is just so good and had his share of bad and good luck during his career to know that you have to always give yourself a chance and do everything to put yourself into good position.

    I can’t help to think that if any other driver would be starting so low on the grid and was able to replicate something Kimi is doing for Lotus every weekend, Vettel, is the only name that comes to mind.

  10. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 7th October 2013, 23:25

    Top four for me:

    1. Vettel – Grand Chelem needs to be rewarded with DOTW in my view however great the other drives
    2. Hülkenberg – fantastic defensive driving, and a couple of good overtakes
    3. Webber – Good qualifying, great race, great overtake on Alonso but very unlucky (I am surprised to see he got almost no votes yet)
    4. Grosjean – great driving as well, kept up with Vettel. Qualifying could have been slightly better and he made a mistake that allowed Räikkönen to pass

    Other than that, I don’t see DOTW drives. Surprised to see Räikkönen so high as he had a very poor qualifying and was lucky with the safety car to make it to the podium.

    End of the list for me:

    20. Massa
    21. Di Resta
    22. Sutil

  11. vanja said on 8th October 2013, 1:50

    It looks to me as if ferrari let the championship go. i can’t believe that Sauber and Hulk is being able to match Alonso and ferrari without some kind of manage situation form ferrari…..

  12. djbasumatari (@djbasumatari) said on 8th October 2013, 3:03

    I hope all the top team principles are noting the huge amount of support the hulk has. Maybe we should start a campaign for him.

  13. David not Coulthard (@) said on 8th October 2013, 3:24

    The 2nd most recent Williams pole-sitter (yes, folks, even though it’s been a few years since his year with the team). It all comes down to turn 1 and 2.

  14. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 8th October 2013, 6:36

    Vettel was so, so impressive in Korea, but the vote has to go to Hulkenberg. He got everything he could out of the C32 and managed to impressively hold off two world champions for large chunks of the race. A top class drive.

  15. ganesang (@ganesang) said on 8th October 2013, 7:22

    Superb drive from Hulk, he didn’t defend Hamilton, drove well to earn his position. He deserved better seat next year.

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