Vote for your 2013 Indian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Indian Grand Prix

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

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

Indian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel – It never looked like anyone was going to keep Vettel from the win and his fourth title. He was over half a second quicker than Webber on the soft tyres and took pole by eight tenths from the Mercedes. Had to drop back into the pack early on to make his strategy work but brushed the traffic aside and was over 13 seconds ahead of his team mate when Webber retired. Picked up a reprimand for not stopping parc ferme after the chequered flag so he could perform doughnuts in front of the crowd.

Mark Webber – Did a solid job on the alternate strategy despite dropping three places at the start. Second place would have been his had his alternator not failed.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – Missed some running in first practice due to a gearbox problem. Qualified on medium tyres which left him eighth, though his Q2 time suggested a front-row start was possible. Tangled with Webber and Button on the first lap, leaving him with damage which forced a pit stop for a front wing change. From there he wasn’t quite able to make it back into the points.

Felipe Massa – Lost time in the second sector on his qualifying lap which he reckoned could have put him higher than fifth on the grid. Nonetheless a strong start saw him take second place early on. He wasn’t able to stay there, however, as he lost time behind Sutil and was jumped by Rosberg and Grosjean.

McLaren

Jenson Button – Contact with Alonso on the first lap destroyed his race chances as he had to pit due to a puncture. He was disappointed to be so far out of contention on a day when the car was working well.

Sergio Perez – Did a long first stint on the medium tyres and ran second before making his obligatory stop for soft tyres. In the final stint he passed Hamilton and Raikkonen in one excellent move to seize fifth place – his best result so far for McLaren.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Kimi Raikkonen – Troubled by his brakes early in the race, a brave attempt to run 53 laps on the soft tyres ended as they started to go off. His team were furious at the lengths he went to keep Grosjean behind, demanding he make way, which he eventually did. However he soon surrendered to the inevitable and made a late stop for more tyres.

Romain Grosjean – Tried to get through Q1 using only the harder tyres but paid a high price as he failed to make the cut. However with new tyres for the first stint he was better placed to make Lotus’s one-stop strategy work, and after getting past his team mate claimed an unlikely podium finish.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg – Started and finished second, and was gratified to have a trouble-free race. Lost some time behind Massa early on but was able to get ahead of him via the pits, and was never likely to get within range of Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton – “I struggled a little bit with something different on the car this weekend which Nico had had experience of seeing maybe in the past,” said Hamilton after being out-qualified by his team mate. He passed Rosberg at the start, than ran wide at turn three and lost places to his team mate and Massa. He wasn’t able to get past the Ferrari, though it didn’t help matters that he made both his pit stops on the same lap as his rival. Hamilton’s tyres went off towards the end and he was passed by Perez.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg – Eighth was certain, seventh was possible before a mystery floor problem ended his race seven laps from home.

Esteban Gutierrez – Failed to build on his recent progress with a poor weekend: a second slower than Hulkenberg in qualifying, he then jumped the start which led to a drive-through and eventually finished a disappointing 15th.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Paul di Resta – Believed he could have found the missing few tenths needed to reach Q3. Pitted after just one lap to remove the soft tyres, then worked his way up to eighth for his first points since his home race.

Adrian Sutil – The only driver to run a one-stop strategy which began with a stint on medium tyres. He stayed out until lap 41, then nursed his soft tyres for an impressive 19 laps while keeping clear of Ricciardo.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado – An encouraging race for Williams as Maldonado crossed the line less than three seconds behind the points scorers. “The car showed better race pace which is encouraging,” he said.

Valtteri Bottas – Out-qualified Maldonado but his race was spoiled by radio problems which delayed his first pit stop. That left him in traffic, blunting his attempts to get into the points.

Toro Rosso

Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Ran a similar strategy to Di Resta but only finished one place higher than he started. “We were just too slow,” he said and the team agreed with him, urging him to raise his pace at one point.

Daniel Ricciardo – Took the final point and was trying to pass Force Indias but had to keep an eye out for attacks from Alonso’s wounded Ferrari.

Caterham

Charles Pic – Joined his team mate in retirement when he lost hydraulic pressure.

Giedo van der Garde – Blamed Chilton for his second race-ending contact on lap one in as many races. “It?s been made really clear to us that we have to give each other room,” he said, “but today I wasn?t given any at all and that?s what?s finished my race before it really got going.” The stewards declined to intervene, which given Van der Garde’s retirement indicates they did not hold Chilton responsible.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – A fine performance in qualifying got him ahead of both Caterhams as well as his team mate. But a problem at Bianchi’s first pit stop dropped him behind Chilton, where he finished.

Max Chilton – Continued his 100% race finishing streak despite the contact with Van der Garde on the first lap, which he unsurprisingly had a different view of: “From the video, the circumstances of the first corner seem pretty clear – I was ahead of van der Garde and he hit both Pic and myself with his front wing.”

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.928s 12/39 2 1st
Mark Webber 4th +0.928s 27/39 2
Fernando Alonso 8th +0.625s 0/60 3 11th +36.605s
Felipe Massa 5th -0.625s 60/60 2 4th -36.605s
Jenson Button 10th +0.334s 0/59 3 14th Not on same lap
Sergio Perez 9th -0.334s 59/59 2 5th Not on same lap
Kimi Raikkonen 6th -0.758s 49/60 2 7th +28.096s
Romain Grosjean 17th +0.758s 11/60 1 3rd -28.096s
Nico Rosberg 2nd -0.07s 54/60 2 2nd -22.652s
Lewis Hamilton 3rd +0.07s 6/60 2 6th +22.652s
Nico Hulkenberg 7th -0.997s 43/54 3 19th Not on same lap
Esteban Gutierrez 16th +0.997s 11/54 2 15th Not on same lap
Paul di Resta 12th -0.029s 17/60 2 8th -1.866s
Adrian Sutil 13th +0.029s 43/60 1 9th +1.866s
Pastor Maldonado 18th +0.664s 26/59 2 12th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 15th -0.664s 33/59 2 16th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 14th +0.279s 0/59 2 13th Not on same lap
Daniel Ricciardo 11th -0.279s 59/59 2 10th Not on same lap
Charles Pic 21st +0.382s 1/1 2
Giedo van der Garde 20th -0.382s 0/1 0
Jules Bianchi 19th -1.168s 8/58 2 18th +0.722s
Max Chilton 22nd +1.168s 50/58 2 17th -0.722s

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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 Indian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (45%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (6%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (42%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • 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 (1%)

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93 comments on Vote for your 2013 Indian GP driver of the weekend

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  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 28th October 2013, 15:44

    Did a solid job on the alternate strategy despite dropping three places at the start. Second place would have been his had his alternator not failed.

    Alternate strategy failed because of alternator.

    Phunny !

  2. TMF (@tmf42) said on 28th October 2013, 15:48

    for me it’s pretty much a tie between Grosjean and Vettel. Qualifying is the tie-breaker in this case – driver of the race goes to Romain but driver of the weekend to Vettel.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 28th October 2013, 21:14

      The Donuts were the tiebreaker for me, perfect weekend for Seb, honorable mention to DanR for not cracking under sustained pressure from Fernando, commiserations to Mark for being robbed of 2nd by the alternator.

  3. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 28th October 2013, 15:48

    Can’t be Romain Grosjean because of the Qualifying fiasco. He failed to make the risky strategy work.

    • Lance (@lancelot) said on 28th October 2013, 17:09

      And yet watch Vettel detractors to vote for Romain just not to let Vettel win the poll. *eyeroll*

    • Merv (@) said on 28th October 2013, 20:32

      Strategy is a team decision, DOTW is about the driver.
      IF the team had decided to send RG out on the soft tyre in Q1 he would have willingly driven the car around and into Q2.

      It’s also perceived that SV has a car advantage, backed up by the fact that Webber was blowing away everybody that wasn’t SV until his alternator failure.

      A vote for RG isn’t a snub to SV, it’s acknowledgement that RG did a great job from the P17 he found himself in, not only making up 14 places but having to nurse his tyres round all GP to make his recovery strategy work.

  4. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 28th October 2013, 15:49

    Vettel. Didn’t put a wheel wrong all weekend. Rosberg and Perez did well too, but Vettel was just a class apart.
    And I don’t see how Grosjean can be DOTW, he was overdriving the car on Friday, his medium tyre lap was eight-tenths slower than Vettel in quali.

  5. TheBass (@) said on 28th October 2013, 15:51

    Torn between Vettel and Grosjean. Both were flawless and had great drives, Grosjean’s strategy and tyre management were superb, and Vettel driving from the back was also good. Also Vettel sealed his 4th title and gave us that amazing celebration. Rosberg and Massa weren’t far behing.

    Could go either way, really, so I voted Vettel because Sunday was his day.

  6. Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean are all fairly worthy contenders. I don’t think Grosjean did very well in qualifying even irrespective of the fact his strategy was perhaps too ambitious but he certainly did make up for it in the race.

    Perez out-qualifying Button meant his was up to scratch as far as I’m concerned and his first stint was excellent, as was his overtake on Hamilton and Räikkönen.

    But I’m going to do the predictable thing and vote for Vettel, just for that glove throwing fail :P Stick to driving, mate.

    • There’s a couple of others I haven’t mentioned. Rosberg and a very good weekend, out qualifying Hamilton and quite comfortably out-racing him and Massa: not the perfect qualifying but a very solid race.

      • Massa I wouldn’t have as a contender for the weekend as had he replicated Alonso’s Q2 time he would’ve started 2nd (-0.316s on his actual time) and would’ve been *only* 0.622 behind Vettel by the average improvement margin between Q2 and Q3 (discarding the medium runners and the man himself), compared to the 1.082 he actually was behind.

    • JenniKate (@jennikate) said on 28th October 2013, 16:47

      I concur! Perez, Grosjean and Vettel all contenders. If it was driver/team of the race I’d have to go Grosjean they took the risk and he pulled it off and it was nail biting towards the end to see if he’d make it.
      Perez looked good all weekend and his results reflect that.
      But for me Vettel didn’t put a foot wrong. Boring… yes, even with the early pitstop the win was never really in question, but that just shows how steady a weekend he had. He gets my vote.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th October 2013, 22:07

      YEah, @vettel1, there really were some outstanding drives this weekend, the race was a lot better than I had expected as well.

      But really, for me, this weekend it just had to be Seb Vettel. 4 times WDC – in a row – and he really was doing everything right, up and including the dougnuts in the end, and even the almost failed throwing of the gloves. That was just a genuine moment of a real person.

      Great win for him, thoroughly deserved too. So yes. Vettel is my DOTW (no DotSeason vote is up yet)

  7. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 28th October 2013, 15:53

    I voted for Perez. He had a good qualifying, well clear of Button and close to Alonso, and drove a clean race, showing strong pace throughout. He has shown good pace before, but he hadn’t so far combined it with a clean weekend, and last weekend he did so at a time when his seat was under pressure.

  8. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 28th October 2013, 16:06

    Vettel, Grosjean, Perez, Massa and Rosberg… too many to choose from :/

  9. Mads (@mads) said on 28th October 2013, 16:08

    Grosjean was good. Perez was better and Vettel was predictably, the best.
    In control, through traffic, and he was just blisteringly fast. I know this doesn’t count per se, but his celebrations were a class act. Humble, giving one hell of a show for the fans, and now a couple of Indian chaps has race gloves which are most likely worth hundreds of pounds as a result.

  10. As usual, Max Chilton votes for himself!
    I voted for Romain, he did an amazing job with his Lotus.
    I hope we can see him again in 2014 with more solid drives!

    • Nimba (@nimba) said on 28th October 2013, 22:45

      how many accounts does Max Chilton has on F1fanatic.co.uk ? :P .. He’s ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen…. although it’s a pity that people here have wasted their votes on Hamilton and Raikkonen for the Indian GP

  11. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 28th October 2013, 16:12

    Both Vettel and Grosjean were 17th at some point. Vettel for strategy and Grosjean for a bad Lotus planning. It’s DOTW and considering Vettel wasn’t in the need to push for a victory to become champion, but pushed anyway in both quali and race, he gets my vote.

    • PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 28th October 2013, 17:03

      The consensus appear to be that there have been some really strong drives throughout the weekend. Massa did well, Perez too. Rosberg very good in the race and not shabby in quali either. The two stand outs for me were Vettel and Grosjean. I believe the qualifying fiasco at lotus was more due to the team perhaps being overly ambitious, can’t really fault Grosjean there. He was absolutely outstanding in the race too. I was so impressed. But it is fair to say that vettel did not put a foot wrong the whole weekend. His second stint on the medium tyres was just excellent, it won him the race. He was the man this weekend. So I have voted vettel. But Grosjean was a close second

  12. Casanova (@casanova) said on 28th October 2013, 16:14

    I voted Rosberg – 2nd in qualifying and the race was the absolute maximum he could have achieved in the Mercedes this weekend, and he solidly beat Hamilton on merit in equal machinery. I think Rosberg’s race only went fairly unnoticed due as Grosjean’s successful one-stop strategy and Vettel’s championship story made better viewing. That shouldn’t take anything away from Rosberg’s achievement, which was a quick, canny and pretty much error-free race weekend.

  13. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 28th October 2013, 16:17

    Let us not be swept in Vettel-mania when making this decision and remember that he had a completely dominant car this weekend, so surely it can’t be him. Also we must remember that is it “The Driver of the Weekend” not just the race, so in spite of Grosjean’s brilliant race drive, his erratic and erroneous performance in qualifying surely eliminates him. For me, when all things are considered, it is a choice between Perez and Rosberg, who showered both of their more illustrious teammates in their dust. Personally, I thought Perez was set for a podium had he not had warm-up issues on his final set of primes, and couple that polished drive in the midst of contractual pressure with fast yet consistent pace all weekend, and you have the driver who should logically surely be the DotW. Now watch everyone vote for Sebastian Vettel…

    • Why can’t you vote for someone with a good car?

    • PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 28th October 2013, 17:11

      @william-brierty I think it’s a bit unfair to blame Grosjean for the quali trouble. I think the team were a bit overly ambitious with the strategy to be fair

    • Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 28th October 2013, 17:58

      Vettel earned DotW beyond any doubt – doing the donuts removed the last of any possible doubt

    • TheBass (@) said on 28th October 2013, 18:44

      @william-brierty

      he had a completely dominant car this weekend, so surely it can’t be him.

      He having the best car somehow makes his drive impossible to the best?
      That’s a bit ridiculous.

    • uan (@uan) said on 28th October 2013, 23:16

      @william-brierty

      “Perez and Rosberg, who showered both of their more illustrious teammates in their dust. Personally, I thought Perez was set for a podium had he not had warm-up issues on his final set of primes.”

      1. Perez only showered Button in dust because of a first lap puncture courtesy of Alonso, which ruined his tire strategy. Not sure that would be considered Perez dominating his teammate.

      2. On for a podium except he (Perez) couldn’t get his tires warmed up properly – hmmm.

      3. Rosberg much legitimate in terms of driver of the day than Perez.

      4. Massa blew away is far more illustrious teammate, finishing in P4 with Alonso in a scruffy P11.

    • tmax (@tmax) said on 28th October 2013, 23:24

      @william-brierty A driver comes first in all the 5 Session of the Weekend and the reason for not voting him Driver of the weekend was “He had a Good car ” that must the the COTD ….
      Going by your logic Ayrton Senna & Alian Prost would never have been the DOTW

      BTW just for your kind info… This is not the “vote for the worst car of the weekend
      ” ……. Oh Wait @xusso we now know who has been Voting for Max Chilton LOL LOL.,,,,

    • seanc said on 29th October 2013, 1:03

      Perhaps you should make a poll for “car of the weekend” instead

    • Oletros (@oletros) said on 29th October 2013, 6:28

      Let us not be swept in Vettel-mania

      No, it is better be swept in Vettel-bashing /s

      it is a choice between Perez and Rosberg, who showered both of their more illustrious teammates in their dust.

      I miss one name here, yes, some driver that also showered his more illustrious teammate in their dust

  14. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 28th October 2013, 16:19

    Sebastian Vettel.

    Demoted to 17th and overtook 13 cars in 10 laps to come out in front again. After which, he just control the whole race and the pack behind him to take is 6th consecutive wins and 100% record in India with his 4x consecutive World Champion.

    Despite knowing the rules of having the car driven back to Parc Ferme, he continued to deliver the donut celebrations in front of the crowd. Kneeling and bowing in front of the car and the crowd are his appreciations for the team and the fans respectively that supported him throughout.

    Nonetheless, its IVETTEL.

    Special mentions to Grosjean, Massa, Sutil and Nico Rosberg.

    Grosjean to finish in the podiums after starting 17th is a good result for him. Massa finishing in front of Alonso showing that he still has drive in himself. Sutil, making that medium compound Pirelli tyres last for 39 laps is an amazing tyre management in 2013. And of course Nico Rosberg to make a German 1-2 after a poor start to the race.

    Good day, good job and bring along Abu Dhabi. We are seeing the records of consecutive wins being broke. It’s nice to witness a 60-year history that is about to be re-written at the end of the season.

    • Mackeine Loveine (@cocaine-mackeine) said on 29th October 2013, 1:06

      Actually the 13 cars he “overtook” let him pass like he was lapping them. And he didn´t control the whole race, Webber´s gearbox failed when he was leading and Vettel inherited the lead. Just for that I went to vote for Grosjean. He started 17th fought his way through the field, and he even made Kimi pissed off, and only Perez has manage to do that (Also great drive from him, loved his double overtake to Ham and Kimi)
      This GP had very great drives from a few drivers. I was surprised by Massa, he could have been in the podium if his tyre startegy worked out. Also Perez drove a good race without pissing someone else, his fight with Alonso was incredible as well as his tyre startegy. Who said he doesn´t how to drive?

      • Oletros (@oletros) said on 29th October 2013, 8:46

        Ein? When Webber alternator failed the one leading the race was Vettel by more than 10 seconds

        • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 29th October 2013, 9:33

          Looking at the lap chart, Vettel passed 9 cars on track (Chilton, Bianchi, Bottas, Maldonado, Guitierrez, Sutil, Grosjean, Ricciardo, Perez). There may be additional ones but as they pitted on the lap where Vettel passed them, you can’t tell from the lap charts.

          Grosjean passed 5 cars: Guitierrez, Maldonado, Sutil, Guitierrez again, and Raikkonen.

          All stops had been done when Webber retired on lap 40. Webber was 14 seconds behind Vettel, lapping 0.2 seconds slower than Vettel. Hence, Webber would have had to pick up his pace by 0.9 seconds per lap to catch up with Vettel at the end. So Webber had no chance to win. Although he would have easily finished second.

          @oletros @cocaine-mackeine

  15. Maeve (@maeve08) said on 28th October 2013, 16:20

    Qualifying pole-1pt
    Driving from the back of the grid to the front-1pt
    Winning the race-1pt
    Winning wdc-1pt
    Doughnuts and post-race antics-1pt

    Driving from 17th place to podium finish-1pt

    5-1, so it’s vettel with grosjean as the runner-up and special mention to rosberg..

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