Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Vote for your 2013 Indian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 (0%)

Total Voters: 580

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

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  1. This is a circuit that is supposed to be very difficult to pass and no one did more passing that Romain G., so he was my pick for this week. HOWSOMEVER, this does not take away from Sebastian V. and RED BULL who are at the pinnacle of the sport at this moment, except of course for Mark W. some folks are just star crossed or so it seems. An earlier comment, Can’t be Romain Grosjean because of the Qualifying fiasco. He failed to make the risky strategy work escapes my understanding as it seems this would be a point in Romain’s favor for a driver vote as he overcame the screw up and was on the podium …. Thanks, Ray

    1. Compensating for a mistake doesn’t take the mistake away! But I see your point.

  2. Vettel, of course. Also very good job by Rosberg. In the race, Grosjean, Massa and Perez did well.

  3. Voted for Vettel, but I was really close to voting Perez. He did absolutely everything right this weekend. Grosjean was fantastic in the race, but failed in qualifying, which makes it hard for me to vote him.

  4. Vettel. It’s easy to say he had the fastest car and he didn’t have any competitors, but his strategy was very risky. After the second lap he was in the middle of the traffic. He overtook everyone without losing much time, while the drivers who stopped later (Massa, Rosberg, Hamilton) got stuck behind someone. Brilliant drive by Seb.

  5. Was torn between Vet, Gro & Perez, I went with Perez because Vettel has the car and skills to completely dominate the race really so was kind of a given, Grosjean didn’t Qualify well so there’s that, but Perez out performed Button this weekend and was up to 3rd or more at one point and equalled there highest finishing position this season so deserves some credit for that.

  6. A few obvious choices but I’m going for a guy who punched above his car’s weight, was rapidly onto the back of the leading group, and way more impressive than Hamilton and Massa, who went missing mid-race and threw away good starts. And that double pass was impressive and brave, despite being in the world’s longest DRS zone. Another vote on the board for Perez.

  7. Alonso gets 1% for turning up. Even though he put the primes on in Q3, I doubt he would’ve been much higher on options (maybe still behind Massa even) considering his one-lap pace this season (I suppose you could say many seasons now). He was clumsy in the first few corners (maybe a consequence of qualifying 8th), especially going into Button, and then struggled to get passed weaker cars. Gutierrez in particular was giving him a hard time.

    I voted for Vettel anyway based on his very strong performances in qualifying and race, and not “because he won his 4th title”, like some people seem to assume. All of the top 5 did very good jobs this weekend.

    1. It’s now gone to 0%. My faith in F1Fanatic readers restored!

    2. @deej92 It’s pretty much a given every weekend that Alonso, Raikkonen and Chilton always get their vote for being able to drag themselves out of bed and to the paddock.

      1. Yeah, it seems that way. I didn’t even see Raikkonen have 1% until now – I will restrain myself from another rant. I doubt Chilton is getting votes out of seriousness – I find it quite funny.

  8. I voted for Perez. Vettel obviously did a brilliant job all weekend, but his result was never in doubt. Grosjean should really have finished 2nd, he did well to recover from qualifying but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Perez was the surprise performance of the weekend, he had a strong qualifying and got the best out of the car in the race. I’ve given him plenty of stick this season so he can take the carrot for this race :)

  9. lol, who voted Max Chilton??

  10. Vettel… topped every session except Q1!
    Pole by 3/4 of a second
    Fought back from P17 after adopting the risky strategy
    Won by 30 seconds

    Amazed to think half the voters didn’t see that!

    1. @91jb12 F1F should grey out other options

  11. At the end of lap 60, I was considering between Romain and Sebastian.
    Then at the start of lap 62, the deal was sealed.

    1. Hehe, I see what you did there!

  12. Yes! I just voted Perez for DOTW! Incredible I know!

  13. Laps leading team mate:
    Fernando Alonso 0/60
    Felipe Massa 60/60

    Wow! It’s not Fernando’s fault but nonetheless, I wasn’t expecting that!

  14. Voted for Perez. Probably the best he’s driven all season and he managed to out qualify Button. No idea why people are voting for Grosjean considering his qualifying was terrible. This is driver of the weekend, not driver of the race.

    1. maybe, but what a mighty race it was

  15. finishing 2nd and having about 2% votes … What a reward!

  16. A Driver Tops all five sessions of the weekend… that is a simple enough reason for me to vote Vettel as the DOTW.

    Add to that Bonus….. Winning WDC, Doughnuts, drive from 17th to 30 sec lead, Pole position etc

    1. Good Job by Rosberg ( I am getting a feeling that he is starting to match Hamilton)

      Also good Job by Grosjean and Perez.

      A Special mention to Sutil for the one stop strategy by making both the tires last such a long stint……

  17. I had to think hard for this one. But eventually decided it was Vettel. Could have been Romain. But then we are voting for the Driver of the WEEKEND. That’s sadly where Romain lost out. His drive on Sunday was impressive. His qualifying on Saturday wasn’t.

  18. Voted Grosjean!
    How come he managed to make his tyres last for so long???

  19. Top drives from Vettel and Grosjean, both of them didn’t out a foot wrong. But the most impressive performance for me was Sergio Perez: started on the medium tyres and somehow managed to outrace Hamilton and was right on Massa’s tail at the end.

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