Start, Yas Marina, 2013

Vote for your Abu Dhabi GP driver of the weekend

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Looked on course for another pole position but a mistake at the first corner opened the door for Webber. By the time they reached the same bend the next day Vettel was ahead once more, after which he streaked away at a devastating rate. He was 40 seconds clear at one point before backing off in heavy traffic during the final laps.

Mark Webber – Hadn’t looked especially competitive in Q1 or Q2 as he edged towards the RB9’s sweet spot, but his final Q3 run was good enough to take advantage of a minor mistake by Vettel for his second pole of the year. However a customary sluggish getaway and indifferent opening stint on used tyres saw him drop to third. He rallied on the harder tyres, passing Rosberg, but was a distant second to Vettel.


Fernando Alonso – Knocked out in Q2 for the first time this year on “one of the tracks where we suffer a bit more than usual”. He fought back in typical style during the race with excellent pace during his middle stint. He was fortunate that his off-track excursion while passing Vergne left him with neither back injuries (he landed with a 28G force) nor a penalty, as he recovered fifth place.

Felipe Massa – Beat Alonso in qualifying for the fifth time in six races and raced very well, passing Hamilton and Sutil. Had his team put him on soft tyres for his final stint, which seemed a realistic strategy, fifth place was definitely possible.


Start, Yas Marina, 2013Jenson Button – Couldn’t get the car to turn in the way he wanted to in qualifying despite cranking the front wing up to maximum and reducing the rear wing angle. Having been sixth in final practice he was knocked out in Q2. he then became a victim of the ‘carbon fibre zone’ for the third time in four races, but admitted he had none to blame but himself for hitting Di Resta. An excellent 44-lap stint on mediums at the end of race hinted at what might have been.

Sergio Perez – Problems in final practice limited him to 18th but he rose above them in qualifying and was McLaren’s sole representative in Q3, taking ninth on the grid. “If we?d found a couple of extra hundredths, we might even have been seventh ?ǣ it was achievable,” he said. Lost out to Alonso at the start and as in Japan was held up in the pits by one of his rivals making a too-hasty getaway. Two-stopped to ninth, passing Sutil on the last lap.


Kimi Raikkonen – Said he was happier with his car after switching back to the long wheelbase chassis, though it was probably the only thing he was happy about following his row with Lotus over his pay in the build-up to the race. Adding insult to injury he was thrown out of qualifying due to a technical infringement, then clashed with Van der Garde at turn one and had to retire. It’s easy to say in retrospect this could have been avoided had he started from the pit lane – a decision he defended – but it’s not like Vettel hadn’t demonstrated this last year.

Romain Grosjean – Couldn’t quite pin down a set-up for qualifying, where he was unhappy with the front end. Losing gearbox sync didn’t help matters, leaving him behind Raikkonen on the grid. Took advantage of Hamilton’s delay at the first corner to take fourth. But pitting on the same lap as Webber cost him time behind Gutierrez and hindered his efforts to get in front of Rosberg. He eventually finished a second behind the Mercedes.


Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013Nico Rosberg – As in India he was the quickest qualifier not in a soft-tyred Red Bull. He took the fight to them for as long as he could in the race but given their performance advantage it’s doubtful he could have finished higher than third.

Lewis Hamilton – Spun in Q3 due to a broken right-rear wishbone. Mercedes replaced the entire rear suspension on his car before the start and more work was being done on the grid. But after thanking them for their efforts Hamilton endured a difficult race, getting trapped behind Gutierrez, then losing more time behind Sutil which allowed Massa to pass him. He later admitted he wasn’t able to get as much out of the W04 as his team mate could.


Nico Hulkenberg – Delivered “a perfect lap” in qualifying for sixth on the grid. Keeping the Ferraris behind always looked like a tall order and he was behind them by mid-race, but then a penalty for an unsafe release from his pit box scuppered his points chances.

Esteban Gutierrez – Not for the first time this year he went out in Q1 while his team mate reached Q3. His team apologised after he missed his chance to set a final lap in Q1 by one second. Didn’t make particularly quick progress with an unusual medium-soft-medium strategy, and although he remained unlapped he was only a few seconds in front of his penalised team mate at the flag.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Yas Marina, 2013Paul di Resta – His optimism after qualifying only 12th was vindicated after a fine drive to sixth place, the first driver home on a one-stop strategy. Though repelling Alonso’s soft-tyred Ferrari was always going to be a challenge he did will to hold back Hamilton’s faster Mercedes.

Adrian Sutil – Wasn’t as comfortable with his car in qualifying and was knocked out in Q1. He also made good progress with a one-stop strategy, starting on the medium tyre unlike Di Resta, but an early stop left him with a long 27 lap stint on softs. However he only lost one place – to Perez, on the last lap – and came away with a point.


Pastor Maldonado – Qualified ahead of Bottas in Q2, blaming traffic for not getting closer to the top ten. Williams again had some of the slowest pit stops due to the changes in their procedure to prevent wheels being lost, and his second stop dropped him back to 16th. A good final stint left him just outside the points at the end.

Valtteri Bottas – Said he was disappointed with his qualifying result – he believed the car was capable of Q3 but lost time behind Raikkonen in the final sector. Williams split their strategies, putting Bottas on the medium tyre, and as he struggled for grip at the start fell behind the Caterhams until his tyres came in and he was able to pass them. Saved the soft tyres for his final stint but was unable to go on the attack as he had to slow down and let Vettel lap him, spoiling what could have been an interesting end to his race.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Locked up on his last lap in Q2 and with that went his chance of getting into the top ten. Tried to one a one-stop strategy but his tyres dropped off too quickly too soon and he had to make a late pit stop.

Daniel Ricciardo – Said getting into Q3 was “a good achievement”, though he couldn’t manage any higher than tenth. But his start was dreadful, losing seven places: “I had to run wide to avoid some accidents and from then on, my race was pretty much over.”


Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Yas Marina, 2013Charles Pic – Said there was “definitely some pace in the car here” but couldn’t unlock it, suffering from understeer in qualifying. During the race he was told to let Van der Garde by.

Giedo van der Garde – Said Di Resta held him up in qualifying, but it’s doubtful he would have qualified any higher. Fell behind Pic at the start but after pointing out he was quicker than his team mate he was eventually waved by and finished ten seconds ahead.


Jules Bianchi – A suspension failure in final practice caused a crash which damaged his gearbox. The team had to fit a replacement and the subsequent penalty relegated him behind Pic and Chilton. Was surprised to be so far off the Caterhams’ pace in the race, and finished only five seconds ahead of Chilton.

Max Chilton – A DRS glitch hampered his qualifying effort, but in the race he was close to Bianchi on performance.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd +0.118s 55/55 2 1st -30.829s
Mark Webber 1st -0.118s 0/55 2 2nd +30.829s
Fernando Alonso 10th +0.104s 18/55 2 5th -15.705s
Felipe Massa 7th -0.104s 37/55 2 8th +15.705s
Jenson Button 12th +0.388s 0/55 2 12th +12.569s
Sergio Perez 8th -0.388s 55/55 2 9th -12.569s
Kimi Raikkonen 22nd -0.455s 0/0 0
Romain Grosjean 6th +0.455s 0/0 2 4th
Nico Rosberg 3rd -0.082s 55/55 2 3rd -45.617s
Lewis Hamilton 4th +0.082s 0/55 2 7th +45.617s
Nico Hulkenberg 5th -0.368s 23/54 2 14th Not on same lap
Esteban Gutierrez 16th +0.368s 31/54 2 13th Not on same lap
Paul di Resta 11th -0.375s 47/55 1 6th -15.083s
Adrian Sutil 17th +0.375s 8/55 1 10th +15.083s
Pastor Maldonado 14th -0.052s 16/54 2 11th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 15th +0.052s 38/54 2 15th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 13th +0.427s 50/54 2 17th +31.982s
Daniel Ricciardo 9th -0.427s 4/54 2 16th -31.982s
Charles Pic 19th +0.276s 22/54 2 19th +11.109s
Giedo van der Garde 18th -0.276s 32/54 2 18th -11.109s
Jules Bianchi 21st -0.8s 51/53 2 20th -4.885s
Max Chilton 20th +0.8s 2/53 2 21st +4.885s

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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 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (53%)
  • Mark Webber (2%)
  • Fernando Alonso (8%)
  • Felipe Massa (4%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (3%)
  • Romain Grosjean (3%)
  • Nico Rosberg (7%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (10%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (1%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (5%)

Total Voters: 538

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120 comments on “Vote for your Abu Dhabi GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Chilton man, chilton! Breaks records and stuff

    1. 8% of the vote when I cast mine, good enough for third place!

      1. When I was voting, he was at 50%!

        1. So it’s been you all along!


    2. Chilton. Lets give him one DOTW come on.

    3. I think Chilton really merited to be in the top 3 this time. As Keith said, “Max Chilton broke Tiago Monteiro’s record for most consecutive race finishes at the start of an F1 career.” Sad he dropped back to 1% ^^

      1. You’re being sarcastic, right?

        1. No way, Chilton needs some votes! He was absolutely brilliant. Take out 20 cars and he won!

  2. Bound to be Vettel again, and hard to argue. It’s all a bit too easy for him at the moment – the Redbull is by far the class of the field, and he has the measure of his team-mate, but he still has to get the job done and he always does (except for a rare mistake in qualifying).

    Good races for Rosberg and Di Resta too but not outstanding enough for my vote.

  3. Alexander (@)
    4th November 2013, 13:30

    Someone could argue Kimi is the dotw just because he showed up…

    1. I was ready to vote for Kimi for that exact reason. I decided not to vote for him because he showed up but on sunday he was there just for only 500 meters.

    2. I voted for him because of his determination in getting away from Abu Dahbi.

  4. Vettel by a mile, marginally off of pole position but embarrassed everybody in the race. His gap even after the first lap was incredible.

    Honourable mentions to Rosberg for a quiet good result and for doing a lot better than Lewis, and to Di Resta for a solid drive up to 6th, fighting two world champions.

  5. Went for Alonso for the fighting and getting a decent result in the end.

    Vettel was flawless but he was only driving very fast, imho that’s not racing….

    1. But the vote is for Grand Prix driver, not Grand Prix racer of the weekend.

    2. ^that.

      Also, driver of the weekend includes qualifying, just so everyone is clear on what criteria they are actually voting on.

      1. @mnmracer

        But the vote is for Grand Prix driver, not Grand Prix racer of the weekend.


        Also, driver of the weekend includes qualifying, just so everyone is clear on what criteria they are actually voting on.

        Vettel was out-qualified by Webber on his (Mark’s) weakest circuit, so going by such he shouldn’t be driver of the weekend either, right?

        1. I voted Rosberg btw. He out-qualified Hamilton on Lewis’ strongest track, and then did everything necessary to finish on the podium.

        2. I voted for Di Resta @kingshark.

        3. I was commenting on the racer/driver, not on qualifying.

    3. Can’t understand the Alonso vote who is once again beaten by Massa during quali and race if we discount the ferrari strategy. So if you like the red colour, you should have the decence to vote Massa.

      Only sensible choice to me is Vettel. A bit further there is Rosberg and next Chilton and DiResta. Even if Chilton record is just staying on track, one could say he hasn’t push enough if he is in that situation, he hasn’t done anything compared to Bianchi.

    4. Alonso failed to make it to Q3 in qualifying. Massa beat him in qualifying .

      Then Alonso does an average race. Could not overtake hius team mate on track. Finally Ferrari had to trick Massa through a bad strategy to get Alonso ahead of him to finish 5th.

      Wow that is an interesting choice for the driver of the weekend.

  6. Paul di Resta is my driver of the weekend. He excellently executed one-stop strategy and managed to keep Hamilton behind in the final laps achieving the best possible result.

    After a string of retirements, Di Resta has now had three strong weekends in a row. It would be a real shame not to see him in F1 next year, hopefully his overall performance will outweigh the money that Force India (or a better team) could get by hiring a less capable driver.

    1. I heard Hülkenberg had a reasonable chance to get the Lotus seat so di Resta’s seat should be fine :)

      Also voted for di Resta: outqualified and outraced his team-mate easily and made a one-stopper work despite having Hamilton on fresher tyres after him … great job, he deserves second spot in this DOTW :)

      (Why do people voted Alonso as driver of the weekend? He missed out Q3 …)

    2. But I wouldn´t mind see Di Resta go if one of the two Jr. Mclaren liek Kevin Magnussen were to come to Force India, he certanly will be a more exciting driver…

      1. I think Sutil should be replaced, not di Resta IMHO

        1. @paeschli :) Could be both… I wouldn´t cry for any of them to be honest…

  7. Felipe Massa.
    good in Saturday, seems capable to maximising whatever Ferrari had in their tanks. shows good racecraft and his opportunistic move at Hamilton was nice. if Ferrari gave him soft in the end, he’d be in front of Alonso.

    1. Ferrari’s decision not to give to Massa some soft shoes to finish the race was extremely strange, to say the least.
      I remember last year the author of another blog saying about Alonso, as a great merit, that he “takes all the oxygen in the team”. I wonder what kind of oxygen there is to breath in that team, and how the group will cope next year.

    2. Voted for Massa as well, I’d say it was his best performance of the season

      1. Totally agree. His passing was superb.

  8. To see Kimi having 3 votes (7% out of 45 people) is what makes me wonder how these 3 people decide

    1. I have been a hard core Kimi fan since 2003, but honestly DOTW for this one is totally unwarranted.

    2. There are many who understand this as poll “vote for your favorite driver”. And others who undestand it as “vote for the driver of the weekend, excluding Vettel”.

      1. @ironcito that about Vettel is right… but let’s not forget there are others who see a black hole in space where other drivers are. I mean, some other people also have a “I’ll never vote for Mr…” philosophy.

        1. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
          4th November 2013, 21:23

          No you wouldn’t. You just think u would. It’s a matter of principal.
          Everybody needs, wants and has to be treated fair. Be it millionare or not.

          Being screwed over by a millionare is the same as being screwed by on who’s not.

        2. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
          4th November 2013, 21:25

          I wanted to reply to @jamiefranklinf1, in the comment below.

          Again, I apollogise.

      2. Jack (@jackisthestig)
        5th November 2013, 12:12

        ‘Driver of the Weekend excluding Vettel’ is one of the biggest compliments you can give him.

  9. Boohoo!! I want to give this vote to my favorite driver (who is a millionaire) for creating drama like a little girl initially and for finally racing without being paid for it!!

    1. Would you continue to show up at work if you hadn’t been paid all year?

      1. I would if I were a millionaire doing something that I have always wanted to do. Kind of a no-brainer.

        1. @for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge

          Then you don’t know me that well. Kimi Raikkonen is almost certainly a multi-millionaire. If I had that much money, then I wouldn’t care about even having a large pay packet. If anything, I’d want the team to have that money in order to build me a better car. I understand that some people want a living wage, but when you have that much money, then principals mean jack to me, I’d be more concerned with having a car under me that enabled me to win races.

          Given that BBC reports suggested that his salary was £6.7 million, I’d be more than happy to cut that down to way below a million in order for the team to be in a better financial state.

          1. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
            4th November 2013, 21:53

            You can’t cut down anything if you haven’t been payed at all.

          2. @for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge

            You’re missing the point though. These drivers are here to win, so if that were me, I’d be wanting most of that finance in the team. Take last year for example, Kimi was paid, albeit probably late, but that extra £6m could well help the team develop some parts to get a little more out of the car. It’s not just Kimi I’m saying is wrong here, I’m saying that a lot of people are if they are being paid large amounts when their teams are struggling.

            I don’t see Hulkenberg complaining, despite there being rumours that he may not have been paid, and maybe, just maybe that’s because he realises the significance of the team developing the car, rather than his savings.

          3. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
            4th November 2013, 22:00

            And if Kimi agreed to cut down his sallary to, let’s say 1 million, it would basically make him a PAY driver! He is not a team owner.
            Lotus’ fault entirely.

          4. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
            4th November 2013, 22:05

            I understand what your saying, but my view is different.

            Sorry for the double post.

          5. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
            4th November 2013, 22:09

            About Hulkenberg, I am sure he is not complaining because he realises the significance of the team developing the car, but because he is in no position to. He hasn’t secured his drive yet.
            Kimi has the leverage and he rightfully used it, Hulkenberg doesn’t.

  10. Rosberg for me, and I think people are voting Alonso for the sake of voting him again, but that’s just my opinion.

    1. I agree with you on Rosberg. He did a very good lap in qualifying and made the most of the race too. Grosjean could have been very good but for his strategy, Ferrari messed up a bit for Massa, Vettel made crucial mistakes in qualfying and Webbrer didn’t follow up on his great qualli lap during the race.

      1. Well, I wouldn’t use “crucial” to describe it @bascb: that implies through it’s meaning that it was decisive or of great importance, which it clearly wasn’t with either (he still romped it). A mistake nonetheless though, and I agree with you besides your use of crucial!

        1. Well, yeah @vettel1.
          I mentioned it as crucial, as it meant he could not have the perfect weekend but had to take a bit more risk at the start. Overall it proved to be not a big problem for him.
          But then again, I fear that not even if he had really messed up and gotten a 5 or even a 10 place grid drop it would have changed the results, apart from the margin he would be leading perhaps.

  11. As promised, I voted for Max Chilton (for getting that record)

  12. Sad to see Webber at 2% and Grosjean at 0% at 00:15 Hours

  13. Vettel, Rosberg, then how about Chilton.
    Sounds like a good top 3.

    1. But did Chilton actually do anything better than his team mate?

      1. @matt90 Of course not.

  14. I went for Di Resta because the “driver of the weekend” means putting everything together. Vettel was obviously unbeatable but PDR didn’t put a wheel wrong all weekend, and his race was magnificent, holding off Hamilton on 30+ lap old tyres was very impressive. He has now out raced and out qualified his team mate 3 races in a row and has scored 48 points to Sutil’s 29. If he isn’t retained it would be totally unfair…

  15. It’s Chilton again.

    Well this time it’s not just 1%, it’s 7%!!!

  16. Vettel. Everyone else was nothing special.

  17. Alonso 12%? Really?
    He ruined his weekend on Saturday, and Massa looked better for most of the race, to be honest.
    But ok.
    It’s Vettel for me.

    1. I didn’t vote for Alonso -or anybody else- as DOTW. But for DOTLS (driver of the last stint) I would have voted him hands down.

      1. That’s mainly because Vettel didn’t bother going fast :P

        1. Exactly, that’s the problem with Vettel, he wins race after race without even bothering to wake up O_o

    2. Alonso 12%? Really? He ruined his weekend on Saturday, and Massa looked better for most of the race, to be honest.

      That was EXACTLY my reaction.

    3. Exactly my reaction. I wouldn’t even have him in my top5.

  18. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    4th November 2013, 14:24

    I went for Di Resta. Spotless performance and great job with the tyres.

  19. Well, Vettel did a Vettel, not much to add.

    Good job by Nico Rosberg, Paul di Resta and Fernando Alonso, whose last stint was the real highlight of a supremely boring race

    Maybe I should mention also Mark Webber also, for once he did the job and got the 2nd he really should be getting in most of the races. But I was disappointed that he couldn’t get to the first corner ahead of Vettel and make him sweat a tiny little bit. I don’t resent all those Vettel’s victories, just the fact that their are so foreordained, so bloodless, so lifeless.

    I’m not voting this time, no one was good enough. But maybe I should vote the recordman Max Chilton.

  20. Di Resta was my man of the race… but I think Rosberg over the course of the weekend was a little better.

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