Sebastian Vettel topped of the driver of the weekend poll for the sixth time this season following his dominant drive to victory in Abu Dhabi. Vettel scooped more than twice the votes of anyone else.
A well-judged drive to sixth place on a one-stop strategy earned Paul di Resta enough votes for second in the poll, his second appearance inside the top three this season.
Third place marked Fernando Alonso’s ninth appearance in the top three this year, second only to the all-conquering Vettel.
1. Sebastian Vettel
Despite being edged to pole position by Mark Webber, Vettel took the lead on the run down to turn one and never looked back.
Vettel was so far ahead of his rivals he was, at stages, setting faster laps on worn tyres than his rivals were on fresh ones. Fastest lap slipped from his grasp however – Alonso claimed it after putting the soft tyres on late in the race.
Vettel celebrated his 11th win of the year with more doughnuts and a rather amusing post-race radio conversation.
Vettel by a mile, marginally off of pole position but embarrassed everybody in the race. His gap even after the first lap was incredible.
People forget “the weekend” runs from Friday to Sunday evening doughnuts. Vettel only made one mistake that whole time ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ first corner of his final run in Q3. Even then, he was just 0.118sec behind Webber.
He crushed everyone else. A bit of a mistake in qualifying, but he even apologised for that on the radio, and I would think his race performance more than made up for that.
On top of that, he gave me a good laugh when I saw the doughnuts and heard the radio exchange with Horner and Rocquelin. I hate that he makes winning look so easy, I hate that other teams can?óÔé¼Ôäót even come close to him; it?óÔé¼Ôäós hard not to like him once you see the funny, human side.
Before, I never said I was a fan of Vettel (not to be confused with hating him, but he wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót the one I was cheering on) but he?óÔé¼Ôäós won a fan in me.
2. Paul di Resta
Despite qualifying 12th – that became 11th due to Raikkonen’s exclusion – di Resta was upbeat ahead of the Grand Prix.
By the end of the opening lap the Force India driver was up to tenth and continued to make positions before and after his stop.
He executed a one-stop strategy brilliantly – Force India were the only team to make it work, doing so for both their drivers – holding off the faster Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps.
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.
I went for Di Resta because the “driver of the weekend” means putting everything together. Vettel was obviously unbeatable but Di Resta didn?óÔé¼Ôäót put a wheel wrong all weekend, and his race was magnificent, holding off Hamilton on 30-plus lap old tyres was very impressive.
3. Fernando Alonso
Alonso was knocked out in Q2 for the first time this season however fought back during the race with some strong pace. His strategy came together in the final stint on the soft tyres despite an off-track excursion while passing Jean-Eric Vergne which left him with back pain but no penalty.
Went for Alonso for the fighting and getting a decent result in the end.
2013 Driver of the Weekend results
|Australian Grand Prix||Kimi Raikkonen (51.2%)||Adrian Sutil (17.9%)||Jules Bianchi (13.6%)|
|Malaysian Grand Prix||Mark Webber (34.2%)||Sebastian Vettel (17.4%)||Nico Rosberg (13.6%)|
|Chinese Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (47.0%)||Daniel Ricciardo (18.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (15.6%)|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (32.2%)||Paul di Resta (17.8%)||Fernando Alonso (11.9%)|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (61.4%)||Felipe Massa (10.8%)||Kimi Raikkonen (10.5%)|
|Monaco Grand Prix||Nico Rosberg (54.3%)||Adrian Sutil (22.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (9.6%)|
|Canadian Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (36.8%)||Fernando Alonso (24.6%)||Jean-Eric Vergne (14.0%)|
|British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton (52.5%)||Mark Webber (18.4%)||Fernando Alonso (10.2%)|
|German Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (39.2%)||Romain Grosjean (27.6%)||Kimi Raikkonen (15.9%)|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton (63.9%)||Kimi Raikkonen (12.4%)||Romain Grosjean (12.0%)|
|Belgian Grand Prix||Fernando Alonso (39.1%)||Sebastian Vettel (38.5%)||Jenson Button (6.9%)|
|Italian Grand Prix||Nico Hulkenberg (48.4%)||Sebastian Vettel (28.6%)||Fernando Alonso (9.3%)|
|Singapore Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (53.9%)||Kimi Raikkonen (25.7%)||Fernando Alonso (12.3%)|
|Korean Grand Prix||Nico Hulkenberg (69.3%)||Sebastian Vettel (14.9%)||Kimi Raikkonen (7.2%)|
|Japanese Grand Prix||Romain Grosjean (58.0%)||Sebastian Vettel (24.5%)||Esteban Gutierrez (6.0%)|
|Indian Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (45.0%)||Romain Grosjean (42.4%)||Sergio Perez (6.2%)|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel (53.0%)||Paul di Resta (9.6%)||Fernando Alonso (8.4%)|
2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Sixth Driver of the Weekend win for Vettel
- 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fans’ video gallery
- Dull Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gets very low rating
- 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix team radio transcript
- 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend in Tweets
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