Vote for your United States GP driver of the weekend

2013 United States Grand Prix

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

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

United States Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Sebastian Vettel – Webber’s early runs in Q3 were so strong it briefly seemed a serious possibility Vettel was about to be denied pole for the third time in four races. The final sectors made the difference: Webber’s was scruffy, Vettel’s flawless, and he took his eighth pole position of the season. He easily held off Webber and Grosjean at the start and therafter only had his tyres to worry about. This was not entirely straightforward – he pitted earlier than some of his pursuers after wearing his first set out quickly – but after easing his pace in the closing stages he took his 12th win of the season.

Mark WebberThe sector times from qualifying said it all – Webber had pole position in his hands but let it slipped away. The start was a predictable affair – both Grosjean and Hamilton demoted him. He was able to pass the Mercedes later on, but by the end of the race he was gaining too little from the DRS effect to do the same to Grosjean.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Fernando Alonso – Race engineer Andrea Stella praised Alonso’s effort in getting the car as high as sixth on the grid after the team ended practice outside the top ten. Starting from the dirty side of the grid he was unable to keep Perez behind but he jumped the McLaren at the pit stops. He passed Hulkenberg in the final stint but was unable to catch Hamilton as his tyres began to fade. Hulkenberg re-passed him as the final lap began but Alonso used all his savvy to reclaim fifth.

Felipe Massa – Massa was one of several drivers to be perplexed by his car’s handling in the changing conditions of qualifying. Had Maldonado and Sutil not had their problems with traffic he likely would have gone out in Q1. Matters did not improve in the race where he was forced to make a second pit stop and finished out of the points.

McLaren

Jenson Button – Baffled by the “weird” qualifying conditions and found himself in the middle of the grid again, demoted a further three places by a needless penalty after passing a car under red flags during practice. An excellent pass on Ricciardo recovered a single point.

Sergio Perez – Faced a tough weekend after McLaren confirmed he will lose his place at the team next year. Nonetheless qualified a strong seventh, bringing his score against Button level at 9-9. Passing Alonso at the start was a bonus, though as his team admitted it was always going to be unlikely they could keep the Ferrari behind. Sure enough Alonso jumped him, leaving the McLaren driver seventh.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Heikki Kovalainen – Got the call to replace Raikkonen three days before practice began. He qualified eighth which was on par with his predecessor’s average qualifying position. But a cautious start cost him four places, and a front wing problem and KERS glitch consigned him to finishing well out of the points.

Romain Grosjean – Made it through Q1 without having to use the softer medium tyres – a “nice surprise”, he said – and despite having grappled with his car’s set-up at times qualified ‘best of the rest’ behind the Red Bulls. An excellent start split the two RB9s and an error-free race allowed him to stay there, claiming his fourth podium finish in five races.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg – Baffled by how the changing temperatures affected the tyres in qualifying and produced his worst performance of the year – 14th before being promoted two places due to penalties. Passes on Kovalainen and Di Resta helped undo some of the damage in the race, where he finished ninth.

Lewis Hamilton – Heading into the weekend Mercedes revealed they had discovered damage on Hamilton’s chassis which they believed contributed to his problems in previous races. He took fifth on the grid: “I had a good balance but we just couldn’t get the tyres to work,” he said. Passed Webber at the start but had to let the Red Bull driver go in the first stint as he looked after his tyres. But his caution paid off at the end of the race where he had enough in hand to keep Alonso at bay.

Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Nico Hulkenberg – Was concerned by the change in his car’s handling as qualifying began but after a few set-up tweaks he put the Sauber on row two for the second time this year. Slipped back to fifth at the start but ran convincingly among the front-runners, only losing out to Alonso in the final stint. Had a chance to pass him on the final lap and arguably should have made it stick.

Esteban Gutierrez – Should have started tenth on the grid but was relegated to 20th by a penalty for dangerous driving during qualifying. Damage forced a pit stop behind the Safety Car and a two-stop strategy was unlikely to lift him back into the points. Had put a fair move on Vergne for 12th on the last lap when the Toro Rosso driver caused contact between them, dropping Gutierrez behind Massa.

Force India

Paul di Resta – “This is a track that does not particularly suit my driving style,” said Di Resta after qualifying 12th, missing the cut for Q3 by less than a tenth of a second. Was forced to make a second pit stop in the race and was the last driver on the lead lap when the chequered flag fell.

Adrian Sutil – Sutil’s car problem during qualifying was originally suspected to be a puncture turned out to be a broken brake disc. It left him 16th on the grid. Laid the blame for his lap one exit at Maldonado’s feet, but both deserved a share of the blame for managing to tangle on such a wide straight.

Williams

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Pastor Maldonado – Was quick not only to blame his team for his qualifying problems but also to suggest there was a sinister motive behind it, as they are parting ways after the next race. Traffic was a particular problem for him during the session, with both Chilton and Gutierrez holding him up. After a a very early pit stop he ran a huge 47-lap stint to the end, unsurprisingly losing a couple of places in the latter stages.

Valtteri Bottas – Maldonado’s frustrations stemmed in part from the gap to his team mate – it was a surprising one-and-a-half seconds in Q1. Bottas held the upper hand throughout practice as well, but made mistakes on his best lap in Q3 and lined up ninth. He took a place off Kovalainen at the start and, remarkably, held the resulting eighth place until the end for his first F1 points.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Found a huge lap time improvement when he put the mediums on in Q1, but not in Q2. Still penalties helped him to 14th on the grid. The only driver to start on hard tyres, he switched the “Plan C” during the race to go to the end on a one-stop. Had his team mate in sight on the last lap but made a mistake while under attack by Gutierrez and hit the Sauber, which earned him a penalty.

Daniel Ricciardo – Was generally on the fringes of the top ten he didn’t make it into Q3, though the margins were very slight, and lost the final points place to Button two laps from home.

Caterham

Charles Pic – A gearbox change penalty left him last on the grid. He kept pace with Giedo van der Garde but a drive-through penalty for holding up Hamilton dropped him out of contention.

Giedo van der Garde – Was very pleased with the overnight changes to his car on Friday and was quickest of the tail-enders during qualifying. But Bianchi passed him at the start and although he felt he could go quicker Van der Garde was unable to pass. “Obviously for us we need a bit of a crazy race to be in with a chance of reclaiming tenth in the championship, so now it goes down to the wire in Brazil,” he said.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Gonzalez drove in first practice, meaning he had to begin his familiarisation on a new track with high-fuel running. He was unhappy with the car’s balance and the team made several changes. However he managed to get ahead of both Caterhams at the start and held them off until the end.

Max Chilton – A brake disc failure limited his running on Friday. During qualifying he held up Sutil and Maldonado, earning a five-place grid penalty for the race. That left him well out of contention, though his race pace suggested he wouldn’t have been in the running anyway.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.103s 55/56 1 1st -8.396s
Mark Webber 2nd +0.103s 1/56 1 3rd +8.396s
Fernando Alonso 6th -1.224s 56/56 1 5th -57.322s
Felipe Massa 13th +1.224s 0/56 2 12th +57.322s
Jenson Button 15th +0.177s 0/56 1 10th +30.586s
Sergio Perez 7th -0.177s 56/56 1 7th -30.586s
Heikki Kovalainen 8th +0.56s 0/56 2 14th +88.779s
Romain Grosjean 3rd -0.56s 56/56 1 2nd -88.779s
Nico Rosberg 12th +0.51s 0/56 1 9th +31.783s
Lewis Hamilton 5th -0.51s 56/56 1 4th -31.783s
Nico Hulkenberg 4th -0.738s 56/56 1 6th -61.307s
Esteban Gutierrez 20th +0.738s 0/56 2 13th +61.307s
Paul di Resta 11th -0.356s 0/0 2 15th
Adrian Sutil 16th +0.356s 0/0 0
Pastor Maldonado 17th +1.53s 0/55 1 17th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 9th -1.53s 55/55 1 8th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 14th +0.565s 5/56 1 16th +23.57s
Daniel Ricciardo 10th -0.565s 51/56 1 11th -23.57s
Charles Pic 22nd +0.105s 0/55 1 20th +30.255s
Giedo van der Garde 18th -0.105s 55/55 1 19th -30.255s
Jules Bianchi 19th -0.873s 54/54 1 18th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 21st +0.873s 0/54 1 21st Not on same lap

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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 United States Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (19%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (5%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (27%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (2%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (41%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (1%)
  • Max Chilton (2%)

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120 comments on Vote for your United States GP driver of the weekend

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  1. He’s scored his first points in his Formula One career; driver of the weekend has to go to Valtteri Bottas. Congrats Bottas

    • PWP... (@indyf1fan) said on 18th November 2013, 18:11

      Bottas was on fire! Love to see the young talent light it up…

    • spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 18th November 2013, 18:49

      He was really impressive! With Massa next year it will be really interesting.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 18th November 2013, 19:39

      And really ****** Maldonado off.

    • No love for Heikki though, who beat a record aswell. Bottas managed to escape not scoring for Williams and Heikki managed not to score points for the longest stint ever.

    • Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 18th November 2013, 21:02

      Hope Bottas wins this vote! And hopefully Williams will get its car sorted out for 2014!

    • Estesark (@estesark) said on 18th November 2013, 23:05

      I voted for Bottas. Vettel and Grosjean put in masterful drives, each maximising the machinery available to them. But that’s no less than what we’ve come to expect from Vettel, and Grosjean has been in mean form for quite a few races now, while Bottas’ performance was much more of a surprise.

      He was consistently fast across the whole weekend, grabbing the fastest time in Q1 and reaching a highly respectable 9th in Q3. Then he defied my own expectations by actually moving forwards, rather than backwards, during the race, with a great pass on Gutiérrez the highlight. He thoroughly deserved his first points.

      I’m not jumping on the “future world champion” bandwagon just yet, as I’ve seen and heard some others doing, but he’s clearly got more potential than the Wililams car has allowed him to show in his debut season. And from a nationalistic perspective, it’s great to see yet another young Finn turning heads in the sport. This country just keeps pumping them out.

      (Though the less said about Kovalainen’s race, the better!)

  2. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 18th November 2013, 13:30

    Grosjean for me. Maximised the potential of the car and resisted the pressure from Webber in a faster Red Bull behind him to finish a well-deserved second. Vettel had another great weekend, but his qualifying was uncharacteristically wobbly, leaving him on pole more by luck than judgement, thanks to Webber being unable to capitalise on Vettel’s mistakes.

    • His final sector was quite brilliant though, that definitely wasn’t by virtue of luck.

    • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 18th November 2013, 14:01

      Grosjean as well, have been great all week end and holding beter than I thought between the redbull, was really expecting a 1-2 then a gap. But he got into the detached trio while it was quite close behind them.
      The choice was quite difficult to Bottas, just losing a bit in Q3 (probably what made the difference in my vote), but still flawless performance and probably overtake of the year. Definitly nominated !

      The others quite a long way back, no-one else stood up as much as those 2.

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 19th November 2013, 8:32

      @vettel1 – But Vettel’s final sector wasn’t “quite brilliant”. It was only a tenth faster than Webber who made two separate mistakes in the final sector. I will admit though that Vettel’s true advantage was rather masked by what I assume was a not wholly successful heat cycle on his out-lap leaving him with under-heated rears and therefore turn-in instability in the heavy breaking zones of the first two sectors, in which he missed several apexes. Without the warm-up issues, Vettel could’ve easily have been on pole by three tenths.

  3. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 18th November 2013, 13:31

    Alonso and Grosean.

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 18th November 2013, 13:33

    I’m gonna go with… Alonso.

    With pain on his neck, constant headaches, not a good preparation, and a Ferrari that hardly performed at a competent level, he did brilliantly, doing great in qualy, starting off carefully on the dirty side and gaining during the race, passing Perez and Hulk, and holding off the later to the flag. And all that while a healthy, happy Massa was struggling to get into the top ten.

    Special mentions to Bottas (great weekend for him !), Grosjean (another strong showing, the only one fighting the bulls in the 2nd half of the season it seems) and Perez (considering the weekend he had, he completely showed Button the way)… and of course, Vettel.

    • Nixon (@nixon) said on 18th November 2013, 16:44

      i chose Grosjean over him because he was the only driver able to keep up with the red bulls. But Alonso definitely did do an amazing race. Ballistic driving to keep Hulkenberg behind.

    • @fer-no65 Fernando was Fernando, that’s usually incredible. Vettel was almost as good as Vettel and Webber was Webber. I won’t say that Alonso hasn’t done 100% of what that car is but a guy lower in the field did few mistakes and with some support he is humble enough to rise to the top and again its Valtteri Bottas, 1.5 sec faster than Pastor and scored 4 times more points than Pastor as ever scored and in normal conditions, Bottas made some mistakes but he raced brilliantly.

    • Bazza Spock (@bazza-spock) said on 18th November 2013, 23:40

      I voted Alonso too. He may be many things but he’s definitely not a whinger. Did well for what would’ve been a hard weekend.

  5. Valterri Bottas comfortably for me: brilliant qualifying effort (although he didn’t do too well in Q3 if I’m being critical) and a fabulous effort in the race to quintuple William’s point tally with 8th (which puts into perspective what an abysmal season Williams have been having, again).

    • On Bottas, had he repeated his Q2 effort he would have been 7th instead of 9th.

    • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 18th November 2013, 15:00

      I think his Q3 lap was partly because the track conditions changed for better. Williams’ car seems to handle best when there is only little grip available on the track surface. Obviously the lap wasn’t perfect but according to himself he only lost a couple of tenths anyway which made little difference.

      Bottas gets my vote: a phenomenal, mature drive. The first weekend really that he’s had a chance for top-10 finish and he grabbed it in a very impressive way by what was probably close to a perfect weekend. Had a chance to show his wheel-to-wheel skills as well with that great move on Gutierrez in T2.

      Great weekends for Grosjean, Webber and Vettel as well, all having more or less flawless weekends. I think Kovalainen did well too considering the situation he had to cope with. He would have probably finished somewhere between 7th and 9th if it wasn’t for the mysterious glitch in his front wing (and the extra pit-stop due to that).

    • Breno (@austus) said on 18th November 2013, 22:36

      Bottas really out did his car today, I think. To bring that Williams home in 8th was an amazing job. Another big thing was qualifying 9th, not small feat either.

  6. There are quite a few . Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Perez. All 4 got more out of the car then you could expect. Hamilton drove a solid drive in a difficult car, Alonso did the same, but both of those have an expectation to meet.

    So, not sure who to vote for.

    Bad weekend for Maldonado (including being silly and blaming his team for sabotage). So, voting for a worst driver of the weekend i know who to go for :)

    • And i forgot to mention Vettel. It’s boring the way he does it, but it does show how good he is. And as long as he give the FIA the virtual finger by doing donuts he gets props from me.

      PS Sebastian, next time do the donuts where there is more people :)

  7. Aden (@blacksimus) said on 18th November 2013, 13:35

    Bottas without a doubt. Hooked up all weekend except for the errors in Q3. Stunning performance from and Williams(except moany Maldonado)

  8. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 18th November 2013, 13:38

    Oh you’ve got to be kidding? At my time of voting Vettel is on 7%.

    A flawless performance ALL weekend – he should be on 100% – just like his performance.

    How on earth does anybody see it different? What, because he’s done it before (and before, and before etc.)?

    • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 18th November 2013, 13:42

      People have a right to an opinion you know!

    • Sam (@) said on 18th November 2013, 13:42

      Would be quite unfair wouldn’t it? Would mean that we can only vote for one person every race. Bottas and Grosjean both put their car in positions above the cars actual place on the grid. If you cannot see that as a better performance for a driver himself maybe F1 is nothing for you.

    • Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 18th November 2013, 14:03

      Vettel’s merely performing to everyone’s expectations of him and his car. Yes it’s very impressive, but it’s what people expect of him. Grosjean meanwhile has been on an absolute flier lately and I don’t think a single person expected Bottas to score 4 points this weekend. Exceeding expectations is more impressive than matching expectations

      • dodge5847 (@dodge5847) said on 18th November 2013, 16:21

        I agree entirely, Bottas exceeded expectations by a long way, my driver of the weekend

      • Diego (@ironcito) said on 18th November 2013, 16:57

        The problem with Sebastian is that it is hard for him to exceed expectations if everyone expects him to do a Grand Chelem every weekend. Can’t get better than perfect. Having said that, I voted for Bottas. His qualifying and race were the most surprising result of the weekend. Grosjean’s 2nd place was good but not all that surprising given his past results lately.

        • Sudhi (@mesudhi15) said on 18th November 2013, 17:43

          And even if Vettel does Grand Chelam, people find its boring…and some other reason..But not his performance throughout the weekend. One thing is it is not easy to be that consistent than showing performance once or twice.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 18th November 2013, 18:35

      Why do you take it so seriously? The vote is a bit of fun, and a nice place to discuss all the driverS of the weekend.

  9. Broc Smith (@strifeforce) said on 18th November 2013, 13:39

    Mine would be Bottas. It was nice to see a “Flying Finn” up front even with Raikkonen being out, especially with the wheel to wheel action with GUT through 2,3,4.

  10. Sam (@) said on 18th November 2013, 13:40

    Grosjean had a wonderful race. But he finished fourth in Abu Dhabi and third three times before that in India, Japan and Korea. Thus a person worth of many votes.

    But in all honesty one man tipped him to my vote. Bottas not only scoring 80% of Williams it’s points for 2013 now but beating his more experienced teammate in a fashion maybe unseen for a rookie. there was no reason Williams would’ve been better in Austin than any other track yet Bottas was in a the groove and brought the Williams home in a position that was not his place.

    • Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 18th November 2013, 13:52

      Bottas gets my vote too – throughout qualifying he made me think “where did that come from?” then had a very solid race, on the back of the Alonso group rather than holding up the midfield train, a ballsy pass on Gutierrez and, even better, he did his team-mate’s head in.

  11. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 18th November 2013, 13:45

    Absolutely Valtteri Bottas, wonderfull drive and a super overtake on Gutiérrez made him the star of this race. Great Qualifying too.

    Kudos to Hülkenberg, Grosjean and Vettel.

  12. Tango (@tango) said on 18th November 2013, 13:46

    Grosjean, as he again managed to look like the only driver capable of bringing the fight to the Red Bulls. Resisted Webber’s pressure and all in all, had, once again, the perfect race. He is on a good streak and I for one am very happy for him. Not three months ago we were a few having a long discussion here on why Lotus should keep Grosjean. 5 races later, I believe he answers the critics pretty well. Hope he gets a competitive car next year.

  13. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 18th November 2013, 13:57

    Such a tough one! But I’m giving it to Hulkenberg for a flawless weekend.

  14. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 18th November 2013, 13:59

    Bottas a close second but for me it has to be Grosjean, only driver to put a dent in the Red Bulls all weekend. Behind the pair of them in qualifying but then manages to beat one of then during the race? that’s as good as a win in my book. Flawless drive resisting constant pressure from Webber.

    Vettel/Red Bull might be making the rest of the paddock look silly, but in my opinion Grosjean is beginning to make the likes of Alonso and Hamilton look silly. His improvement in the second half of this year has been astounding; second highest points scorer over the past five races behind Vettel.

    • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 19th November 2013, 13:59

      I agree GRO is a better driver now, but do you really think all these podiums lately are down only/mostly due to his improvement(s) as a driver ?!?! I highly doubt that. Your comment that he makes ALO and HAM look silly is obviously exagerated and subjetive. These 2 are top drivers without doubt, and I still think GRO is not that good yet. You can have a top car “performing” bad when you put in it a newbie, but there’s no chance for ALO and HAM to have a great car at their dispossal, but somehow they don’t know how to make it work at full potential. So, in my opinion, Lotus now is a better car than Ferrari (for sure) and (even) Mercedes.

      • Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 20th November 2013, 17:13

        I think the Lotus has been the better car all season. All things considered, the second best car on the grid behind the RB9. There have been races here and there where the F138 or the W04 was stronger, but I think if you average it out over the whole season the Lotus edges ahead of the Mercedes and the Ferrari for all-round performance.

        In the first 10 races Grosjean scored 49 points. In the 8 since the summer break he’s scored 83. You can’t argue with that for progress. He’s had some top quality moments recently. Getting the best of both Red Bulls off the line at suzuka and leading for half the race, going from 17th to 3rd in India, and resisting pressure from Webber pretty much the whole race last weekend. The Grosjean of 2012 or even the first half of 2013 wouldn’t be able to do any of this, regardless of the car.

        I still think Alonso and Hamilton are better drivers, that goes without saying. Only an idiot would think otherwise. I was just saying that, better car or not, Gosjean has matured into a top quality driver. The only one to consistently show the Red Bulls anything over the past four or five races. Given a few more years, who knows…..

  15. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 18th November 2013, 14:01

    As I tend to vote for the race winner (who always is the driver of the weekend in some way of looking into it) unless there are specific circumstances (e.g. inherited win, or won due to safety car appearing at the right moment) or real standout performances further back while the winner did not drive cleanly, I will vote again for Vettel. Bottas was close to beating him for my vote this time, but had a poor Q3 whereas Vettel was almost flawless, so he didn’t quite pip him. Grosjean easily third in my DOTW rating.

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