Start, Interlagos, 2013

Vote for your 2013 Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

2013 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Brazilian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013Sebastian Vettel – If Vettel’s rivals were hoping rain would put him off his stride in qualifying they were to be disappointed, as he took his ninth pole position of the year by a comfortable margin. Not for the first time the year Rosberg beat him to turn one, but Vettel had edged ahead by the end of the first lap. Despite a delay during his second pit stop – the slowest of the race – he seldom looked troubled on his way to taking a record ninth win out of nine.

Mark Webber – “The car felt slow and I was struggling for grip,” said Webber after qualifying fourth for his last F1 race, over a second off Vettel. “I wasn?t too comfortable in Q1 and Q2 on the intermediate tyres, but that?s the way it goes.” Like Vettel he didn’t get off the line well, but in his last race he swiftly went on the attack, passing both Mercedes drivers and then Alonso. He had to re-pass the Ferrari after a slow pit stop to claim second place as he bowed out of F1.


Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2013Fernando Alonso – Apologised to his team after taking third on the grid – an error at Subido do Lago potentially cost him second. He was boxed in at the start and slipped behind Hamilton but had dispensed with the Mercedes by the end of the first lap, after which he caught and passed Rosberg as well. Webber’s Red Bull was clearly faster so it was no surprise to see him slip back to third, and it’s hard to see how he might have finished higher.

Felipe Massa – His Ferrari swansong got off to a less than ideal start as he could only manage ninth on the grid. But he started well and was ahead of both Toro Rossos before the first corner, and was soon running sixth. He passed Rosberg on the track and jumped Hamilton in the pits, but when the pair complained he was repeatedly crossing the pit lane entry line – something drivers had been warned against doing – he was handed a drive-through penalty which left him a very unhappy seventh.


Jenson Button – Despite being one of two drivers to start the race on the hard tyres, Button made up five places in the first two laps, then passed Ricciardo and Hulkenberg during his first stint. This moved him up to seventh, and he gained further places thanks to Hamilton and Massa’s penalties, and Mercedes’ conservative tactics. He took fourth, McLaren’s best result in a disappointing year.

Sergio Perez – Spun into a barrier at the end of Q2 while trying to grab a place in the final ten. He said the crash “looked bigger than it actually was ?ǣ as soon as I lost the car, I went over the grass and hit the wall ?ǣ but it was only a slight hit, and the car wasn?t too badly damaged”. However he made amends in the race, starting well then passing a string of cars, picking up ten places in fourteen laps. He wasn’t able to attack Rosberg at the end of the race as he was having to save fuel, but sixth was a strong result from the penultimate row of the grid.


Start, Interlagos, 2013Heikki Kovalainen – Kovalainen’s second race for Lotus also failed to produce any points. He blamed no one but himself for failing to make the cut for Q3, saying he “just didn?t have enough pace”, and made similar remarks after finishing 14th for the second race in a row.

Romain Grosjean – Felt there was “probably just a little bit too much water” to use intermediates in Q3, and took sixth on the grid. His team said they should have held him in the pits for longer before beginning his final run. His race ended up lap two with a spectacular engine failure.


Nico Rosberg – His fastest lap in Q3 came on the second of two consecutive laps, meaning he was low on KERS at the end of the lap which explained part of the six-tenths deficit to Vettel. A great start briefly put him in the lead but he swiftly dropped back, struggling with rear tyre degradation and a faulty engine torque map. However his pace improved in the final stint and he was able to keep Perez and Massa behind.

Lewis Hamilton – “Wet sessions haven’t been too good for me this year,” said Hamilton after qualifying fifth, “although we made some changes going into qualifying, I’m struggling to get to grips with how the car works in these conditions”. He was in much better shape in dry weather in the race and might even have caught Alonso for third had he not squeezed Bottas too hard while the Williams driver tried to unlap himself. The contact gave him a puncture and led to a penalty which left him ninth.


Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Interlagos, 2013Nico Hulkenberg – Said getting into the top ten in qualifying was a success having been unhappy with his car’s balance. He continued to grapple with it in the race, complaining of understeer, but by staying out of trouble was able to come home eighth.

Esteban Gutierrez – An error at the last corner on his first lap in Q1 cost him dearly – after that the rain came down and he was unable to set a time good enough for Q2. A very good start saw him gain six places in the first two laps, but he was then passed by Perez and both the Force Indias as his hard tyres started to grain. His pace was better on the mediums, allowing him to regain lost ground, but it wasn’t quite enough to reach the points.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Lost five places on lap one due to a dreadful start with too much wheelspin. “Unfortunately these starts are out of our hands,” he said, “they’re all down to the guys, they’re trying to optimise as much as they can and we never got it right”. He made reasonable progress from there, passing Kovalainen’s Lotus in the final stint to take 11th.

Adrian Sutil – Was one of few drivers who had to make three pit stops, though after the last one he was also able to pass Kovalainen and finished 13th.


Pastor Maldonado – Was knocked out in the last minutes of Q1 on his last appearance for Williams. The stewards judged his collision with Vergne to be a racing incident and didn’t punish either driver, and although it cost Maldonado time he was well out of the top ten at that point.

Valtteri Bottas – Out-qualified Maldonado again and a good start lifted him into the top ten, until he was passed by Perez. Williams continue to lose more time than most with their pit stops and Bottas fell to 19th after his. But his pace after his second stop was strong – so much so that he caught Hamilton to un-lap himself from the Mercedes. Hamilton, perhaps taken by surprised, collided with the Williams as the pair were side-by-side, sending Bottas out of the race.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Interlagos, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne – Persevered in the wet conditions of Q1 and made it out of the drop zone in the dying moments. After that he joined Ricciardo in Q3 and was only narrowly out-qualified by him in their last race as team mates. However both drivers made poor starts and Vergne’s was particularly bad. An early pit-stop – his first of three – then dropped him to last. A late-race tangle with Maldonado capped a miserable race.

Daniel Ricciardo – Like many drivers found his right-front tyre was graining badly during the race, but unlike most he preferred the hard tyre for his two longest stints. He couldn’t keep Hamilton behind at the end of the race but finished his Toro Rosso career with a point for tenth.


Charles Pic – Overtook Bianchi and was doing his bit for Caterham’s slim constructors’ championship chances when the right-rear suspension failed on his car, ending his race.

Giedo van der Garde – A drive-through penalty for not obeying blue flags dropped him behind Bianchi.


Jules Bianchi – Rather like Alonso, Bianchi admitted he “made a big mistake at the end of my one quick lap” in qualifying. That left him behind Van der Garde on the grid, and although he passed the Caterham at the start their positions were reversed after just four laps. The Caterham drivers’ troubled meant Bianchi eventually won their private battle.

Max Chilton – Started and finished last but the latter was significant as it meant he had reached the chequered flag in all 19 races during his debut season.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -1.093s 71/71 2 1st -10.452s
Mark Webber 4th +1.093s 0/71 2 2nd +10.452s
Fernando Alonso 3rd -0.57s 71/71 2 3rd -30.197s
Felipe Massa 9th +0.57s 0/71 2 7th +30.197s
Jenson Button 14th +0.039s 69/71 2 4th -6.691s
Sergio Perez 19th -0.039s 2/71 2 6th +6.691s
Heikki Kovalainen 11th +1.295s 0/1 2 14th
Romain Grosjean 6th -1.295s 1/1 0
Nico Rosberg 2nd -0.575s 35/71 2 5th -33.855s
Lewis Hamilton 5th +0.575s 36/71 2 9th +33.855s
Nico Hulkenberg 10th -1.374s 69/70 2 8th Not on same lap
Esteban Gutierrez 17th +1.374s 1/70 2 12th Not on same lap
Paul di Resta 12th -0.788s 31/70 2 11th -0.889s
Adrian Sutil 15th +0.788s 39/70 3 13th +0.889s
Pastor Maldonado 16th +0.577s 16/45 2 16th
Valtteri Bottas 13th -0.577s 29/45 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 8th +0.029s 0/70 3 15th +28.199s
Daniel Ricciardo 7th -0.029s 70/70 2 10th -28.199s
Charles Pic 18th -0.477s 26/58 1
Giedo van der Garde 20th +0.477s 32/58 2 18th
Jules Bianchi 21st -0.584s 64/69 2 17th -55.403s
Max Chilton 22nd +0.584s 5/69 3 19th +55.403s

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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 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (26%)
  • Mark Webber (14%)
  • Fernando Alonso (12%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Jenson Button (33%)
  • Sergio Perez (9%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • 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 (1%)
  • Max Chilton (2%)

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98 comments on “Vote for your 2013 Brazilian GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Remarkable job by Perez in the race, I must say. He got my vote.

  2. Vettel had a bad start, Alonso made a mistake in qualifying, Button didn’t go as fast as he could have in Q, so it could go either way.

    I voted Button.

  3. Jenson Button for me, and I’ve never voted a McL driver before nor had any love lost for the team since Kimi left it. And not bad from Sergio Perez also.
    Too much RBR dominance to vote for Seb Vettel or Mark Webber, but Mark did a decent job and I’m sorry to see him go. And Seb had to work for a full minute to win the race when his job is usually done after 5 seconds, he must be exhausted.
    Pretty good weekend for Fernando Alonso, came very close to a rare perfect quali (meaning front row, the pole was out of reach) and his race was just about perfect (not unusual). Anyway he might have started from 2nd, passed Seb and lead the race for maybe a few minutes but there is no way (excluding mech failures, accidents, major brain fades or heavy rain) he could have beaten the RBRs.
    Big disappointments: Felipe Massas penalty, not undeserved but inconsistent and maybe excessive, Romain Grosjeans incident, Nico Hulkenbergs average race, and of course, no significant rain.
    And happy that a dreadful season is over.

  4. Since its the driver of the weekend but not race, else it would have been Button for bringing McLaren this season to finish 4th.

    Why Vettel?

    In Q3 during qualifying, his pace in the wets on the first stint with the blue-marked wet tyres saw him setting a time 1.0s faster than anyone else out there. Then came the improving track conditions which saw the session ran on intermediate tyres. Vettel improved his timing and to finish 0.6s ahead is just amazing. He has that little extra that stands out from the rest.

    During the race, he had a decent start, but was unable to fend off a charging Rosberg down into Turn 1. But then he was not taking chances to wait for the DRS overtake and finally got the work done just before crossing the line on Lap 1. After which he just led all laps.

    With pole position, led all laps and won the race, he was just short of a fastest lap that was spoiled by Webber, else that would have been his 5th Grand Chelem, 3rd in the season.

    What more can you ask for when he scored his 9th victory in a row and 13th of the season to match Ascari and Schumacher’s record in a so called “dry-wet” tricky condition?

  5. Perez outqualified Button, and managed to gain more places than the Briton in the race. Had to save fuel near the end of the race. I’m surprised Button is trouncing him thus far.

    1. @ He also destroyed his car, lost valuable places because of the penalty the crash caused which finally cost him race positions. Good race, but not that great a weekend.

      1. He went from 19th on the grid to 6th in a car which was a dog all year round to finish 6.7 seconds behind his teammate. Sure, in quali he bashed the car but still wound up being faster than Jenson in murky conditions, which we all know he loves. Voted for Perez as DotW, great job from him, hope other teams see it that way as well.

        1. It matters little how much faster you are on a race if you destroy the car in qualifying. When all was said and done, Button got a better result.

          1. Perez is overrated.
            Driver standings at the end of this season show clearly that.

  6. Webs for no helmet ride) Goodbye, amigo, enjoy your new wheels))))

  7. Vettel, because he made everything right and made no mistakes.

  8. It’s a toss up between Vettel and Alonso for driver of the Weekend (Qualifying and Race). Didn’t expect Alonso to be P3 and almost P2 on the grid, or to hold his own against the Mercs. I also like that he had a pre-race agreement to give Felipe a podium if the situation worked out.

    While Vettel was mega in qualifying and dominant in the race, he seemed a little flat – though that could be a result of going for 9 consecutive wins. We forget that these guys aren’t autobots. :)

    I’m leaning towards Alonso at this point.

    Drives of the day? A toss up between Button and Webber who had to pass and repass Alonso, not to mention Rosberg, then needing to hold off Alonso after the last pit stops, when Alonso went on the mediums and Mark went on the hard tires.

    Kudos to Chilton for running the table. Keeping it on track for an entire season, pretty good for a veteran driver, even better for a rookie.

    1. @uan I personally felt he was lucky at Monaco, and his misdemeanour there led to his teammate retiring.

  9. Gotta be Seb. Despite not moving for an eternity during that pit stop he still led every lap and won by a large margin. Total domination.

  10. Vettel, of course. Also good job by Weber, Button, Perez,Hulkenberg, Massa.

  11. Definitely Button as he shows what he can do when given the right equipment which suits his driving skills

  12. It has to be a British driver this weekend.
    Hamilton would have finished higher without the interference of the mad stewards.
    Button finally got the McLaren moving with some pace.
    Then Chilton completed the entire season seeing the chequered flag at every race.
    OK. So he’s not at the sharp end mixing it with the big boys. But he’s not thrown his car into the walls at a single race through a whole ROOKIE year. Monaco included. Perhaps as well as money, he has a bit of ability also.

  13. As much as I’d love to vote for Button, he just didn’t do well enough in quali to warrant being driver of the weekend. For me he was absolutely driver of the race though.

    At first I was thinking that Vettel deserved it, given the margin in qualifying, and how well he controlled the race, and it was this same style which made me vote for him in most of the races since Belgium. However, this time I’ve given it to Alonso because he was able to get the Ferrari into third place in quali, where it probably should have been behind both Hamilton and Webber, and was able to capitalise on that into the race to be Red Bull’s only challenger.

  14. Why Jenson Button? He was outqualified by his team mate who has been fired by McLaren. If Button is so far ahead, we need to consider Perez as well who has been more impressive in my eyes despite his gearbox penalty.

    Jenson Button would have finished 6th under normal circumstances (no Hamilton fault and Massa being himself). That isn’t too impressive if you think he was on a dry race setup all along.

  15. Massive Ferrari fan, but it has to be Button. He drove like a mad man! Excellent drive, and proud to see a Brit driving with such class.

  16. Trevor Simpson
    26th November 2013, 9:14

    The great Jenson Button, by an English country mile!!!!!

  17. Driver of the race I’d give to Perez, started 19th and finished 6th in what has been an awful car all season.

    Much as I hate to concede it, driver of the weekend has to be Vettel, by a mile.

  18. Initially I couldn’t think who to pick for driver of the weekend, not because several drivers stood out and it was hard to choose which was best but because I thought none of them really shone, however thinking about it further, this was partly because I have become so used to how good some drivers, such as Vettel and Alonso, are each weekend.

    It has become the norm that Vettel puts it on pole and dominates the race, while Alonso outperforms his car.

    So in the end I decided to vote for Vettel.

    Having looked at the current results I am surprised that Button is currently leading the vote with 33% as for me his teammate Perez was more impressive over the weekend and he only has 9% of the vote.

    Perez did crash in qualifying but he had set a faster time than Button, and after Perez’s grid penalty for the gearbox change he made up more places in the race than Button.

    Personally neither driver was in my consideration for driver of the weekend and I can understand people saying Button had a better weekend because of Perez’s crash but I would never have thought the difference in votes would be so much or that Button would be on course to win the pole.

    This reminds me of something I read a few years ago, probably in F1 Racing Magazine, I can’t remember the name of the driver but he raced against Button in the junior formula and he said something like that even when he beat Button and put in a better performance, Button would still receive more praise in the press after the race.

  19. If there was a doubt this place’s full of JB supporters, driver of the weekend? common…

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