Vote for the best driver of the 2013 F1 season

2013 F1 season review

Start, Melbourne, 2013The F1 Fanatic Driver Rankings are complete and now it’s time for you to vote for your best driver of 2013.

Cast your vote below for who you thought was the best driver throughout the 2013 season.

Who was the best driver of the 2013 season?

  • Sebastian Vettel (61%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (10%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (4%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (4%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (9%)
  • 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 (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (10%)

Total Voters: 656

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2013 Driver of the Weekend results

Ten different drivers were voted Driver of the Weekend during 2013. Sebastian Vettel won it six times, more than any of his rivals. Fernando Alonso took three wins and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg both won the poll twice.

Six other drivers won the poll once: Kimi Raikkonen, Mark Webber, Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas.

Race First Second Third
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%)
United States Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas (41.5%) Romain Grosjean (27.2%) Sebastian Vettel (19.0%)
Brazil Grand Prix Jenson Button (32.8%) Sebastian Vettel (26.0%) Mark Webber (14.4%)

Brazilian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend result

Button topped the Driver of the Weekend poll for the first time this season following his rise from 14th to fourth in the Brazilian Grand Prix. This is Button’s second appearance in the top three – the other being third in Belgium.

The two Red Bull drivers also featured among your top three votes. Vettel took his ninth consecutive victory meaning he was voted in the top three 13 times this season – nine of which came in the final nine races of the season.

Webber was voted third in his final F1 race following a strong drive to finish runner-up to Vettel.

1. Jenson Button

Started: 14th
Finished: 4th

Following McLaren’s decision not to do huge amounts of running in practice Button suffered the consequences and qualified a poor 15th – that became 14th on the grid due to Perez’s penalty – having been hoping a top ten.

Button was one of only two drivers to start on the hard tyre but impressively made up five places on the opening two laps before taking more places during the first stint.

Hamilton and Massa’s penalties dully played into his hands but Button kept a cool head and drove a clean race to give McLaren their best finish of the season in fourth.

Strangely, but not many in the press talk about Button?s drive. It was his best race throughout whole year, just storming. Of course, his qualifying performance wasn?t great but he more than made for it in the race. And smaller wing angles helped here too. But those cracking moves were so enjoyable and he looked unstoppable at one moment
@Osvaldas31

Button gets my vote. Sure he messed up his qualifying but to some extent that was down to McLaren not running in practice. His first stint was amazing, slicing through the field on primes and doing some brave moves on others was pretty exciting to watch. Probably the best way to end a very frustrating season.
Robert Tang (@robertthespy)

Button gave us a masterclass of making the most out of what you have so he got my vote
@HoHum

2. Sebastian Vettel

Started: 1st
Finished: 1st

Everyone was praying for a wet race to hopefully end Vettel’s dominance but the differing conditions only seemed to spur him on as no-one could get within half a second of the quadruple world champion in qualifying.

A poor getaway handed Rosberg the lead but Vettel easily slid down the inside at turn one on the second lap to take a lead he would never give away – despite a thirteen second stop as Red Bull mixed up their drivers’ tyres. Vettel maintained the gap back to his team mate and eased to a record ninth consecutive victory.

Sebastian Vettel is my driver of the weekend. He mastered the wet conditions on Saturday by taking pole position by a large margin. And he mastered the (almost) dry conditions on Sunday as he skilfully managed the race from the first lap until the end despite an average start. Another proof that he is a deserving multiple world champion.
@Girts

Sebastian Vettel is not just the driver of the weekend, but also the driver of the year in my opinion: he?s fast, consistent, hardly makes mistakes and has an incredible will to win! Definetly the driver of the weekend.
Barney

3. Mark Webber

Started: 4th
Finished: 2nd

Webber’s race consisted mainly of following and passing Alonso – a feat he accomplished twice – but overtakes on both the Mercedes’ as well rightly earned him a podium in his final race.

Removing his helmet for the slowing down lap was a unique way to end his career and something many fans will remember for a long time.

Webber for the no-helmet ride.
Dmitry (@robo)

Additional writing by @Bradley-Downton.

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92 comments on Vote for the best driver of the 2013 F1 season

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  1. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 17th December 2013, 10:40

    Easiest vote of the season.

    • Yes, even if you split the season in 2 as you should you should see that Vettel and Red Bull managed well enough their front wear issues and managed to win in the rear limited circuits of Bahrain and Canada and they managed not to lose to many points on the front limited circuits as China or Spain and they got lucky on Malaysia qually and they capitalized on everything just spotless.

  2. Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 17th December 2013, 10:43

    Vettel – Best of the rest
    Alonso – Rest of the rest

  3. Tough not to vote for Vettel, and this for every reasons.
    Would it be a top-three vote I’d have picked up Alonso and Hulkenberg on the list, maybe not in that position.

  4. Girts (@girts) said on 17th December 2013, 10:51

    In 2010, I voted for Hamilton because of the incredible effort he made to stay in title hunt until the final race.

    In 2011, I voted for Kovalainen because of his enormous dedication in a car that was uncapable of finishing in points.

    In 2012, I voted for Hamilton as I believed that his many brilliant drives had largely gone unnoticed in the shade of Alonso’s heroics.

    This year I have no more excuses. I’m voting for Vettel.

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 17th December 2013, 12:04

      @girts
      I would agree with your choices for 2010 and 2012, but did you seriously vote for Kovalainen in 2011?

      • Girts (@girts) said on 17th December 2013, 12:08

        @kingshark Yes, and Kovalainen was one of James Allen’s top 5 drivers of 2011, too.

      • Best is still subjective.. so I put in a tactical vote for Hulkenberg. To win DOTW twice in a Sauber, and be ‘best of the rest’ in the second half of the season. Bottas won DOTW once as well, so if he gets no votes here that would be interesting – surely some people would vote for him as best rookie. Vettel obviously has this won, perhaps even more so than the 2013 WDC after the tyre change…

        It would be interesting to pit the slow-car on-form Kovalainen against Vettel. Only in the Lotus and Renault did he look like the driver that won ROC over Schumacher. Obviously not the recent Lotus though.. but that was mainly circumstance. Have they raced each other at ROC?

      • And although my second sentence doesn’t make sense, it does if you add further factors like: is quite an achievement, alongside being the last ‘non-pay driver’ (and perhaps ‘non-paid driver’?), last guy hauling it for a seat on pure merit etc. (Di Resta is now out for a continuing Sutil, who he beat this year.. but it would have been closer without bad luck for both sides).

        You could make a case for some of the rookies like Bottas as well, although they were both Williams test driver, but Hulk got a full pre-season testing schedule I imagine rather than a year of FP1s. Calado still has a chance with Force India FP1s from his RSF backing, but that is now over.. and the rest of the rookies have come in via teams’ YDT programs.

      • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 18th December 2013, 13:03

        @kingshark indeed, Heikki Kovalainen was pretty good in 2011, not to vote him as best driver of the year but definitely top 10 material, after that it went down the hill a bit with Heikki.

    • Also, isn’t it interesting that the top 5 at the moment reflects on Keith (and many including myself)’s top 5 for the season? That’s crowd-power for you..

  5. Malik (@malik) said on 17th December 2013, 10:56

    Vettel
    Who else…

  6. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 17th December 2013, 11:17

    Not a Vettel fan, but I voted Vettel.

  7. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 17th December 2013, 11:18

    2% of people thought that Pastor Maldonado is the best driver of 2013.

  8. Malik (@malik) said on 17th December 2013, 11:20

    Based on F1Fanatic followers votes if we give 1st driver 25 points 2nd 18 3rd 15
    Vettel : 273 point
    Raikkonrn : 136
    Sutil : 36
    Bianchi : 15
    Webber : 58
    Rosberg : 40
    Alonso : 168
    Ricciardo : 18
    DiResta : 36
    Massa : 15
    JEV : 15
    Hamilton : 50
    Grosjean : 94
    Button : 40
    Hulk : 50
    Gutierrez : 15
    Perez : 15
    Bottas : 25

    • Tango (@tango) said on 17th December 2013, 14:12

      If I might take you numbers (denotes actual championship position. I ordered it by F1F DotWe score. In case of equality, best score then first to score wins.):
      Based on F1Fanatic followers votes if we give 1st driver 25 points 2nd 18 3rd 15
      1 (1) Vettel : 273 point
      2 (2) Alonso : 168
      3 (5) Raikkonen : 136
      4 (7) Grosjean : 94
      5 (3) Webber : 58
      6 (4) Hamilton : 50
      7 (10) Hulk : 50
      8 (6) Rosberg : 40
      9 (9) Button : 40
      9 (13) Sutil : 36
      10 (12) DiResta : 36
      11 (17) Bottas : 25
      12 (14) Ricciardo : 18
      13 (8) Massa : 18
      14 (19) Bianchi : 15
      15 (15) JEV : 15
      16 (13) Gutierrez : 15
      17 (11) Perez : 15
      18 (18) Maldonado
      20 (20) Pic : 0
      21 (21) Van der Garde : 0
      22 (22) Chilton :
      23 (23) Kovalainen : 0

      You may turn it every way you want, but Maldonado had a dreadful year.

      • Tango (@tango) said on 17th December 2013, 14:17

        So really you get those who are favorably viewed (or had great week ends) and get a better result than in the championship : Grosjean, Raikkonen, Hulk, Bottas (fan favorites too).

        And those who maybe had less recognition than compared to results : Hamilton (that’s actually quite a surprise), Rosberg, Perez.

        I’ll let Webber slip as anything than a win will not warrant extra points.

      • F1_WI (@f1_wi) said on 17th December 2013, 14:26

        Be careful. The FIA may see this and use it as a way to “spice” up the way the champion is determined each year.

        • Tango (@tango) said on 17th December 2013, 14:35

          You’re right, I didn’t think it through.

          [Meanwhile at the FIA headquarters] “Lets have a championship decided on votes by the public ! That would draw some paying crowd !”

      • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 17th December 2013, 16:39

        @tango – It also has to take into account what cars they were in as opposed to just popularity. Massa finished 8th in the WDC and got rated the 13th best driver overall by F1F. If he’d come 8th in a Marussia, he’d have finished higher than 13th in the F1F rankings.

  9. Well… don’t want to vote for Seb. But he definitely is.

  10. Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 17th December 2013, 11:26

    Seb was flawless, as much as Alonso was last year.

    (I’m a big Seb and Hamilton fan, but I absolutely despise the current rules F1 has fallen under. It’s disrespectful and embarrassing. I’m questioning my interest in the sport.)

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 17th December 2013, 15:21

      If you’re a Vettel fan then why are you loosing interest in F1? DRS, crappy tyres, kers, he still finishes ahead of everyone by a mile and probably next year will happen the same but with Hamilton, if anything you should be more excited about F1 :p

  11. andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th December 2013, 11:40

    Nico Rosberg summed up some of Vettel’s drives as ‘being on a different planet’, and that’s very accurate: Vettel has had an incredible and flawless season, as close to perfection as it gets. The 28% that at the time of writing decided not to vote for Vettel are quite simply wrong.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 17th December 2013, 15:26

      @andae23 I think they knew he was the best but decided not to vote for him because they knew everyone else would do it anyway, I know is not the best way to vote but there you go.

    • Jelle van der Meer said on 17th December 2013, 15:27

      +1000!!! You phrased it much better than I did, THANK YOU

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 17th December 2013, 16:45

      @andae23 – It’s all subjective though to be fair. I voted for Vettel but it’s very hard to say that his performance was better than Hulkenberg’s (for example). How can we compare them?

      Vettel was in the fastest car and was able to get it to the first corner in the lead more times than not. Once that happened, he could drive off into the distance and relax. Hulk never had that chance because however fast he was, he would be amongst others in faster cars. When he did qualify well, he simply didn’t have the race pace to pull away from the field. If Vettel was in the Sauber, he wouldn’t have either.

      Same can be said for the cars at the back – how can we really judge any of those 4 against the rest? Would it be fair to judge if Vergne had a better or worse season than Pic?

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th December 2013, 17:22

        @petebaldwin Of course everyone has the right to have his/her own opinion, but Vettel was just so unbelievably good this year. I can accept that a few people think someone else did a better job, but.. 32%? I mean, really?

        • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 17th December 2013, 17:41

          @andae23 – Well yeah fair enough. At least 10% of that can be taken away as votes for their favourites. Votes for Webber and Guiterrez are clearly ridiculous. Hamilton, by his own admission, didn’t have a great season. The car was capable of more than he got out of it as he struggled with the breaks and general setup. There are various drivers who got beaten by their team mates yet got votes…. In the same way, beating your team mate doesn’t mean much because your team mate may have had a 2 out of 10 season and you may have had a 6 out of 10….

          • Jelle van der Meer said on 17th December 2013, 18:36

            @petebaldwin – fair arguments made and there is an element of truth in there.
            I agree that Hulkenberg really surprised me and did things in the Sauber that were not to be expected however he also had weekends he did not perform 100%. I can’t remember a weekend where Vettel really underperformed the car, maybe not every weekend was flawless (most were) but no big mistakes either in qualifying or the race.
            In Japan he was 3rd after first corner and just drove his race, faster than Webber & Grossjean and made the overtake stick when it mattered.
            In India he pitted at lap 2, it took him little time to go through the midfield, not a single overtake he attempted failed.
            Also it was Vettel at age 21 in a Toro Rosso in wet Monza that got pole and won the race.
            Last it is my opinion that truly great drivers can create great cars like great cars can generate great drivers. Being able to lead a team, focus on your own strengths, despite winning reviewing your race in detail for areas of improvements, learn from mistakes as well as the skill to adapt to whatever situation, weather, rule change, etc.
            So far all (except 1) those that have commented indicating their vote, voted Vettel, I guess those that didn’t vote either are not bothered to comment or simply could not justify their vote.

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 17th December 2013, 21:50

      @andae23 that’s why I keep saying Keith should create a 3-2-1 points system to vote for 3 drivers every weekend. It would give a more accurate vote, and it would stop the “sorry vote” when people decide not to vote for the best “because Mr. X was almost as good as him”.

    • Well, it just seems unfair to vote for anybody else. But you can still vote for nobody.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 19th December 2013, 10:57

      @andae23

      So shortly after voting started (but already with around 300 votes iIrc) Vettel was at 72%. Now with around 600 votes he is at 63% only. So the first 300 people vote significantly different from the next 300 (no need to run a statistical test, it will probably come out as significant at the 0.01% level).

      Why is that? My take is that more casual visitors to the site are likely to vote later whereas the die-hard fans check F1Fanatic several times a day. And somehow the former don’t appreciate Vettel’s achievements whereas the latter do.

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 19th December 2013, 11:17

        @mike-dee Seems like a reasonable explanation. I guess the ‘casual’ fans don’t appreciate Vettel’s achievements because they haven’t seen him do it with their own eyes. Hulkenberg and Alonso have been more visible because they weren’t 10 seconds ahead of everyone else every race, so I see why you would then be inclined to vote for one of them instead of Vettel.

        But it’s still beyond me that 37% think Vettel could have done a better job.

  12. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 17th December 2013, 11:47

    Vettel’s going to dominate this poll like he dominated this season. Quite rightly too, he’s been incredible.

  13. Ferrari fan here but… this is simple. There is only one answer here and it is Sebastian Vettel !

  14. Heikki Kovalainen (1%)
    Hahaha!

  15. Love him, hate him or simply……boo him, he has left no doubt in a sane F1 follower’s mind about his talent and achievement. Some argue that he had the best car but so did Mark. You need a blend of man and machine (and now-a-days TIRES) to succeed in this sport and there is no doubt that Red Bull produced a gem of a machine and Sebastian provided the efficient pair of hands and legs to dance around the circuits while laying less tire marbles.

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