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Vote for the best driver of the 2013 F1 season

2013 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 (7%)

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

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

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.

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.

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. It’s a very easy decision – Vettel of course. I have faith in F1Fanatic members that he’ll dominate this vote, because I’ve seen Raikkonen win a driver of the year poll somewhere else recently – madness!

    I’m surprised Max Chilton is still on 0%, he seems to always get 1% at least in driver of the weekend polls.

    1. Max must not have logged onto F1 fanatic today…

      1. That’s strange, pretty sure I did…

  2. Completely unrelated to this article but considering the driver rankings we saw in F1F, below is what I think who had the consistent driver line up in 2013.

    1 Lotus
    2 Mercedes
    3 Red Bull
    4 Ferrari
    5 McLaren
    6 Force India
    7 Sauber
    8 Torro Rosso
    9 Williams
    10 Marussia
    11 Caterham

    While the last 7 is the same, its seems that the Lotus had better drivers who could get the maximum performance of the car than Red Bull and Ferrari. Not surprising but shows Webber and Massa really underperformed this year.

    1. @1abe
      Lotus had a more consistent drivers’ line-up than Mercedes? Grosjean was poor in the first half of 2013, while Rosberg and Hamilton performed constantly.

      1. @kingshark
        True but if you look at performace of the Mercedes drivers, they neither improved their performance nor did their performance drop. Lotus on the other hand had Kimi over acheiving in the first half and Romain doing the same in the second half. So if you see from the teams point on view, they had atleast 1 car getting its maximum each half of the season.

  3. I found no excuse for not voting for SV, he was just simply sublime. He won almost everything and no one even came close.
    Slightly controversial, but I’m sure if he were in a car next to senna Schumacher or any of the other greats he’d be just as good.

    1. I would agree with that too. People say he needs to race for a different team or a with a better teammate to show how strong he is. However, Schumacher never won a championship with a strong teammate and Senna never won a championship with a different car. Is it a prerequisite that a driver needs to do either one of the above to show how good they are? Cant it be possible that they show that with just what they got? The reason why Fernando is considered the best is because he does his best with what he got. How should Sebastian be different?

  4. Though there are some of the ratings I don’t agree with, it would be awkward not to do so with this one. Vettel was brilliant all year long.

  5. I think except for that Robert Kubica poll in 2010, the results of all polls in F1F have been accurate.

  6. Jelle van der Meer
    17th December 2013, 15:24

    Vettel wins 13 races, 16 podiums, 9 pole positions, 7 fastest laps and completely dominates his teammate.
    Yes he might have the best car but doubt anyone would have gotten better results in that car than Vettel considering he has made the least mistakes of anyone this year.
    Yet 29% of people still feel he doesn’t deserve driver of the year. I see votes for Webber, Massa, Chilton, Bianchi, Gutierrez and Sutil.
    Guess I am still to be shocked he got 71% of the votes considering he only got 6 DotW trophies.

    1. They’re obviously just voting “against” or for their favourite drivers. There’s no question who was the best driver in 2013.

    2. I get that, but no online opinion poll will ever read “100%”. You’ll have some votes for someone else who did well to at least reflect who was 2nd or 3rd best (like Hulkenberg for example). Still a majority voted for Vettel. And if 1 or 2 people, the smallest of minorities vote for someone like Chilton, then they’re clearly not serious, and not really affecting the end result, so who really cares about them?

  7. This is for the driver of the year, so I tried to take cars, teams, mid-season tyre changes and “luck” out of it … the result: Alonso who “got the best out of what was available” more consistently than any other. I couldn’t see any other way of “judging” driver quality. (Not to take away from Vettel who fully deserved his WDC title.)

    1. Alonso didn’t get “the best out of what was available” this year. Vettel did. Alonso made more mistakes than him this year and his qualifying was far from “the best” even compared to Massa.

    2. For a period this year, Massa outperformed Alonso. We all know that on his day, Alonso will always best Massa which means that he wasn’t at 100%.

      Webber never had any sustained advantage over Vettel and never looked genuainly faster than him all season.

    3. Jelle van der Meer
      17th December 2013, 18:43

      If you take all the factors out like you said there are 2 key measurement
      1) Team mate battle: Vettel was far more dominant over Webber than Alonso was over Massa.
      2) Driver mistakes: Alonso made more mistakes than Vettel did

  8. Vettel but Kimi is close second. Until the ******** that started happening after Korea he got good stable results and did some cracking drives like Australia, Bahrain, Germany and Singapore. Some fantastic overtakes too.

  9. I support Alonso, but I voted Vettel on this one. He just made no mistake. Impressive.

  10. Vettel wins best driver.

    Hulkenberg wins best effort.

    Grosjean wins most improved.

    1. this basically.

    2. Nicely summed up.

  11. Since I see Vettel winning this pole with ease (fair and square I should add). I’m going to vote for Rosberg since this season proves that he still is probably the most underrated driver in the sport (2 race wins, regular points, almost matched Hamilton in quali (who is seen as the best quali driver), had fair share of bad luck and not fair team “tactics”). And as far as I can see my vote gave him whole 1% of total votes which also confirms how underrated and unseen he is by f1 fans.

  12. Vettel, no doubt.

  13. @hristoitchov

    Where was Vettel in the first half of the season when his car couldn’t manage the tires?

    Apparently he was racing and finishing in the top 4!! I am not sure if you were sarcastic as @david-a mentioned or if you were frustrated with FIA but Vettel was able to manage his tyres better that most in the 1 half of the season as well. He never finished less than 4th, had three wins, 5 podiums, only retired from the lead in the British GP due to mechanical problems before the tyre changes. Compared to others, he already had a dominant car in the begining of the season. Its just that in the later part of the season, that fact became more obvious.

    1. This was reply to a comment by @hristoitchov which is now missing!

  14. I don’t know how anybody could not vote for Vettel. He was incredible this year. My only slight worry is that Red Bull is taking the same pragmatic approach as Ferrari did with Schumacher by not giving Vettel a team mate who can challenge him. It is a shame really.

  15. Vettel.

    Even with a car that wasn’t always the best at the beginning of the season he managed to built a comfortable lead before the summer break by finishing no lower than fourth.

    After the summer break he did what no driver has ever done before, 9 wins in a row.

    Impressive, most impressive.

  16. The Most easiest Choice of the year.
    Its Sebastian Vettel by a far margin the fight is always for Best of the rest and the Poll is nothing different to what happened this year

  17. FERNANDO ALONSO… although many of you don’t agree, I know !

    With that dog car + some luck, of course, he managed to finish 2nd again ! I find it pretty impressive.

    2nd vote, if I’m allowed, goes to Vettel. But no big news here: he was already a proven champ and had the best car on the grid. Enough said. The outcome was pretty obvious.

    1. Jelle van der Meer
      18th December 2013, 10:50

      Alonso had a good car, certainly at start of the year let’s not make it like Alonso finished 2nd in a Sauber or Force India. Needless to point out the multiple driver errors by Alonso in 2013 nor the fact that he often failed to out qualifying Massa.
      Luck is something Alonso never ever has to complaint about, he has been more fortunate in last years when it comes to reliability or misfortune of drivers ahead of him, not to mention a teammate forced to move over, take penalties and likely have inferior equipment.
      Add to that his poor behaviour in the media complaining/whining and not supporting his own team and all I can conclude that certainly compared to 2012 Alonso had a pretty mediocre year and certainly not to be called impressive.

      1. It is the typical ‘Alonso answer’, no? Dog car, please. If Chilton had the same amount of luck as Alonso had over the last three years he would have been on the podium.

  18. Voted for Vettel, but happy to see Alonso 2nd and Kimi/Hulk 3rd

  19. He’ll only get better, he is still very young. His fourth title means he now has earned a title in more than half of the seasons he entered. Equalling Schumachers record of most wins in a season and killing his wins in a row streak only shows what pace Red Bull and Sebastian had this year. I thought 2011 was the best we would ever see from the Austrian squad but was I wrong. It makes me think the best is yet to come.

  20. I vetoed err voted Sebastian Vettel!

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