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 (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

  1. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 17th December 2013, 12:26

    The best driver of the season was Vettel, by miles. His level of domination post the summer break was truly staggering, in the cold hard light of day the “boo-boys” will have to admit that it was a true privilege to have watched it.

  2. Sam Kelsall (@redbantha95) said on 17th December 2013, 12:44

    Undoubtedly the best driver of the season was Vettel. The form he showed in the second half of the season following the summer break was superlative and his general consistency throughout the season as a whole was fantastic. In seasons gone by I would have been reluctant to give Vettel the tag of “Best driver of the season”, but he certainly earned, and deserves it in 2013, no question.

  3. felipe (@guedesfelipe) said on 17th December 2013, 13:08

    Would be a better question to ask who is the second driver of the year, given that Seb is the driver of the year!!!
    If the question was that, i would vote for Kimi Raikkonen! Very interisting moment at Monaco GP when he could still be hunting the Schumacher record of consecutive points, and he always went to the limit of those pirellis and mades mart strategies as well!

  4. Sebastian Vettel, no doubt. But you know something is wrong when Heikki Kovalainen has more votes than Mark Webber!

  5. Vettel, he had the tools and made use of them, end of story

  6. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 17th December 2013, 13:26

    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.

  7. 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.

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 17th December 2013, 14:28

      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.

      • @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.

  8. Yosi (@yoshif8tures) said on 17th December 2013, 14:16

    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.

    • 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?

  9. 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.

  10. sumedh said on 17th December 2013, 15:21

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

  11. Jelle van der Meer said on 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.

    • Lance (@lancelot) said on 17th December 2013, 15:50

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

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 17th December 2013, 19:33

      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?

  12. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 17th December 2013, 15:27

    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.)

    • Len (@lunara) said on 17th December 2013, 15:32

      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.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 17th December 2013, 16:53

      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.

    • Jelle van der Meer said on 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

  13. Mcquiz (@mcquiz) said on 17th December 2013, 15:27

    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.

  14. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 17th December 2013, 16:21

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

  15. Vettel wins best driver.

    Hulkenberg wins best effort.

    Grosjean wins most improved.

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