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. Arrrang (@arrrang) said on 17th December 2013, 17:33

    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.

  2. Vettel, no doubt.

  3. @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.

  4. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 17th December 2013, 22:23

    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.

  5. Eric (@) said on 17th December 2013, 23:59


    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.

  6. 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

  7. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 18th December 2013, 8:41

    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.

    • Jelle van der Meer said on 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.

      • Sam (@) said on 19th December 2013, 6:52

        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.

  8. Juan Pablo Heidfeld (@juan-pablo-heidfeld-1) said on 18th December 2013, 16:51

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

  9. Sam (@) said on 19th December 2013, 6:49

    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.

  10. SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 23rd December 2013, 5:20

    I vetoed err voted Sebastian Vettel!

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