Sebastian Vettel was voted Driver of the Weekend after scoring his second victory of 2013 in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Force India driver Paul di Resta came second in the poll following a fourth-place finish, while Fernando Alonso’s recovery drive to eighth after a DRS failure was recognised with third in the voting.
Here’s why F1 Fanatic readers picked those three as their top drivers of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.
1. Sebastian Vettel
Vettel was beaten to pole position by Nico Rosberg. At the start he lost second place to Alonso while he tried to find a way around the Mercedes.
But he fought back quickly, passing Alonso later on the first lap and taking Rosberg shortly afterwards which gave him a clear shot at victory.
A remarkable performance from Vettel, even by his high standards. The moves that took him from third to first were very impressive, and further dispelled the myth that he can’t overtake.
Once he was at the front, he was in a class of his own. He barely made it onto the TV feed after that, but watching his lap times on the timing screen was astonishing, and he even had pace to spare at the end after he had been asked to bring the car home safely.
Quite a few drivers deserve recognition for their performances – both Lotus drivers, di Resta and Alonso, to name a few – but Vettel really ought to win this.
I was actually surprised to see him out-qualify Alonso, I didn’t think Red Bull had the speed and, besides, he only had one shot in Q3.
His first few laps were just amazing. Alonso is one of the best drivers when it comes to lap 1, he is able to overtake people quite easily, I certainly didn’t expect Vettel to overtake him as soon as turn five.
He knew that to win, he had to make two crucial pass at the opening laps, and that is Alonso and later Rosberg.
He get the best out of his car to overtake the two cars before lap three (when DRS is not yet activated). From there on, he just drove a commanding race to the chequered flag.
2. Paul di Resta
For the second year in a row Di Resta led the Bahrain Grand Prix at one stage. But he wasn’t able to hold the Lotuses back and slipped to fourth at the chequered flag, which equals his best ever race result.
Di Resta for a brilliant qualifying performance, superb start, and a flawless race. He would’ve got a well deserved podium if it had been a Mercedes or McLaren chasing him in the last stint.
Sundar SV (@Ssvracing)
He out-qualified Sutil, he made his two stop strategy work and very nearly managed to sneak onto the podium. If he did it would have been thoroughly well deserved.
Fourth was still a terrific result for Force India who continue to be the surprise package of the year for me. I thought they’d be nowhere after pre-season testing but they are putting Sauber, Toro Rosso and (particularly) Williams to shame.
3. Fernando Alonso
Alonso narrowly beat Sergio Perez to third place in the poll. His race was scuppered when his DRS failed early on. That forced him to make an early first pit stop and an extra pit stop as his team tried to fix it, without success. Nonetheless he recovered to salvage eighth place.
He had to make an extra stop or two because of the wing problems and then drove almost the entire race with no DRS yet managed to hold on for points and even press people with healthy cars.
2013 Driver of the Weekend results
|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%)
2013 Bahrain Grand Prix
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- Vettel wins Bahrain Driver of the Weekend poll
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- Karthikeyan (no, not that one) takes Predictions win
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