Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend?
Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most during the last race weekend.
Spanish Grand Prix driver-by-driver
Sebastian Vettel – Qualified ‘best of the rest’ behind the Mercedes with a single run in Q3. But trying to run a three-stop strategy didn’t work out: pitting a lap later than Alonso cost him track position to the Ferrari and he was demoted by Raikkonen and Massa as well. Fourth keeps him in the lead of the drivers’ championship.
Mark Webber – Half a second off his team mate in qualifying, he made a somewhat typical poor start and fell to 11th at the end of lap one. He was in the pits six lap later and fell as low as 19th. But committing early to a four-stop strategy allowed him to aggressively exploit the advantage of the ‘undercut’ to make made up places and finish behind his team mate.
Fernando Alonso – Alonso said he was reasonably pleased with taking fifth on the grid, despite having Raikkonen and Vettel ahead of him. He made light work of Raikkonen at the start, driving around the Lotus at the exit of turn two and taking Hamilton’s Mercedes for good measure. Pitting before Vettel for his first stop allowed him to jump the Red Bull. After that he took Rosberg in the DRS zone and was on his way to victory. Even a slow puncture at the end of his fourth stint couldn’t put him off his stride.
Felipe Massa – Fastest in the final practice session but lined up an unimpressed ninth after a three-place penalty for impeding Webber during qualifying. But he moved up two places at the start then passed Perez to join the leading queue of cars. He passed Hamilton just before his first pit stop and jumped Vettel with his second. However he faded in his pursuit of Raikkonen late in the race.
Jenson Button – Was out-qualified by his team mate and failed to reach Q3, both for the first time this year. He looked set for a miserable day when he came around at the end of lap one with only the Marussias, Caterhams and Bottas behind him. But with many drivers using a four stop strategy his three-stopper allowed him to spend more time in clear air. So much so that his team mate emerged from his last pit stop behind him, and they stayed that way until the flag.
Sergio Perez – An excellent Q2 lap got him through to Q3 where he secured ninth on the grid despite failing to improve his time. That became eighth after Massa’s penalty, and he moved up to sixth after an excellent start. He ran a four-stop strategy to his team mate’s three, and felt he would have been better off not setting a time in Q3 and conserving his tyres instead. He was initially told to go after Button (and Rosberg) in the final stint, then reminded to look after his tyres. Judging by the difference in their lap times, and the similar difficulty Gutierrez and Di Resta had trying to make passes at this point, it seems Perez was more unable than unwilling to pass Button – though he may have been a little more circumspect after Bahrain.
Kimi Raikkonen – Believed there wasn’t much more in the car after taking fourth on the grid. He was outfoxed by Alonso at the start and lost some time in the opening stint getting past Rosberg. More time lost behind Vettel later on potentially kept him from challenging Alonso for victory with his three-stop strategy.
Romain Grosjean – Promoted to sixth on the grid after Massa’s penalty but started poorly and dropped back. He was optimistic of making progress but never got the chance to as his suspension failed on lap eight.
Nico Rosberg – Claimed pole position for the second race in a row with two laps in Q3 that were quicker than anyone else could manage. Repelled Vettel in the opening stages but after the first pit stops the floodgates opened and he was passed by three cars in one lap. However he found some pace on his three-stopper later on and held off Di Resta for sixth.
Lewis Hamilton – Said he wasn’t happy with the balance of his car after qualifying. He’d looked on course for pole position with a brilliant lap in Q2, but struggled to improve in the top ten shoot-out. Went backwards in the race and said he couldn’t understand why his car treated its tyres so poorly.
Nico Hulkenberg – Sounded astonishing on the radio when his team told him he had been knocked out in Q2 – he said he’d wrung everything out of the car. He made gains in the race and was moving into contention for points when his teamed waved him out into the path of Vergne’s Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg suffered wing damage and was handed a stop-go penalty which ruined his race. Without that he reckoned eighth was possible.
Esteban Gutierrez – Made it through to Q2 but a three-place penalty for getting in Raikkonen’s way dropped him back to 19th. He ran a “long” (13-lap) first stint which briefly put him in the lead. After his first stop he passed Vergne and his second moved him ahead of Hamilton. He ended up on Ricciardo’s tail but couldn’t pass the other Toro Rosso and missed out on a point by three-tenths of a second.
Paul di Resta – In the points for the fourth time this year despite being one of the first drivers to abandon a three-stop strategy and switch to four. This meant running a long third stint, which he did with impressive consistency, then pressing on in the latter two. He spent the final laps trying unsuccessfully to pass Rosberg.
Adrian Sutil – Out of the points for the fourth time this year and once again there was little he could do about it. Sutil made a scorching start to take eighth place, then his race was ruined by a cross-threaded wheel nut at his first pit stop. Force India said it was unrelated to the problems they experienced in Malaysia.
Pastor Maldonado – Neither Williams driver made it into Q2 and Maldonado was fortunate to escape a penalty after holding up Button. Finished ahead of his team mate using a four-stop strategy, despite picking up a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Valtteri Bottas – Out-qualified Maldonado for the third time and was promoted to 16th on the grid when Gutierrez was handed a penalty. But persevering with a three-stop strategy didn’t pay off: he was slow at the end of his last two stints and fell to 16th ahead of the Caterham/Marussia battle.
Jean-Eric Vergne – Joined his team mate on the sixth row of the grid, made a better start but was re-passed by him on the second lap. He was blameless in the incident with Hulkenberg that ultimately ended his race.
Daniel Ricciardo – Made quicker progress in the race than his team mate as he tweaked his car during the pit stops to counteract the front brake locking he suffered in the first stint. He lost some time at the end of his third stint which had to be extended by a lap as his team were tending to Vergne’s damaged car in the pits. That may have cost him a place to Perez, but he was able to hold off Gutierrez for the final point.
Charles Pic – Couldn’t get Caterham’s new parts working to his liking in qualifying but said the car felt right from the first lap in the race. He finished well clear of the delayed Marussias and was pressuring Bottas.
Giedo van der Garde – Happy to out-qualify his team mate despite not having the new upgrade package in full – only Pic had the revised front wing. However the team failed to attach his left-rear wheel properly during second pit stop which wrecked his race. He’d been running ahead of his team mate until then.
Jules Bianchi – Damaged his front wing on the first lap and had to pit for a new one. He believed he could have joined the Pic/Bottas fight without that extra pit stop, and closed to within eight seconds of it in the final stint before backing off to preserve his tyres.
Max Chilton – Lost around six seconds at his second pit stop but finished much further than that behind his team mate who’d been delayed even more.
Qualifying and race results summary
|Driver||Started||Gap to team mate||Laps leading team mate||Pitted||Finished||Gap to team mate|
|Nico Rosberg||1st||-0.254s||65/65||3||6th||Not on same lap|
|Lewis Hamilton||2nd||+0.254s||0/65||4||12th||Not on same lap|
|Paul di Resta||10th||-0.327s||58/65||4||7th||Not on same lap|
|Adrian Sutil||13th||+0.327s||7/65||4||13th||Not on same lap|
|Giedo van der Garde||18th||-0.409s||19/21||2|
Review the race data
- 2013 Spanish Grand Prix lap charts
- 2013 Spanish Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps
- 2013 Spanish Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops
Vote for your driver of the weekend
Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?
Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.
Who was the best driver of the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix weekend?
- Fernando Alonso (61%)
- Felipe Massa (11%)
- Kimi Raikkonen (10%)
- Daniel Ricciardo (4%)
- Nico Rosberg (3%)
- Esteban Gutierrez (3%)
- Sebastian Vettel (2%)
- Giedo van der Garde (1%)
- Jenson Button (1%)
- Paul di Resta (1%)
- Jules Bianchi (1%)
- Lewis Hamilton (1%)
- Max Chilton (0%)
- Sergio Perez (0%)
- Adrian Sutil (0%)
- Pastor Maldonado (0%)
- Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
- Charles Pic (0%)
- Valtteri Bottas (0%)
- Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
- Romain Grosjean (0%)
- Mark Webber (0%)
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