Which F1 driver was the best performer during the German Grand Prix weekend?
Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most during the last race weekend.
German Grand Prix driver-by-driver
Sebastian Vettel – Admitted he was struggling in the first sector during qualifying and that was where he lost the time that allowed Hamilton to take pole position off him. But from second on the grid he was quickly into the lead at the start. He came under pressure from Grosjean early in the race, then the Safety Car brought the other Lotus within range as well.
Vettel managed to pit to cover Grosjean in the second half of the race and get through traffic quickly enough to see off a threat from Raikkonen – a task not made easier by an intermittent KERS fault. Raikkonen came back at him in the final laps on soft tyres but Vettel had enough in hand to grab his first home win.
Mark Webber – Said the track conditions were “sensitive” during qualifying and was relieved to take third. Made a fantastic start, briefly nosing ahead of Vettel on the run to turn one, and stayed within range during the first stint. He led for two laps after Vettel pitted but his own pit stop was a disaster, a wheel coming off his car and hitting an unfortunate cameraman.
Webber resumed in last place but for the second weekend in a row his race was saved by the Safety Car. Webber not only got his lap back but was able to rejoin the queue of cars. From there he passed several rivals, finishing up with a move on Perez for seventh on the final tour.
Fernando Alonso – Both Ferrari drivers qualified and started on the medium compound. But they didn’t get the strategic dividend they were counting on early in the race as the front runners made the soft tyres last longer than expected. Alonso had to pit for softs the Safety Car. That allowed him to attack Grosjean for third on the final lap but he dropped back and then stopped his car after the finishing line.
Felipe Massa – Out-qualified Alonso for the first time since Malaysia, then threw it away by spinning off at turn one on lap four. “At the moment when I braked, the rear wheels locked up and I couldn’t stop the car from spinning,” he said. “When the car came to a stop, it was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn’t stop the engine from stalling. It’s very odd that it got stuck like that, even if so far, the team has not seen anything unusual.”
Jenson Button – Said his Q2 lap was “as good as it’s going to get for us at the moment – in fact, it was one of the best laps I’ve done in a very long time”. It got him through to Q3, where he elected not to do a lap.
In the race, having run a long opening stint on medium tyres he’d not long since changed them when the Safety Car came out. He passed his team mate after the restart but got held up by the Caterhams and Max Chilton, which allowed Hamilton onto his tail for a last-lap pass. “The Caterhams absolutely screwed us,” he complained afterwards.
Sergio Perez – Admitted he struggled to match Button in practice and lined up 13th on the grid. But starting on softs he passed his team mate early on, then took Maldonado after the Safety Car period. He tried to run to the end without a further pit stop but was passed by Hamilton and Webber, ending up eighth.
Kimi Raikkonen – Raikkonen said he didn’t get enough heat into his front tyres for his lap in Q3 which compromised him in the first sector. That left him fourth. He lost a lot of time behind the Mercedes after his first pit stop, despite passing both, but it was cancelled out by the Safety Car.
Radio problems made it hard for the team to work out whether to pit him again at they end. They eventually decided to – which might not have been necessary. However after Grosjean let him by on instructions from the team Raikkonen chased after Vettel, finishing a close second.
Romain Grosjean – Like his team mate he felt he should have been quicker in the first sector on his flying lap. He ran behind Raikkonen in the opening laps, complaining that his team mate was holding him up, then stretched out his soft tyre stint longer than anyone else to take the lead for five laps.
After his pit stop he closed on Vettel but the Safety Car wiped out then ten-second margin he’d built up over Raikkonen. The team tried to get him ahead of Vettel by ‘undercutting’ the Red Bull, to no avail. Was told to let Raikkonen through into second late in the race.
Nico Rosberg – “I was really shocked when I saw the times falling in Q2 today and realised that I was in P11,” said Rosberg, who believed he would have been in contention for the front row. He started on medium tyres but made little progress until the final stint. Took ninth off Di Resta with three laps to go.
Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton was surprised to be in contention for pole position after struggling with his car during practice. But the race showed Mercedes haven’t figured out how to make their tyres last in warm conditions – Hamilton was critical of the rubber after slipping back during the race. Rosberg was told to make way for his team mate at one stage and Hamilton wrested fifth off Button on the final lap.
Nico Hulkenberg – There were no new parts for Sauber who are having financial difficulties. But they made an appearance in Q3 for the first time since China, following which Hulkenberg chose not to set a time, to save tyres. Starting on mediums his strategy was compromised by the Safety Car. But making another pit stop with 11 laps to go proved the right thing to do as he was able to take the final points place off Di Resta.
Esteban Gutierrez – Equalled his best qualifying performance to date with 14th. Felt his car lacked straight-line speed during the race and never looked like challenging for points.
Paul di Resta – Neither Force India driver made it into Q3 as the cars lacked their recent pace. “Ahead of qualifying we completely changed the set-up to try to improve things and it certainly helped,” said Di Resta, who took 12th.
In the race he tried to get to the end without pitting following the Safety Car but slipped out of the points. Curiously did not get a time penalty despite delaying Vergne when he was released from the pits too early.
Adrian Sutil – Had a DRS problem in qualifying which he said cost him half a second per lap. He tried to run a two-stop strategy like his team mate but had to convert to a three-stopper which ended his chance of scoring points.
Pastor Maldonado – Only did a single timed lap in Q1 due to a water pump leak. Gained ground thanks to the Safety Car and was running seventh when he made his last pit stop with ten laps to go. But the stop was botched, dropping him to 15th at the flag. Had the stop gone according to plan he likely would have been 11th behind Hulkenberg.
Valtteri Bottas – Suffered doubly at the hands of Williams’ problematic pit stops and also had a poor start. Followed his team mate home.
Jean-Eric Vergne – Comprehensively beaten by Ricciardo in qualifying and admitted “I didn’t make any mistakes and I was hoping for much better.” His struggle continued in the race, he was held up by Di Resta when the Force India was released unsafely in the pits, and then the team told him to switch off his car, which had an hydraulic fault. “A weekend to forget,” he concluded.
Daniel Ricciardo – Sixth-fastest in qualifying for the second race in a row and ahead of both Ferraris again but said “we definitely had to pull something out of the bag to do the time”. Couldn’t get any performance out of the medium tyre in the race and slipped out of contention.
Charles Pic – Beat his team mate and the Marussias despite being held up by a starter motor problem at the weigh bridge and getting traffic on his best lap. But a gearbox change penalty eventually relegated him to last on the grid. Nonetheless he led his immediate rivals home in the race, passing Chilton and Van der Garde in the second stint, but not without incurring the wrath of Button.
Giedo van der Garde – Couldn’t get the most out of his tyres and was eight tenths off his team mate in qualifying. Made a good start, passing Vergne and Bottas, but was never going to be able to keep them behind.
Jules Bianchi – Rodolfo Gonzalez took his car for first practice but Bianchi was grateful for the respite having turned up at the track feeling unwell. He only did ten laps in second practice. By Saturday he was feeling better and extended his run of superiority over his team mate in qualifying. His race came to an end due to an engine failure, after which the car tried to continue without him.
Max Chilton – Slowest in qualifying for the second race in a row and was over a second off his team mate. Finished last, struggling with rear tyre wear.
Qualifying and race results summary
|Gap to team mate
|Laps leading team mate
|Gap to team mate
|Paul di Resta
|Not on same lap
|Not on same lap
|Giedo van der Garde
Review the race data
- 2013 German Grand Prix lap charts
- 2013 German Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps
- 2013 German 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 German Grand Prix weekend?
- Max Chilton (0%)
- Jules Bianchi (0%)
- Giedo van der Garde (0%)
- Charles Pic (0%)
- Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
- Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
- Valtteri Bottas (0%)
- Pastor Maldonado (0%)
- Adrian Sutil (0%)
- Paul di Resta (0%)
- Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
- Nico Hulkenberg (2%)
- Lewis Hamilton (2%)
- Nico Rosberg (0%)
- Romain Grosjean (28%)
- Kimi Raikkonen (16%)
- Sergio Perez (0%)
- Jenson Button (2%)
- Felipe Massa (1%)
- Fernando Alonso (3%)
- Mark Webber (6%)
- Sebastian Vettel (39%)
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2013 German Grand Prix
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