Hamilton takes second Driver of the Weekend win

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton scored his first victory as Mercedes driver in the Hungarian Grand Prix and got himself back into the drivers’ championship title race.

The 2008 world champion was a comfortable ten seconds clear at the flag as the challenge from Sebastian Vettel failed to materialise and Kimi Raikkonen used a two-stop strategy to claim second place.

The result of our poll was very clear: F1 Fanatic readers named Hamilton the Driver of the Weekend for the second time this year, with the two Lotus drivers in the top three once again.

1. Lewis Hamilton

Started: 1st
Finished: 1st

After making a brilliant start from pole position Hamilton didn’t seem to be in trouble at any time during the race.

Key to Hamilton’s victory were overtakes on Jenson Button and Mark Webber which left him in a comfortable position at the end of the race.

The performance of the Mercedes in a race where they were expected to struggle underline their potential for the rest of the season.

Just has to be Hamilton, doesn’t it? It’s sometimes a bit unimaginative voting for the race winner but he didn’t put a single foot wrong all weekend and scored a fully deserved win.

Second place would have been far less than he deserved this weekend. Great race, great win, great boost for a guy who’s going through some tough times.
Lewis McMurray??(@Celicadion23)

Hamilton for me. Great lap in qualifying, and perfect in the race. Very good start, good pace, good management of the tyres, didn’t lose time in traffic, nice overtaking moves as well and a well deserved win.

That was one of Hamilton’s best grands prix of his whole career. Didn’t do anything wrong and was so relentless and driven to win. Get those tyres working and Hamilton is a monster.
Stowe Gregory??(@Stowe07)

2. Kimi Raikkonen

Started: 6th
Finished: 2nd

Raikkonen recovered well after starting sixth on the grid??with a calculated driving and two-stop strategy that proved to be the right choice. Never looked likely to lose his second place to Vettel in the closing stages.

I voted for Raikkonen because of how he drove his final stint,??keeping Vettel behind him cleanly and fairly. Defence is a very important aspect of driving in the DRS era, and Raikkonen is a master of it. Starting in sixth and finishing second was also impressive.
Ferrox Glideh??(@ferrox-glideh)

I voted for Raikkonen. Pity he doesn’t have a stronger car in qualifying but he is always up there in the front during the races and this is why he keeps himself in the championship hunt.

Underperformed in qualifying but it wasn’t entirely his own fault, the new tyres really hurt him in single-lap pace due to the tricky nature of E21 (and probably his driving style that requires full co-operation from the front of the car).

On Sunday he was simply the best driver out there, couldn’t have done a better job with what he was given. I don’t know if he could’ve challenged for the win had his starting position been better but either way, he’s currently driving like a world champion.

3. Romain Grosjean

Started: 3rd
Finished: 6th

Had a good day on Saturday being quicker than his team mate securing a good place in the grid. His aggression on the track didn’t always serve him well on race day – a penalty for colliding with Button while overtaking him seemed an inevitability. He also collected a drive through penalty after a bold overtaking move on Massa in which he unfortunate put all four wheels outside the track.

He had a great race apart from the collision with Button, Romain was very hard and fair at the start of the race with Vettel and Alonso. The overtake on Massa was very brave and perfectly judged, I think if it weren’t for the unfair penalty and the collision with Button then he would have been on the podium.

Romain Grosjean had an awesome weekend. He looked fast always and beat Raikkonen in qualifying, had a great race with great overtakes and just one small error, when he tapped Button. His penalty was harsh in that he deserved no penalty at all, and the error I mentioned before is so small I’d feel guilty if I didn’t give him my vote for this.

2013 Driver of the Weekend results

Australian Grand PrixKimi Raikkonen (51.2%)Adrian Sutil (17.9%)Jules Bianchi (13.6%)
Malaysian Grand PrixMark Webber (34.2%)Sebastian Vettel (17.4%)Nico Rosberg (13.6%)
Chinese Grand PrixFernando Alonso (47.0%)Daniel Ricciardo (18.2%)Kimi Raikkonen (15.6%)
Bahrain Grand PrixSebastian Vettel (32.2%)Paul di Resta (17.8%)Fernando Alonso (11.9%)
Spanish Grand PrixFernando Alonso (61.4%)Felipe Massa (10.8%)Kimi Raikkonen (10.5%)
Monaco Grand PrixNico Rosberg (54.3%)Adrian Sutil (22.2%)Kimi Raikkonen (9.6%)
Canadian Grand PrixSebastian Vettel (36.8%)Fernando Alonso (24.6%)Jean-Eric Vergne (14.0%)
British Grand PrixLewis Hamilton (52.5%)Mark Webber (18.4%)Fernando Alonso (10.2%)
German Grand PrixSebastian Vettel (39.2%)Romain Grosjean (27.6%)Kimi Raikkonen (15.9%)
Hungarian Grand PrixLewis Hamilton (63.9%)Kimi Raikkonen (12.4%)Romain Grosjean (12.0%)

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20 comments on “Hamilton takes second Driver of the Weekend win”

  1. From Monaco onwards it’s been red bull or merc alternatively . So next one Seb ;) ? No, just joking . Alonso must be fuming inside .

  2. How about Webber for 10- 4th in the race??? I mean he suffered and lost a lot in qualifying because of what was that? KERS or DRS malfunction? And then he came through the field and manage his tyres properly…

  3. I don’t really understand Grosjean being there: whether you found it fair or not he received that drive through penalty because he broke the rules and so finished lower than he should have. I personally would put Maldonado or Button ahead of Grosjean (even Vettel despite his contact with Button, although I wouldn’t consider him for a top 3, just ahead of Grosjean).

    1. You okay @vettel1 ?

      Vettel not in your top three! xD

      1. @full-throttle-f1 his ability to overtake was severely hampered by the top speed deficit of the Red Bull relative to the Mercedes but he was shot in the foot by strategy decisions and seemed slightly ragged at times when trying to remedy them. It was decent but I think he should’ve realistically gotten second!

        1. @vettel1

          lol I was just joking :-)

          1. @full-throttle-f1 …and I was just explaining ;)

    2. @vettel1, Grosjean made two small but costly errors so I can understand you wouldn’t vote for him. On the other hand, he qualified very well, so if the new tyres are hurting the single-lap pace of the E21 (which seems to be the explanation given above for Raikkonen’s disappointing performance), P3 was very impressive. On race day, he looked quicker than Vettel and Hamilton in the first stint, so he had good pace on Sunday, too, even if in the end he didn’t get a great result.

      1. @adrianmorse it’s true his qualifying lap was very good (it could’ve possibly been better had it not been for his dodgy floor) and he was very clean for the first stint but then we began to see flashes of his legendary spacial awareness again. On the last stint also he did fail to get past Alonso which is for the same reason I have voted Vettel down.

  4. Great win for Hamilton, one of his best.

  5. That trophy is AWESOME!

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      12th August 2013, 17:13

      @1abe well my friend told me it looks like an ash urn.

      1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
        12th August 2013, 17:14

        especially referring to the small ones (2nd and 3rd place

      2. @omarr-pepper
        Then that must be an AWESOME ash urn!! ;)

        1. Must also be for a very large person!

          1. @james_mc John Prescott? ;)

    2. And its the first win trophy he gets to keep for real

  6. Truly a work of art, isn’t it :)

  7. Lewis only shows up in the votes when he’s had an undeniable performance, interesting.

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