Italian Grand Prix: Driver ratings

By on Sunday, September 8, 2013
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Rating the drivers for their performance in the Italian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel | Infiniti Red Bull Racing | 1st | 10/10

Some believe it’s boring, others say it’s bad for the sport. But whatever your view you have to admire a driver and team who are so relentlessly successful. It’s up to the others to catch up and until then, Vettel can just keep on winning…

Mark Webber | Infiniti Red Bull Racing | 3rd | 8/10

Monza appears to be something of a bogey circuit for Webber but he finally climbed onto one of the world’s most famous podiums. He made a good start but struggled with the balance of the car early on and was overtaken by Alonso. He was closing in on the Spaniard but he had to short-shift, thus compromising his chances.

Fernando Alonso | Scuderia Ferrari | 2nd | 10/10

Alonso started from fifth place but quickly dispatched with Nico Hulkenberg and set about his pursuit of Webber. He pounced around the outside of Roggia, safe in the knowledge that Webber wouldn’t do anything silly. An emotional second place was always going to be the best result and he achieved it.

Felipe Massa | Scuderia Ferrari | 4th | 8/10

It was a very good race by Massa on what could be his last Monza appearance in Formula 1. Rumours persist that either Kimi Raikkonen or Hulkenberg will partner Alonso at the team, but Massa did all he could to back up his team-mate at Ferrari’s team mate.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes | 10th | 6/10

McLaren spent the weekend celebrating their 50th anniversary and that included the spectacle of the entire team wearing retro style shirts and flat caps – even if it was branded – on race day. Button, though, didn’t seem too keen on his revised headwear…

Sergio Perez | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes | 12th | 5/10

There was also a gathering in McLaren’s motorhome on Saturday evening. The good and the great attended, including rival team bosses and former drivers. There were laughs, fantastic food and a cosy atmosphere. Just a shame about that pesky car…

Kimi Raikkonen | Lotus | 11th | 5/10

You wait ages for two non-points scoring races…and then two come along at once. Raikkonen made a good start from his comparatively low grid slot but clumsily ran into the back of Perez under braking for the first corner. He compromised his race strategy and was forever playing catch-up. Firmly out of the title hunt now.

Romain Grosjean | Lotus | 8th | 7/10

Thanks to his 2012 race ban, it was actually the first time since 2009 that Grosjean drove an F1 car around Monza. He spent most of the weekend making errors under braking but was more refined on race day and did well to secure eighth place. He was also fortunate to escape without any damage after Paul di Resta’s error.

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Nico Rosberg | Mercedes AMG Petronas | 6th | 7/10

It was one of those so-so weekends from Rosberg as he never seemed to get into a good grove. He was never quite close enough to pass Hulkenberg and made a small error when he tried to press his compatriot.

Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes AMG Petronas | 9th| 6/10

A messy weekend from Hamilton but only qualifying was his real downfall. Sadly it was a fairly big error as it left him marooned in the midfield. He sustained a slow puncture at the start but radio problems meant he was unaware of the issue. An early stop compromised his strategy and he did well to finish in ninth.

Nico Hulkenberg | Sauber | 5th | 10/10

In the 11 races preceding the Italian Grand Prix, Hulkenberg had scored just seven points yet in one 53 lap swoop he added a further 10 to his tally following a masterful performance. Once again talent shines through, but will he be picked up in 2014, and if so, by whom?

Esteban Gutierrez | Sauber | 13th | 4/10

It really is time for Gutierrez to start pulling his finger out. Times are tough as a rookie but up until this race he could fly under the radar. Hulkenberg’s outstanding drive merely accentuated Gutierrez’s weaknesses.

Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Paul di Resta | Sahara Force India | Ret | 2/10

Di Resta seemed to spend most of the weekend fired at the scenery as a brake disc failure in practice pitched him into the Parabolica and a big misjudgement on the opening lap forced him out of the race. His season is turning to tatters and he needs a good result in Singapore, where he is traditionally strong.

Adrian Sutil | Sahara Force India | 16th | 6/10

It was a fairly average race for Sutil at a circuit where Force India wasn’t strong. He made a minor error under braking for the first chicane and was overtaken by Raikkonen. Aside from that, he was fairly anonymous, but through little fault of his own.

Pastor Maldonado | Williams | 14th | 5/10

There’s been little to celebrate for Maldonado this weekend but on Friday morning his wife Gabriella gave birth to their first child, Victoria. Maldonado flew back to his home country shortly after the race and we send our congratulations to the happy family.

Valtteri Bottas | Williams | 15th | 5/10

Bottas maintained his position at the start but was unable to close the gap to the midfield. He was able to stop just once, but so did his rivals, thus negating any potential advantage. Another race to forget.

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Red Bull/Getty Images

Jean-Eric Vergne | Scuderia Toro Rosso | Ret | 7/10

Vergne just cannot catch a break this season. His early races were dogged by misfortune and again at Monza he had to park up with smoke pouring from the side of the STR8. Points were on offer but lady luck was being harsh.

Daniel Ricciardo | Scuderia Toro Rosso | 7th | 8/10

Ricciardo spent much of the weekend with a grin wider than continental Europe after his first paddock appearance since the Red Bull deal was announced. He vowed to give Toro Rosso a nice present at their home race and he duly delivered as he equalled his best Formula 1 result.

Charles Pic | Caterham | 17th | 6/10

Monza was never going to be a race where Caterham could steal a strong finish and so it proved. Pic started behind his team-mate but pulled off a two stop strategy to comfortably beat the Marussia drivers.

Giedo van der Garde | Caterham | 18th | 6/10

Van der Garde once again showed his merit in qualifying but his race prospects were hindered during his second stop. He arrived in the pit lane before his mechanics were ready, scuppering his chances of being the lead Caterham driver.

Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Jules Bianchi | Marussia | 19th | 6/10

Bianchi made a good start and was able to leapfrog the Caterham drivers. The pace of the Marussia was subsequently exposed as twice Van der Garde was able to get back ahead of Bianchi. Pace on the hard tyre was not good.

Max Chilton | Marussia | 20th | 6/10

The Marussia drivers also enjoyed a little intra-team ding-dong that was eventually settled in Bianchi’s favour. It was, nonetheless, an improved performance from Chilton, who was closer to Bianchi than in previous events.

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