Monaco GP: Driver ratings

By on Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sebastian Vettel | Infiniti Red Bull Racing | 2nd | 9/10

The reigning champion did all that could be expected. He made a fantastic start but was bottled in and from there it was simply a case of bringing the car home

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

Webber usually excels in Monaco but he was always a little bit slower than team-mate Vettel when it mattered. He defended well against Hamilton and secured a much needed podium.

Fernando Alonso | Scuderia Ferrari | 7th | 5/10

It was a really disappointing performance from the Spaniard. Unusual too. Alonso was simply sleeping when he was passed by Perez and Sutil and only came home in seventh. Front wing damage could be to blame.

Felipe Massa | Scuderia Ferrari | Ret | 2/10

A miserable weekend. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility for Massa to make the same mistake twice but it’s a highly unusual incident.

Jenson Button | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes | 6th | 7/10

His complaints regarding Perez at the start were a little strange but he was nonetheless allowed to re-pass his team mate. It was a bit of a nothing race as he was shown up by Perez. But at least he finished.

Sergio Perez | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes | Ret | 7/10

Williams F1 Team

This is one of those races where it’s difficult to give a rating. He was ambitious, but perhaps pushed his luck a little too far. Move on Button was sublime, one on Alonso well judged, one on Raikkonen less so.

Kimi Raikkonen | Lotus | 10th | 7/10

When he exited the pits in sixteenth place with a handful of laps remaining, that looked like it for the Finn. Suddenly, he appears in tenth across the line. The points record is still on.

Romain Grosjean | Lotus | Ret | 0/10

This is getting silly now. I’ve been a long time defender of Grosjean but his weekend would be a joke for a GP2 driver, let alone a Formula 1 podium finisher. Messy and dangerous.

Nico Rosberg | Mercedes AMG Petronas | 1st | 10/10

He topped all three practice sessions, qualifying and dominated the race. A simply flawless race. He never looked like losing out as he secured his second victory.

Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes AMG Petronas | 4th | 7/10

An indifferent weekend for Hamilton. It’s a rare sight for Hamilton to be so comprehensively beaten over the course of an entire weekend. He still secured fourth place but it wasn’t a typical Lewis performance.

Nico Hulkenberg | Sauber | 11th | 6/10

Another indifferent race for Sauber and Hulkenberg. The German was running in the top 10 until the final lap but lost out to Raikkonen.

Esteban Gutierrez | Sauber | 13th | 5/10

A pretty mediocre weekend for the Mexican. His qualifying run was hindered by running wide, something which dented his confidence. Made very little impact in the race, although at least he didn’t impact with anything.

Paul di Resta | Sahara Force India | 9th | 7/10

Scuderia Toro Rosso

It was a very aggressive strategy for di Resta who passed several cars on his way to ninth. A few were risky but they paid off as he made amends for his qualifying strategic error.

Adrian Sutil | Sahara Force India | 5th | 9/10

An absolutely superb performance around a track where he excels. He was a little fortunate to gain from the Raikkonen-Perez contact but his moves on Button and Alonso were superbly judged.

Pastor Maldonado | Williams | Ret | 6/10

He made contact early on but continued towards the back end of the midfield until his accident with Chilton. It all got a bit frantic and he was fortunate not to launch over the barrier.

Valtteri Bottas | Williams | 12th | 5/10

On his first visit to Monaco, the Finn was understandably cautious. He didn’t get involved in any scraped but it was another race without points for Williams.

Jean-Eric Vergne | Scuderia Toro Rosso | 8th | 8/10

Finally his luck turns for the better. Vergne’s qualifying effort was fantastic and he ran in the midfield group without any troubles throughout the race.

Daniel Ricciardo | Scuderia Toro Rosso | Ret | 6/10

He was outclassed by Vergne in qualifying but he was looking to make amends in the race. A top 10 result was unlikely but it was ended for good when he was rammed by Grosjean

Charles Pic | Caterham | Ret | 6/10

Caterham F1 Team

Pic’s effort in qualifying was good, albeit overshadowed by Van der Garde making it into Q2. The Frenchman made a fine start but was then forced out when his Caterham turned into a barbeque.

Giedo van der Garde | Caterham | 15th | 6/10

He started where he finished, but it was a wild ride to get there. His start wasn't the best and he clumsily clattered into another car at the hairpin on Lap 1. That necessitated a front wing change and he was ultimately behind Chilton.

Jules Bianchi | Marussia | Ret | 6/10

Another driver who had a messy weekend. He was forced out of qualifying when his car failed during the out lap and was caught up in the Maldonado-Chilton contact. Late crash looked like a car failure rather than driver induced.

Max Chilton | Marussia | 14th | 3/10

Yes, he did finish in fourteenth place but his move on Maldonado was simply dangerous. He was on the inside, he flicked to the outside without thinking and forced Maldonado airborne. Must do better.


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