This race was not my favourite and personally I’d rather forget it and never revisit it.
5. Sergio Perez
Sergio really needed to do this for his McLaren future and he delivered. He may have been a bit too overly aggressive but,regardless, it was a great drive for Checo and he is beginning to put his doubters in their place. If he can just get his qualifying record against Jenson to be a bit more respectable and have a few more drives like this he should be safe at McLaren for another year.
4. Romain Grosjean
2013 hasn’t been a fantastic year for the Frenchman but it was nice to see him get his fourth podium a year after he received his first one. Although Romain performed some superb overtakes and had some terrific race pace he will definitely need to do more to validate his seat at Lotus which will be hotly contested next season.
3. Paul Di Resta
Many people who know me will already know I am not the biggest fan of the young Scot at Force India but he is really impressing me this season. It was pretty clear to see through most of the race that getting on the podium would be a bit of a stretch but still it was a fantastic drive from Paul who utilized a pretty quick Force India to its maximum.
2. Kimi Raikkonen
Mr Consistent has done it once again. Sadly for us, Kimi’s drive was not the exciting battle for the lead as it was in Bahrain last year but in typical Raikkonen fashion he took home the points he needed to when victory was beyond him. In a way, Kimi’s race was a bit disappointing because, given how he’s improved from last season, I really thought he would have stormed to victory. It wasn’t to be, however, the honours of victory instead went to the driver at number one.
1. Sebastian Vettel
It was one of the most dominant drives we’ve seen from Vettel in a long time, maybe since Japan. Like Japan, Vettel was helped out by his great rival Alonso being taken out, as well as poor qualifying from the Lotus pairing but, regardless, he was pretty much uncatchable around the desert in Sakhir.
Those who missed out…
With it being such a confusing, mixed up race, its really hard to actually tell who did a great job. I thought Nico Rosberg’s defending was fantastic but tyre woes really hampered him. Lewis Hamilton did very well to finish in 5th position but I cannot for the life of me call that a great drive because he was nowhere for most of the race, tyres are proving a headache!