India was a race that was all about expectations. We all expected Sebatian Vettel to win his fourth straight World Championship – which he duly did in style – and we had the usual expectations for the other 21 drivers on the grid too.
But some drivers drove brilliantly to prove that you can’t judge a book by its cover. For example, Felipe Massa had probably his strongest weekend of 2013 by qualifying 5th and finishing 4th, and running as high as 2nd during the early laps. Romain Grosjean hauled his Lotus from 17th to 3rd without hitting anyone (surprisingly), and even Pastor Maldonado had a good afternoon at the office in that dog of a Williams.
We’ve selected a fine winner for the Top Dog award though, and it goes to a man whose future if way up in the air. Sergio Perez may have his critics right now, but his best result as a McLaren man had us all remembering that he has the potential to be a very fast racing driver indeed.
The icing on the cake was an opportunistic pass on Lewis Hamilton, which was made even more impressive seeing as the Mexican used Kimi Raikkonen as a prop during it. How sweet it must have been to be sat on the McLaren pitwall as it all unfolded on the monitors…