Season Review: Tristan Vautier

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about all 21 full-time drivers of the 2013 Indycar Season one at a time. I try to be as honest as I can in these reveiws, and I would like to hear your thoughts on what I say. Enjoy:

Tristan Vautier (R)
#55 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports

20th in points scoring 266 points.

Best finish: 10th (Barber)
Worst finish: 22nd (Houston Race 1)

Best moment: P10 at Barber
Worst moment: Mechanical failure at St. Petersburg

Grade: C-

The 2011 Pro Mazda Champion and 2012 Indy Lights Champion Tristan Vautier saw a harsh rookie season, with poor finishes across the board. The most puzzling aspect of his season was he was teammates with Simon Pagenaud, who won two races and finished P3 in the championship. Does that reflect well on Simon or poorly on Tristan?  I say a bit of both. I will, however, give Tristan the benefit of the doubt because he was a rookie. But I think Tristan is on a very short leash for 2014, and will need to put up results next season to stick around. The worst moment for him was at the first race at St. Petersburg. Vautier was putting up fast times all weekend, making the Firestone Fast 6. But a mechanical failure ruined a great run, which would turn out to recap his entire season. Qualifying form is there, quick in practice, but his racing craft needs some work. Despite his on track struggles, Tristan is an all around nice guy and I wish well on him in 2014. Hopefully this season is a minor setback for a major comeback.

Tristan Vautier - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama - Day 2
Tristan rolling through the turns at Barber, where he had his best finish (Photo: Nick Laham / Getty Images)

Stay tuned for P19 James Jakes!

-Matthew Hickey