Who was the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)

Start, Suzuka, 2010

Which driver did the best job during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend?

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Review each driver’s race weekend in detail below and vote for who you thought was the most impressive driver.

For your consideration

Here are some of the drivers who impressed me during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend:

Sebastian Vettel, 1st – Second win in two races at Suzuka, dominated the whole weekend.

Fernando Alonso, 3rd – Third was the best on offer and he took it.

Lewis Hamilton, 5th – Impressively quick in qualifying despite few practice laps, showed pace in the race too but had some dreadful luck.

Kamui Kobayashi, 7th – Gutsy overtaking moves on hard and soft tyres.

Robert Kubica, DNF – Showed great pace by out-qualifying Fernando Alonso and launched himself into second in the start. Pity they didn’t bolt his wheels on properly.

Compare all the drivers

You can review what happened to each driver in the race and compare their race data with their team mates using the links below:

McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Nico H???lkenberg
Renault: Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT: Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld
Virgin: Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most in the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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Singapore Grand Prix result

Fernando Alonso was voted the best driver of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Here are the top three drivers as voted for by you:

1. Fernando Alonso, 43%
2. Robert Kubica, 31%
3. Mark Webber, 10%

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108 comments on Who was the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)

  1. Kobayashi overtook a lot, but at the end, he only finished in front of Heidfield.

  2. Kamui “World Champions’s Horror” Kobayashi!! The best of the best!

  3. bosyber said on 12th October 2010, 10:42

    I found it a bit difficult to decide:

    Kubica had a great qualifying and start, but unfortunately couldn’t show anything in the race, so that makes it difficult to judge how he would have done. Probably as good as he usually can in a competitive car, but we just don’t know.

    Kobayashi was absolutely great in the race, making me wonder how far he could have gone had he done the same in quali, but he didn’t (couldn’t with his car?) really deliver there.

    Alonso was in a way a bit anonymous, but undoubtedly got the maximum he could this weekend. But so did Vettel, and he had pole and the win, with a faster car – good work from both, but I can’t really say Alonso did better. And Vettel again only won a race from pole without overtaking.

    Hamilton, well, he drove a great race (pity he couldn’t take Button at the start), and had a superb qualifying. But his earlier mistake cost him, so not the driver of the weekend.

    Schumacher actually did really well, even if he couldn’t get past Rosberg, with a better strategy he could have been 4th, but, well, he didn’t.

    In the end the enjoyment I had from Kobayashi in the race, on his home grand prix, made me choose him as driver of the weekend – he definitely showed that he has a future in formula 1. Even my – not so very into F1 – newspaper had a reasonable size article about him: he made some impact this weekend, again.

  4. zarathustra said on 12th October 2010, 11:52

    Voted Kamui (he was like this hero who save the day in last scene of some action movie), but I would vote for Kubica after what he gain and how he start but you know what happend…

  5. Yobo05 said on 12th October 2010, 12:49

    I voted Vettel, of course.
    He dominated the whole weekend (FP1, FP2, Q1, Q2, Q3, race).
    Kobayashi had a great race, Kubica was really fast in qualifying, Shumacher surprised me in the race and Hamilton was impressive in qualifying and in the race, but the accident in FP1 was a mistake that costed him a lot.

  6. My vote goes to Vettel. Kobayashi can do what he wants but Vettel qualified 1st, driven with no mistakes and finished 1st. its impossible to be better :)

  7. Marcello said on 12th October 2010, 13:20

    I voted with the heart again and not with the head…I voted for Fernando because as Keith said 3rd was the best on offer and he took it. However even tho Im an Alonso fan Im kinda regretting it cause I should have voted for Kamui Kobayashi..what an excellent drive in a below par Sauber.
    Kobayashi—excellent drive with plenty of gr8 overtakes
    Alonso—no mistakes from start to finish, gr8 drive
    Kubica—extremely unlucky but looked pacy all weekend
    Hamilton—looked decent and didnt crash for once, but to be fair was unlucky with his new gearbox

  8. Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th October 2010, 13:46

    It would have been Liuzzi had he had the chence to race; he didn’t and I had to go for Vettel. No errors, a perfect drive, and a deserved win.

  9. lolmsc said on 12th October 2010, 14:25

    There is many MS fan,but was he that good?

    Nico changed his tires @ lap2.
    when MS tires was soft his laptime was almost same as herd tires Nico’s.
    And after Nico out,his time is same.
    @ end of race,Nico’s tires almost finished ,so…

  10. DaveW said on 12th October 2010, 14:40

    I’ll give it to Kobayashi. To be fair, the Fuji feed focussed primarily on him, so he got the spotlight.

    I also must mention Kovalainen. 12th in the Lotus. I was very unhappy about his form at McLaren, but now, seeing Button’s similar raw pace lag to Hamilton, and Kovalainen’s excellent work in the Lotus, I think Heikki deserves a top tier ride, and this race he can put at the top of his resume.

  11. Stubie said on 12th October 2010, 20:39

    Christian Horner: Jenson as sacrificial lamb??
    How soon before we see a Jenson Mutton Unlap t-shirt?

    Kobash gets my vote. Superb drive from him in an era where everyone bemoans lack of passing and boring F1… After Will Buxton’s excellent piece on Speed about the decline of F1 in Japan.. I am worried about his future without sponsorship from a Japanese Manufacturer… that would be a shame

    • “How soon before we see a Jenson Mutton Unlap t-shirt?” Ha! You should tell Luke that and he’d probably make it. :)

    • DaveW said on 12th October 2010, 21:26

      Isn’t he getting Panasonic? They don’t have as much money as Mr. Slim but that might keep him from getting bounced in favor of some anonymous Mexican GP2 driver.

      • The sri lankan said on 13th October 2010, 5:21

        i hope the Panasonic deals for real….then again it all depends on sauber and their ability to produce a good car. not that Panasonic ever sponsored a race winning team, if kobayashis snapped by another team it might be a PR disaster for the sponsors

  12. wong chin kong said on 13th October 2010, 11:02

    Kobayashi, best driver and best rookie. He consistently qualified outside the top ten but on actual race day, he extracted maximum performance from his Sauber car and able to race with the middle runners and perform daring overtaking moves. Given a better car, he should be at the podium.

  13. Younger Hamilton said on 16th October 2010, 12:58

    Voted Hamii as always

  14. Younger Hamilton said on 16th October 2010, 13:19

    Kamui Kobayashi, the master of bravery and Overtaking after Lewis Hamilton,Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.Surely the next Takuma Sato and BETTER!!

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