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

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2010

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

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Korean 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 Korean Grand Prix weekend:

Sebastian Vettel – Took pole and led every lap until his car gave up. Very quick on restarts in uncertain conditions.

Fernando Alonso – This was a win that came to him but he did a superb job looking after his tyres in the closing stages.

Nico Rosberg – Brilliant performance in qualifying to demote Felipe Massa and Jenson Button. Passed Lewis Hamilton in the wet before being blamelessly taken out. A podium was in the offing, possibly more.

Michael Schumacher – Not quite on a par with Rosberg but clearly one of his better drives this year.

Nico H???lkenberg – Passed his team mate and Kubica early in the race but was unlucky with the safety car timing and a late puncture. Despite the frustrations he bounced back to claim a point.

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 Korean Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Korean Grand Prix weekend?

  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (7%)
  • Michael Schumacher (12%)
  • Nico Rosberg (6%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (21%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (41%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (1%)
  • Robert Kubica (3%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (1%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (3%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Sakon Yamamoto (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)

Total Voters: 2,815

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Japanese Grand Prix result

Kamui Kobayashi was voted the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. The top three drivers as voted for by you were:

1. Kamui Kobayashi – 59%
2. Sebastian Vettel – 9%
3. Lewis Hamilton – 7%

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129 comments on Who was the best driver of the Korean Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)

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  1. DaveW said on 25th October 2010, 20:20

    Had to hold my nose and vote for Mr. Alonso-Diaz. My hand trembled over Luizzi’s name, though. He kept his head, when his teammate lost his, and did a brilliant job in a car that looked like garbage on Saturday.

    • Younger Hamilton said on 25th October 2010, 23:17

      Oh you would obviously vote for a Ferrari or Red Bull driver would you because you obviously dont like McLaren

      • Daniel said on 25th October 2010, 23:40

        Exactly how much younger are you?

      • Well YOUNG HAM, had there been a Mclaren driver worthy of some praise, I would have certainly done that but Vettel and moreover Alonso were better than them.
        One thing which we are forgetting is Fernando’s performance in the Qualifying despite Ferrari not bringing updates to the likes of Red Bull and Mclaren. He was almost on pole. So I am a bit more impressed by his qualifying than racing which was impressive too.

        • Ragerod said on 26th October 2010, 5:05

          With no updates the Ferrari is still quicker than the McLaren.

          And harsh on Hamilton. No praise? The guy was the only driver who wanted to go racing and considering the car had been setup with the least downforce of the front three he did a fantastic job to stay in touch for as long as he did. Not drive of the day but very impressive, especially when you consider the performance of his team mate.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th October 2010, 7:58

            Personality of the day, definitely. You have to wonder whether those drivers who were saying the race shouldn’t start had cars set up for intermediate conditions whereas Hamilton was geared up for extreme wet weather – conditions he’s always good in.

            But I can only speculate. And I doubt Charlie Whiting could be hoodwinked by someone with on eye on his championship situation telling him it’s too wet to race.

          • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 26th October 2010, 9:06

            Obviously not since Hamilton only started to get some speed when the conditions were dryer.

            When it was at it’s wettest both he and Button (easily overtaken by Massa and Schumacher) were sitting ducks.

          • DaveW said on 26th October 2010, 22:51

            I think Ferrari has had some updates. They did a new diffuser for Suzuka and a new front wing I believe. But unlike McLaren, Ferrari does not seem to massively hype up their updates. Maybe it only seems so because expectations are higher for McLaren updates as they have half of Mensa back at Technology Centre and the best technical reputation (that you can have without Newey on your payroll).

      • johnno said on 26th October 2010, 11:53

        @Younger Hamilton:
        I am huge hamilton fan and every race I pray that alonso crashes, but in all fairness he was the better driver on the day which is why I voted for alonso.

  2. KateDerby said on 25th October 2010, 20:22

    Ok maybe not ‘The’ driver of the race but special mention for Vitantonio Liuzzi, a driver under threat who’s had some spectacular bad luck of late.
    He took a car, his highly thought of team mate couldn’t keep on the track, from 17th to 6th.
    Impressive stuff.

  3. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 25th October 2010, 20:24

    Vettel drove faultlessly until his engine blew. He wasn’t the most exciting to watch, but that’s what made him the driver of the weekend for me. Alonso drove well, but was gifted the win.

    • Unfortunatly we will never know the impact of the tyre strategy at the end. My feeling is that Alonso had a lot in hand to challenge Vettel.

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 26th October 2010, 9:06

        Yeah.. I think there would have been a 2-3 laps of serious pressure from Alonso on Vettel, and whether he would have gotten by… I guess we will never know.

        Although I’m a huge Alonso fan, I voted for Sebastian as the best driver of the weekend. Sure he has a faster car, but despite all the pressure, he took another pole position, and drove faultlessly till his engine blew up. Gotta feel sorry for him, so the least he can have is my driver of the day vote. :)

  4. David-A (@david-a) said on 25th October 2010, 20:25

    Nico Rosberg for me. He was on fire in qualifying and was on course for a great result in the race, only for the “not bad number two” to take him out.

    Honourable mentions:

    Vettel for another fantastic, dominant drive until that Renault gave up on him.

    Alonso inherited the win from Vettel, but indeed to finish first, he had to finish. His pace late on in the race was frightening.

    Schumacher wasn’t quite up there with his teammate again, and was fortunate with the retirements, but it was nice to see him attacking, rather than defending. Pulled off nice moves on Kubica and Button.

    Reject of the race: Sutil, though Buemi and Webber looked like they wanted to outdo him. And Button was very poor, meandering in the midfield while Hamilton finished 10 places ahead of him.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 25th October 2010, 20:53

      I hovered over Rosberg for a second. He was definitely stellar, and could have even fought for the win after Vettel’s retirement. He was definitely #2 for me, with potential to have been #1.

    • Daniel said on 25th October 2010, 23:45

      The phrase “take him out” is usually reserved for a deliberate more, or when someone runs into someone else i.e. the driver with the forward momentum runs into the driver who has slowed to take a corner. In this instance it might be more accurate to say Rosberg collected Webber, because at least at that point, Rosberg had a choice about which way to go to try and miss him, Webber had already bounced off a wall and was not in control.

      Having said all that, I voted for Rosberg too. When you think that he’d probably have won if not for getting involved in someone else’s accident, that’s pretty impressive.

      • Jarred Walmsley said on 26th October 2010, 3:19

        Ironically, Webber taking out Rosberg could well be the crash that cost him the championship not his, because if Rosberg won which he would have done if Vettel’s engine did still blow up and Alonso took 2nd then Alonso would only have a 4 point lead not the 11 point lead he has now, and Hamilton would be even further behind.

        Hopefully Webber can bounce back and win in Brazil again, and Alonso does really badly.

      • spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey) said on 27th October 2010, 12:16

        In this instance it might be more accurate to say Rosberg collected Webber, because at least at that point, Rosberg had a choice about which way to go to try and miss him

        seriously? have you ever raced in the wet? nico came around the bend, on which mark had already dropped it, close to the limit of traction. to have a car traversing across the circuit, meaning a sudden change of direction to avoid said car, with little grip, and you think he could’ve avoided?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th October 2010, 21:04

      I went for Rosberg in the end, as i get a feeling he might have won it, and for one of the best tweets we have had from drivers this year.

      Vettel did a very good job in qualifying and no mistakes in the race, but it is not as if he has shown us great racing, and him pushing to have the race stopped confirmed my dislike for him.

      Alonso was good in qualifying and very good in the race. He passed Hamilton back on track and did an fine job to keep his tyres to have a shot at Vettel in the end. A shame he never got to show us what he was up to.

  5. TrueF1Grit (@truef1grit) said on 25th October 2010, 20:25

    Nice Rosberg.
    Didn’t notice him in qualifying, and then suddenly he was sitting ahead of two top team drivers.
    Started by taking Hamilton, who is credited for his wet weather skills, on the second/third corner, in a car that SHOULD be slower on the straight.
    Unlucky to be hit by Webber.

    • lightsout said on 26th October 2010, 0:01

      Actually, the two Mercedes cars were the fastest in the speed trap. Both seemed to be running very well on the full wets too.

  6. glue (@glue) said on 25th October 2010, 20:28

    Vettel, for being the driver of the weekend..which people tend to overlook

    driver of the race..either Rosberg, Liuzzi or Hulkenberg..Rosberg for his huge promis, Liuzzi for his sterling drive and Hulkenberg for being scrappy

  7. Santi said on 25th October 2010, 20:28

    I was in between Alonso and Rosberg. But voted for Alonso, since we don’t know if Rosberg would have messed up at the end or not.

  8. glue (@glue) said on 25th October 2010, 20:29

    promise* is what I meant adding character because the comment is deemed too short

  9. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 25th October 2010, 20:30

    Vettel was magnificent, he was brilliantly fast at the start of the race and drove flawlessly throughout untill his engine let him down. I was really impressed by him but I voted for Alonso. Alonso drove with equal skill and like Vettel made no mistakes in extroadinarilly difficult conditions but he was supreme in those closing stages after Vettel’s retirements.

    Considering Alonso was 1.4 seconds a lap faster than Hamilton in the period after Vettel’s retirement and at times was 2 seconds faster than anyone else on the track. Its arguable Alonso had the pace to get past Vettel even if his engine hadn’t blown. All that combined with a qualifying lap 0.8s faster than his team mate it was a truly world class performance from the best driver in the world.

  10. No doubt, Vettel. Alonso also did very well but he’s first place was pure luck. Vettel deserved that win. Feel so sorry for him.

  11. Nico rosberg..

    mercedes looks strong in yeongam and he can really make hamilton’s fate on championship fight going straight into korean mud; unfortunately webber drag him first into the mud with that lap 19th incident.

  12. James said on 25th October 2010, 20:37

    Best driver of the weekend overall has to be Vettel. He was seemingly unstoppable up until the point an engine valve decided it had enough for the day.

    So I voted for Alonso on the basis that he completed the entire weeekend. He was looking fairly good all weekend and delivered the goods when needed. I suspect he might have been able to mount a challenge on Vettel towards the end of the race given how well he looked after his intermediate tyres. On Ted Kravitz’s video BBC blog it was noted that Fernando had one of the best sets of tyres at the end of the race. The only drivers who had tyres in better condition were those that pitted towards the end because of the previous set of intermediate tyres being scrubbed out.

    A champions drive from Fernando, although credit must be given to Hamilton, Massa, Schumacher and Kubica. All 4 of these men put in excellent drives as well too

  13. Mc Phisto said on 25th October 2010, 20:42

    I’m no Hamilton fan but I almost voted him for wanting to start the race when some drivers were moaning and saying it wasn’t possible to race. Still, my vote goes for MSC.

  14. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 25th October 2010, 20:49


    Hamilton and Kubica were good in practice. Vettel and Webber were good in qualifying. Alonso was good in the race.

    So I’m not voting because I genuinely can’t decide.

  15. I can’t vote Rosberg because he didn’t survive the race. It wasn’t his fault and he performed sensationally all weekend before that but it’s always a case of what might have been.

    I’d say this was one of Alonso’s best wins and he looked after his tyres beautifully nwhether he would have attacked Vettel is again a case of speculation.

    The driver of the weekend has to be Vettel though. He was quick despite issues in practice, got the pole when he hadn’t really looked completely together before then and never put a foot wrong all the race. He seemed very much in control. Of course, he retired early also but there was only a few laps left. If he had carried on and Alonso had attacked him I’d probably go with Fernando but again, with wet races it’s always so all over the place. Seb cruelly lost victory and did everything to the maximum. Driver of the weekend followed by Alonso then Rosberg for me.

    • Harv's said on 25th October 2010, 23:35

      Steph its Driver of the weekend not “result” of the weekend, rosberg for me.

      could have been a first win

      • RobR (@robr) said on 26th October 2010, 7:02

        I agree, he had a decent chance of making it his first win. No-one can say what might not have happened if he hadn’t been punted off. Schumacher made it to 4th in the same car, from 4 places behind Rosberg on the grid. – so… who knows?

        That’s why I voted for Rosberg instinctively.

      • Steph said on 26th October 2010, 13:18

        That’s true but I never like to deal with what might have been. A great performance but Vet really delivered in style. I understand why people have put Nico as I was really torn between him, Alo and Seb but Seb just gets it for me. Seb had troubles in practice and had to endure those conditions a lot longer than Nico and he did so beautifully.

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