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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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%

2010 Korean Grand Prix

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

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  1. I always watch like that- why not 1st?, why not 2nd?…. till I find the best driver.

    Why not Fernando? Because he had problems in pitstops, if Hamilton, Webber wont make mistakes and Vettel wont blew, he would finish 4th. So he wasnt the best.

    Why not Lewis?
    He was slower than Rosberg, he drove out of the track. Not the best race he has made.

    Why not Felipe?
    Because Fernando driving the same car was way better…

    Why not Michael?
    Ummm… really why not? with bad car he overtook Kubica and Button, made no mistakes… wait! there was one mistake- while driving behind safety car, he drove out of the track… And Rosberg was better till crash… So if we wont find anyone he is the best?

    Why not Robert?
    The beggining of the race was bad- he lost position to Michael and made no overtakes (from 9th to 5th because of Webber, Button, Rosberg, Vettel) and he was overtaken by williams who both had problems at the end of the race…

    Why not Tonio?
    He made one small mistake in the beggining of the race, but the way he fought… HE is the man of the race! And starting from 18th makes it more impressive. However 18th start position is not what the best driver of the week should be able to do…

    Nothing impressive from the ones who finished, but talking about Rosberg and Vettel…

    Why not Nico?
    There is always a place to go… Even there is a spinning redbull coming onto u. U must choose the best side where to drive…

    Why not Seb?
    Why Schumi’s engine almoast never blewed? And Hakkinen’s? They are simply out of this league. They can control the car. They know it. Seb must learn it. Just like Kimi did…

    1. Fine analysis…

      1. Forgot to add I vote for Tonio. However Schumi was close to him

        1. why not Tonio? He didn’t shine in Q (17th) and in the race went only to sixth – same logic as to say Fernando wasn’t the best becasue he had problems in pits stops – he can’t be blamed for the crew guy who had problem with the wheel. Yet, he kept cool and regained his position. What’s more, he was error-free and careful about tyres.

          1. Fernando overtook one driver, Tonio- 3

          2. I think its pretty easy to overtake more cars if you qualify 17th than if you qualify 3rd.

  2. It is Smmoth Fred from me. A new track that was very slippery, rain, low visibility ….. and he had a frightening pace at the end, it seems like he could have gone on racing a few more laps.

  3. I honestly do not believe that so many people voted for Alonso. He beat his team mate and won the race, ok fair enough. But what Vettel did was extraordinary. He kept a low profile during the last practice and then in qualifying he beat his more experienced teammate on new track he just learned. For the race he held his act together, and did not get stressed like Webber.
    He also demonstrated that no can challenge him on making very good rolling starts. No one was able to keep up with him. Too bad with the engine, because honestly I think Vettel showed his true class this weekend. It was by far the best one this year.

    1. I might just actually vote for Vettel after reading the case you’ve put for him.

    2. You say that Vettel “beat his more experienced teammate”. Well, the same goes for Hamilton and Alonso.

      You say that no one was able to keep up with Vettel. Well, when the engine blew up, both Alonso and Hamilton were less than 3 seconds from him, and getting closer every lap.

      I don’t think he was the driver of the weekend. I still think that Alonso is, and maybe Rosberg could have been.

      1. “You say that Vettel “beat his more experienced teammate”. Well, the same goes for Hamilton and Alonso.”

        Not Alonso. He ran for Minardi in 2001 and got some impressive drives, especially in Japan. But he spent 2002 test-driving for Renault. Massa’s debut was in 2002.

    3. But what Vettel did was extraordinary. He kept a low profile during the last practice and then in qualifying he beat his more experienced teammate on new track he just learned.

      By a few hundreths. And I kinda think Webber hadn’t driven Korea before.

  4. I voted for Rosberg. While we (and he) were robbed of seeing where he might have ultimately finished, his clean pass of Hamilton early on, during the worst of the rain, was a highlight of the race. He might have been able to make it to the podium, even without the attrition up front. Ironic that part of that attrition was the cause of his undoing.

  5. Voting for any other driver than Alonso is frankly laughable. Hamilton’s reaction at the end of the race was telling – the only driver he truly fears beat him hands down.

    Vettel – as usual, far to desperate to dissapwar into the distance and pushed his engine beyond it’s limits. If it had not gone up in smoke, it is mightily doubtful that he could have kept Alonso at bay.

    Aloneness again has showed why he us a true, established great.

    1. Couldn’t have Nico avoided Webber?? It is not a rethorical question. Not an expert but I think he had the space to break and or take alternative direction. I think he just did not manage well the incident.
      Fernando, closer to mark (thus less time/space to react) changed trajectory to avoid the Bull.
      but again, I am not sure… in any case the doubt is reasnable enough to rule out Nico as the best.

  6. When a driver’s car is 16th fastest through the speed trap in S1, due to setup choice to go for more downforce, and yet that driver achieves the best time in that sector, he has to be the driver of the race.

    Alonso is simply on another level than anyone else.

    1. Bit of bad reasoning. S1 includes a few corners too so the downforce would have bumped the time out, plus he was only going 3% slower than the fastest time through the speed trap which was Michael Schumacher. Plus S1 is pure Ferrari: fast straights, slow corners.

      You always get more speed in the corners than the straights except at Monza. More worthy of praise is Alonso’s set-up choice than his actual time.

      1. I’d say his time was pretty good. He was wise with set up for the rest of the track but I agree that I was very impressed with his S1 time. There are corners for his set up to pay off and the car is very good under braking but he nailed it. Not enough for that reason alone to give him the vote for me though but I did admire that time.

      2. You are misinformed. The reason why Alonso got the best S1 time is that he got his breaking points perfect, I mean perfect. This has been documented beyond any doubt, as James Allen’s recent article details. Go read it and then come back and tell us these other theories.

    2. Exactly. No doubt.

      The very moment HAM said it, it was pretty obvious. ALO was just amazing.

  7. Vettel. Brilliant qualifying lap and extremely well composed and during the race.

    1. except he didnt care bout the car

  8. For the last race to be the most thrilling excitement, the following result is needed in Brazil:

    Thesis: The more drivers who can actually win the title in the last race, the better!
    Thus the 4 realistic remaining contenders must end the Brazil race with less than 7 points between the best and no 4. Thus none of them would be able to win the title by being no 2, if any of the 3 others win.
    To obtain this situation first Vettel must win in Brazil, which isn’t unlikely based on his and RBR’s present form.
    This would get him a total of 231 points. Next Hamilton must be 2. to reach a total of 228 points. Then Webber must be no better than 4th and no less than 6th to get a total of either 228, 230 or 232 points. Last Alonso must be no better than 9th to get a max of 233 points.
    This will cause the last race to feature a 4 highly motivated drivers with less than 7 points between them…

  9. I voted Alonso, but I could have given it to Vettel or Rosberg if they had finished the race.

  10. Despite not finishing the race, Vettel was my driver of the weekend.

    He was fairly bulletproof after both restarts and I think he probably would have won the race only for his engine failure.

    I don’t favour any drivers in F1 at the moment really. I just like a good race and thats what we got.

    Crackin good race.

  11. Fernando Alonso all the way!!

  12. Voted for Petrov. Thought he did well until he crashed. Not easy to start so far behind and end up rather high up even if it included a SC period.

    He was also one of the first few to get on inters with Heidfeld but Heidfeld dropped back. Petrov’s passes were not caught on TV but i’m pretty sure he did several.

  13. Younger Hamilton
    25th October 2010, 23:16

    My vote to Schumi not Lewis this weekend(despite a good result) Schumi was at his best this weekend he was donig the overtakes on the other hand it was Lewis who wasnt doing the overtaking he was the one being overtaked!!

    1. Oh you would obviously vote for a McLaren or Mercedes driver would you because you obviously dont like Ferrari

  14. Seb’s breakups under pressure are a mystery to me. It’s surely not a Renault-RBR thing because Mark doesn’t get them.

    Is it just bad luck? then Seb is incredibly unfortunate.

    Does Seb push it too hard? Then he really needs to learn to nurse it better.

    I would have voted Seb without a doubt if he had finished the race. He didn’t and I really don’t know if it’s his fault or not. Besides, I got seriously annoyed with his radio messages about aborting the race.

    It had to be Alonso, then. He was absolutely solid if not brilliant and got a 101% of his Ferrari all the race. Too bad he lost P1 in quali in the last minute.

    Special mention for Nico. His overtake on Lewis was the absolute highlight of the race. If he had avoided Mark’s wreckage he would surely have been 2nd or even 1st. But I can’t say he was the best with only 2-3 racing laps.

    Felipe was pretty good, at least compared with the rest of his performances after Hockenheim. He scored solid points for the WCC. But he was nowhere near Fernando.

    No disrespect, but Lewis was disappointing, even if he finished 2nd. Everybody expected him to be overtly aggresive and he wasn’t (anyone remembers Keith’s bet in the live blog?). Got overtaken by Nico when he was suppossed to be all over Fernando (he wasn’t). Had a minor mistake but it was worth 7 points. And his tyres were so badly shot at the end that in a few more laps Felipe might conceivably have gotten him.

    And the less said about Jenson and Mark, the better.

    Overall, best race of the season. Of a very good season.

  15. It’s difficult to know what Hamilton’s car was like but I’m making an educated guess that it was probably slower than that in the hands of the 5 drivers around him and the 2 red-bulls judging by his struggles on the tyres as well as jenson’s. So it’s a bit of a guess but if the car was even as half as i imagine it was he’s my driver of the weekend.

  16. I’ve gone for Vettel. The only good thing Alonso did was look after his tyres and keep it on the road, everything else was inherited. Schumacher did well because he had wet setup, behind him it was just the people who kept it on the road and called their strategy right, nothing hugely special. Vettel qualified pole and was leading the race until his engine blew, what more can you ask for?

    1. “Keeping it on the road” yesterday was no mean feat. Just ask Webber. Or Hamilton. Or almost everybody else.

  17. There’s no way I could vote for any of those dad-burned panzies who wanted the race called off. Take off your skirts and drive like a man!!!!

  18. Vettel without a doubt
    stunning drive

  19. Vettel did well all end of week, with the best car, but Alonso with the poor car that Red Bull, did your job and at the end was lucky. Probably he deserve it, so i think that this two had at the same level…

  20. I had to vote for Alonso in this one. He was undoubtedly the best this weekend actually.

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