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 (1%)

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)

  1. George (@george) said on 25th October 2010, 20:53

    Has to be Vettel for me, if Rosberg had gotten a podium I probably would have chosen him though.

  2. Fernando Alonso has my vote. His job was just perfect with tyres, altough Vettel and Rosberg and even Schumacher did a great job too.

    But I don’t understand how Yamamoto has two votes already. I wonder what took someone vote on him? o_O

    He has more votes than Hülkenberg until now!

  3. Yobo05 said on 25th October 2010, 21:03

    There are many drivers who impressed me.
    Liuzzi had a great race
    Alguersuari was faster than Buemi in qualifying and he could have managed to get some points, but I think that he lost some extra time during the pitstop.
    Rosberg had a good qualifying and overtook Hamilton in the race. It’s a pity that he crashed into Webber.
    Alonso had a pretty consistent weekend
    Vettel was really impressive, though. The driver of the weekend in my opinion. He got the pole without doing properly the 3rd practice. And that was really good. Eventually in the race he seemed untouchable and in my opinion he deserved to win.

  4. Mach1 said on 25th October 2010, 21:03

    Who the hell voted for “i’ve lost the plot” Sutil….

    That man was a liability, I have never got so annoyed at a driver for performing the most reckless overtakes.

    Nearly everytime the camera cut to him he either lost it in a spin or was trying a manouver that he was clearly not going to pull off, nearly taking others out with him.

    I actually cheered when he crashed out.

    absolute awful drive for him…

  5. Steve said on 25th October 2010, 21:24

    I would have voted for Nico if I had seen him last a bit longer. There was no telling how he would have done in the race, and so I just cant vote for him.

    I’m not going to vote for Vettel as he was driving the fastest car, and still did not win. Had he looked after his engine better, then I would have voted for him. Maybe he was only fast because he had his revs turned up higher than those around him? Who knows?

    MS was pretty good, but he was slower than his team mate in an identical car.

    Lewis did nothing worth mentioning. He was even gifted 2nd place, but gave it away thanks to a silly mistake.

    Alonso eventually got my vote. He made no mistakes and kept a cool head throughout the race. He had a goal just to finish on the podium, and without taking risks he accomplished that goal while everyone around him lost the plot. I’m also an Alonso fan :)

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

    So…
    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…

    Others…
    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…

  7. Bartholomew said on 25th October 2010, 21:30

    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.

  8. SoerenKaae (@soerenkaae) said on 25th October 2010, 21:36

    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.

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 25th October 2010, 21:57

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

    • Santi said on 25th October 2010, 22:40

      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.

      • baracca said on 25th October 2010, 23:24

        “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.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 26th October 2010, 18:06

      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.

  9. schooner said on 25th October 2010, 21:36

    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.

  10. 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.

    • Astonished said on 26th October 2010, 22:14

      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.

  11. F1Fan said on 25th October 2010, 21:45

    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.

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 25th October 2010, 21:56

      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.

      • 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.

      • F1Fan said on 27th October 2010, 1:44

        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.

    • IffNav said on 25th October 2010, 22:34

      Exactly. No doubt.

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

  12. Robbie said on 25th October 2010, 21:47

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

  13. Palle said on 25th October 2010, 22:05

    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…

  14. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 25th October 2010, 22:18

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

  15. 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.

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