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?â??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?â??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?â??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)

  1. Keith
    with all due respect you are absolutely dead wrong on your quote about alonso
    “This was a win that came to him “. you make it look like alonso was doing nothing out there and just was praying to gods to blow up engines and crash people so he could win th GP. I am sure that if it was Hamilton your quote would’nt have been the same.
    There is no win that is waiting to “come in” in F1.
    you build your win. you look after your tires you save your engine and you wait for the right moment.
    if you what you saying is true 1/3 of wins in formula one are wins waiting to “come in”.

  2. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 26th October 2010, 2:18

    Not sure whom to pick. Vettel did his job, ALonso kept things cool.
    I voted Schumacher his best race of the season as he did two very important overtaking on track.

  3. martin said on 26th October 2010, 7:55

    Well the driver of the weekend was Hamilton. After all he was the one who wanted to drive when others didn’t.

    However Alonso had the best race and made almost no mistakes (he said the wheel problem was part of his dealing although i don’t believe it).

  4. kenneth Ntulume said on 26th October 2010, 7:56

    MY VOTE: Hamilton, all the way, for being the only positive Pilot, as everyone else within the title contenders whined, THE GUY GAVE US HOPE!!…TRUE RACER

    • I won’t argue that Hamilton is a true racer, but him asking for the race to start was 80% politics. Had the race been canceled, or driven behind the safety car for most part Hamilton had lost more points on his rivals. Just like Vettel didn’t want the race to start because he would gain points. It is very likable of Hamilton what he said, but he had no choice other than to race.

      • baracca said on 26th October 2010, 23:12

        Agree 110%

        Also, after Vettel said it was too dark, the question from the team to Lewis (and the answer of course) smacked of politics way too much.

  5. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 26th October 2010, 8:46

    Had to go for Alonso, but it was a close decision. Vettel was very good but he could never really break Alonso and looked like he was starting to feel the pressure just before he exploded. I’d have loved to have seen a battle to the end.

    Honourable mentions go to Rosberg and Schuey. Both did a great job and seeing Schuey pass people with such authority in those conditions reminded me of days of old.

    Liuzzi was also impressive, and I’d like to give a shout out to the two Sauber drivers. Two of the first to go onto the inters and finished in a creditable 8th and 9th, plus they managed to survive Sutil’s Force Stuka.

  6. Correct me if I’m wrong by all means but did I watch the same race as some of the later posters here (Inc Keith!).

    Why is everyone eulogising Saint Lewis for being the only driver willing to drive in conditions in which he “excels” when he was was outdriven by Alonso and even Vettel. Furthermore I didnt hear Alonso complain either.

    Hamilton et al are all well aware of the fact that audiences can hear their every banality over the radio. It’s just that some drivers aren’t so bothered about coming accross like heroes to the public..

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th October 2010, 9:16

      My point being, by the time they started the race it was no longer “extreme wet” conditions. Within two laps of the safety car coming in we had drivers on intermediate tyres who were able to keep pace with the field in racing conditions.

  7. Calum said on 26th October 2010, 9:35

    Dint think ot ahould be either of the top two, because I don’t remember either of them doing any overtaking on race day :/

    In fact Hamilton after originally losing positions then regained places because of Rosberg, Webber and Vettel’s DNFs. Similarly with Alonso, he only made up his position when he passed Hamilton who wasn’t even on the track :/

    Vettel was the best at the weekend.

  8. Calum said on 26th October 2010, 9:36

    That’s supposed to say “don’t think it should be….”

  9. Dianna said on 26th October 2010, 10:20

    MICHAEL SCHUMACHER had my vote,because he will always be the master in the rain,and hopefully soon,the master in the dry.
    Michael may not have been the quickest this year but at least he knows how to look after the engines and finishes the race.
    The new 2011 MERCEDES GP cars will be amazing.Why? designed by MSC!!

    • baracca said on 26th October 2010, 15:31

      One of the problems with MSC this year that hardly has been pointed out (well I haven’t read every comment so I’m probably wrong)

      MSC used to be extremely committed at practising and improving the stuff. I believe he put down a lot more hours of testing than anyone else, even tough he wasn’t officially a test pilot.

      With the testing ban (which I personally think is ridiculous and a disgrace) he cannot do that anymore. I doubt that the situation next year can improve very much for him.

  10. antonyob said on 26th October 2010, 10:40

    Lewis was strangely hesitant, like he was thinking of his mistakes. Vettel was peerless but how high was he running his engine to look that way, even so he was on the limit. In the end i went with Liuzzi. He qualified badly but made Sutil look like a touring car driver. I enjoyed watching Sutil but im sure he wouldnt.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th October 2010, 10:43

      Vettel was peerless but how high was he running his engine to look that way

      His advantage was manly in the last two sectors so I’m not sure it had that great a bearing.

  11. antonyob said on 26th October 2010, 10:49

    Im not sure his advantage was “manly” but i take your point. Whichever, his engine blew so somewhere along the line you could arguably say it was running too quick. But thats how Newey likes it, to quote Chapman, if it didnt break, its too heavy.

  12. antonyob said on 26th October 2010, 10:57

    haha yes, freudian slip perhaps?

  13. Theoddkiw said on 26th October 2010, 11:34

    I wanted to say Lewis but i think he was just trying to drive a safe race and stay out of trouble, perhaps a very mature drive.

    Vettel was fast as usual, but again that reliability thing just doesn’t add up to just bad luck. The must be something he is doing differently.

    Alonso probably deserved it, but i gave it to MSC. It was a solid performance and would have been nice to see him on the podium at least once this year.

  14. Jonty said on 26th October 2010, 11:42

    Who were the 5 people who voted for Button?!!!

    I hoped he would not make a fool of himself in his new team and he didn’t at the beginning of the season but this weekend was juat an embarrasement.

  15. Todfod (@todfod) said on 26th October 2010, 12:03

    Nick Heidfeld got lesser votes than Yamamoto. LOL

  16. claudioff said on 26th October 2010, 12:11

    My best driver: Bernd Mayländer!
    He lead most of the laps. He did it when it was most dangerous and, on top of that, in a car that was only faster than the HRT´s. :)

  17. Steve said on 26th October 2010, 13:01

    Got to love Hamilton’s attitude haven’t you! He’s paid to drive, and that’s what he wants to get on with doing. Yes it was lousy conditions, but racing is racing, and those conditions sorted out the champions from the contenders very clearly, I thought.

  18. Casanova (@casanova) said on 26th October 2010, 13:28

    Vettel – he couldn’t have done a better job. I was impressed by his maturity afterwards too – definitely not the way he would have reacted at the start of the year to losing a guaranteed win like that.

    Special mention for Rosberg – he was performing ahead of the car’s ability and I nearly voted for him.

    • Dianna said on 26th October 2010, 19:45

      Vettel could have done a better job by finishing,if he nursed his engine along with care,like others do,he would finish the race,not keep blowing the engines.

  19. Always difficult to indicate driver only when cars make such a difference.
    But my vote went to Fernando. He is determined, he kept cool all the weekend, made no single error and capitalized on errors of others (Webber, Vettel, Hamilton). He couldn’t do any better.
    Hamilton and Vettel were also great, but Hamilton made an error and Vettel could not bring the result. I wonder if he could manage to fend off Alonso later as tyres in his ferrari were in really good shape.

  20. Hallard said on 26th October 2010, 17:34

    I must have missed something….

    How does Alonso have nearly double the votes of vettel?

    Vettel put in on pole in qualifying by the skin of his teeth, led the race from the beginning, made zero mistakes, and comfortably controlled the race until his engine gave out. I dont mean to detract from Alonso’s win, but considering its “best driver of the weekend” and not “best driver+car combination of the weekend” I dont see how you could vote for anyone other than vettel. Credit where credit’s due.

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