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)

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  1. Bludragon said on 26th October 2010, 19:37

    This is a tricky one. How to separate driver skill vs car speed vs team mate skill.

    Out of the top few, I think Webber was unlucky, just slightly too much throttle and off he went. Still a mistake and he was behind his team mate anyway.

    Rosberg, again unlucky, but despite the conditions I can’t help but think he should have aimed for the bit of track that was about to be clear rather than the part that was about to be occupied by Webber. Also, his team mate demonstrated the car was working well

    Vettel, clearly did a very good job. Beat a very fast team mate in qualifying and probably would have in the race. Unlucky, and I’m not sure he could have been at fault for his engine failure. As it was wet, I don’t think turning it up past breaking point would have helped his speed as some of you are suggesting. All the stops and starts was probably more of a factor, so perhaps he could have managed temps better over those periods

    Alonso, also a very good job. Had one of his good days where he takes the maximum possible out of the car, without taking too much risk and therefore making mistakes.

    Hamilton, just look at where Button, who let’s not forget is world champion, and is renowned for his wet weather driving ended up. The Mclaren was slower on race day than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes at least. Hamilton was probably closer to the limit of the car than any other driver, but did have that one moment where he went beyond the limit. However, even without that moment, it would probably have been almost impossible to hold Alonso behind in the final few laps.

    So, my vote goes to … dammit, I can’t decide. Alonso who didn’t put a foot wrong, but probably Hamilton or Vettel would have got the same result in the same car. Or Hamilton who qualified and finished higher than his car’s natural position, but made a mistake during the race in the process. Alonso it is.

  2. Dianna said on 26th October 2010, 19:50

    Keith,can you please clarify on this voting system for Driver of the weekend.

    Who do we vote for>
    A the driver who we thought was the overall best in the race and finished the race.
    OR
    B.The driver who we thought drove well but not necessarily finished the race.

    Thankyou.

  3. Oh come on. Just because Alonso won the race doesn’t mean he was the best driver! CLEARLY It was Sebastian Vettel. I hate the guy, but he was incredible in Quali & flawless in the race.

  4. Sutil-M (@) said on 26th October 2010, 21:15

    Rosberg was good in qualifying so i voted him.

  5. adam23 said on 26th October 2010, 22:45

    Had to vote for Vettel on this one. Perfect weekend from him. Alonso very close as well. Liuzzi, Rosberg, Schumacher, Hamilton all impressive and also Kobayashi who had a quiet, but impressive drive.

  6. Stephen W said on 26th October 2010, 23:08

    I voted for Alonso not because he won,that was a “gift” his words,he never put a foot wrong all weekend,qualified enough to make life difficult for Red Bull,raced even if he didn,t really want to,kept Hamilton at bay and Vettel within striking distance.
    Now who could argue Alonso cannot handle wet conditions?

  7. Remy & Ray said on 26th October 2010, 23:19

    I find it mind boggeling that Schumacher got almost twice the votes as Nico…… Nico again out qualified Michael and was ahead at all times during the race. Michael although finally came alive during this race, he seems to be living on past performances with some real die hard fans……… Thanks, R & R

    • Dianna said on 27th October 2010, 12:58

      Michael Schumacher has a huge following,me included.
      Michael knows how to nurse the car home to the finish.If the race had gone better for young Nico (sadly that was another DNF) Michael would have tried to pass him for sure — as he did in Japan.Don’t forget Michael had the fastest lap in Korea and he also was faster lapping in Japan over Rosberg.
      Rosberg was higher placed on the grid than Michael but during the race MSC was catching him up –ie., before Webber knocked Nico out of the race.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th October 2010, 13:28

        Rosberg was higher placed on the grid than Michael but during the race MSC was catching him up

        Rosberg only did one lap at racing speeds before he was taken out and it was faster than Schumacher’s by 2.3 seconds.

        • Dianna said on 27th October 2010, 21:02

          OK I stand corrected on one lap,BUT nearly 300 people (so far) agree with me,Michael was the best in Korea.

  8. The Limit said on 27th October 2010, 20:25

    The one from North Western Spain with the big eyebrows and the shiny red motor!

  9. Marge Verge said on 31st October 2010, 15:35

    Read the following if you want to know whether Alonso was really guilty of holding-up Hamilton at the now-famous pitlane incident in Hungary 2007 … you will discover (if indeed you didn’t already know) that he was completely innocent of the crime which has tainted his good name and reputation ever since and that in fact all his efforts that season were ruthlessly (and systematically) blocked and thwarted by Mr Ron Dennis and most of the McLaren team … Mr Dennis was (and still is behind the scenes) a master manipulator and designer of many intrigues as poor Jenson Button is also just finding out to his dismay?!?

    All the facts/data and information which follows is only a small (albeit long-winded) part which I’ve taken from a lengthy letter that I sent to Max Mosley at the end of the 2007 season … Mr Mosley seemingly chose to ignore it and we all know what happened to him shortly after … Alonso should now be completely exonerated from any blame once and for all for the alleged but unproven pitstop incident/cheating tactics and it’s about time that the BBC race commentators and pundits stopped constantly referring to it and/or passing their nasty/malicious/spiteful and uncalled-for jibes and remarks about him … I personally won’t stop circulating this information (and more if necessary) until Alonso’w name is cleared … for God’s sake someone have the guts to tell the truth and expose Ron Dennis dark deeds and indefensible conduct … McLaren’s treatment of Alonso was despicable and anyone who has/can condone it is just as corrupt/immoral and unprincipled as Dennis himself … read on if you’re not convinced:

    Mr Mosley

    I’m now 100% convinced that in Hungary at the end of the 3rd qualifying session Alonso was deliberately told to wait at his pit-stop by his race engineer and that this was a premeditated manoeuvre stage-managed by Ron Dennis to try and make Alonso look (to all the watching world) like he was intentionally holding-up Hamilton to prevent his last qualifying lap … I suspect that Dennis’ main motivation was to cast doubt on Alonso’s character/honesty/integrity and blacken his unblemished reputation … unfortunately in many credulous/trusting and unsuspecting observers’ eyes that’s exactly what Dennis achieved with the aiding and abetment of all the ITV commentators who were lightning quick to announce over the air that it was undoubtedly a deliberate act on the part of Alonso … it was at this point while I was watching the pit-stop incident unfold and having to listen to James Allen’s purely speculative charges of unfair play I knew that Alonso would never do something like that … my first reaction/suspicion was that Mr Dennis was up to no good and that Alonso had been told something over his radio which had kept him rooted to the spot?!?

    Later when Fernando was asked by Louise Goodman (on camera) after the qualifying session why he had waited for so long after the pit lollipop was raised to do his last flying lap he answered (as always) quite openly and unequivocally that he was obeying instructions given over his radio to wait and be counted-down … when Louise pushed him for further clarification and countered in a surprised voice … ‘but the lollipop had been raised and all the pit-crew were waving for you to GO??’ … Fernando seemed just as surprised that Louise should question or doubt his explanation but confidently assured her that his race engineer’s authority actually overrides the pit-crew’s … he even (presumably in case she hadn’t understood what he meant by being ‘counted-down’) gave her a verbal example of what he was listening to on his radio … ‘you know 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4- etc’ … this brief interview was never repeated on any of ITV’s subsequent pre- or post-race programmes or alluded to after in the British press (as far as I’m aware?) and I suspect that shortly after Alonso had elucidated Ms Goodman he would have been instructed not to comment on the incident from the moment it was under investigation by the Hungarian race stewards’???

    But by this time most people had already jumped to the mistaken (but understandable) conclusion that Fernando was guilty … this of course was Ron Dennis’ prime objective and clearly the stewards’ subsequent decision to penalise Alonso was seen as pretty compelling evidence of his culpability and only helped to further fuel the fallacious assumptions that he must have been guilty of deliberately blocking Hamilton?? It was also conspicuous that after Hungary the ITV interviews with Alonso dwindled significantly … McLaren (and their co-conspirators) couldn’t have him being so open and outspoken and telling the world the truth … could they??

    I for one am certain that Alonso is far too intelligent/ethical/principled and conscious of his good name and reputation to jeopardise it by resorting to such dirty and unsportsman-like tactics (however much he might be provoked by either his team or team-mate??) … but having said that … if he was acting on his own and out for revenge on Hamilton at that pit-stop then he could have just (accidentally?) stalled his engine when the pit lollipop went up … this would have achieved the desired effect of thwarting Hamilton without the risk of inducing a stewards’ enquiry and a possible penalty … if Hamilton had nabbed pole ahead of him that day then Alonso would prefer (and feel quite confident and unfazed under normal circumstances) to take his chances and race Hamilton on the track rather than blatantly cheat and incur the bitter recriminations and widespread disapproval that would inevitably follow? No … to gain an advantage in this way just simply wouldn’t be an option for Alonso … it’s most definitely not the way that he wants to be remembered in the record books or by his loyal and adoring fans … hence I can state quite emphatically that he never has been (or ever will be) tempted to join the ‘dark side’ of F1 motor racing?!?

    Back to the pit-stop in Hungary … yes indeed this was a most carefully planned-with-precision manoeuvre by Ron Dennis and a select few of his trusty McLaren personnel to seriously discredit Alonso … Mr Dennis is not a man known to explode in anger or show his true feelings and emotions (at least not when he knows the TV cameras are around) … in fact he is consummate at disguising them and invariably portrays a steely calm/inscrutable/unflappable exterior … so his overtly-animated (some might even say violent?) display of unrestrained temper just around the time that Alonso was (allegedly) holding up Hamilton in the pits … the jumping off his seat and smashing down his headphones in a rage whilst letting vent to a couple of unrepeatable expletives was a real Oscar-winning performance by Ron which successfully produced the desired result of making it look like he was furious with Alonso for baulking Hamilton (it’s inconceivable that he wouldn’t have known that Fernando was being counted-down?).

    Ron’s ‘performance’ together with all the pit-crew frantically waving at Alonso to GO GO GO made it appear even more like he (Alonso) was just sitting in his car defiantly ignoring everybody and brazenly obstructing his team-mate … I imagine that most of the pit-crew were totally unaware and oblivious at the time (as was everybody else) that Alonso was in fact being told to wait over his radio before doing his final lap … we also didn’t know at that point about Hamilton’s earlier misdemeanour that had (according to his boss) put them ‘all out of sequence’ … it’s worth repeating … this was a carefully premeditated manouvre devised by Ron to dupe everybody and it was he who ensured that Alonso was penalised and thereafter censured and frowned on by many F1 fans and the sports media … the stewards’ decision would have also had the added bonus of perhaps unnerving/intimidating/daunting and putting a damper on Alonso’s hopes and aspirations?!?

    I closely studied Ron Dennis’ body language at the end of that qualifying session (as he descended from the pit-wall) and by the time he was asked on camera what had actually happened his steely calm had returned and he visibly hedged and avoided the question (let’s not forget that he’s had many years of practice in the art of deceit and camouflage) … the vague and indirect answers he did give only served to endorse the speculation that Alonso’s 10-second wait in the pits was a calculated move by him to scupper Hamilton’s last lap … only much later did Dennis confess in a press conference that Alonso was following his race engineer’s instructions and I’m certain he only admitted it then because Alonso had that chance to leak the truth to Louise Hamilton in the post-qualifying interview (this had not been part of Ron’s plan but Louise is always very quick to track-down the drivers’ and get their views and opinions, etc).

    Dennis’ deliberate delay in defending and exonerating his driver (Alonso) a.s.a.p. is what helped to sew those seeds of doubt in many people’s minds (which was his sole intention) and when he was later pressed to give his explanation/version of events he answered somewhat reluctantly and unconvincingly as though it was just an excuse/pretext/defence he had conjured up to ‘protect’ Alonso and account for his behaviour?? Ron’s actual words in the press conference were … ‘Fernando and his engineer did nothing wrong and the count-down was to give him track position … if you think it was deliberate then you can think what you want??’ … if we dissect this statement it’s clear that in the first part he is agreeing (on record) with Alonso’s account and if this is what Ron told the race stewards’ then surely it should have exonerated Alonso from any blame and therefore he should not have been penalised??

    But sadly the second part of Ron’s statement is not an emphatic denial of any wrongdoing (as it should have been) and Ron seems to be giving his audience full permission to think (and subsequently print) what they want (which is exactly what they did?) … if not a deliberate play-on-words by Ron then this was an extremely irresponsible and ill-considered thing for him to say and (to me) it’s additional proof of Ron’s guile and cunning … I’m willing to bet 10euros that it was after Alonso received the news the following morning (on race day) that the stewards’ had penalised him by dropping him from pole to 6th position on the grid as a penalty for blocking Hamilton that he (as Ron later stated) … ‘arrived and was pretty upset and emotional … upset about many things … upset with life … upset with this and that’?? Obviously Ron had been asked why Fernando was so upset but he couldn’t tell them the truth could he … I believe Ron Dennis is a ruthlessly manipulative man who uses/abuses/exploits and takes advantage of people and particularly his drivers to achieve his own ends??

    It’s obvious to me why Fernando was upset and emotional … I would be pretty agitated too if I had been in Alonso’s shoes and knew that I was totally innocent but suddenly realised that I had just been well and truly stitched-up by my boss (and other team members) to be made to look like a dirty rotten cheat … and because of the FIA’s inexplicable intervention (in what should have been an internal matter for the team to sort out) it was also going to cost me precious Championship points by being relegated to 6th place from pole??

    It seems logical that if Ron Dennis et al have managed to convince a huge percentage of the gullible/trusting/unsuspecting fans and British public that Hamilton is the best rookie driver ever … then by the same token it wasn’t difficult to make it appear that Alonso was/is the inferior driver and that he eventually had to resort to cheating in Hungary, etc … since early in the season there has been a constant barrage of (totally undeserved) bad press here in England accusing Alonso of complaining about inequality and making unreasonable demands and feeling sour grapes at Hamilton’s success, etc … most of these nasty/spiteful/cruel insinuations directed towards Alonso were totally unfounded and untrue!

    Before leaving the Hungarian controversy there is another factor that we should consider … only Ron Dennis was summoned to the race stewards’ office after qualifying … so we have to wonder what he said to them behind those closed doors that contributed to Alonso’s penalty?? Clearly Mr Dennis and possibly certain ‘others’ up there in the higher echelons of F1 motorsport had (and probably still have?) their own agenda(s) regarding Lewis Hamilton and were willing to stop at nothing to ensure that he won the Championship this year … if we’re being realistic then it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Ron Dennis (with all his wealth) was/is able to bribe and grease the palms of those he wants particular ‘favours’ from (whether it be unethical journalists/mechanics/race stewards/TV commentators and/or other team members, etc?). From all I’ve read and witnessed with my own eyes over the past couple of decades (but especiallythis year) it’s far more likely to be Ron Dennis (with the help of his intermediaries) who is unprincipled and corrupt than Alonso!

    The pit-stop incident was a well-executed ploy to sew the seeds of doubt and disappointment into Alonso’s adoring Spanish fans’ minds about their champion and hero … his fame/celebrity/prestige and substantial Spanish following had to be curbed and dampened to make way for the fanatical Brits who have blindly believed everything they’ve read, seen and heard about Hamilton?? It was a cunning and ingenious stratagem … pre-planned and executed with military precision by Ron Dennis who (I believe) masterminded the whole campaign against Alonso and it conspicuously succeeded because when asked for their opinions on an Internet poll shortly after the pit-stop incident only 3 out of 80 F1 fans (allegedly taken from a cross-section of 4,000 e-mails received) did not believe that Alonso was guilty … the other 77 were totally convinced that he was culpable?!? Again returning briefly to the Hungarian pit-lane incident it’s been suggested that Hamilton would not have had enough time to finish his last flying lap even if Alonso had gone when the pit lollipop was lifted??? I have no way of verifying or confirming this piece of information Max but it wouldn’t surprise me if it turned out to be true.

    Fernando was assuredly robbed of (and cheated out of) his Championship title this year … he is without doubt the most talented and superior driver of the moment and would have won it by a mile if there had been no skulduggery and underhand tactics … Ron Dennis must not be allowed to get away with what he’s done … there was a question posted on ‘F1 Fanatic.co.uk’ (in response to Alonso’s claim that McLaren were giving Hamilton preferential treatment) which asked … ‘why would Ron Dennis hire a double champion in the first place and then favour the rookie?’ … I’ve attempted to further analyse and re-cap what Ron Dennis may have been trying to achieve … and what he has achieved (according to some rumours that are circulating) by signing both Alonso and Hamilton for 2007 …

    Alonso is a thoroughly moral and honest man and is a racing driver for all the right reasons and he’s shown a tremendous degree of self-discipline considering how he’s been betrayed and stabbed in the back by Ron Dennis et al … he outclasses and outperforms Hamilton and completely puts him in the shade and for members of his team to tamper with his car (which could endanger his life) and shatter his hopes is unforgivable and the quicker Alonso waves goodbye to Ron Dennis and McLaren the better … I lost any shred of respect and admiration that I had for Ron Dennis when he didn’t admit on camera that it was at his bidding that Alonso held up Hamilton at the now famous pit stop … it was either Ron himself or someone on the pit wall who was under his instruction that told Alonso (via his radio) to stay put and counted him down while Hamilton was impatiently waiting behind him … and yet it was only Alonso who was penalised and made to start from sixth place while having to watch Hamilton take pole … I do believe Hamilton went on to win the race … well there’s a surprise?!?

    Yours most earnestly … Marge V

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