Vote for the best driver of the Brazilian GP weekend

Brazilian Grand Prix

Start, Interlagos, 2010

Start, Interlagos, 2010

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – Once again the man to beat, and no-one got near him.

Nico H???lkenberg – Astonishing performance on Saturday to take pole by a huge margin in tricky conditions. His driving in a high-pressure situation on Sunday was impressively mature – he defended his position from the championship contenders firmly but fairly.

Fernando Alonso – Carrier on doing exactly what he needs to win the championship. Stayed out of trouble in the opening stages, piled pressure on Hamilton and found a way past H???lkenberg.

Kamui Kobayashi – Up to his usual antics, not quite as dramatically as usual, but climbed his way to tenth for a point.

Michael Schumacher – Great pass on Button at the start. Ultimately compromised by strategy and Adrian Sutil.

Compare all the drivers

You can review what happened to each driver over the race weekend and compare their performances 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: Christian Klien 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 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Jenson Button (8%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Michael Schumacher (4%)
  • Nico Rosberg (2%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (29%)
  • Mark Webber (3%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (26%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (21%)
  • Robert Kubica (1%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Christian Klien (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (2%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (1%)

Total Voters: 1,778

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Korean Grand Prix result

Fernando Alonso was voted the best driver of the Korean Grand Prix weekend. Here’s the top three as voted for by you:

1. Fernando Alonso (41%)
2. Sebastian Vettel (21%)
3. Michael Schumacher (12%)

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71 comments on Vote for the best driver of the Brazilian GP weekend

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  1. Chippie said on 8th November 2010, 17:04

    There’s only one candidate really, he drove out of his skin today and really impressed over the whole weekend – Timo Glock ;P. No, seriously, Vettel was immense and it’s got to be said that the Red Bull’s deserve their constructors victory after years of hard work and troubles. Well done Red Bull!

    • Spectator said on 8th November 2010, 20:54

      got to be hulknenberg cause he was able to handle the pressure no mistakes bad strategy but he managed to score 4

  2. slicecom said on 8th November 2010, 17:08

    Gotta go with Vettel.

  3. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 8th November 2010, 17:09

    not a Vettel fan, but its hard to see how he can’t be seen as the driver of the day.

    super impressed that Kobayashi nicked a point though, I hadn’t realised until this article!

    • Roger Carballo AKA Architrion said on 8th November 2010, 17:25

      its hard to see how he can’t be seen as the driver of the day

      maybe if you look and find a driver who overtakes a Hulkenberg and a Hamilton and just matches the speed of your driver of the day….

      • monsol said on 8th November 2010, 19:25

        A few more laps (or a few less backmarkers after the SC left) and we could have seen an epic battle for 2P, as ALO was closing on WEB who had engine issues. With an overtake (and nobody’s saying it would have been easy) ALO would be now 14 points on top of WEB and 18 on top of VET, and would have it a lot easier. With a 4P in Abu Dhabi he’d win no matter what.

        • Daniel said on 8th November 2010, 21:15

          One less SC and ALO would have been no where near WEB, and maybe we would have seen a better battle for P1 as VET would have had to continue to lap people, Schumacher was next.

        • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 8th November 2010, 23:29

          A few less backmarkers at the restart and we would have had an epic battle for P1, with Alonso on top of Webber on the tail of Vettel…

        • When vettel his engine didn’t blow up at korea, he would be the championshipsleader.
          and alonso would have -7 points.

    • Tango said on 8th November 2010, 17:26

      Same here. Pains me to do so, but it has to be Vettel. He has been immaculate during the whole week end.

  4. Quite easily Vettel. No one has been able to touch him for the past three races but obviously we all know he was very unfortunate in Korea. Excellent drive and fully deserved, there’s no way the team would take such a win away from him, they did the right thing.

    • zecks said on 9th November 2010, 14:39

      whatever, webber is completely average and the red bull is miles fatser that the other cars! yamamoto would look good in that car. it has to be the hulk. he destroyed a very experienced barrichello in both qualifying and the race.

  5. alexf1man said on 8th November 2010, 17:13

    feel sorry for alguersuari, 11th in 3 consecutive races :(

  6. i hate have to vote for Alonso but he did the job at the race.

  7. John H said on 8th November 2010, 17:17

    There was something in the air that night. The stars were bright, Fernando

  8. xabregas said on 8th November 2010, 17:25

    There were 2 drivers that did the job perfectly, Vettel won the race and Alonso because did everything he could do, overtaking Hamilton and Hülkenberg wasn´t a easy task for sure, but i voted Vettel after all he won the race.

  9. Cyclops said on 8th November 2010, 17:32

    Let me think

    Vettel – a stroll, simply drove the fastest car home with some help from “overheating engine” of a fellow Red Bull. If I am supposed to judge him by his own standards, then he drove magnificently, since NOT crashing when it matters is something huge for him. But seriously, nothing special.

    Webber – He matched Vettel fantastically in doing nothing special, overtaking Hulkenberg was a must, never seriously challenged by Alonso, although I have to give him more credit than I gave Vettel, since mechanical gremlins/Helmut Marko, made his way a little bit harder.

    Alonso – Disappointing in Q, where he had the third fastest car and put it fifth. Race-wise much better, but he looked somehow shaky while taking on Hulk.

    Hulk – pfff… made absolutely nothing out of the fluke PP. Obviously Williams gambled on his setup on Saturday, knowing perfectly he is bound to fail on Sunday. And he did. Also he made it to the railroad history by creating Hulk-train. Congratz, Williams had some publicity they wanted.

    Koba – his usual samurai thing on the track. Getting used to it, although the more he does it the less impressive is the effect.

    MSC – and this is my man of the weekend. At last he contributed to the MGP’s 4th place in the constructors championship as he was expected to. A nice piece of driving, although I’m still not much of a fan of his majesty Michael.

    • Santi said on 8th November 2010, 18:15

      I strongly disagree with several points in your analysis…

      First of all, if Alonso disappointed you in Qualifying because “he had the third fastest car and put it fifth”, so had to do Vettel and Webber, since they also lost the position to Hulk…

      In fact, I think VET, WEB and ALO did what was expected in qualifying, just that Hulk and HAM did an astounding job. So, not sure why didn’t you count HAM there in your analysis.

      Also, if you look at ALO and HAM, and compare them with their teammates in qualifying, you should see their merit in qualifying with the same car…

      I also think that WEB deserves an extra point for keeping very calm after the race and not being ****** at Vettel for his anti-teamwork attitude. The same point that we should subtract from Vettel…

      • Vettel ‘anti-teamwork’ attitude? If you listened to 5live coverage of FP1 you’d know that Webber last year said that he’d rather help Jenson win the title rather than his own team mate. Whereas Vettel has already pretty much said that he’d be willing to do whatever he can to make sure it’s a Red Bull winning the title. How is that an anti-teamwork attitude?
        I like Mark but if anyone has an anti-teamwork attitude it’s him, especially after saying all those things about the team not being ‘emotionally’ with him. If he was a team player, he wouldn’t have said it and wouldn’t have put pressure on the team.

        • I am ready to make some good friends here : driving a car which is 1 sec faster (potentially) than any other on the field and get a great start doesnt make Vettel the best racer (of this race). I must admit he is quick. Full stop. Give this car to Alonso or Hamilton and you will see that there is a looong way to go for Seb in real racing. Same syndrom as Schumi in his golden age, when they have the best car by far and are ahead of the crowd, they can win as they are quick. In the middle of the field, they (often) suck. We are very lucky this season not to have one of the big names driving the RB, the suspense for the title would have ended in Belgium ;-) I am only happy that two years in a row. Last comment : look at RB’s tyrewear in the park at the end of the race and you understand they have been sooo lucky to have a SC (not counting MW fuel issue). So I voted Alonso who sometimes this season sucked as well, but manages to be there when needed.

        • Kateafan said on 8th November 2010, 23:08

          Webber said last year that he’d help Vettel when he was out and his “test drive” in Suzuka proved that.

          Without engine problems and the SC Webber would have been all over Vettel, but Vettel out qualified him so that was that.
          Vote would go to Hulk or Vet.

      • So you say that Webber should be angry at Vettel because he (webber) is not good enough?.. oh that makes sense.
        No seriously, Vettel have suggested that he will let Webber go by in abu dhabi if that is necessary. Vettel would be a very poor guy if he gave up already. One thing is being forced to do it by your team, a whole other is giving up to favor your team mate.
        Webber wouldn’t be a “team player” there either. Look at the Turkey accident for instance. Webber was told that Vettel were under pressure and were faster then him. If he had been a “team player” he had let vettel go by. But he didn’t. Because he didn’t need too, and because his championship was still alive.

      • MercedesBeanz said on 8th November 2010, 23:26

        Alonso’s ferrari is nearly as fast as as the red bulls, he admit it himself in the post race press conference. People who say he had the 3rd fastest car are just trying to get at hamilton by proxy..

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 8th November 2010, 18:52

      Obviously Williams gambled on his setup on Saturday

      You mean he was running a wet or intermediate set-up?

      The Williams wasn’t any further off the pace than it usually is in dry races. Am curious to hear why you think otherwise.

      Especially given he was only quickest in the driest part of qualifying. I don’t think your explanation adds up.

      • I agree KC, it wasn’t a gamble they just got it perfect team and driver, when it counted.
        I liked Hul how it defended his positions from FA during the race, giving all he had and at the same time fair. He shows that William and Hul will be a team to be reckon soon when they will get a Ferrari engine….

    • I’m pretty sure Kobayashi got passed far more than he passed anyone….

    • Francuis said on 9th November 2010, 10:26

      When Alonso wins the WDC he would be the youngest drive to win a 3rd WDC. In my opinion he would have won 2 of them championships with the 2nd fastest car. 2006 & 2010.

      I believe he will win the Championship. He will win even more; maybe even win a 4th and 5th WDC. But unlike Schumacher not 7. Unlike Sumi, he got to much completion and not always the fastest car. Sumi also won his 1st WDC with the 2nd fastest car.

      Hamilton will in his career also win 3 to 5 WDC. He might be even faster than Alonso. He is a better Qualifier the Alonso. Average starting position this in 2007 is 2.5 against Alonso 3.18. In the same car. Average starting position this year is 5.3 against Alonso 6.0. But Alonso is the beter all round racer, with a beter head on. Alonso got 5 fastest laps this year, more than any other driver and completed 1065 laps also more than any other driver. Hamilton won his championship with the fastest car. Maybe in his later part of his career he will be able mentally to do it in the 2nd fastest car. This Year he was to erratic and made too many mistakes, far too many mistakes more than usual. But he will improve with experience. He will learn valuable lessons. Hamilton did not have the car this year especially the 2nd part of the year and that is arguably why he “over drive” the car and made crucial mistakes that have cost him. But he will learn out of this

      Webber is solid; he has good days and then average days. His experience got him thus far in the championship. His mistake in Korea will cost him the championship. He will not get another change. He can still win in my opinion, if two things happen, 1 Alonso DNF, 2 team orders in Red Bull. This is seams highly unlikely to me.

      Vettel is fast, very fast, but an immature loose canon, unpredictable and can’t over take. He is great when he is in front, but poor if he drives in the pack. Got 9 poles but only 4 wins, lead 342 laps, against Alonso 5 wins with 2 poles and leading only126 laps. But again give him time. He will also win a few WDC. My prediction is that Red bull will look by on this year and wonder what went wrong. Outwardly they will pat them self on the back and says “we have won the constructor championship, we have done a good job and we played by the rules”. Nobody will remember that in years to come and in fact they have not done a good job, they did not manage the drivers well and they should have won 3 races ago the championship. Both McLaren and Ferrari would have if they had that car.

      Alonso and Hamilton is the best out there. Just asked the drives themselves. End of story.

  10. I know Vettel and Webber got everything right, and that Alonso did exactly what he had to do. And I’m aware of how much Lewis got out of the car.

    But it was a whole second… You just don’t beat the top teams by a whole second… Even the other top teams don’t… Nico’s performance on Saturday impressed me more than any other driver’s performance did on Sunday.

    Realistically in the race, he never stood a chance, So I don’t think you can criticise him for that too harshly, he got unlucky with how all the strategies turned out as well. Scored a decent 8th place.

    • dyslexicbunny said on 8th November 2010, 17:55

      Yea, I’m really just torn between Alonso and Hulk. Alonso had a weak quali but did everything he needed to do for the championship. I was hoping for more of a fight between Alonso and Lewis but alas.

      Hulk had a mind-boggling quali (though I thought Alonso 5th was more surprising.. my thoughts below) and after trying to eat at the adults table (just a metaphor for car strengths), ended up with a decent result for the team.

      In the end, I think Hulk deserves it this weekend.

      Why more surprising? I pretty much figured Hulk would filter out but was curious how long it would take. With the pace of the Ferrari, I was just surprised it got him 5th. I really expected him to get more out of the car but I guess he didn’t want to risk it. Besides, wet weather can make qualifying a mystery so someone surprising getting it is just as probable as someone expected.

    • BasCB said on 8th November 2010, 20:07

      Very nice explanation of just why it had to be the incredible Hulk.

      Agree with that on all accounts.

      • I overall agree but I would like to see Hulk in something else than defensive driving. This has nothing to do with him but it is time for the new rules to allow (slightly) easier overtaking. The fact that he had the pole allowed Vettel and MW to escape and deprived us from a great show at the end. And if you tell me that Hulk’s qualifying on Saturday was outstanding, again I somewhat agree but let’s admit this was a kind of lottery depending on timing.

        • BasCB said on 9th November 2010, 7:50

          His last fast lap was about timing (the one over a second faster than Vettel and almost a second faster than his own 2nd lap.), but even the one before that, which he finished before Vettel set his fastest lap, was fastest of all running.

          That was not to do with timing but with keeping the tyres on the dry to get the maximum from them, something no one else managed on saturday.

  11. zplol said on 8th November 2010, 17:54

    Button’s drive from 11th to 5th was simply great

    • graigchq said on 8th November 2010, 18:00

      agreed… another brilliant mind strategy from Button. If only he had taken every race with this kind of mentality…

      simply amazing given his pace on saturday, to actually end up just a second or two behind lewis. Great job Jenson.

    • Benson_mutton said on 9th November 2010, 14:55

      Agreed. JB gave it his all

    • I totally agree.

      Brilliand driving and perfect team strategy to avoid the queue of cars and get the mandatory tyre change out of the way at the same time.

  12. DaveW said on 8th November 2010, 17:57

    This is becoming a nasty habit for me. I have to choose Alonso. He maximized his position and did exactly what he needed to do in the race without as single puff of tire smoke the whole day. His working over Hulkenberg was a clinic, and his similar dispatch of his arch rival was as masterful as it was painful for me to watch.

  13. Lew Numba 1 said on 8th November 2010, 18:06

    I just can’t give it to Vettel, or Webber for that matter. That damn Red Bull is on rails and I know that doesn’t mean it was an easy drive or that it wasn’t impressive. The thing is, it was just BORING. Seeing those two Red Bulls storm away and have a race of their own is starting to get old!

    For that reason, I have to give it to Alonso. He’s clearly driving the hell out of that Ferrari when you have Massa struggling to get by anyone and really not looking like an equal teammate the whole season. Yesterday was no exception, and he was the only one who managed to hang with the Red Bulls on ‘cruise control’.

    Sadly, my boy Lewis just couldn’t get enough out of his car, although I was still impressed he hung in there.

    My hope for the final race: simultaneous, double Red Bull engine failure off the start line, and then Alonso’s gearbox drops out of the car after just a couple of laps. Lewis is World Champ! heh.

  14. Vettel was dominant and bullet proof like the two races (The car just gave up in korea), but i had to take Hulkenberg. He got me up of my chair in qualifying and i was shouting of disbelief of what he had just managed to pull off. And when he got up to speed (after the bulls got past) he was very good and mature defending Alonso and a very aggressive Hamilton. That was just amazing.

  15. brookliner said on 8th November 2010, 18:14

    Not much to choose from this weekend, but I gave it to Hulkenberg for the best two laps of the weekend. Disappointed he didn’t do better in the race, though.

    Thought about giving it to Alonso for winning the championship ;-).

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