Vote for the best driver of the Abu Dhabi GP weekend

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Start, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Start, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Which driver did the best job during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend?

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

Sebastian Vettel – While his team mate looked vulnerable in the other RB6, Vettel stuck it on pole and drove off to win as if it was any ordinary race weekend.

Lewis Hamilton – Back at his best after a breakthrough with the MP4-25 – albeit one that came too late for his championship hopes.

Nico Rosberg – Ran a 54-lap stint on the medium tyres to capture fourth place.

Robert Kubica – Never looked happy at the wheel of the car and was beaten by his team mate in qualifying. But he pulled off two excellent passes on race day and, more impressively, withstood pressure from Hamilton without losing too much time to the cars behind him.

Vitaly Petrov – I didn’t expect him to hold Alonso up for four laps, never mind the best part of 40. Having out-qualified his team mate on Saturday, this was surely his best weekend of the year. But I would advise him against holidaying in Italy for the foreseeable future.

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: Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa
Virgin: Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend?

  • Jenson Button (4%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (6%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (2%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (25%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (15%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (45%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (1%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Christian Klien (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)

Total Voters: 2,366

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Brazilian Grand Prix result

Sebastian Vettel was voted the best driver of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend. Here are the top three drivers as voted for by you:

1. Sebastian Vettel, 29%
2. Fernando Alonso, 26%
3. Nico H???lkenberg, 21%

Got an opinion on the best and worst drivers of the season? Head on over to the forum and participate in the 2010 F1 Fanatic driver rankings.

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107 comments on Vote for the best driver of the Abu Dhabi GP weekend

  1. Hallard said on 16th November 2010, 1:26

    As I write this…12 votes for Alonso…


  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 16th November 2010, 1:29

    Petrov. Absolutely. I can’t say it enough – it was an epic drive.When he started the season, I thought he’d be a good number two driver, but if he could channel what he did in Abu Dhabi on a regular basis, he could probably lead a team in his own right.

    • While – imho – Vettel was the best, definitely it was Petrov who impressed most.

      I for one would prefer to vote for “the driver who impressed most”, than “the best driver”. It’s difficult to judge who was really the best, because quality of cars, setup factor etc make a lot of difference and he hardly new about all circustances. It means good drivers in worse cars will ever lose.
      However each driver has the same chance in category “who impressed most”. My 2 cents.

  3. Everyone seems to have forgotten Button who did a massively long first stint on the soft tyres…

  4. CorradoVT said on 16th November 2010, 3:00

    Came down to Petrov or Rosberg for me. Vettel ran an excellent race, but he won on strategy and faultless racing in a superior car. He only beat Webber by such a large margin because of the job Petrov did running his race and not letting Alonso pass. There’s no way of knowing what Alonso or Webber could have done if they got around him, but he was the guy that put Vettel in the #1 car next year.

  5. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 16th November 2010, 3:30

    Vitaly Petrov for soaking up the pressure from Alonso for 40 odd laps.

    • As he said.. there was no pressure… it was easy… Alonso was only close enough to try an overtake once.

      OK drive (one of his best maybe) but behind his team mate and defo not best of the weekend. If Ferrari hadn’t messed up would more than ten voted for him… I think not…. Kubica keep Hamilton behind easy enough (one of the best over takers in the business) show how easy the Renault drivers had it when in front, make no mistake they were very fast in a straight line.

      Like I said good drive, but IMO not the best of the weekend…. Vettel, Hamilton or Button for me, struggle to pick between them

    • PS.Did you end up ahead of me in the prediction Champ, I think we were level? :-)

  6. how luck changes the people opinion?
    everybody seems to forget how vettel almost lost the championship because of his stupidity and how alonso almost won the title because of his bravure and pure talent. now all of a sudden vettel is the best . wow wow wow
    if hamilton or alonso was part of redbull this year would have been another 2001 or 2002 or 2004 season
    the championship would have been done 5 races before the end. but because it was the crash kid and i thank him for that it got interesting
    he never led the season. that to me tells a lot.
    I don’t believe in luck but the fingerface got some and I mean a lot. and please don’t start with the points he lost that were all his fault crash on weber button the engine failures are reflection of the way he drives

    • I agree, and this was partly the reason why I was so disappointed he won it in the end. There are many other reasons, being an Alonso fan, being a Webber fan, being an Australian, disliking RBR’s so-called ‘equal’ status etc. The list goes on ! But really, Vettel should have had this in the bag by mid season. The fact that he didn’t even lead the standings until the last round suggests to me that he was not the best driver over the season – and therefore deserving of that title. I don’t deny his talent (when out in front & not having to actually race anyone that is ;) ) but this year, I don’t beleive he was the best driver over the season. Not by a long shot.

  7. theRoswellite said on 16th November 2010, 6:02

    Just a comment….you are asking us for the “best driver of the GP weekend”. This seems to be asking us for the best driver who is driving at the GP weekend, as opposed to the driver who put in the best drive of the weekend.

    These two questions are very different.

    If you are asking us who we think is the best driver of the weekend, the answer, for me at least, would probably be the same person for most, if not all, of the season.

    While the driver who put in the best drive of the weekend would change quite often.

    I realize this sounds contrived and overly “picky”, but from the votes and comments above I would say you are not getting responses that are all aimed at the same idea.

    Of course when running a blog like this, which I enjoy very much by the way, having open ended questions may allow for greater input and freedom for your readers.

    You would certainly be the expert in this area, and I gladly differ to your better judgment.

  8. I voted for Petrov.. holding up the 3 time WDC for 40 odd laps is one mean feat.

    But Vettel should also get a vote.. he drove a flawless weekend.
    I felt that webber somehow wasn’t driving the same car as him.. since he seems to be losing most of his time in the second sector, where theres like 2 straights and a chicane!
    but don’t take that away from vettel, he drove a fantastic race. truly a deserved WDC

  9. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey) said on 16th November 2010, 8:21

    can only be vettel. making pole count (for a change) slipping under the radar and snatching the championship from 3rd place. jenson did great getting past teflonso at the start which surely was a contributing factor in seb’s WDC win. lewis had a great, controlled drive. webber was a let down. bit like that rocket they built on james may’s “manlab”. never really looked in it in quali and continued throughout the race. was never close enough to alonso to capitalise on the mistakes made and looked like a beaten man before the race even started.

    final word….. the season needs to open with bahrain & abu dhabi – getting the 2 most boring races out of the way – as the tracks do nothing to let the drivers shine. going off the circuit should penalise you, not let you set a faster time / pull away from those following.

  10. Accidental Mick said on 16th November 2010, 8:34

    Just a thought. If Petrov was “holding up” Alonso, why couldn’t Webber get close enough to Alonso to have a ceack at him?

    • Hotbottoms said on 16th November 2010, 15:23

      It’s unlikely that Webber was seriously trying to overtake Alonso or even put pressure on him. Webber was disappointed by his team and Vettel for not helping him when it would’ve been smart. Also, overtaking Alonso would not have helped Webber at that point at all.

  11. Accidental Mick said on 16th November 2010, 8:36

    Sorry – that should be crack.

  12. Petrov didn’t do anything special, I see however, that Alonso’s haters don’t think the same. Have you ever considered the fact that the Russian was running purely fresh new engine, while Alonso had machinery almost three races old ? Geez, the fan-boyizm never stops …..

  13. Marco said on 16th November 2010, 9:17

    Interesting that “in for your consideration” is not included a driver, who climbed most positions in race compared to qualifying and who s car really don t belong to top 10…

  14. Cyclops said on 16th November 2010, 9:19

    Getting the WDC is one thing, the single race performance is other one. Vettel did what he had to do with the fastest car in his hand. It was a good performance, but an expected one.

    If I could, I would vote for both Renault drivers. Obviously I can’t, therefore my vote goes to Kubica. Petrov also had a great race, yet he displayed only defensive abilities, whereas Kubica showed himself well both in defense and in offense. One of his best all-round performances of the season.

  15. I am amazed so few people voted for Alonso.

    His race was a disaster, but his driving behind Petrov (who also drove brilliantly) was a sustained lap after lap drive on the limit in his Ferrari. He put the car off the track more and more towards the end. But being able to push past the limit of the car, have it go from underneath him, and then recover it several times in the closing laps, barely losing any ground on Petrov, was quite brilliant to watch!

    Note : I am not an Alonso fan. And am super happy for Vettel. It just seems that people vote based on the outcome of the race, rather than analysing the actual driving.

    • spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey) said on 16th November 2010, 13:05

      recovering from an over-run onto tarmac isn’t exactly difficult. put a gravel trap there or some slippery grass and he’d either have had a DNF or lost a few places.

    • Hallard said on 16th November 2010, 17:54

      So youre saying that because Alonso made mistakes and put the car off the track, but was able to recover from said mistakes, he was the BEST driver of the weekend? Yas Marina has miles of tarmac runoff, so Alonso essentially had an insurance policy allowing him to push as hard as he could with minimal risk. It makes no sense to say he was the best driver because he was able to recover from mistakes that he made. Put simply, Alonso (and his team as a whole) fell short this weekend.

    • I never said that Alonso was the best driver of the weekend. Just that I was surprised how few voted for him.

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