Start, Melbourne, 2011

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

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Melbourne, 2011
Start, Melbourne, 2011

Who was the most impressive driver throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend?

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

Sebastian Vettel – He may have the best car underneath him, but look at the gap to his team mate and you know he’s making the most of it.

Lewis Hamilton – Split the fastest cars on the track in qualifying and nursed his injured MP4-26 to the flag.

Vitaly Petrov – Quick in qualifying, opportunistic at the start, and looked after his tyres for a fully deserved podium finish.

Fernando Alonso – Fought back effectively with some good passes after being crowded out at the start.

Sergio Perez – A mature drive and a great debut performance – no-one else managed just one pit stop.

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:

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Renault: Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT: Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Virgin: Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio

Vote for your driver of the weekend

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (12%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (11%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (5%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (33%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (36%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (1%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)

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163 comments on “Who was the best driver of the Australian Grand Prix weekend?”

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  1. Had to take Vettel, as he was just faultless all weekend, and made Webber look like a tortoise. Incredible. But it was a very close call between him, Petrov, Perez and Lewis. Though i eliminated Perez since his car was deemed illegal, so i will wait for next race to see if he had a speed advantage because of it (I know I know, he was still stunning! but it was tough as i say! so i had to eliminate some of them on something), and Lewis because he had such a poor start. Only saved by his KERS button. Petrov.. absolutely stunning. And great to see a new guy on the podium… I would have loved to have two votes today because it was a really close call. A very hard choice indeed.

  2. Kimi! Just kidding, I went for Checo Perez.

  3. Don’t forget that Sergio Perez is part of Ferrari’s Driver Academy. If Massa fails to meet Ferrari’s expectations this season, who knows, the impressive Perez could be racing in scarlet overalls as soon as next year.

    1. I must say that thought occurred to me yesterday.

  4. The wing controversy does not permit me to vote for Perez, thus I went with Petrov.

    1. Oh and taking into consideration last year’s events, I wouldn’t put my money on the fact of both Red Bulls being exactly the same.

      1. Laranja Mecanica
        29th March 2011, 12:44

        Even if Both RBRs are exactly the same, they may be built around one of the drivers’ strenghts and weaknesses, so it’s not equal anyway (no prize por guessing whose).

  5. Hamilton, I thought it was all over for him after I saw his cars floor, but he made it; second – Alonso: a pleasure to watch; Vettel was impressive, but after hearing that he had no KERS I felt cheated (I dont know why, but I feel that KERS is disadvantage, besides – KERS should be used by all teams, or by none, I thought there wont be a 2009 repeat).

  6. As I thought, between Perez and Petrov.. I went for Petrov, but could have equally have gone for Perez.. and perhaps he edges it. He did a brilliant job. They both did.

  7. How come the bar for drivers with 0 votes, is bigger than the bar for the drivers with 1 vote? Seems to be a glitch in the matrix ;)

    1. Looks fine to me… But then again, I live in the Twilight Zone.

      1. Oops I see what you mean… needed to put on my glasses.

  8. Petrov gets my vote, but… Can anyone explain the lack of love between Lewis and Sebastian at the end? It looked like they blanked each other?

    1. what’s that supposed to mean? (PS: English’s never been my strongest point)

  9. Oddly enough I voted for Hamilton… I think that driving that car in the condition it was in would have put most drivers off their heads.

    He just gets on with the business of driving.

    Nice to have such good choices though… They were all worthy.

  10. I want to say Petrov or Perez as I was massively impressed by both of them, but I can’t vote against Vettel’s quali pace and win.

  11. Petrov. Don’t forget he got to 3rd by taking a bold double pass on Alonso and Button. You know it was a solid pass because Alonso later sniffed that Petrov took a “risk.” Then he drove flawlessly, ahead of various RBR, McLaren, and Ferrari race cars to bring home the bronze.

    It’s hard to know how good Hamilton was because Button was so bad. Hamilton did a solid job. He looked poised to jump right on Vettel’s back before his team messed up his stop and the car let him down. But the McLaren was very quick most of the weekend, so 2nd place probably is where he should have been by putting in a day’s work.

    Perez did a good job but it wasn’t like he had a clever plan to run 1 stop. He fell fair of the mysteries of the Pirellis. I’m not going to discount his job because he is a rookie. This vote should not be controlled for experience level. In that case Schumacher and other old-timers would be disqualified from these votes.

  12. Im feeling like home on this page now! a lot of support to my fellow countryman perez!..

    ill allow myself to be biased on this one, so voted for perez, but still impressed by vettel, petrov, alonso and di resta.

    worst of the weekeend: Barrichello.

    1. Yes, the most experienced grand prix driver of them all should know better than to go for a gap that isn’t there and take someone out of the race.

  13. Alonso for the most entertaining race, if not the best. A poor quail and a worse start, but then he got into a lot of fights and won them all. His exterior pass on Kamui at the parabola was the highlight of the weekend. On the other hand, his Kers-aided pass on Nico felt gimmicky.

    Vettel was boringly perfect, winning straight from pole. LH also boring, only coming close to Vettel near the end of the first stint but never having a chance to fight. And then almost ruining the race with the off.

    Vitaly Petrov gets it for me. Superb start, and then no mistakes. Also no fights after the first corner, a few laps from the end it seemed Alonso and Webber would catch him, but it never happened, he picked up his pace on time. Too bad we were denied a good fight for the podium.

    Terrific debut for Chaco Perez, too bad he got a dsq. Also the cameras didn’t show him much.

  14. Perez has done nothing special and his qualifying performance was pretty poor, especially compared to his teammate. Anyway, I voted for D’Ambrosio

    1. So in your opinion a rookie who finished 7th and beat his teammate in the race is worse than one who qualified and finished last?

  15. formula1jmfangio (@)
    29th March 2011, 0:42

    I have to go with Petrov on this one, anyone that saw him racing in GP2 can tell they guy is right for this job and last year even though he was severely overshadowed by Kubica( and honestly what other rookie could have topped Kubica?) he has shown proof of his talent several times.
    Hopefully this was proof enough for his doubters as drivers with a lot more experience in F1 still make mistakes see Hamilton,Vettel,Alonso, Barrichello,Schumacher and the list can go on
    two thumbs up for Perez though on his debut, it’s encouraging to have a solid representation from the Americas

  16. It’s really annoying how a lot of won’t just be realistic about drivers
    1. Petrov the guy was so lucky this weekend he doesn’t even know how je got to the podium ,you people talk about some great manuover he made passing alonso and button on the start…… COME ON!!!! button almost knocked alonso out of the race and left himself wide open, any fool would have Passed them…. after that the man didn’t do anything special
    2. Hamilton and vettel just drove their boring races, great job on quallifying though both

  17. 3. Alonso truly man of the day, made the race interesting, almost knocked out of the race, then fights back to p4 ( had some brilliant passes)
    I really don’t know what race you people were watching but in the one i was watching he was the hero CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU HATE HIM SO MUCH :s

    1. I agree that Alonso did the best race… after the first corner. With a decent start he could have been second (I see no way he could pass Vettel though).

      1. And Massa gets a honorable mention for a great start and a solid defense from Button. But that was it.

    2. It’s possible that other people don’t have the same opinion as you.

  18. formula1jmfangio (@)
    29th March 2011, 1:22

    To Simone: the lack of love between Hamilton and Vettel is due to the fact that now they have the same number of WDCs but in Hamilton’s delusional world he’s “the best of his generation”, even better than Alonso or Scumacher so it’s natural for him to be arrogant towards Vettel

    1. Get a hit man and put a contract on Seb, Mark, Jenson, Kamui, Nico, Fernando, Felipe, Robert, Vitaly, maybe Sergio and a few more, and maybe you’ll win another WDC, Mr Lewis.

    2. I wouldn’t classify Alonso and I certainly wouldn’t classify Schumacher as the same generation of driver as Hamilton.

  19. Nice to see Karthikeyan getting a vote or two :)

    1. I agree that you have your favourite driver but that doesn’t mean you will vote the wrong guy.

  20. I voted for Petrov but Perez equally deserve the trophy,great drive from both of them. The thing was both surprised us with there pace.Sadly Perez won’t be able to carry points.

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