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%)

Total Voters: 799

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

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  1. What about Chandhok? Technically he did drive at the race weekend… ;)

    1. he redefined the term ‘out lap’

      1. Brilliant! :)

  2. Petrov.

    I would have felt the most pressure of the whole field if I was in that car.

    1. Probably cause Petrov would have been sitting on your lap…

  3. Vettel then Petrov, then Hamilton then Perez

  4. Petrov. I doubted him last season, but he sure impressed me in Albert Park.

  5. Yeah the rookie did good and Petrov proved he can run beyond the mid field. All good stuff.

    But nothing compared to Vettel’s peerless drive. From quali 1 thru to the end of the race.

    1. XD

      I’ve now seen the voting so far. Crazy knee-jerk ‘Oh! A new name to click’ voting pattern…

  6. Actually Jarno Trulli also managed a sigle stop in the race.

  7. Had to Perez. I’m predicting exciting things to come from this lad

  8. Even though the car was later found to be illegal I still went for Perez. Just wondering…. Petrov always said that Kubica didn’t share info so has Heidfeld helped Petrov with his set up and enabled Petrov to be much quicker?

  9. Not at all pleased about it, but I have to vote Vettel.

    Chatting with randoms on the way home from the race, there were two consistent themes: His pace through 15 – 16, and his precision at turn 1.

    Someone sitting in the Brabham stand said that if you’d put a coin on the apex of turn 1 he’d have hit it every time.

    Such a clinical performance (especially given he could have eased of mid race and still brought it home), suggests that he’s in the right headspace to dominate this season, if reliability issues are no longer a factor.

    Hopefully the lack of KERS keeps him in line.

  10. winning a race in a superior car like vettel did dose not make him the better driver in that weekend.
    Look how hamilton drove a dameged car or how alonso came back from 10th place. those are the great drives bij true champions and not by car proformance.

    1. Agreed. I would like to see Vettel have to race for his life like Hamilton and Alonso did last year. I suspect you might see him playing Dodgems quite a bit

  11. It’s between Petrov and Perez for me.

    Vettel didn’t make a mistake all weekend but considering he is the reigning World Champion in the best car that what you expect, although I did pick Alonso for the win in the predictions championship as I thought Ferrari would be a match for Red Bull.

    A great debut from Perez beating his teammate and the only driver to manage only one stop.

    In the end though I think I will have to with Petrov.

    1. Trulli managed one as well.

  12. Best driver was Perez.

  13. Vettel was immense, Hamilton outdoing Button in race and quali (AGAIN) Jenson with a wide variety of excuses (AGAIN), Perez – Fantastic debut, Rubens was brainless and Petrov had the race of his life. Alonso whilst doing well to get back into 4 was a great achievement was poor to get himself back to 11th in the first place.

  14. I’m sure that all of the drivers will find excuses for one thing or another throughout the season. There’s a very long way to go yet, and certainly Sepang will be a different kettle of fish compared to OZ for many different reasons.

  15. Congratulations to Petrov on a great debut and for managing those tyres, however he didn’t have to fight off nearly as strong competition as Vitaly did! Great to see a driver who enjoyed the podium, all you need to see is the post match forum (BBC – so i’m guessing its UK only folks, sorry) where he clutched that trophy and declared he was going to go to bed holding it. Puts Vettel’s whining about the absence of a kangaroo on the trophy, or Hamilton’s disappointment of coming 2nd into a new perspective…

  16. Eugenio Perez-Maldonado
    30th March 2011, 0:15

    I’m from Mexico and I can’t express in words the feeling of seeing a Mexican driver back in a F1 race. The whole Country is talking about ‘Checo’: Our ‘Chicharito’ of racing!!!!
    I do think Petrov did a superv race from start on (imagien what Kubica could do in this same Renault). But Checo Perez was the most efficient driver on the field. It was not all fireworks for him but it takes a Prost-like drive to manage the polemic soft Pirellis for so many laps. He was in control with no mistakes and simply delivered.
    Di Resta was also remarkable as a rookie.
    Maldonado, pppfffttttt….

  17. I voted for Petrov but it was a very close call, Perez was fantastic… what a first race! Ultimately, though, Vitaly drove an amazing race and the gap to Heidfeld throughout the weekend shows his speed. Likewise, Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso all showed they are still on top form by consistently outperforming their teammates. Really looking forward to the rest of the season.

  18. It’s got to be Petrov. Perez’s debut was impressive, but Petrov just blew everyone else away. Not only did he have the upperhand over a very highly-rated driver all weekend and claim an incredibly hard-earned and well-deserved podium in the process, but he’s also had a remarkable turnaround since his low point of Japan and Korea last year. His racecraft has improved exponentially.

    1. Completely agree, Perez was very impressive but Petrov was considerably more so, especially when you compare to how badly he was driving the majority of last year his podium was very impressive.

  19. I take it the votes for Karthikeyan were sarcastic…

    1. I also voted Perez. He looks like someone who’s been driving for years; whilst Barrichello looked like the rookie this weekend. I was close to giving Alonso the vote because of his fightback, but he has had better races so perez was more deserving

  20. Why are the bars for drivers with 0 votes bigger than the ones for drivers with 1-3 votes?

    I know it’s because of the size of the default bar, but it is irritating.

    I voted for Perez, although in german television there was nearly no reporting about him and the FIA live timing did not work for me that day, so he was hard to follow for me.

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