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

2011 Australian Grand Prix

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. Eugenio Perez-Maldonado said on 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….

  2. RedBullRacer (@redbullracer) said on 30th March 2011, 4:12

    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.

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th March 2011, 8:04

    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.

    • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 30th March 2011, 9:50

      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.

  4. Philonso (@philonso) said on 30th March 2011, 8:46

    I take it the votes for Karthikeyan were sarcastic…

    • Philonso (@philonso) said on 30th March 2011, 8:48

      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

  5. Robin Evers (@robin-evers) said on 30th March 2011, 8:53

    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.

  6. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 31st March 2011, 23:17

    Well, if that race is anything to go by for the rest of the season, with it’s unpredictability and ever improving cars, I’m ready with the popcorn, Perez on 1 stop? Mclaren making their way back up the field? Schumacher finding form? Gonna be a good season..

    Perez got my vote, nearly voted for Petrov or Vettel (can we remember who got fastest lap?), Mclaren were good, but they did get outclassed by the others in terms of being remembered this race in my mind…

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