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

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Start, Sepang, 2011

Start, Sepang, 2011

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – Steely stuff in qualifying to snatch back pole position from Lewis Hamilton.

Nick Heidfeld – Not knocked off his stride by his troubles in Australia or Renault’s problems in practice.

Kamui Kobayashi – Fought hard and clean as ever, and made a two-stop strategy work.

Paul di Resta – Showing up very well against his more experienced team mate.

Heikki Kovalainen – Clearly getting the most out of the T128 at the moment.

Compare all the drivers

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 Malaysian Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (16%)
  • Mark Webber (10%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Jenson Button (12%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (38%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (1%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (4%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (9%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (3%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 510

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Australian Grand Prix result

Sergio Perez was voted the best driver of the Australian Grand Prix weekend:

1. Sergio Perez – 36%
2. Vitaly Petrov – 32%
3. Sebastian Vettel – 12%

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146 comments on Who was the best driver of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend?

  1. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 11th April 2011, 22:26

    Heidfeld, many people are overlooking the fact that he had limited running in practice and therefore the car setup wouldn’t have been amazing, yet he had an epic start, and managed to keep his car ahead of all but 2 of the field. Personally, I think this year will earn him a full time spot on the grid again for next season, if Kubica is back and they need Petrov’s money, I can see Quick Nick moving along into Mercedes, or Williams, or even Sauber again

  2. Oliver said on 11th April 2011, 22:29

    You call hin Nick the quick, I call him ready steady Nick. Nothing sensational there. He lacks that extra 3%.

    So my vote goes to Kobayashi.
    His car is about a second and a half slower and he drove consistently while having several battles. Showing us he has the tactical awareness and completely understands vehicular dynamics.

  3. Scarlet said on 11th April 2011, 22:54

    Petrov. Flying high at the moment!

  4. boris the one-eyed hamster said on 11th April 2011, 23:28

    I am disappointed in you Keith, as you offer up 5 drivers as “sensible” options but ignore the real driver of the weekend – the driver who topped the times in 2 out of 3 practice sessions and got 2nd in the other, and who, despite getting swamped off the startline because of a broken car, fought his way through the field (including brilliant passes such as driving right around Massa on Turn 1), set the fastest lap (again with a broken car) and only just missed out on a podium.

    He didn’t have a perfect weekend but to put someone like his teammate at the top of your list, who only had one good session (Q3 – but agreed, it is the most important one) but who only held on to 1st place going into the first corner by changing direction 6 or 7 times to block Hamilton, which then allowed Heidfeld to pass the McLaren and hold it up for many laps which in turn allowed the Red Bull to pit under no pressure whatsoever. Did Vettel even make a pass in the race? Or did he just drive his 100% working Red Bull to an easy win.

    • GameR_K (@gamer_k) said on 12th April 2011, 10:41

      Nah, Vettel drove into Hamilton, pushed him into the grasp of Nick, radioed WhitMarsh to stall Hamilton in the pits, bribed Alonso to run into the back of the McLaren and finally hypnotised Lewis to make an extra pitstop. Still can’t believe the Shoot-the-winner-because-others-are-lame attitude. Tell you what, topping practise sessions is not goign to get your fav driver points. Vettel didn’t make a pass because he didnt have to. You weren’t sulking when you saw the dominant FW14B or F2002

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th April 2011, 10:51

      Topping the times in practice is nice but you have to do it when it counts – and Webber didn’t.

      That said I’m not knocking him – his progress through the field was good even though he didn’t have KERS.

  5. JamesC1991 said on 11th April 2011, 23:43

    Has to be Mr Vettel.
    yet another stunning lap in qualifying and drove a beautiful,controlled race

  6. skodarap (@skodarap) said on 12th April 2011, 1:15

    Voted Massa. Don’t like him much, and rate him pretty low among the current drivers, but for once he drove a ballsy race overtaking when he could – not getting stuck behind the car in front for long.

  7. taurus (@taurus) said on 12th April 2011, 1:25

    When this poll is closed we’ll have to dock Lewis and Fernando 20 votes each

  8. Doance (@doance) said on 12th April 2011, 1:58

    Webber for sure! Made the race exhilarating for me!

  9. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 12th April 2011, 2:37

    Heidfeld to me was the driver of the day as he made a good start & despite loosing in the pit stop came back strongly bu passing Hamilton.

  10. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 12th April 2011, 4:50

    Vettel, four in a row,can anyone beat this guy? Impressive driving, seems unflappable at the moment.

  11. Stefan said on 12th April 2011, 4:52

    Vettel should be voted most, he didn’t had KERS and was still able to win easily. Heidfeld’s start (a copy of Alonso’s start in 2006?) was great but he lost some places after the pitstop.

    And Alonso had a good race, but this time he crashed into Hamilton, in Melbourne Ferrari was on the wrong pitstop strategy. So I think Ferrari will be racing for victory if they’re on the right strategy.

  12. DavidS (@davids) said on 12th April 2011, 6:07

    I voted for Webber, even though his start was dreadful, the strategy he used required some ballsy driving. He did more overtakes than anyone else, including that one on Massa in the turn one/two complex that was ring-clenching.
    He dealt with traffic brilliantly, something which Vettel didn’t have to deal with, and I’m wondering how he will cope.

  13. Daniel said on 12th April 2011, 7:28

    Kobayashi or Heidfeldt. I cannot choose.
    Nevertheless, who was Heidfeldt in all these years? Who was Button before moving to BrawnGP and then McLaren? Who was Webber before moving to RedBull? What’s the point? Simple! The driver’s contribution in a race is too small. Take almost any driver on the grid and put him in a really good car and you’ll have a champion!

  14. box this lap (@sebashuis) said on 12th April 2011, 8:06

    Di Resta was ok. I’ve voted Vettel because of his wining streak of 4 races.

    on the other hand, what did you boy do? just driving laps the other’s were fighting for positions but nevermind Vettel deserve a vote once in a while.

  15. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 12th April 2011, 8:09

    Has to be Vettel.

    Heidfeld drove a very good race but I can’t be anything other than super impressed by how cool Seb was throughout the race, how he pushed at critical times and how he backed off at the right moments to preserve his tyres. His pole lap was mega as well and he never looked flustered or under pressure. He’s a totally different person to the Vettel of a year ago. The rest of the field need to be very worried…

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