Start, Shanghai, 2011

Who was the best driver of the Chinese GP weekend?

Debates and pollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Shanghai, 2011
Start, Shanghai, 2011

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

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

Lewis Hamilton – Fought hard for his win with some well judged passes outside of the DRS zone, including on his team mate and the world champion.

Mark Webber – Qualifying was a disaster but he more than made up for it in the race.

Nico Rosberg – Qualified well and deserved better than fifth place.

Felipe Massa – His best outing in a long time despite losing places due to his strategy.

Paul di Resta – Rookie driver continues to impress in qualifying and the race.

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Mark Webber (48%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (42%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (2%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (1%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 763

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Malaysian Grand Prix result

Nick Heidfeld was voted the best driver of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend:

1. Nick Heidfeld (38.4%)
2. Sebastian Vettel (16%)
3. Jenson Button (12.1%)

Rate the Race: Chinese Grand Prix

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the ‘rate the race’ poll as well:

2011 Chinese Grand Prix

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  1. I have to add, I would suggest another list (like everyone else, right?). And I know it’s not exhaustive. But Massa doesn’t belong. Exceeding his own terrible standard is the faintest praise. Espeically when we had Kovalainen and even Kobayashi doing extremely solid work. Kobyashi is burnishing his star now. He is not wowing with swashbuckling passes or dismaying with pitiful gaffes anymore, but he is bringing home the bacon.

  2. Hamilton was brilliant this weekend, showed us why he is a world champion, and why he’ll be one again. Over-egging it slightly there i know, but was pleased for him.

  3. Hamilton. Good tyre strategy throughout the whole weekend, showing an intelligent response to criticism the previous week. Managed to stay calm despite having to dash to the grid with seconds to spare and with bits of the car still missing. Hampered by his team-mate ignoring the call to pit, but fought his way back cleanly and efficiently. Broke Vettel’s run (yay). Nailbiting, edge of the seat entertainment.

  4. too close to call. flawless from Hamilton, but I expected Webber to lose his head – and instead he dug so deep I think he just deserves it.

  5. I think Heikki should be up there for our consideration for beating 2 established teams on race pace.

    1. He would have been my second choice behind Webber.

  6. Webber for me too. Both him and Lewis had a good race and a mention surely must go to Kovalainen.

  7. Who was the best driver of the Chinese GP weekend?
    Hamilton, even person like myself who really dislike his attitude for most of the time must admit it.

    Who was the best driver of the Chinese GP?
    Webber for sure.

  8. Hamilton was supreme, but webber had a fantastic drive too. Massa getting up there and tangling with the big boys, when his car wasn’t quite up to it, is definitely worth special mention too.

  9. Many have thought of Webber and Hamilton for the drver of the week-end, but my vote goes to Nico Rosberg. Having a car which wasn’t very competitive compared to Red Bull and McLaren, he managed to lead a GP for some laps. He drove brilliantly, without any errors, and could have achieved more than a5th place, had he not need to back off due to his high fuel consumption…

    1. It’s the errors he made in the end that cost him though.

      It’s all good and well to drive around on your own and not make mistakes (like Button and Rosberg often do) Not to make mistakes when the pressure is up is when it counts. Both Button and Rosberg cracked under pressure.

  10. Great result for Webber, but doesn’t compare to Hamilton to any degree for me. He made a balls-up of qualifying and given the car he has, anything less than top 5 would have been disappointing. 3rd was really very good as it was – but practise aside, he didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary until the last 5 laps.

  11. I like how after a few accusations if bias in the rate the race feature, Hamilton is actually currently 2nd in this poll behind an Australian.

    1. I bet someone can give that a spin of bias as well :-) Remember how “the british media” were said to be liking Webber too much a few weeks ago?

      1. And I certainly thought that the BBC seemed quite harsh on Hamilton in Malaysia, and also in China right up to the second half of the race – conversely, the were positive on Button until his mistake. Maybe it’s just a bit of human hypocrisy and short memory rather than bias!

  12. As ists the weekend its gotta be Hamilton, after all he won.
    Webber was sensational in the 2nd half of the race but he was a joke in qualifying

  13. My vote went to Hamilton.

    Over the whole weekend he wins. He did almost as well as possible in qualy connsidering Vettel was probably untouchable and saved a new set of softs for the race. In the race he made several key overtakes on similarly paced cars including Button and Rosberg that freed him up to go chasing Vettel and he didnt make any mistakes whilst always being under pressure.

    Webber had a great sunday, but theres no excuses for him not clearing q1 even on hard tyres and connsidering his KERS issues, especially when he was so much slower then his team mate. During the race he undoubtedly had great pace and overtook a number of cars, but his 3 new sets of soft tyres, having fundamentally the fastest car on the grid and probably having a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude, made overtaking slower cars relatively easy, and the front cars swapping places and slowing each other down also possibly helped him catch up.

    My 3rd vote for driver of the weekend would have gone to Kovalainen if I had one. Even if Maldonado and Perez had rubbish races he still deserves a big mention for finishing in front of an established team for the 1st time. And Di Resta also deserves a mention not so much for this race but for being by far the most consistent of this years rookies and beating sutil at all 3 races so far.

    1. Perfectly sums up what I thought. Lewis without a shadow of a doubt is my pick.

  14. Close call between Webber and Hamilton….probably should have gone for Hamilton to be honest because he was very good and more consistent over the whole weekend.
    But Webber’s race really made up for his poor qualifying. Top 6 would have been a good result, a podium is excellent. And I was expecting him to flounder at the back and confirm the view of many people that he’s lost it.

    In short, I’m going with my heart (which loves an unexpected comeback drive), rather than my head.

    1. I think that’s well summarised. Some are suggesting that it’s ‘clearly’ Webber or ‘clearly’ Hamilton, which is not true. Both were great I think. I suppose the close poll reflects that.

  15. As a massive Mclaren fan, I would say Hamilton…. however it’s Webber hands down! 18th to 3rd, that was great!

  16. Webber had a good race, but he had a horrible qualifying result. Of course he was hindered by the problems with his car, but in the end he’s in the fastest car and still he doesn’t manage to drive himself out of paper bag in Q1.

    Hamilton was just stunning. Great idea to go for a good race result and not to put much effort in qualifying. That extra set of softs helped him make up time in his third stint and then he whacked the whole lot over the head with his blindingly fast last stint on the hard tyres. He made up 10 seconds on Vettel, Rosberg and Button in just 17 laps.

    He had the balls to go flat out when his team kept whining that he should slow down. No guts no glory! Most importantly, he managed his tyres till the end of his stint when his competition faded out in the last few laps.

    Tyre management master = Lewis Hamilton.

  17. sorry had to make it 141 for webber :)

    1. bah some one make it equal almost immediatly

  18. hamilton beats webber for me. seeing as he actually won the race and didn’t mess up his qualifying.

  19. Mark Webber had a great drive, but for me, Lewis is the driver of the day…..just. Marks overtakes were more down to strategy, Lewis’ were just pure guts, and balls of steel!

  20. I hate stating the obvious but Webber’s terrible qualifying was due to a broken car. That car was sitting in the pits quite some time before getting onto the track for qualifying. To be honest, he was lucky to even make Q1 at all. Yes his time was not great, but the tyres were a team decision. And just one more minor point. For at least half the race (maybe more), Webber didn’t have KERS when the majority of those he passed did. He did have the advantage of some fresh tyres, as did Hamilton. If Webber had started his run just a few laps early, or had passed Petrov just a little earlier, he would have been fighting for the lead of the race. His, was a truly sensational and inspiring drive.

    1. It can’t of been that broken or it would have been mentioned earlier.

      Lets not forget Hamilton would have been starting from the pit lane if he would have left 35 seconds later, and, from personal experience in karting, theres nothing worse for a driver’s mentality from knowing you may have a problem with your car.

      My vote goes to Hamilton.

    2. Webber didn’t have KERS at all !!

    3. KERS is worth about a quarter of a second per lap in Shanghai.

      Webber was 0.8s slower than Vettel, who had KERS.

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