Who was the best driver of the Chinese GP weekend?

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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

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220 comments on Who was the best driver of the Chinese GP weekend?

  1. Entef (@entef) said on 18th April 2011, 20:23

    Very close between Webber and Hamilton, but I think that Kovalainen and d’Ambrosio definetely deserve some mention, Kovalainen is very much the driver to beat from the ‘new’ teams and d’Ambrosio sees to be a step up from DiGrassi.

  2. dyslexicbunny (@dyslexicbunny) said on 18th April 2011, 20:25

    Trulli, duh.

    Tough debate between Mark and Lewis. Mark was a force on Sunday but only because he did such a lousy job Saturday. I went Mark though because it was so freakin’ impressive.

  3. John H said on 18th April 2011, 20:30

    Surprised that Kovalainen isn’t one to consider. Anyway, I voted for him.

    • d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 18th April 2011, 20:37

      Same here. I bet he will be nipping at the heels of the rest of the pack with the blown diffuser update in Europe. Gascoyne said they would have one in Turkey or Spain I think.

  4. box this lap (@sebashuis) said on 18th April 2011, 20:52

    Webber VS Hamilton! this is going to be a close one!

    I’ve voted for Webber.

  5. DaveW (@dmw) said on 18th April 2011, 20:56

    It’s for the weekend, so no, not Webber. Hamilton gets the nod not because of strategerie, but because of a combination of monk-like patience and then furious driving. His whole charge could have come for naught if he did not jam his car under Button when he had to and if he did not deal with Rosberg when he had to. All those lockups between Rosberg and Hamilton going into six, that was real racing. The way he had to get by Vettel, who was using some some solid old school technique to hold off a superior car—using surprise and a bit of daring—that was the real deal. Real racing, real passing, not $.99 Supersized DRS McPasses.

    • Stubie (@stubie) said on 18th April 2011, 22:53

      @dmw: You tell ‘em!

      We don’t need no DRS zone to make our passes! Take off the training wheels!

      HAM got my vote for precisely those reasons. Each pass was a critical one in the fighting for the lead and his execution of surprise passes every which way but where they were expected.

      But, all told, this was a tough vote, cuz Mark was so bloody fast in those final laps on fresh rubber… he was easily pulling 2 seconds a lap from the leaders. But in the end I thought it was too little, too late. But a superb 2nd half of the race from him…

  6. DaveW (@dmw) said on 18th April 2011, 20:59

    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.

  7. MattHT (@mattht) said on 18th April 2011, 21:07

    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.

  8. F1antics (@f1antics) said on 18th April 2011, 21:08

    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.

  9. N7 (@m77) said on 18th April 2011, 21:19

    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.

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

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th April 2011, 21:48

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

  12. Zarathustra said on 18th April 2011, 21:49

    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.

  13. ekho (@ekho) said on 18th April 2011, 21:52

    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.

  14. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 18th April 2011, 21:54

    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…

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 18th April 2011, 23:37

      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.

  15. MattHT (@mattht) said on 18th April 2011, 22:24

    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.

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