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

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

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

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  1. Narain got one vote??!! Whoever voted please explain. I am curious. How do you even know how he drove when you don’t get to see him much on tv?

  2. The Last Pope said on 21st April 2011, 1:59

    Just looked at the votes for the whole season so far, to see who has yet to get any votes at all. Adrian Sutil is in that group and being hugely out voted by his team mate. How many more poor races can Sutil afford before Force India feel the same as our voters and replace him with Hulkenberg?

    Trulli is another with zero votes and having a team mate racking up the votes. Is his seat safe?

  3. I would give it to Hamilton (my vote, that is) but he loses it to Webber for his Hollywood teeth, Craig David beard and earrings. McLaren’s drivers’ appearances are certainly changing since Ron slung his hook!

  4. HoHum (@hohum) said on 22nd April 2011, 22:40

    OK I am biased but blaming MW for a problems arising from a technical fault seems unfair to me and clearly saving the soft tyres was the strategy, not a lucky mistake, for a car likely to start without KERS. The mistake was thinking that other teams would also want to save the softs until it was too late to go out and set a faster lap on the hards. With the last minutes of Q2 turning into a fiasco for Renault, Schumi etc. who knows where he may have started from, if say Williams or Force India had stayed on hards for Q1 to save their softs for the race.

  5. Pockets said on 23rd April 2011, 3:24

    clearly webber. to come from so far back requires both luck and consistantly fast laps, and hard to see where he made tooo many mistakes (odd for him). wouldve loved to see him make the pass on ?? at turn 6 in the marbles but wasnt to be. mechanical troubles throughout qualifying and practice, as well as losing kers early in the race and having one of the slowest top speeds in the field just did it for me

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