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

2011 Turkish Grand Prix

Start, Istanbul, 2011

Start, Istanbul, 2011

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – The smash in practice didn’t come close to putting him off his stride. Another emphatic pole position and win.

Fernando Alonso – Finally able to capitalise on the strong race pace of the Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg – Powerless to defend in the opening laps, he fought back later on. Qualifying and finished far ahead of his team mate.

Sebastien Buemi – Not the first time he’s clearly out-performed Jaime Alguersuari this year.

Kamui Kobayashi – An impressive trek through the field from the back row of the grid. Could well have been higher than tenth without his puncture.

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (22%)
  • Mark Webber (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (38%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (3%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (26%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (2%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)

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Chinese Grand Prix result

Mark Webber was voted the best driver of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend:

1. Mark Webber – 47.8%
2. Lewis Hamilton – 42.4%
3. Felipe Massa – 2.5%

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160 comments on Who was the best driver of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend?

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  1. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 9th May 2011, 17:48

    Too many drivers to choose from but in then end I felt Fernando did the best job, especially when he was challenging Webber for second.

    However full credit to Seb. V for dominating the race and also to Nico, Seb. B and Kamui for scoring some good points.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 9th May 2011, 18:30

      Alonso, he kept a perfect pace.

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 9th May 2011, 19:19

        It has to be Alonso.

        However much I like him, I fear Kobayashi is getting votes because he is Kobayashi.

        If another midfield runner started last and finished 10th I doubt it would even be mentioned.

        • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 9th May 2011, 19:38

          Not sure that last comment is true – but there is definitely Kobayashi fever.

          He’s earned it though. I personally don’t rate him as particularly ‘good’ at overtaking [and by this, I mean he tends to force cars out of the way rather than drive clean past them] but there is no doubt that he is exciting – and has the balls to actually try overtakes!

          • ALONSO4EVER (@alonso4ever) said on 9th May 2011, 19:42

            A glory race for Alonso back to the old times anlos fighting with the bulls

          • slr said on 9th May 2011, 19:49

            I would say actually that Kobayashi does drive clean past his rivals, his overtakes rarely involve contact.

          • zecks said on 9th May 2011, 21:49

            remember senna?

          • Macca (@macca) said on 10th May 2011, 0:20

            I can’t believe the BBC stole your “vote for the best driver” segment. :)

          • Oliver said on 10th May 2011, 7:09

            @Sw6569,
            Kobayashi drives clean past the cars he is going past, you can’t blame him for the action of the other driver who refuses to yield. I guess you will also blame Petrov for breaking Schumacher’s front wing.
            Overtaking is not a drag race, and youl will always find varying styles depending on the situation. Wheel to wheel contact is part of the art especially in corners like turn 1, and all drivers will use that style when the situation calls for it.
            kobayashi’s move on Button in his race for Toyota was neat. But his move on a Torro Rosso in Japan was great round the outside, but the other car refusing to accept defeat, made it look untidy.

            There is no such thing as Kobayashi fever. For once F1 fans have began to show appreciation for a Japanese driver but for some people the usual stereotype cant be removed from their thought process.

        • DaveW said on 10th May 2011, 3:23

          I wasn’t convinced until now. A midfield runner started last and scored? That is actually a pretty good recommendation. Kobayashi is doing some solid work this year. Put that man in a Ferrari right now. He can’t do worse than one of the guys in red car now. Wait, he in fact did better.

          • Zecks (@zecks) said on 10th May 2011, 9:28

            I totally agree. Last race webber makes up 15 places and he is a genius. Then kobayashi makes up 13 places in a car at least a second a lap slower than the redbull and he is overrated? Give this man a front running car and then let’s see how he gets on.

          • sid90 (@sid90) said on 10th May 2011, 10:27

            @Zecks, I agree.

          • Michaeljs317 (@mclaren-fan-17) said on 10th May 2011, 16:43

            @Zecks + DaveW, couldn’t agree more.

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th May 2011, 17:48

    Vettel NEEDS to stop winning from pole…

    • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 9th May 2011, 18:07

      I don’t entirely agree with this.

      Vettel is showing an incredible skill set and developed maturity to be consistently getting pole positions and winning the races dominantly. I praised Jenson Button in the same way in 2009 – but I appreciate its difficult to respect someone who is very much making every victory look easy. In fact, Vettel is making F1 look almost boring at the moment – which is ridiculous given how great the races have been!

      However, I do agree that it would be nice to see Vettel not winning from pole. A win from around 6th or lower on the grid would do a lot to hush those who criticise him. Unfortunately, he’s a rather good qualifier so it doesn’t look like its going to happen any time soon.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th May 2011, 18:10

        Can we even tell who the good overtaking drivers are any more now that DRS has made it so easy to pass?

        • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 9th May 2011, 18:21

          There was some good action away from the DRS zone too. Button’s pass round the outside of 14 on Rosberg was classic. There was some good late breaking into turn one as well.

          Plus even with the DRS, and the huge differences in speed we could see, some people were really messy into 12…Petrov, Schumacher etc. So I think it’s still possible to spot the good, bad and the ugly.

        • Zadak said on 9th May 2011, 18:22

          the tyres are making more difference than the DRS

        • VXR said on 9th May 2011, 18:32

          I think that the easy passes we saw were more to do with tyre strategy than anything else. Drivers on similar tyre strategies generally had some difficulty in overtaking in the DRS zone.

        • SupaSix-1 said on 9th May 2011, 18:33

          Yes…because there are some drivers or driver with the name Lewis Hamilton who especially in China performed most of his overtakes in areas which were not DRS zones.

          • VXR said on 9th May 2011, 18:56

            hmmmm…..Makes you wonder how he didn’t get to be driver of the race, that particular time?

            Most folk in the paddock seem to be happy with the DRS, stating that it’s mostly the tyres that produce the most overtaking.

            http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91298

          • Oliver said on 10th May 2011, 7:14

            No one gets points for being driver of the race. Winning that status is entirely subjective. Like Hamilton wiining driver of the race at a spannish convention. He won the race though, he’d rather have that than your approval.

        • RIISE (@riise) said on 9th May 2011, 19:06

          Of course, Button, Hamilton, Webber (At Sepang on Massa), Alonso…sort of. There’s probably more examples that I can’t be bothered to remember.

          Vettel makes light work of backmarkers too haha.

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 9th May 2011, 19:17

          Vettel has overtaken in every Grand Prix this year.

          It’s not his fault he keeps getting on pole. Well you know what I mean…

          • DavidS (@davids) said on 10th May 2011, 8:31

            Really, who did he overtake for position in Turkey?

          • Ino (@f1givesyouwings) said on 10th May 2011, 10:34

            He overtook Jenson I think to re-take the lead. Jenson was on old tyres though.

            He also overtook Jenson in Australia (or Malaysia? confused now…) which was crucial for the win because if he had stayed behind him for another lap Lewis would have jumped him at the pits.

        • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 9th May 2011, 19:25

          I’d respond to Keith’s claim by saying that while the DRS allows the cars to get closer to each other, the driver’s skill in car placement, out-braking and natural flair are all still required in order to overtake.

          However, i’d say that what takes more skill is stopping someone from coming past with the current rules. Again, car placement is crucial. I was impressed with Vettel’s defending in China.

          Turkey didn’t really allow it to show up because the DRS zone was too large – but the passing and re-passing of each other by Hamilton and Button was surely proof that we still see great overtaking and battles despite the DRS?

          • DMC said on 10th May 2011, 20:34

            It just needs fine tuning, then im sure well see more action with cars squirming in the braking zone.

        • Rocky said on 9th May 2011, 19:52

          Tell us how you really feel about DRS Keith I’m getting this underlying feeling you may not been in favour of it.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2011, 20:29

          I think we can still see who are the good overtakers. Its the ones doing things differently.

          But I agree that the DRS seems pretty superfluous during the races, what with the tyres and KERS.

          • BBT (@bbt) said on 9th May 2011, 21:29

            The overtake straight around the outside in the DRS zone required little skill (the one where the tyre were of similar age), very disappointing.
            I think they should invert DRS use, i.e everywhere expect where the DRS zones have been so far, you might them get a proper fighting overtakes where you wouldn’t normally. The traditional overtakes could still happen at points it was previously possible (the ends of longer straights), a battle of skill without DRS. That would be better.

        • puquak (@puquak) said on 9th May 2011, 21:30

          Is there any way to tally the passes made in the DRS zone and those made elsewhere during the race?

        • Vishy said on 10th May 2011, 16:53

          I agree DRS has made it very easy to overtake a slower car, but doesn’t it give us what we all wanted, that genuinely fast cars race each other instead of getting stuck behind slower cars and unable to overtake due to running in dirty air and bad tracks?

          Think of it as a steping stone. They can remove DRS once the aerodynamic challenge of running behind other cars is neutralized by progressive rule changes. Which is already happening.

        • Atticus said on 10th May 2011, 20:07

          Well… I’m not sure he’s a ‘good overtaking driver’ or not, but Massa’s dive on Schumacher in the dying stages was one hell of a masterpiece.

        • DMC said on 10th May 2011, 20:25

          The ones who dont wait for the DRS zone.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 9th May 2011, 19:39

      Has Webber, Alonso or Hamilton ever won after starting 6th or lower?

      Vettel rarely starts in a low qualifying position but when he did, Brazil 2009, he finished 4th after starting 16th.

      • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 9th May 2011, 20:03

        My point wasn’t referring to Webber or indeed any specific drivers [nor would most people consider Webber in the same league as Hamilton or Alonso]. Neither was it using 6th as a definitive reference point.

        The use of a figurative 6th position was to illustrate that Vettel has only won races in cars that have been dominant – i.e. ones that have deserved to win. The exception was his first victory – but given Bourdais’s qualifying in that race, on the day and for that specific race track the Torro Rosso was the best car.

        Hamilton and Alonso have won in inferior cars. Vettel hasn’t. I’m sure he will – i’m no hater – but he hasn’t yet. Thus, and rightly, people are still sceptical. I would be lying if I said I thought he couldn’t win in an inferior car – because i’m sure he is good enough to – but, factually, he hasn’t yet. I’m not criticising him, rather hoping to see more.

        Then again, as I mentioned in my above post, the mental maturity of Vettel must be praised. To go out and keep winning is in itself a sign of a class winner.

        • Klaas said on 9th May 2011, 20:20

          The only times Alonso and Hamilton won in an inferior car was when their rivals were hitting trouble. You can’t beat the physics, if you have the best package, you get on pole and win, if you don’t – you start lower and expect the guys in front to mess up. And if the guy on pole doesn’t mess up – you get these kind of messages on the forum – that he only wins from pole, that he has a superior car blah, blah, blah…

          • SHM said on 10th May 2011, 14:36

            Alonso won the European race in 07 when he started 2 but had to fight massa the Whole race.Malaysia 07 was the same when he fought both the Ferrari’s.japan 08 started 4th finished 1st.Europe 06 started 6th and then won.germany started 3rd,won.bahrain 06 started 4th,won.australia 06 started 3rd,won.japan 06 started 5th,won.NEED ANY MORE PROOF……

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2011, 20:31

          I agree with you there. Vettel really is just absolutely on top of it. A bit of a shame for not having a fight for the win, but the rest of the action is certainly worth the effort.

      • Klaas said on 9th May 2011, 20:06

        Alonso won the 2005 European GP after starting 6th (and Singapore 2008 from 15th but that doesn’t count).
        Vettel doesn’t deserve his victories, he only wins because no one else is faster.

      • Hyoko said on 10th May 2011, 1:47

        In the 2006 Hungarian GP Alonso started 15th (due to a 2 second penalty), drove a truly awesome race, got the first position early on and should have won easily, but DNF’d due to a bad job at the last pitstop. Too bad, it would have been one of the greatest wins in F1 history.

        • SF1 said on 10th May 2011, 12:14

          And who started just one place above him in 14th? Jenson Button. And it was one of the greatest wins in F1 history.

      • chemakal said on 10th May 2011, 10:36

        Alonso Nurburgring 2005, starting from 6th. And, correct me if Im wrong, Alonso is the driver who has gained the highest number of positions ever in a GP, from 24th to 6th, and that in a track like Montecarlo, last year

        • Klaas said on 10th May 2011, 11:54

          In Monaco he gained so many places by using a different strategy. Although must admit he did pull some great moves against HRT, Virgin and Lotus on a track where even slow cars are “painful” to overtake..

        • HounslowBusGarage said on 10th May 2011, 14:27

          Not quite, 24th to 6th is 17 places.
          In the 1983 US Grand Prix West at Long Beach, John Watson and Niki Lauda started 22nd and 23rd on the grid and finished 1st and 2nd; 21 places made.

          • SHM said on 10th May 2011, 15:01

            BUT still to gain 17 places at monaco is AMAZING.I remember Michael also did the same from 22nd and finished 5th,which is 16 places

          • chemakal said on 11th May 2011, 16:36

            Wouh! Amazing. Thx for the info

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th May 2011, 17:13

          Alonso didn’t really overtake though. He simply benefited from the two tyre rule.

      • LocustGP (@locustgp) said on 12th May 2011, 9:28

        while not a direct response to your query, i loved Barrichello’s maiden victory in Hockenheim. 18th to 1st. Sure it wasn’t as good as Watson and Lauda, but it was thrilling nonetheless.

    • Lee said on 10th May 2011, 16:46

      There are odds of 33/1 that he takes pole at every race this year….. I have used some of my winnings from getting the top 3 right this weekend to put a nice little £30 on it…..

  3. vickyy (@vickyy) said on 9th May 2011, 17:49

    Has to be, Alonso.

  4. Slr (@slr) said on 9th May 2011, 17:54

    I say Alonso, he really took it to the Red Bulls during the race. I was also impressed with Kobayashi, Vettel and Buemi.

  5. Manuel said on 9th May 2011, 17:56

    Vettel is a great driver, no doubt. He’s yet to prove that he can win a race without leading from the first lap. He won all his GP in his career by leading from the first lap.

    Driver of the race : Alonso.

    • LSL said on 9th May 2011, 17:59

      are you sure, every win from pole?
      hmm, interesting

      • slr said on 9th May 2011, 18:06

        Only three of Vettel’s wins were not from pole.
        Abu Dhabi 2009: Inherited lead after Hamilton’s retirement.
        Malaysia 2010: Took the lead at turn 1 after Webber didn’t fight very hard.
        Brazil 2010: Beat Hulkenberg to the first corner.

        • robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 9th May 2011, 18:18

          Blimey… the kid’s got talent to be able to put the car so far ahead in qualifying but I knew he had to prove himself as a good overtaker / earner, I just didn’t know it was that bad.

        • sunnymir (@sunnymir) said on 9th May 2011, 18:25

          So that means that vettel has ALL of his victories from the Front Row.WOW.Good thing he is a Brillant Qualifier.Ad what was that about him being in a certian LEGEND’S league.But it was a v.gud race.Alonso all the way,bcoz of Ferrari’s comeback.I personally can’t wait for CANADA with pirelli bring the SUPERSOFT tyres.

        • dau said on 9th May 2011, 18:39

          So he won 77% of his races from pole. That’s pretty close to what Senna managed and i can’t remember he was criticised for that.

          • sunnymir (@sunnymir) said on 9th May 2011, 18:49

            But senna also won from fighting his way through the field when he didn’t have a fastest car.He didn’t win all his races from the FRONT ROW.Don’t get me wrong S.V is a very talented racer but everyone(expect S.V fan’s)would love to see him win a race from lower position’s.

          • dau said on 9th May 2011, 19:24

            Senna won 70% from pole. That’s quite a lot – it was 44% for Prost or Schumacher for example. Yet no one would dare to argue the same way as with Vettel here.

            Also don’t get me wrong, i’m not comparing him with Senna and i also would like to see him win from lower positions. It just strikes me as odd that some people always want to discount him by pointing out his pole-win ratio.

        • njw said on 10th May 2011, 13:48

          This is very interesting stuff. I want to see another team pressure RB/SV even more now.

    • natkid (@natkid) said on 9th May 2011, 18:17

      he scored 10 poles last year
      he won 5 races, 3 from pole, if you discount hulkenberg’s pole in brazil, it’s 4
      yup, perhaps vettel need to try winning more races not from pole

      • infy (@infy) said on 9th May 2011, 18:21

        As long as he is in pole, doesn’t need to overtake.

        • sunnymir (@sunnymir) said on 9th May 2011, 18:34

          BUT isn’t F1 about OVERTAKING.Without it,it’s just some car’s with Logo’s going around and around the circuit’s.

          • dennis (@dennis) said on 9th May 2011, 20:15

            No, it’s not. You don’t win the world championchip by overtaking the most other drivers, you win it by… Winning races. Pretty much exactly what Vettel does.

          • DaveW said on 10th May 2011, 3:30

            Yes, sometimes you overtake on the track, sometimes in the wind tunnel, or at the CAD terminal, sometimes in the pits, sometimes you do it on Saturday. It’s all F1 and it’s all good.

        • John H. said on 9th May 2011, 18:38

          When his not on pole he doesn’t win and when he lost the lead in the first lap he doesn’t win either.

          the 3 times he won without being on pole he lead the race on the first lap. Vettel never win a race without leading the first lap.

          • sunnymir (@sunnymir) said on 9th May 2011, 18:43

            THe FIRST part is TRUE.Don’t know about the LAST line.UNTIL NOW he has to be on the FRONT ROW to WIN or he don’t.I did love to see what happens when RBR don’t have a fast car or what will happen when NEWEY leave’s.

          • NIck said on 9th May 2011, 18:45

            Alonso won his championships from DNF’s.

            whats worse? only winning from pole? or cruising in a bullet proof car waiting for DNF?

          • John H. said on 9th May 2011, 18:48

            when he’s not*

          • JohnH said on 9th May 2011, 20:09

            I better change my username ;)

          • alex said on 10th May 2011, 1:40

            This discussion about Vettel only winning from Pole is so silly.
            It seems you have been watching F1 races for only 2 or 3 years…
            F1 is the same since, at least, Senna/Prost times…

          • Mads (@mads) said on 10th May 2011, 8:37

            That is mainly because he has been on the front row nearly every time he has had a car capable of winning. When he has that his statistics will of cause look “bad” in the sense that he hasn’t won many races not from the front row, but what it shows really is that he is just a maniac in qualifying and that his car 2010 and 2011 has been better in qualifying then in the race, unlike the Ferrari this year which is nearly on par with the Red Bull’s in the race but far far off in qualifying.

          • Ino (@f1givesyouwings) said on 10th May 2011, 10:40

            The point is that Vettel gets the most of his car during quali. Other drivers don’t as often, so they end up further down the grid with a car that deserves to be closer to the front. The few times that Vettel has messed up quali or had a first lap incident (e.g. brazil ’09, Silverstone ’10) he’s made up loads of places.

            And he was pretty handy in the not-very-fast Toro Rosso, scoring points regularly.

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 9th May 2011, 19:20

        vettel need to try winning more races not from pole

        You should be a team principal.

        “Hey Seb, I think you should Qualify badly today, you need to stop winning from pole”

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2011, 20:33

          Yeah, maybe have a look at the back side of the grid and do some nice fresh tyre running in the race like Mark did in China.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 10th May 2011, 1:25

            That was entertaining yes, but still got less points.

            For our entertainment, Vettel should qualify badly and score a podium. For doing the best job, he should continue taking pole then win.

  6. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 9th May 2011, 18:03

    Alonso for me.

    Vettel was great and it was a good win. He dominated the weekend – but honestly, I think he was performing to his cars level.

    Alonso meanwhile outperformed his car.

    Therefore Alonso first and Vettel a close second.

    • dragon said on 10th May 2011, 4:42

      I disagree. He may have the best car, but I think he’s then outperforming it as well. The confidence in which he throws it into an apex in qualifying these days is amazing, downforce or no downforce

    • Mads said on 10th May 2011, 7:36

      How can you possibly know that?

  7. The New Pope said on 9th May 2011, 18:05

    Clearly its Kamui.

    • Kest (@kest) said on 9th May 2011, 18:15

      I disagree, he ended around where he should have, given the fact every set of tyres he used had never touched the tarmac before, he was always expected to move up the field dramatically.

      • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 9th May 2011, 18:28

        Do we really think that the new sets of softs are that significant. I can’t see it myself. They are going through one intense lap in Quali, then cooling down on the in lap and straight off the car.

        Even with an extra heat cycle I think that a ‘brand new’ set of softs, opposed to a set that had done a clean lap in quali, would be worth less than a second in lap time for one lap maybe two in the race. I haven’t got any facts to back this up, but that is just the impression I get.

        Plus the Mclaren’s both chose to go out again in Q3 in Turkey when they would have known they were nowhere near beating Vettel’s time. Also Hamilton and Whitmarsh said the gain isn’t that significant, although they were at the time being asked if another run in Q3 had wasted the tyres for the race, which clearly would have affected their statements.

    • Ral (@ral) said on 9th May 2011, 18:16

      I voted Kobayashi because while his car is clearly faster than the cars around him at the start, his job was nowhere near as easy as Webber’s was in China. And he still did it.

      But all due respect to Alonso for performing when it mattered, ie. in qualifying and the race; to Vettel for pretty much wringing the potential out of his car; and to Rosberg for performing well.

    • codesurge (@codesurge) said on 9th May 2011, 19:33

      If I could, I’d call it a tie between Alonso and Kobayashi, but right now I’ll give it to the latter.

      While some might draw parallels to Webber in China, the Sauber is nowhere near as superior to the rest of the field as the Red Bull. The Japanese driver was only a puncture away from being firmly within the top 10 and it’s disappointing that much of his charge up the field wasn’t captured on the video feed.

      It was also refreshing to see how upbeat he was on Saturday despite the situation he was stuck in. Rather than mope, sulk and point fingers, he was smiling and looking forward to the battle in Sunday’s race, not something that can be said for all the other drivers. His positive fighting spirit is a refreshing change!

      Honorable mention to Buemi for quietly making it into the points despite a lackluster showing in qualifying, further cementing his position against the Ricciardo effect.

  8. driftin said on 9th May 2011, 18:16

    Alonso.

  9. Saddy said on 9th May 2011, 18:20

    Alonso for sure…And yes Keith I completely agree, Even though DRS has improved over taking, but the question remains, Is it fun anymore? Do we really need DRS for over taking…

    • infy (@infy) said on 9th May 2011, 18:23

      Without it there would be none. So I’d rather have it, than have to watch the truli-train go around and around and around…

      • paolo (@paolo) said on 9th May 2011, 19:23

        And a lot of the overtakes in the DRS zone were lined up before the activation zone was even reached, due to the traction from different tyre wears

    • HxCas (@hxcas) said on 10th May 2011, 0:38

      I really would like to see a race without DRS in order to determine once and for all how much of it is the tyres etc
      I think overtakes with the DRS still can be fun but the the activation zone needs to be shorter than it was in Turkey – that seemed a bit easy

      • DaveW said on 10th May 2011, 19:43

        Monaco? DRS will be useless if it’s used at all, and the nature of the track means you can’t just drive around a car on used tires like it’s a traffic cone. I predict many tears and a feast of bodywork trophies for corner workers.

  10. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 9th May 2011, 18:25

    Other than his sluggish start Alonso was perfect this weekend and got the maximum out of the car and then some. Driver of the weekend for sure.

    • Copersucar (@copersucar) said on 9th May 2011, 19:06

      Alonso fought a fine battle with Webber after the overtake, and (previsibly) lost it. Both drivers were on hards, but they seemed to work better for RBR than for Ferrari (or maybe they were used??), when both were on softs Alonso had better pace than Webber.
      I was expecting a diferent move, like slipstreaming after the pass without putting up a fight until the last lap, where Alonso might have been able to overtake Webber using the Force… err the DRS, without giving him a chance to get it back.

    • Tom said on 9th May 2011, 19:53

      If he’d have kept second I’d agree. A bit more on the strategy side and he may have managed it.

      • Santi said on 10th May 2011, 11:29

        How could you possibly solve that with strategy? What would you have changed? Webber had a new set for the last stint, Ferrari didn’t.

  11. sumedh said on 9th May 2011, 18:28

    Has Vettel won this “best driver of the weekend” poll this season? First race it was Petrov, after that Heidfeld, then Webber, and I am sure its gonna be Alonso or Kobayashi!
    What does this guy have to do to win this poll? Never mind, as long as he is getting the poles and wins.

    My vote goes to Vettel for the ease with which he defeated Webber and rest of the field. There was one chink in his armor that was exposed last weekend, that he couldn’t make a less-pitstop strategy work. And he corrected even that this weekend. Talk about Perfection!

    • paolo (@paolo) said on 9th May 2011, 19:22

      Have to agree. Didn’t put a foot wrong and dominated. NOt sure what else he could have done.

      • Hyoko said on 10th May 2011, 1:30

        It’s not that Vettel doesn’t deserve the wins. He does. But it’s just too boring.
        Suppose Vettel had DNF’d early in the race, the battle between Alonso and Webber would have been for the win, therefore much more exciting.

        I have nothing against Seb, but I wouln’t like to have him (or anybody else) win a mathematically sure WDC by midseason.

    • dyslexicbunny (@dyslexicbunny) said on 9th May 2011, 20:39

      Well having the best equipment and just winning from pole doesn’t help him. Similarly to last season or two seasons ago, if one team can simply dominate, you make your expectations appropriately. I expect Vettel to win from pole so I don’t find his results impressive.

      I’m also not impressed with ease – like you mentioned before. It almost makes it feel like a lot of guys could hop in that seat and do just as well. I thought about voting for him, being only slightly off the record lap time – quite impressive.

      But I was stunned with Alonso this weekend. For a car that hasn’t been that impressive this year, I thought he was significantly more impressive. I mentioned before though that I didn’t see practice times so maybe it wasn’t that surprising.

      I get the Kobayashi love though. It’s hard not to when Webber got it last race.

  12. alonsodz said on 9th May 2011, 18:30

    Alonsoooooooooooooooooooo
    it has to be said :D

  13. George (@george) said on 9th May 2011, 18:36

    Fernondo Alondo, as Legard would say.

  14. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 9th May 2011, 18:47

    Hard to pick one.

    Vettel came back from no Saturday running but he would have had some set-up info from Webber. Good pole and good drive as usual, but it all seemed a bit too easy.

    Alonso had a good solid drive, only 10s behind Vettel, yet I can’t help feel his podium was assured by Hamilton’s mistake and the McLarens then fighting each other.

    Rosberg didn’t impress me in the race.

    Buemi and Kobayashi…I know I don’t have to pick just from your list but no other candidates spring to mind! I’ll give it to Buemi, Koba did a good job but that was some smart racing from the Swiss.

  15. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 9th May 2011, 18:52

    Put Vettel in the Ferrari, he would not have been so close as Alonso was imo. Likewise, put Alonso in the Red Bull, and I reckon he would have been a very comfortable winner

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