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

2011 Turkish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 (0%)

Total Voters: 466

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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%

Rate the Race: Turkish Grand Prix

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

  1. I still cant believe people haven`t sussed Vettel`s pace.

  2. Alonso, easy one this race

  3. Best driver of the weekend overall has to be…*gulp*…Alonso

    His performance was outstanding in the race. He was opportunistic in the first few laps, and his overall pace allowed him to bring the fight to Webber. After having troubles in practice, he bounced back with impressive determination and calm. He showed the kind of mental strength that I think was lacking in his performances last year (and arguably cost him the 2010 title).

    I may loathe/detest/abhor/despise Alonso, but I have to begrudgingly admit that he was the most impressive driver of the weekend. Touche, Fernando…

    1. I couldn’t put it better. It doesn’t matter how much I despise the sportsman called Fernando Alonso, he put an extremely solid drive. I have to concede that the man was the driver of the race.

  4. The car is the real winner. Adrian Newey also. F1 is more about the car than the driver. The RB7 is so dominant. Vettel is great. I know this. But for people to say he is another level above hamilton and Alonso is just ridiculous. I honestly think that Alonso or Hamilton are still the best out there.

    1. Why are they more ridiculous then you? Fact is noone knows. It is their word against yours.

    2. tequilatim
      10th May 2011, 8:10

      Like Button in 2009. Lucky to get a good car. Almost lost the title!

    3. Vettel has stepped up another level this season he’s not as far behind Hamilton and Alonso as he was (but still behind).

      I’ve not seen anyone suggest he is above HAM and ALO that would be a very odd statement.

      With every race, despite the dominant car he’s adding creditability to those who say he is on parr with those two, so far he’s not making the silly mistakes in the races that he did occasionally in the last two years, he is developing well.

      1. He is not making Silly Mistake’s becoz nobody is putting pressure on him,Even his Teammate is not putting pressure on him,While the other team’s r playing catch up.But once MACCA,FERRARI or MERC catch RBR and put pressure on him then we will see ,if he crack’s under the pressure or not.

  5. As much as it pains me Seb V has clearly been the class driver of the field, despite his FP1 crash he blew away all comers

  6. I voted for Vettel. His bounce back in FP3 followed by his pole position was just impressive and I hope it goes a long way to people respecting his dominance instead of ruing it. A great ambassador for the sport.

    However an honourable mention must go out to Kobayashi for that brilliant performance.

  7. I think there’s something wrong with the way the bars are rendered: The drivers with zero votes have a longer bar than the drivers with one vote.

  8. No one’s getting past Seb, it appears. However, Mark got closer than anyone else, and it was far from easy.

    There’s some Aussie Grit for ya.

    1. Makes me wonder how much closer Webber would be to Vettel if he was a foot shorter? And before some wag says he’d be a foot closer (ha ha) I do wonder how much the RB7 was designed around Vettel’s height & weight, which would explain why although Webber is keeping him honest, he just can’t get the upper hand.

  9. Jake (@kraemerson88)
    10th May 2011, 1:37

    Seb is untouchable plus less practice than others.

  10. There were many to choose from but Buemi & Kobayashi were great,I choose the later.His move on Schumacher going right on the grass was spectacular.

  11. adrianMorse
    10th May 2011, 4:21

    I wonder if Alonso would have gotten so many votes if Massa had had a decent afternoon. For Alonso fans (not me you will have surmised by now) it must have been exciting to see him finally battling the Red Bulls again, but surely the car had been much improved too.

  12. VET dominated. KOB did pretty much what I expected. ALO did an excellent job. But frankly all that was somewhat expected. Buemi surprised me, so I voted for him. For a change. And because I like underdogs.

  13. I voted for Vettel.

    I liked how he made his fourth stop when he did not have to. Taking the pole in the pits was also nice to see.

  14. I voted for Alonso when I could have voted for Kobayashi. I feel filthy.

  15. Alonso gets a lot of votes for driving a red car, not for having done the best job over the weekend. He did a good job in beating Lewis and Nico in the race.

    Vettel did an amazing job in totalling the car and then with little running taking pole and dominating the race.

    Kobayashi gets an incredible amount of race speed from his car and overtakes where he wants to. Spectacular drive again.

    1. I don’t particularly like Ferrari or Alonso and many like me voted for Alonso, the car might of been better but its still miles behind the RBRs, credit due to taking the fight to them when no one else could.

    2. Alonso also got little FRIDAY running with the car having Hydralics prob’s and whatever.

  16. Really not sure who to go for – Vettel, as usually, dominated everyone on Saturday and Sunday, including his teammate, but he made a silly mistake to cause a lot of damage to his car on Friday.

    Alonso, well, I think he had a good race, mainly by not losing positions in the first lap as he did before, but then again, that’s only partly his doing, and more Hamilton being too optimistic and giving those behind him a chance. His race pace was only different because he seemed to finally believe in it again. Maybe I’m too critical here.

    Kobayashi, well, Webber won last race by doing something similar to what he did now, in a way better car. But I didn’t vote for Webber then, and I’m not sure I should vote or Koba now either; Of course, he had a car failure, so couldn’t help his qualifying at all, that speaks for him.

    Rosberg, well maybe, it is a bit hard to look past the car being soo slooooow in the first part of the race, and him being a hardly defending moving object, but he did a great job with what he was given, I think.

    In a way, the Renaults both did a solid job, but not a driver of the weekend like job. Could go on, I think I’ll just think about it for a bit longer.

  17. Alonso. It was just like the Nando of old was back amongst us. And a newly re-invigorated and fired up Alonso can only be a good thing for F1 fans.

  18. Fernando for me. Such a relief Ferrari are back up to speed. Hopefully they can beat Sebastian!

    1. Finger crossed for barcelona


  20. Sergio Perez
    10th May 2011, 14:03

    Kamui Kobqyashi. I think the broadcast was actually unfair to Kobayashi. We rarely saw him overtaking, but the truth is everytime I was looking in the standings the man was gaining places. I would love to see him in a top team. Imagine him in a Mclaren, Red Bull or Ferrari- I tell you, we would have truly exciting races! Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso Hamilton and Rosberg are the true outstanding drivers, imo, of the grid. Kamui is on that level. The rest are good drivers, but not exceptional.

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