Vote for the best driver of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend

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Start, Barcelona, 2011

Start, Barcelona, 2011

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – Was made to work a bit harder for this one and rebuffed some serious pressure from Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton – Dogged in his pursuit of Vettel but never really had a chance to make a move.

Fernando Alonso – Excellent qualifying lap, brilliant start, lacked the car to do much else.

Nick Heidfeld – Started last after a fire in practice, but finished ahead of his team mate, who had started sixth.

Kamui Kobayashi – Another driver who made an impressive recovery, after picking up a puncture on the first lap.

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (24%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (40%)
  • Jenson Button (6%)
  • Fernando Alonso (13%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (9%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (4%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)

Total Voters: 482

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Turkish Grand Prix result

Fernando Alonso was voted the best driver of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend:

1. Fernando Alonso – 37.8%
2. Kamui Kobayashi – 25.8%
3. Sebastian Vettel – 22.1%

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130 comments on Vote for the best driver of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend

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  1. One word: Lewis!

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:24

      Two words: Lewis Hamilton!
      He kept the pace of a clearly faster Vettel, an incredible job in earning those seconds that separated them.
      Alonso was awesome, with a great qualifying, a great start, but the car was poor and the result plays a significant part in my judgement. Not much he could do, but he still was lapped.

      • tjs said on 23rd May 2011, 18:45

        your bias is astounding. vettel won the race in a slower car. LH couldn’t get the job done in a faster car.

        • Slr (@slr) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:49

          Vettel winning in a slower car is debatable.

        • JustAnF1Fanatic (@justanf1fanatic) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:49

          you saw qualifying right??

          • Enigma (@enigma) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:58

            Are you suggesting Vettel’s car was a second a lap quicker than Hamilton’s in the race, yet Hamilton was still faster in the latter stages? One-lap pace is not race pace and Red Bull is clearly not as fast (relative performance to others) in races as it is in qualy. There’s a chance Vettel had a slightly faster car and Hamilton drove better, or the other way around. There’s no way to know, but you can be sure that both cars had similar race pace.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:59

            Indeed, RBR very quick there, but I don’t think they had such a car advantage in race trim.

          • tjs said on 23rd May 2011, 18:59

            lewis had better race pace, he said so in the post race interview.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:25

            Actually I think the cars were just about matched in the race, with differing strenghts.
            Vettel did have superb pitstops, helping him get back in front and keep ahead though.

        • Hallard said on 23rd May 2011, 19:57

          Except the RB7 wasnt the slower car where it mattered. It was WAY faster in Q, meaning Vettel had track position advantage. It was slightly faster, it seemed, on the softs. It was only on the hard tires that the MP4-26 was faster, and even still the downforce advantage of the RB7 prevented Hamilton from getting within striking distance. I think its safe to say that Vettel had the faster car, all things considered.

          • BBT (@bbt) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:22

            Well both are correct. The RBR was much faster on softs and Hamilton was a bit faster than the RBR on Hards. Vettel should of really cleared Alonso though, the fact he didn’t kept Hamilton in with a shout once they got onto hards. Great drive by both, the clock nor me could hardly separate them.

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:18

          I support Massa. In 2008 Hamilton was Massa’s enemy, so you can call me biased towards anyone apart from Hamilton.

          • robert said on 24th May 2011, 9:49

            I support Massa too and I think Hamilton did a slightly better job.

        • Snaiperskaya (@mgp-w01) said on 24th May 2011, 13:53

          And the 3rd comment is already someone shouting bias! they never learn…

      • robert said on 23rd May 2011, 18:55

        @Fixy

        The car shouldn’t matter, this is all about the driver.

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:19

          I know, but I felt a driver, ended 5th and lapped, could not be voted best driver against someone who superbly kept Vettel’s pace throughout the race and earned positions.

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:25

          Too hard to call. I can’t remember a race where it was so hard to choose a driver of the day.

          Vettel drove arguably one of his best races. He didn’t win from pole, had to overtake several cars after his pitstop and resist the huge pressure from Hamilton.

          Hamilton drove an incredible race to finish 0.6 seconds off an unbeatable Red Bull on a Red Bull favoured track

          Alonso did amazingly well to keep Webber behind him for so long. His incredible start led to him leading many laps in an average car.

          Heidfeld, while not making as many places up as Webber in China, drove a great race. He started from last on the grid and remember the Renault isn’t nearly as quick as the Red Bull.

          Other shout-outs to Button, Schumacher and the Sauber guys.

          All I know is that it definitely wasn’t Felipe Massa.

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:44

            Not so hard for me, it was easily Vettel. Peter Windsor said it best I think:

            No, the Seb-Lewis duel in Spain was a classic example of brilliant motor racing without the passing; as a spectacle it far surpassed the wholesale place-changing in Turkey, and before that in China. Both drivers were superb in every way – were stunning to watch either as individuals or as a pair. Lewis extracted all there was to extract from a McLaren at Barcelona; and Seb Vettel, the World Champion, was exemplary in both attack, defence and mechanical sympathy. This, in my view, was his best win to date: he never allowed Lewis the room he needed at T16 – and he was faultless, as I say, under heaving braking into T1.

            For me Vettel was the driver of the weekend for his defense alone. The McLaren has faster straight line speed, the best KERS, and had the DRS advantage behind Vettel. It was also performing better on the hard tires, and Vettel’s KERS was intermittent at best. If you add all those things up, Hamilton should’ve gotten by considering he’s supposedly F1’s best overtaker. The driver who actually made overtaking moves that stuck wheit mattered? Vettel, and those moves weren’t DRS assisted.

          • Simon said on 23rd May 2011, 21:35

            @US_Peter – it’s easy to turn things around though. Vettel made his over takes on vastly superior tyres. He rarely had to defend too hard against Hamilton, due to having a superior car in the high speed corners and a last corner configuration that nullified any advantage Hamilton might have gained from KERS / DRS. Being F1’s best over taker doesn’t help in such circumstances.

            Both guys did everything they could, and without a mistake from the one in front things were never likely to change.

          • Scribe (@scribe) said on 24th May 2011, 1:34

            AGree with Simon. Lets not forget, despite the action we saw today, all the overtaking was done on vastly superior tyres, an Spain has been traditionaly hell for the overtaker.

          • Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 24th May 2011, 5:31

            vettel was faster in the corners and whatever gap he made through the corners, he lost with hamilton’s pace aided by kers and DRS. and I think no matter how many more laps the 2 wouldve never swapped positions. and anyway DRS has never really aided overtaking. it’s just a way of gettin closer to position your car to pass. so it’s really difficult to choose anyone of the 2. one defended really well, anticipating lewis’s every move and the other attacked really well without going wide or making any mistakes keeping the pressure on throughout till the end of the race. i chose lewis. favoritism.

          • SoerenKaae (@soerenkaae) said on 24th May 2011, 7:34

            @Simon, again it is easy to turn everything around again. Vettel withstood massive pressure from Hamilton in the last 10 laps. He was forced to turn of his KERS, and then turn it on again. He only had to make 1 mistake and Hamilton would pass. So imagine how hard the last 10 laps were and what a massive effort this race win was.

          • phildick (@phildick) said on 24th May 2011, 10:35

            @US_Peter – brilliantly put, especially underscoring Vettel’s great overtakings (a Ferrari and a McLaren, anyone?) on a circuit where people say you can’t overtake. He was the man of the weekend, albeit not flawless – just to mention qualifying stumble and letting Alonso go past during the start.

            Lewis was only second best this time.

          • OldIron said on 24th May 2011, 17:51

            The top two both did a good job, but I have to say I think the effort of defense is being overstated. Ham was probably faster overall at the end, but not through the last corner, and not by all that much anyway (given that he didn’t catch Vettel particularly quickly).

            The redbulls followed a comparatively much slower Alonso early in the race, *and* had their pace advantage in the final corner, and still couldn’t get in position to overtake.

            It looked tense for a while, but without a big mistake, I didn’t expect anything to happen.

            I don’t concur with the quote saying that it surpassed China given such little chance of a change of position.

  2. magon4 (@magon4) said on 23rd May 2011, 17:54

    I say Seb. He fought for it, from the beginning, and showed once again that he can win under pressure.

    • Movement (@movement) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:35

      Surely you mean that for the first time this season he can win under pressure? He is hugely rapid and undoubtedly talented, I am not arguing that, but I do not think he has hed to do anything apart from cruise for the majority of the last GPs.

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 23rd May 2011, 19:36

      Agreed, he withstood Hamilton and overtook some guys outsiode the DRS zone. Maybe his overtakes were on fresh tyres, but they were clean, immediate and without contact. Not bad for a crash kid.

      It really looks as if he has got that little extra confidence which seems to come with winning a championship.

      Although Alonso came very close for me. That qualifying lap and start were history.

    • Snaiperskaya (@mgp-w01) said on 24th May 2011, 14:01

      I vote D’Ambrosio, I didn’t see him once he was going so fast!

  3. timi (@timi) said on 23rd May 2011, 17:55

    vettel and hamilton continually show their team-mates how to set the tone for the race from the start. its beautiful.
    my vote is for hamilton, for biding his time and continually pumping out good lap times one after the other. although, vettel’s drive was also a good one, his overtakes were astoundingly average, not too much great about having a faster car, DRS and fresh tyres, but still a very good race by him aswell.

  4. timi (@timi) said on 23rd May 2011, 17:58

    also, keith, could the drivers be placed in a list as it’s just a lot easier to see the names. (it might just be me being overly pedantic)

  5. timi (@timi) said on 23rd May 2011, 17:59

    oh and before anyone votes for button.. driving a recovery drive from 10th to 3rd isn’t all that great seeing as it was his error that put him down in 10th..

    • Manuel said on 23rd May 2011, 18:04

      Exactly and he was pretty slow on the hard tyres compare to his team mate. If people are voting based on place driver makes, Heidfeld should be driver of the race then.

    • Movement (@movement) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:37

      Doesn’t mean that it wasn’t impressive anyway! You saw what happened to Webber and Alonso on the hard tyres: Alonso certainly is one of the most talented drivers on the grid. yet button made a three-stop strategy work. Who else in the top five managed to do that, and actually hang on to their position in the last ten laps?!

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 23rd May 2011, 19:52

      Too late! I already voted before reading your comment ;)

      I voted Button just because his impressive recovery wasn’t mentioned by Keith for our consideration (and I thought Hamilton would take the vote without my “help”)! High point of Button’s race was overtaking Webber and Alonso on the same lap, when they had been battling with each other for 40 laps, lol!

      • NDINYO said on 24th May 2011, 11:57

        Even Button admitted he was on better tires so i doubt he would be excited knowing his rubber was 2 seconds faster than what Alonso and Webber were on. Nonetheless, he still managed to hold onto his position despite having one lesser stop compared to the two and for that i think he was quite impressive … not as good a Hamilton but quite good ;)

      • dyslexicbunny (@dyslexicbunny) said on 24th May 2011, 15:13

        I voted Button simply because I thought his performance with a three stop strategy was fantastic. And while his recovery drive wasn’t amazing, he managed to overtake better cars and drivers with the strategy. I thought that was impressive enough.

        Vettel did quite well and it was actually a hard choice. He actually lost in a coin flip.

        What I don’t get is the Alonso love. The man leading the race finished a lapped fifth. I realize it was due to strategy but still. That’s awful.

  6. sharmin. (@spartle) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:00

    Taking in to account that he was under pressure from arguably the best overtaker in F1 right now and managing to stay ahead of a faster car (again, arguable but I have reason to believe that the race pace of the Mclaren is better than RBR) – I think Vettel.
    I doubt Vettel will win this though. He never seems to for some reason.

  7. Manuel said on 23rd May 2011, 18:00

    Vettel or Hamilton. Vettel really worked hard for it and Hamilton was sublime on those hard tyres.

  8. David-A (@david-a) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:04

    I vote Vettel- he usually doesn’t win this poll because he wins by miles (often seen as “too easy”). Well with a hungry Lewis Hamilton breathing down his neck, that wasn’t easy.

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:16

      So he doesn’t deserve driver of the weekend when he’s so fast he has no competition, but when someone challenges him he deserves it? :)

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:22

        Yep, that’s the logic of a large portion of this site it seems, and I’m using that to vote for Vettel :)

      • Simon said on 23rd May 2011, 21:42

        Victories by big margins are often associated with superior car performance (a reasonable assumption), whereas close fought victories are more likely to involve cars with similar levels of performance (another reasonable assumption).

        Therefore, it makes perfect sense that driver of the day is given to someone perceived as having taken on others with similar equipment and come out on top.

        If someone is miles ahead, but has a superior car, how do you judge his performance compared to others who did have to battle?

  9. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:05

    Fernando Alonso got the most out his car this weekend and then some. His qualifying was absolutely inspired managing to splitting the much faster McLarens and out-qualifying his team mate by nearly a second. Fernando described his lap as “perfect” it was so impressive calling it perfect seems an understatement. Then his start was fantastic having the guts to keep his foot in it with the Red Bulls moving all over the place in front of him.

    The Ferrari never had the pace to win the race but he put in a valiant effort keeping the lead for 20 laps and then re-passing Webber whilst he was struggling on the hard tyres. Hamilton drove a great race as well, but his qualifying lap was merely good, Alonso’s was one of the best of his career and thats why Alonso should be driver of the weekend.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:10

      I voted Alonso as well.. for the exact same reasons as you stated. He really didn’t have a car capable of fighting for the podium this weekend, yet he took more out of his machinery than any other driver did out of theirs.

      • bosyber said on 24th May 2011, 11:04

        I also voted for Alonso for many of the same reasons.

        Hamilton and Vettel were great, but Alonso did the best start of them, and I think he also got the most out of his car in Q3, or those two would have been further ahead. I think all three of them did the best they could after that.

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:13

      Couldn’t agree more, exactly why I voted for him.

      • Enigma (@enigma) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:14

        If it was last year (with one pit stop only) I’m pretty sure Alonso would’ve won, which would surely go down as one of the best wins of his career.

        • SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:49

          With the tools Alonso had that was an astonishing weekend. Gets my vote.

          Plus he’s moving from Switzerland back to Spain –

          “It’s great to go home. I’m happy to pay the money. I’m not poor – just a little bit less rich now,”

          Good for you son

          • DaveW said on 23rd May 2011, 20:11

            Considering Spain’s fiscal straits right now, Alonso’s tax receipts are much needed, but more so the sentiment of better off Spaniards not turnig their back on the country. (I’m not looking at you, Lewis Hamilton, not directly.) Funny though how this happens right after he inks his Ferrari deal!

          • josephrobert (@josephrobert) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:22

            I voted alonso too, the roar of the crowd after the first corner was incredible.

            Brought a tear to my eye

        • Ella said on 23rd May 2011, 22:40

          that’s what i was thinking when it became clear he wasn’t and couldn’t win; if this had been 2010, i think, given the difficulty to overtake, the need for only one stop and alonso’s defensive driving skills, he might’ve taken the win.

          and then he’d have been in a completely different position in the championship… well marginally better position anyway.

        • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 16:51

          You guys are making me feel guilty that I voted for Hamilton! :P

    • flowerdew (@flowerdew) said on 23rd May 2011, 23:19

      **warning for total girl comment ahead**

      I might be a little in love with Alonso after this weekend — his q3 lap, and then his happiness to have driven so well, even after he was told it only placed him fourth; that incredible start and the reaction of the crowd; to lead so long and fight so hard in that car; the bewilderment of the other drivers at his performance. *swoons!!!*

      Anyway, I voted for him. I’m new to this, and I’ve found F1 entertaining and exciting so far, but Alonso this weekend made it seem strange and beautiful as well.

      (I’ll make an effort not to comment like this in the future. Apologies!)

    • GRANDEFERNANDO (@grandefernando) said on 24th May 2011, 14:27

      i only can say the same than you.

      alonso should be the driver of the weekend. because the fact of winning with a good car, is easy.. not being fighting all race with faster cars.

  10. Jose said on 23rd May 2011, 18:12

    It’s easy to say Lewis or Sebastian, but they both had excellent cars, and while they didn’t do much wrong, you could argue that they were simply taking the credit their cars deserve.

    Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso does a super lap in qualifying, his best ever start (bar the Renault launch control days) and then successfully defends for many laps. There wasn’t much he could do as his car was so poor, but he still defended well and did everything he could while his teammate struggled to even control the same car. On the hard tyre, he kept Webber behind him, and even the final stint was impressive, making the “disastrous” tyre last so many laps.

  11. Hallard (@hallard) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:18

    Im pleased to be able to vote for Lewis on this one.

    Fernando drove very well, particularly at the start, but after strapping on the hard tires he faded out of the picture completely. I have to admit that I enjoyed seeing Alonso get lapped at his home grand prix, as mean-spirited as that may be. Not really his fault, but also not driver of the race solely by virtue of getting that lightning start.

    Vettel also drove superbly, but started from the front row in the fastest car (all things considered) and the nature of the circuit really prohibited Hamilton (or anyone else) from seriously challenging him once he got into clean air. Not a slight against Vettel, just not quite driver of the race material as far as Im concerned.

    Hamilton really had no business being so quick, and he was able to take care of the soft tires to make his strategy work, even when following for long periods, and seemed faster than anybody on the new hard tires. Hope McLaren can close the gap and Lewis can keep up his determination in the meantime.

  12. Remco H. said on 23rd May 2011, 18:24

    Quick Nick

    • Casanova (@casanova) said on 24th May 2011, 11:38

      I voted for Heidfeld too – you can only be measured against your teammate, and Heidfeld destroyed Petrov here, after Petrov qualified 6th and Nick didn’t qualify at all! Getting anything from the weekend after such a disruptive fire would have been impressive, but to perform how he did, storming through from the back and finishing right on the tail of the Mercs, gets him my vote without a doubt.

  13. AndrewT said on 23rd May 2011, 18:27

    Me and my friends had a very hard time identifying the “man of the race” of the Spanish GP, as there were so many outstanding performances.

    – Vettel? Easily one of them, outstarted his teammate, did some critical overtakes after joining back into pack after his first stop, and was able to resist Hamiltons attacks.

    – Hamilton? Also easily, basically the only one that could keep the pace of Vettel. He was close to repeat this fine performance in China, but Vettel didn’t make him a favour making a mistake. Very strong performance, though.

    – Button? His weekend and race didn’t started so, was knocked out of the first two rows that are literally reserved for Red Bull and McLaren, and a nightmareish start found him in P11, but fought back, proving for the very first time this year, that one less stop could also work, if you’re taking care of the tyres. And passed Webber and Alonso very convincingly on the track.

    – Alonso? Sure thing! His qualification was much more than his Ferrari would have allowed him to run. His start was one of the best (and cleanest) this year storming into the lead, keeping everyone behind himself for one third of the race (in the remaining two third he got lapped, but that’s just another question). It’s always an extra motivation for him to race at home, as we remember his second Renault era with a… erm… suboptimal car like this.

    – Schumacher? The “good” old times, when Michaels teammate wasn’t “able to” finish in front of him seem so far away, and Schumacher (kind of) outperformed Rosberg, taking home his best result this season so far (as he did also last year in Spain, with a 4. place that time)

    – Heidfeld? Starting from 24th, finishing 8th, these are only numbers. But if we saw his classic moves on the fellow drivers, we have to say that Spain must have been one of the highlights of his career.

    – Kobayashi? I can just pray that Kamui will never drive a Red Bull. Not because he doesn’t deserve it, only because with a superior car like that he won’t be forced to make those beautiful overtakes that make F1 to the “Kobaya-show”. Tyre failure and instant pit stop at the beginning, but a very valuable point at the end.

    – Kovalainen? Maybe it would sound strange, but I seriously think that Heikki is having the time of his career, and it’s visible for everyone even in a chanceless car like Lotus. The value of a starting position is not the same as last year, but his 15th place speaks for itself, constantly outperforming his 1-lap-specialist teammate Jarno Trulli, and he is the closest driver to the bottom of the midfield. Had a solid race, before ended up in the wall.

    Can you guys pick really just one of them? I seriously can’t, and that’s what I’m enjoying in this years F1!

  14. tjs said on 23rd May 2011, 18:41

    wrong. the mclaren was faster in the race (hamilton said so himself in the post race interview) and LH still couldn’t get the job done. vettel drove one of, if not the best, race of his career, kers problems, brilliant strategy (didn’t just react to those around him like most others), critical overtakes, and running slower than the mclaren on the hard tyres. incredible drive.

    • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:56

      I’m also convinced Red Bull were absolutely no faster than the McLarens in the race pace. Button easily outperformed Webber despite coming from behind.

      The grow in consistency for Vettel in the last 10-12 races has been outstanding. Speed was always there, and this race showed it all.

    • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 23rd May 2011, 18:58

      But all of this doesn’t matter, Vettel should be DOTW just for his team radio.

    • classified said on 23rd May 2011, 19:24

      vettel still had more downforce and was much quicker than mclaren in fast corners (hamilton said so himself in the post race interview lol).

    • dlaird said on 24th May 2011, 8:39

      I also remember Hamilton saying that the RB7 is massively quick through high speed corners. The Mclaren is not. Hamilton was never gonna pass that RB7 due to the fact that it has the best aero package on the grid. The only chance he had was waiting for Vettel to screw up. BTW, if the Mclaren was faster in the race he would have passed Vettel. Check your facts. The RB7 is the most dominant car on the grid because of its aero package. When the car has that superior downforce you can brake later and accelerate sooner. Just watching Vettel shoot out of the last corner onto the pit straight is enough proof for me that Vettel and his RB7 are not going to be challenged for the remainder of the season.

  15. Vettel. Did everything right and arguably would have had pole were it not for kers although that’s just speculation. I nearly picked Fernando -he always seems to be one to consider- but strategy seemed a let down but I don’t see what more he could have done, Lewis seemed to mess up some of his qualifying lap and I know Catalunya is massively hard to pass on but with DRS and kers he was given a better chance than if it had been any other year and Jenson’s strategy was wonderful but he lacks outright pace compared to Lewis so I couldn’t put him. Seb ticked all of the boxes so he gets it for me.

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