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%

Rate the Race: Spanish Grand Prix

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

  1. JUGNU (@jugnu) said on 23rd May 2011, 22:18

    In a clearly inferior car to Redbull, Hamilton almost won. Had it been any other track where overtaking is possible(in barcelona, hungry, valencia, abu dhabi..etc overtaking is close to impossible), Lewis would have passed Vettel. Still a very strong performance from Lewis and that’s why i voted him best driver of Spanish GP 11.

    What is most impressive is Lewis was in the dirty air of RBR and Vettel was in clean air, the trublence of RBR must have hurt MP4-26′s handling but Hamilton still chased Vettel so closely. This again proves that Hamilton unlike some other drivers example Button, can get a good laptime from a less than perfect balanced and stable car.

    BTW Webber and Massa were dissapointing.

  2. TFLB said on 23rd May 2011, 22:21

    I think Karthikeyan deserves a mention purely for driving through the pain. In terms of performance, though, it has to be Heidfeld for me. Once luck and reliability starts going his way he’ll score several more podiums before the season’s end IMO.

  3. Young One said on 23rd May 2011, 22:24

    I understand its between LH and SV, but mine was Button with the bad start he had.

  4. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 23rd May 2011, 22:38

    Really can’t decide between Vettel, who for the first time had to seriously work for his win this season, Hamilton who did his best to catch Vettel, or Alonso who pipped everyone else at the start but was outpaced at the later stage of the race. I guess the winner takes it all so I vote Vettel.

  5. Jake (@kraemerson88) said on 24th May 2011, 0:38

    Erm, Hamilton did not have an “inferior” car. His lap times were faster than both red bulls. Buttons were faster than webbers. In race trim it seems the McLaren is the equal or faster than the red bull. therefore vettel is the driver of the week. Sometimes bias is so obvious its redonkulous.

    • dlaird said on 24th May 2011, 8:47

      Did you even look at sector times? Vettel was quicker in all sectors except 3. The Mclaren does not have an aero package even close to that of the Reb Bull. I’d say that is pretty close to inferior.

  6. choltz (@choltz) said on 24th May 2011, 1:49

    Vettel get’s my vote, he won, Hamilton couldn’t make the pass with 10 laps left, but really only a mistake from Vettel would have let that happen.

    Great job to the mclaren mechanics, they are the stars this weekend, they gave Hamilton a car that he can fight with!

  7. Doance (@doance) said on 24th May 2011, 2:02

    Voted for Schumacher.

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 24th May 2011, 2:34

    I am surprise that you didn’t name Button there, as despite making a bad start he recovered well with his three stops & made some good moves early & in the middle of the race overtaking both Webber & Alonso when they were on prime & he was on option.Have he spend too much time behind them then he could have lost third place to Webber.But Vettel’s out lap after his seacond pit stop was awesome & no one can take away Alonso’s start.

  9. dragon said on 24th May 2011, 2:43

    They both drove brilliantly. It’s very reminiscent of 2010, where the RB6′s qualifying pace was untouchable but McLaren could match them easily in race trim. This year, however, it takes a bit more effort to keep slightly faster cars behind you, and therefore my vote still goes to Vettel (and after all he DID win).

  10. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 24th May 2011, 7:45

    My head says Vettel but come the vote my heart overruled and went with Alonso.

    To be honest though, there are so many drivers who had excellent weekends than any one of Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Button or even Heidfeld would deserve to win this poll.

    Quick shout out to Karthikeyan though, got very close to Liuzzi in qualifying and drove a sizable amount of the race in some pain. Good effort.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 9:10

      How surprising… Dan Thorn votes for his favourite driver! :P But I wish I could have voted for Alonso, but a poor strategy coupled with an uncompetitive car made it impossible to tell if he really was the best out there. He was impressive, nonetheless.

  11. LocustGP (@locustgp) said on 24th May 2011, 8:19

    quite a few things to consider for both the ‘weekend’ and for the race itself. Some that stand out in my mind:

    Alonso – brilliant start. someone else said it best about the roar of the crowd almost bringing tears (my tears were for the bad starts from Webby and button…). Must have said ‘***’ as Vettel drove by…

    Vettel – he is obviously a machine sent back through time. He absolutely never gives up, EVER until you are de^H^H er i mean until he is in first. extra points for not saying “that’s what i’m talking about wooo…”

    Hamilton – faster when Vettel switched KERS to 6 and slower when switched back to 2. But still managed to close the gap and make us wonder what would have happened with 5 or 6 more laps.

    Button – great recovery from a crap start. Thanks for not complaining about balance.

    Kovaleinen – great weekend, up until the time he broke late and went into the kitty litter. Said it himself on twitter. btw Was that the same place he went off 2 years ago?!

    Heidfeld – great recovery from a flaming mess stuck at the back of the pack to finish strong 8th. Wasn’t he supposed to start from the pit? BTW would have got bonus points for fighting fire himself Kovaleinen-style

    Kamuikaze – held up by Liuzzi in q2, blew a brand new set of softs, stuck 30 odd seconds behind 23rd place on lap 2. made hards work well. finished in the points for the 5th time this year! someone give him a faster car next year!

    Webber – mate……

    hmmm – can i have two votes?!

  12. pukz said on 24th May 2011, 8:49

    I’m sorry to state the obvious but the 2 fastest cars finished 1st and 2nd! why does that make Lewis or Seb the best drivers of the race? They drove well and out performed their team mates but so did half of the grid..

    compared to the majority of the cars the red bull and mclaren are on rails. Seb passed traffic like it was standing still that’s not really skilful passing it’s more like dodging cones!

    Alonso Drove and exceptional qualifying lap and had an exceptional start straight to the lead from p4???, kept at least 4 faster cars behind him for an impressive amount of time. He then battled that Ferrari to the finish after finding he had absolutely no pace on the hards. That is a flawless race.. not driving a superior car around the track with little serious problems to deal with.

    • Dave Blanc said on 24th May 2011, 13:45

      1) Alonso was LAPPED. He’s a damned good driver though to be fair. However, HE WAS LAPPED and ultimately the dice with the front runners was just a false dawn and unfortunately his race was spent as soon as he strapped on another set of softs in Q1 on Saturday.

      2) There’s a reason why Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso et al drive for the best teams…They are the best drivers. If Algeusari or Kovalinen were so great they would be signed up by the big boys. It’s a bit like scoring a hat trick playing for your local pub team and then claiming you were player of the weekend when, in the same weekend, Gerard scores a screamer against Chelsea and wins the game. It’s a different league mate.

  13. jhg103 (@joshgeake) said on 24th May 2011, 9:03

    Vettel won with the fastest car, Hamilton couldn’t pass him with an equal car.

    If Heidfeld was given more camera and commentator time on Sunday he would have won this hands down.

  14. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 24th May 2011, 9:07

    Tough choice! If I could, I’d give it to both Vettel and Hamilton, but for the fact Hamilton was able to even get close to Vettel, I had to give it to him. ;)

  15. HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 24th May 2011, 9:10

    I’m certainly not a fan, but this weekend I think ALO outperformed both the car and his team.
    Apart from the decision to waste a set of softs in Q1 (aand I wonder whose decision that was), I thought ALO drove excellently. His Q3 lap was astonishing; quite literally half a second better than it should have been, advancing him three places further up the grid. “The perfect lap” he called it and that was the point – even on a perfect lap in that car, he could only get to fourth place. So watching his incredible start, I fully expected him to clip VET’s front wheel, or sail off into the gravel or for something else to go wrong. But it didn’t and he held the lead successfully; a brilliant start.
    But once again, the car, the tyres, the team started to let him down and he slipped back into the ignominious situation of being lapped by the eventual winner.
    I’m not a fan of Fenando, or of Ferrari. But this time, ALO drove out of his socks and deserved better.

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