Start, Monaco, 2011

Vote for your Monaco Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Monaco, 2011
Start, Monaco, 2011

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – Terrific under pressure and eked out extraordinary longevity from his tyres. Both lucky and unlucky with the race stoppage and his slow pit stop.

Fernando Alonso – Tenacious as ever in a sub-par car. Gave away nothing in qualifying, quick off the line, dogged in pursuit of Vettel.

Jenson Button – Made a race of it with an unlikely strategy that came close to working.

Pastor Maldonado – Easily his best F1 performance so far, particularly impressive in qualifying and deserved points. Could have avoided the collision that put him out, though.

Timo Glock – Justifiably pleased with a strong qualifying performance and he clung on to the Lotuses in the race until his car broke.

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (17%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (11%)
  • Jenson Button (33%)
  • Fernando Alonso (19%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (8%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (9%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (1%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 553

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Spanish Grand Prix result

Lewis Hamilton was voted the best driver of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend:

1. Lewis Hamilton – 39.6%
2. Sebastian Vettel – 23.9%
3. Fernando Alonso – 13.3%

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  1. beckenlima (@)
    30th May 2011, 19:25

    Two words: Fernando Alonso. The man dragged his rubbish Ferrari to the podium beating Button — who had the fastest car in this weekend — in the process.

    But what caught my eye was this statement after the race:

    “…“I had nothing to lose, I’m not leading the championship. I had two places in mind to pass and if we crash we crash!…

    — Alonso”

    Yeah, thats the spirit, Fernando. That´s why big cry babies like Massa will not win anything in F1.

    Salve, Fernando!

    1. I have to agree that Alonso put a very strong race on sunday. Flawless driving.
      But to see an Alonso fan calling another driver a “cry baby” is just way too funny…

      1. beckenlima (@)
        30th May 2011, 21:24

        Funny is you calling me an Alonso fan. ;D

        1. Funny is you not calling yourself an Alonso fan. :D

    2. It’s close between Vettel Alonso and Button but I went with Fernando Alonso. I know Button will win because “he should have won” but fact is he never made a single attempt to get passed Alonso or Vettel despite being on the better tyres.

      1. Considering the criticism his team-mate received for trying to pass other cars, is that so bad!

        I think Jenson was just biding his time, what’s the point going for a move when someone’s tyres will be dead in ten laps and you’ll get the win? Though I doubt Alonso’s would have, but they did.

        1. While I don’t think that Jenson would have got past Fernando it doesn’t detract from the fact that I thought he drove the best during the weekend. His qualifying lap was magic – and his race performance was fantastic.

          1. A driver who starts in second place and finish in third and is the driver of the race? Hard this one.

          2. well according to your logic the driver of the weekend can only ever be the polesitter or winner. In this instance, it can only be Vettel thus rendering the whole discussion void. However, it clearly isn’t so simple because otherwise there wouldn’t be a variety of opinions and a debate happening.

            If you disagree, use a bit of intelligence in your argument.

        2. I think Jenson was just biding his time, what’s the point going for a move when someone’s tyres will be dead in ten laps and you’ll get the win?

          Exactly. There was no point in trying to pass until perhaps two laps from the end. Jenson wasn’t to know a red flag was just around the corner.

          Anyway, I voted for Alonso, because he was undoubtedly the best driver over the entire Grand Prix weekend. He arguably could have been first in every practice session (but for Rosberg), qualifying (but for the red flag) and the race (but for the red flag, again). Fernando was super impressive. I have an enormous amount of respect for that man.

        3. I mean of course that they believed Alonso’s tyres would go!

    3. massive +1. brilliant drive. brilliant driver.

    4. That Ferrari is rubbish on high downforce circuits but in Monaco it showed it had superb mechanical grip. For once it was not “rubbish” or a “dog of a car”. Not to take anything away from Alonso’s great drive, but its not like he was out matched as he usually is.

    5. Agree that Fred is working wonders with the Red Dog, but my vote goes to Kamikaze-san. He showed me that he has what it takes to be a front line driver. I hope he can get in a front line car one day (soon).

    6. Brilliant comment, couldn’t agree more.

      1. Who, RIISE? :P

  2. Button, all his bad luck was summed up in Vettel’s good luck. Close second Alonso and Maldonado. Try your heart out award and giving us a classic interview to remember award goes to Hamilton.

  3. I think I am going to give this one a bit of time, just like last week.

    As you write Keith, there were quite some guys doing very good drives this weekend again.

    1. GoToNascarAlready
      30th May 2011, 19:35

      Not really decided who was the best driver at Montecarlo, the first three were very good. But I know for sure who was the absolute worst. No points for guessing.

      1. Alguersuari, presumably.

        1. Who in the world is giving Hamilton 36 votes. Ridiculous.

          1. That is what people are up against when try to make make reasonable, valid criticisms of Hamilton. Seriously how is Hamilton 4th in the vote at the moment?

          2. Just perhaps some people voted for him because they liked that he had an aggressive race and tried to make up a bad quali, rather then deciding not to bother risking anything and spending the afternoon following slower cars and picking up 9th or 10th place.

          3. Just perhaps some people voted for him because they liked that he had an aggressive race and tried to make up a bad quali, rather then deciding not to bother risking anything and spending the afternoon following slower cars and picking up 9th or 10th place.

            Well if he was the best driver of the weekend then he wouldn’t have had to follow slower cars.

            It’s also nice double standards. When Webber comes through from the back people say that he wasn’t the best of the weekend because of his quali performance but when Hamilton does it he is the best driver because he is coming through the field.

            I’m not saying these were your comments, just a general observation of double standers.

          4. because he actually tried.

          5. @ megaman – tried and failed.

  4. I got stuck between Button and Alonso. In the end I went for Alonso but I somewhat regret it now ha.

    1. I went for Button as he was clearly fastest all the race, had an excellent qualifying and with two stops more than Vettel was just seconds away. Alonso and Vettel were obviously good too but they weren’t perfect I’d say.
      Button was right in being enthusiastic about his podium.

      1. He was quicker because he had newer, super soft tyres almost the entire race lol.

        1. He pitted two times more than Vettel and was faster even ater Vettel’s stop when he pulled away.

        2. So he should be penalized for choosing a wiser strategy that clearly made him faster?

          1. A wiser strategy that placed him in third… right.

    2. I think you could make a good case for both Button and Alonso, but when it comes down to it, Alonso was the best over the entire weekend.

  5. Kobayashi! Didn’t see him much, but he had a brilliant push up the field for his best finish ever.

    1. Exactly. Webber said in the post race interview something about there not being a wall he didn’t touch, as he kept the much faster Red Bull behind him for a bunch of laps.

      Epic epic driving. God I hope they give him Webber’s seat when he hangs up the helmet later this year.

      1. Agreed. And he does that in almost every race.

        But I kind of have a hunch that RBR won’t take him and he’ll end up replacing Schumacher in Mercedes for 2013.

        1. Interesting. I always thought di Resta was in line for that seat.

          Anyway, voted for Kobayashi too. :D

        2. I would expect Di Resta to take that Merc seat too. However there a few other Germans that could be in line for that seat.

  6. 4 votes for Hamilton? Were people watch Monaco 2008?

    1. I voted Hamilton, and I’m not ashamed.

      I believe he had the best pass of the weekend, and raced hard from start to finish. Yeah he hit Maldonado, but when watching a side by side comparison between his Maldonado and Schumacher moves, Maldonado clearly turns in and leaves no other possible outcome than a collision. Same for the Massa move. Massa, while trying to avoid Webber turned in to Hamilton. What else could Hamilton have done?

      As for Massa’s off in the tunnel, Hamilton was past before Massa got on the Marbles. Despite the understandable frustration post GP, he’s my driver of the day. And I couldn’t care what anyone thinks about it.

      1. Commendatore
        30th May 2011, 19:56

        Yeah! That’s the spirit!!! :palmface:

      2. So by that logic did you vote for Vettel at Spa last year and Sutil at Korea?

        1. You have all my respect.

      3. I agree SkinBintin, luck is not a factor in my Driver Of The Weekend decision and it never will be.

        1. There is calculated risk and then there is risk.

      4. it wasnt the tunnel incident that got lewis all the stick, it was the botched attempt at barging past at the hairpin.

        1. But if the tunnel hadn’t happened, it might not have done, or maybe both Massa and he would have gotten a drive-through for hitting the driver in front of them.

          1. After Di Restas penalty, Hamilton had to get one. I don’t think the stewards had much choice.

      5. Watch the replay, Hamilton’s attempt on Massa at the hairpin was overly optimistic at best, and Massa did not turn into him, he had nowhere else to go. A driver the quality of Hamilton, who had earlier pulled off such a brilliant pass on Schumacher should have known better, and his hot headed remarks about the incident after the race only prove that he momentarily let his frustration take precedence over his talent. I imagine he is just as upset with himself for the incident as he is with the stewards for the penalty that they justly handed out to him.

        1. If Massa didnt turn in, he would have hit the barrier.

        2. He seems to think if he puts his car there then the victim should move out the way. Which is not the way modern F1 should be.

          1. Fantastic, thats exactly what I was thinking for years but never found better words for it than you just did! Finally a good way to describe it.

    2. Either that, or they were voting out of sympathy.

    3. He has more votes than Kobayashi :evil:

      1. They vote for Lewis because I think they’re in love with his beard or something… I know I can’t resist it.

        Something that’s been bothering me… when they red flagged, and then all the pit crews and engineers were running out to the grid, why was Nicole running down there with a radio on??? Is she an engineer at McLaren, or did he need some other form of assistance?

        1. Maybe they sent here there to calm his mind. It did look like overheating, so that was a very nessicary bit of engineering :-)

          1. Didn’t help, unfortunately (for him and Pastor).

        2. It would appear she’s in charge of race strategy.

        3. She is in charge when it comes to the ups and downs of the weekend.

  7. Kamui Kobayashi

  8. How does Vettel win five out of six races and not once is voted the best driver of the weekend? I mean guys, at least once? Like here in Monaco – gutsy strategy, made it work. And a historical lap in qualifying – come on!!!

    1. Well.. he has the best car and he’s been lucky. He has only done whats expected from him, but others have shined.

      1. that definatley sums up vettel in monaco, he made a few mistakes in his qualy lap but had the best car, and he got all the luck in the race!

        1. He hasn’t had the best car, it was the outright best for the first few laps of a stint, and then his pace slowed so it didn’t even compare to the Mclaren’s or even Alonso.

          After that, you don’t win so many races by being lucky. Panis was lucky when he won in Monaco, because half the grid fell of the track ahead of him.

    2. I agree. Although Alonso is my driver of the day in Monaco, I do think that he deserves more credit, especially for all the other races. I think it’s all because people assume that because he has the fastest car, a win is a given but we all know that that isn’t really the case on race day.

      1. It’s really sad that then Alonso, Hamilton wins it is just because of their huge talent. So if Vetel has such a better car then anyone elses what’s happening to Webber. Vettel is very talented and he’s really underrated. Did he had a fastest car in 2008 and 2009 seasons? I don’t understand why all the credit for Sebs work goes to the car and not to him. He’s really good and it’s not just fastest car. I think he proven that a several time this year now.

        1. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
          30th May 2011, 20:56

          Agreed. I wish everyone who say his wins are all due to the car could read your post.

          If he indeed had the best car then Webber should at least be finishing right behind him in every race, and that happened only twice. Otherwise, it means that either Vettel is really talented or Webber is really mediocre, which I think Mark has proven wrong last year.

          If his car was indeed the fastest everytime, everywhere, then I think it is highly unlikely he would be winning races by only less than a second.

          This year he has been incredible: fast, consistent and reliable. He is on the same level as Alonso and Hamilton, as far as I am concerned.

          1. Well, Webber did have this even worse pitstop than Vettel this time, and there have been more – thing is, Red Bull do seem to have trouble at times to focus on two drivers if they both are fighting hard for positions.

            But anyway, not being the driver of the weekend doesn’t mean you are rubbish, just that one of the other 23 drivers did a better job with the tools they were given over that weekend. Since they are all supposed to be the best in the world, that seems to not be entirely unlikely.

          2. This year he has been incredible: fast, consistent and reliable. He is on the same level as Alonso and Hamilton, as far as I am concerned


            I could not agree more with you Sir. If anything I feel that Vettel is currently the best driver in the world. He now has as many wins as Hamilton, from even fewer races, and more poles than even Alonso! He makes it look easy like Schumacher did at the height of his dominance, but that does not mean that it truly is easy.

    3. I think if we were voting for the best driver across these 6 races then Vettel should be the clear winner. He has been excellent throughout, certainly right up there vying for best driver in each race without being clearly ahead in any. Other drivers have not had the same level of consistency as Vettel – add in a consistant fast car and it’s not surprising he has such a championship lead – compare to Webber.

      1. Umm, I think that’s something called ‘The Championship’

    4. He only made it work because of 2 things:

      1) It’s still incredibly hard to pass at Monaco (just ask Hamilton lol)

      2) The red flag allowed him to stick a new set of tyres on just as he was about to really suffer on the old set.

      As others have said, winning in the fastest car is a lot easier than the drives some others have had to put in to come far lower down the order.

      1. 1) That has been known for 80 years, people are considering it when choosing their strategies. Luck is definetely not a factor there
        2) Agreed. But he made it to that point and was also unlucky with his pit stop before.

        What exactly is vettel supposed to do? He is with the team for three years now, maybe he actually has had some input in the development of the car by now? And you can hardly criticize him for not overtaking if he is always driving in front (which, as Webber shows, is not only due to the car)

        I can’t believe I just wrote that, but sometimes you have to give credit where credit’s due.

        1. I agree sir. The whole “Vettel has the best car” argument is getting old. While it’s true the RedBull is one hell of a car, he’s still doing an incredible job of extracting the most out of that RB7. Look at the difference between him and Mark, which says a lot, because Mark is no slouch.

          1. Pink Pirelli
            31st May 2011, 12:57

            You’re right, Webber is no slouch, but we all know who has the support of the team.

    5. @magon4, I’m in total agreement. Vettel is without a doubt one of the best drivers the sport has seen and this is only the beginning.

      There are only three drivers that stand out right now.

      Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. Everyone else just appears to be waiting for these 3 to screw up in some way (driver error, strategy, reliability.)

      Vettel has been utterly dominant because he gets the job done with the right equipment and makes the least mistakes. There’s no more to be said really…

    6. He’s German ……..

  9. Jack_Burton
    30th May 2011, 19:47

    This site is obviously biased, and thats fine, but the driver who actually wins the races while at the same time achieving career defining driving performances gets voted second. It’s funny stuff :D

    1. Career defining? Please. Career defining is the championship and the second one he has a solid chance of winning.

      If you’re really upset, use the drivers points on the results at the end of the season. Vettel’s consistently on the podium.

    2. The driver who sits in a car that’s half a second to a whole second faster and only manages to win by insane luck doesn;t get the vote. Wow, how odd.

      1. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
        30th May 2011, 20:59

        You honestly believe that the Red Bull is one second per lap faster on race trim? I don’t think Vettel forgets how to drive from Saturday to Sunday.

      2. Instead the vote goes to Button – A driver who never looked capable of overtaking on track, and whose only hope to win was through a strategic gamble yet again.

      3. Cut Vettel some slack, his wins are definitely not down to just “insane luck”.

        1. This one was.

          1. But to say that, you’d be ignoring the fact that he made his tyres last 50 odd laps, and assuming that Button or Alonso would have made it past in the final 6 laps, which they could have done much earlier than lap 69.

            Vettel had to deal with a lot of pressure on the most unforgiving circuit on the calender, where the driver makes more of a difference than anywhere else.

    3. This site is obviously biased

      I’ve named five drivers I think are deserving of special mention – including the race winner who you’re referring to – and linked to loads of information on all the other drivers so you can make an informed decision. I don’t see how you can call the site “biased”.

      Unless you’re referring to the comments in response to the article, in which case you’re mistaking “bias” for a difference in opinion.

  10. I really want to vote for Vettel. And had the race not been red flagged and he still won, he would have gotten it for making the one stop work.

    Unfortunately, we were denied such excitement and therefore, he’s denied my vote. I like Alonso’s spirit and his pace too but I gave it to Button because he was on top of both Vettel and Alonso while running his three stopper.

  11. manosf1 (@)
    30th May 2011, 19:54

    Kamui the best of the best hope he go to redbool or Ferrari next yiar!!!

  12. Commendatore
    30th May 2011, 19:58

    I don’t know which one was the best driver of the race (too many choices between Nando, Vettel, Kobayashi…), but I sure know which one was the worst:
    L.Hamilton!!! By FAR! :)

  13. Vettel will everything this year except for this poll.

    I don’t understand why people still think Red Bull is the fastest car. Red Bull is only optimzied for qualifying. In race trim Mclaren have the faster car. Hamilton and Button have challenged Vettel very easily in the last 2 races but Vettel has soaked the pressure brilliantly. But then again, whom am I trying to convince!

    1. And had all the luck along the way. But I suppose you make your own luck!!

      1. Not pitting in Monaco and staying out in track is common sense, not luck! I would say Mclaren were being idiots trying to pit Button that many times.
        And Button pitted just before the safety car that came out on lap 34. Thus, all the gap that Vettel had to Button was erased. So, from lap 39 to lap 48, Button was on tyres that were both softer AND fresher than Vettel’s tyres. Still, he couldn’t do anything to him. That is not luck for Vettel.

        Vettel’s championship now reminds me of Button’s in 2009. A car that is now slower than the opposition but a driver who is still winning.

        1. Very true, though I feel he will have a much stronger second half of the season than Button had in 2009.

        2. LOL next race people will start saying red bull has the worst car during the race but the best car for qualifying… Red Bull still has the best car.

  14. polishboy808
    30th May 2011, 20:05

    How did Lewis even manage 8 votes?

    1. If we all voted for one driver it would be a bit boring. I think several drivers are worthy of getting our votes. Vettel for his consistent pace on his second set of tyres, Alonso for getting his Ferrari in amongst a Red Bull and McLaren and Jenson for his pure pace. I also think Maldonado and Kobayashi did a good job.

      Whilst I didn’t vote for him I can totally understand why some fanatics voted for Lewis, he was the one really trying to make a race of it and not simply hoping that luck would come his way.

      I think some of the commenters here should focus on why they voted for their preferred driver rather than trying to rubbish the legitimate views of others.

    2. He has got 37 by now, even more than both Maldonado and Kobayashi.

      Hamilton was fast and did give us a lot to see during the race and even more entertainment after. So maybe people voted for him on that basis.

      1. Younger Hamii
        31st May 2011, 13:54

        I Would have voted Lewis!!! Oh Come on Driver of the Day is not actually about the Driver that has done no wrong and has done wonders for the Team,Besides despite Lewis’ Reckless,Unacceptable and Thoughtless Driving.He Must have thought about Senna’s Famous Quote which might have lead to him driving overly Aggressive

        If you no longer go for a gap that exist,you’re no longer a Racing Driver Ayrton Senna

        In the Interview he Spoke his Heart and Mind out with pure Honesty and gave us an insight of how Drivers Feel inside their heads after an Incident.

        Even Lee from the BBC F1 Team was surprise and somewhat delighted tha he spoke his mind and heart and as a Journalist,thats What she wants and im pretty sure at the end of the day what Formula 1 and other Motorsport Fans would want Honesty from their Favourite Drivers.

        Lewis or Jenson get my Vote this weekend and the race itself.Not Seb at all nor Fernando

        1. Not the first person this weekend to refer to that quote, but it’s a poor choice of words if you’re trying to defend Hamilton:

          1. Younger Hamii
            31st May 2011, 15:13

            Im not Intending to Defend nor be against Lewis,Keith im just stating Facts that people dont think about,Some Facts i didnt actually think about when Criticising Lewis about his Driving and his Interview.

  15. This weekend Button has my vote. Button did a great job to out qualify Alonso, who looked strong all weekend, and he ran a great race to haul himself up and close the gap to the leaders.

    I’m surprised to actually see Button leading the poll right now, as Vettel was pretty magnificent to overcome the tyre mix up and nearly win the race on some pretty old rubber. Glad to see some support for a fairly underrated, sometimes heavily criticized driver.

    1. I don’t think Button is heavily criticized, he’s just not as fast as lewis usually is. But of all the top teams he’s easily the closest matched to his teammate and he’s been really impressive in his racing lately. He made a different strategy from all the other drivers around him work very well and got to third in spain and now a solid third.

      But I think here he simply didn’t have the right strategy. Surely the lead he pulled out looked impressive during the race, with the assumption Vettel would have to pit again, but Vettel was simply making his strategy work better.

      If strategies would have been different and button would have come out we’d all be singing to the tune of ‘button is so nice on his tyres’, and he would have gottem my vote for it, but Vettel could probably just as easily have cruised up to the back and find himself being unable to overtake. Coulthard immediately recognised that track position was the desirable advantage over tyres when asked in which driver’s car he’d rather sit in.

      Button has been very good lately, but I think Vettel drove the better race around here. He’s really driving incredibly good.

  16. I have voted for Vettel on all races except China. He is on fire. Who cares if he isn´t passing other people. He´s so fast he doesn´t need to. The 5 pole positions are just a bonus in my opinion. Sure he has the best car, but tell that to Webber, whos is behind Hamilton and being followed closely by Button and Fernando.

    1. True. So far he’s been more consistent, and made lesser errors than Hamilton, Alonso, and Button. Vettel might have a machinery advantage, but hes capitalised on that advantage perfectly as well.

    2. Yes, same for me.

      I really don’t understand why people claim that he was lucky yesterday. He was a bit unlucky in his pit stop and the first safety car didn’t help him at all. At that point the only chance of victory was a one-stop strategy, because Fernando and Jenson were right behind him with fresher tyres. And he made it work, 60 laps with the same tyres. That was impressive.
      Of course, the red flags helped him a bit, but we can’t say that he won only because he was lucky.

  17. This weekend Button put in a stronger than expected performance, but again he opted for a different strategy instead of actually trying to overtake Vettel. Button never looked like he would actually be able to pass Vettel on track even when he had a significant tyre advantage. Alonso looked more menacing on the soft tyres than Jenson did on the supersofts. I picked Alonso for driver of the weekend.

  18. I picked Button, because I think he did everything right this weekend, and pushed hard. No he doesn’t have the attitude of Alonso “I’m not fighting for the championship, so if we crash, we crash” – some might see that as “racer’s spirit” – knowing Alonso’s history, I’d be equally certain it could be that he figures taking Seb out so he scores 0 points is just as good as gaining 8 points on him by coming first.

    Vettel, Alonso, and Button all did great jobs this weekend – Vettel was still untouchable in a single lap, and torched it in the first few laps. Alonso again took his car further than it deserved, and looked like a threat whenever he was close. But the fact is that without bad luck, Button would have dominated that race after the first pitstops, and that was down to a combination of relentless speed, cunning, and racecraft.

    What’s sad is that no doubt some commentators are going to believe that anyone who doesn’t agree with their own choice is blinkered, biased, a fanboy, or thick. It’s tiring. Pick a driver, make a logical argument, and if someone disagrees – look at their own argument and see if they’ve thought of something you didn’t. Simple, really.

    1. Nice comment dude…

      Just from me, I thought Alonso did well, but can not bring myself to vote for someone with his attitude. He may be a great racer, but he’s certainly no sportsman. Button gets my vote for the reasons you’ve already detailed so well.

      1. Nice comments from both of you, thankyou for the objectivity and frankness. You both have handily summed up why Button got my vote.

    2. Vettel had bad luck too. He had poor pit stop. He was for the longest time on that tyres, while maintaining his pace, and defending, knowing which part/section of the track he needs put more speed, from someone who was on fresher tyres, for so many laps, make his own decision about the tyre strategy. Just to name a few.

      In above short summary, it has the combination of qualities you mentioned and even more.

      Pick a driver, make a logical statement, apply that statement to other drivers.

  19. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
    30th May 2011, 20:39

    I voted for Vettel, even though I know he has barely any chance of winning these polls.

    Yesterday he had a slower car for 60 laps, yet he won the race – one of the finest drives of his carrer if you ask me. He had enormous pressure for half the race but still didn’t put the car a single centimeter off the line. He was just flawless this race (actually he has been flawless since Japan last year).

    I think a close second goes to Alonso, thrid to Kobayashi and a long way behind comes Button. He was fast, but I wasn’t very impressed – his car was clearly faster because of his strategy, but that very strategy lost him the race. A bit of bad luck with the safety car timing, I know, but still he took a risky gamble and it didn’t pay off.

    1. slower car? You mean older tyres. Too bad we will never now what would have happened when he had hit the cliff with his tyres.
      As for Button, lol you give him no credits for his drive because he had better tyres??? lol biased much? And it is not his strategy that lost him the race. It was because off the red flag.

  20. For those of you who are complaining that Vettel never gets voted the driver of the weekend just needs to remember that everyone loves an underdog, and dislikes dominant performances.

    Those who triumph in the face of adversity evoke strong emotions…. This weekend Jenson Button is the peoples favourite, but rewind to 2009 and everybody was lamenting Jenson for only being able to win with a superior car.

    1. lamenting wasn’t the word I meant… Criticizing lol

    2. For those of you who are complaining that Vettel never gets voted the driver of the weekend just needs to remember that everyone loves an underdog, and dislikes dominant performances.

      Those who triumph in the face of adversity evoke strong emotions…. This weekend Jenson Button is the peoples favourite, but rewind to 2009 and everybody was lamenting Jenson for only being able to win with a superior car.

      COTD for Alex R!!

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