Vote for your Monaco Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2011 Monaco Grand Prix

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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181 comments on Vote for your Monaco Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

  1. JUGNU (@jugnu) said on 31st May 2011, 0:16

    Voted for Lewis. He drove his heart out, took risks, made things happen, got penalties. I mean he was the most intresting and entertaining driver of the race. Certainly the bravest. Positive or negative depends on how you see it. I beleive he is the best racer and overtaker on the grid. Din’t care much about results just pushed himself and the machine to the maximum. Too bad his team didn’t push as much. First a difficult qualifying mainly team’s error, than a bad pitstop and also the stretegy was quite ordinary. Look at the winning car’s stretegy. You have to take risks, full stop.
    Take Lewis away and what is left is boring procession. People like Alonso and Button not going for the gaps and not trying any serious overtaking move despite being seconds quicker. Whatever…but i just love the way Lewis races. Remeber the saying of the gretest F1 driver and 6 time Monacco winner “if you don’t go for a gap, you are no longer a racing driver”. Hamilton just belives in it more than others and sometimes end result isn’t good but still he is a real RACING DDRIVER.

  2. Njack (@njack) said on 31st May 2011, 1:00

    Voted for Maldonado, as he started the season with the stigma of “Pay driver” over his head, yet has outperformed his experienced teammate over the last 2 races and was on course for a solid points finish before the Hamilton shunt.

  3. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 31st May 2011, 2:21

    I would have voted if Maldonado would have finished where he needed to be but other then that I think it have to be Vettel for soaking up the pressure & I think he may have had ended winning the race if that would have finished under normal circumstances.

  4. drezone said on 31st May 2011, 3:04

    Vettel hardly drove a great race and was awarded with luck, both in quali and race. Button was best followed closely by Alonso in a car that struggles to turn where it needs to. Hamilton should have won this race if thinhs had gone well in qauli.

    Everyone seems to also forget Red Bull completely stuffed Webber’s race with the pitstop as he was just behind the other three and lost 10 spots and still managed to go from 14th to 4th which is a good effort at a track like Monaco.

    If Webber is a slouch and nothing compared to Vettel according to some people’s view then why does he have the 4 of the 6 fastest laps in race pace this year. hmmmm.

  5. DaveW said on 31st May 2011, 3:17

    Oh lordy, Jenson Button? As Keith put it, “came close to working.” Weak sauce is close to being good, but it’s not.
    Alonso, again.

    Much more of this and I will become a closet fan. He beats a Red Bull and a McLaren, albeit the one driven by Frozen Turkey, in a car that got lapped, I repeat, lapped a few days ago. His teammate, once again, left in the dust. Nice day’s work.

  6. drezone said on 31st May 2011, 3:37

    It’s interesting to see the Alonso & Hamilton fans & critics go at each other and the occasional “what about Button” fan & the “I like Vettel NOW” fan as he’s starting to dominate and has now stopped acting like a kid and crashing into other drivers. Everyone appears to agree Kobayashi is someething special.

    Maybe we should have a favourite driver forum to see what the percentage is. (I was going to say best driver but that would allow too much bias).

    How about an order like this if they were all in the same car: Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Button,(Kubica), Rosberg,Kobayashi etc…

  7. Eastman (@eastman) said on 31st May 2011, 4:38

    Gotta be Kamui Kobayashi for me.

    Whether the Sauber is kinder on its tires then the rest or not, the car is still not quick in qualifying. Kamui has consistently moved up the grid during races to score at least a point in all five of the last grand prix. He drives aggressively, but stays out of trouble.

  8. The Limit said on 31st May 2011, 4:53

    My choice is Vettel. Look at poor old J R Hildebrand at Indy crashing whilst leading the race on the last lap! Dealing with pressure is a huge part of what makes a great race car driver and learning and dealing with that pressure. As Hildebrand learnt to his huge cost it only takes one small mistake and your history.
    In the last two grands prix Vettel has fended off Hamilton and Alonso for sustained periods with either worn tyres or an ineffective KERS system in his race car. That took guts and driving skill which should be appreciated but sadly is not by the majority. If Vettel had won in Spain and Monaco by a country mile I would have some sympathy with the naysayers but they were not easy victories. Both were supreme drives by a lad who is nowhere near reaching his full potential.

  9. Jake (@kraemerson88) said on 31st May 2011, 5:25

    Vettel, if it wasnt for the tire mix up pit screw up he would have drove away from everyone.

  10. alphaa (@alphaa) said on 31st May 2011, 7:02

    Hahaha. Massa has only 1 vote. No wonder he is complaining! someone should give him a lesson of how to drive!

  11. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 31st May 2011, 8:52

    Poor Sebastian does not seem to endear himself with the F1fanatics. I voted for Vettel because he did a great job keeping Alonso and Button behind on the oldest tyres of anyone in the race (I think).

    For all those who voted Button, I agree he had an excellent weekend, but it never looked like he was going to get by Alonso or Vettel. Of course, if, without the red flag, Vettel’s tyres would have degraded much more he would have gotten by him (though not by Alonso, I think). It seems he was biding his time, but with only six laps remaining prior to the red flag, this did not seem the right strategy to me.

    I realise this is not the weekend to suggest Button should take a leaf from Hamilton’s book, but he ought to have been a little more aggressive here; he never even once had a look!

  12. I’m bored to death of my voting as it’s always either Vettel or Alonso and every weekend I find it very hard to choose between them. I went with Alonso this time. Best rookie and a mention to Pastor.

  13. SilverArrowStefBill (@silverarrowstefbill) said on 31st May 2011, 10:03

    Vettel was VERY VERY lucky. After this race all of us we can see that even luck is with the sidw of RedBull. McLaren has the best driving duo and Ferrari has one great driver but the RebBull car is unbelievable. It is not the drivers (Vettel-Webber), its the supercar they have. The best driver in this weekend was LEWIS HAMILTON and I vote for him!

  14. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 31st May 2011, 10:35

    For me Jenson Button did a great job. I think the red flag in qualifying did maybe flatter his starting position but still, I only think Hamilton could have improved his time.

    I put Alonso on pole after his performances in practice, and was surprised to see Button ahead of him, especially as Alonso seems to own this track.

    Button again went for a different strategy, and one that was looking like it was going to give him the win. The team did really well to put him in clear air everytime and the red flag at the end really made a great end to the race vanish.

  15. Certainly Alonso. I wonder why LH has any votes, besides the overtake of MSC ?

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