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.

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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. wigster (@wigster) said on 31st May 2011, 12:12

    I voted for jenson Button.

    As (some would say) Mclarens number 2 he was there to challenge at the front when Lewis had a bad weekend. But for the untimely safety car, red flag and Vettels luck with strategy he may have won the race. He was almost on Lewis’s pace all weekend and probably faster then Alonso and Vettel during the race.

    • sumedh said on 31st May 2011, 12:32

      If Vettel’s strategy works it is considered to be ‘lucky’ whereas if Button had taken such a risky one-stop strategy, it would have been hailed as an ‘inspired move’.

  2. nakajima (@nakajima) said on 31st May 2011, 12:17

    No human being can support Hamilton after watching this video – http://www.gpupdate.net/en/videos/1063/hamilton-versus-massa-on-board-monaco-2011/

    • Hyoko said on 31st May 2011, 12:42

      F1 needs to take some serious action. Like banning it to drive for the next million GPs.

    • pSynrg said on 31st May 2011, 16:08

      Cheers for that! That demonstrates clearly how Massa turned in on Hamilton.

      And then Massa hung himself out going into the tunnel, possibly due to the damage he picked up turning in on Hamilton?

      Haters gonna hate…

      • VXR said on 31st May 2011, 16:27

        The video shows that Hamilton had not won the corner. Any steward looking at that wouldn’t have to look at it for too long before making a no-brainer of a decision. The move was over ambitious to say the least. It’s possibly why he got a penalty for it?

        • pSynrg said on 31st May 2011, 18:07

          Just explain one thing. Why is Webber so far out to the right?

          Massa does connect with Webber as his car is rotated by the impact with Lewis’s car.

          Take this sequence of events from the top of the hill.

          Lewis is hard on Massa’s gearbox, they all storm down the hill. With the exception of Lewis, all begin the normal line out to the right for a wide turn-in at the hairpin. Initially then Massa is directly behind Webber. From what I can see, this is where Lewis decides he can put one up the inside as Massa is taking the racing line.

          Just as they hit their brake marker Massa see’s Lewis in his mirror and goes to close the door. You can see this in comparison with Webber who stayed on line.
          I’ve got not problem with that. Except Massa has realised this too late, Lewis is already commited to the inside attacking line and there’s no way out apart from over the kerb.

          I’m really with Lewis on this one…

    • Alex R said on 31st May 2011, 21:36

      What was that gesture when he missed the chicane after he overtook… Was that a middle finger for Massa!?

  3. Hyoko said on 31st May 2011, 12:37

    Hard to say

    Seb would have earned it if he had still managed to win without the red flag or the tyre change. As it was, there’s a big lucky factor in his win.

    Ferdy or Jenson could have rightly earned it by winning, or missing it by being unable to overtake Seb. As it was, they lost their fair chance, again by blind luck.

    So I won’t give it to any of the first three, though anyone of them who had got the win without the rubbish ending would have earned it for me.

    So my 0.02$ go to Kamui. He was terrific. Hope to see him in a top team ASAP. Maybe in a (seriously improved) Ferrari team. With a bit more polish and a decent car, this guy has what it takes to be the next WDC.

    And the worst, both in and out of the track, well, ’nuff said. Go to NASCAR (if they are moronic enough to accept you) and good riddance.

  4. mattr said on 31st May 2011, 13:17

    that video shows some great action,and its one of the reasons why i voted for lewis.
    jenson was happy with third place.lewis would have been gutted with third place even if he finished there.he never looks truely happly unless he wins.thats how it should be.

  5. dragon said on 31st May 2011, 13:20

    Kinda makes you wonder exactly what Vettel has to do to win one of these polls?

    • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 31st May 2011, 14:02

      And what does Hamilton have to do to get no votes as well…

    • No matter how deserved they are, straight wins for pole to flag are boring. Maybe struggling for the win from the back of the pack would do it.
      But seriously, I think the only way for Seb to win a poll here is getting a Brit passport.

  6. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 31st May 2011, 14:31

    For his practice and race performance, Fernando Alonso.

  7. Sergio Perez said on 31st May 2011, 16:17

    My vote is split between Hamilton Kobayashi, and even Michael Schumacher. Why?

    First, Schumacher. I’m not a big fan of the man, but its great to see the old “fire” back on Schumacher. Those overtaking moves, that agressiveness, it was fantastic to watch. I want to see more of this Michael Schumacher. This is the Schumacher I respect as a motorsport fan, not the Turkey one.

    Then, Kobayashi. I must say I was a bit disappointed with his qualifying performance. He was trully outpaced by the driver with my name. However, in the race, he was outstanding. Again, a true racer shows his colors in places were people say you cannot overtake. May it be Suzuka, Turkey, Barcelona, Kamui Kobayashi is a joy to watch and trully deserves an opportunity at a top team. Sergio Perez looked really impressive, and I hope he can quickly overcome, like Kubica did in Canada a few years back, the trauma of a big crash.

    Last, but certainly not least, Lewis Hamilton. I’m a motorsport fan for more than 27 years now, and I have to say Hamilton is the most exciting driver to watch since Senna. In Monaco, Hamilton was The racing driver. Never settling for less, he always aimed for a better position, and tried. He took risks. And because of him, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Di Resta, this race was one of the most exciting of the last few years. This is racing, and we need racers.

    Now, if Hamilton just “grew up” a bit and trully concentrated in improving the Mclaren with the team, learning the know how and the intricacies of the machine and teamwork to make him more of a complete driver (these aspects are were Schumacher and Alonso excel) , Hamilton could have a go at becoming an all time great. However, Vettel really surprised me this year with the way he matured… All in all, its a new generation of F1, and a very exciting one!

  8. VXR said on 31st May 2011, 16:36

    Could have avoided the collision that put him out, though.

    Yes, he could have pulled over for a meal at one of the many fine restaurants in the vicinity.

    Or maybe he did what you would expect Hamilton to do?

  9. RIISE (@riise) said on 31st May 2011, 16:37

    I was going to go for Trulli, stellar drive from him although we hardly seen him all race. I went for Alonso in the end though.

  10. GameR_K (@gamer_k) said on 31st May 2011, 18:01

    For me it is Lewis Hamilton without a doubt. To have not punched Sergio Perez in his guts for red flagging the qualifying session and ruining it for him; to turn into people from impossible positions and immediately announcing his innocence via radio messages(‘He did it intentionally’); to plunge into someone and hold his hands up in frustration because people up ahead didn’t see Sir Hammy(Not to be confused with Hammy from ‘Over the hedge’) coming on the inside hitting their rear tyres with their front tyres and still complaining how far ahead they were in that corner and still have to guts to call other drivers stupid, he must be one heck of a super hero single-handedly taking on the 24 drivers on the grid(him included for obvious reasons) and this is not counting his Ali G(This G does not stand for Good) joke which evoked laughter to the millions of F1 fans around the globe. I would also like to thank fellow 55 people who concurred with me about this obviously easy decision we had to make this weekend which would take Sir Hammy one step closer to the Oscars.
    Things that seemed to have lost in the background that people obviously should not be taken into consideration, a split second before Massa hits Webber he is hit from the side by Sir-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Also for the souls who provided in-depth footage/photographs/personal(very very personal) opinions should also close their eyes when viewing the on-board footage of Hammy hitting Maldanado because we are going to assume that Hamilton is side by side with Maldanado whereas the footage shows his front clipping the rears of Maldanado(no pun intended). Also we won’t talk about Lewis running around with a damaged Rear wing because it is not a safety issue, obviously when he is the one crashing into others.
    Let me ask a very frank question: do you have the same emotions if you replace Sir Hammy with The Finger-Kid? No way, he would have been guillotined by now. Growing up we see some people getting preferential treatment and we feel how unfair is this. But when it comes to ourselves to judge others we don’t want to play fair.

    • Adrian Morse said on 31st May 2011, 18:53

      You’re not making much sense, GameR_K. It looks like you took your time to write a lengthy rant against Hamilton, but are you saying he should have blamed Perez?

      In fact Hamilton’s praising of Perez’s driving this weekend was one of his more positive comments.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 31st May 2011, 23:36

      To have not punched Sergio Perez in his guts for red flagging the qualifying session and ruining it for him

      How about everyone else punching Barrichello at Singapore, 2009?

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st May 2011, 19:53

    Vettel for me. It was close again though with Button and Alonso in the mix. He managed to cling on to his tyres as well as he did for as long as he did, superb. I can’t not vote for him on the basis that he MIGHT have been caught, I just have to go with what’s presented to me.

    Honourable mention to Kobayashi as well, fantastic stuff, keep it up Kamui!

  12. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey) said on 2nd June 2011, 11:20

    jenson.

    vettel had the win almost certainly gifted to him with the ‘free’ pitstop courtesy of the red flag. another weekend where, iirc, he didn’t make an overtake, on track, for position.

  13. PJA (@pja) said on 3rd June 2011, 17:49

    A tough one this time but I think I would have to go with Alonso.

    I think Vettel was very lucky with the safety cars and race restart and he wouldn’t have been able to hold off Alonso for the win otherwise.

    With the lead Vettel has established in the championship, the Red Bull still being the best car and the sort of good fortune he had at Monaco I think he has the title in the bag.

    I never thought Button would be able to get past both Alonso and Vettel if the race hadn’t been interrupted by the restart and new tyres, his only hope was for Alonso and Vettel to take each other off.

    Button’s main mistake was putting on another set of super softs at his second stop which meant he still had to stop again for the softs, even without the safety cars I think this probably would have cost him the victory.

    I like Hamilton but I am amazed at the number of votes he has got, I suppose you should never discount fanboys who vote for their favourite driver/team no matter what and also some of his fans may have felt the need to defend him more because of what when on over the weekend.

  14. mskii (@mskii) said on 6th June 2011, 15:21

    I’m really starting to admire Jenson as a driver lately. I mean, he seems to be one of the few who can go toe to toe with Hamilton & not be taken off the road, that must require some skill right?

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