Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Montreal, 2011

Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

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Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Montreal, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Montreal, 2011

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

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

Jenson Button – Stunning pace at the end of the race and level-headed overtaking moves put him in a position to score a remarkable win.

Mark Webber – Fought back well from his early setback, but made hard work of overtaking Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher – His best race since his comeback, deserved a podium finish.

Jaime Alguersuari – Impressive comeback drive having started in the pits for the best result of his career.

Vitantonio Liuzzi – Single-handedly beat the Lotuses and Virgins to give HRT their highest finish.

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 Pedro de la Rosa
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 Canadian Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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Monaco Grand Prix result

Jenson Button was voted the best driver of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend:

1. Jenson Button – 33.1%
2. Fernando Alonso – 18.8%
3. Sebastian Vettel – 17.0%

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181 comments on “Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend”

  1. Jenson Button

    1. Jenson. Michael second.

      1. Interesting, the polling seems to concur with James Allen’s, but Michael is running a closer second here

      2. Yes, Jenson! No doubt. Can we surmise that this the Drive of the year so far?

    2. definately JB
      Michael in my opinion could be DOW only when winning

      1. I would agree with you if I thought there was a legitimate chance of that car winning outside of a pure random draw mostly wet qualifying and full wet race. Unfortunatly, that Mercedes isn’t a winning car and unless Red Bull, Ferrari, AND McLaren ALL have an awful lot of bad luck, that’s NOT going to happen.

    3. I’d say 50/50 for Button and Micheal. MSC had a very much slower car, so you really have to give him credit. He destroyed his team mate as well.

      Button was stunning at the end.

      I’d like them to finish tied, so I looked at who was winning and voted for the other one.

      1. kind of 50/50 Schumi Button too. Button’s was classic win from behind but the car was way better than Schumi’s.

      2. He destroyed his team mate as well.

        Wasn’t that button? :-D

        1. LOL, litteraly (see what I did there?)

          I am not sure who, Button for the best win in years or Schu for showing its still this amazing driver in there somewhere.
          Or Liuzzi for proving that in the wet its more about he driver than the car and he is really pretty good.

          1. Nice one.

    4. If you didn’t vote Button then you’re just being a homeboy. It’s Button hands down.

      1. If you voted for Button then you were only watching the last 10 laps of the race.

        1. If you didn’t vote Button then you’re just being a homeboy. It’s Button hands down.

          If you voted for Button then you were only watching the last 10 laps of the race.

          If you voted for Hamilton you weren’t watching the race at all.

        2. Yes. It is driver of the weekend. Button wouldn’t have been anywhere if the field didn’t keep getting bunched up so he could catch up.

          Two of those pace cars were partly his fault, don’t see how you could possibly vote for Button. He was just lucky.

    5. Jenson just had hotter tyres that’s all. Anybody decent driver could have done what he did.

      1. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey)
        14th June 2011, 10:17

        and just why did jenson have hotter tyres? he took the chance and reaped the reward. until the safety car.
        after the last safety car, all the tyre temps of all the runners would have cooled to about the same. he still did the job.

      2. And yet, they didn’t.

      3. He didn’t have any possible tire advantage after the safety car, yet was still way faster than everyone else.
        Also, Webber pitted for slicks before everyone and still only narrowly beat Schumacher, so I don’t think the hotter tire theory carries much weight.

      4. bytorr2112 (@)
        21st June 2011, 13:41

        sod off jb slaugherted them all

    6. Jenson Button for worst, no doubt for me. This was a F1 race, not a demolition derby. The

      level-headed overtaking

      part (besides a pic of the FA ramming) is beyond me. This is 00Macca, with license to kill. Who needs Alonso or Hamilton in a race, anyway?

      The best for me: Schumacher. Talking about level-headded overtaking of anybody else is ridiculous. And with a mightily deserved black flag for JB, he would have been on the podium.

        1. So… black flag everyone who has incidents…..

          Righteo…

  2. Michael did well

    1. Yeah, with that slow car, silly strategy before red flag, Schumacher show who’s the boss!! That drive reminds me Catalunya ’96

    2. he would have won if it kept raining

      1. Haha, what a great joke!

        1. He was quickest on track for a while.

      2. @ Ben Dover: Yes, It was possible..

      3. Most likely…that was a 7 times champion drive

  3. Narain – 0 at this time, why of why, ;-)
    Hamilton – 1 ????

    1. Prisoner Monkeys always votes for Lewis. That is a guarantee.

      1. I find it vaguely amusing Lewis has 100% more votes than Webber at this stage (2 vs 1), compared to Button’s 82.

        1. @infy, also, PM’s a JB fan. Nice try.

          1. 7 votes for Liuzzi. WOW

          2. Well to be honest, those 7 are possibly less than he deserves, given that Hamilton is now on 5 votes (as is Webber).

          3. I voted for Liuzzi. Thought he did brilliantly well. Although to be honest I thought JB should have got it, but didn’t vote for him ‘cos I know he already has plenty.

  4. Between Button and MSC, Button for me.

    1. Between Button and MSC, MSC for me.
      Too many things worked in favour of Jenson after the restart to choose his performance over Michael’s.

      1. PS. And MSC’s qualifying time was more impressive than Jenson’s.

  5. Didn’t know who to vote for, so i decided to go for Liuzzi, I didn’t see much of him but he beat the other new teams so he must have had a hell of a drive.

    1. I’d love to vote him, but how can I when Michael and Jenson have been so good? If he had finished in the points, I’d certainly have done it.

      1. There’s no doubting Button and Schumacher drove incredible races, Michael was a little lucky with the lap he chose to put inters on and Button got everything out of the car.

        To be honest I couldn’t care less if the Lotus’ were “broken”, Lizzui’s the one usually driving the broken car. Isn’t that just the same as saying “Button only won because of a mistaker from Vettel”? No, Liuzzi got everything out of his car this weekend, and although I didn’t see much of him on the TV, I think he deserves some recognition.

        But I think despite everything, most of the field got everything out of their cars.

    2. I went for liuzzi as well. Although button was exciting and schumacher finally started to show the skills of old, liuzzi has always been pretty average. For him to beat a lotus was a HUGE achievement. A few races ago the HRT was so bad that it was being lapped by everyone.

      1. He beat two broken Lotuses.

        1. And two normally-functioning Virgins.

          1. Old_boy_racer (@)
            14th June 2011, 13:33

            I think the HRT is potentially a better car than the Virgin. It looks a better design. I think they’ll be beating them regularly by the end of the season.

    3. I was impressed that Liuzzi beat all the other “new teams,” but certainly not driver of the weekend for me.

  6. Michael Schumacher. Gutted he didn’t get a podium, I think he would have finished second if it wasn’t for DRS. He defended extremely well but with Button and Webber in the DRS zones he didn’t have a chance.

    Whilst Button drove a brilliant race he was part of two collisions which ended drivers races (not saying they were fully his fault) and he sped behind the safety car.

    Schumacher, Button then Kobayashi.

      1. Yep. If we’re considering driver/car combos then I’d have given Button a thought, but for what he did in a car that’s clearly not on the pace, Schumacher impressed. He also outperformed his team mate by a convincing margin. Oh, wait. I guess Button did that as well, but I digress, Schumacher. I was really looking forward to seeing him in the press conference. Maybe there’ll be more chances after the off-throttle ban goes into effect.

        1. He also outperformed his team mate by a convincing margin. Oh, wait. I guess Button did that as well,

          Not at all.
          Hamilton outperformed him in the qualy, and had he finished the race, he would’ve be in front of Button as well (as he was when he retired).

          1. It could be argued that by NOT having retirement-inducing contact, Button out-performed Hamilton. i.e. He knew when the time to be aggressive was and when not to. Or maybe he just got incredibly lucky that neither his contact with Hamilton nor his contact with Alonso resulted in his retirement.

    1. Yes I think Tom has it right, Button was involved in a lot of incidents each of which had the potential to destroy his race. He was awesome at the end but I too voted for Schumi.

    2. Mostly agree. I couldn’t go with Kobayashi though because I wasn’t exactly inspired by his qualifying performance but he would be a great candidate for driver of the race. Absolutely agree with everything else though.

      1. his race only fell into place as a result of the flag coming out when he hadn’t pitted so his position was not as a result of brilliant overtaking, and then lost many places… not DOTD IMHO

    3. Yup, I agree with Tommy too. Button drove exceptionally well to make up for lost time in a surplus of pitstops, but at least half of them were at least partly of his own doing.

      Schumacher wins it this time.

      Also, I wish Kobayashi nothing but the best, but he made a couple too many errors in the race. Perhaps his equipment wasn’t quite up to the antics of some of the other drivers’, but he did seem to be slithering quite a lot. One of those moments cost Heidfeld a good points finish, another meant he got overtaken by Schumacher and Massa in virtually one move and yet another meant he didn’t quite make it to the line ahead of Massa.

      1. Old_boy_racer (@)
        14th June 2011, 13:36

        You can’t blame Kobatashi for Heidfeld’s accident.

    4. Ok, I’ll start by saying I do think DRS is a bit artificial but I do agree with its overall purpose.

      Montreal is a track where it is possible to overtake. However even with DRS it took Webber many laps to get past. Whilst Button managed it much easier, he was faster still than Webber by all accounts.

      It sucks when your driver gets passed (I can understand why the Schumacher fans would have liked to see him on the podium) but both cars behind him were faster anyway. The lack of overtaking in F1 is a problem (e.g. still at Barcelona) and if you can hold cars behind you who can lap 2-3 seconds faster than you at Canada then we have a problem to solve.

      Put it another way, would Vettel have pushed so hard if it wasn’t for the threat of DRS?

      The cars are too aerodynamically sensitive, so they need something to help the car behind as the car in front has the advantage by putting out all the dirty air.

      1. Webber did not have KERS. MIchael had KERS hence his exploits by DRS were neutralized.

        1. Webber did have KERS, Christian Horner said so.

        2. The video feeds showed Webber using KERS (maybe the cooler weather stopped it overheating?).

          Another site suggested Webber had down-shifting problems throughout the race and explained this as the reason he was having so much trouble at the hairpin. If so then he drove a fantastic race, if not then just a very good one.

    5. I would agree with you. MSC just could not hold onto the podium because of the DRS. Sometimes the DRS is great but sometimes it just makes things too easy.

    6. He got a penalty for speeding behind the safety car and suffered a puncture after the collision with Alonso. Both collisions were deemed racing accidents but he had the possibility of after race penalties hanging over him.
      Schmacher impressed but on the day was overshadowed by a driver who went from last to first in 30 laps.

    7. Although Button was the most impressive in the race, the fact Michael Schumacher showed he still has it (just) means he gets my vote.

      Jenson was the driver of the day, but I’m happy for Schumacher in a different way.

  7. Oh dear.. who voted for Lewis “Hamilnator”!!? :D

    1. You didn’t think they were the best seven laps of the weekend? :-D

    2. I’ve started calling him Lewis Bam!lton :P Lewis was looking very quick before the crash with Jense so it was a real shame for him. I do think he should get the award for ‘most sporting driver of the weekend’ as if I was him and my team mate had won after taking me out of the race (albeit by accident) I’d be beating up him and his car… :P

      1. if I was him and my team mate had won after taking me out of the race (albeit by accident) I’d be beating up him and his car…

        I bet he wanted to, behind that unconvincing grin. ;)

    3. Yeah, I really don´t get that either, not that I am hater, but his race consisted of 7 laps, 4 of them spent behind a SC, in one he collided with Webber, then he has gone off-track while fighting Schumi, and finally in lap 7 he ended his race by colliding with Button…

      As for Driver of the weekend…..its a though call this time, while Schumi drove really great and let us catch a glimpse of his old self, Button had a hell of a race, literally, after qualifying 7th, crashing twice, getting a drive-through for speeding under SC, he set an amazing race pace and won the race…fully deserved:)

      1. Arguably Schumacher made a change of line and forced him off. Webber will never deviate from his line even when he is beaten – wasn’t it Singapore last season where he nipped back in on Hamilton in the same way? – Interestingly I think it was Massa who got taken into turn 1 later in the race in a move very similar to Hamilton’s move on Webber, but this time Massa left enough room.
        Better stewarding this race though – the racing incidents were largely called as racing incidents.

        1. Webber left almost as much room as Massa did. The car overtaking Massa didn’t drive straight towards the apex of 2 though.

    4. You mean Lewis Ramilton?

      1. Lewis Ramilton, tatz good one!

      2. That`s great, but Jenson Brutton is learning fast

  8. You had to ask?

  9. Schumacher. He clearly outperformed the car, he was fastest in the worst track conditions with the interm, his moves were great, but not just the overtakes, particularly his defenses and braking.

    It’s a pity i can’t choose Button because i genuinely think there are no but and ifs this time: no way faster car like Branwn, absolutely no luck, unlike in his previous McLaren’s wins, and it’s the second time in a row that he’s the faster man on track, and in two very different circuits nonetheless.

    But you just have to go for Schumi this time.

    1. “He clearly outperformed the car, he was fastest in the worst track conditions with the interm, his moves were great, but not just the overtakes, particularly his defenses and braking.”
      Totally agreed with you, Rainmaster he is.

      1. Yep. That move on Massa and Kobi was fantastic!

        1. Yes, MSC still brilliant!! Nice to watch F1 with him around.

  10. no brainer really got to be JB! Kobayashi did a good job too, shame he couldn’t stay ahead on the restart.

  11. maybe it was lewis himself who voted…..that’s why there is only 1 :P

  12. William Wilgus
    13th June 2011, 21:02

    Worst: Hamilton.

    1. worst could be Sutil too. He is the most foolish driver I have ever seen

  13. ROBERT KUBICA

    No, just kidding. It has to be Schumi!

  14. I picked Schumacher. Noone was perfect this weekend. Jense’s last half of the race was magnificent but I didn’t vote Webber in China because it’s about the weekend and Mark’s Saturday had been abysmal so I’m sticking to the same principle. Jense was outqualified, was the cause of his team mate crashing out (I feel it was an accident and didn’t want a penalty) and was done for a very unButton mistake for speeding under the safety car. With all that in mine I couldn’t possibly pick him for driver of the weekend despite how delicious that latter part of the race was. He got out of his own mess in a glorious style but it was his own mess he was clearing up and as exciting as it was he gave himself a lot more work to do than needed.

    Nods to: Vettel it’s a shame he made that mistake in practice and at the end of the race because he’d driven perfectly to stick it on pole and kept a calm head with all the interuptions but he finally cracked with Button, Massa for such an upturn in pace that he made me forget about Fernando Alonso during the race (and made him queue in the pitlane to add insult to injury to the double champ) but had a silly error that cost him the podium but then again I wish Narain had moved. I also think Paul mostly did a stunning job; he beat Adrian Sutil by half a second in qualifying at a track he doesn’t know and his race was going just fine until that mistake but I don’t think it was even that bad a mistake.

    Thank you Mark for finally turning up this season too! 4th with no kers at that track not too bad at all :P

    Results wise this was a nightmare race for me it reminded me of that wall in ‘Total Wipeout’ as the further I got through the race the more it felt like I was being punched in the face. Fernando slow and bad strategy, Massa crashing, Heidfeld and Paul in the wars, MSC passed because of DRS which drives me crazy and then Seb finally having a nervous breakdown after 69 laps.

    1. It’s an interesting point but I’d say this, two of Buttons crashes were 50/50. Particularly the Alonso one were Alo was just too stubborn to see that the place was gone, an part of Buttons pace came from his and his teams set up gamble.

      1. The stewards said
        Button had the inside (racing) line
        Button was ahead at the key point of going into the corner
        Button tried to avoid contact with Alonso by going onto the kerbs
        Alonso had cold tyres after having just pitted.

        I saw the incident and the video on youtube and I concur with all of that. This coming together while I agree was a racing incident was not Button’s fault nor even 50/50.

        1. Which is why I didn’t mention the Alonso incident but referred to the Hamilton one.

          1. I agree with Steph. Whilst Button had a blinding finish, and ordinarily would be on par for DOTD, he was undoing messes (mostly) of his own making. I thought Schuey did an awesome job, qualified well and then just blitzed it during the race. It was a shame he didn’t get on the podium, but I’m hoping to see a few more flashes of the Schuey of old as the season progresses.

  15. Not that easy !
    Button, Schumacher, Webber, maybe even Kobayashi ?
    I think i won’t vote !

    1. I think Kamui deserved some votes… Keeping that Ferrari behind him for that many laps in the wet surely deserved to be at least mentioned in the candidates…

  16. Schumacher. Here we saw a demonstration of a seven times World Champion.

    Now, I do have a somewhat related question about fuel: are teams allowed to remove fuel during the red flag? I would say yes, no brainer. But maybe I’m wrong and only the clever ones (like Schumacher/Brawn, and or Button??) did remove fuel?

    Anyone knows this?

    1. Oh or maybe the opposite works better; keep the fuel and drive the rest of the race with a richer setting?

  17. Michael Schumacher.

    The clincher for me that this is driver of the weekend. Button messed up his lap by his own admission, whereas Schumacher was lower because of a car problem.

    1. Absolutely agree Icthyes. Button wasn’t the best throughout the entire weekend by far in my opinion.

      It would be so easy if there was a ‘like’ button then I’d just click whatever you, Dan, Ads and/or Red Andy say which would result in far less typos from me :P

  18. For me, clearly, Schumacher.

    Yes, Button was brilliant. But no one expected Michael to be sooo on the pace this weekend. He got his car up to second and defended superbly even if the DRS guys had such a long run on him.

    Button can be the driver of the race many times this year. For Schumacher, I think it was a one in a million opportunity this season!

  19. Schumacher. I feel that Button is to blame for the incident between him and Lewis. Looked similar to Hungary with Schumi/Barrichello to me, but not as rash I guess. He did know that Lewis was there and forced him to the side. He did indeed run a superb race and it was fortunate that Seb finally (after 8 races!!) finally cracked. Hats off to Vettel. Hats of to Button for an amazing recovery but Schumacher was on it for me!

  20. I’ll go for Jenson. Kudos to Jamie Alguersuari as well though. He had an embarrassing qualifying and really delivered under pressure here. And I agree that I was already looking forward to seeing Schumacher up there on the podium. I can’t really blame DRS though, given that had Button nailed Seb with it (if he hadn’t had the mistake) I probably would have been all for it.

    Just one further comment and I know most of you will agree with this one: Just how ordinary is Adrian Sutil been made to look this year alongside Di Resta?

  21. Driver of the day
    Michael Schumacher
    Jenson Buton
    Bernd Mayländer for leading most of the GP laps(for the moment I thought he could win this :))

  22. Bernd Maylander of course, did you see how he pulled away from the pack at each safety car restart? they were caught napping.

  23. JB by a street, but since he’ll win anyway, I’m voting for Schumi as I’d like to see him top 3 in something this weekend!

  24. It’s such a shame that Button had such a brilliant race, I’d really want to give my vote to Schumi or any of the other drivers out there… But Button drove so superbly over the last 30 laps that I can’t justify giving my vote to anyone other than him… Let’s hope I have a reason to vote for Schumi next time though…

  25. Gone for Jenson myself. Schumacher was brilliant, and it pleased me no end to see him up there, but Jenson shone on a weekend where his team mate was a let down. Also, we’re all talking about Jenson because he won, and he did that because he put enough pressure on Vettel to make him make a mistake. A brilliant drive, and a win despite making mistakes, and battling through traffic, because as we’ve seen so far this season, it’s easy to win from the front.

  26. Difficult choice, I’ve gone for Vettel because he monstered Webber yet again, drove a perfect race from the front including 4 safety car restarts, led all but two laps, unfortunately one of them was the final one.

    Oh, and I didn’t think anyone else would (2 other people so far!)

    Schumi and Button are equal second, and a mention for Petrov who managed to get a stealth 5th by staying out of trouble (cant believe I’m saying that about Petrov).

    1. Old_boy_racer (@)
      14th June 2011, 13:56

      Vettel was second after Schumacher for me. If we add together all the lead gaps that were stolen from him by the caution periods he’d have won by half a lap. The SC didn’t do MSC any favours either though and he showed good race craft with a car that wasn’t as quick as those of the drivers around him.

  27. Button. Has to be. He deserved what he got and finishing on the top spot just topped everything off nicely.

    He was driving like a man possessed down the back straight with DRS. I was in awe at just how quickly he caught up towards the end of the straight, incredible pace. OK, any driver could have been in a similar position but the sheer ferocity of his attack is what made it.

    Everything about his race went right. He did everything right.

    Other mentions go to Kobayashi (mainly for pulling off that move against Massa) and Schumacher for being within a hairs breadth of a podium.

  28. Clearly two people accidently hit the Hamilton button ;)

    1. Ironic when Hamilton and Button accidentally hit each other!

  29. Button was unbelievable, but I am going to give my vote to Jaime Algersuari

  30. There’s the famous F1 Fanatic anti-Webber jibe. “Fought back well, BUT…”

    1. “…made hard work of passing Schumacher”, which is apt since he slipped off the road and lost out to Button.

    2. How is giving him credit for a recovery drive a “jibe”?

  31. I’d split it 3 ways

    Button – Great last 30 laps to get through the field after a terrible first 40 laps

    Schumacher – Dragged that dog of a car u to 2nd when the track was at its worst only DRS kept him off the podium

    Liuzzi – Beat both lotus’s in the HRT. Hazza!!

    1. UKfanatic (@)
      14th June 2011, 0:11

      nice short version, anyway I hope that people continue to remenber the first 40 laps of Button and vote on other cars cause none of the other candidates took out of race opponents. I wonder if Buttons clash with Alonso counted as an overtake on the official statistics

  32. Best: MSC
    Worst: HAM

    1. “Worst: Ham” – because he outqualified Button by 4 tenths of a second?

      1. Because he yet again negatively affected the race of two of his innocent collages!

        P.S. I think Jean Todt made an error not to punish L.H. for his Monaco weekend…

        1. He will have other opportunities I’m sure ;)

  33. Schumacher.

    Button ‘outperformed’ the car at one stage. (In the dying stages.) Schumacher did too. (In about the third quarter of the race.)

    Button made mistakes. Schumacher did not.

    1. Not seen on TV but is was reported that Schumi went off the track. That I think is a mistake.

      1. Lap 50, MS off at turn 8.

  34. Massa for making Alonso queue in the pits. Made my night.

  35. UKfanatic (@)
    14th June 2011, 0:06

    Why wasnt Button the best driver of the weekend? Simple, despite a fantastic drive on the race his comeback had some troubles (I’m happy that he escaped penaltys afterwards) for starters he didnt saw hamilton and second despite alonso letting him pass he still rammed him almost the same as the Ham Web clash and to finnish it would have been more fantastic to see him pass Vettel on the harpin or last chicane. Vitantonio Liuzzi for me was the best driver, poor car, poor conditions, stayed off the wall and beat the bransons and the Fernandes.

  36. Many to choose.But for a driver who been hit by his team mate, got a penalty, was on the wrong tyres when the rain came heavy, had a puncture when crashed with ALonso to win by overtaking Webber,Schumacher & forced Vettel to a mistake he deserve it.Schumacher was the second best not sure what happened to him in the end of the race but he deserve a podium.

  37. Keith did not mention Kobayashi??!!

  38. Best: MSC. By a hair. Probably had the most error free race, was supreme in the difficult conditions, smashed his team-mate, and with his on the limit defensive skills would have had a podium if not for DRS. Button a very close second, I’d have voted for him if he weren’t involved in two somewhat clumsy racing incidents which ended the race for two other drivers.
    Worst: Lewis Ramilton (thanks for that, got a lol), that was ridiculous at the start, Webber gave him enough room for a semi trailer and he still went in too hot and understeered into him. Makes you wonder how many more accidents he has to be involved in before they actually do slap a ban on him.

  39. Button, easily.

    I was thinking mid-race that Kobayashi was going to be the driver of the weekend, then it changed to Schumacher, as he was driving exceptionally well. But of course, Jenson drove like a scalded cat in the latter part.

    On a side note: 5 people voted for Hamilton? Even though his incidents were all deemed racing incidents, it’s not hard to see that he had a shocker.

  40. In my opinion, voting for Liuzzi doesn’t make sense. He beat two broken Lotuses, as someone already pointed out. And so did D’Ambrosio, who had to change his chassis this weekend. So why not vote for him instead? I think this vote, at least for some, is just because they like one of the big names who didn’t have a great race, so they can’t vote for him.
    I go for Button with Schumi second. I also liked Kobayashi. And Vettel drove an outstanding race, perfect until the last lap.
    One more thing: was Webber better than Heidfeld? He has 0 votes, and Webber got 6 in a race where he didn’t do anything spectacular ( in my opinion).

    1. Drove without KERS again, got taken out by Ramilton at the start, lost 2 places with faulty gear selector, and pulled off several difficult overtakes… Heidfeld drove well but then crashed out. Schu was my pick.

      1. My point is : Webber was again outraced by his teammate, as in all the other races this year( including the one when he made the impossible possible : being kicked out in Q1).

        1. Well he does have the difficult problem of currently having a teammate who’s showing the kind of form MSC did at Ferrari.

  41. Wow, looks like Button will win Best driver of the weekend two times in a row. Probably deservedly so as well.

  42. Schumacher.

  43. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey)
    14th June 2011, 10:07

    jenson. his qualifying wasn’t the best, however his race pace in the last 30 laps eclipsed everything else that would otherwise have said he wasn’t the best over the weekend.

    close 2nd would be schumi. just a shame he couldn’t hold mark off (with DRS it was never going to happen) and take a podium finish.

  44. Button was impressive at the end, but he was in the fastest car with the correct set-up for the conditions and overtaking was as easy for him as slicing through butter with the double DRS.

    Obviously it helped him massively that he took out of his competition Hamilton and Alonso. Alonso may have beaten him, as he was ahead of him before their collision and Hamilton was certainly faster than him in their few laps together.

    Unforunately that all but ends the title as a whole as Hamilton and Alonso were the only drivers capable of overhauling Vettel but now his lead over them is collossal.

    Still even as an old school Damon Hill fan it was great to see Schumacher rolling back the years and putting a
    Reinmaster-esque display. To be the fastest man in the 4th fastest car when conditions were very tricky makes him the man of the race imo.

  45. I also chose Michael because he had me at different times toward the end holding my breath, jumping up and clapping, wringing my hands, and yelling at the tv and he hasn’t done that in a while.

    1. Icemangrins
      14th June 2011, 15:25

      me too…. all the Alonso fans sitting next to me in Grandstand 1 were giving me a dirty look

  46. great race from Schumi, but Button deserves it

  47. Michael Schumacher was the most impressive over the weekend. I feel it’s his understanding of space in relation to the car, the other cars, and the track that allows him to make overtaking moves like the one on Massa and Kobayashi. The Rai 1 announcers (completely biased towards Ferrari) were going crazy with Joy when he passed – as if he were still driving the red car. Then the pathos involved in watching Schumacher’s wife willing him on but knowing deep down it wasn’t going to happen. In any case, great race and reminds me of why I watch and why I feel F1 is proof of what the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti declared over 100 years ago that, “A rushing motor car is more beautiful than the Nike of Samothrace”.

  48. That’s it! I’m making Ramilton t-shirts

  49. Another tough one. Jenson was easily the driver of the day, but I hadn’t really noticed him until Sunday, so it would seem a bit strange to vote for him as driver of the weekend. I had to go with Schumacher, in the end. He went a long way to showing he still has it.

  50. Jenson drove a great race BUt I think alot of people seem to forget that jenson was massively helped out by the safetycar and redflags – without all that help then I wouldve given him driver of the day.

    But considering being massively helped by the safetycar a number of times to stay close to the pack; and also the fact that button took out his team mate and alonso – The 2 guys who wouldve finished up infront of him and also because he got away scot free – and considering Schumacher’s brilliant and deserved drive…I give the driver of the day to Michael Schumacher.

    1. I wouldn’t change a word to this.
      Schumi is finally back! :D

    2. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey)
      14th June 2011, 16:25

      I think alot of people seem to forget that jenson was massively helped out by the safetycar and redflags

      it was the same for all the runners, not just jenson. if he managed to go from last to first, where were the others? why weren’t they also pushing seb?

  51. Jenson
    Schumacher
    Liuzzi

    …in that order

  52. Kumui Kobayashi.. That kid knows how to entertain!

    Plus he shares his name with a famous fictional Lawyer and he isn’t one of the usual suspects ;)

    1. Kaiser Soze must be somewhere among the team’s engineers…

    2. He also shares his name a competitive eater.

  53. Schumacher all the way… He looked assured in traffic and sharp when passing, fair when defending and wrung every millisecond of pace out of the tyres and the car. A deserved podium place was sadly snatched from him by the ‘push to pass’ button, which seems to be making overtaking just a little too easy at times (two zones at Montreal was completely unnecessary imho) Button had a good race too and I was glad he won but I think a few more people would have been calling for a penalty if Schumi had been involved in those two incidents – not that I feel either one was anymore than 50/50…

  54. Incidentally, to the 6 people who have voted for Lewis… can I have some of what you’re smoking?!

  55. The comments on Jenson’s collisions are priceless.. I see people saying that if Hamilton hits anyone he is just being a racing driver and getting picked on by the stewards, but when Hamilton drives straight into the back of Jenson and then Alonso turns in on him after the apex of a corner.. then it’s Jenson’s fault lol!!!

    If you try to drive round the outside of anyone in the wet and you get pushed off then it’s tough luck it’s not always a bad move but it’s risky and certainly never the car in front to blame (within reason).

    I reckon Hamilton just wanted some alone time with Rihanna. The dirty dog!

    I would love to know what people would say if Hamilton had pulled that move on Alonso because he would of done the exact same thing and Alonso would also of closed the door for sure.

    1. if it had been lewis or fernando involved one of them would of got a penalty i reckon

  56. “I reckon Hamilton just wanted some alone time with Rihanna. The dirty dog!”

    COTD! ;)

  57. Undoubtely Schumacher.

    Without DRS option I doubt Button and Webber would be able to pass him.

    The Mercedes inabilities were obviously the limit.

  58. mmmkay let’s see.
    Vettel: drove a perfect race, but I will remove one point for a mistake under pressure in the last lap, and three point for whinning like a crybaby because of the rain.
    Alonso: extremely solid all weekend, did the wrong bet with tyres and ruined his own race.
    Massa: extremely solid all weekend, did a wrong overtaking move over Narain and ruined his own race.
    Ramilton: well, what can I say. The dude is fast but it seems to me that he needs a chill pill. A friggin joke, as he said.
    Button: flawless race, really.
    Shumacher: flawless race. As much as I like Webber and despise the Kaiser, I hated it when Schumacher was overtaken and left out of the podium. He deserved it.
    Webber: not really an exciting race, plagued by problems.
    Kobayashi: did the right bet with the pitstop strategy and was second for many laps with a lesser car. The ridiculous DRS thingy deprived him of a 6th position.
    so, for me it was Button, Schumacher and Kobayashi.

  59. Hamilton has more votes than Alguersuari??? Is this a joke or did the Hamilton family register last week!?

    MSC first for impressive driving, Alguersuari second for great come back from 24th to 8th. Well done Jaime!

    JB – happy he got to beat Vettel and very lucky.
    He’s clearly being favoured in the team vs Hamilton with the new development: the innovative protective shield

  60. For the majority of the race my driver of the day was Michael Schumacher for putting that Mercedes in a position it had no business being in. His was a great drive of the quality we became used to seeing years ago, but then along came Jenson Button. He blew them all out of the water really, to come from so far back and win like he did was all very Kimi Raikkonenesque wasn’t it? You don’t see too many victories like Jenson’s, it made for a classic race and I was really pleased for the guy!

  61. Jenson, then Schu, then no contest.

  62. Schumi! Drove a blinding race with a car that isn’t capable of winning. He made the difference on Sunday.

  63. !RACECARACECAR!

  64. Schumacher Surely….Just shows he just needs a car that behaves like he wants it to..

  65. Lucas "Mr. Veloce"
    14th June 2011, 16:26

    JENSON!!!!!!!

  66. HounslowBusGarage
    14th June 2011, 17:03

    Bernd Mylander – he led most laps, didn’t he?

    1. hahahaha

  67. Button all the way, Kamui and Schuy behind them… both of them had great races but where let down by either strategy or just car pace.

  68. Easy vote, Jenson Go! Go!

  69. Kobayashi. Was able to hold of Massa for a large number of laps, and was only let down by his cars lack of dry pace

  70. Bernd Maylander…

  71. Schuey. Great drive. Would’ve loved to have seen a podium for him. I want him to stick around as long as he wants to.

  72. I wish the podium was Button, Schumacher, Kobayashi :(

    1. Who I’d rank as 1, 2 and 3 as my drivers of the day.

  73. 10 people voted for hamilton. Give me a Break.

  74. Why has Hamilton even got any votes… :S

  75. Jaime Alguersuari.

  76. Has to be Button for me.

  77. sid_prasher (@)
    15th June 2011, 18:43

    Button was brilliant…

    But I voted Schumacher because this was most impressive drive since his return.

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