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.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Mark Webber (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Jenson Button (61%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (28%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (2%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 644

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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%

Rate the Race: Canadian Grand Prix

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the ‘rate the race’ poll as well:

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

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

  2. Schumacher.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. great race from Schumi, but Button deserves it

  7. 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”.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. Jenson

    …in that order

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

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

  15. 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

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

    COTD! ;)

  17. Undoubtely Schumacher.

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

    The Mercedes inabilities were obviously the limit.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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!

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