Start, Valencia, 2011

Vote for your driver of the European GP weekend

2011 European Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Valencia, 2011
Start, Valencia, 2011

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – Untroubled by the chasing pack, never looked like being beaten.

Fernando Alonso – His usual speed and consistency in the race allowed him to prise the leading Red Bulls apart.

Jaime Alguersuari – Has clearly turned a corner with the 2011 tyres, rising from 18th to eighth.

Adrian Sutil – Another driver who is thriving in the middle part of the season, in the points for the second time in three races after qualifying well.

Sergio Perez – A welcome return from injury, he almost scored a point with a well-executed one-stop strategy.

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

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (28%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (33%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (2%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (3%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (26%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (1%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (1%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)

Total Voters: 463

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Canadian Grand Prix result

Jenson Button was voted the best driver of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

1. Jenson Button – 61.0%
2. Michael Schumacher – 27.8%
3. Sebastian Vettel – 2.2%

Rate the Race: European Grand Prix

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

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122 comments on “Vote for your driver of the European GP weekend”

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  1. So… Where do we vote?

    1. LOL. I thought there was something wrong with my browser

    2. Can you not see the poll?

      1. It’s okay now.

      2. vettel without a doubt, pole, fastest lap and race win. What else?
        Keith, jarno trulli said something interesting about how, perfect reliability, is hurting the sport.
        What is your opinion on it?

        1. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey)
          28th June 2011, 8:27

          yep, had to be SV. very nearly a perfect race weekend, so deserves the vote this time around. his only mistake was The Finger ;-)

        2. My dad said the same thing during this race….It wasn’t that long ago that we had engines fail randomly which made things more exciting, but most importantly we had engine suppliers pushing the limits of engineering and design to get maximum power and reliability. Now they’ve been somewhat neutered.

          Not to mention, we also used to have more than 4 engine suppliers. I seriously doubt any potential engine manufacturers are going to want to join F1 with the current limitations.

          1. I think you hit the nail there. I really hope the rule changes will bring on some pushing the limits. Both from engines and other parts. I don’t like how spec-racing it’s been with the engine freeze.. Of course it’s nice other parts are being developed.. But still.. ALL parts should be pushed to the limit :)

  2. I vote Jaime Alguersuari, well I would. Can ya put a voting tag in there somewhere please, thnx.

    1. Me too. It’s between him and Alonso for me but it’s rare I can give a Toro Rosso driver driver of the day so I did :P

    2. How can anyone say that Vettel had a good “race”. He set off in front, drove the car forward and finished at the front. Thats not a race thats a training run. Button had a race in Canada. Alguersuari had to drive to get 10 places up on his grid position, thats RACING. Vettel is lucky he has such a good car. Thats all! Granted he has calmed down, and is now more capable of handling such a good car. But thats not racing. Start him from the vback and see if he has the ability to move through and win, thats the true test.

      1. Exactly! Vettel did nothing extraordinary to win the race. Just drive the best car of the field to its full potential.

        Jaime outperformed himself and the Toro Rosso to get to 8th place and leaving better cars behind him.

        1. WHAT! you contradict yourself quite quickly there…..

      2. You’re underestimating the skill it takes to qualidy well. Alguersuari’s drive was entertaining, but he screwed up his qualifying to start 18th in the first place. Vettel deserves praise, not criticism for being a great qualifier, which is why he never has to make up 10 places.

        1. How do we know if he is good qualifier, maybe the RedBull is faster than we think. And beating Webber isnt enough.

          1. Vettel’s proven himself as a good qualifier not just this year, but since his first race for BMW in 2007, where he stuck it 7th on the grid. There’s no way 17 poles out of the last 27 is all down to the car. And you’ve not even addressed the point about screwing up in quali like Alguersuari.

          2. I agree with David A. Don’t forget the drives from Vettel in 2008 and 2009 in sub-#1 cars…

  3. Vettel should win technically this easily because he absolutely dominated the whole weekend, not a foot wrong.

    But Alas he wont, because he made one BIG mistake…. He won 5 other races. Success always attracts flack & jealousy.

    1. I can’t remember Vettel making a mistake this weekend? Especially not a big one.

      1. Laranja Mecanica
        27th June 2011, 19:28

        Read it again… Having won almost every race this year, of course.

      2. I cant remember Vettel being “The Driver of the Weekend” in this website :)

        1. Me either, even when he clearly has been. Surprised to see him ahead at the moment.

    2. the other ‘mistake’was being in comfortably the best car

      1. That’s not a mistake. That’s called making the most of a good thing. He thoroughly deserves to be in the best car.

        1. He put “mistake” in inverted commas, meaning he knows it’s not a mistake, rather people looking for any reason whatsoever not to vote for him.

          1. My “mistake”. :) ;)

    3. True. It seems everyone is being voted driver of the weekend apart from him, including the guy that hasn’t beaten him once in the same car.

      1. Yea, it’s true. I think the best driver pole, much like watching the 2011 season, is becoming more about who is in 2nd place than 1st….

    4. Vettel should win technically this easily because he absolutely dominated the whole weekend, not a foot wrong.

      But Alas he wont, because he made one BIG mistakeā€¦. He won 5 other races. Success always attracts flack & jealousy.

      I voted in Fernando because I could SEE him fighting hard against the best cars and against the flaws of his own car.

      Sorry for Vettel winning form. It is not jealousy from here, but it is a little bit easy start in front in one of teh best cars in F1 history and disapear in the sunset without any ‘resistance.’

      Fernando made my day in a really BORING, DULL, race day.

      He entertained me and that’s was what makes him special for me yesterday.

      1. If your job is ‘easy’, then how can you be the driver of the day/weekend/year? Because someone who is putting in the effort and getting there is always going to trump someone just coasting along because they don’t need to push any harder. Hence why I voted for Alonso.

        1. But at the same time, you could say Vettel is putting in the effort to start and finish first, while his teammate drives roughly at the capabilities of the car.

  4. I try not to vote for the winner unless I think they have been outstanding all weekend. In this case, Vettel was. Can’t fault him, great drive. Just a shame he’s untouchable right now.

    1. He certainly was, formidable again.

  5. Well it has to be Fernando, obviously, as he truly out drove the capability of his car to beat at least one of the Red Balls.

    1. +1
      Vettel was good but he had the race covered, Alonso had to be at 100% to beat Webber.

      1. Webber had a gearbox problem… Nice drive by Alonso… But he is one place too far up.

        1. afaik the gearbox problem occured after his last stop, so he would of had to overtake anyway. The fact that Alonso was battling with the Red Bulls at all is enough to get my vote.

    2. I voted for Alonso as he kept Webber’s pace and, at times, Vettel’s, with an inferior car. His second place was very much deserved.

      1. Vettel drove just as fast as he needed to. No point in making the same mistake he did in Montreal by losing a 10 second gap due to a safety car and then losing out with worn tyres.

        1. Near the end of the race, when Seb hadn’t pitted yet but Alo and Web had I thought, there’s gonna be a SC now and Seb is gonna finish 3rd. Well, no SC, of course. And Seb pitted for the last time, I guess mostly to be safe, hys tyres seemed to be still OK.

  6. Three votes for Hamilton now. Why? Probably because he managed a whole weekend without penalties.

    1. at the previous poll, he got 13 votes, which was more than what Webber got and one less than what can you expect

    2. four votes for massa now. Why? Probably because he bla bla la
      four votes for schumacher now. Why? Probably because he bla bla bla
      four votes for Karthikeyan now. Why? Probably because he bla bla bla
      etc ;)

      1. Four votes for the indian guy?

  7. SebVet was the best and will repeat as champion. The RedBull jugernaught will run on until rule changes and a new generation of cars come into existance. Seems unlikely that anyone will touch what has become so familiar in 2011, RedBulls leading and everyone else hoping for somekind of a mistake from the 23 year old. Enjoy what is happening as this kind of history making comes only once in a while. I also wonder if he really is that good or is it more about how good the car is??

    1. The rules aren’t likely to change much over the next two years. We will just have to get used to it.

      1. We already did from 2000 to 2004….

  8. I always look to who has achieved more than we expect from the car they are in, and this weekend it was Alguersuari and Alonso, and there’s no coincidence that they are both Spaniards either!

    Though they have had problems and made many mistakes, and even seemed to be off the pace before, I would also like to give a special mention to Schumacher and Massa, who seem to have up their respective games recently, and I hope we see both of them push higher up in rest of the races now

  9. Alonso beat the driver who just doesn’t have any pace in comparison to his teammate that had gearbox problems. While it’s fantastic to see him and his car improve, eh.

    Lewis didn’t crash so that’s impressive but I don’t expect him to so voting for him is silly.

    Alguersuari did a great job but the fact that he can’t do anything Saturday is just disappointing.

    Unfortunately (as I don’t like him at all) I ended up voting Vettel. Hopefully it’s the only time I do.

    1. I don’t see which race did you see, but Webber had the exact same pace as Vettel until the very end when he had the gearbox problem…

      1. We are talking about Valencia 2011? Exactly the same pace? During the warmup lap or at which time did you meassure this?
        1. It doesnt make any sense if you are on P1 to rise up the gap to P2 to more than a few seconds. If something happens and the sc must come out you lost everything including your tyres. This year with these tyres you simply must managed your tyres to stay alive as long as your direct competitors are going to pit. And then, surprise, you also going to pit as well because of the safety car risk. F1 racing is different this year and Vettel managed this very well.
        2. Webber got his gear box problems AFTER losing position against Alonso. Btw C. Horner mentioned that it wasnt serious problems but they decide to slow down at that time when the realized that they cannot catch Alonso. You cannot blame it on the gearbox.

  10. Vettel was faultless but so was Alonso. I plumped for Alonso because I really don’t think he should have beaten a Red Bull.

    Nods to: Vettel for dominating but in a way that left me thinking that he was taking it easy and to Jaime and Sutil for good races.

    1. Because I’m curious and I thought it a typo at first. Is using plump as a synonym for voting/choosing used specifically in a certain region of the world?

      Google pulled up a couple Australian (and I presume English as well) examples and I’ve never heard it used stateside. I asked a couple other colleagues and they hadn’t either. The common response was “plumped?”.

        1. dyslexicbunny
          27th June 2011, 23:18

          Thanks but I already had the definition. I was interested in the region of use. Based on what was in the periodical archive from the link, I presume it’s a British/Australian idiom?

          1. I can’t vouch for its use in Australia, but it’s a pretty common turn of phrase here in the UK.

  11. Went for Alonso at the time, brilliant drive to live with the Red Bull’s. Put him just ahead of Alguersuari who put in a brilliant drive.

  12. Between the 2 Spaniards for me, both were exceptional but I went for Jaime. Great drive under pressure.

    1. I wanted to vote for Jaime but I just couldn’t because I just wasn’t impressed with his performance on Saturday.

  13. Laranja Mecanica
    27th June 2011, 19:26

    I should vote for Seb Vettel, flawless but so boring… Alonso lost his chance to challenge him but it was mostly due to the team’s bad timing with the pitstops. I will go for Jaime this time.

  14. Perez made a good of himself this weekend.

  15. My “invisible” vote goes for Jaime… :) It is the third time in a row that I am happy about his race perfomance… I am curious about Silverstone, when the “hards” will be back at action… If the tyre management will be so good as in Valencia, then he is back to the great shape from the end of 2010 season…

  16. I voted for Glock, he really had a try at outdoing his car again. And nice passing in the first lap. Also his lap record still stands!

    But I would have given it to Vettel, if not for the fact he is getting the results that really count from his driving already. Amazing job again keeping the distance to 2.5 seconds for almost the complete race distance!

    Alonso did his best Valencia race and really made it worthwhile for the fans who came to see him (Must have been just him, as they surely did not come to see a good race, did they?). Alguersuari did an amazing job as well, as did Perez.
    Sutil is quickly forgotten, but it was a good job to get into Q3 and finish even a bit higher up for him.

    So in the end, thanks for the effort guys, shame about this track really.

    1. My 2c: Say what you want but for me Valencia was a pretty good race. Without the customary Seb dominance we would have had quite a fight for the win. I gave it an 8, but could have been a nine without the momentary appearance of Ron Dennis, it totally ruined my lunch. I feel compelled to throw something hard and heavy to the screen each time that @#@#@##@@# shows up.

    2. Should have read your post before voting. I would have put Glock as my driver of the weekend, he deserves a much better seat especially when I see the Renaults doing poorly. I put Sutil, he was very consistent and did not put a foot wrong during the race.

  17. As its driver of the weekend, I had to vote for Vettel – pole position, fastest lap and the race win. He really is making the most of that incredible car.

    In terms of driver of the day, I think Alguersuari deserves it. Second time in two races that he’s come from 18th to finish 8th. The two-stop strategy he used was available to all of the drivers (I believe he went soft then medium?) yet he used it to leap-frog all but the Red Bulls, McLarens, Ferraris and Rosberg. Two excellent performances whilst under pressure from Ricciardo and you could see with all his fist-pumping in the car at the end how much it meant to him.

  18. I went for Jaime Alguersuari. Pressure was high on this guy to deliver in front of home crowd after bad qualifying and having been beaten by Buemi in many races this season. But he drove a good race on 2 stopper keeping tyre wear in check.
    Sebastian Vettel & Fernando Alonso also did good job but we know these guys can deliver, because they have been world champions. Plus they did not do anything spectacular, to be driver of the race. Okay Alonso beat Webber, but we all know what bad form Webber is in.

  19. Having not won a single one of these this year, yet has won 6 out of 8 races, is it fair to say that Vettel is one of the least, if not the least, liked drivers in F1?

    1. Might just win this time, it’s getting close

    2. No. I think it has to do with how dominant the equipment is. For the most part, I (and probably many other voters) am really not impressed with simply getting pole, having a good start, and winning the race. In my mind, you’re never really challenged past the start and you just need to bring the car in.

      Look at the numbers on lead laps this season. While the answer is funny, the safety car is second in laps led. Next rainy race, I would like that to be an option, especially if it’s out for more than 15 laps.

      To be completely honest, I don’t like Vettel at all and I swear when his name comes up among my friends. However, that has nothing to do with my voting – seriously. Since I vote at work, I pulled my votes so far this season. I think my selection is entirely fair for each weekend.

      Petrov, Heidfeld, Webber, Alonso, Button (Vettel lost in a flip), Button, Schumi, and Vettel

      1. I am really not impressed with simply getting pole, having a good start, and winning the race.

        Isn’t that like a definition of the perfect F1 driver. What’s better than that, would you be impressed by Vettel if he qualified like Webber, got overtaken at the first corner and didn’t win the race. I always thought the concept of “racing” was universally understood!

        1. dyslexicbunny
          27th June 2011, 23:15

          Well sure – if I was involved in F1, it’d be great. What’s not to like about a guy that does it with ease? But I’m a spectator and want to see drivers and teams racing for something other than second. Because so far that’s all they’ve been doing, no matter how much they say they want it.

          It doesn’t mean I have to be impressed. Besides, I never claimed my opinion was the opinion to have. He’ll get my vote easily for driver of the year if he keeps it up. But since I’m looking at each weekend individually, I often find someone more impressive most weekends.

          I would contend the rest of the field is racing. Seb is on a Sunday drive and the fact he makes it look so easy diminishes the idea that he’s racing too.

          1. So dominant that the team has only once brought home a 1-2 finish? I’d say that out of his six wins this season, 3 of them were won under pressure and he didn’t put a foot wrong. That requires skill. It seems as though people are more impressed with those who put themselves in a lower position whether it’s qualifying low or making a mistake and then working their way up the field. It’s their fault they were in that position in the first place, well most of the time. The only mistake Vettel has made this season was in Canada and yet that’s apparently not good enough for him to be ‘the driver of the weekend’ after any race weekend? That suggests to me that people really do have something against him and are looking for excuses (not saying this is the case for you). I’d say it’s partly because he is thrashing his other competitors and partly because of the finger and his supposed ‘arrogance’.

  20. For me it was close between Alonso and Vettel as both were flawless, but I voted Alonso because Seb had the race under control and was cruising, whereas Fernando pushed very hard until the very last stages and still made no error. IMHO, of course.

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