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. In my eyes this is not difficult at all. Although Alonso and Alguersuari both had very good home races – this has to go to Vettel. What more does he need to do? Yes – he has the best car, but he’s not even being challenged by Webber.

    If a team has the best car then the least you’d expect from the driver is to win most of the races, Vettel is doing this.

    It may be dull and he may draw criticism from those growing bored of his dominance but for such a young lad he’s doing a truly incredible job. There have been 8 qualifying sessions and 8 races. 13 times out of 16 Vettel has topped the time sheet. He absolutely deserves driver of the race.

  2. what about D’Ambrosio, completing the race without water and without fainting after the race.

  3. Karthikeyan for being the first driver to finish 24th. Incredible achievement.

  4. Driver of the weekend, well it has to be Vettel. Pole, win, fastest lap, done in very Prost-like fashion. Alonso meanwhile drove a good race but messed up his qualifying.

  5. Alguesuari, simply for proving to everyone that it wasn’t a fluke in Canada…

  6. For me it’s obvious that Jaime, great job :)

  7. Alguersuari gets my vote. He’s had a good couple of races so i’m hopeful it’s not a lucky streak!

    I do like him and like the BBC said, he is still very, very young.

  8. I voted for Alonso. He was way ahead of where he should have been. He drove beyond the cars capabilities.

  9. I don’t think Webber is in particularly bad form. He’s just made to look bad at the moment by his teammate. If you talk of Hamilton and Alonso extracting the most from their cars, then what do you think Seb is doing? IMO the Ferrari’s RACE pace around Valencia was right up with the Bulls, hence the battle with Webber. Unless Mark is at the top of his game like he was in 2010, Alonso is a better driver, and the result reflects that; regardless of the gearbox issue, Webber was slower on the prime than the other front runners on the old soft, and lost out accordingly in the pits.

    Anyway, the original point I was trying to make is that Vettel IS outdriving the car. He’s just doing it in such a dominant and controlled fashion that it’s hard to see anything but weekend cruises. He gets the vote, with honourable mentions to Jaime, Fernando and Timo.

  10. Is the unthinkable happening?
    Vettel is winning this poll after winning 6 races on the road!!

    I have been voting for Vettel in these polls for a while. But on Sunday, Alonso was on a whole different level. He matched Webber and overtook him on-track – something we haven’t seen in Valencia.

    1. Well I guess when its down to Fernando and Vettel for driver of the weekend, most people on the this site would rather vote for Vettel.

      1. There’s no reason to jump to this assumption – in Turkey Vettel won the race but Alonso was voted Driver of the Weekend.

    2. Is the unthinkable happening?
      Vettel is winning this poll after winning 6 races on the road!!

      Not anymore. The crowd that think he’d be better screwing up in qualifying have had their say.

  11. Alonso, some good drive to pass Webber & the take the place back after the last pitstop,his pass over Trulli was scary.

  12. Vettel easily, never troubled during the race, lead every lap and got the fastest lap.

    1. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey)
      28th June 2011, 11:30

      lead every lap

      not quite. massa was ahead for 1 during the 1st stops phase.

  13. Vettel: pole, fastest lap and the win. Never got in trouble. Alonso had a good race aswell, so did Alguersuari. I don’t consider Alguersuari the best driver of the weekend. He might’ve had an excellent drive on sunday, but he messed up qualifying.

    1. Didnt he hardly do any laps in practice due to issues? ok he went out in q1 but his team mate was last in q2. therefore saving jamie a set of tyres or 2. which he used to great effect!

  14. I am maybe a bit subjective thinking all the f1 excitment during the race is among the top several guys and in that respect, Webber did try hard but Alonso in Webber’s car and starting grid position would surely challenge Vettel as he has done to Webber…My final answer/vote goes to Alonso.

  15. I voted for Jenson. Because his overtaking of Nico at turn 2, therefore not a drs move, was the only thing I can truly recall from a totally boring race.

  16. Vettel, definitely.
    Did a great job staying at the front.
    For all the haters, he’s not “lucky to have a good car”, HES GOOD. People just hate that finger and immediately start criticizing him…

    1. There’s more to that.

      It’s like Schumacher and the F2002 and F2004. The best package altogether. He, Fernando, Lewis or Nico is the best driver on the grid at the moment, so he’s definitely has the cutting edge, and Newey’s (the ‘new Chapman”s) beauty, the RB7 is definitely the best car.

      So while it’s true that ‘ahh he’s good because he has the fastest car’, he also adds his own newly-matured talent to make it perfect.

  17. Not quite off subject…. To really see how good a driver is the grid positions should be set by the previous race finishing positions. BUT in reverse order. So drivers have to get to the front to get the points but are penalised by position for their success, thus making them work for the victory, not just breeze it cos they are quickest off the mark in the first 100m. Then a driver would be able to say he has raced to victory.
    This Vettel, Red Bull combination is as boring as the old Schumi Ferrari deal used to be. The drivers parade is supposed to be BEFORE the race not during.

  18. Saying that drivers don’t have to work for any position, other than last, is ridiculous. Every other driver either has to defend – either by creating a gap or by stopping the car behind from passing – or they have to attack.

    Don’t they say that those that make it look easy are doing the best job?

  19. Well, I went for Vettel already in Monaco, chose Alonso here. I had him winning though in my prediction, so I suppose he disappointed, but in reality, my prediction had attempted to leave Vettel out.

    Alonso did a great job, managed to get himself clearly ahead of Webber even before the gearbox. I was also impressed with Alguesuari on Sunday, but on Saturday he could have done a bit better (then again, his teammate ended up on the same row, just one place ahead so maybe it’s the car). Massa and Schumacher also did pretty well (apart from the wing; and Massa’s pitstop).

  20. Alguersuari gets my vote, great effort from him.. Vettel did nothing wrong, but I can’t vote for the guy who won, from pole in the fastest car…

    Alonso have a good drive too… but then you’d pretty much expect no less from someone of his level.

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