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”

  1. The rule seems to be that the race winner can’t be Driver of the Day unless it’s not Vettel.

  2. Vettel may have achieved a ‘Grand Slam’, but he did that on the best car and with full support of the team…

    Let’s say that the best MAN+CAR package is Vettel on the RedBull. But the best driver is always Fernando Alonso.

    1. I would only declare that on a say 10% level of confidence.

      It’s so hard to properly judge Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton and Rosberg. All of them could be the best, it’s hard to decide.

      What’s more interesting in my opinion is the name of the next ‘great’, who follows in the footsteps of Fangio, Moss, Clark, Stewart, Lauda, Prost, Senna and Schumacher, who will have that cutting edge above the rest in hindsight. We will only know the answer to this one, when the next generation appears on the scene in 10 or so years.

  3. I voted for Fernando, because I think he have had to show off every little bit of his talent to get 2nd place. He has had to work harder than Vettel.

    Both of them made perfect work, it’s just that Alonso’s was harder to achieve I think.

    Also kudos for Jenson for that beautiful non-DRS pass on Nico who himself is one of the greatest driver on grid right now.

  4. Since this poll is for the entire weekend I have to go for Vettel. Takes pole,leads most laps, sets fastest lap, wins race. On top of all this he was able to spend Friday testing possible updates for Silverstone. How could the weekend possibly gone any better?

  5. I was most impressed by Alguersuari’s race result considering his recent form, he still needs to work on qualifying.

  6. Alonso, because he made the only important overtakes of the race. What a boring race, honestly!!!!!! Probably it’s time the European Grand Prix goes to another location, I heard Paul Ricard is probably coming back, is it true?

    1. There’s a task force been set up to get a French GP up and running. The manager of the Paul Ricard circuit has been drafted in to help make it a reality.

      I’ve also heard that the Barcelona GP is to be dropped with immediate effect and Valencia will move to Barcelona’s 2012 date.

        1. The crowds were quite poor at Barcelona this year. The economic situation in Spain isn’t good. Perhaps Barcelona’s promoters will be only too happy to be bought out of their contract?

  7. Hmmm, lots of love for Alonso who arguably finished ahead of his car position, but not so much for Hamilton who did exactly the same thing. It’s really hard to separate Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton as they all appeared to extract the maximum from their cars.

    1. Button finished about 14 seconds behind Hamilton in a car that had lost 20 seconds worth of KERS power. Button also got 3rd fastest lap behind Vettel and Alonso, again with no KERS power. Go figure!

  8. Got to be the safety car driver for me, didn’t put a foot out of place all weekend

    1. Haha, and he lead half the race in Canada as well ;)

  9. The reason I don’t vote for Vettel is because he never impresses me, I expect it from him, therefore unless he does something spectacular like laps everyone or has a crap quali and has to work through the field he will never get driver of the weekend from me, So for me Jaime is my driver of the weekend he drove well in the race despite having little running in the FP sessions

    1. has a crap quali

      That indeed makes him better. You know, better than actually doing his job in quali.

  10. I missed the vote , but would have for Schumacher. Even his slide into Petrov , although he took the blame , was because of the cold tyres . Other than that , he had a very good set up , and would have been ahead of Rosberg in the end , maybe even Vettel

    1. Yes. I think it was fairly obvious that Schumacher was the best driver in the race by quite some margin (!?).

      Not statistically as good as Hamilton though, who, somehow, as managed to accrue 14 votes thus far!

  11. Votted for Alonso. I think we outpassed his car’s ability and had a solid race. Vettel also had a very good race but to be honest I would like to see him prove himself in difficult conditions sometime this year.. Just to remind people that he isn’t just a decent guy with the best car…

  12. ”voted” sorry. Doubleclicked t button!!! lol

  13. I suppose Hamilton gets driver of the weekend votes for just turning up. LOL. Went for Alonso,perhaps the only guy who drove above the level of the weekend.

  14. It was a pointless race. The honors goes to Narain Karthikeyan for finishing 24th.

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