Vote for your driver of the European GP weekend

2011 European Grand Prix

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 (0%)

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

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

  1. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 28th June 2011, 7:30

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

  2. fordsrule (@fordsrule) said on 28th June 2011, 7:35

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

  3. xtophe (@xtophe) said on 28th June 2011, 8:44

    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.

    • 85Q said on 28th June 2011, 16:36

      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!

  4. suka (@suka) said on 28th June 2011, 8:45

    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.

  5. W-K (@w-k) said on 28th June 2011, 10:31

    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.

  6. Shomir said on 28th June 2011, 10:35

    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…

    • Atticus said on 28th June 2011, 14:26

      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.

  7. Abuelo Paul (@abuello-paul) said on 28th June 2011, 11:02

    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.

  8. Jen said on 28th June 2011, 12:08

    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?

  9. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 28th June 2011, 12:43

    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).

  10. baldgye (@baldgye) said on 28th June 2011, 12:43

    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.

  11. Erik said on 28th June 2011, 13:34

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

  12. a4p (@a4p) said on 28th June 2011, 14:10

    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.

    • Atticus said on 28th June 2011, 14:35

      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.

  13. Atticus said on 28th June 2011, 14:29

    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.

  14. Quin1010 (@quin1010) said on 28th June 2011, 14:48

    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?

  15. PJA (@pja) said on 28th June 2011, 17:23

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

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