Alonso and Button lead your Driver of the Weekend picks

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Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Monaco, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Monaco, 2011

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have won the F1 Fanatic Driver of the Weekend polls more often than any other drivers this year.

But world championship leader Sebastian Vettel has not been voted Driver of the Weekend so far this year.

Guest writer Ewa Zaborska reviews your Driver of the Weekend picks for the 11 races so far this year.

Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Melbourne, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Melbourne, 2011

Driver of the Australian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Sergio Perez ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 36.3%
2. Vitaly Petrov ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 32.5%
3. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 12.0%

Sauber were disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix, but Perez’s performance in his very first F1 race was so impressive that he was still voted the Driver of the Weekend.

There was another close contender – Vitaly Petrov, who after a troubled rookie year delivered a mature race to grab his first podium finish in F1.

Easily Perez, going completely against the grain, keeping decent pace throughout the race and only pitting the once.

Hope this is a trend and wasn?σΤιΌΤδσt just complete, having one driver that?σΤιΌΤδσs able to double the life of the tyres would make for an interesting season.

On top of all that, it was his debut race… amazing. Pity the Sauber wing was illegal, he?σΤιΌΤδσll have to come back strong in Malaysia
disjunto

Malaysian Grand Prix

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

Driver of the Malaysian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Nick Heidfeld ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 38.4%
2. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 16%
3. Jenson Button ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 12.1%

In Malaysia, Heidfeld followed his team mate’s footsteps and scored a podium finish.

Dennis appreciated his efforts but also gave a nod to the dominant race winner:

Heidfeld for me as well. The way he kept the Renault under control with Hamilton and later on Webber behind him was wonderful to watch.

Although it?σΤιΌΤδσs a tough one yet again with the flawless weekend that Vettel put together.
Dennis

Chinese Grand Prix

Rubens Barrichello, Narian Karthikeyan, Mark Webber, Shanghai, 2011

Rubens Barrichello, Narian Karthikeyan, Mark Webber, Shanghai, 2011

Driver of the Chinese Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Mark Webber ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 47.8%
2. Lewis Hamilton ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 42.4%
3. Felipe Massa ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 2.5%

Webber was eliminated in Q1 and lined up 18th on the grid, yet he managed to climb to the podium. His fightback earned him the title of the Driver of the Weekend.

However, it was a close call between him and the Grand Prix winner Hamilton, who was second in the poll with more votes than many winners this year have had.

Close call between Webber and Hamilton… probably should have gone for Hamilton to be honest because he was very good and more consistent over the whole weekend.

But Webber?σΤιΌΤδσs race really made up for his poor qualifying. Top six would have been a good result, a podium is excellent. And I was expecting him to flounder at the back and confirm the view of many people that he?σΤιΌΤδσs lost it.

In short, I?σΤιΌΤδσm going with my heart (which loves an unexpected comeback drive), rather than my head.
Mark Hitchcock

Turkish Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Istanbul, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Istanbul, 2011

Driver of the Turkish Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 37.8%
2. Kamui Kobayashi ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 25.8%
3. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 22.1%

After Ferrari’s bad start to the season, Alonso scored first podium for the Italian team, having started 5th on the grid.

Alonso’s performance impressed even his severest critics:

Best driver of the weekend overall has to be… *gulp*… Alonso

His performance was outstanding in the race. He was opportunistic in the first few laps, and his overall pace allowed him to bring the fight to Webber. After having troubles in practice, he bounced back with impressive determination and calm. He showed the kind of mental strength that I think was lacking in his performances last year (and arguably cost him the 2010 title).

I may loathe/detest/abhor/despise Alonso, but I have to begrudgingly admit that he was the most impressive driver of the weekend. Touche, Fernando.
Hallard

Spanish Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Barcelona, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Barcelona, 2011

Driver of the Spanish Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Lewis Hamilton ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 39.6%
2. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 23.9%
3. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 13.3%

Hamilton won the poll due to his great pursuit of Vettel. But the choice of the Driver of the Weekend was much closer than the results suggest.

TommyB89 is one of many who couldn’t decide which driver to pick:

Too hard to call. I can?σΤιΌΤδσt remember a race where it was so hard to choose a driver of the day.

Vettel drove arguably one of his best races. He didn?σΤιΌΤδσt win from pole, had to overtake several cars after his pitstop and resist the huge pressure from Hamilton.

Hamilton drove an incredible race to finish 0.6 seconds off an unbeatable Red Bull on a Red Bull-favoured track

Alonso did amazingly well to keep Webber behind him for so long. His incredible start led to him leading many laps in an average car.

Heidfeld, while not making as many places up as Webber in China, drove a great race. He started from last on the grid and remember the Renault isn?σΤιΌΤδσt nearly as quick as the Red Bull.

Other shout-outs to Button, Schumacher and the Sauber guys.

All I know is that it definitely wasn?σΤιΌΤδσt Felipe Massa.
TommyB89

Monaco Grand Prix

Jenson Button, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Driver of the Monaco Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Jenson Button ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 33.1%
2. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 18.8%
3. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 17.0%

Button chose a different strategy to other frontrunners, which could have given him victory if it wasn’t for the red flag.

For me Jenson Button did a great job. I think the red flag in qualifying did maybe flatter his starting position but still, I only think Hamilton could have improved his time.

I put Alonso on pole after his performances in practice, and was surprised to see Button ahead of him, especially as Alonso seems to own this track.

Button again went for a different strategy, and one that was looking like it was going to give him the win. The team did really well to put him in clear air every time and the red flag at the end really made a great end to the race vanish.
smifaye

Canadian Grand Prix

Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Driver of the Canadian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Jenson Button ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 61.0%
2. Michael Schumacher ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 27.8%
3. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 2.2%

When the drivers had half of the race distance behind them, Button was in the last position, yet he still managed to achieve a remarkable victory. The McLaren driver made it two in a row in the Driver of the Weekend polls.

WasiF1 recalls all the adventures from this eventful race by Jenson Button:

For a driver who been hit by his team mate, got a penalty, was on the wrong tyres when the rain came heavy, had a puncture when crashed with Alonso to win by overtaking Webber, Schumacher and forced Vettel to a mistake he deserves it.

Schumacher was the second best, not sure what happened to him in the end of the race but he deserved a podium.
WasiF1

European Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Valencia, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Valencia, 2011

Driver of the European Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 32.6%
2. Sebastian Vettel ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 27.6%
3. Jaime Alguersuari ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 25.7%

Alonso rose to the challenge of his home Grand Prix and separated the Red Bull drivers on the podium, which gave him the title of the Driver of the European Grand Prix Weekend over the race winner – Sebastian Vettel.

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

British Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2011

Driver of the British Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 53.0%
2. Lewis Hamilton ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 22.3%
3. Mark Webber ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 8.0%

Fernando Alonso once more impressed the F1 Fanatic readers with his pace. The Spaniard won Ferrari’s first race in 2011 on the 60th anniversary of Scuderia’s first ever F1 victory.

The Ferrari driver’s performance was once again appreciated even by his rivals’ fans:

I say this as a Hamilton fan: Alonso?σΤιΌΤδσs drive was stunning and it reminded me of some of the all-time F1 greats. I was in complete shock at what he was able to do once he took the lead, and at a circuit with several high speed corners nonetheless. This was arguably the drive of the season.

He benefited from Vettel?σΤιΌΤδσs pit stop, but that shouldn?σΤιΌΤδσt go against him when considering who the best driver was. Alonso?σΤιΌΤδσs pace was so impressive that Horner believed Alonso would have won regardless of Vettel?σΤιΌΤδσs pit stop.

There were some good drives today, notably Hamilton?σΤιΌΤδσs, but Alonso was by far the best driver of the weekend.
Dan Smith

German Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Nurburgring, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Nurburgring, 2011

Driver of the German Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Lewis Hamilton ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 76.6%
2. Adrian Sutil ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 9.8%
3. Fernando Alonso ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 5.6%

Hamilton withstood the pressure from Webber and overtook Alonso in a crucial moment to win his second Grand Prix this year.

There?σΤιΌΤδσs no real doubt this week, it was Hamilton?σΤιΌΤδσs weekend. He pulled out the a dream qualifying lap putting him between the Red Bulls then drove an near flawless race.

He made the most of out of the McLaren?σΤιΌΤδσs pace in the cold conditions and pulled off two critical passes on Alonso and Webber ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ who both had good weekends, but Hamilton had a great weekend.
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Hungarian Grand Prix

Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2011

Driver of the Hungarian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ top three:

1. Jenson Button ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 50.7%
2. Paul di Resta ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 14.4%
3. Lewis Hamilton ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 11.8%

Jenson Button called mixed conditions right once again and won his 200th race on a track that brought his first ever F1 victory back in 2006.

Has to be Jenson. He made all the right calls, kept it on the track, was quick in all conditions and took one of his best ever victories. Why can?σΤιΌΤδσt he do this every race?
Lin1876

Results so far

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were voted Drivers of the Weekend most frequently – both of them have won the poll three times.

Another driver voted the Driver of the Weekend more than once is Lewis Hamilton, who was appreciated for his performance twice.

Surprisingly, despite his clear dominance in the championship, Sebastian Vettel has not yet been chosen the Driver of the Weekend.

But he has taken second or third place in the poll seven times. He was closest to winning the European Grand Prix poll, losing to Alonso by 23 votes.

Other drivers to get to the top three in the poll more than once were: Fernando Alonso (six, including three wins), Lewis Hamilton (five, including two wins), Jenson Button (four, including three wins) and Mark Webber (two, including one win).

Nico Rosberg is the only driver from the top seven teams in the constructors’ championship who has not made it into the top three of the poll so far this season.

Perez is the only rookie to win the poll so far. He did it for his performance in his very first F1 race, in Australia. The other rookie who managed to score a top three finish is di Resta, who came second in the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend poll.

Does Vettel deserve to have won Driver of the Weekend so far this year? What do you think of the ratings so far? Have your say in the comments.

This is a guest article by Ewa Zaborska, who will be reviewing your Driver of the Weekend picks after every race.

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132 comments on Alonso and Button lead your Driver of the Weekend picks

  1. Shomir said on 10th August 2011, 13:53

    Trust me when i say Vettel will NEVER win a driver of the weekend, not even when he gets a Grand-Chelem or goes like 2 seconds quicker than the next guy.

    Sometimes i wonder if the vettel haters are taking it too far….

    • GameR_K said on 10th August 2011, 14:01

      Shomir, isn’t that obvious? Of course if he does that the counter argument will again be that it is the ‘CAR’

    • beneboy (@beneboy) said on 10th August 2011, 15:08

      Rather than seeing comspiracy theories and Vettel haters this poll just shows me what I already knew; Jenson has had some very impressive drives this year and Fernando is one of the most entertaining and exciting drivers in F1 at the moment.

      Sebastian is doing a very good job this year and picking up lots of good results; unfortunately he’s doing it in a way that is particularly boring and as such he’s not going to be many people’s driver of the weekend.

    • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 10th August 2011, 23:56

      I wouldn’t go as far as ascribing this to hatred towards Vettel. It’s very common in sports that if someone is dominating, then his performances gradually get less appreciation. Sometimes the situations gets to the point when winning is nothing more than an obligation for a competitor and even if he fulfills it, it gets less appreciated than the same result from anyone else.

  2. xtophe (@xtophe) said on 10th August 2011, 15:10

    For Vettel’s situation there’s also the perception that the RB7 is dominating all the other cars, while Spain, Monaco, Silverstone, Nurburgring and Hungary all clearly showed that this is not always the case. When Vettel does well, we point to the car. When he has a bad drive (which in has case is ending 4th) we put it down to him succumbing to pressure or finally showing his true face.

    Winners of the DotW have unexpected performances (Perez, Heidfeld) or drive a spectacular race due to previous errors or accidents (Webber, Button). Vettel does neither. The unexpected for Vettel would be a no-point finish. Either that or he’ll have to crash or go out in Q1 and have race like Webber had in China. I’m guessing he’d rather not win a single DotW on F1F but just be a ‘colourless’ (in terms of DotW) double WDC.

  3. Tango said on 10th August 2011, 16:09

    I think Button’s dominance in these polls comes down to : “How on earth did he manage to be there -ie : first or third”. Expectations are generally lower for him than say Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel.

  4. Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 10th August 2011, 18:29

    But all this begs the question, what on earth has Vettel got to do to be voted driver of the day? :O Come from last on the grid and win or what?

    • f1alex said on 10th August 2011, 20:12

      It’s just that he’s not a “spectacular” winner, and that for some reason stops people from wanting to vote for him. He gets the job done, but as it’s not really as spectacular or exciting a drive as some others in the race, it often gets overlooked in favour of a gutsy drive through the field, in the case of Webber, or an unusual strategy, in the case of Perez.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 10th August 2011, 22:58

        No it’s more than that, it’s that when he has been back in the field he has made a mess of it. When he shows me a great drive I will vote for him.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 10th August 2011, 23:55

          No it’s more than that, it’s that when he has been back in the field he has made a mess of it.

          He is very rarely near the back though. Even when he has been there, at Silverstone 10 he went from 24th to 7th, and Brazil 09, from 17th to 4th.

          The fact he isn’t at the back is clearly a good attribute, and is why he’s likely to be a back-to-back champ.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th August 2011, 12:55

      I think that if we would not see him doing it each week it would give him far better chances. I was considering voting him for Valencia and voted for him in Spain.

      Possibly if he gets it on the first or second row in Spa and dominate that or just win after fighting on track in probably changeable conditions I do not see any reason why he can’t win DOTW.

  5. UKfanatic (@) said on 10th August 2011, 18:29

    Its more than normal to vote in the driver that overcomes alot of challenges and for that reason we see Vettel has the friver with less challenges in front of him usually everything works his way, the best car, a team exclusively dedicated to him, and a big lead in the champ. Despite being the most likely champion this season we cant say that he is over driving, over achiveing.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 10th August 2011, 19:09

      “and a big lead in the champ” Oh yeah how unfair.. He drove him self to that advantage. It wasn’t like the 83 points lead was an award for having the most famous finger in motorsport or something.

  6. driftin said on 10th August 2011, 19:40

    I took the liberty of counting every single vote for every single race so far. Bear in mind I might have made a mistake somewhere but the results look like this so far:

    Lewis Hamilton – 1206
    Fernando Alonso – 835
    Jenson Button – 691
    Sebastian Vettel – 649
    Mark Webber – 503
    Sergio Perez – 339
    Vitaly Petrov – 267
    Kamui Kobayashi – 263
    Nick Heidfeld – 241
    Michael Schumacher – 232
    Jaime Alguesuari – 130
    Adrian Sutil – 58
    Felipe Massa – 47
    Pastor Maldonado – 43
    Paul Di Resta – 34
    Nico Rosberg – 25
    Narain Karthakeyan – 12
    Heikki Kovaleinen – 12
    Vitantonio Liuzzi – 12
    Sebastien Buemi – 10
    Jerome d’Ambrosio – 9
    Timo Glock – 8
    Rubens Barrichello – 4
    Karun Chandhok – 2
    Daniel Ricciardo – 1
    Jarno Trulli – 1

    Total – 5634

    • driftin said on 10th August 2011, 19:44

      I know it’s a flawed way of looking at the overall consensus, since I know in general that Rosberg is considered to be driving better than Schumacher but Schumacher had one great race which brought his votes way up, whereas Rosberg’s has been consistently quite good which doesn’t give many votes.

      It’s the same for Perez vs Kobayashi I think.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th August 2011, 19:55

      Can I just point out, the reason we’ve not put this data in the article is because it’s potentially misleading as not all races received the same number of votes.

      • driftin said on 10th August 2011, 19:58

        I know, plus people voting deliberately facetiously (which also applies to the main article) but I still think it’s quite interesting to compare the numbers.

        And the ranking system is made in relation to the total number of voters in every race, regardless of whether it’s even or not.

    • sumedh said on 11th August 2011, 5:45

      I used a weighted average method (in other words, adding up the percentages of votes earned by every driver).

      Of the 1100 votes (100 votes per race x 11 races), following are the number of votes obtained by the top 5:

      Vettel: 129.41
      Webber: 75.48
      Hamilton: 224.80
      Button: 167.39
      Alonso: 169.66

      Interesting to note is that Webber got 47 out the 75 votes for China itself.
      Hamilton got 76 votes for Germany, 42 for China and 39 for Spain, 22 for Britain and meager numbers for rest.
      Button 33 for Monaco, 61 for Cananda, 50 for Hungary.
      Alonso got 37 for Turkey, 32 for Europe and 52 for Britain
      Vettel never got more than 30 in any race. His top three races are 23 for Spain, 22 for Turkey, 27 for Europe.

      The trend as I see it is people are more generous to the other 4 than they are to Vettel. Vettel’s best performances (Spain and Monaco) earn him 40 votes in total whereas Webber’s one China performance earns him 47, Hamilton earns 76 for Germany, Button earns 61 for Canada, Alonso earns 52 for Britain.

      I hope F1Fanatic makes it up to Vettel in the 2nd half of the season.

  7. Surprised at Button as he’s had a few good races but his qualifying hasn’t been anything that special. The drivers that have given me a real headache with these polls are Fernando and Vettel as it feels like every time I’m struggling to pick between the pair so I’m also quite surprised that Seb hasn’t won one DOTW poll yet.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 11th August 2011, 16:24

      Button has been pretty amazing this year. I love it when he silences his critics. He’s always there or thereabouts and never (apart from Canada) gets involved in silly incidents.

      • Amazing? He’s still got less points that his team mate iirc and Hamilton’s not had the smoothest year :P Some of JB’s Sunday drives have been terrific but I don’t think anything more than that about him.

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 11th August 2011, 3:41

    Nico always have a silent race,seems like here also despite good performance in some races he is silent.

  9. JohnBt said on 12th August 2011, 2:25

    Well, the fans said so.

  10. RumFRESH (@rumfresh) said on 13th August 2011, 1:25

    Sebastian Vettel has definitely been underrated, a lot of people are saying that it’s just the car. By any chance have any of you seen Seb’s lap on Top Gear? Definitely showing he’s got skill there. I only refer to Top Gear because it provides a somewhat level field to compare driver skill.

  11. Fishingelbow said on 15th August 2011, 22:02

    I’m no fan of “Finger” Vettel, but it’s a bit much to expect him to do much passing when he starts from pole. Yet I suspect passing moves are a major factor in deciding who the DOTW is…

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