Start, Korea, 2011

Vote for the Korean GP driver of the weekend

2011 Korean Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Korea, 2011
Start, Korea, 2011

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – Notched up his tenth win of the year after breaking free of Hamilton on the first lap.

Lewis Hamilton – A welcome return to form, he was especially impressive in qualifying to put something other than a Red Bull on pole for the first time this year.

Jaime Alguersuari – Matched the best result of his race after chasing down the tyre-troubled Nico Rosberg.

Sebastien Buemi – Like his team mate, enjoyed a great race with the updated STR6, delayed only by being hit at the first corner.

Heikki Kovalainen – Finished ahead of both Saubers and was reeling Bruno Senna in at the end to boot.

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: Bruno Senna 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: Daniel Ricciardo 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 Korean Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (22%)
  • Mark Webber (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (36%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (23%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (10%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 489

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104 comments on “Vote for the Korean GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Alguersuari. I really do like the kid and he had such a good race. It looks pretty close at the moment but it seems Hamilton is going to nab this one. Not sure why, sure he did a good job defending from Webber but that’s about it.

    Honourable mention to Vettel too, for making that crucial opening lap pass and still pulling out enough of a lead to crush Hamilton’s chance of getting the luxury of DRS.

  2. Difficult to say
    Hamilton did a great qualy and great race as did Vettel (one had the better car in qualy, the other in the race)
    Alguersuari just missed Q3 and made use of a SC and good pace from Toro Rosso to get a great 7th
    Kovalainen for his self confessed great qualy lap and coming very solidly amongst the midfield.
    I voted Alguersuari

  3. Vettel.

    If you look at the reasoning behind Button winning DotW last time out I can’t see how someone can say it’s someone other than Vettel.

    Missed pole, check.
    Fairly easy victory, check.

    The only thing Button didn’t do was overtake someone for the victory and dominate the race.
    Perhaps that is why Button got 400 votes and Vettel is being outscored by Hamilton…

    1. I don’t think people vote on this entirely by logic. :)

      It’s not just driver of the race, by the way, getting the first pole in a car other than a Red Bull since Abu Dhabi last season has got to count for something.

      1. So Red Bull drivers don’t count.
        Then why are Vettel and Webber in the poll?

        Furthermore, I understand it’s not just about raceday but that didn’t seem to matter to a lot of voters after Japan.
        Button lost pole to a slower car and then narrowly won the race with quicker pit stops and trying to hold off Alonso in the third fastest car on the grid.
        To about 400 voters that was ‘brilliant’ and ‘dominant’.

        Now Vettel lost pole to Hamilton in a quicker car but still beat Button in the other quicker car to 2nd on the grid (Just like he did in Japan).
        Vettel then overtook Hamilton without DRS and actually did dominate the race. I don’t see anyone saying he was ‘brilliant’ or ‘dominant’ now…
        In stead most votes are going to Hamilton because they ´enjoyed seeing him at the front again´….

        This should be a poll about who did the best job all weekend. Not who deserves the most sympathy…

        BTW, I think you meant Brazil in that last sentence.

        1. @f1fanNl , it’s not the most successful car and driver combo we are voting for, it’s the DRIVER and what he does with the car he has, otherwise the whole exercise would be pointless as the race winner would always be DOTW. Glad to hear you voted for Button last week.

          1. which explains why Button got 400 votes last race in which Alonso, Perez and Schumacher did a far more impressive job…

    2. @F1fanNL
      Agreed here. If I could vote on my iPhone, I would’ve chosen Vettel

    3. Maybe we should have a DotWwinV award (driver of the weekend who is not Vettel).

      1. Exactly, just like Brundle and Coulthard do after each race.

        1. Well oberved old bean.

        2. Observed that is – hate these fiddly ipad things

    4. It’s an opinion poll. People vote how they feel.

      As for Vettel and RBR, I think most people feel that Vettel is driving by far the fastest car on the grid and while he has made effective use of it, I imagine many drivers behind him could do equally as well in it.

      As for Button last weekend, he won from a similar position as Vettel this weekend but had far more work to do as Vettel nearly ran him of the track and he did it admirably.

      I don’t think the results of this poll count for anything at all. I wouldn’t get upset by it. Resuls on the track are what count.

  4. Looks like Hamilton picked up some good tips from Schumacher in Monza, he defended brilliantly in a car that was clearly slower than the RB in race trim, it was great to watch. The rest of the weekend was easily his too.

    Alguersuari was my second pick. Solid qualifying, might not have gotten into Q3, but delivered in the race. I really didn’t like him last two seasons, but he’s been driving well. I like how Toro Rosso invests in drivers and sticks with them if they still see potential. Unlike Williams (if only they had Hulkenberg instead of Maldonado) and especially Renault.

    Vettel drove flawlessly again, the extreme aggression in the first lap and what seemed like the most emotional post-race celebration yet.

    Was a tough call, really liked this race. Great quali, great win.

  5. Was down to Vettel or Hamilton for me in the end, and I went for the German. Lewis was great in putting his care in the right place constantly when Webber was on his tail, but the vote goes to Seb for getting his overtake in early and driving faultless to the flag.

  6. Michael Schumacher; true to form he made up 2 spots before the end of the first lap and after the 1st pit stop he got in front of Alonso…boring race after he got taken out and the only exciting person to watch was Weber.

  7. Gave it to Lewis but wanted to vote Heikki

  8. Hamilton- simply for keeping Webber behind for so long.

  9. Hamilton for sure as we saw lots of maturity from this guy in this race.He raced well with Webber respecting him.I hope we see this Hamilton in F1 for a long time.

  10. Hard Choice between Alguersuari and Vettel.

    When was the last time Vettel had won a race not from pole? Sometime this year i think??? nonetheless great drive by Sebastian.

    I voted Alguersuari though, Great race, definitely beat Buemi this weekend, albeit only slightly, and great overtake on Rosberg on the Last Lap :)

    Hope to be Seeing Alguersuari with a Red Bull Drive next year or 2013 if Webber has already signed his contract :)

  11. For me Hamilton was the driver of the day… on Saturday, but Sebastian did an impressive job on Sunday. He is starting to demonstrate me RBR success is not only the car, but the driver also. The way he managed all race after this impressive start (from a very dirty side in Korea) showed me the excellent driver he is.

  12. Just wanted to lol at the one guy who voted for Petrov xP

  13. Thinking thru the race, I had to give it to Vettel, no matter how much I didn’t want him to win.

    He made the most of his car from the start and continued to stretch his lead regardless of what was happening behind. He maintained focus throughout pitstops and tyre changes – passing who he needed to and keeping the necessary pace until the checkered.

    That said, I really wish Louis could have won. :P

  14. I voted for Alguersuari. Did a decent job in qualification, and drove a stunning race. Best of the rest in a car that 6 years ago was a Minardi glued to the back rows. It really shows how the small teams (STR and Fi) are making progress.

  15. Easily the second best driver on the field this weekend, but because he took the car and felt like he had it controlled for the first time since Germany (maybe Hungary?) It has to be Hamilton for me.. A superb Quali lap, finally knocking the Red Bulls off, backed up by a good, clean, consistent race…

    I’m just amazed not as many people share my views when you look at the results!

  16. For me Sebastian Vettel the reason being he showed all weekend that he did just what he needed to do. Red Bull took the decision to “compromise” qualifying by concentrating on the race. If that is Red Bull compromising then McLaren and Ferrari should be really worried for next year.

    Vettel showed his racing ability in the first lap and made it stick. He was over a second ahead of Hamilton after the first lap.

  17. 3. At least McL didn’t win, and definitively lost the WCC. Could have been a 5 if both Webber and Alonso had left behind the McLs.

    1. (post meant for Rate the Race, not DOTW)
      *lefts the McLs behind

  18. Alonso. Rock-solid performance in a clearly inferior car.
    Worst part: Got blocked at the start by Webber, when he was going faster and looked like he could recover a few positions.
    Best part: Succesfully and masterfully played chicken with Petrov and won. And oh-so-closely avoided a ballistic Petrov after the crash by a deft course correction, some reflexes there.

  19. I’m just curious how you can start on pole and come second and still recieve accolade. If that had been his team mate, the haters would have been laughing for months.

    1. Let’s not forget he was second place by 10 seconds or more even after SC wiped out the previous 10 second gap. You can’t get a DotW for that.

      1. Better yet, if it was Vettel who started on pole and finished second everybody would have said he can’t drive for **** and can only win in a far superior car.

        And if Hamilton started second, took first on the first lap and then drove to the finish faultlessly he would have gotten 400+ votes for sure…

        But most voters here aren’t biased…

        Now Hamilton is winning DotW with Alguersuari, Buemi, Vettel and Kovalainen getting more out of the car than Hamilton did… That says it all doesn’t it.

        1. Well, it’s not as bad as Hamilton getting the vote at Spain. Or worse, Button getting the vote over Alonso and Vettel at Monaco.

        2. But, let’s not fret over an opinion poll. The only numbers that matter is the championship points table.

      2. Possibly sounding biased being a Hamilton/McLaren fan but to only be 10 seconds behind Vettel after the 30+ lap battle with Webber is pretty good.

        The speed at which people lose position when defending is normally a lot higher.

        This could be due to Vettel slowing down and cruising but Lewis showed his class this weekend… Vettel just eeked the extra performance that his car has had all year long – proven by the fact that Webber (who has been slower all year) was also clearly faster than Lewis in Korea

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