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. Vettel. Lewis was great but Vettel was smart during quali and did everything right during the race. It was a really close call for me between the two but given how close quali was and then how much Seb flew during the race it just had to be him for me.

  2. also, I’m going to sound biased but Hamilton is getting DotW mostly for his textbook defensive driving to hold off a faster Webber for 30+ laps.
    I didn’t see Vettel getting it for holding off a faster Alonso and Button for an equally uncomfortable number of laps on a track where the slightest lock up would be the end. (OK its harder to pass there than Korea but…)

    1. (OK its harder to pass there than Korea but…)

      True, but Webber was what? Half a second quicker per lap or something.
      Vettel was well over a full second a lap slower, on tyres that would have been more grippy had they been made from cheese.
      I agree with you that it does seem weird.
      I think Hamilton is a very deserving candidate for DOTW here, and I understand why he is leading the poll, but I find it very hard to fathom why Button was voted DOTW in Monaco…

      1. Clearly most voters just won’t and will not vote for Vettel, no matter what he does…

        1. Nor Webber

          1. Yeah, Red Bull drivers don’t count because their car is “so much faster” (slower in Japan during the entire weekend, slower in quali here) than any other car.

            For them to become DotW they probably have to finish the race in reverse,.. On the podium,… Blindfolded,…. With only hand on the wheel….

            In the rain…

      1. I would love to see… Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton and Button do a GP distance at Spa in an HRT all the same car and see what happens

        Would be a true test of who is the better driver, I wonder how much HRT would bill them for the seat

  3. Lewis……his performance should dispel to any reasonable person, that tire management really isn’t a huge problem for him, in which he receives constant unjustifable criticism.l

  4. I chose Vettel over Hamilton, just because of the race result. Apart from that, I would have to pick both.

  5. I put in my vote for Kovalainen. I think we all suffer (myself included) of the the winner was the best drive syndrome. Kovalainen certainly made the best out of the Lotus. Other than Kovalainen I would have to say Hamilton did quite well. He certainly has been driving rather terribly recently for whatever reason and it was good to see the Hamilton of old.

  6. I voted for Alguersuari.
    What a great final stint against Rosberg he drove.
    Had to give his car to Vergne on Friday, but out-qualified his team-mate on Saturday and then drove a faultless race, only to be beaten by the mighty Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferrari’s.
    He showed great maturity in his fight with Rosberg and it paid off on the final lap.

    Kovalainen would be my second pick. Beating those Saubers, wow.

    I’ve got mixed feelings about Lewis. He was superb on Saturday, and it was great to see him put in a solid performance again. But even though his defense against Webber was top notch, he still started on pole only to be beaten to the line by over 10 seconds, including a mid-race SC. Webber should and would’ve taken 2nd if RB would’ve planned his pitstop on a different lap. Also, Button clearly had a bad race, but finished only a few seconds behind him. So, good drive, but I feel other drivers did more to deserve the DotW.

    1. Well said. Both Mclarens dropped places to the Red Bulls and their car was obviously the better this weekend, last too IMO.

      Ultimately Lewis lost out and finished 2nd to his pole start. That’s going backwards in anyones book and he was fortunate that Webber pitted at the same time otherwise he’d have been toast.

  7. This weekend it has to go to Lewis Hamilton. He was supreme all weekend and was unlucky to lose out to Vettel on the Sunday. Hopefully next years McLaren will be fast from the onset and allow Lewis & Jenson to challenge Vettel from the start.

    1. Unlucky to lose to Vettel? After lap 1 Vettel took a 12 second lead on him, safety car brought that back to zero, then Vettel took another 10 seconds off him. Or was it the other way around – either way it looks to me like Vettel took 22 seconds off Hamilton. And he was never once seriously challenged by Hamilton. That’s not unlucky, that’s a good, ole time ass whompin!

      1. It’s the car smarty pants. No driver is 1 second a lap faster than three world champions.

        1. With 50+ laps, 22 seconds is not 1 second a lap. However, IMO Vettel did have to make the difference between winning and losing again to the very competitive Mclarens.

      2. Point made but hell will freeze over the day I vote for Vettel ;) – fortunately this weekend I genuinely think Lewis did the best job. However if Mr Vettel wants me to like him (which to be honest I do want to like him) he needs to stop waving the finger ;) I don’t like bad winners. Fair enough if you show the finger to the team but stop doing it to the camera :)
        I hope the next race in India is won by the McLarens or even a Ferrari win would be nice :)

  8. Can you please start calling it “Lord of the Race” Just to amuse me whilst reading the comments?

  9. The drivers that stood out for me were Alguersuari, Kovalainen and to a lesser degree Riccirado.

    In the end I voted for Kovalainen.


    I’d think he would question himself after how he made a fist of ’07. There’s also a question of how he is being bettered by someone who came into “his” team.

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