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Vote for your Indian GP driver of the weekend

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

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

Sebastian Vettel – By any measure, a faultless performance. And all the more impressive for there being two different cars between him and his team mate at the end.

Jenson Button – A strong opening lap paved the way for another ‘best of the rest’ result.

Fernando Alonso – Kept Mark Webber under pressure to take third place and withstood pressure to hold onto it.

Jaime Alguersuari – Squeezed into Q3 by the tiniest of margins, scored more valuable points in the race for Toro Rosso’s late-season climb up the standings.

Adrian Sutil – A solid job under some pressure given the speculation over his future at the team.

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 team review – Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren team review – Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari team review – Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes team review – Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Renault team review – Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov
Williams team review – Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado
Force India team review – Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
Sauber team review – Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso team review – Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus team review – Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT team review – Narain Karthikeyan and Daniel Ricciardo
Virgin team review – Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most throughout the Indian Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (48%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Jenson Button (14%)
  • Fernando Alonso (5%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Michael Schumacher (12%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (2%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (2%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (8%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (3%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (2%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 456

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113 comments on “Vote for your Indian GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. There weren’t any stand out drivers this race but because of the perfect result, I had to give it to the world champion. Flawless drive as usual.

    1. I must give the honours to Alonso – I wish the comentators would make more of the wonderful drive that he continues to have with Ferrari – it took the legend, Schumi 4 years to win with Ferrari – Alonso finished 2nd in his first year and could be second again – – BRILLIANT! The very best he should be is 5th but he drives the wheels off of that red car!

      1. Alonso’s third now, and was second last year. That’s the same as Schumi in his first two years with Ferrari, but the other way around.

        1. As far as I remmeber, Schumi was disqualified in his second year at Ferrari after intentionally hitting Villenueve in the final race of the season. I think, he was degraded down to third or so.

          1. No he was completely excluded from the world championship standings that year, i.e. he didn’t have a finishing position, Frentzen was second to Villeneuve and Coulthard third.

            Although they let him keep his wins, poles, points and fastest laps in his overall statistics.

          2. If we’re going to get all technical about WDC position, then I’ll just say- Alonso has won 6 races in his first 2 years at Ferrari, Schumacher won 8.

      2. Felipe Massa is making that Ferrari look worse than it is.

        Yes Alonso is driving very well but Massa has been really poor. Alonso’s been on the podium nine times and Massa not once. Not all of that is due to Fernando being fantastic.

        I would also say Ferrari were in a far worse position when Michael Schumacher joined them in 1996 having not won a driver’s title in 20 years than when Alonso joined in 2010.

        I think 1996-1999 was possibly the period in Schumacher’s career where he was at his best, he won three races in 1996 and Eddie Irvine could barely finish a race!

      3. Comparing Schumacher’s first few years at Ferrari with Alonso’s is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

        Ferrari hadn’t won a Championship in over a decade and had a car that was, even if you’re being kind about it, a complete dog when Schumi joined and he, Brawn, Todt et al had to completely rebuild the entire team around them whereas Alonso has walked into a team that has dominated the last decade of F1.

        1. whereas Alonso has walked into a team that has dominated the last decade of F1

          I agree to an extent but its fair to say that Ferrari are hardly the force they were in 07/08 never mind the early 2000s, they did only finish 4th in the WCC the year before Alonso joined.

          1. Obviously they’re not as dominant as they were in 07/08 but the team is still unrecognisable from the team that Schumi joined all of those years ago.

        2. Here,here.
          In India Michael Schumacher was red hot.Advanced through the field like a knife cutting through butter..He makes it all look so easy,and in that car!!
          Just wait until Schumi has the car as he wants it.!
          8th star on the way!

        3. It is not ridiculous at all.

          When Schumacher joined Ferrari in 96, in 95 before they won 1 GP and were 3rd in the Constructors. When Alonso joined Ferrari in 2010, in 09 they won 1 GP and were 4th in the constructors.

          Alonso will be 2nd and 3rd in his 1st two years at Scuderia, Schumacher 3rd and unclassified. Alonso also won 6 GP to Schumi’s 8 despite Alonso racing against 2 other competitive and faster teams, whereas Schumi had to deal with one, with inferior drivers.

          1. Forgot to add Vettel as DOTD – on a different level to the rest. They might as well give up and let him race on his own

          2. Schumacher joined a team that hadn’t even been in WCC contention for 6 years. Alonso joined a team that had a one year blip since they won the constuctors championship.

            Schumacher won 8 races in 33, Alonso 6 in 36. Both did very well, but I’d rate MS’s time so far a bit higher.

        4. it wasnt a dog. it qualified 3rd and 4th in australia in first race of season. It got a pole at imola.

          in 1995 ferrari lead about 7 races. usually in alesi hands. at the mid point of season alesi was in the hunt, albeit outside shot. Lack of reliability was the issue not speed. Remember suzuka? Monza, nurberg, spa, aida to name a few off the top of my head. all races alesi could of won

          Michael, rory, ross and co did great great job. But to say ferrari was a slow car is an insult to the people there at the time. The car was ok, not amazing but better than the mclaren and on par with the benetton.

          Its one of them the books say ferrari were rubbish so we all believe it….like a myth that become fact. They had issues but people act like they were arrows! lol

      4. Geoffrey Jeffrey
        1st November 2011, 16:09


        So Alonso wins DTW for what, exactly? Finishing third? Driving a Ferrari? Being called ‘Fernando Alonso’?

        Honestly, if Vettel doesn’t deserve DTW for his awesome dominance last weekend, then Keith might as well cancel this feature and replace it with a weekly ‘who is your favourite driver’ poll. At least then teary-eyed love-ins for personal favourites would have credibility.

  2. Hard to vote for anyone but Vettel. His last lap FLAP, apparently without KERS, on hard tyres, showed how much he had in hand over the field.

    1. yes, he did really have it all under control and got his grand chelem in.

      Perez did a good job on sunday, Karthikeyan did not do too bad and Kovalainen had another very good drive as well. Sutil was fine, but in the end both FI cars finished below where they started. Schumacher was nice on Sunday, but he just couldn’t get it right on saturday. Etc. Guess it will have to be Vettel here.

  3. Quite apart from his race win, Vettel also produced yet another last-gasp improvement in qualifying.

    It’s so easy to head out for a second time desperate to go faster; push too hard; and then return to the pits having made a mistake. But with Hamilton quite close behind his previous time, Vettel would have felt under pressure, and once again he pulled it off with several tenths’ improvement.

    Amongst the other front-runners, Alonso wasn’t really any faster than Massa, and if you can’t outpace your team-mate, then you’re hardly the driver of the day. Jenson was more impressive to me because of a great start, because he made the overtake of Webber look easy (and safe), and beacause he drove faster than Hamilton.

    But ultimately Vettel reigned supreme, in the same car that looked average in Webber’s hands.

    1. Vettel also produced yet another last-gasp improvement in qualifying.

      @alex I wasn’t quite happy about that lol

      My prediction in F1F for the pole time was just 0.004 short of the interim time set by Sebastian…. and Jenson / Lewis couldn’t beat that time.. yet, he went 3 tenths quicker in his final attempt….

      yet again, Seb it is

  4. Vettel, hands down, for a perfect weekend. I keep watching his pole lap over and over, since it is that good. Just can’t be anyone else.

    Button held his own in the race, but was outqualified by his teammate again. Alonso also maximised the result from the Ferrari, and the two Mercs and Alguersuari were pretty good again. But they can’t be any more than honourable mentions.

    I can’t help feeling that at least one person will vote for Felipe Massa, which will bring about jokes about the people who did so.

    1. @david-a But instead, Narain got one vote… lol

    2. He got a couple, and 8 even voted for Hamilton, which is also pretty baffling.

  5. As nearly anyone else, I picked Vettel. What can you say other than that he has obtained a Grand Chelem at 24 years of age?

    1. Ring-a-ding-ding? YES!

      (just making the unnecessary point that you can something other)

  6. Sutil, for having a flawless weekend under a lot of pressure and once again beating the ‘wonderkid’.

    1. I wouldn’t say he was better than Vettel, but he really is underrated, I agree.

      1. I think tflb was talking about the other Wunderkind of F1, the Wunderkind of all Rookies, lil Paul. :-)

        1. If you can call Pau “lil”

          1. @celeste
            Old skool gangsta rapper terminology, a true classic. He *has* to agree. :-D

        2. @Trix

          Oops. I can’t believe I said that now… :?

          1. @damonsmedley

            Better start believin’ it, babez, ‘cuz you FO SHO did.

          2. @Trix

            He’s been quiet lately, lil Paul.

  7. Vettel. No-one else had a weekend that was particularly great, and Vettel was just in control from start to finish. The grand chelem was just the icing on the cake.

  8. Vettel, a Grand Chelem itself is a feat. At a new country, brand new venue is nothing short of amazing.

  9. Vettel gets this one for me. Controlled from start to finish and joins the elite club of Grand Chelem. Well done.

  10. I think it’s enough of Vettel’s dominance, so I’ll vote Alguersuari.

    He’s surprising me a lot recently. Korea was great for him, and yesterday he pulled another great performance.

    It’s also weird he’s been in F1 since 2009, feels like a lot time and sometimes I have to remember he’s the first driver from the 90’s.

    1. It’s scary to think that in the next few years there’ll be drivers as young as – and younger than – myself… :?

      1. @damonsmedley well, it wasn’t funny to learn when he made his debut that Alguersuari was the first F1 driver younger than me :P

  11. Vettel, who else?

    No seriously, the perfect result says it all. The confidence this man has. Always doing it in qualifying, just driving away and then setting the fastest lap – despite the team not liking it.

    Now, that’s confidence and also smart, because after all speculation about helping Webber – probably mostly based on one quote from Horner and then blown up on internet – Vettel is so showing Webber and the team who’s the boss at Red Bull… If Mark beats Vettel next year, now that would be truly amazing.

  12. sid_prasher (@)
    31st October 2011, 19:51

    Has to be Vettel but voting Schumi for an honourable mention…

  13. Seb Vettel. Easy choice for me. If you get a ‘Grand Chelem’ while your team mate in the same car is unable to get on the podium and it doesn’t ensure you the DotW award, then probably nothing ever will.

  14. Does Narain Karthikeyan not deserve a mention. Under huge pressure to perform and sitting out a couple of races he jumps in the car and is just out qualified by 2hunderds of a second by the highly rated Riccardo.

    Karthikeyan finishes the race well ahead of Riccardo. Riccardo had problems but Karthikeyan had damage from the first lap on. So Narain gets my vote especially as don’t think he will be featuring again!

    Funny the difference in James Allen driver of day Schumi is way ahead of everyone but isn’t mentioned here.

    1. I mentioned on the live blog that Narain did well, as he beat Ricciardo so in that sense I agree with you. However I was then informed that Ricciardo lost 30-40 seconds with a pit stop problem, which takes the shine off it a bit. Still, Narain didn’t do as badly as some people say he always will.

      1. ya, Riccardo lost alot of time with a long pit stop then an extra one. Narain doesn’t really deserve driver of the day but guess was because I was expecting him to be trounced by Ricardo after sitting out races and all the media attention he was involved with.

      2. @David-A

        Still, Narain didn’t do as badly as some people say he always will.

        That’s because people genuinely believe he’s a bad driver. I suppose his terrible driving and lack of skill was the reason behind his rise through the ranks and ascent to F1.

        He’s not the best, but he’s not the worst we’ve ever had. He may even be better than Chandhok. It’s too hard/harsh to judge someone’s ability when they’re driving terrible machinery.

  15. I’d actually go for Schumi for being one of the contenders for DOTW,Surprised you didnt mention him Keith.But i cant help not voting for Seb,Grabbing his first Grand Chelem(Pole,Fastest Lap,Win & leading every lap) in once again a weekend dominated by him, I cant say no more.

    Intelligence,Confidence,A superior Car package & pure speed is with this man now,I kinda thought the race was won once he lead from the First Corner onwards.

    1. I don’t wish to start an argument, but what did MSC do this weekend that was special? I must have missed it.

      1. Yep, agree. It’s pretty normal for him to make up 6 places on his grid spot and beat his team mate these days.

        1. That was not normal last year…or even possible.

        2. That doesn’t make him DOTW, it makes him half the man he use to be. Didn’t he only beat Nico after Nico’s poor last stop, I can’t recall him passing him and I can’t recall him making q3 again.

          1. So if he’s ‘half the man he used to be’ and he still beat Rosberg, it doesn’t say much for good old Nico, does it – who lots of people still seem to think is some sort of incredible talent?

            In all seriousness, Schumacher was not DotW. But it was a pretty good performance.

          2. @Funkyf1 Schumacher didn’t beat Nico because of a poor last stop, which relatively wasn’t horribly poor (4.3 vs. 3.2 for Schumacher’s last stop). Schumacher was closing in fast on Nico in the laps leading up to Nico’s last stop and probably would have passed Nico within a few laps if Nico wasn’t called in. Also, Michael came out 4-5 seconds ahead of Nico after he pitted – clearly far ahead of the second he gained by the slower stop Nico had. Schumacher did a much better job of maintaining his tires through the whole stint than Nico was able to.

  16. No love for Heikki ? :( LOL:)

    1. Kovi ran in the top 10 for a while, so Lotus could have had their first point if Trulli brought out a red flag :)

      1. Voted for the reason that he out-shone Trulli actually had pace for time and was generally competitive.

    2. @LexBlair @David-A

      Ah, good point! I forgot about him. Why is it that he shines in the Lotus but was mediocre at McLaren? Or has Trulli just lost it and makes Heikki look good? :P

      1. I don’t think Kovy was that bad in the McLaren. He was about .2-.3s off Hamilton qualifiying. I.e., about where Button has been for two years. Button has found comparable race pace in his second year at McLaren. But unlike Kovy, Button did not have to deal with a horrible unbalanced car in his second year. Button has had a stable, strong platform to work out how to maximize the car this year. Also, in 08-09, Hamilton was not making such major errors.

        1. @dmw One moment that stands out in memory as being particularly bad was his first lap at Monza in 2009.

  17. Sebastian Vettel. Grand Chelem.

  18. Vettel. Happy to see him get some votes.

    If the Team principal is upset with his driver for going for the fastest laps, that says it all. On hard tires, with KERS off, with engine toned down they could not stop him from the fastest lap.

    Now in all fairness what is really helping Vettel are these criticism that he can only win from pole, he has good machinery etc. All this is driving the kid to up his game everyday. He is able to make his tires last better than Jensen nowadays. I guess all these criticism is making him stronger in an effort to prove. Good for him. Bad for the opposition.

    Look at 2002 and 2004, Barichello won a few times. He even had to give up his win in 2002. In 2009 again Barichello could win a few races with the superior Brawn Machinery. Fast forward to 2011. Mark Webber has not won a single race and for that matter never even seen challenging Vettel for a the victory except for that “hold position” from Horner which he did not accept anyway.

    Yes we can attribute the entire vicotry on Newey’s machinery. But ultimately it is the team and driver that help Newey. Newey spent 9 years in Maclaren with just a single title. Yeah even Jensen’s 2009 win can be considered Brawn magic. Again for Vettel he won in Monza on a Mindardi err typo Torro Rosso. No one want to remember that. He won the first race for Red Bull too. I think this kid is heavily underrated by all which actually serves as his strength now. Something same going on with Jimmie Johnson in Nascar. He was almost ignored by everyone everytime. But the guy has been champion for the last 5 years.

    1. thats a reasonable comparison because although i don’t watch that many of the NASCAR races (maybe a third of them this year) all I hear is Dale Jr, JPM, Carl Edwards

  19. It’s about time I voted for Alguersuari, so I did.

    1. @Icthyes

      I haven’t voted for Trulli yet this year. I think it’s about time I did… ;)

  20. I wathced the first part of the race on Sundy. What a bore. Not sure if any of them deserve Driver of the Day.
    Disappointing. I think I’ll vote for Kobayashi or Massa.

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