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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. It was a weekend under pressure for the come back driver. But he successfully reclaimed his title of “world’s fastest Indian”. Go Narain! :-P

    Seriously though, Vettel deserves it.

    1. Nah. This bloke’s the Worlds Fastest Indian or maybe it was this tragic lady
      Jai Hind!

  2. For once its looking like a landslide Vettel victory!
    But think about this
    2nd in FP1 to a lap done under yellows
    2nd in FP2 to light Ferraris
    1st in FP3
    2nd in Q1 to a Renault on softs
    1st in Q2
    1st in Q3
    1st in Race
    Fastest lap
    Lead every lap

    How can such a dominant weekend NOT get driver of the weekend?

    1. Honourable mentions though to Kovalainen (first stint pace was amazing), Alguersuari, Button, Alonso, Sutil, Narain and Perez

  3. I already said it on another thread, Vettel is the obvious choice by a big margin. But I also believe that Alonso deserves more than an “honourable mention”; he’s driven extremely well this year with a car that is obviously not capable of winning. Massa after all is no slouch (despite hitting high kerbs twice this weekend) with the “same” car — but Alonso seems to be consistently able to score more points when it counts. I can hear the muttering coming about team orders, first drivers, experimental front wings (maybe more), but Alonso has shown true, way above average talent driving a “third rate” (1=RB, 2=McLaren, 3=Ferrari/Mercedes) F150Italia.

    It will be interesting to see if he can make a dent in Buttons lead for “best of the rest” in the WDC.

  4. Who voted Massa? I can’t think of a reason except maybe for providing entertainment in the form of crashes.

  5. Has to be Vettel, he pressed every single ‘win’ button to be had this weekend, whether I actually liked the race or not. Honorable mentions of course to Button, driving a stellar ‘drivers’ race and Alonso for putting lipstick on a pig and making her fly.

  6. Surely, this is going to be the biggest winning margin for driver of the weekend this year.

  7. Seb was flawless…agree..we expected him to win and he delivered. The fact that he keeps growing the distance between himself and team mate is also worthy of mention. I voted for shumi though. based on from where came and the fact that he took Nico in the pits. He had a good race and did some solid laps when needed…

  8. Vettel of course! Faultless except for the fact that he talks to much in the press conferences. This guy will soon be the most successful driver in the history of F1.

  9. Karthikeyan

  10. Vettel for sure pole, win & fastest lap,you can’t ask for anything more from him.

    1. @wasiF1

      you can’t ask for anything more from him.

      I’m not so sure about that… He could have lapped the entire field. That’d have been more impressive! :P

    2. @wasif1, I would kindly ask him to cut out the lame lines after winning, and talking for hours in the press conference. But I guess that is about it for improving himself!

  11. Vettel – and I can explain why in two words!

    Grand Chelem.

  12. Vettel. A Grand Chelem is no mean feat; and perfect icing on the cake of his domination of 2011.

    A long overdue one too; he probably should have gotten it in Britain 2009; Suzuka 2009; Singapore 2011. It’s very scary what this young man is doing so young.

    I fear the only hope for F1 in the near future would be for Vettel to look for the challenge of building up a small team like Kovalainen; or the German-Austrian anthem mix could be the next installment of the German-Italian that was heard so often 10 years ago

  13. Vettel, easily. I don’t see how you could say anyone else did a better job. His first grand chelem and another demoralising performance. For the sake of us fans, he should never have decided to be a racing driver!

    I sincerely hope we get a decent battle for the title next year, although, really, he did have to work hard for this one and the fact that his team-mate that nearly won the title last year can’t even fill the second spot in the WDC shows just how remarkable Sebastian has been this year.

    I really don’t want him to win the remaining two races (I like seeing everyone having a go), but if he does, you couldn’t really begrudge him. Who’s going to step up and stop him?

    Jenson seems the only person likely to challenge him on a regular basis at the moment. He’s easily been the second best driver this year and I hope he gets another win and secures the second spot in the championship. He was probably the second best driver this weekend, too. Although Alonso was pretty good too.

    One thing I am excited about (if Ferrari ever sort their problems out and challenge Red Bull) is the prospect of Sebastian Vettel vs Fernando Alonso. I think we have some terrific battles in store for us in the coming years, and for me, they’re the two best drivers in F1 at the moment, with Jenson not far behind.

    1. Wholeheartedly agree with you Damon!

      1. Me too! :P

  14. Has to be Vettel. Flawless performance yet again. What I find incredible is that unlike many dominant champions, who tend to do all their winning at the start of the year and then tail off for whatever reason, Vettel is just as enthused and as dominant now as he was at the start of the year. A remarkable season.

    1. Remarkable indeed. But scary is a more apt word, I feel! :P

  15. Well, suppose I’ll go along with most others and vote for Vettel. Alonso also did well again, but his pace wasn’t really better than that of his teammate; Button did go much faster than his teammate, who might have had motivation or car problems, and Button also quickly got himself second. But as good as he is driving, it is really hard to genuinely believe in him putting Vettel under real pressure, even if his car is fast. Vettel is just in control.

  16. It was a close one between JB and SV for me. But I gave it to Jenson simply because he outpaced LH by around a second a lap, which is good by anyone’s standards and further cements him as equally as good, if not better.

    Obvious props have to go to Seb, but it’s kind of expected now. Also to JA and MS for some great drives.

  17. Vettel all the way. No one else really stood out for me this weekend. Not much to say really, Jenson Button and Jaime Alguersuari again did great jobs too. Familiar pattern here

  18. JustOne Pound
    1st November 2011, 12:36

    OK, Vettel did it all. But I fail to see how could Button have done any better than he did. And Alonso’s only glitch was at the start, a move than could have won him a couple positions but instead he almost lost control in the dust and lost one.

    But anyway my vote goes for Massa, I still have a soft spot fot him, and I do not think the fault of the crash was entirely his. It has been said before but I think the panalty was a kind of “compensation” by the judges after having penalised Hamilton for crashes than also were not 100% his (H’s) fault.

  19. The main factor in my choice is usually which drivers stood out or impressed me most over the weekend. As I expect Vettel to get pole and win easily when he does achieve this it doesn’t surprise me and I normally vote for someone else.

    This weekend I wasn’t surprised by another faultless performance from Vettel but he did get my vote.

    Other drivers who stood out for me to varying degrees were Schumacher, Alguersuari, Sutil, Perez and Kovalainen.

  20. Yinka Babs (@)
    1st November 2011, 13:57

    I’m unconcerned about vettel getting the grand chelem.
    My driver of the day is Schumacher.
    He managed his tyres well in middle stint, which helped him stay out longer and jump team-mate.Saved his KERS until the long back straight whichallowed him to make up three places.

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