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Vote for your Indian GP driver of the weekend

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Start, Buddh International Circuit
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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. I’ve disguised my answer in an extremely cryptic riddle.

    His first name can be shortened to rhyme with Pleb, which is what he made everyone else look like..

    His Surname rhymes with Metal which is what he showed in qualified to improve on an already quick time and what he kept his pedal to (except when it was necessary to decelerate) during the race..

    That should keep you busy for a few hours :)

  2. Vettel. You can’t ask for more than perfection. A+.

    I can give a nod to Alonso for dogged work in the race too. He is maximizing the car.

    Button did a great job in the race but his qualifying was lousy.
    So the “W” part of the award doesn’t work out for him. If Button had qualified as well as Hamilton, he could have won this race or made it a heck of a lot more interesting.

    And here you see that Vettel and Alonso appear to be the only complete drivers now.

  3. Vettel, simple as. It was a case of “Catch me if you can!!” and they couldn’t. He destroyed the field.

  4. lewis and massa deserve a shout for make a dull race interesting for a while.

    i bet bernie got the radio to lewis ‘ lewis mate, i know your not going to like it but this is india’s first race and its a bit of a damp squid can you help us out bud….you know it makes sense’

    ”dont worry lewis, we will make sure your not blamed this time’

    lap later

    ‘well done lewis, your diamond’


  5. A tough one, but I’ll have to give it to Alguersuari. The race to be the “STR driver not to be replaced for Ricciardo” is really heating up, and at different stages of the season both Jaime and Buemi have risen to the challenge. Jaime has been very impressive over the last few races, and has now got the bit well and truly between his teeth and is showing Buemi the way it should be done. A very nice surprise. Well done sir!

  6. My vote goes to Sebastian, he (once again) had a perfect race, its simply amazing to see how he makes the difference in the first laps with a frightening pace and then he controls the situation perfectly well.

    I would like to mention Michael´s race too, with a great start and a good pace, he had a perfect strategic vision of the race so he choosed the perfect moment to overtake Nico in the pits.

  7. You know, I may be talking out of the wrong hole here but does anyone else think it is strange that Vettelis SO much faster than Webber? I don’t believe that Vettel is that much better than Webber but still he beats him by a substantial margin week after week.

    My wife and I have been discussing this and are wondering if there is a difference in the cars to favour Vettel. After all we all know that he is the favoured driver as far as the Red Bull powers that be are concerned.

    1. Your wife discusses F1 with you! She’s a keeper :)

      I also have no clue but I think it’s likely that most teams inject all their resources into one driver and use the 2nd driver as a strategic tool and test guinea pig.
      Considering how fine tuned their efforts to win are it makes sense that they would spear head their efforts like this.

      In the case of Mercedes it’s almost as if they’re writting the script of Schumi’s success story.
      Year 1: Outclassed by Nico
      Year 2: Pretty much level with Nico with top 5 results
      Year 3: Year 3 will see a massive improvement in the car and Schumi completely dominating Nico and winning the WDC..

      Imagine the sponsorship deals you’d get with a story like that!

      Are we entering the farcical realm of WWF style F1.. I hope not!

      At least McLaren appear to be purists the button Hamilton battle will be great to watch next year..

    2. There was a substantial difference in speed in ’09 as well (15-2 in qualifying I believe). Only that year Vettel made a lot of mistakes which meant Webber scored roughly the same points as Vettel.
      Last year was probably a combination of Webber having an excellent year (like Button is having now) and Vettel getting frustrated seeing Webber win several times while Vettel struggled to bring the car home in one piece (like Hamilton now).
      This year Vettel started as the World Champion, had no car troubles whatsoever for the first several races, like he did last year in Bahrain, Australia, Spain, Monaco and Turkey and Webber has had trouble getting used to the Pirelli tires while Vettel scored pole after pole and win after win building more confidence as he goes.

      So now Vettel is the man brimming with confidence and Webber is the one constantly worrying about one thing or another and getting frustrated almost every race.
      And as we know, confidence is key and frustration is the enemy in F1 so that is probably the main reason why Webber is struggling to even get on the podium while Vettel is dominating the season in the same car.

      Off course there is a preference from Red Bull towards Vettel (they’ve said they want to built the team around him) but seeing as Webber has been a part of Red Bull for some time and the fact that Newey and Webber are good friends I don’t think Red Bull are giving Webber lesser material.

      1. I think the reason they are buildidng the team around Vettel is continuity. From the start Webber had only agree to sign one year at the time with RBR (maybe at the beginning he though that the team was not very good, or was hoping for another deal, or simply he knows that he is one of the mature pilots on the grip and wants to be able to leave whenever he wants… ) Instead with Sebastian they know they have him signed at least until 2011, and with RBR clauses in Vettel´s contract for every time that Sebastian reached at least top three or won certain number of races his contract was inmediatly extended another year ( I believe the first time that the “build team” around Vettel came around the middle of 2009″), so the safest bet to structure your team is doing so around the pilot that you are sure is gonna be with you for a long time.

        1. Agreed. That could be the reason why RBR choose (or have chosen really) to built the team around Vettel.

    3. It’s interesting that no one is talking about Alonso being SO much faster than Felipe.

      The conventional wisdom holds that the car is 80% of the result and the drivers the other 20%, yet when we see a disparity or lack of disparity between certain drivers (Vettel and Webber in your case, Nico and Schumacher with @MW) there’s an assumption it has to be the car. If Hamilton was well ahead of Button this year, most would chalk it up to Hamilton being the faster driver.

      Using Hamilton as an example this year, where his head is clearly not in the game, we can see how much that 20% the driver contributes can impact the results.

      What I find strange is that people think Webber is anywhere near as fast as Vettel. There’s a reason drivers like Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, and Schumacher come in and win races at very young ages, become WDC champions at very young ages, and in the case of 3 of those above, become the youngest 2x WDC at the time they won their second WDC. It wasn’t a fluke with Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton, and it’s not a fluke with Vettel. Don’t forget Vettel finished ahead of Webber in the WDC in a Toro Rosso in 2008 when the Torro Roso was a dog of car until midway through the year, and while it had some DNA from Adrian Newey, the RB4 was a full Newey creation and was pretty strong from the start.

      The difference between Vettel and Webber in the RBR is that Webber makes tiny mistakes throughout the lap, Vettel doesn’t make any. Also, Webber takes the life out of the Pirelli tires quicker and in the second part of each stint starts losing time. If you compare Button and Hamilton, Hamilton also runs through his tires at a faster rate — Hungary being an excellent example of that. If you listen to Button talk about the first stint vs. Webber in India, he said after the first 8 or 9 laps Mark fell off because he’d worn out his tires and Button could focus on Vettel. The problem catching Vettel was he gets in a rhythm and doesn’t make mistakes.

      Nigel Mansell tells a story about how early in 1992 his teammate Patrese thought he was being given a slower car than Mansell. In Brazil, Nigel had put the car on pole by almost 2 seconds over Patrese in his first run. So Nigel convinced the team to allow them to swap cars for the second qualifying and he then went and put Patrese’s car on pole by a second and a half over Patrese. He said that formed a bond with Patrese, because Patrese then knew the cars were equal, and it was up to him to find that extra time.

      On the whole, disparities between drivers in a team are probably because of the drivers. I think drivers on the shorter end of that stick (and their fans) have trouble accepting that they might actually be slower. I think Alonso suffered from this in 2007 at McLaren because he couldn’t believe that Hamilton, a 22 year old rookie, could be as fast as him. It must have been the car.

      But I guess it’s really not strange that folks will look for the more complex and sinister explanation :-)

      1. I like your comment. And I didn´t knew that story with Mansell and Patrese, very nice. :)

        1. Mansell told the story (much better!) on the Flying Lap last week.

      2. I would like to second Celeste’s liking of this comment!

        I think Mansell must have told that story during one of the times I had to leave the room during that episode, so clearly I need to download it and watch the whole thing!

      3. In full agreement as well.

      4. Exactly.

        When you hear hooves, think Horses, not Zebras.

        Although I’m not so sure whether drivers make 20% of a difference. But that is something unmeasurable so it doesn’t really matter.

  8. I thought Alonso drove brilliantly defending from Webber, and Button drove a flawless race.

    I enjoyed Schumacher’s performance, and Senna did a good job on an unusual strategy also.

    But there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind who to give it to. Sebastian Vettel. The one and only. The best. The champion. The winner. It was telling that we barely saw him on the footage all race, because he was so good. Even when Button was closing him in, I never even thought about Button passing him.

    As an Alonso fan, it’s painful to say this, but congrats Vettel, you’re the best.

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