Vote for your Indian GP driver of the weekend

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Start, Buddh International Circuit

Start, Buddh International Circuit

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%)

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

  1. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 1st November 2011, 5:21

    Vettel – and I can explain why in two words!

    Grand Chelem.

  2. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 1st November 2011, 5:41

    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

  3. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 1st November 2011, 6:10

    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.

  4. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 1st November 2011, 9:05

    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.

  5. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 1st November 2011, 10:11

    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.

  6. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 1st November 2011, 10:30

    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.

  7. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 1st November 2011, 10:34

    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

  8. JustOne Pound said on 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.

  9. PJA (@pja) said on 1st November 2011, 13:23

    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.

  10. Yinka Babs (@) said on 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.

  11. MW (@) said on 1st November 2011, 15:26

    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 :)

  12. 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.

  13. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 1st November 2011, 18:59

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

  14. 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’

    :D

  15. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 2nd November 2011, 5:13

    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!

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