Vote for your Abu Dhabi GP driver of the weekend

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Start, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Start, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Who was the most impressive driver throughout the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend?

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

Lewis Hamilton – His best weekend in a long while, consistently quick and a deserved victory.

Fernando Alonso – Wrung every last thousandth of a second out of his Ferrari and came very close to snatching the lead off Hamilton.

Jenson Button – Qualified within a whisker of his team mate then coped well with a failing KERS to hold off his pursuers.

Nico Rosberg – Rosberg backed up his reliably excellent qualifying pace with a strong race drive, reeling in Felipe Massa is the closing laps.

Rubens Barrichello – Frustrated at every turn in practice and qualifying, he got the most out of his car on race day, even if it was only enough for 12th place.

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
McLaren team review
Ferrari team review
Mercedes team review
Renault team review
Williams team review
Force India team review
Sauber team review
Toro Rosso team review
Lotus team review
HRT team review
Virgin team review

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

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130 comments on Vote for your Abu Dhabi GP driver of the weekend

  1. SupaSix-1 said on 14th November 2011, 18:01

    As a Hamilton fan who used to despise alonso (not anymore) – DOTW was between Lewis & Fernando, but considering that Lewis showed great form consistantly throughout the weekend despite all the negativity the media cant seem to let go of…for me DOTW is Lewis…closely followed by Fernando.

    Even though fernando pushed his car…Lewis had an answer for him thorughout.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th November 2011, 18:07

      all the negativity the media cant seem to let go of

      When a driver has bad form, negative questions will follow. That’s inevitable, it’s the way of the world.

      Hamilton has made a rod for his own back on occasions by leaving races after bad results without talking to the press, making it inevitable that he’ll have to face questions about his latest blunder when he turns up at the next Grand Prix – Singapore being a case in point.

      • John H (@john-h) said on 14th November 2011, 22:53

        I’m pretty sure Webber and Massa have had bad form though, and they don’t seem to get similar attention.

        Yes he makes a rod for his own back that’s for sure, but sometimes there’s no shortage of journalists ready to push it in (and I don’t mean you of course Keith!).

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 15th November 2011, 18:06

          I’m pretty sure Webber and Massa have had bad form though, and they don’t seem to get similar attention.

          Because expectations of those two aren’t as high. It’s not just a Hamilton thing. Remember the criticism Schumacher got in 2010? Or Vettel when he had a bad patch last year? I’m sure Alonso would get the same treatment if he were to have bad form.

      • Are you really saying he gets his stick with interest if he delays talking to the press? There must be some formula to set that out. I also don’t think he has ever left the premises without giving and interview. And certainly not in Singapore—for some reason I clearly remember his interviews in Singapore.

  2. Mariano (@mariano) said on 14th November 2011, 18:20

    This is my 1st ever comment in this blog. I would like to congratulate Keith for such a magnificent job. I’m from Argentina and have been following F1 since 1962 when I was 12 yrs old. I was a Jim Clark fan on those days.

    Both Lewis and Fernando deserve to be the drivers of the weekend but I voted for Fernando as he outperformed his car, had a great start and drove consistently through the whole race (the same goes for Lewis on this last remark).

    Sorry for my bad English!

  3. George (@george) said on 14th November 2011, 18:30

    Couldn’t choose between Hamilton and Alonso, so I went for Rosberg. Destroyed Schumi in qualifying as usual, then recovered well from a bad start even though Schumi seemed determined to push him off the track. I was hoping we’d get a camera on him on the last lap, but no luck :(.

  4. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 14th November 2011, 18:53

    It might look odd, but I voted Sebastian Vettel.

    It was clear from the first FP session that it was going to be a race for McLaren, and that it will be difficult for red Bull to win it. But his pole lap was just superb, I would never have believed that Vettel would do it. It’s a shame he retired on the first lap, because I think we could have witnessed a great duel between him and Hamilton.

    • 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 14th November 2011, 19:24

      I think he’ll get a few votes. All he did wrong was crash in FP2 but pulled a qualy lap out of the bag again but sadly didn’t last long in the race. Would have been a very interesting race. Hamilton for me had pace to spare and would have used that had Vettel been in front, would have been very close i feel.

      • celeste (@celeste) said on 14th November 2011, 20:59

        I was very sad that he had to retire, I was also looking forward for the race. But my prediciton actually was that Mclaren was gonna win due the pase that they have…

  5. tflb1 (@) said on 14th November 2011, 18:57

    I feel people concentrate far too much on the drivers who finish on the podium. Therefore, I give driver of the weekend to either Kobayashi or Sutil. Both beat their teammates convincingly, and Kobayashi’s race pace was great. Don’t forget, he was 24th after about 5 laps.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th November 2011, 20:23

      Without taking away anything from Sutil’s or Kobayashi’s performances, DiResta had a rubbish strategy, and Perez had to pit for a new nose on lap 2, also putting him on the back foot on strategy.

  6. STSCM (@stscm) said on 14th November 2011, 19:02

    Came this close || to pushing the button for Button, but still had to give kudos to Alonso. Button for qualifying .009 seconds to his ‘much’ faster teammate and keeping a sick car running well. Alonso though still is slathering lipgloss on that pig of his and making her fly and had to pass Button to get to where he wound up. Hamilton came in third in my estimation, drove a great race, kept the sticky parts of the car on the sticky parts of the track and didn’t make a mistake, but really wasn’t challenged either. (Kudos to Vettel also for showing more professionalism and maturity than 90% of the current grid.)

    • John H (@john-h) said on 14th November 2011, 23:04

      Button had a great drive, but getting passed by Alonso while his kers was working could have cost him. In the end it didn’t matter, mainly due to his great driving skill but also down to webbers lack of pace.

      Fernando was awesome, he was closer to winning than many comments seem to think. Would have been great seeing Hamilton and Alonso battling it out that’s for sure.

  7. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 14th November 2011, 19:22

    I voted Alonso, he beat his teammate in qualy by 0.6 and was faster on all bar 2 laps (excluding pit stops), finishing some 40 secs clear of him by the end.
    But of course Hamilton looked on it all weekend, however what swayed it for me was Alonso got the best result in qualy he could, Hamilton didn’t. Once Vettel retired he did a good job of controlling his pace and tyres and it was a faultless win (very similar to most of Vettels wins) but Alonso just shades it for me.

  8. BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th November 2011, 19:24

    Though I’d give it to Hamilton, but then he did make that crucial mistake in Q3. Then Alonso, but while he did get the maximum out of that car, it was not spectacular enough. Considered Rosberg, but he could not do enough to reel in Massa in the end. Vettel had a superb qualifying, again. But he we lost him at the 2nd corner.

    In the end, I went with your tip Keith, and voted for Rubens. He had a horrid weekend with Williams with engine changes, oil puddles and we never heard him complain. And his race could have hardly been better with the car he has here. I hope we see him star a bit in Interlagos as well, so we and all Brazillians can remember his F1 career fondly.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th November 2011, 20:26

      I hope we see him star a bit in Interlagos as well, so we and all Brazillians can remember his F1 career fondly.

      And witness Rubens’s first ever good Brazilian GP! (or did I miss a few?)

      • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 14th November 2011, 20:28

        (second part shouldn’t have been a quote). And just for clarification, no sarcasm intended, just wishing him some luck in front of his home crowd for once, because now that I think of it, he did lead the Brazilian GP once, only to retire with victory in sight.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 15th November 2011, 15:17

      Well put, I also voted for Barrichello.

  9. sid_prasher (@) said on 14th November 2011, 19:37

    Going with Fernando here..Rubens and Hamilton also did extremely well!

  10. Cristian (@cristian) said on 14th November 2011, 19:46

    Vettel was faultless this race, wasn’t he:D
    It was close between Alonso and Hamilton.
    Alonso was the overachiever in his Ferrari. Although Hamilton’s rivals ( Button and Vettel) had problems, I think he had a perfect race so I voted for him.

  11. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 14th November 2011, 19:48

    I’m trying to thing reasons NOT to vote for Lewis, but I think there really aren’t that many. So Hamilton gets my vote.

  12. I actually voted for Barrichello. It was a toss up between him, Alonso and Hamilton. I eventually voted for him because he had one session of driving this weekend before the race, and still outdrove the car to 12th. A perfect race – a shame he didn’t get the points he deserved.

    I have to say that Maldonado, Massa and Webber all deserve demotion based on performance. None of them deserve to be in the car they currently occupy.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 14th November 2011, 23:09

      Very good point about Rubens not having any practice time. As you say, probably deserved a point or two.

    • tattsbrah (@xbarrettmatex) said on 15th November 2011, 6:13

      What was so poor about Webber’s weekend? Granted, he didn’t qualify nor start the race brilliantly, yet even with the poor pitstop, he still pulled amazingly quick laps when it mattered to pass Massa.

  13. marco_ferrari said on 14th November 2011, 20:28

    Button in top 5? I totally agree with the 4 other mentioned drivers, but I prefer Sutil to Button as he had the same pace as Schumacher…

    My top 5:

    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Sutil
    Rosberg
    Barrichello

  14. If Vettel had finished the race then I’m sure I’d be seriously considering voting for him given his form atm but ifs and buts mean nothing so it has to be Fernando. Did the maximum in qualifying and spectacularly overdelivered in the race. It was great to see Hamilton back on top and he was in control the entire time but Alonso’s car really didn’t even seem up to a podium most of the weekend never mind second.

  15. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 14th November 2011, 20:46

    Someone on Twitter thought Alonso comfortably was DOTW.

    Personally i strongly disagree,I understand why people would vote Fernando;He’s been outperforming his team-mate & possibly the car as well all season,Drove a typical strong & perserving race to the podium.

    Others besides Lewis is an interesting choice,We were mainly thinking of Ham & Alonso as Drivers of the Weekend but the rest have done the maximum in terms of their situation but apologises for anyone who thinks im biased because of my Username,Just to let you know im certainly not,DOTW has got to be Hamilton.

    Fast in FP1,FP2 & FP3 & nearly grabbed Pole Position from the grasps of his in form team-mate & made the most of the opportunities given to him.In addition not only the pace was there,but the Psychologically strength to hold off Alonso was there.

    A question that will hopefully be answered soon,Have we seen the Lewis Hamilton that his Father promised in 2012,Reveal himself this weekend?

    • uan (@uan) said on 15th November 2011, 6:46

      well, you probably are biased because of your username :) but in this case I think you’re correct. It’s driver of the weekend, not the race. For the weekend it really has to be among Hamilton, Button and Vettel, and well, Vettel didn’t make it to the finish line so it was between Hamilton and Button. A strong case could be made for Button (closest he’s been to Hamilton all year in qualifying when both have been on it) and a great drive in a hampered car. But consistency from Friday morning to the checkered flag tips it to Hamilton. Not sure if it’s the 2012 reboot of Hamilton. It’s one thing to race strong from the front, but part of his issue this year has been getting frustrated when the car wasn’t there. It’s really seeing consistency race after race that we need to see from Lewis, along the lines of Button, Vettel, and Alonso. We’ll need to wait 3-4 races into 2012 to see. (and the same could be said of Button’s form from this year carrying forward. Alonso and Vettel have shown consistency over the last several years)

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