Start, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Vote for your Abu Dhabi GP driver of the weekend

Debates and PollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Vote for your driver of the weekend

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

Who was the best driver of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (3%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (45%)
  • Jenson Button (5%)
  • Fernando Alonso (35%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (3%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (4%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (1%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 501

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

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  1. 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.)

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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?)

      1. (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.

    2. Well put, I also voted for Barrichello.

  4. sid_prasher (@)
    14th November 2011, 19:37

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

    2. 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.

  8. 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:


    1. He had good sessions all weekend, always in the top 3, and he came in 3rd in the race with kers problem.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

    1. 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)

  11. Qualifyied within a whisker of his team mate then coped well with a failing KERS to hold off his pursuers.

    Typo Keith,Fix!!!

  12. surprised at all the votes for alonso , I agree he drove well , but the ferrari is a seriously quick car in the race , problems are in qualifying ; on the option tyre it is not only quick but very easy in usage

    in reality hamilton just managed the gap and got good tyre life compared to some previous races , not quite as good as the ferrari but good enough ; when onto the prime the McLaren is better than the ferrari so it was all over

    the ferrari wobbly wing is a noticeable improvement , bodes well for them next season ….massa was clearly disadvantaged by not having it especially on the prime tyre where the difference between his car and alonso’s was startling

    1. are you watching Formula1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      “the ferrari is a seriously quick car in the race”
      yes very quick especially on the hard tire or compared to HRT & VIRGIN

      1. Yes, in the race ferrari is quick (sometimes :D) for example: Istambul, Monaco, Spain, Silverstone, Monza, Spa, Japan, Abu Dhabi

        And I think Ferrari is not that bad, while everyone saying that Fernando is outdriving his car, but in my opinion Fernando is driving well while Felipe has a togh season. So it is not Alonso who is outperforming his car, it is Massa who is underperforming.

  13. Alonso. Once again he has dragged that Ferrari into places it has no right to be in. I maintain he’s the most complete driver in F1, and these consistently brilliant performances are testament to that. If Ferrari can give him a winning car then he will challenge for the title next year.

    Serious kudos to Hamilton for getting back on track. It was a measured and fast performance, but could he have beaten Vettel? I’m not so sure. Good on both of them!

  14. Coming from a string of bad weekends until Indian GP;-

    a) gave us a error free qualifying
    b) grabbed the opportunity and lead the race from P1
    c) made no errors in any corner while maintaining the lead ; fending off back markers & Fernando
    d) wore a very humble & thin smug on his face

    Easy CHOICE and thoroughly deserved. Guess the firework at home helped him a lot eh?

    It is good to see Ruben’s name being considered. Such a shame to see a experienced driver having a crazy season.

  15. I picked Lewis Hamilton.
    Consistently fast, often faster than Vettel, and I’m sure he’d have battled with him in the race had the German not retired. Alonso was great in the race considering he had the third-fastest car and outpaced Button, Webber and Massa, but Lewis had another weekend which reminds us all why he is considered as a great champion.

  16. I went with Alonso.
    Hamilton may have been fastest in almost all sessions but he had the quickest car to do so.
    Alonso did exactly the same as Hamilton did throughout practice which is put the car where it belonged.
    Alonso spun in P2 but Hamilton lost pole in the quickest car where Alonso, again, put it where it belonged.
    Then, in the race, Alonso was able to keep up with the faster McLaren throughout most of the 3 stints.

    Honorable mention to Vettel for scoring another pole when the opposition was faster just like he did in Japan. Just a shame he had a puncture. I’m sure we would have had a great battle for the lead like we had at the end of the Spanish GP with Vettel out in front.

  17. Alonso – my driver of the weekend. Brilliant moves on both Webber and Button and kept on the tail of Lewis for 2/3 of the race, so much so he nearly jumped him at the pits all in the 3rd fastest car – magnificent effort.

    Special mention to Hamilton – good to see him back and realize the importance of having people around him he can depend upon and trust. Think Button may have find it a lot harder to finish ahead of him on 2012.

    Also Rosberg – after looking like Schumacher had finally got the measure of him, Nico dominates him in a way he has rarely done so far this season.

  18. @Keith Collantine
    Keith any official news about Kimi Raikkonen and Williams plans? His manager was seen at the Abu Dhabi GP in the Williams garage…

  19. I voted Rosberg.
    Very close to Massa’s time in qualifying and again very close to Massa in the race. Fantastic battle with Schumacher on the opening lap.
    He impressed me. In the last races Schumacher seemed to have a bit more pace, but this time Nico dominated.

    For a moment, I considered Vettel. As usual, great qualifying session and great first corner. Seriously, before the second corner he had probably something like 2 seconds on Hamilton.

  20. My vote goes to Kovalainen. He would have fought for points today if he’d just have KERS. Trulli took another brutal beating from him. IMO Kovalainen pushes his Lotus even more beyond its limits than Alonso does with his Ferrari.

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