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

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 (1%)

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

  1. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 14th November 2011, 20:48

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

    Typo Keith,Fix!!!

  2. 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

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 15th November 2011, 16:47

      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

      • 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.

  3. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 14th November 2011, 21:04

    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!

  4. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 14th November 2011, 21:21

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. F1fanNL (@) said on 14th November 2011, 21:39

    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.

  7. brum55 said on 14th November 2011, 21:44

    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.

  8. Arrrang (@arrrang) said on 14th November 2011, 22:16

    @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…

  9. 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.

  10. HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 14th November 2011, 22:45

    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.

  11. I’m sorry, but where is Webber in your shortlist?! He was absoutely on it, one of the few drivers consistently overtaking and managed to clain fourth despite being let down by his team with a slow pit stop and a bad strategy and that’s not even mentioning all those qualy style laps he had to do in the penultimate stint!

    Seriously, how can Rosberg make the list but Webber cannot is beyond me.

  12. Copersucar (@copersucar) said on 14th November 2011, 22:53

    Was hoping for Alonso to come just ahead of Lewis in the last pitstop an then see a furious battle afterwards. Well, it came close to be but didn’t. Hamilton did well but had it too easy inheriting the lead and keeping ahead with the fastest car. My vote goes to Alonso, specially for a superb first lap.

    • Copersucar (@copersucar) said on 14th November 2011, 23:08

      Ah, and another lost opportunity. After Vettel limped to the pits, I was hoping to see him climbing up position after position, maybe up to the podium, up to the points for sure. Again it didn’t happen. After the first lap and with the exception of the buildup to the last pitstop, the race was pretty boring, one of the worst this year.

  13. astonished (@astonished) said on 14th November 2011, 23:11

    Things were going reasonably well while I was on the Softs, but with the Mediums I was really struggling to keep the car on track because of the lack of grip

    The above comment from Felipe (admittedly a bit of a complainer and with a different front wing) puts into perspective how Fernando drove this race so my vote goes for him

  14. David-A (@david-a) said on 14th November 2011, 23:43

    I’ve gone for Nico Rosberg. Pushed his Mercedes to the limit in qualifying and the race to turn the tables on Michael Schumacher, who has recently been doing better in the races.

  15. I give Hamilton the DOTW. He did everything right. He didn’t get pole but, good grief, he took his 8th front row position, ahead of his teammate and another RedBull. It just goes to show that people basically expect him to take pole if he has a car within a few tenths in performance of the faster car.

    My hand hovered over the Alonso bubble, but really, he ended up beating a stricken second McLaren, Webber, and his slow poke teammate. He kept Hamilton honest, sometimes, but ended up more than 8 seconds behind.

    However, and here is my DOTY preview, because what are we waiting for, I expect to name Alonso driver of the year precisely because he finds himself in these somewhat unexpected podium positions almost every time.

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