Vote for your Malaysian Grand Prix driver of the weekend

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Start, Sepang, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Malaysia?

Compare all the drivers’ performances below and vote for who you think was the best driver of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.

Driver notes

Sebastian Vettel – Chasing down Hamilton for a podium when he clipped Karthikeyan, puncturing his tyre and damaging his brake. The stewards blamed the HRT driver but Vettel should have exercised more caution.
Mark Webber – Out-qualified Vettel again but struggled at the race restart. Was passed by Alonso and Vettel – but re-passed his team mate. Eventually elevated to fourth by Vettel’s demise.

Jenson Button – Accepted the blame for hitting Karthikeyan after getting ahead of Hamilton, following his team mate’s slow pit stop. An extra stop for intermediates pushed his tally up to five, but his pace was comparable to Hamilton’s.
Lewis Hamilton – Pole-to-third for the second race in a row. Drove superbly on intermediates when the track was very wet, but couldn’t match Alonso and Perez’s pace in the second half of the race. Poor pit stops were only part of the problem.

Fernando Alonso – Dragged the F2012 into Q3. Produced one of his best performances when the track was at its wettest and took the lead. Kept everything under control in the second half of the race when Perez quicker to score an improbable and brilliant win – despite also losing his telemtry.
Felipe Massa – Seemed happier with his new chassis in qualifying. But the race was a disaster. After the restart on lap 14 he lost over a minute and a half to Alonso by the end of the race: a massive 2.18s per lap. As Alonso crossed the line to win Massa’s car was visible in the foreground, five seconds away from being lapped.

Michael Schumacher – Qualified third and didn’t make his customary brilliant getaway. Was tagged by Romain Grosjean at turn four, dropping him to 16th place. Coped better with the W03′s tyre degradation than his team mate, but even so was fortunate to inherit the final point for tenth when Maldonado retired.
Nico Rosberg – Seems to have lost his qualifying advantage from last year, and an extra pit stop for intermediates dropped him well out of the top ten.

Kimi Raikkonen – Quick enough for fourth in qualifying, a gearbox change penalty left him tenth on the grid. Struggled on unfamiliar intermediates but set the fastest race lap on his way to fifth.
Romain Grosjean – Made a much better start than in Melbourne – until he reached turn four. Tangled with Schumacher and fell to 21st. Gambled on staying out on intermediates but aquaplaned off when the rain got heavy on lap four.

Paul di Resta – Blamed Maldonado for a spin which cost him three places just before the safety car came out. Moved forward at the restart, passing Massa on his way to seventh.
Nico Hulkenberg – Not as quick as his team mate on intermediates in the middle part of the race, he was passed by Vergne and Senna. Nonetheless brought the car home in the points in ninth, 3s behind Di Resta.

Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Sepang, 2012Kamui Kobayashi – Six-tenths slower than Perez in qualifying, he retired with ten laps to go with braking problems.
Sergio Perez – A breakthrough performance. Took the Sauber, which hadn’t looked great in practice, into Q3. Gambled on an early switch to wets which put him in contention for the lead with some great laps when the circuit was at its wettest. Reeled in Alonso in the second half of the race but a mis-timed pit stop and a mistake at turn 13 ultimately blunted his charge.

Daniel Ricciardo – Lost out in the opening laps but was one of the first to switch to slick tyres which paid off handsomely. He was the quickest driver by three seconds on lap 39, which helped him finish ahead of Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.
Jean-Eric Vergne – Knocked out in Q1 after flat-spotting a tyre on his last lap. Bravely stayed out on intermediate tyres until the race was red-flagged, which took him up from 18th to seventh. Passed Massa on his way to claiming his first points for eighth.

Pastor Maldonado – Was up to fifth by lap five but missed his pit box when he came in on lap 14, dropping him to 20th. Much quicker than Senna in the first laps after they changed to slicks, he was running tenth when his engine failed two laps from home.
Bruno Senna – Lost his front wing on the first lap so he switched to wets early. Despite that he came in again for more wets six laps later. Having fallen to last, he had a strong second half of the race, passing Massa and Di Resta to finish sixth and score Williams’ first points of 2012.

Heikki Kovalainen – Started last following his penalty from Australia. Damaged his nose after being passed by his team mate and finished 18th behind Glock.
Vitaly Petrov – Kept Massa behind for 15 laps and took 16th, showing good pace compared to Kovalainen.

Pedro de la Rosa – Started from the pits and was given a drive-through penalty when his team failed to get off the grid in time for the restart. Caught Karthikeyan but lost more time pitting two laps later than him for slicks.
Narain Karthikeyan – Used wets for the first stint, like his team mate, and crossed the line in ninth place on lap 13. Was hit by Button and later made contact with Vettel – the latter while being lapped. Handed a questionable 20-second penalty for the Vettel incident which dropped him behind de la Rosa.

Timo Glock – Was chased by Kovalainen in the closing stages but held on to take 17th.
Charles Pic – Kept Kovalainen behind in the middle of the race after the Caterham driver’s extra pit stop, enabling his team mate to finish the race ahead of his rival.

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149 comments on Vote for your Malaysian Grand Prix driver of the weekend

  1. sw280 (@sw280) said on 26th March 2012, 12:50

    Massa

  2. Hairs (@hairs) said on 26th March 2012, 12:51

    Perez, but not easily so, and to me, not the no-brainer that a lot of people have said.

    His drive was stunning, and without someone else’s mistake (slow pitstop) and *possibly someone else’s mistake* (unnecessary radio warnings from the pit followed by a lapse in concentration) he would have won the race. He’s putting Kobayashi, who is rated very highly, to shame. He’s reliable, consistent, fast, and can outperform the car.

    However, As has been pointed out, Alonso drags the ferrari where it doesn’t belong, wins a race to restore honour to a team who were about to be ripped asunder by the Italians, and does so without any apparent effort. Pointing out that he out-performed his teammate is redundant at this stage.

    To drive from last to 6th is a stunning achievement from Senna, and in tricky conditions he proved he can control the car. Maldonado still seems to have the legs on him in pure pace however.

    Grosjean: Nice qualifying performances, but 2 avoidable retirements from 2 races shows that things aren’t all that different to 2009. The only non-technical retirement of the race in such difficult weather either means that every other driver did a superb job, or … ?

  3. Serge (@mordred) said on 26th March 2012, 12:52

    Of course Checko!!! Viva el Mexico!!! Fantastic race!!! Nando is also deserves a lot of applause for perfect race on a bucket of bolts , but I gave my vote to Checo since Nando is a double WDC. Please don’t throw stones in my direction but third place I would give to my contryman Vitaly Petrov and not to Bruno. For solid race on an extreamly slow and unreliable car, for keeping Ferrari (Massa’s of course) behind for 15 laps and 49 seconds gap ahead of teammate (mega-super-fast imho )Heikki. And fourth place to Bruno, solid race but Williams made a quite good car this year so that was expectable.

  4. Perez will probably win this poll but I voted for Alonso. Purely for the fact that however unexpectedly brilliantly Sergio drove he should have won that race and a combination of his mistake and team strategy meant he didn’t.

    Alonso was flawless, at this point in time its arguable Ferrari is only the 5th/6th best car on the grid (and then only in Fernando’s hands) so to win the race was outstanding. I don’t like the man but he sure can drive a racing car. Bruno Senna was also outstanding, good to see him doing well and Raikkonen also impressed me.

    • Ads21 (@ads21) said on 26th March 2012, 13:41

      I’d say the Ferrari is 6th/7th fastest at the moment when you consider in the last two races Alonso has been hunted down by a Williams and a Sauber in the closing stages and only an error from Raikkonen prevented Massa from being eliminated in Q1 in Aus. It took the weather and a miraculous performance from Alonso to put the car anywhere near a winning position.

  5. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 26th March 2012, 13:05

    Vettel was probably one of the biggest disappointments for me in the race, I thought he’d got over his petulant side from 2010, but it appears he hasn’t based on his middle finger to and comments about Karthikeyan.

    I voted for Perez as not only did he have an excellent race but he also had a very strong qualifying, easily beating Kobayashi and setting a platform for his race.

  6. claudioff (@claudioff) said on 26th March 2012, 13:05

    I sincerely think Kobayashi or Ferrari engineers should be on pressure. At end of each race we see Alonso being chased by Williams and Saubers and, even so, he manages to keep in front. For the next few races, I think we will still watch Alonso being chased by Perez/Maldonado/Senna/Grojean. because in someway he will find a way to put that car in front of them. If Perez had managed to pass him, I would have voted for him, but the most perfect driver of the week is, no doubt, Alonso.

  7. Danksa (@danieljaksa) said on 26th March 2012, 13:08

    Perez did a great job, but for me it was Fernando again this weekend (I voted for him last weekend). The Ferrari is no where near as good as he is driving it. He (and Mass) qualified way down the list, but he still won the race. Alonso is the best driver of all on the track at the moment.

  8. Jose said on 26th March 2012, 13:10

    Man…..no love for Iceman? Suggesting he ‘ll chop down the front runners in next race.

  9. Girts (@girts) said on 26th March 2012, 13:12

    The weather conditions obviously helped Perez and Alonso a lot. That said, you have to be able to capture the opportunity when it is there and both men did that excellently, while their team mates were quite far behind. It’s hard to choose between the two but my vote goes to Perez & his beautiful smile.

    Shout-outs to Paul di Resta & Narain Karthikeyan even though the latter one obviously destroyed his chances of replacing Webber at RBR in 2013.

  10. Eggry (@eggry) said on 26th March 2012, 13:14

    I’m a big Alonso fan but this time go for Perez for sure.

  11. IDR (@idr) said on 26th March 2012, 13:25

    Best Driver: Alonso. Faultless at any time. Great race with the weakest machine of possible contenders.

    Driver of the Weekend: Sergio Pérez “El Checo”. Many people sensed that there was a great driver in the making, and today he has been confirmed more than enough. Astonishing performance up to the moment his own team remembered him he was going to make history, and loose his concentration, making an error. An small fault for a young driver challenging a two times champion.

    My vote: Alonso, because the question who was the best.

    • IDR (@idr) said on 26th March 2012, 13:28

      Ok, I voted Alonso thinking the question was who was the best, and now I realize that one must read the thread before make any comment!!!!! :-)

      So, the driver of the weekend is Perez!!!

  12. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 26th March 2012, 13:25

    Went for Sergio… awesome srive

  13. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 26th March 2012, 13:28

    This is one that I would bet my house on Perez winning. Alonso was spectacular and Senna was also worthy of an honourable mention, but Perez has to be the man of the weekend. Getting to Q3 and coming within a whisker of a maiden victory mean this has to be a no brainer.

  14. Dave (@davea86) said on 26th March 2012, 13:36

    I think Perez will get the most votes but for me it has to be Alonso. He was faultless in treacherous conditions and managed it while having to relay info back to the team each lap due to telemetry issues. Perez made one mistake when he went off at turn 14 and while it was his only mistake, it was costly. Had he kept it on the road he probably would have passed Alonso and would have easily been the driver of the weekend. At the end of the day Alonso got the job done so he gets my vote.

    Also great to see nine different teams finish in the top ten. Australia suggested that this season was going to be close and Malaysia (even though it was a wet race) makes me believe even more that it’s going to be a cracker.

  15. Wallbreaker said on 26th March 2012, 13:57

    Sergio Perez – A breakthrough performance.

    That is still an understatement. Yesterdays race was Perez’ masterpiece.

    • Diego said on 27th March 2012, 15:13

      Being so close to the victory but losing due to a driving mistake doesn’t count as a masterpiece in my book

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