Start, Montreal, 2012

Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

2012 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Montreal, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Canada?

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

Driver notes

Sebastian Vettel – Was fastest in every session on Saturday and produced two laps quick enough for pole position in Q3. Kept the lead at the start but had already begun to fall into the clutches of Hamilton and Alonso before his pit stop, and ended up behind both of them. Red Bull gave up on their attempt to finish the race without a second stop, allowing Vettel to recover to fourth.
Mark Webber – More than half a second off Vettel in qualifying, his biggest deficit this year, admitting he wasn’t comfortable with the car in the final corner. Dropped back from the pace of the leaders and lost time behind some of the one-stoppers, finishing seventh.

Jenson Button – Given his recent difficulties with the tyres, losing around 50 laps of running on Friday was exactly what he didn’t need. Scraped into Q3 thanks to Maldonado crashing in Q2, but never figured in the race and ended up a lapped 16th after three pit stops and no pace.
Lewis Hamilton – Looked committed and fast from the word go on Friday, but couldn’t match Vettel’s pace for pole position. A quick in-lap got him ahead of Vettel when he made his first pit stop, despite pulling out of his pit box slowly. Had to pass Alonso after the Ferrari driver got ahead through the stops, then pulled away into the lead. McLaren committed to a two-stop strategy which left Hamilton needing to re-pass Vettel and Alonso to win, but with both slowing on worn tyres they were easy pickings in the DRS zone, allowing Hamilton to claim his first win of the year.

Fernando Alonso – After the race Alonso said this was the first time the team had tried to win a race instead of limit damage – an interesting comment in light of how close he came to victory in Spain. He also said his 1’14.1 in qualifying was the car’s limit. Alonso started third and jumped into the lead after staying out longer than Hamilton and Vettel. Stuck to a one-stop strategy despite losing pace in the final laps – as a result he was passed by Hamilton, Grosjean, Perez and Vettel.
Felipe Massa – Carried on his improved pace from Monaco, qualified sixth and passed Rosberg at the start. But he threw away a strong position in the opening laps with a spin, and ended up last of the points-scorers.

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Montreal, 2012Michael Schumacher – Schumacher’s dreadful 2012 luck persisted in Canada. His DRS jammed open during the race – a repeat of a problem he suffered in qualifying in Bahrain. He was running a lowly 12th at the time.
Nico Rosberg – Lacked pace at the start and was passed by Massa and di Resta while Mercedes were preoccupied with saving fuel and tyres. Committed early to a two-stop strategy which allowed him to jump Webber. But taking to the chicane while trying to pass Massa on lap 56 cost him dearly – he was passed by Perez and the resultant delay denied him a chance of taking advantage of Vettel and Alonso for what could have been a podium finish.

Kimi Raikkonen – Did not reach Q3 after an hydraulic problem in Q2. Started on soft tyres and ran long but was jumped by Perez when they pitted, which also allowed Rosberg past. Had strong pace at the end but couldn’t pass Webber for seventh.
Romain Grosjean – Slightly quicker than his 2005 Canadian Grand Prix-winning team mate in practice on his first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Stayed out until lap 21 before making his single pit stop – only three to five laps later than the leaders – then kept his tyres alive until the end. Picked off the slowing cars ahead to finish second, 2.5 seconds behind Hamilton. The only blot on his weekend was another poor start, falling behind Paul di Resta, which may have cost him up to ten seconds and perhaps an even better result.

Paul di Resta – Ran as high as fifth early on after passing Rosberg. But struggled for pace after his first pit stop and lost out to the one-stoppers.
Nico Hulkenberg – Having been nine places behind his team mate in the opening stint he ended up following him home for 12th place.

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Montreal, 2012Kamui Kobayashi – Ran a similar strategy to Grosjean, making his first stop three laps later. Just fell short of pulling out enough of a gap over di Resta to come out in front of the Force India, which harmed his chances of finishing higher. He held off Massa for ninth place in a reversal of their finishing positions last year.
Sergio Perez – Sauber split their strategies, starting Perez on the soft tyres. He ran long and pitted a lap later than Raikkonen to jump the Lotus driver. He then took advantage of Rosberg cutting the chicane to overtake the Mercedes on the outside of turn one, before slipstreaming past Massa on the same lap. That left him free to collect another place when Vettel pitted and finally passed Alonso for his second podium finish of the year – at a track where he hadn’t raced before.

Daniel Ricciardo – Comfortably out-qualified his team mate but couldn’t make much progress despite a good start. Lost time with a late spin but probably wouldn’t have caught Hulkenberg and Maldonado anyway.
Jean-Eric Vergne – Said the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was his favourite track when playing the F1 video game, but seemed to find the real thing a tougher proposition. Was out-qualified by both Caterhams and picked up a drive-through penalty after “some sort of problem with the pit lane speed limiter”. Despite all that, he still finished five seconds ahead of Button.

Pastor Maldonado – Crashed at the end of Q2 while on a lap which probably would have put him in the top ten. Another gearbox change penalty dropped him to 22nd – his third start from the back two rows in the last four races. Couldn’t get past the Toro Rossos until they made their second pit stops and finished the race pressuring Hulkenberg for 12th.
Bruno Senna – Lost out to Kovalainen at the start then lost three places on the fifth lap, falling to 19th. Ran a long second stint on the soft tyres but his pace on those wasn’t much better and he finished over 50 seconds behind his team mate.

Heikki Kovalainen – Ran in front of Senna’s Williams early on but dropped behind after his second pit stop. Was disappointed with the car’s pace during the race.
Vitaly Petrov – Stayed in close contention with his team mate all race, finishing five seconds behind.

Pedro de la Rosa – Out-qualified both Marussias for the first time this year but retired on lap 25 with brake trouble.
Narain Karthikeyan – Retired two laps before his team mate with the same problem.

Timo Glock – Struggled in the race with a loss of power, high tyre degradation and finally a brake problem which put him out.
Charles Pic – His nearest opponents all dropped out with brake trouble leaving him to finish two minutes behind the Caterhams.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.562s 69/70 2 4th -7.79s
Mark Webber 4th +0.562s 1/70 2 7th +7.79s
Jenson Button 10th +1.095s 0/69 3 16th Not on same lap
Lewis Hamilton 2nd -1.095s 69/69 2 1st Not on same lap
Fernando Alonso 3rd -0.314s 70/70 1 5th -11.861s
Felipe Massa 6th +0.314s 0/70 2 10th +11.861s
Michael Schumacher 9th +0.401s 0/43 2
Nico Rosberg 5th -0.401s 43/43 2 6th
Kimi Raikkonen 12th +0.107s 19/70 1 8th +13.054s
Romain Grosjean 7th -0.107s 51/70 1 2nd -13.054s
Paul di Resta 8th -0.109s 62/70 2 11th -8.543s
Nico Hulkenberg 13th +0.109s 8/70 2 12th +8.543s
Kamui Kobayashi 11th -0.468s 23/70 1 9th +19.172s
Sergio Perez 15th +0.468s 47/70 1 3rd -19.172s
Daniel Ricciardo 14th -1.05s 57/69 2 14th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 19th +1.05s 12/69 2 15th Not on same lap
Pastor Maldonado 22nd +0.061s 65/69 1 13th Not on same lap
Bruno Senna 16th -0.061s 4/69 1 17th Not on same lap
Heikki Kovalainen 17th -0.219s 66/69 2 18th -4.597s
Vitaly Petrov 18th +0.219s 3/69 2 19th +4.597s
Pedro de la Rosa 20th -0.838s 22/22 0
Narain Karthikeyan 24th +0.838s 0/22 0
Timo Glock 21st -0.354s 20/56 1
Charles Pic 23rd +0.354s 36/56 1 20th

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (59%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (3%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (15%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (19%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (1%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)

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117 comments on “Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Very difficult to choose between any of the podium scorers. I think I might just have to vote for Hamilton for doing everything he could to win. Perez was outqualified by his team mate.

  2. Even though it’s a three way split between Hamilton, Grosjean and Perez, went for Perez.

    Hamilton was without doubt the one to follow all weekend and put on a great performance all in all, but Perez driving a different race to Hamilton’s and managing to brilliantly salvage a poor quali session in an enjoyable to watch style weighs a lot in my opinion. Maybe just as much as Lewis’ win.

  3. I think that clearly Perez is the driver of the weekend. Despite qualifying just 15th he drove an outstanding race in pace and mastered his tyres very well. Being able to lap in 1″16.4 on the 67th lap to me says it all (.6 fastest then HamiltonĀ“s best lap who had fresher tyres).
    In second place Grosjean, who did what Vettel and Alonso tried and failed.
    In 3rd Hamilton who drove a flawless race and was very quick all weekend long.

    1. It’s driver of the weekend though, not just the race, so Perez perhaps shouldn’t have qualified so poorly in the first place ;)

      Or did he have a problem on Saturday?

      1. Yes youĀ“re right Perez didnĀ“t do as much as he could in qualification but his performance in the race I believe that trully compensated. And as drivers say on Saturday “points are given on Sunday afternoon” – itĀ“s when it matters the most.

    2. Bear in mind though that by the time Perez delivered that lap, Lewis was already leading. Perez was also on super softs that hadn’t been on for that long a time, so the fact that he was faster is no surprise with Lewis cruising and on the slower tyres.

      1. I think that Perez stopped around lap 41 so those supersoft had 26 laps on when he pulled that, in my opinion, excellent lap. Hamilton stopped on lap 50 though he put on soft tyres. ItĀ“s true also, as you say, by then Hamilton didnĀ“t need to push, he had the race controlled, but a few laps earlier he was pushing as hard has he could and the best he did was 1″17 flat.

        1. James (@goodyear92)
          12th June 2012, 4:09

          Yeah as you say, a few laps earlier he did that time. 4 tenths faster after a couple of laps sounds reasonable to me, Hamilton could have done that time on the slower tyre no problem. He just didn’t need to.

  4. Missed the race so I can’t comment. But the tyres seem to bee the great equalizer in all the races we’ve seen thus far, hence a trophy should be given to tyre manufactures as well. Problem is that there is only one. We are this far into the season and no team or driver is really dominant neither in the drivers or constructors companionship. I know that tyre wars are a sore point for some, but I say let’s open it up. Let each team wear the rubber that suits them best. I’d expect no less from a brothel n Amsterdam!

  5. As I’m now used to doing, I was thinking who to nominate DotW, and whilst Alonso or Vettel were looking like the most likely winners I was thinking of picking Hamilton. He absolutely excelled during the weekend, and overshadowed (the still great) Alonso and Vettel. Perez and Grosjean also deserve a shout-out.

  6. I think it was pretty easy for me to decide my vote: Lewis Hamilton. Over the weekend he looked fantastic. He never looked outclassed apart from by Vettel in qualifying, which was a great lap as expected.

    I’m really impressed with Hamilton this season as he is really thinking about the long game rather than trying to make ‘the big overtake’ and possibly ruin his race. It takes a lot of a driver to hold back and wait for the right moment to attack which is what I thought Hamilton displayed during this race and also so far this season.

    What makes his performance even more impressive is his comparison to Button who was struggling driving around at the back of the field.

    Noteable mentions must go to both Grosjean and Perez who made Alonso and Vettel look bad towards the end of the race even though they tried the same strategy.

  7. Lewis Hamilton got my vote. His final stint was superb!

  8. I’m going for Hamilton. He was fast straight from the off like he has been all year, overcame the car’s struggles in quali to snatch a second place the Ferrari probably should have had, then to top it all off he delivers a stunning win. I was so happy when he was reeling in Fernando and Seb because it’s not often we get to see drivers pumping in fastest lap after fastest lap, completely on the limit this year. His first few corners after the second pitstop were epic to watch, the tail was dancing and he was flicking it in to all the corners with so much confidence. A classic Lewis Hamilton race, it just belonged to him the minute he started hunting Vettel down in the first stint.
    Bit disappointed for Fernando, I wanted him behind Lewis but on the podium and ahead of Sebastian. Still it was great to hear him say he was happy with the strategy because it was the only chance they had of winning, top champion.
    The other drivers really need to figure out how Seb blasts away like he does at the start, it’s every single time and in races where they’re all virtually even, those vital seconds could cost them a lot of points.
    Top three in the championship: Lewis, Fernando, Sebastian. The cream really does rise to the top.

  9. IĀ“m going with Hamilton as the driver of the weekend but for the race itself iĀ“m going the Perez because he started from 15th and ended up 3th only a few seconds from the first two.
    I couldnĀ“t believe how fast he was in the last 1/3 of the race, only Vettel was faster because he had fresh super soft tyres. Grojean made a great race too.

  10. Top 3 deserve it but ham for the victory.

  11. I really do not understand why people think Hamilton was the best driver. He wasn’t quickest on Saturday, as he should have been. On sunday he did win the race, but that had more to do with conserving the tyres for the first pit stop, which promoted him to first. Then his rivals screwed up in the final 20 laps, which meant Lewis was handed the victory quite easily.

    If you just look at where Perez and Grosjean come from! They conserved the tyres perfectly, in contrast to Alonso, Vettel and even tyre-yoda Button. They did an exceptional job, whereas Hamilton did a great job. I eventually voted Perez just because he started from 11th and finished 3rd, something we haven’t seen a lot in recent races. Special mention goes to the Caterhams, who finished just 15s behind Senna (on merit this time!).

    1. F1fanNL (@)
      11th June 2012, 22:27

      I agree entirely. And Perez came from 15th even.

      Hamilton drove a strong race but he had the best car this weekend. I don’t know if McLaren opted to sacrifice a little quali speed so they could have a strong race but after the first stops Hamilton easily gained 3 tenths a lap on Alonso and Vettel.
      I think McLaren’s (and Hamilton’s) mistakes in previous races have blinded people to the fact that the McLaren is (overall) the best car on the grid. Hamilton is only now doing what he should have been doing in the first few races. Hamilton hasn’t finished qualifying outside the top 3 yet this year. He should be leading the championship by a considerable margin, instead it’s 2 points on Alonso and 3 on Vettel.

      1. Whoops little typo concerning Perez’ starting position!

    2. Why should Ham have been quickest on Saturday? Redbull clearly went with gear ratios that suited hot lapping, and their car typically suits warmer temps over the Mclaren. (see Bahrain)

      Hamilton had to make that race work, he didnt win by driving around to a delta, looking after tyres.

      Perez and Grosjean where awesome, but at the end of the day, taking race into your own hands and going gung-ho for the win surly has to out-weight cruising around looking after tyres for 50 laps.

      1. I disagree entirely. Hamilton had one of the quickest cars on Sunday along with Vettel and Alonso, but they messed up and practically handed Lewis victory.
        So it was the race strategy that eventually made Lewis victor, so I guess McLaren should be praised for having the best strategy for this race (I’m not saying Lewis wasn’t awesome). But you’ve got to give credits to Perez and Grosjean for going from nowhere to a spot on the podium!

        1. The right strategy did win it, but your looking at it retrospectivly.

          From Lewis point of view, at the time in the race, we where all under the presumtion that the top runners were all 2 stopping, so he had to take the win into his own hands by taking 1st place on track from Alonso after the first pits. This is what forced RB and Ferrari into trying something alternate. I dont think Ferrari and RB went into that race with a one stopper in mind, i think it came about as a result of Lewis taking first from Alonso.

  12. Perez’ race performance makes up for his weekend until then. So I went for Perez. Hamilton and Grosjean also did very well.

  13. Between Hamilton and Perez for me, Perez for that great, opportunistic pass, but Hamilton takes it for me with the blistering, unrelenting pace he kept up whilst frequently asking the team for updates on his rivals (something that lost him places in Monaco).

    Agreed though that the top three all put in drives fit for champions.

  14. I think it can only be Hamilton. Fastest in a couple of practise session’s, fastest in the race, caught and passed 2, 2time WDC’s on the way to winning the race.

  15. Hamilton was in rare form and delivered a brilliant drive. Also, Gro and Per getting to the podium as Canadian GP rookies was very impressive.

    However, I need to understand why we keep talking about Schumi’s “bad luck”. To finish two out of seven races for a total of 2 points is not simply luck – it is a pattern of poor performance. Hamilton has faced some bad luck (bad pit stops, misguided directives from his team) but has put himself at the top of the WDC standings. I don’t understand why Brawn is apologizing to Schumi and why the fans/media are so eager to sugarcoat his embarrassing performances.

    1. I Love the Pope
      11th June 2012, 20:26

      Well, okay, but what could he do with a broken DRS? Take flight?

      Has he made his own life difficult this year? Sure. But not every single thing was his fault either.

      1. Fair enough – mechanical failures happen and I don’t mean to suggest that everything is Schumi’s fault. I just don’t understand why much of the coverage of his season has been apologetic at the expense of being candid or realistic.

    2. James (@goodyear92)
      12th June 2012, 4:03

      I’m sorry, but have you just blatantly ignored what’s happened to Shuey this season to justify your silly statement. He’s barely put a foot wrong for christ’s sake.
      Aus – Great qualifying, gearbox failiure loses him 3rd. Not his fault.
      Mal – Great qualifying, Grosjean smacks him to the back but he still claws his way up to tenth ahead of his team mate. Not his fault.
      Chi – Good qualifying, sat in second when pit stop mistake retires him. Not his fault.
      Bah – DRS failiure in qualifying puts him at the back, claws his way up to tenth. Not his fault.
      Spa – Ok qualifying, makes a silly mistake and crashes in to Senna. His fault but his first, and only mistake.
      Mon – Pole position, brilliant. Penalty from last race puts him back, then car fails once more. Not his fault.
      Can – Team send him out too late in qualifying, starts 9th. DRS fails in the race and he retires. Not his fault.
      You’re wrong, it’s pretty much all bad luck and team mistakes. He deserves the sympathy.

      1. +1
        He’s had only one really bad weekend in Spain, but all the top runners have had at least one:
        -Hamilton: Bahrain and Spain
        -Alonso: China
        -Vettel: Malaysia
        -Webber: Spain
        -Rosberg: Australia and Malaysia

      2. It would be silly to suggest that Schumi is unfit to race in F1 or that his poor/embarrassing results are his fault alone but the fact remains that Schumi and Mercedes are not delivering. The baffled and apologetic quotes coming out from Merc don’t make it better… as the gap in results between Schumi and Rosberg grows it will only fuel speculation regarding Schumi’s future with Merc and/or F1.

  16. My heart says Perez but my head says Hamilton. He was on it all weekend, qualified 2nd when the car was least competitve and drove a faultless race for the win. Him and the team having faith in the 2-stop strategy was the key to a very good win.

  17. I Love the Pope
    11th June 2012, 20:22

    I have to say that, prior to his ride’s almost-inevitable failure, Pedro De La Rosa was actually doing pretty well with his HRT, keeping ahead of the Marussias for qualifying, and battling them in the race.

    Not driver of the weekend honors, but still, not bad for an old guy!

    1. +1 he was looking sharp

  18. PEREZ 15th to 3rd , with **** car , nuff said

    1. James (@goodyear92)
      12th June 2012, 4:06

      How is it a **** car? It’s finished on the podium twice and through most races is on a par with the leading lot. It’s the Sauber driver’s inconsistency that’s making it look bad.

  19. While Hamilton drove a great race it has to be Sergio Perez as he came from 15th from both a brilliant strategy and driving that Sauber to its limits.

  20. I couldn’t choose between the top three, so went for Button, oh no wait, my fat finger on the itouch hit Button and not Hamilton. Oh well.

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