Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend

2012 Canadian Grand Prix

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

  1. andae23 (@andae23) said on 11th June 2012, 18:10

    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!).

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 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.

    • 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.

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 12th June 2012, 9:53

        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!

        • 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.

  2. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 11th June 2012, 18:21

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

  3. Alex Brown (@splittimes) said on 11th June 2012, 18:45

    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.

  4. Matty No 2 (@mattynotwo) said on 11th June 2012, 19:25

    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.

  5. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 11th June 2012, 20:13

    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.

    • I Love the Pope said on 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.

      • Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 11th June 2012, 20:35

        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.

    • James (@goodyear92) said on 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.

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 12th June 2012, 9:59

        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

      • Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 13th June 2012, 4:39

        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.

  6. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 11th June 2012, 20:15

    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.

  7. I Love the Pope said on 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!

  8. FERNANDO123 (@fernando123) said on 11th June 2012, 20:24

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

    • James (@goodyear92) said on 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.

  9. Rodrrico (@rodrrico) said on 11th June 2012, 21:10

    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.

  10. BBT (@bbt) said on 11th June 2012, 21:22

    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.

  11. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 11th June 2012, 22:00

    There can only be 3 guys for it in my opinion.. The 3 podium finishers… Vettel and Alonso both made a mistake risking the strategy.. Hamilton played an absolute blinder in that last stint to make up the pitstop, can’t be happier for him. Grosjean and Perez also 1 stopped but made it work.. (I think, did Grosjean 1 stop?)
    For being the only guy who I’m certain 1 stopped, made it work, and got the best out of his car this time around (unlike Malaysia where he was told to back out) I’ve gone for Perez..

    And although I know this is a British site with lots of Hamilton supporters, I do fully believe he earned this race win. Not just with his performance on Sunday, but throughout most of the year.. I actually felt happy for him for the first time in a while…

  12. xeroxpt (@) said on 11th June 2012, 22:03

    Easy poll.

  13. Mikemat5150 (@mikemat5150) said on 11th June 2012, 22:14

    Hamilton was quick all weekend in a McLaren. But Grosjean came out of nowhere to keep the tires alive and get a 2nd place in the Lotus. My vote goes to him with Perez a close second.

  14. Shimks (@shimks) said on 11th June 2012, 22:25

    I voted for Perez. Hamilton was incredibly good. But starting from 15th and finishing 3rd on a track you’ve never raced before is astounding.

    • Shimks (@shimks) said on 11th June 2012, 22:31

      Whatever Montezemolo says to the contrary (regarding inexperience), I won’t be surprised at all if Ferrari replace Massa with this guy at the end of this season.

  15. wigster (@wigster) said on 11th June 2012, 22:26

    For me the driver of the weekend was Hamilton.

    Perez had a great race on Sunday, but given his pace he should have qualified higher then 15th unless he had a problem. Grosjean also had a great weekend for him on his first visit to Montreal, qualifying well and finishing 2nd in the race, but I think Alonso and Vettel may have stayed ahead had they went with 2 stops like Hamilton.

    Hamilton was on it all weekend, fastest in p1 and p2, qualifying 2nd behind qualifying king Vettel, and then he had an excellent race on Sunday to round off his weekend.

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