Vote for your Singapore GP driver of the weekend

2012 Singapore Grand Prix

Start, Singapore Grand Prix, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Singapore?

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

Singapore Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Topped all three practice sessions but was mystified at his inability to turn a lap quick enough for pole position in Q3. From third on the grid he picked off Maldonado at the start and was perfectly placed to claim victory when Hamilton retired.

Mark Webber – Singapore seems not to be a favourite track of Webber’s. He qualified seventh and was using a three-stop strategy to try to gain ground when he was compromised by the appearance of the safety car. Spent the final laps trying pass Ricciardo without success. After the race he was penalised 20 seconds for putting all four wheels off the track while passing Kobayashi. Though he had clearly violated the rules, Webber was perhaps unfortunate as he had little time to decide whether to let Kobayashi re-pass him.

McLaren

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Singapore, 2012Jenson Button – Lagged behind Hamilton in qualifying by a similar margin to that which separated the Red Bull drivers. Followed Vettel past Maldonado at the start and was able to run slightly longer in his first stint. This might have helped him later on had the safety car not appeared.

Lewis Hamilton – Snatched pole position off Vettel and maintained a lead of one to two seconds before a gearbox glitch put him out. The team first noticed a problem with the gearbox during the race and Hamilton reported difficulties shifting before it failed.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – Decided the high-downforce rear wing brought by the team was not an improvement and didn’t use it. He made an unusually poor start from fifth and was beaten to the first corner by Di Resta, but quickly re-passed the Force India. He seriously tested Maldonado’s defences but didn’t manage to find a way past the Williams. The demise of Maldonado and Hamilton’s retirement elevated him to third.

Felipe Massa – Never looked like making it into Q3 – he was over three-quarters of a second slower than his team mate. Picked up a puncture in the first corner melee when he was hit by Petrov, but the safety car brought him back into contention. Made an arms-and-elbows pass on Senna at turn 13 and complained he had been blocked but the stewards didn’t share his view. He later overtook Ricciardo and finished eighth.

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher – Fell behind Rosberg on the first lap, then ended his 300th start in a violent crash after the first safety car period, slamming into the back of Vergne at turn 14. He initially accounted for the crash saying: “I was braking but the deceleration was not as strong as it usually would be”. But the stewards noted he accepted responsibility and gave him a ten-place penalty for the next race.

Nico Rosberg – Like Schumacher he elected not to set a time in Q3 to save tyres. He incurred damage at the first corner which cost him some downforce. However he was able to pit for soft tyres during the first safety car period and run to the end for fifth place, his best result since Monaco.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus made extensive changes to their car on Friday night which improved its performance, but Raikkonen wasn’t able to get through to Q3. Spent much of the race stuck behind Schumacher until the Mercedes driver crashed out. Then Grosjean let him by into sixth, but he couldn’t progress further. “You cannot overtake,” he complained afterwards.

Romain Grosjean – Out-qualified Raikkonen after returning from his ban, but a scruffy Q3 lap left him eighth. He probably would have beaten his team mate had the team not ordered him to move aside: “It?s never easy as a driver to let someone past ?ǣ even if it is your team-mate,” he said, “but we need to be intelligent in these circumstances”.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Marina Bay, 2012Paul di Resta – Force India showed good pace from early in the weekend and Di Resta capitalised, putting his car sixth on the grid. He may regret not being firmer with Alonso at the first corner given that he ultimately finished behind the Ferrari. Even so, fourth was a career-best result.

Nico Hulkenberg – Knew his car was good enough for Q3 but missed the cut. That doomed him to spending the first part of the race stuck behind Schumacher and Raikkonen. After they pitted he was able to run long on his soft tyres, but gambling on staying out when the safety car was first deployed ultimately compromised his race. Picked up a puncture while trying to pass Kobayashi and ended up 14th.

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi – Was eliminated in Q1 after struggling with his car, with similar problems to those he experienced in Hungary. Senna and Glock passed him at the start and it took Kobayashi until lap eight to get past the Marussia. A clash with a Force India ruined his race: “I couldn?t avoid touching Nico Hulkenberg,” he said. “There was no space to go. For me it was a race incident. Nico said sorry when we met after the race; apparently he had oversteer, I lost my front wing and had to pit.”

Sergio Perez – Said the team’s latest upgrade had failed to deliver the expected downforce gains. Having qualified 14th, he chose the usual Sauber gambit of starting on the harder tyres. But the safety car appearance neutered any advantage this offered – he finished 11th on the road and was promoted to the final point by Webber’s penalty.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo – Ricciardo started on super-soft tyres and was able to make his second and final pit stop after the safety car appeared. He was eighth when the race resumed and although Massa passed him he had more success keeping Webber behind.

Jean-Eric Vergne – Still nursing a sore neck from his Monza acrobatics, the last thing Vergne needed was another crash. He was running tenth when Schumacher took him out, but the safety car had already scuppered his strategy anyway.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Singapore, 2012Pastor Maldonado – Maldonado produced the surprise of qualifying, planting his Williams on the front row. He avoided causing the widely-predicted first corner apocalypse, though he did lose places to Vettel and Button. Withstood pressure from Alonso but hydraulic failure meant his redemptive performance ultimately ended in disappointment.

Bruno Senna – Hit the barriers a total of three times in practice and qualifying. But he was in with a chance of claiming a point when he suffered an alarming technical fault – his team told him to pull over and jump out of the car without touching the ground in case of a KERS problem. On top of that, his car broke down in the pre-race parade as well. A weekend to forget.

Caterham

Heikki Kovalainen – Unusually he was out-qualified by Petrov. The team dropped the ball on strategy as well, not pitting him during the first safety car and then switching him to super-softs, which had to be changed again before the end of the race. Disastrously, that let rivals Marussia beat them to a precious 12th place finish.

Vitaly Petrov – Hit Massa at the first corner (“I?ve already apologised to him as we get on well”) and had to pit for a new front wing. The safety car offered him a chance to get back into the race but he was sent from his pit box with a loose wheel nut and had to be pushed back to his garage.

HRT

Pedro de la Rosa – Finished a lapped 17th: “The last five laps never seemed to end because I had no tyres left and I started to lose ground on Glock and Pic and Kobayashi, Kovalainen and Hulkenberg, who were flying, passed me like nothing.”

Narain Karthikeyan – Out-qualified de la Rosa for the second race in a row but had fallen behind his team mate when he hit the wall at turn 18: “I went on the dirty part of the track and the car didn?t turn which resulted in me going into the wall.”

Marussia

Timo Glock, Marussia, Marina Bay, 2012Timo Glock – Glock had a scare when he clouted the wall early on: “The rear tyre pressures came up a bit too much and I overshot the car in turn 19 and hit the wall. In the first moment I thought the race was over and I realised that the toe was really out; I had to change my driving style and, actually, changed everything that I could do to keep the car on track.” Glock pitted for soft tyres shortly before the first safety car period and stayed on them until the end – over half the race distance. Retirements ahead promoted him to 12th which elevates Marussia to tenth in the constructors’ championship.

Charles Pic – Pic was handed a 20-second race penalty and ordered to spend a day assisting an FIA road safety awareness campaign after failing to heed red flags during practice. In the race he did a long final stint on super-soft tyres and finished 16th.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.57s 59/59 2 1st -67.175s
Mark Webber 7th +0.57s 0/59 3 11th +67.175s
Jenson Button 4th +0.577s 3/22 2 2nd
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.577s 19/22 1
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.777s 59/59 2 3rd -27.602s
Felipe Massa 13th +0.777s 0/59 3 8th +27.602s
Michael Schumacher 9th -0.12s 0/38 2
Nico Rosberg 10th +0.12s 38/38 2 5th
Kimi Raikkonen 12th +0.732s 13/59 2 6th -0.939s
Romain Grosjean 8th -0.732s 46/59 2 7th +0.939s
Paul di Resta 6th -0.308s 54/59 2 4th -80.35s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th +0.308s 5/59 3 14th +80.35s
Kamui Kobayashi 17th +0.878s 10/59 3 13th +46.522s
Sergio Perez 14th -0.878s 49/59 2 10th -46.522s
Daniel Ricciardo 15th -0.075s 11/38 2 9th
Jean-Eric Vergne 16th +0.075s 27/38 2
Pastor Maldonado 2nd -0.315s 35/36 3
Bruno Senna 22nd +0.315s 1/36 3 18th
Heikki Kovalainen 19th +0.291s 57/57 3 15th Not on same lap
Vitaly Petrov 18th -0.291s 0/57 4 19th Not on same lap
Pedro de la Rosa 24th +0.983s 27/30 3 17th
Narain Karthikeyan 23rd -0.983s 3/30 1
Timo Glock 20th -0.392s 47/59 2 12th -61.007s
Charles Pic 21st +0.392s 12/59 2 16th +61.007s

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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 Singapore Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (19%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (26%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (4%)
  • Felipe Massa (9%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (26%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (3%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (8%)
  • Charles Pic (1%)

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140 comments on Vote for your Singapore GP driver of the weekend

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  1. I’m going to give it to Paul di Resta. He was on the pace all weekend (bar FP3), qualified well and raced excellently. He has shown the big teams that he is perfectly capable of delivering good results for them. Don’t forget that he beat Sebastian Vettel in lower formulae. Lewis Hamilton deserves a special mention. He dominated qualifying and was driving excellently, holding the gap consistently above the 1 second to stay out of DRS range of Vettel, only to be let down by a gearbox failure. Even though he was massively arrogant when he got out of the car (much more 1 finger salutes than normal!) Vettel was perfectly placed to benefit when the McLaren died but his last stint after the safety car was pretty special as he drove away from Jenson Button.

    • Don’t forget that he beat Sebastian Vettel in lower formulae.

      How could we ever forget? He only mentions it about once per interview. Never seems to mention who beat *him* in F3, though (i.e., Lucas di Grassi).

      • Jake (@jleigh) said on 24th September 2012, 14:39

        which clearly means Di Grassi is at least 3 time WDC material!!

      • @aka_robyn , I reckon it is more of a case about the repeated questions being asked. We always see the quoted texts but never the excerpts of what being asked. He doesn’t look that dumb to pop-up this I-beat-Vettel-in-F3 from nowhere.

      • Factually incorrect, he’s mentioned about twice, but people like to think he says it every other sentence.

        • “About once per interview” was an intentional use of hyperbole. However, he has certainly mentioned it more than twice. In fact, I noticed this in the most recent round-up:

          I like to think that I’m capable of stepping up to one of these bigger teams. There’s some drivers about – I’ve raced against some of them at the top, I’ve had great battles with them and I’ve beaten them.

          Probably didn’t think he needed to name names, since we’re all well familiar with who he’s talking about by now. ;-)

    • I voted for Glock for his backend heroics here. He really deserves a lot better car. But I was almost as likely to vote for DiResta, until I saw that Glock was down with 9% while the likes of Vettel (who dropped it in qualifying before doing all he could to make best use of Hamilton dropping out and Massa who was totally out of depth in qualifying but did give us some quality moments during the race) were ahead of Glock.
      I hope DiResta wins it, because his drive here was really a highlight, even if not much of him was shown during the race.

    • necrodethmortem (@necrodethmortem) said on 24th September 2012, 17:12

      Di Resta stayed where he started the whole race long. He only gained two places because HAM and MAL had to retire. Glock, on the other hand, got in front of a Sauber, a Force India and the two Caterhams in a car that doesn’t even have KERS. Granted, they fell back due to mistakes, but that was their own fault.

    • I also gave it to Di Resta, having recently written that I thought he may be over-rated I was surprised to see him qualify on the 3rd. row , with Vettel on the 2nd. row and Webber on the 4th. row, and this on a track that favours high downforce over top speed, not the sort of track we associate with Force India being competitive. I suppose I am really voting for the most improved car/driver combination. Or have I just not been paying attention lately.

    • hmmmmm... said on 24th September 2012, 23:44

      What a suprise, Lewis ahead on votes for this race where Vettel got 2nd place for dominating Valencia the same way, but yet Alonso got it for having half the field in front DNF while also having a rubbish qualifying to boot. Seems anybody can win driver of the weekend, just not Vettel…

      Maybe all the Vettel fans should just vote for Narain at every race and give the love back?

  2. Since we are referring to driver of the weekend, Vettel and Di resta are the stand outs.
    But since both benefited from misery of others, Di Resta wins the bout for superb qualifying performance.

  3. Tough decision between Hamilton, Button and Di Resta. Really not sure which way to go, although I think I’d rank Hamilton over Vettel at least.

    • (I’m not considering Vettel’s performance in practice, as it doesn’t really mean anything at all)

      • MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 24th September 2012, 14:57

        @matt90 And why doesn’t Vettel’s performance in practice mean anything at all? It is part of the weekend isn’t it? Hamilton had pace early on, yes. I think Vettel was good the entire weekend. A poor qualifying run should not count so much against someone especially if that someone still won.

        • It isn’t a part that counts for anything except setting up the car in whatever way you see fit. There is no incentive for drivers to try to be fastest, so no evidence that any other driver couldn’t have matched Vettel had they bothered. It is part of the weekend, but so are driver interviews, and they aren’t generally considered a sign of driver ability either.

        • Hm, I don’t think I follow you there @mahavirshah. Sure, Vettel was quickest in the FP sessions, where it doesn’t matter more than bragging rights to be first. But he failed to do his job in Q3, when it really mattered. Hamilton by comparison did a really great and controlled lap to nail it on pole position. And he would very likely have won without too much trouble if not for the gearbox.
          Button, hm, he did not really get it close to Hamilton time wise inQ3 and couldn’t really mount much towards a challenge on Vettel during the race.

      • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 24th September 2012, 15:32

        when Vettel wins, the practice doesn’t mean at all right? bu when it’s a tough decision between , let’ say, Alonso and hamilton, lewis fans always say, “but he was better in FPs”. As partial as the stewards this weekend!!!!!

        • I don’t, thank you very much. Tell me then, why should I consider practice as a reason to put Vettel ahead? Because he was fastest when it didn’t matter, when not everybody was trying their hardest necessarily?

          • @matt90 I agree with your logic.
            Which is why I thought and placed Hamilton on pole, he never went for top spot in FP sessions as many don’t, FP is generally meaningless.

      • Jayfreese (@) said on 24th September 2012, 18:57

        FP1: 1st
        FP2: 1st
        FP3: 1st
        Q1: 4th
        Q2: 2nd
        Q3: 3rd
        RACE: 1st

        Has to be Vettel

        • sorin (@) said on 24th September 2012, 22:31

          Hamilton 25%
          Di Resta 25%
          Vettel 20%

          So, as a conclusion, people don’t vote numbers, like you do, they vote what they saw in the race.

          • Hydro (@hydrouk) said on 25th September 2012, 5:54

            I think people are also taking into account that Hamilton had been on the pace all through practice but had a couple of his laps spoiled with traffic. For the whole weekend Hamilton and Vettel had been on a completely different planet from the others and it felt as if Hamilton just had the edge on Vettel as the weekend went on.

          • Jayfreese (@) said on 25th September 2012, 20:03

            So, as a conclusion, (HAM25%,DIR25%,VET20%) people do vote numbers, like you did, they vote what they saw in qualifying pace and in the race ( as the all three did well in both sessions).

          • Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 26th September 2012, 12:25

            And this is why the fanbase shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    • Jake (@jleigh) said on 24th September 2012, 14:32

      I’m not sure why you put Button in there? He was outqualified by his team-mate by 6 10ths and did nothing sectacular in the race

      • Definitely meant to put Vettel :s

      • first stint JB was closing and closing and the timing to change his tires was not perfect, second stint he matched then was closing again. I think he would have passed Lewis by the end, his tire preservation was better than Lewis. JB is not as good in quali for sure, but generally better than Lewis in race day, then it is not very fair to always criticise him. Behin Alonso, Vettel and Ham, i think he is in the first place and when the car matched his expectactions, he is as good as them.

        • but generally better than Lewis in race day

          Dont make me laugh. Did you see how strong Button was in Spain, Monaco, Valencia, Canada & Britain??? The only driver worse than Karthikeyan during those races was Jenson

          • However JB was closing on both stints and quickly at that.

          • panache (@panache) said on 25th September 2012, 3:02

            Did you see how strong Hamilton was in races for most of last year? What about how strong Vettel was during his “crash-kid” phase in 2010, or Webber since he signed his new contract and most of 2011? Even the mighty Alonso is fallible.

            All top F1 drivers suffer a slump in form at some stage or another in F1, such is the extreme level of competitiveness, the genuinely tiny margins between being on the pace and off it and all the intricacies involved in the combination of team, car and driver competing at such a high level.

            Button’s slump lasted several races but he and the team were resilient and worked through it and now he’s back to competing for podiums and wins just like he has been for the vast majority of his time at Mclaren.

          • vho (@) said on 26th September 2012, 17:33

            Not true… only Monaco was where Karthikeyan finished ahead of JB. At Valencia, JB finished ahead of Lewis… but it was nice of you to pick a moment in time whereby JB was at his worst at McLaren.

  4. I voted for Paul di Resta. Singapore, probably the toughest race on the calendar, is believed to be one of the few venues where the driver’s ability plays bigger role than usually in F1. Di Resta drove intelligently, didn’t put a foot wrong, beat his team mate fair and square, and finished less than 4 seconds behind Alonso. That was a performance worthy of a champion in a mediocre car.

    • sorin (@) said on 24th September 2012, 14:51

      I think, in this circuit, the only “ability” you should have if you are a pilot, is to not hit the wall. You can’t overtake, unless you have good car and new tyres as well, you don’t have to be master of deffending(the circuit helps you), you don’t have to watch you’re tyres, because safety car will save you with an extra pit. You don’t have to do anything at all. You have to do a good quali, and hope that the pilots in front of you will…vanish, one by one. This happend in this race.

  5. markopoloman (@markopoloman) said on 24th September 2012, 14:10

    I’ve gone for Pastor. Superb drive and quali. Shame the car gave up. Vettel doesn’t deserve the driver of the race award – he was just lucky Hamilton’s gearbox died.

    • poor Vettel, he usually totally outpaced Webber but has never a due reward, he always have luck or a too much quicker car.

  6. Di Resta. He’s been outstanding all season: regularly outqualifying (8-4 in dry qually sessions) and outscoring (44-31) his highly rated teammate. Finally he got the high profile drive he deserved. (Only a shame that he couldn’t get on the podium with it.)

    I predict di Resta will be one of the (presumably) two midfield drivers to move to a top team next year. He hasn’t been spoken about so much recently, but while the media and many spectators focus on flash in the pan drivers (not naming names!), I believe di Resta’s consistent ability to extract the best out of the 7th fastest car on the grid will be rewarded.

  7. MarcusAurelius (@marcusaurelius) said on 24th September 2012, 14:13

    Great drive from Di Resta and I would have voted for him but Glock’s 12th plave was very significant. On one of the most difficult tracks he managed to outrace not only the Caterhams but also a Sauber and a Force India.

    • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 24th September 2012, 16:58

      @marcusaurelius Very nice one indeed from Glock, I have already voted but could have gone for him, superb drive even if he took opportunity to reach that place on strategy, quite a bit of luck involved with those SC but still he capitalized on it and bring Marussia in 10th on WCC, certainly a performance to mention.

  8. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 24th September 2012, 14:16

    Going to give this one to Pastor Maldonado, purely because he’s begining to turn his post-Spain season around. Despite his grid penalty in Monza he did well and stayed out of trouble, and was having a strong weekend at Singapore before reliability let him down. He’s dropped a ton of potential points finishes this season but if he can keep it together and produce good pace like he did in Singapore, he’ll be able to fully redeem himself by the end of the season.

    • @pjtierney @markopoloman

      I think Maldonado’s retirement obscured the fact that he’d already majorly damaged his race chances by then. He was on a three stop strategy, and had absolutely destroyed the Super Softs that he put on at the second pit stop within just a few laps (you could see this from Alonso’s onboard). Even without his retirement or the safety car periods I don’t think Maldonado was likely to even finish in the points.

      I’m sure if you’d noticed this you would have thought second about voting him the ‘Driver of the Weekend’?

    • I think that is a very good choice @PJtierney, he did do his best to avoid any clashes, and we saw a nice battle between him and Alonso before his car gave up.

    • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 24th September 2012, 19:30

      I voted for Pastor too. He had a great quali and despite a poor start he was still driving strongly until his mechanical failure.

      Paul di Resta would be my second choice. He had such a strong bu quiet weekend I didn’t realise he was in 4th until he started catching Alonso towards the end!

  9. I have no idea who to vote for.

  10. gradient (@gradient) said on 24th September 2012, 14:20

    Timo Glock

  11. Paul-2013 said on 24th September 2012, 14:20

    Alonso, driving a car to finish 5th he ended 3th keeping the championship lead. He is on the way to win his third title with a very limited car.

  12. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 24th September 2012, 14:32

    Paul di Resta punched above his weight, as did Ricciardo who held off Perez and Webber for so long. But I have to go for either Vettel or Hamilton, who were way ahead of the others this weekend, and Lewis’s car didn’t last long enough – so Vettel it is.

  13. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 24th September 2012, 14:32

    I did not realize this today but Glock’s result put them forward Caterham, something Caterham will find hard to change given the lacklustre state of their development. I really wonder how long Heiki would stick with them, especially if McLaren have a slot free.

  14. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 24th September 2012, 14:33

    Easily Di Resta for me. Perhaps hope is not lost for McLaren if Hamilton goes after all…

  15. Jake (@jleigh) said on 24th September 2012, 14:36

    For me it’s between Hamilton and Di Resta. Vettel had a good race, but nothing special, and because of his poor (ish) quali, I don’t think I can give him driver of the weekend. Hamilton’s quali was one of the best pole laps I’ve seen, and he had the race under control so I think I’ll give it to him, but I think this will be the closest vote of the year so far.

    • Jake (@jleigh) said on 24th September 2012, 14:38

      Also a special mention for Glock, but I don’t think he can get it for hitting a wall when there were other practically perfect performances out there.

    • Roberto38 said on 26th September 2012, 4:00

      I find it funny that a lot of people are not voting for Vet because of his ‘poor’ qualy.. yet if he had qualified 1st and raced like Ham from 1st and won the race.. it would’ve just been another superior car performance and ‘nothing special’ right??

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