Vote for your Japanese GP driver of the weekend

2012 Japanese Grand Prix

Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Japan?

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

Japanese Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012Sebastian Vettel – Vettel was in imperious form at Suzuka. His qualifying effort was particularly special as he only needed one lap in each of the three parts to get the job done. However he was perhaps fortunate to only receive a reprimand after getting in Alonso’s way at the chicane. From pole he romped home to win by over 20 seconds and even enjoyed the luxury of being able to pit later than his closest rivals. He led every lap to complete the second perfect result of his career.

Mark Webber – Webber was not far off Vettel’s pace in qualifying and was unlucky to be taken out at turn two by Grosjean. Having reversed back onto the track he pitted for new tyres yet didn’t have time to join the safety car queue before the race restarted. In spite of this considerable setback he recovered to ninth, pitting just once more for tyres on the way.

McLaren

Jenson Button – Qualified third and was relegated to eighth by his gearbox change. But he started well and got past Alonso on the run to the first corner. Elevated to third by the chaos in front of him, he was unable to jump past Kobayashi after suffering gearbox problems around the time of his first stop, which also helped Massa get past him. He finished fourth.

Lewis Hamilton – Felt he’d gone the wrong way on set-up in qualifying and started ninth. But halfway through the race he felt the car improve. “It was a bit of a struggle in the first stint ?ǣ I had a lot of understeer ?ǣ but after a while the car started turning again,” he said. “From that moment on, it felt really good, and I was able to push but it was too late to have much of an effect on the result.” The improvement in his lap times in the middle of his second stint can be seen here. His new-found confidence in the car allied to a superbly quick McLaren pit stop helped him pass Raikkonen for fifth.

Ferrari

Start, Suzuka, 2012Fernando Alonso – Was unfortunate to be inconvenienced by Raikkonen’s spin in qualifying and possibly lost more time because of Vettel at the chicane. In between Button and Raikkonen on the run too hard he didn’t leave quite enough room for the Lotus which got onto the grass and spun into him, puncturing his tyre and ending his race.

Felipe Massa – Looked quick in qualifying but missed Q3 for the tenth time this year. The first-lap crashes meant he immediately moved up to fourth, and he jumped Kobayashi and Button at the first pit stop for second. That was enough for his first visit to the podium in 36 races.

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher – Had a crash during practice and started 23rd on the grid due to his penalty from Singapore. As he moved through the field he made an excellent pass on Di Resta but couldn’t find a way by Ricciardo to claim the final point.

Nico Rosberg – Qualified 15th which became 13th after penalties but he retired after being hit by Senna at the first corner.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – Started seventh having spun during qualifying, delaying several drivers including Alonso. Then had contact with Ferrari at the first corner which put Alonso out. Raikkonen fended off an attack from Perez but had to surrender fifth place to Hamilton. Nonetheless extended his streak of points finished to 12 races.

Romain Grosjean – Out-qualifying Raikkonen on a drivers’ track like Suzuka was impressive. But another first-lap collision left him in the doghouse once again, and on the receiving end of a verbal dressing-down from Webber.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Developed a clutch problem on the formation lap which caused a poor start. He finished 12th.

Nico Hulkenberg – Had a minor crash during practice, as did his team mate. The team had to hurry to get his car ready for qualifying, but he repaid their efforts by reaching Q3. However a gearbox change penalty left him 15th on the grid. Moved up to eighth thanks to the first corner chaos, picked up another place from Perez and kept Maldonado at bay.

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Suzuka, 2012Kamui Kobayashi – With his place at Sauber rumoured to be under pressure, Kobayashi enjoyed a dream weekend on home ground. He claimed third on the grid and gained a place at the start despite having to run wide at turn two. Couldn’t prevent the faster Ferrari of Massa from jumping him in the pits, but Button was never able to try to make a move on him for third, and he duly claimed his first podium finish.

Sergio Perez – The focus of considerable attention following the announcement of his deal to drive for McLaren, Perez appeared to have vindicated the team’s decision when he passed Hamilton in fine style on lap six at the hairpin. But having lost the place in the pits he then threw his race away by spinning while trying to pass Hamilton again: “Lewis went quite late to the inside and I had only room on the outside,” he said. “But it certainly was my mistake.”

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo – Lost ninth place to the recovering Webber but held Schumacher off for his third points finish in four races. “I was really pleased to have won that battle,” he said. “It?s always tougher when you are the slower car in a duel, but with good advice from the pit wall on how to use the KERS to defend in the DRS zone, I managed it.”

Jean-Eric Vergne – Was penalised three places for holding up Senna in qualifying. Fell behind Kovalainen at the start as he had to avoid Rosberg’s spinning Mercedes. This cost him time in the first stint. He passed the Caterham in the second stint to finish 13th.

Williams

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Suzuka, 2012Pastor Maldonado – Kept his nose clean again and finally scored his first points since winning in Spain with eighth place.

Bruno Senna – As the field braked to avoid the Webber/Grosjean collision at the start Senna ran into the back of Rosberg, for which he was given a drive-through penalty. Passed Grosjean in fine style on the outside at the approach to 130R as he recovered to 14th pace.

Caterham

Heikki Kovalainen – Passed Glock for 11th at the restart and briefly appeared in ninth place during the first pit stops. However he lost places to Vergne and Senna in the middle stint and finished 15th.

Vitaly Petrov – Finished behind Glock’s Marussia after his KERS developed a fault. He also got a drive-through penalty for failing to obey blue flags. “I also had a problem with the radio and couldn?t hear the blue flag calls and that ended up with the drive-through penalty,” he said.

HRT

Pedro de la Rosa – Impressively out-qualified Pic’s Marussia and Petrov’s Caterham. But couldn’t sustain the advantage over a race distance and was the last running car when the chequered flag came out.

Narain Karthikeyan – Retired when the team discovered a problem with the floor which was deemed a safety risk.

Marussia

Timo Glock – Had a pre-race drama when he hit a wheel nut in the pits on his way to the grid and thought something had broken on his car. He was 11th during the safety car period having squeezed past Kovalainen in the Esses on the first lap. “I knew that would be short-lived because we were struggling a bit with traction out of the last corner and obviously they have KERS and we don?t,” he said. Kovalainen duly passed him, as did several others, nonetheless he finished just eight-and-a-half seconds behind the Caterham.

Charles Pic – Further off Glock’s pace than usual on a tough track for a rookie. Was in front of Petrov and the Marussias but lost time when he failed to stop properly in his pit box. Retired shortly afterwards with an engine failure.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 1st -0.251s 53/53 2 1st -54.675s
Mark Webber 2nd +0.251s 0/53 2 9th +54.675s
Jenson Button 8th -1.037s 50/53 2 4th -21.392s
Lewis Hamilton 9th +1.037s 3/53 2 5th +21.392s
Fernando Alonso 6th -0.46s 0/0 0
Felipe Massa 10th +0.46s 0/0 2 2nd
Michael Schumacher 23rd -0.156s 0/0 2 11th
Nico Rosberg 13th +0.156s 0/0 0
Kimi Raikkonen 7th +0.31s 51/51 2 6th Not on same lap
Romain Grosjean 4th -0.31s 0/51 2 19th Not on same lap
Paul di Resta 11th +0.055s 0/53 2 12th +32.301s
Nico Hulkenberg 15th -0.055s 53/53 2 7th -32.301s
Kamui Kobayashi 3rd -0.322s 17/18 2 3rd
Sergio Perez 5th +0.322s 1/18 1
Daniel Ricciardo 14th -0.414s 52/53 2 10th -21.726s
Jean-Eric Vergne 19th +0.414s 1/53 2 13th +21.726s
Pastor Maldonado 12th -0.571s 53/53 2 8th -36.345s
Bruno Senna 16th +0.571s 0/53 3 14th +36.345s
Heikki Kovalainen 17th -0.775s 52/52 2 15th -49.258s
Vitaly Petrov 22nd +0.775s 0/52 2 17th +49.258s
Pedro de la Rosa 20th -1.349s 27/32 2 18th
Narain Karthikeyan 24th +1.349s 5/32 1
Timo Glock 18th -0.216s 37/37 2 16th
Charles Pic 21st +0.216s 0/37 2

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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 Japanese Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (33%)
  • Mark Webber (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (17%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (1%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (39%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (1%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)

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139 comments on Vote for your Japanese GP driver of the weekend

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  1. The stats tell me I should vote for Vettel with his fast practice sessions, qualifying on pole, getting the fastest lap and winning the race, but I’m going to vote for Kamui Kobayashi because he drove exceptionally well in a merely decent car and withstood the pressure from the very quick McLaren of Jenson Button to keep the podium position he so deserved.

    • MarcusAurelius (@marcusaurelius) said on 8th October 2012, 15:22

      I absolutely agree with you. But I want to add one more thing. Not only the resistance to Button’s preasure, but also the preasue from the media(events), his incredibly busy week with the craziest fans around him. He was friendly to everybody even when he couldn’t even eat breakfast without being mobbed by the fans.

      • Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 9th October 2012, 2:23

        Yeap..Agree. My mind was telling me Vettel but my heart was telling me Koby!

        It was a great drive from KK. Very measured and a concise. No mistakes, everything was perfect. He made a great pass on Vergne into the hair pin as well. I was impressed by how he left enough in the car for the final laps when the pressure was really on from Button.

        Wish KK all the best for next year. I really hope he is retained..or he gets a drive with a better car!

    • Jayfreese (@) said on 8th October 2012, 19:45

      To claim his maiden podium finish despite the pressure of the home crowd, with his future at Sauber in doubt and Jenson Button closing in on him late on required a drive of the highest calibre from Kobayashi

      • JustinF1 (@justinf1) said on 9th October 2012, 2:38

        Well said,. My heart was pounding hard during those last few laps.

        • James (@) said on 9th October 2012, 3:26

          I voted, then scrolled down to comment and could not agree more with everything said about why he deserves the vote. I was standing up – sitting down – pounding there table – yelling when the camera’s went away to other drivers in those last few laps, cringing when DRS was enabled, “NO’s!” & “YES’s” when I saw lock-up smoke depending on who’s it was. When they came around the corner on the last lap for a moment I thought Button had gotten by because of the perspective “ARRGGH!!!” to “OH, WOOHOO!”. suffice it to say, very happy for the man. I’ve always cheered him on since his first year. Oddly enough, his passing verve always kinda reminded me of Alesi (a favorite) when he was starting out and I was quite pleased to see him on the podium giving the interviews. Also, kudos to Massa for a fine drive as well, ’bout time. As for Vettel, I have no opinion. I’d like to see him driving Rosberg’s car next year with my other “no comment” driver as a team mate.

  2. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 8th October 2012, 13:42

    Very difficult to select between the 3 podium men plus Webber, but this has to go to Kamui Kobayashi. Outstanding pace throughout the weekend, with a car unable to match the pace of the Red Bull, and pressure from his team. He could actually be second but after his first stop he was unlucky to rejoin in traffic. His first podium is securing his place in the team I believe.

    • AmirAnuar (@amiranuar) said on 8th October 2012, 13:47

      agree…. unlucky to loose 2nd place due to traffic

    • Many of us hope his first podium secures his future, but I don’t think we will find out until the last 2 or 3 races. My hope is this wont be his first and last podium in F1. Non of the other teams seem bothered about him, but if he had started his career in a McLaren they’d probably be raving about him.

  3. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 8th October 2012, 13:51

    Sounds controversial, but I’ll stick my neck out for my main man….’s teammate. Felipe’s been properly on form, in my eyes, throughout the weekend. He was ahead of Fernando (no easy feat) in the first and third practice session, and (apparently Star Sports F1 commentator Steve Slater agrees with me on this) only missed out on Q3 due to bad luck.

    And with his drive to second place need I say more?

    • George (@george) said on 8th October 2012, 18:51

      Yep, Felipe went pretty under the radar because of Kobayashi, any other race and him driving from 10th to 2nd would have been highly lauded I think.

      Having said that I voted for Vettel, he made it look easy as usual.

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 8th October 2012, 20:32

      Being a big Hamilton fan, I haven’t had a lot of nice things to say about Massa the last year or two LOL But I have to say that even though Kamui deserves a big shout out for what he did, I had to put my vote to Massa. He either had to make this drive or it was almost certain his career was over.

      It will be interesting to see if this race gives him back the confidence he needs to be quick again. I think the “Alonso is faster than you” episode was even more damaging to him mentally/emotionally than the near fatal crash in Hungary.

      I was happy for him to see him back on top.

      • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 8th October 2012, 22:37

        Agreed I think Germany 2010 was far more damaging to his speed than the accident a year before. Crucially I think a 2nd place return to the podium, on a day when no one could have stopped Vettel, will be even more of a confidence boost.

  4. Anonymouse said on 8th October 2012, 13:52

    Sorry Vettel – Kobayashi needs this. You can have the championship

  5. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th October 2012, 13:54

    The ‘best’ driver of the weekend is Sebastian Vettel. His qualifying performance was stunning, and after the restart he led comfortably, winning with the biggest margin this year. So let’s not get silly and vote for anyone else.

    As for the ‘complete package': Kamui Kobayashi on the podium in front of his home crowd, under immense pressure from Button. It was great to witness that, and see the interaction between the ecstatic Japanese crowd and the modest Sauber driver on the podium. But I don’t think he is the driver of the weekend: Perez has done what Kobi did many times this season.

    A similar thing holds for Massa: this was the first race he drove up to Alonso-standards, which was great to see. It was his best race of the year so far (that’s for sure), but that tells more about his bad season than about his performance at Suzuka.

    Special mention to Pastor Maldonado: not only did he score his first points in eight races or so, but his pace was far better than most drivers in front of him. Unfortunately he got stuck behind Hulkenberg, which caused him to not score the point amount he deserved.

    • Perez has put his car on the podium 3 times, correct.. Yes. However he never qualified in the top 10, ran the same strategy as the front runners, or had to drive on used tires on every one of his podiums. He drove well, but had the best strategy every time.

      Kamui qualfied in P4, Started P3, held P2 during the race for the first stint and only because Sauber were worried about Button pitting, he lost that place to Massa. Otherwise he might have had P2. The podium position came down to his ability, not some strategy.

      Lastly, if Perez continues to suck at Qualiifying @ McLaren he will never win a championship or really be in the championship race. I’m interested to see how next season pans out now. I just hope Kamui stays in F1 and has a chance to win. He is very capable.

      • Ral (@ral) said on 8th October 2012, 22:08

        LJ explained perfectly how Perez has never done what Kobayashi did this weekend. With which I do not imply Kobayashi is the better driver per se, but this podium is much more impressive than Perez’, except Malaysia which was impressive for a different reason altogether.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th October 2012, 18:56

      summed it up nicely. I know that Vettel deserves this one thoroughly, but really Kobayashi didn’t put a foot wrong either and to do it for the first time in front of this amazing crowd was what made it special (and fighting to keep his seat even more).

      So there goes Kamui.

  6. gilles (@gilles) said on 8th October 2012, 13:57

    Voted for Seb. Cannot imagine who else. Kobayashi did very well, but you just can’t beat the grand slam (of course majority will be thinking otherwise)

    • Sebastian Vettel will yet again be out-voted when he was overall the best driver. Kamui without doubt performed superbly, but Vettel dominated this weekend to an extent not seen since last year, not to mention the grand chelem.

      • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 8th October 2012, 19:07

        Yep, Kamui did brilliantly and I’m delighted for him, but you can’t say that trumps Vettel’s pole and grand chelem. He completely dominated the entire weekend. Kamui looks like winning it cos of that feel good factor he created.

        • @colossal-squid exactly, Vettel isn’t a very popular driver amongst many (especially when he wins in that fashion) and people are quick to dismiss his dominance as being “because of the car”.
          Quite frankly, Vettel utilised his car to devastating effect; Massa started catching him by a few tenths a lap after the second stop then Vettel decided to set the fastest lap of the race to maintain the gap; that’s dominance.

          • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 8th October 2012, 20:02

            @vettel1 Bang on. I’ll never understand how people can’t grasp how rare and special it is to see car and driver working so well together. I’m a Ferrari/Alonso man myself, but when you crush everyone so thoroughly as Vettel did, you can’t help but appreciate it.
            People do say ‘it’s all the car’ but I’ve yet to see Mark Webber dominate in such fashion (although his Monaco performance in 2010 was close).

        • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 9th October 2012, 2:59

          Personally, I don’t look at these polls as who was the overall best driver because normally thats whoever wins, I vote for who ever I feel managed to perform to their best, or do something surprising. I.e Perform beyond their normal expectations, and for me, given 2010 & 2011, a grand chlem for Vettel doesn’t rate higher than a 2nd for Massa, or 3rd for Kamui, its all relative to expected performance in my opinon.

    • Ral (@ral) said on 8th October 2012, 22:18

      Not sure if it’s popularity as much as the perception that Vettel doesn’t necessarily what people call “outperform the car”, but rather just has a superior car.

      I agree with you though, that Vettel was the outstanding performer this weekend.

      • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 9th October 2012, 20:30

        I hate the term outperform the car; it’s physically impossible to do so.
        You can extract more performance from the car, but you can’tmake a car go faster around a race track than it will allow

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 8th October 2012, 23:05

      I voted Vettel, but that was not my initial plan. But looking into the stats of the Grand Chelem, I couldn’t vote for Kobi.

      Having said that, I entirely agree when Kobi becomes DOTW. If your home crowd chants Kah-Mu-Ih Kah-Mu-Ih for you, you also deserve it!

  7. Girts (@girts) said on 8th October 2012, 14:03

    It was touching to see Massa and Kobayashi on the podium and I have no doubts that they both more than deserved it and that their performances were outstanding. But Vettel gets my vote as his performance this weekend, including pushing until the very end of the race, was exceptional even by his standards.

  8. baldgye (@baldgye) said on 8th October 2012, 14:04

    Vettel… pole, fastest lap and the win… he totally dominated the whole race and even after the pace car wasn’t under any kind of threat.

  9. Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 8th October 2012, 14:05

    Sebastian Vettel (22%)

    I think this poll shows how great driver Sebastian Vettel is. He drove brilliantly, dominating all weekend and achieving a grand slam – and yet most of voters aren’t impressed. Any other driver with a similar weekend would be up to 70%.

    • Haven’t you heard, though? It’s all about the car! In fact, all he had to do was get in, push the “win pole”/”win race” button, depending on which day it was, and sit back and enjoy the ride. (Note: that button has not been installed in Webber’s car, and please don’t mention its existence to him. He’d probably be pretty put out.)

      • MW (@) said on 8th October 2012, 14:37

        LOL!

        I believe Lotus have a similar if slightly more crude device in their car, it’s a brick that Grosjean places on his pedal, it’s also handy if an angry Australian is running after you :)

        I had to go for Vettel, I can understand why people went for Kobayashi, a great drive with so much on the line, but really Grand Chellems are rare no matter what car you’re driving, that deserves respect!

    • Zantkiller (@zantkiller) said on 8th October 2012, 14:17

      Yeah but most weekends don’t have the other 2 podium spots taken up by underdogs and one of the most loved drivers on the grid.

      • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 8th October 2012, 14:44

        I’m slightly confused now. Are we voting for the Japanese Grand Prix driver of the weekend or the underdog of the weekend?

        Sure, Kobayashi was impressive and he’s one of my favorite divers. Massa was finally driving like a Ferrari driver and that’s great too. But when it comes to the best it should be no contest. Vettel absolutely dominated this weekend and he gets my vote, even though I’m not a fan of him.

        • Zantkiller (@zantkiller) said on 8th October 2012, 15:01

          Yes but all internet polls are glorified popularity polls.

          And Vettel is not popular.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 8th October 2012, 17:56

            Which says more about the voters than it does about the drivers.

          • BS (@bs) said on 9th October 2012, 0:58

            All polls are popularity polls, that is exactly what polls measure. :)

            Unless I missed the official F1Fanatic decree which lists quantitative methods to drive for a specific driver, I’m voting for whoever left the best impression over the weekend. It’s never been my impression that whoever has the best stats should be voted driver of the weekend. Yes, Vettel was once again magnificent around this amazing track, but there are plenty of reasons to judge other drivers otherwise. It’d be boring if it’s just a statistical representation of the results – keith could do that without input.

            Kobayashi’s seat is being questioned, drives an inferior car with the additional pressure of a home crowd and in spite of all that drives a great race while fending off Button for 10 laps to his first ever podium.

            Aside from sentiment, there is plenty of rationale to vote for a driver with less than statistical dominance over a weekend. I voted for Kobayashi, and I am an admirer of Vettel including this performance. :)

        • ben (@dubaemon) said on 8th October 2012, 23:50

          hello, it s been said a many times that you choose who YOU think performed the best over the W/E not who is the obvious winner, otherwise it wouldnt be a poll but just a simple statment.
          Moreover performance and being the best driver is also about what a driver accomplishes compared to its usual perfs. For example if you saw NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN going into Q2 and then making into the points you would go WOOOW that was the drive of his life and he would get high ratings in DOTW.
          thats what happens here with Kobayashi and to a lesser extent Massa.

          • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 9th October 2012, 13:07

            @ben
            We are told to “[c]ompare all the drivers’ performances below and vote for who you think was the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.”

            It doesn’t say anything about comparing drivers’ performance to what they usually achieve. It’s about who was the best driver of the weekend, which isn’t the same as who won the race, but grand slams are very rare and Vettel was untouchable this weekend.

            If Karthikeyan would go to Q2 and make into the points, he’d surely be DOTW. But not because he usually performs badly, but because making into points is remarkable achievement with HRT car. Any Lotus, Marussia or HRT driver classifying in top 10 would most likely be DOTW.

            Of course everyone has their opinions, but I think almost every active F1Fanatic would agree with the statement that any other driver achieving what Vettel did this weekend (including Mark Webber) would’ve recieved up to 70% of votes. Does anyone disagree with that?

          • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 9th October 2012, 13:14

            Oups, I meant @dubaemon

    • Moosehead said on 8th October 2012, 14:53

      I kniow, right? I had to go back and check the DVR, to make sure I watched the same race as everyone else.

  10. umar (@umarbaloch) said on 8th October 2012, 14:10

    I vote for massa he did a great job

  11. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th October 2012, 14:17

    Grosjean 2% !? Seriously?

  12. Imre (@f1mre) said on 8th October 2012, 14:22

    The result should be:

    1. Vettel: Grand chelem
    2. Massa: impressive all weekend except for Q2. 2nd from 10th
    3. Kobayashi: 3rd in quali, 3rd in the race. At home.

    I voted for Massa ‘cos he’s my fav driver.

    • Imre (@f1mre) said on 8th October 2012, 14:23

      I dont always vote for Massa. It’s perhaps the 2nd time this season. But I want to see him in the top three, he deserves it now,

      • joe123 said on 8th October 2012, 17:23

        One Italian publication recently ran a pole and Massa was rated 24/24 drivers this year – even behind the Kart!

        You could argue he qualified superbly – ahead of his experienced team mate and may have won the race had Webber not turned in on him.

  13. JerichoKane (@jerichokane) said on 8th October 2012, 14:24

    You really can’t get any better over the race weekend. So, Seb for me!

  14. Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 8th October 2012, 14:25

    I voted for Kobayashi. Seeing as it’s his final year in F1, we may as well throw him a carrot.

    • Pffft. Final year my ass. He’s outscored Maldonado and Senna who have had a car capable of winning races. I think this media rumour about his seat being insecure is started by the media and fueled by the media. Monisha has hinted many times shes very happy with Kobayashi, I think they are just playing motivational and mind games with him to get the best out of him. They’ve set the goal to get 5th in constructors, if he helps them achieve that his seat is guaranteed, even if they miss out I think they’ll offer him another contract as he has helped develop the car and they will want that continuity.

  15. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 8th October 2012, 14:29

    I’m voting for Vettel (Grand Chelem and all that), but this is a very tough one. Apart from Alonso’s move at the start at Perez’s somewhat inexperienced move(s), there weren’t bad performances in this race: plenty of drivers either did a nice job of getting through the field (Massa, Webber) or had a solid drive all the way (Koba).

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