Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012

Vote for your Abu Dhabi GP driver of the weekend

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Abu Dhabi?

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

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012Sebastian Vettel – Quickest on Friday, then qualified third despite being delayed by a technical problem in final practice. But was sent to the back of the grid after the stewards couldn’t get enough fuel out of his car.

Changed his set-up, started from the pits and was 11th when the safety car came out. Swerving to avoid Ricciardo he damaged his front wing for a second time and had to pit. Quickly passed Grosjean (twice), Di Resta, Senna, Ricciardo, Schumacher and others and ran second after the leaders pitted. Needed a second pit stop but the fortunate reappearance of the safety car brought him back within range of Button, who he passed for third.

Mark Webber – Joined Hamilton on the front row of the grid but made a poor start and fell to fourth, then was passed by Alonso. Tangled with Maldonado while trying to pass the Williams for third, losing three places. Went off the track while overtaking Massa, who then spun, but the stewards decided against a penalty. Got ahead of Maldonado through the pits but was caught up in the Di Resta/Perez/Grosjean collision and retired with damage.


Jenson Button – Was surprised at the gap to Hamilton in qualifying, most of which came in the last sector (half a second). Was passed by Alonso at the start and although he later overtook Maldonado he couldn’t keep Vettel behind at the end and slipped to fourth.

Lewis Hamilton – Planted his car on pole position for the sixth time this year – more than any other driver (and not counting the one he lost in Spain). Made a clean start but almost lost his lead with an error at turn eight on lap two. From there he pulled away again, including after the safety car period, until a fuel pressure problem forced him to retire from the lead on lap 20.


Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2012Fernando Alonso – Ferrari’s failure to improve its car’s pace was clear as he lined up behind a Williams and a Lotus.

He started well, gaining two places, but a mistake after the first safety car meant he was fending off Webber when he should have been pressing Maldonado, whose KERS had just failed. He eventually passed the Williams and closed on Raikkonen in the dying stages of the race, but time ran out for him to launch an attack.

Felipe Massa – Massa began to slip back towards the end of his first stint and was passed by Perez, but the team decided to keep him out. His race took a turn for the worst when he spun at turn 13 while racing Webber for position. “He cut the chicane and came back across the track, forcing me to spin to avoid hitting him,” Massa complained, but the stewards decided it was a racing incident. He held off Senna and Di Resta for seventh.


Michael Schumacher – Schumacher made an error with his KERS in Q2 which left him 13th on the grid. He got into the top ten at the start and was in the hunt for points until a puncture dropped him out of seventh place.

Nico Rosberg – Rosberg’s third first-lap incident in four races damaged his front wing and forced him to pit. While recovering he crashed into Kartyhikeyan when the HRT driver suddenly slowed: “There was no time for me to react and I’m very thankful that we are both fine,” he said.


Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2012Kimi Raikkonen – Said the car felt at its best in qualifying and took fourth place, his highest starting position since Belgium. Translated that into second when Webber made a poor start, then took over the lead when Hamilton retired.

Had to ward off a serious attack from Alonso in the closing laps, and had just enough in hand to pull clear of the DRS zone on the final tour. “I?m happy, but there?s nothing to jump around about,” he said in typically laconic style. “We still have a few races to go, I?ll try to do the same again.”

Romain Grosjean – Not for the first time this year he came limping back into the pits at the end of lap one with damage – in this case, a puncture. But there were no penalties this time and even Rosberg, who he tangled with, considered it a racing incident.

Having fallen to last, Lotus elected to pit him again during the first safety car period. After 28 laps his soft tyres were beginning to wilt and he came under simultaneous pressure from Di Resta and Perez. The two passed him with DRS heading to turn 11, then both went off the track and Grosjean collided with Perez as the Sauber came back on. Webber clipped the Lotus as well, ending Grosjean’s race for good.

Force India

Paul di Resta – Made a rapid start and got past his team mate but squeezed Hulkenberg too much, putting the other Force India out and picking up a puncture himself. Like Grosjean he pitted under the first safety car but he switched to the more durable medium tyres. Pitting again under the second safety car dropped him from fifth to eleventh, but he made up two places to claim some points.

Nico Hulkenberg – Out-qualified Di Resta for the fourth race in a row but was pushed into Senna at the start and crashed out.


Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2012Kamui Kobayashi – Started 15th after struggling with brake locking but avoided the first-lap collisions to holds eighth at the start of lap two. Perez passed him shortly afterwards, but Kobayashi stayed out of trouble to finish sixth, despite a gearshift problem limiting his ability to use KERS. He is now just eight points behind Perez in the drivers’ championship.

Sergio Perez – Looked on course for another good result after running a 30-lap first stint on soft tyres which included a pass on Massa. Briefly second, he emerged from his pit stop behind Grosjean and Di Resta. But an ill-judged move in returning to the track in front of Grosjean triggered a multi-car crash and earned him a costly ten-second stop-go penalty.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo – Was running 11th when Vettel appeared behind him and nearly ran into him during the first safety car period. “I looked in my mirrors and saw him go through one of the polystyrene boards, but I have no idea what happened,” he said. Was jumped by Di Resta and Senna during his pit stop, falling to tenth.

Jean-Eric Vergne – Went out in Q1 for the eighth time this year after spinning at the penultimate corner. He switched to medium tyres during the first safety car period but had to pit for fresh tyres later on, eradicating the potential advantage and leaving him 12th at the end.


Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Yas Marina, 2012Pastor Maldonado – Qualified an excellent third and held the place until his KERS failed. After that he came under attack and was passed by Alonso and Button. Webber also tried a move but the pair tangled – the Red Bull driver not leaving enough space for Maldonado. Still had enough speed to come home fifth.

Bruno Senna – Delayed by Hulkenberg’s Force India going off at turn one, he fell to 19th on the first lap and began a trek back into the points. Ran a long, 32-lap stint on medium tyres which brought him out of the pits behind the delayed Massa. He wasn’t able to pass the Ferrari, but kept Di Resta at bay for eighth.


Heikki Kovalainen – Spent six laps occupying the 12th place craved by Caterham, which would put them back in front of Marussia in the constructors’ championship. The recovering Schumacher dropped him back to 13th, Kovalainen’s cause not helped by a KERS fault.

Vitaly Petrov – Not wishing to do a Di Resta on his team mate at the start, Petrov backed out of a move on Kovalainen as they headed to turn one. It didn’t look like he had the pace to stay ahead of him anyway, finishing 17 seconds behind the other Caterham.


Pedro de la Rosa – Had to start from the pit lane after his team failed to get the tyre warmer off his right-rear wheel quickly enough. Aided by the late safety car, he was seven seconds behind Petrov at the flag.

Charles Pic, Marussia, Yas Marina, 2012Narain Karthikeyan – Another race, another worrying incident involving an HRT. This time it was Karthikeyan’s, whose car suffered a hydraulic failure in turn 15, locking his steering solid. “I had to lift my foot off the accelerator. Unfortunately, Rosberg was coming from behind and couldn?t avoid me.” The Mercedes crashed over the top off Karthikeyan and was fortunate not to seriously injure either driver.


Timo Glock – Out-qualified by Pic but raced well, splitting the Caterhams, despite clipping his team mate on the first lap and damaging his front wing. He was particularly pleased to hold off the recovering Perez on the last lap despite the Sauber being within the DRS zone.

Charles Pic – A superb qualifying lap saw him beat Glock and Petrov – he was only a tenth of a second off the other Caterham, too. A mistake on the first lap allowed his two rivals past, and he was still embroiled in a tight battle with Petrov when his engine failed on lap 42.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 24th +0.095s 8/37 2 3rd
Mark Webber 2nd -0.095s 29/37 1
Jenson Button 5th +0.66s 0/19 1 4th
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.66s 19/19 0
Fernando Alonso 6th -0.141s 55/55 1 2nd -22.044s
Felipe Massa 8th +0.141s 0/55 1 7th +22.044s
Michael Schumacher 13th +0.591s 7/7 2 11th
Nico Rosberg 7th -0.591s 0/7 1
Kimi Raikkonen 4th -0.518s 37/37 1 1st
Romain Grosjean 9th +0.518s 0/37 2
Paul di Resta 12th +0.199s 0/0 3 9th
Nico Hulkenberg 10th -0.199s 0/0 0
Kamui Kobayashi 15th +0.522s 21/55 1 6th -36.692s
Sergio Perez 11th -0.522s 34/55 2 15th +36.692s
Daniel Ricciardo 16th -0.778s 37/55 2 10th -7.443s
Jean-Eric Vergne 17th +0.778s 18/55 2 12th +7.443s
Pastor Maldonado 3rd -0.423s 52/55 1 5th -10.535s
Bruno Senna 14th +0.423s 3/55 1 8th +10.535s
Heikki Kovalainen 18th -0.195s 55/55 1 13th -16.831s
Vitaly Petrov 20th +0.195s 0/55 1 16th +16.831s
Pedro de la Rosa 22nd -0.616s 0/7 1 17th
Narain Karthikeyan 23rd +0.616s 7/7 0
Timo Glock 21st +0.337s 41/41 1 14th
Charles Pic 19th -0.337s 0/41 1

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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 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (27%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (21%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (8%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (37%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (2%)
  • Bruno Senna (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)

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  1. There were plenty of drivers who applied fot this title, Vettel for coming from back of the field to the podium, Hamilton because he had the race perfectly and easly dominated, Alonso for another great race, but this time my heart won and I gave it to Raikkonen, who with some luck inherited the lead but made a perfect control of the race and made me laugh like no one else in F1 does, he trully has an unique character.

  2. Definitely Kimi for me.
    He said the car felt good and he did everything he needed to put it in the right place at the right time and then control the race. Great victory for him and the team.

    Special mentions to:
    Hamilton who didn’t put a foot wrong, Maldonado who looked good all weekend & Vettel who took the luck when it came and even with his mistakes still somehow got himself onto the podium!

  3. Might have voted for Vettel, but all his over-takes where with the DRS, and yet he still managed to crash twice.
    Almost voted for Kimmi becasue of his team radio, but had to vote for the guy who had the perfect weekend, only to have it ruined once again by McLaren.

    1. @baldgye
      How would you suggest overtaking on that circuit without DRS?

      1. I wouldn’t… its just such a shame that all the new modern F1 tracks are so poor for conventional over-taking that the only way to get over-taking to happen is on a long DRS straight… its not difficult, or fun to watch becasue each driver can only make one move…

  4. I would like to vote for Kimi’s Race Engineer, who took a barrage of abuse over the radio when trying to give his driver information and still kept it classy.

    You’d think he’d have learned at this point in the season what kind of information Kimi wants/needs and what he finds obvious. (“Keep working all four tires” really? does anyone need to be reminded of that?)

    1. Haha!

      Sometimes I wonder, do any of the drivers ask for music to be played on their radio? Especially if the race is boring? When I play racing games on my computer, I like to have some songs playing as well. Will any team allow that?

      1. I would have to believe the audio quality would be pretty bad, but if I was driving for Ferrari I would totally want someone singing to me in Italian.

        Heck, just sing everything that would normally be said. “Felipe, baby/you’re too close/too close to Fernandooooooo.”

    2. I wonder if the drivers would have the option of having an iPod in the car?! They use earphones for the radio anyway so I don’t see why not! I bet some drivers would love that/already have it.

      1. When I’m driving a kart, apart from when I’m in a tight fight, I start singing to myself; particurlarly when I’m closing up on someone, as it helps to focus myself, and it calms me down a bit and helps to revive my morale if I’ve just been passed or whatever.

        1. When I’m driving, I tend to find music helps me concentrate, which seems to be counter-intuitive (music should be a distraction). A friend put to me a theory which I think fits well.

          When you are driving, the majority of the time it doesn’t require absolute, 100% concentration. It probably takes somewhere over 90%. The remaining few percent of your brainpower doesn’t just switch off. It tries to do something. This leads to, in my case, thinking about projects I have on the go, code which needs debugging, and similar stray thoughts.

          As these stray thoughts are present, they can easily grow to take away from your concentration. Also, these thoughts can be difficult to push out when you suddenly need the extra brainpower, causing slower reactions and hindering your performance in an emergency.

          If you have music on, it is something that fills the little bit of concentration left in your brain, but is easily masked in the event you need all your grey matter. It “takes the edge off” without slowing your reactions, and will not take more concentration that you have available.

          When I’m on my motorbike, however, only motorway riding leaves any spare brainpower: I’m totally focused on keeping myself alive. I actually find it very cleansing. On the bike, I have no stray thoughts about anything. It’s almost meditation. I would think that being in an F1 car is similar most of the time.

          1. This is less counter-intuitive than you think. I forget where exactly, but in college I came across a study showing that classical music aids in concentration (and in the case at the time, retention of new learning). It is for almost the exact reason you describe: concentration and maintaining both conscious and sub-conscious activity.

            While never having raced cars, I grew up swimming and playing golf competitively and the biggest hurdle was always removing the conscious mind’s input so that you could react instinctively on impulse—let all your training do the work for you.

          2. I don’t listen to an iPod for instance; I just start singing, and it’s mostly to calm myself down and try not to think about a stupid move someone did on me; it helps me to regain my concentration if anything, and I don’t when I’m in a dogfight or doing a quali lap for instance. (I like endurance races)

    3. Ted (SkySport) mentioned this during the race. This was actually Chief Engineer and not Mark Slade, Kimi’s Race Engineer.

      Mark Slade told the Chief Engineer, Kimi is not gonna like it, but he went on transmitting those messages any way :)

      1. Man, I wish I could get the British coverage here in the US. It seems so clearly better. Next year it moves to NBC Sports, which will require me to pay more for cable, but hopefully it will result in more comprehensive coverage.

  5. This is gonna be very close between VET and RAI.

  6. What about Kamui Kobayashi? 15th to 6th is very good for the Sauber. I know Vettel was outstanding from pit lane to podium but still. Koba?

    1. I Love the Pope
      5th November 2012, 20:46

      You’re right. I think Kamui was more impressive than Kimi.

      Look, I love Kimi, but there were better drives on Sunday.

  7. I Love the Pope
    5th November 2012, 20:44

    Kimi made a pass and drove the whole race in the front. It was not that impressive. He was what Vettel is lambasted for constantly – being a front runner.

    Vettel had the drive the day/year.

  8. A number of excellent performances. In the end, I decided to go with Kimi. He got as much out of the car in quali as could be expected, had a cracking start, drove superbly after inheriting the lead from Hamilton and held off Alonso at the end for his first win for 3 years. And while it shouldn’t matter, I love the fact that in addition he yelled at his engineer, cussed on stage and gave the answer of the year in the post race press conference –

    “Q: Kimi Raikkonen, how and with whom and how many days will you celebrate this win?
    KR: I have almost two weeks. As long as I manage to get myself to the next race I think the team is happy. I try to get home at some point.”

    Kimi, the closest thing to the James Hunt of our times.

  9. For me there was no one else but Lewis. Had pace to burn, absolutely obliterated the opposition in qualifying, was running away with the race victory before his car let him down.
    Honourable mentions to Kimi, took his chance well, very consistent and calm to bring it home in the last few laps, Maldonado very quick in both qualifying (again) and the race and Kamui very solid performance while his superstar team mate was tripping over other cars…

  10. Michael Brown (@)
    5th November 2012, 21:12

    Vettel, it’s easy.

    If Raikkonen gets voted driver of the day for inheriting the lead due to a retirement then how come Vettel doesn’t get it for doing the same thing?

    1. Well, to an extent, Alonso got it at Valencia for the same thing…

    2. Kimmi. At the right place the right time.
      VET….well, great drive but not that great.

    3. It’s not quite the same as Vettel though in that Vettel does normally have pace in hand when he’s driving at the front. I don’t think you can argue Raikkonen purposely had the gap at the penultimate DRS detection point at 1s exactly. He was just going as fast as he could.

    4. Because nobody on here likes Vettel. Simple as

      1. @bobby-balboa – He actally has something like the 7th-8th highest number of fans on this site. But still, the way DOTW votes go usually say more about the voters than the drivers, which might be the point @lite992 is getting across.

  11. A good one this week. Whoever would have thought that Abu Dhabi would give us a decent race? It’s telling, however, that the decent race was largely down to drivers making mistakes, and a couple of technical problems. Vettel vs. Button and Button vs. Alonso at the front of the grid was far more like this track’s natural state of being than the off-track barging and chaos further down the grid from drivers who frankly should have managed their racing better.

    Vettel was referred to as “the luckiest driver in F1” by Lewis and I think that’s worth having another look at. As always, two comments apply to luck in any sport, particularly F1.
    1) “You make your own luck”.
    2) “Some things are out of your hands”

    Sunday’s race was the exemplification (if that’s a word, which it isn’t, but I like it anyway) of both those statements. Handed a slot at the back of the grid by something that was out of his hands (engineering problem) would have reduced most drivers to a weekend hunting 6th. Instead, the team pulled the car out of parc ferme, and changed it so he’d have a better chance. That’s making your own luck. That feeds in to my next point.

    Vettel is derided because his record shows he’s had the benefit of dominant cars and some believe he wouldn’t be where he is without one. He’s certainly had a run of luck on that front. His 2008 Torro Rosso was occasionally competitive when normally they’d be at the back of the grid. He then stepped into the RB5, and was given the second fastest car for the first few races, and the undeniably fastest car on the grid almost every race every year since then. (nitpickers: note the italics on almost, yes I am aware that the odd race they struggled at). Think what his win ratio would be like if he’d started in the RB1, or 2 instead. Think 3 years in the wilderness, not 3 years boring the public leading from the front.

    He’s had some bad luck, and some engineering failures. But if you compare Hamilton’s retirements to Vettel’s, then you have to say Vettel’s had the better of it. In that way, he’s certainly “luckier” in bad luck terms than Lewis.

    On the other hand, Vettel clearly isn’t a thicko. He got himself into a competitive car by showing from weekend to weekend that he was the fastest driver on Friday practices by some margin. The paddock is a small place, and a young driver with a professional attitude and bleeding speed is the best way to get noticed. Getting more out of the car than would be expected, and putting the race drivers under pressure only adds to it. Yes he had help from Red Bull’s development programme, but as the fruits of that have shown, it’s a case of “all run of the mill misses, one hit”. I’d argue he did more for himself getting into F1 by driving the BMW than Helmut Marko ever did. How much Marko has helped him since then is another matter.

    Lewis had a similar introduction, blazing speed, professional attitude, keen to learn, raised interest all over the paddock and not just from his own committed team. Since then, their paths have diverged. He’s just signed up for Mercedes, where he’s pretty much guaranteed at least a year, probably more, in a team which won’t give him a competitive car. Looking at McLaren throwing both championships away this year, it’s possible to argue that he’s no worse off. But it’s very difficult to believe that a driver who can’t work out when to modify his own race strategy calls has the necessary nous to sort out a team with 4 Technical Directors hanging around and a 10 year history of underperforming. It took Newey, Horner, and a boatload of Red Bull cash to do that for Jaguar.

    Vettel, by contrast, knows what makes a successful team. He knows how to get people on his side, something Lewis has completely lost the knack of. He knows he is in the best, most professional, and most hard-working team in the paddock. Red Bull bring crates of updates to a flyaway race like Korea when most teams sit around waiting for the next “deployment window” which suits the logistics people rather than the championship fight. All the talk of Vettel to Ferrari made no sense at all. It assumed that Ferrari were a better option than Red Bull (they clearly aren’t), and that Vettel was too thick or too blinded by the “pull of Ferrari” to see that for himself (he clearly isn’t, and didn’t.) I think it’s no surprise that most of these stories about the “inked secret option” came from the Italian media whose reluctance to ever acknowledge to the public at home and the Tifosi in general that Ferrari as a team are losing their power and prestige in the paddock would colour their reporting.

    Vettel has benefited from luck, and when he’s had bad luck, it generally hasn’t completely derailed his championships, unlike Webber in Korea, or Alonso in Abu Dhabi, or Hamilton in 2012. But he’s also made sure that he knew where to put himself to benefit all the time. Alonso, widely regarded as the smartest cookie in the paddock, hasn’t managed to do that, with a disasterous spell at McLaren, and years trying to drag 4th-row cars in Renault or Ferrari up to the top step.

    Dominant performance of the weekend? Hamilton, obviously. But historically, we tend not to vote for that category. Fighter of the weekend? Alonso, who frankly should have LdM and Domenicali spit shining his race boots and prostrating themselves as footstools every weekend. “Warm feeling” winner would be Raikkonen for getting the win he deserved races ago. That’s not what we’re voting for.

    Vettel had a lot of knocks this weekend which would have cost another driver 18 points to his rival. But because he’s ensured he’s in a team as determined, clever and focussed on detail as he is, his weekend was saved. Yes he benefited from safety cars at exactly the right moments. Yes, having a completely changed setup means his drive from the back wasn’t as impressive as Button’s in Canada. But you cannot honestly tell me that his drive this weekend wasn’t fantastic, and that he wouldn’t be a worthy winner.

    1. Thumbs up for an amazingly well-written and well-balanced post.

    2. Well if Vettel was that fantastic, how come he was out-qualified by his team mate and made three pretty big mistakes during the race? So his race pace was good with a race-built car yeah and sure that move on Button was good but better than Alonso, Räikkönen and Hamilton overall? I’d say no.

      1. Because despite those mistakes, he had the pace, and the luck to finish 3rd. And he once again crushed his teammate on race pace.

      2. @oel-f1 Good points. Certainly, Vettel made a mistake twice with his front wing and chanced his arm with Grosjean. But when he damaged his front wing, he didn’t crease it completely, and that makes a difference. When drivers can’t see the front wing, there’s a possibility for misjudgement, and I’d categorise it as that. Compared to Perez, diresta, webber, Massa and the rest it was minor stuff.

        Button made mistakes in Canada but I still rate that as one of the greatest drives I’ve ever seen.

        Besides, everyone complains it’s boring when he is faultless on every lap and wins. At least this one was interesting!

        1. Well if you vote for him simply because his massively strong pace, then I suppose you voted for him in the 3 previous races as well? Which I suppose is fair given that you can’t do much else than being the fastest. But avoiding mistakes is just so important, and I actually fear that had he not done these mistakes in Abu Dhabi he might’ve been able to finish in front of Alonso and Räikkönen.

          1. @oel-f1

            you’re probably right, without the second mistake of hitting the DRS board he may have actually benefitted from the 1st SC and gone on to challenge and even win the race.

            But hitting the DRS board was totally bad luck. Sure Vettel made the mistake, but in Singapore, Button made a similar mistake (and whined that it was Vettel’s fault), only there wasn’t anything on track where he made it. Hamilton had a huge lock up on lap 2 in Abu Dhabi and if Kimi were closer, could have passed him. But that was a huge mistake and no bad luck. So Vettel hits one of 4 boards on a 5km long track-that is bad luck.

            As for the brush with Senna, if you watch it Senna comes up and past Vettel as they were getting to the corner, and Senna took the corner tighter than normal because of the HRT on the outside.

            Overall, any of the top drivers, including Hamilton, Kimi and Alonso would look a little ragged if they were needing to charge from the back of the field. So a 5 g deceleration from 200 mph into a slow corner and he taps Senna? (and doesn’t lock his brakes and doesn’t fly into him taking them both out). That’s pretty darn good.

            Let’s not forget how Fernando went out in Suzuka pushing Kimi wide than touching his wing. Talk about sloppy mistake (but it’s Alonso, so he was just giving it his maximum and was perfect lol).

    3. Hey soren, stop joking LOL. Alonso is the best obviously like Kimi

    4. Great post. But, I am not sure if Vettel to Ferrari is entirely false. I think it is only logical that he (and any driver) wants to drive at Ferrari. Driving for any other team is not special, they are all based in UK with owners outside of UK. With Ferrari, you have the support of the entire nation – Italy – and a chance to be remembered by the most passionate fans of F1.
      Just think of this – would we remember Luca Badoer or Fisichella if they hadn’t driven for Ferrari?
      Vettel is a very intelligent driver. All this will make an impact on him. He will one day drive a red car and hopefully win many championships with them. I, for one, would love to hear the German anthem followed by the Italian anthem on the podium any number of times.

    5. Well done, enjoying reading your comment. +++

  12. 50-50 between Kimi and Vettel, went for Kimi due to his radio messages.

  13. It is hard to know exactly how well the back of the field did, this time the FOM showed a lot of the action on track well into the midfield (but of course that might have been bc. VET was there or getting through there …), but not much else of those behind that apart from quick DRS overtakes on them, and the big ROS/KAR incident of course. I think Pic had a good weekend again, and Glock a great race, and I suspect Kovalainen too did a very good job, but don’t know.

    Do think Maldonado and Senna drove a good race, and MAL had a great Saturday too, so he’s a contender for this – I suppose both having good result says the car was fast today.

    Kobayashi quietly got up to sixth, which is actually pretty impressive I think. His qualifying wasn’t great, but the Sauber wasn’t so good for that here either I think.

    Alonso again did quite well, though that restart was an important mistake from him. Vettel did a lot not quite right, but had a great race nevertheless.

    Hamilton was unbeatable again, apart from his car giving up – feel for him, he had the cold breaks/tyres scare early on but weathered that, did good with SC and at restart. But well. he didn’t finish.

    Kimi might have been more aggressive, esp. at the restart, but apart from that, he drove very well all weekend. Here too, it was clear the car was there to do it, but he kept it together knowing what he was doing and won, having to keep the car in okay condition near the end with Alonso coming up behind him. Great effort. Guess I’ll give it to him bc. it is the first win of his return.

  14. Voted for Alonso. He did everything he could to score as many points as he can and he is the only one who’s truly FIGHTING for that championship title :). Lewis an Kimi did a great job as well. As for Vettel… Yes, if you look at the table of results that +21 places looks impressive, but he really did not do anything exceptional. He did what was expected from that Vettel-RBR combination. I think that if there would be a team of the weekend voting, Red Bull should score that title. Vettel’s third place was an excellent mixture of good luck and very well timed pitstops. Nothing more, nothing less.

  15. Alonso by a long shot. The amount he pushed his car beyond the limit was outstanding. Maybe it was not so obvious from the outside, but it was a stand out drive worthy of a triple world champion.

  16. It just has to be Hamilton.

  17. Kimi, solely because of his radio transmissions! I would love to hear other transmissions of his. A great race from him in all seriousness though. I think he could have challenged Hamilton though.

    Otherwise, driver of the weekend would be between Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton.

  18. Voted Kimi. If it’s for car of the weekend, would be Seb’s car. Credit to Red Bull for being able to counter his car problem in a short time

  19. Kimi it is, followed by Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso.

  20. Narain Karthikeyan

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