Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012

Vote for your 2012 Brazilian GP driver of the weekend

2012 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Brazil?

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

Brazilian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Vettel made an error on his first Q3 lap and followed it up with a conservative run to secure fourth place. But he was boxed in by Webber at the start and fell behind the Ferraris, then tangled with the unsighted Senna four corners into the race. Pointing backwards and having suffered a heavy hit on the right-hand side of his car, his championship hopes seemed in tatters. He quickly recovered to get within range of Alonso – and the title – but when an early rain shower abated the loss of performance due to damage was telling and he got stuck behind Kobayashi. Suffering a radio problem, he pitted for fresh slicks then had to pit again when the rain returned. However he finally passed the Sauber to get back into title-winning shape, and made further gains to secure his place as a three-times world champion.

Mark Webber – From fourth he was passed by the Ferraris and Hulkenberg within the opening laps. Having given Vettel little room at the start he moved aside for his team mate after they switched to intermediate tyres, but Vettel’s subsequent problems meant Webber finished ahead. This was despite him going off at the restart while trying to pass his team mate. He closed on the Ferraris towards the end while keeping Hulkenberg at arm’s length for fourth place.


Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012Jenson Button – Trailed his team mate in qualifying and at the start, though not by much. When the rain came Button briefly got ahead, only to be re-passed by Hamilton. In a repeat of last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix Button ultimately got ahead by correctly deciding not to put intermediate tyres on. However he lost the lead to Hulkenberg and their 45-second margin at the head of the field was destroyed by the safety car. Hamilton passed him at the restart but the lead fell back into Button’s hands later on and he delivered his third victory of the season.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton took pole position but lost the lead by changing to intermediate tyres. He recovered his place at the head of the field when Hulkenberg made a mistake at two-thirds distance. But he lost the chance to win his final race for McLaren when Hulkenberg spun into him while trying to take the lead back.


Fernando Alonso – Out-qualified by Massa for the second race in a row but this time there was no team-imposed gearbox penalty for Massa – something crowd would surely not have appreciated. Capitalised on Vettel’s problems at the start then passed Webber to reach the vital third place. But he lost that position when he went off at turn one – the first of two such mistakes – allowing Hulkenberg through. Briefly troubled by Kobayashi at the restart, Hamilton and Hulkenberg’s problems moved him back up to second, aided by Massa who moved out of his way. But second place wasn’t enough to keep Vettel from the title.

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2012Felipe Massa – For the second weekend in a row Massa was quicker than his team mate in qualifying and the race – a remarkable turnaround from his desperate start to the season. Having taken third at the start he was shuffled back to sixth on the second lap. He stayed out on slick tyres longer than his team mate but eventually had to pit for intermediates. This left him a lap down, and he was fortunate the safety car allowed him to get back on the lead lap. From there he raced well, picking off Di Resta, Vettel and Kobayashi. Pitting two laps earlier than Alonso got him ahead of his team mate, but he inevitably had to hand the place back.


Michael Schumacher – Schumacher bade farewell to Formula One with a solid drive to seventh place despite starting 13th and picking up a puncture along the way – a situation not unlike his previous ‘retirement’. He was running in sixth place in the closing stages, but with Vettel coming up behind him and lapping around two seconds faster, did not put up much of a fight.

Nico Rosberg – Both Mercedes drivers suffered punctures during the race – Rosberg’s dropped him to last place after the first safety car period. Struggling with floor damage, he came in 15th.


Kimi Raikkonen – He may have rued his decision not to come to the circuit on Thursday to do the usual track walk when he tried to rejoin the circuit through a closed escape road during the Grand Prix. He had been running in the lower reaches of the points after running off the track on the first lap to avoid hitting Vettel. Di Resta’s retirement promoted him to tenth.

Romain Grosjean – Was fortunate not to suffer a worse accident after tangling with De La Rosa during qualifying. After that he failed to progress from Q1, started 18th, and crashed heavily at Mergulho on lap seven.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012Paul di Resta – Di Resta ended the season with a sixth consecutive qualifying defeat to his team mate. Unlike Hulkenberg, he switched to intermediates early on, but the safety car brought him back into contention. After the restart he lost positions to Massa and Ricciardo, then Webber, Schumacher and Raikkonen demoted him in a single lap. He had just passed Vergne for ninth when he crashed heavily with two laps to go.

Nico Hulkenberg – Hulkenberg took advantage of the battle in front of him on lap two to pass Massa and Webber, then inherited third place when Alonso went off. He bravely gambled to stay on slick tyres on a damp track, and after Hamilton pitted he closed in on Button and passed him to lead. Force India were unhappy that the safety car eradicated his hard-won advantage, but he handled the restart well and maintained his led until a half-spin on lap 48 let Hamilton through. He tried to fight back on lap 55 but succeeded only in spinning into Hamilton, for which he was given a drive-through penalty. In light of Maldonado’s reprimand for a similar incident at Silverstone, this seems harsh. He returned to the track behind Webber and had to settle for fifth.


Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Interlagos, 2012Kamui Kobayashi – The weekend started badly when his team mate accidentally confirmed Kobayashi would not be racing for Sauber next year. The news was made official on Friday morning, the prelude to a disappointing qualifying session which left him 14th on the grid. But the race contained plenty of the Kobayashi verve which he impressed with on his debut at this track three years ago, not least his opportunistic pass on Alonso which temporarily gave him fourth place. He spun while trying to pass Schumacher in the latter stages, losing eighth to Vergne.

Sergio Perez – Started 12th in conditions that might have been tailor-made for him, but was too close to the unfolding Vettel-Senna collision on lap one to avoid it.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo – Running ninth after the first safety car period, he dropped out of the points when he pitted for another set of hard tyres before the rain returned. He then gambled on a switch to wet weather tyres for the final laps but the rain didn’t get hard enough quickly enough. “In simple terms, it was a case of too many pit stops,” he said after making five visits to the pits.

Jean-Eric Vergne – Vergne fell to 20th place after clashing with Glock, but over the final 40 laps he recovered 12 places for a solid points finish. He admitted he made his own calls on tyre changes and left it too late to switch to intermediates at the end. Once he did, he was among the quickest drivers on the track.


Pastor Maldonado – Picked up reprimand number three and, consequently, penalty number ten of the season after driving past a red light in the pits during qualifying. Spun at turn three on the second lap and retired with damage.

Bruno Senna – Dived down the inside of Di Resta and Perez at the end of Reta Oposta on the first lap, but appeared alongside Vettel who was already turning into the corner ahead. From that point there was little either could realistically do to avoid contact, and the collision ended Senna’s involvement in his home race.


Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, Interlagos, 2012Heikki Kovalainen – Kovalainen’s race was ruined by a very slow first pit stop which cost him around 18 seconds. “We went onto full wets on the last stop to cover the chance of the rain increasing,” he said, “but there was very little grip until the last couple of laps on that set.”

Vitaly Petrov – Petrov’s race-long battle with Pic turned out to be the decider in the battle for tenth in the constructors’ championship. He lost the place when he spun as the second rain shower arrived, but re-took it from Pic with six laps to go, to the immense joy of his team.


Pedro de la Rosa – De La Rosa pinned blame on Grosjean for their tangle during qualifying. He briefly held ninth place in what will probably be HRT’s last F1 race, and came home 17th.

Narain Karthikeyan – Ran a similar strategy to his team mate and finished last behind him.


Timo Glock, Marussia, Interlagos, 2012Timo Glock – Had Marussia in a position to hold onto their tenth in the constructors’ championship until he was hit by Vergne. “It is a crying shame for everyone associated with the team as we have all worked so hard together to come this far,” he said. “It’s so sad to lose tenth like this because we were right on it and we had everything lined up to stay ahead of the other guys. Unfortunately, Vergne crashed into the back of my car and destroyed the race for me because it was right at the restart and I had to pit under the green flag. I went straight to the back of the field and worked hard from there, but there was very little we could do.”

Charles Pic – There will no doubt be speculation that Pic, who heads to Caterham next year, gifted his future team the position they needed to take tenth in the constructors’ championship. But he had spent most of the race until that point behind Petrov, and all year long Marussia have struggled to defend against their KERS-equipped rivals.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 4th +0.179s 44/71 4 6th +4.517s
Mark Webber 3rd -0.179s 27/71 3 4th -4.517s
Jenson Button 2nd +0.055s 24/54 2 1st
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.055s 30/54 2
Fernando Alonso 7th +0.266s 61/71 3 2nd -0.861s
Felipe Massa 5th -0.266s 10/71 3 3rd +0.861s
Michael Schumacher 13th +0.486s 51/70 4 7th Not on same lap
Nico Rosberg 9th -0.486s 19/70 4 15th Not on same lap
Kimi Raikkonen 8th -0.535s 4/5 3 10th
Romain Grosjean 18th +0.535s 1/5 0
Paul di Resta 10th +0.417s 0/68 3 19th Not on same lap
Nico Hulkenberg 6th -0.417s 68/68 2 5th Not on same lap
Kamui Kobayashi 14th +0.146s 0/0 3 9th
Sergio Perez 12th -0.146s 0/0 0
Daniel Ricciardo 15th -0.045s 45/70 5 13th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 17th +0.045s 25/70 4 8th Not on same lap
Pastor Maldonado 16th -0.521s 0/0 0
Bruno Senna 11th +0.521s 0/0 0
Heikki Kovalainen 20th +0.013s 11/70 5 14th +27.637s
Vitaly Petrov 19th -0.013s 59/70 3 11th -27.637s
Pedro de la Rosa 24th +0.123s 62/69 4 17th -32.325s
Narain Karthikeyan 23rd -0.123s 7/69 4 18th +32.325s
Timo Glock 21st -0.596s 30/70 4 16th +34.578s
Charles Pic 22nd +0.596s 40/70 3 12th -34.578s

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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 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (18%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (13%)
  • Jenson Button (17%)
  • Fernando Alonso (7%)
  • Felipe Massa (16%)
  • Michael Schumacher (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (21%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (4%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)

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  1. In my opinion it was Hamilton, who was gaining pace again (probably he could have chase Jenson) but Hulk messed it up

    Hulkenberg was great, Alonso too (but helped by Massa), Vettel too (but helped by Webber and a little by schum), Button ran very well (most of his victory is for a good strategy…)
    A hard one to decide this time.

    1. How can you give it to LH when Button and Hulkenberg were,by and large,quicker than him for most of the race??? And i cant really vote for people who suffer DNF’s halfway into the race,as anything could have happened to them in the latter parts of the race…

  2. I voted for Button. I would have voted for Hulk, if not for the overtaking incident. I believe it wasn’t all his fault. Nobody expected that Caterham in front would slow down so dramatically. I think he was trying to let the leaders by. For me it was racing incident.

    I just want to thank PIRELLI, for one of the greatest seasons I’ve witnessed in my 30 years of following F1.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Voted Button as he didn’t seem to put a foot wrong all weekend. Special mention to Hulk who had a brilliant one aside from the slip & in my opinion undeserved drive through.

  4. In light of Maldonado’s reprimand for a similar incident at Silverstone, this seems harsh. He returned to the track behind Webber and had to settle for fifth.

    The stewards’ crackdown on driving standards didn’t come into effect until after Silverstone, hence the harsher penalty for Hulkenberg.

  5. Was immensely difficult to choose a winner; it was between:
    Vettel, Hülkenberg, Petrov, Button and Hamilton.
    But for me, I had to go for Vettel; he was facing the wrong way after lap 1, fought to a good enough position for the title with a damaged car, and was just superlative in the rain, along with Button.

  6. This is the toughest vote I’ve ever had to do. Button controlled the race brilliantly, and put on a show of what he can really do when the situation suits him. Hulkenberg was astounding at the front, and probably would/should have won it, if not for that crash, which I think the penalty was too harsh. Massa and Alonso were impressive in different ways. Hamilton, again, deserved a sweeter result, but like so many other races this year, had it torn out of his hands.
    But Vettel was just brilliant. When he was punted at turn 4, I thought “That’s it, championship over.” He was lucky that the car survived, but his charge back up the field was a true champion’s drive. One of the best drivers I’ve ever seen.

  7. This is tough.

    The obvious suspect is Vettel, as he clinched the title. He recovered remarkably well after his early crash, even though his car was severely damaged. However great that was, I still think that his start was overly cautious, and his overview in turn 4 was Grosjean-like. In my opinion, the DOTW should be a driver that drove flawlessly, therefore no Vettel-vote.

    Felipe Massa is definitely a good candidate. Again he showed he has retaken the initiative at Ferrari, and then to be rewarded with a podium at your home track – that’s wonderful. Very tempted to vote for him.

    The McLaren boys were both quite evenly matched in the race. Hamilton took an advantage over his teammate after Button misjudged the rain. Hamilton was in my opinion the better of the two this weekend, a man on a mission.

    Michael Schumacher: last race, good result. I might have considered him, were it not for him letting Vettel through. I am absolutely disgusted that he preferred Vettel over Alonso – that is in my opinion non sportsmans-like and therefore I refuse to take him into consideration.

    And finally Nico Hulkenberg. He was quite lucky with his rain-strategy, but even in the drier period his pace was impressive. And then seeing him pull that all-or-nothing move on Hamilton that ended in tears was a big dissapointment. Still, with a drive-thru he finished in a fantastic fifth place.

    I usually never vote for a driver that makes mistakes, and Hulkenberg’s move on Hamilton can definitely be considered as one, but I thought Hulkenberg’s drive was impressive enough to get my final vote of 2012. Also, Hulkenberg showed a fighting spirit yesterday, not only for a podium, but also for the race win. That’s remarkable, and I think we should appreciate drivers that drive purely to win the race.

    1. @andae23: Try and watch the race again up until Vettel overtakes Schumacher and then tell us that You seriously think anyone can hold back a driver comming up from behind gaining about 2 sec a lap?

      1. @palle That is not my point: surely Vettel would have passed Schumacher anyway. My point is the way that Vettel eventually passed Schumacher: he didn’t put up a fight at all, but simply stuck to the inside of turn 5, effectively giving the racing line to Vettel. One cannot defend that this move from Schumacher was not purposely, and that’s what I find unfair. If every driver would have let Vettel through, then the entire race would have been a mockery, probably even worse then 2005 Indianapolis. So, that’s my reasoning.

        1. Well, Vergne, Riccardo, Schumacher & Webber. Add Vettel (as he doesn’t have himself for competition), there’s one fifth of the field already dealt with. Then add 6 backmakers who can’t really put up a fight, you are left with, what, 13 cars? He took out two in the first lap himself, Grosjean flew off the track, so that’s 10. Hulk took out Hamilton, so that’s 9. Ok Webber in the end finished in front of him. And in the end, with all that he managed 6th or 7th! That’s underwhelming if anything.

          1. @brace – Given the amount of time and positions that he had to make up, with a damaged car, remember, to use the word “underwhelming” is typical of the extent that people love to pick holes in anything SV does.

          2. He didnt pass the ferraris on track either. All in all,he made only 5-6 proper passes. And david-A,vettel was responsible for the damage he incurred on lap 1….

          3. @chicanef1 – It was a racing incident, rather than SV being “responsible”. Vettel did move across, but Senna dived up the inside of several cars just to be there.

  8. Sebastian V3ttel.

    Someone give me a reason why I shouldn’t have voted for him?

    1. @andrewtanner

      Someone give me a reason why I shouldn’t have voted for him?

      He messed up his first run in Q3.
      He was out-qualified by his team mate.
      He (arguably) caused the crash with Senna which left him last with a damaged car.

      Had this not been the title decider and had he not gained enough points to win the WDC I reckon a lot of people who voted for him would have voted for someone else, for me it was a choice between Massa, Hulkenberg and Button but as Button was out-qualified by his team mate and Hulkenberg caused the crash with Hamilton I went for Massa who I thought had an excellent weekend.

      1. Also, had his team mate and Schumacher not aided his recovery, he may have had a less flattering finishing position.

        1. Plus the position gained by Hamiltons DNF. Vettel should consider himself very very fortunate.

          He drove fantastic in the race, but driver of the weekend? No.

          1. If you’re going to count the Hulkenberg/Hamilton collision against Vettel you should also note that without it Alonso wouldn’t have been on the podium, and therefore Vettel’s finishing position as far as the championship was concerned wouldn’t have mattered.

          2. You’re absolutely right, Keith. Actually the collision between Hamilton and Hulkenberg, and the following punishment of Hulkenberg was very much against Vettel. Alonso moved up from 12 points to 18 points by this incident alone. I was very impressed with Vettels cool ability to concentrate and not get overly frustrated because of the string of bad luck that hit him: Damage to his car, extra pitstop and a ****** up delayed pitstop as well. He could easily have lost his temper and overdone something later in the race.

        2. @matt90 you forget the other Red Bull team.

      2. @beneboy Those are all good points..but they don’t detract from the fact he worked from the back to nearer the front! Sometimes the facts, for me at least, just aren’t important :P

        1. @andrewtanner
          To be honest mate I only replied because you asked for someone to give you reasons why you shouldn’t have voted for him :-)

          1. @beneboy You make a good point!

  9. Tough one. I had to give it to Petrov. He delivered what was really the WCC fo the backmarkers. I didn’t follow his race closely but it doesnt’ seem he made big gaffes. Everyone up front was either lacklustre or made a critical error or lacked in the W part of the DOTW. Petro also outqualified Kovy again.

  10. Hulkenberg for me. I was expecting him to crack, at some point Lewis was catching him .1-.2 a lap. But those two just kept on cranking out identical sector times one after another with Nico pulling away. It’s a shame Nico lost his back and ended Lewis’s race, but I’d imagine considering the rate he was catching Lewis and that back-marker there it was just a too much of an inviting opportunity and it did not pay off. Jenson would have been a sad potato if Nico and Lewis didn’t crash out – he got out raced.

    I wish McLaren signed him instead of Perez.

    Going to be interesting who does Caterham keep, Petrov got them the money, will they reward him with a place or Heikki?

  11. Voted for Jensen Button. He did great all weekend, testing something different in FP1 and 2. Then being quick in FP3 and qualifying very closely to Hamilton. Then in the race, it was a typical Button situation where he made right calls, kept his car on track, and didn’t do anything stupid. It was pretty much a perfect weekend for him. Vettel did great too, but it seems he was nervous all weekend, and didn’t perform like he normally does. If he had driven to his potential, he’d for sure qualified on the front row, and had an easier race and finished on the podium. Also like to mention Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Massa and Petrov for some great driving. What a race.

  12. would be hulk until he spun then later crashed. gotta be button purely for judging the changable conditions well like always. and he won.

  13. I gave my vote to Petrov. It’s unbelievable that he managed 11th in a Caterham. Brilliant drive.

    Vettel was amazing, of course.

  14. I’m a little confused that Vettel appears to be on course to win this vote, despite being out qualified and out raced by his team-mate, who also span, and was asked to let Vettel through at one point.

    1. 4 people ceded track position to Vettel too easily : his teammate,the 2 toro rossos and Schumacher.

      1. his teammte was the root cause of it all, pinning him in at the start, putting Vettel in the path of the carbon fibre brigade.

        1. @91jb12 – Vettel was in Webber’s blind spot at the start, and had Webber run wide trying not to make the corner, he would have probably slithered into Huelkenberg.
          I also saw something interesting on Monday, but I can’t find it now. I saw a video in which Vettel guns past one of the Toro Rossos at the straight, at a moment when there were yellow flags at the entry to the Curva do Sol, where the DRS detection zone was placed, which meant that DRS was not being used by Vettel. If so, then I find it difficult to see how a car which is slowest on the straight-line can gun past the quickest car on the straight-line so easily. I must conclude that the STR guy was sandbagging. And commentators all over the world were surprised at how easily Scumi ceded the place to Vettel.

    2. I agree. To my mind, the current top 2 in the votes were worse than several other drivers.

  15. This is simply between Vettel and Hamilton.
    How anyone could vote for Button or Hulkenberg is beyond me. The former was outqualified by his teamate, and also overtaken on the track by the same teamate. Yes, he drove a great race, but he didn’t have the pace to ultimately challenge either Hulkenberg or Hamilton. If not for the incident, he would have finished 3rd.
    The latter did drive a very good race, but had took the leader of the race out, whilst making an amateurish pass – This simply cannot be overlooked. And before anyone claims racing incident, a lot of wheel to wheel duelling had occured before that between more seasoned drivers and it didn’t end in tears. He was well off the racing line on a damp patch of track, so at best, he was wishing for a bit of luck in making the pass stick.
    Also, this issue about the lead they built up – why is everyone forgetting that the guys behind them had stopped twice before the safety car? The lead was not down to their pace in the wet. If you factor in 2 stops, then a 45sec lead is not that amazing!

    As said earlier,its between Vet and Ham. Though Vet choked at the start, he more than made up for it, and did what he had to do to win the championship. Ham was imperious in qualifying, driving a storming lap, and in the race did not do anything different to the other drivers around him with the exception of Button and Hulk. He then passed 2 cars to get the lead back, and would surely have won the race if not for the incident. My vote goes to Lewis.

    1. May I ask how a gap of 5 hundreths is a ‘storming lap’?

      1. Its “storming” because it was won against a Red Bull. Plus this year, the gaps have not been that large anyway.

  16. This one is particularly tough. It certainly can’t be Alonso- Massa outperformed him throughout the weekend. I’m not sure about Vettel either- he made up a lot of places after his early collision, but I haven’t seen enough to know for sure whether the reason he span at the start was his fault or not anyway (although his unspectacular start contributed to finding himself in such a low position anyway), and his return to the points was aided by many of the less experienced drivers struggling in the conditions ad apparently falling off the track in front of him. I can’t give it to Schumacher, as in his last race he destroyed any lingering respect I might feel by letting through his preferred champion. Hulkenberg blotted his copy-book by taking out the leader- by unfortunate accident of course, although that does not excuse such an error, even considering the considerable performance he put in up until that point. Hamilton and Button are up for consideration though. Hamilton was clearly better on Saturday (typically). He was unlucky in his pitstop choice (the tyre decision didn’t seem at all unreasonable, given the conditions at the time), whereas Button was typically decisive and ultimately clever. In contrast, Button was also unlucky to lose such a large lead to Hamilton due to the safety car, although over the time they raced together, Hamilton seemed to have slightly better pace whenever they were on the same tyre.

    I think that I will give this one to Massa, which I never expected to do. Button and Hamilton are difficult to separate (either would have deserved the victory, although Button’s decisiveness perhaps puts him slightly ahead), whereas Massa not only out-drove his illustrious team mate, he did so while driving incredibly tactfully to aid his team mate by trying to distract or slow Red Bulls and not lose time himself.

    1. For comparison, Perez was (I believe) voted as driver of the weekend in Malaysia. This was a similar giant-slaying performance to Hulkenberg. But whereas Perez slipped up and cost himself the chance at victory, Hulkenberg slipped up, however minor it was, and cost himself and the actual leader the chance at victory. That is far more serious. Inexperience can excuse making a mistake which costs yourself the win, but it should not be an excuse for ruining another’s race as well.

      1. I don’t think it was the question of experience. He was catching him .5 a lap at that stage and was reasonably close. I would think he would have waited with the overtake if back-marker wasn’t there. Initially Lewis got closed behind Caterham, but then deeper into the corner was released and could defend. Nico just went for the gap and it did not paid out.

        With field as competitive as ever, it is harder than ever to have an edge to overtake and when you do it, you know that you are likely to get penalty if anything goes wrong. Hand out trophies after qualifying?

        Due to track condition, consistency that Lewis and Nico had, was mind blowing. All the best to them in 2012!!!!!!!

  17. Everything that can possibly go wrong with Vettel had occurred,when I saw him spinning I thought “Alonso is te 2012 WC” but a great drive from him.

  18. Hulkenberg for me. Very good qualifying and very good race pace. I think Williams would be thinking what could have been if Hulk was driving this year’s car instead of Senna.

  19. Well it surely will be divided opinion on this. As much as Seb did a great recovery drive he had assistance from a couple of drivers and a Safety car. So results wise looks good and he was WDC but not the best driver of the weekend.
    Hulk lost it and took out another driver so despite the great drive. So he’s out of contention for me.
    So for me that leaves just Button. OK, Hamilton out qualified him by a tiny amount but Button was just supreme in the race. He made that race look easy in tricky conditions.
    It really is ironic though. We pull Buttons leg about moaning about no grip and then when there really is no grip he drives off and beats everyone. :D

  20. Nice to see such an even split of votes (for the time being, at least). This is the first race I can recall where I could happily give my vote to about five different drivers.

    In the end, I went for Hulkenberg. I know Di Resta’s form has dropped of late, but the comparison between these teammates this weekend really shows that Hulkenberg has the potential to be something very special.

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