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2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Bahrain?

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

Driver notes

Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull made some small changes at the back of the RB8, including sealing a gap to redirect the exhaust flow, and suddenly it all clicked again for Vettel. After snatching pole position by a slender margin he used it as a platform for a 2011-style victory. He built up a big lead at the start which proved vital as Raikkonen came on strong later in the race.
Mark Webber – Fourth for the fourth race in a row – and out-qualified by Vettel for the first time this year. He got away well at the start despite lacking KERS, but was unable to keep the charging Lotuses behind him.

Jenson Button – Didn’t look happy with the balance of his car all weekend. Qualified his usual two-tenths-or-so off Hamilton but lost ground at the start. He was then passed by Raikkonen before making an early pit stop as his tyres started to go off sooner than expected. Was in with a shout of sixth when a host of problems ended his race: “In the last few laps, the car sounded really noisy. I think the initial problem was an exhaust failure, then my puncture, and then a differential failure; so I had to retire.”
Lewis Hamilton – Qualified in the top two again and held the place at the start. But his lap times tailed off quickly and he was passed by Grosjean. Slow pit stops cost him over 13s in pure time, plus more being caught behind traffic. Spent the final stint trying to pass Alonso, but couldn’t repeat his successful move from earlier in the race.

Fernando Alonso – Last week he scraped into Q3 at the expense of Vettel, this time it was Raikkonen. Made a great start, threading his way through to gain four places and hold fifth. Was passed by Hamilton after his second pit stop but Ferrari’s reliably quick service got him back ahead again. Had the finishing line been further down the straight he might have taken sixth off di Resta.
Felipe Massa – Finished seven seconds behind Alonso in what was clearly his best performance of the year so far. Started 14th but was up to eighth by the end of lap one. Fell behind Rosberg at the first round of pit stops and finished the race ninth.

Michael Schumacher – His unlucky start to the year continued in qualifying, when a DRS problem consigned him to elimination in Q1. That plus a gearbox change left him 22nd on the grid. He gained four places on lap one, then picked off the Toro Rossos and Petrov. Clean air in his second and third stints allowed him to make more progress, and he inherited a point when Button retired, holding Perez behind him.
Nico Rosberg – Was in the hunt for pole position until he made a mistake at the final corner and slipped to fifth. A poor start left him ninth and he lost time in the second stint stuck behind Alonso. When he jumped the Ferrari at the second stint he defended his position very firmly, provoking public criticism from Alonso after the race. But the stewards found nothing untoward in his driving in this incident and a similar one with Hamilton where the McLaren driver got ahead. After the McLarens took themselves out of the picture, he passed di Resta for fifth.

Kimi Raikkonen – Missing Q3 might have done him more good than harm as it meant his was equipped with more new tyres for the race. Lost crucial time after he was mugged by Massa in the opening laps before he re-passed the Ferrari. Fresh tyres in the first two stints helped him overhaul his team mate. He then had a crack at Vettel for the lead, but admitted afterwards. “I chose the wrong side.” Dropped back from Vettel in the final stint and finished second.
Romain Grosjean – Made a great start from seventh on the grid, moving up to fourth before passing Webber and Hamilton to run second. Lacking the benefit of fresh tyres he dropped behind Raikkonen at the end of their second stint, complaining that the team had left him out too long on his worn tyres. Closer to his team mate’s pace in later stints, he ended the race less than seven seconds behind for his first F1 podium.

Paul di Resta – Reached Q3 despite the team suffering the disadvantage of missing second practice due to safety fears following a petrol bomb attack earlier in the week. He was the only driver to make a two-stop strategy work in the race, offering little resistance to those much faster than him, choosing his battles with care. Kept a little KERS in hand to defend from Alonso at the exit of the final corner, which was enough to grab sixth place by a quarter of a second.
Nico Hulkenberg – Dropped back with a clutch problem at the start. Ran a three-stop strategy and had to make way for his team mate at one point. Passed the tyre-hobbled Kobayashi late in the race to take 12th.

Kamui Kobayashi – Was the only driver to start the race on medium tyres but had wheelspin and lost a place. Tried to run a two-stop strategy but his tyres went off late in the race.
Sergio Perez – Sauber split their strategies, Perez running a three-stopper after starting eighth. He was passed by di Resta early on and slipped out of the top ten. Poor straight-line speed left him powerless to pass Schumacher at the end of the race, leaving both Saubers out of the points.

Daniel Ricciardo – An exceptional qualifying performance put him sixth on the grid. Unfortunately his start was a disaster, and he came around at the end of lap one behind his team mate who’d started 17th. Never showed anything like his qualifying pace in the race: “I need to be hard on myself now and find out what I did wrong to make sure I don’t do it again,” he said. “It was a race to forget.”
Jean-Eric Vergne – Continued to be slower on Saturday – but quicker on Sunday – than his team mate. “We must find a solution to this, because if we can start further forward with the pace we have, then we should see a more positive result on Sunday,” he said.

Pastor Maldonado – Started 21st after a gearbox change but got up to 11th after his first pit stop. Had just switched to medium tyres at his second pit stop when a left-rear blow out sent him into a spin and out of the race. The team are investigating the cause.
Bruno Senna – Made a good start from 15th but slipped back through the pit stops before stopping three laps from home: “Towards the end I started feeling a lot of vibration in the brake pedal. The engineers were looking at it, so I kept pushing as you never know what will happen, but the vibration got worse and the decision was made to pit to avoid risking an accident.”

Heikki Kovalainen – Qualified 16th, beating Vergne on merit and taking advantage of Schumacher’s problems. But he was hit from behind on the opening lap and sustained a puncture. He recovered to finish 17th.
Vitaly Petrov – Lost time with a damaged floor in FP3, then didn’t like the balance of his car on softs in qualifying. But showed encouraging pace for the team during the race, finishing 14s behind Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso.

Pedro de la Rosa – Started in front of Glock but was never going to be able to keep the car there. “We have to gain some speed per lap, more than anything because we want to be fighting our rivals on a consistent basis,” he said.
Narain Karthikeyan – Ran a four-stop strategy – the only driver to do so intentionally – yet finished just half a second behind his team mate. “My race performance was extremely good, I’d say it was my best Grand Prix so far this season,” he commented.

Timo Glock – Made a mistake on his qualifying lap, leaving him on the back row of the grid. Struggled for pace in the race and was unhappy with the balance of his car, saying: “I had no balance in the car, no speed and no chance to push after the second or third lap. The rear tyres dropped off massively and every time I did try to push, the rears locked under braking and I had no braking stability.”
Charles Pic – Started in front of Glock and stayed there in the race, lapping more quickly than his experienced team mate. Retired with a problem with his engine’s air valve system on lap 24.

Qualifying and race results summary

StartedGap to team mateLaps leading team matePittedFinishedGap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel1st-0.215s57/5731st-38.788s
Mark Webber3rd+0.215s0/5734th+38.788s
Jenson Button4th+0.191s42/55418thNot on same lap
Lewis Hamilton2nd-0.191s13/5538thNot on same lap
Fernando Alonso9th-0.509s56/5737th-7.196s
Felipe Massa14th+0.509s1/5739th+7.196s
Michael Schumacher22nd+0.277s3/57310th+16.03s
Nico Rosberg5th-0.277s54/5735th-16.03s
Kimi Raikkonen11th+0.543s32/5732nd-6.861s
Romain Grosjean7th-0.543s25/5733rd+6.861s
Paul di Resta10th-0.297s55/5726th-18.996s
Nico Hulkenberg13th+0.297s2/57312th+18.996s
Kamui Kobayashi12th+0.146s23/57313th+17.632s
Sergio Perez8th-0.146s34/57311th-17.632s
Daniel Ricciardo6th-1.026s4/56315thNot on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne17th+1.026s52/56314thNot on same lap
Pastor Maldonado21st+0.173s15/252
Bruno Senna15th-0.173s10/25322nd
Heikki Kovalainen16th-0.971s0/56417th+11.187s
Vitaly Petrov18th+0.971s56/56316th-11.187s
Pedro de la Rosa20th-0.431s47/55320th-0.596s
Narain Karthikeyan24th+0.431s8/55421st+0.596s
Timo Glock23rd+0.222s0/24319th
Charles Pic19th-0.222s24/241

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Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

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Who was the best driver of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?

  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (11%)
  • Romain Grosjean (8%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (56%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (19%)

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    1. I’m just happy to be able to vote for Kimi Raikkonnen again. He thoroughly deserved driver of the weekend this race. Seb Vettel didn’t put a foot wrong either, but Kimi’s performance on Sunday was just top notch.

      1. What about Kimi’s qualifying? That wasn’t too good was it?

        1. Trenthamfolk (@)
          23rd April 2012, 19:53

          I suppose that Seb’s performance doesn’t stand out – more par-the-course leading from the front – whereas Kimi is managing to do what Schumacher struggles to do… He’s stepped into a team and already is producing a package that can challenge the leading pack, despite qualifying. Kimi for me. Then Grosjean… Then Seb.

        2. I’m still thinking about it but I hope I can make myself vote for Kimi (so happy to see him back at the front).
          About his qallifying: sure Kimi should have put the car in Q3. His first attempt was good, I think he was 5th or so, then came the second round of attempts that he didn’t participate in with new tyres, which was said in german tv was his own decision in order to save tyres for the race (then again, what do they know, they can’t even tell Maldonado from Senna). One could arge thats his fault, one could argue that was smart.

          1. I voted for Kimi because he missed out on Q3 because of the teams call not his. He could have easily gone out for another lap and put in a time that was easily good enough for Q3 but the team chose to hold him in the garage and save tyres.

        3. @bbt . Agree he didn’t make it to Q3, but it was a decision to save an extra set of tyres for Sunday. I’m fairly certain he could have made the Q3 cut if he had gotten another run in.

          I think his performance on Sunday impressed me much more than Vettel’s, as he had to work through the entire field and put his car in contention to win. It’s been a while since a car didn’t make it to Q3 and still had a chance to win.

        4. According to the Danish commentry, it was Kimi’s call to keep a set of tires after falling so far back at the end of the last race. I voted Kimi, but its close between him and Vettel.

          1. Not according to Lotus.

      2. Kimi has been impressing me all season long with his patience and no emotional outbreaks when doesn’t qualify among the top 4 or somebody passes him on the track, etc…
        His driving, it’s like he never left but it will get even better.
        Voted for Kimi Raikkonen. I hope Lotus continues to develop and he fights for WDC title.

      3. Voted Grosjean, first ‘rookie’ to finish on the podium for a while, he qualified in the top 10 shootout again, had a stunning start then overtook Hamilton thanks to the DRS sure, but made no mistakes and managed his tyres well. Rookies are flying this year, even Pic out-qualified Glock for the first time

    2. This was really too hard to choose between Seb and Kimmi. I mean Kimmi was so so good in a super fast car that it made vettel look good defending.

      Man that Lotus was fast. Where did the speed come from?

      As I said in another section.

      Where will Kimmi be driving next year? Every team will want him. Some number one driver is in for a big shock.

      1. Will depend on Kubica.

        I think we will see Kubica run a few practice sessions this year, which will determine who will drive for Lotus next season.

        1. Raikkonen is not at Lotus to fill in for Kubica like Heidfeld was. Raikkonen has a multi year contract with the team, so for now we have to assume he’ll be a Lotus next season.

        2. I thought the team had let Kubica go. I suspect if he pops up anywhere it’ll be at Fiorano, testing an old Ferrari.

        3. if think kubica will struggle to get back to f1 and be as good as he was be for. Similar to what happened to sir Stirling moss

      2. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Kimi replaced Massa at Ferrari next season?

        1. I could see it happening possibly, but then they have Perez looking like a likely candidate for the position as well. (Granted, it would be hilarious to see him there, and possibly show Alonso and thing or two. Would be nice to see Alonso with a strong team mate which he hasn’t really had since Hamilton). Perez can only really get faster and better, whereas it’s possible that overtime, Kimi may lose form again. I hope he wont, and I really doubt he will, but there’s always that niggle that may be against him rejoining Ferrari. And there is also the case of him probably not wanting to go back there after he was bought out.
          I’d love to see Kimi back at McLaren, or even replacing Webber at Red Bull. As much as I respect Webber, I would rather see Kimi there.

          1. Kimi will not return to Ferrari for 3 reasons: the way they treated him, Alonso refused to drive alongside Kimi in the past (why would he do so now), everyone can see that it’s downhill for Ferrari (they were a lot more organized in the past).

            I reckon Kimi will continue at Lotus (if things keep going this well) or switch for McLaren (they still have a great relationship)

        2. Ferrari choose FM over Kimi to assure Santander deal, it was the fact all over internet. FM was 8kg lighter than Kimi to explain Qualifying advantage, whilst Kimi needs motivation to do well. Ferrari very well knew that, and so did FA.

      3. Shane (@shane-pinnell)
        23rd April 2012, 18:06

        From what I discerned from Kimi’s interviews about getting back into F1 this year he may have a stake in Lotus. He said that he wanted a stake in Williams, but Frank wasn’t up for it. If he does have a stake in Lotus, I don’t see him leaving any time soon.

      4. He has a contract, but with a probable empty Mercedes race seat next season, things could get spiced up. Then there’s the factor of probable empty seats at Ferrari and Red Bull, although I believe the Austrian team will have it covered. Also, it must be taken into consideration, that Lewis does not yet have a contract for next year. It is difficult to say now, but I believe most speculations will be put at rest by the time the season ends. I think Raikkonen will stay at Lotus-Renault for another year.

      5. Who. Hamilton? You actually believe Ferrari is sabotaging massa? Give me a break. Just watch the standings, Alonso with the 6 or 7 fastest car is just 10 points behind vettel while massa is 46 . Give a break! Go watch your driver in the best car doing nothing

        1. Keep your knickers on Tete! Where did @bearforce1 even mention Alonso or Massa, let alone sabotage? And who is doing nothing?

        2. @david-a I would be more concerned with them saying that Ferrari has the best car. They most definitely do not have the best car this season.

    3. I voted Raikkonen but it was very tight between himself and Vettel. Vettel proved that as a driver he is in the right frame of mind for this season. Give the guy a car he can work with and he is a serious force to reckon with. A typical Vettel display which was even more impressive than usual with him pulling out such a significant gap at the start from Hamilton despite not enjoying the same performance advantage as last year.

      I voted for Raikkonen because I think he drove a brilliant race. He attacked as much as he could when it mattered but also realised when it was over, a stark contrast to his disaster in China. He seemed to deal with his competitors quickly and utilised the Lotus’ straight line speed strength to the absolute max.

      1. pulling out such a significant gap at the start from Hamilton despite not enjoying the same performance advantage as last year

        Vettel’s drive was impressive, no question (I voted for him), but I do not recally any race last year when McLaren was so far off the pace in the race.

        1. sorry for the typo

        2. Turkey and Valencia. About the same difference as yesterday between Vettel and Hamilton.

          But it’s not just Vettel having the pace over the McLarens. He beat Webber by over 38 seconds as well. Without Hamilton’s pitstop woe’s Hamilton would have only been about 7 seconds behind Webber.

      2. Same dilemma, but I went for Vettel, based on it being driver of the weekend and Kimi letting himself down in quali (although as pointed out he might not have done as well with less tyres).

      3. sid_prasher (@)
        23rd April 2012, 19:40

        Tough choice between Kimi and Vettel – finally went for Kimi because I am super impressed by how quickly he has adapted to F1 again…

    4. Vettel, flawless all weekend. Pole, win, fastest lap, only lost the lead in pit stops, mega stuff. Kimi drove a stormer in the race but qualified poorly, possibly giving him a small benefit with regards to tyres.

      Great races from Grosjean and Di Resta, Alonso drove his with usual brilliance and Massa will take great heart from his drive. Maldonado was doing great too before his puncture.

      1. I like that point… Hopefully Massa will gain some confidence after this race :)

        1. Yay Massa! :-D Really hope he’s scoring podiums again by the end of the year.

          I too voted Vettel for the reasons you mentioned.

          1. If Massa begins to score podiums, then Alonso would probably start fighting for the world championship.

    5. A hat trick. What else can I really vote ? The Renault were surprising, but week end wise, it was a Vettel race (unfortunately. He is so ennoying when he wins like that).

      1. @Tango Renault? :-P

    6. The driver of the day gotta be Paul Di Resta. His defence against Rosberg is one of the best I have seen in the DRS era. He looked after his tyres very well and delivered a fabulous result for Force India :)

      1. @malleshmagdum Yeah, di Resta was really fantastic, a very mature race by him. Come to think about it, he beat both Ferraris and both McLarens, in a car that doesn’t seem to deserve that. If I had a second vote, I’d definitely give it to him.

      2. Di Resta for me as well, professional mature drive and great qualifying as well.

        1. Who ever leaves McLaren or Mercedes first will be replaced by Di Resta :)

        2. I can’t vote a for a “driver” who gambled on a risky tyre strategy and wins. Not because I don’t appraciate that types of drivers, but I don’t know how much was his ideea or his team advices. What was the procentage of decision from him? I will vote him if I know for sure that he said: “Ok, team, we will choose 2 stop strategy”. But what if it was: “-So, Paul our simulations/calculation indicate that the percenatge of wear is like 0.2-0.7% …and you have to do 2 stop strategy. – Okay, boss!”

          1. Leaving the strategy aside, I chose him for his defence against Rosberg with a double DRS. And how do u know that Kimi and Vettel didnt follow team strategy and chalked up their own? @sorin

            1. okay, so what I meant to say was that: I can’t VOTE for someone, which very good decisions, are not 100% his. Maybe they are, maybe not. But, of course if you say he was defending very good against Rosberg, then i ”l vote for that. But, pesonally I didn’t see that, I was too focus on Raikkonen. :)

      3. I thought that Vettel holding off hamilton at Spain last year was even better than Paul holding off Rosberg, but I see your point

    7. Everyone will vote for Raikkonen but it should be Vettel. For some reason when Vettel wins from start to finish it’s not seen as a great drive but when others did it in the last few races (Button and Rosberg) they won driver of the weekend easily.

      While Raikkonen had a great race he should have won that race. He had the chance to win it and he didn’t take it.

      Vettel started from pole, set the fastest lap by quite some way and he also finished 40 seconds ahead of his team mate. He was also the only person who managed to successfully defend from the Lotus DRS slam dunk which they did on so many cars throughout the race.

      This was far from one of his 2011 victories, the Lotus was the best car out there and Vettel managed to beat them both.

      1. Also rubbishes talks that Vettel can’t win when under pressure, despite Monaco and Spain last year. He drove brilliantly despite the pressure from Raikkonen, tactically using his KERS and was completely fair when defending his line.

      2. @TommyB, brilliant way of looking at it. The Lotus cars ate every one during the race except SV.

        It was thrilling watching cause you could see how damn quick the lotus were compared to Vettel. The tension was epic.

      3. Excellent points. I hope people actually read comments like this before voting.

        1. Agreed, I don’t even think Raikkonen would vote for himself.

      4. Best car would have pole and fastest lap, RB have better down-force whilst LR have better straight line speed.

        1. Nothing against Vettel – But here are a couple of facts
          1) He’s never won when starting outside of the top 3.
          2) He’s also never won a race he did not lead by lap 6 – Apart from Abu Dhabi 2009 (Hamilton misfortune) and Spain 2011 (Alonso’s awful slow Ferrari).
          I’m not doubting Vettel can overtake. However, his passing ability is a one-hit wonder, he can make maybe one or two overtakes a race; but he can’t overtake his way to victory. I am still questioning his true racing ability until he does something like Japan 2005 – All great champions have at least one win like that.

          1. Why does he need to overtake like that? He’s had a few drives from near the back to solid top sixes/podiums, but when you can qualify at the front with the regularity Vettel does, you don’t have the opportunity to overtake. I don’t get how being able to qualify at the front detracts from his talents…

          2. Kingshark

            I disagree with you. Vettel is very good at taking advantage of the material he`s got. If he`s got a car capable of winning the race he`ll be among the top 3 due to his ability to qualify. You can`t use his qualifying skills against him and claim he`s not a great driver. He`s won 22 races in F1 and is 24 years of age.

            He put in some great overtaking moves last season and has even put in one this year.

            During qualifying he reminds me of Senna, he`s oh so presise and capable of putting in the perfect lap more consistently than his competitors. His main competitor when it comes down to qualifying is probably Hamilton who`s also lightning quick but more prone to mistakes.

            In the race Vettel still has the ability to put in lightning quick laps when he needs to. The fact he`s very quick the first laps on cold tyres is indeed a trademark of a great F1-driver. The greatest drivers all had the ability to outpace their opponents just when they needed to.
            But Vettel has even more in his armour. He`s got a “Prost-like” ability to take care of his car and tyres during the race. Everybody`s talking about Buttons ability to take care of his tyres, in my opinion Vettel`s almost as good as Button. And he`s got more in terms of outright speed.
            What race-craft is concerned at this point in time I think his biggest competitors are Alonso, Raikkonen, Button and possibly Hamilton. I`m not convinced about Hamilton, I`ve seen him kill his tyres too many times and mess up his races. the schumi of old would have been right up with them, but I feel he`s too old now. I remember watching a race in 2004 thinking that Schumacher had lost some of his ability allready then. He wasn`t the same, not as aggressive and relentless as he used to be. That`s even more obvious now. I don`t rate Vettel as the best driver when it comes down to race craft, yet. He`s still prone to mistakes due to impatience. But he`s right up there with the more experienced drivers, and totally faultless many times.

            The combination of these factors, his enormous will to win, his ability to keep calm when the pressure is on and ability to learn and develop as a driver make Vettel a fearsome competitor. I think very few of the other drivers on the grid (if any) will be able to beat Vettel over a season in equal maschinery. The fact he`s a two-time wold champion at the age of 24 is no coincidence at all.

            As for this race, Raikkonen was magnifficent, as I knew he would be. I think Raikkonen is the most naturally talented driver on the grid. In that respect he beats both Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso. You can put Raikkonen in any type of motor vehicle and he`ll be competitive in a very short time. He came into F1 with 23 races to his credit and made an instant impact. But he lacks the ruthless streak that would have made him truly great. He`s not a “driven-man” in the same way as Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. As long as Kimi`s having fun and can do what he wants to do it`s ok. He`s the same whether he`s winning or loosing. The others are not, I reckon they are a pain in the ass to everybody around them when they are not winning. Ì said before Kimi returned that the new “style” of F1 should suit Raikkonen perfectly, and so it seems. Nobody`s got more fastest laps to his credit on old rubber towards the end of races than Kimi Raikkonen. His smooth style preserves the tyres and keep them fresh longer than most drivers. In addition he`s really quick.

            I have to choose between Vettel and Raikkonen for this race. Raikkonen had a truly great race, but I have to give it to Vettel. What can you say, he was faultless in this race and did what he had to do. I hope Kimi takes the next race though, and if he doesn`t there`s always SPA..

            1. “He`s not a “driven-man”… He`s the same whether he`s winning or loosing.”

              In the Finnish culture men don’t show they’re emotions in front of public, that would be considered as a sign of weakness.

              Raikkonen only cares about winning. However, showing great emotions after winning would mean being cocky (instead of being modest, which is respected in the Finnish culture).

        2. @erix – The best car would have passed both Mclarens and the other Red Bull so easily.

      5. @tommyb I’d also like to see what excuse people will find to explain how he pulls away at the start of the race. Last year a lot of people claimed it was because of the EBD, but now that is gone. His ability to drive fast in a heavy car is astonishing.

        1. @guilherme I’m not sure that ability is just lmited to Vettel… Remember how easily Button pulled away in Melbourne, or how easily Rosberg pulled away in China? I think it’s down to just having clear air in front of you, the other 23 cars slow each other down through the first few laps…

      6. Why I choose Raikkonen and not Vettel: it’s harder to overtake than to defend.

      7. @tommyb89 You’re dead right about people not voting for Vettel for that reason. I voted for him many times last year for that reason, it was impressive. However, I gave mine to Raikkonen on this occasion.

      8. Lotus isn’t the best car all-round, but still….. +1

    8. Karthikeyan was just 0.5s off his team-mate inspite of being on a four stopper :o

    9. Vettel got on with the job and won the race.

      Kimi put in a great drive on Sunday and I like him a lot, but you can’t ignore his qualifying performance, and he also missed the opportunity to win the race.

      I voted for Di Resta. I’m not as big a fan of his as most people, particularly other UK fans, but he put in a great qualifying performance to get into the top ten, and a great, controlled drive to finish comfortably above the car’s limitations. I also like the way he picks his fights, although others may see it as chickening out and not showing fighting spirit, I see it as intelligent strategy to max out his eventual finishing position, which is what counts at the end of the day.

      Having said that, I still feel the race going ahead in Bahrain was an abomination.

      1. “I also like the way he picks his fights, although others may see it as chickening out and not showing fighting spirit, I see it as intelligent strategy to max out his eventual finishing position, which is what counts at the end of the day.”

        Agree 100%. The current Pirelli tyres make this style essential – unless you’re trying to destroy someone else’s race as well as your own.

        “Having said that, I still feel the race going ahead in Bahrain was an abomination.”


      2. he also missed the opportunity to win the race.

        For me that is why it should be Vettel and not Raikkonen. Much like why I voted for Alonso and not Perez in Malaysia. They had the best car and the chance to win the race but they didn’t take it.

        I agree though Di Resta was very very impressive.

        1. Best car..? Grosjean had a constant gap between Vettel, almost all race. Raikkonen pushed a lot and he gained like 0.220s per lap(after second pit-stop with new stints Vettel-soft and Raikk-medium!!) before he used DRS. It’s not enough ONE chance, at this difference (0.220s) with medium to overtake someone with softs. Raikkonen didn’t try another approach of Vettel. I don’t no why, maybe to ensure his first podium(good for him).

          1. But Grosjean and his teammate flew past Webber as if he was standing still. Red Bull were faster than Lotus in qualifying, but Lotus were faster than RBR in the race.

            I voted for Vettel because of his good defense and excellent pole, but I wouldn’t begrudge Raikkonen winning DOTW since it is just 4 races into his return, a bit like people voting Perez over Alonso in Malaysia. I would be less happy if one of the established frontrunners from the last couple of years (e.g. Button) qualified 11th and lost a straight fight for the win, but was voted DOTW.

          2. what you’re forgetting is that Vettel was on *used* softs versus Kimi’s *new* medium. There’s a huge drop off in performance with the tires that already had 3 laps in them.

    10. Looks the majority here approves of Kimi’s fighting style vs. Seb’s scamper-away style. Not a shock :)

      1. I imagine that if Kimi was scampering away with Seb was chasing him and won the GP with SV breathing down his neck, most people would still vote for Kimi.
        BTW I voted Vettel, a hattrick plus a brilliant defending move on Kimi.

        1. @phildick A fair point, although I think the difference here is that the relative pace of the cars made Kimi look like a hero.

          1. Since when the cars mades Raikkonen to look like a hero? I think, here, Raikkonen makes the cars to look like “heroes”. ;)

            1. completion: Look at @TommyB: “he had the best car..bla bla, bla”. What best car? Grosjean had a constant gap between Vettel all race(he even lost 2-3s at the end, look at the charts) and Raikkonen gained 0.220s per lap to Vettel. Plus, Vettel had pole and the fastest lap. Who had the best car..?

            2. @sorin – As I said above, both Lotuses flew by Webber and everyone else, with Kimi almost DRSing Vettel. That suggests that while the Bull was quicker than Lotus over a single lap, the Lotuses were the faster car on raceday.

      2. Interestingly, so far if you read the comments without looking at the scores, you get the feeling that Vettel monsters the poll. Because a lot people who actually analys both Kimi’s and Vettel’s weekend with at least some thought come to the conclusion, that Vettel had a better weekend.

        If you then look at the poll it’s quite a different story… Heart over reason?

        1. @dennis well, using that analysis everyone should pick their favorite driver by whoever is the most successful!

          Of course people pick the best driver of the weekend via heart. Reason is involved as well, because Kimi had a great weekend. So someone ignoring their heart and using reason would vote Seb Vettel for most of the races last year, but that wasnt the case either was it?

          1. @d3v0
            First of all you’re not supposed to pick your favourite driver, but the one who did the best job all weekend and second of all you’re making conclusions up.

            Not voting for Vettel because he had a perfect race weekend and you feel that this is boring has nothing to do with point of the poll.

            1. @dennis

              Jesus Christ man, did you create the poll or something?

              Your logic is flawed in that using reason only for every choice would mean that the statistically best driver is the one who should win the poll, every time. Well that makes for a VERY boring (yes, boring) poll. And what good is a boring poll?

              You choose based on whose performance INSPIRED you to feel SOMETHING. Not just who snagged pole and the win. Did everyone pic Alonso for Malaysia because he won? No. it was a good split. They picked Checo also because even though he lost the race through a silly mistake, he INVIGORATED us as formula one fans.

              And that’s how many felt about Kimi this weekend. Sorry if that screws with your idea of how the poll should go.

            2. You’re yet again making your conclusions and random stuff up. It has nothing to do with success.
              And again, it’s not vote “the driver who inspired you most” it’s driver of the weekend. People voted for Perez because he did an uncanny job in a car that under normal circumstances shouldn’t be so far up front. However, the same goes for Alonso. The question is between who did you think did a better job.

      3. Oh, right, you mean “scamper-away style” like the one Rosberg showcased in China? The one that won that weekend’s poll by a landslide? That style?

        1. @aka_robyn – Off-topic, that’s a wonderful avatar ;)

          1. Hahaha thanks! I was having a lot of fun in Photoshop one day. ;-)

        2. @aka_robyn Would you say that is Nico’s style? I wouldnt. Hes been fighting for 111 GP’s to get that win.

          But Seb last year did it something like 11 times. Got a bit dull.

          1. Scampering away into the lead and staying there? Yeah, I’d say it was Nico’s style in China! And people seemed to like it just fine, judging from the voting in that weekend’s poll.

            But if Nico did it something like 11 times, then people would stop liking it so much — I guess that’s the deal?

            1. Exactly. Did you watch during the early 2000’s?

            2. No, I didn’t — although I’ve heard people complain about it so much, it almost feels like I was there for every minute of it…

          2. Well, what do we know if it’s his style or not? He only won one race so far… O_o

            If that was Nicos 100th win (90 of which he won by coasting away), you would not have voted for him? Well… Talk about strange picks.

            1. Yeah, everyone should just vote for who got pole and the win, every time. Regardless of how.

              I guess youd have voted MSC driver of the weekend from 2000-2004?

            2. @dennis , @d3v0 , Although I wouldn’t every time vote for the guy who got pole and the win, I believe that especially last year Vettel definitely should have won a few more DOTWs.

              This weekend, I did vote Vettel because he was flawless in qualifying and the race. However it is perfectly understandable that Kimi could be seen as DOTW despite qualifying 11th because it was an unexpectedly great raceday performance from someone only 4 races into his return. It’s just like Perez being given DOTW for Malaysia despite making a mistake while trying to catch Alonso- it was unexpected since it was a 22 year old achieving his career best result.

            3. @david-a
              At no point did I ever say I always vote for the driver who took pole and win, sorry, but please don’t mix my opinion with stuff other people made up.
              In this case I think Vettel had a better weekend, mainly due to the qualifying.

              My point was simply, that a lot of people who wrote their opinion as a comment said they voted for Vettel, after comparing both drivers. The poll however shows that apparently those who did not want to take the time to write a comment voted for Kimi…

            4. @dennis – I know you don’t always vote for the pole/winner. I was referring to the user “d3v0” who thought that people would do so.

    11. The Lotus was the fastest in race trim – but some brilliant defensive driving by SV ensured the victory was his. Driver of the weekend by a mile.

    12. In my mind, there’s only 5 drivers that deserve votes this weekend, and then it’s a matter of opinion as to which you go for.

      The 5 are Kimi, Grosjean, Vettel, Di Resta and Massa. I’ve voted for Kimi out of that lot.

      1. Why Massa over Alonso? He drove a good race, yes, but was still bested by his team mate in virtually every area…

        1. I thought someone might say that, and it’s a fair point. I just think that Massa deserves mention for finally coming to the races and delivering a solid race. It was by no means outstanding, but by recent standards a marked improvement.

          Alonso did best him, but by his standards it was an average race, no more. You set a high bar like Alonso does, and you have to do more to impress! :-)

    13. Vettel proved again why he is a double world champion, and that why I voted for him. He got pole and his win was anything but easy with Raikkonen on his tail.

      I’d give special mention to Grosjean also. He made it into Q3 and drove a solid race, if he keeps this up we have a star on our hands.

    14. It’s got to be Vettel for me. With enough teams in the hunt for pole, Saturday was down to the driver. On Sunday he kept everything totally under control whilst Raikkonen put him under pressure, and made precisely the right defending move at the crucial point he needed to.

      Raikkonen would be a close second, obviously – but I do think the Lotus really is that good.

    15. Finally I can vote Vettel. Great weekend. Pole, win and fastest lap. He managed to win despite the fact that the RB8 was a little bit slower than the Lotus.

      Still, I would have loved to vote Grosjean. I think he could have done a little bit better in the second half of the race. But the first half was very exciting. It was so good to see him taking second place.

    16. I think that Raikkonen will win this vote but I believe that Vettel was the best. He was under a lot of pressure all the time and was able to keep Lotuses behind even though the latter seemed to be slightly quicker than Red Bulls on Sunday.

    17. Pole, fastest lap and the win. Has to be vettel seeming how it’s driver of the weekend after all.

      Won’t be surprised of he doesn’t win it tho.

    18. It must be between Vettel and Raikkonen, but since we are voting for the driver of the weekend, Raikkonen is right out of it. Definitely having a top-3 car he not only lost to his not-so-stellar teammate but didn’t even make it into the top-10. Seb, on the other hand, put his car, that lacked one-lap pace, on pole and outqualified his teammate as well as Hamilton, who was very quick in the quali-trim. So, there’s no question that Vettel did much better job over the weekend, so my vote goes to him.

      1. That lacked one-lap pace? I don’t agree. They had updates on their car and with the high temperatures they just had the best car. Over the whole weekend, the Redbull was the best car. But the durability of the tyres on the Lotus were just better.

        1. Nope, this is just not the case. They were not fastest cars neither on Saturday, nor on Sunday. They used up all the available softs to qualify, Seb did a total of 18 laps in quali, Mark did 17, while Lewis and Romain did 13, and Nico – 10. Vettel had serious problems getting into the Q3, and only there he pulled out something special. But at no point of the weekend was RB8 the fastest car out there.

          1. AJ (@ascar2000us)
            23rd April 2012, 17:24

            No no.. how can that be… Vettel cannot win in a car that is not the class of the field…
            how else would LH and FA fans find reasons to belittle seb..

      2. Alex, you don’t make sense. SebV had the fastest lap in qualifying and the race. Webber qualified 3rd. only Hamilton could stop a front row lockout and he went backwards in the race, Webber had Kers problems and still finished 4th. the time gap between Vettel and Webber is not indicative of the cars pace, once the Lotus’ or Loti got so far ahead Webber only went fast enough to keep his position and points.

    19. Heart says Raikkonen but I voted for Vettel. For the same reasons I voted for Alonso over Perez in Malaysia. Raikkonen and Grosjean were both great in the race though, I am so so pleased Kimi is back and competitive.

    20. Hard one between Kimi and Vettel.
      Allthough Kimi’s performance in the race was stunning, so was Vettel’s.
      And Kimi’s decision to not drive in Q3 put him into the situation to have to start from far behind, while Vettel was able to control from the front with a stunning pole lap. Vettel, even though he had only one fresh set of tyres left managed his rubber best and apart from the one situation, where Kimi came close enough looked like he has everything under control.

      So Vettel – by a slight margin. Honorable mention to Grosjean.

    21. To be honest, I feel like we’re watching ‘Alguersuari vs Buemi 2’. Ricciardo (Buemi) regularly beats Vergne (Alguersuari) in qualifying, Vergne comes back in the race but neither of them sets the world on fire. For sure, it’s far too early for definite conclusions but, if it goes on like this, then 1) something must be seriously wrong with RBR’s young driver program 2) RBR should really think about an ‘external’ replacement for Webber in 2013

      1. Why would RedBull want to replace Webber when he so consistently scores points for the team.

    22. I voted for di Resta, but thought it could have gone to a couple of drivers.
      My Order of Notable Drivers are:

      1) di Resta
      2) Vettel
      3) Raikkonen
      4) Grosjean

      All performed brilliantly in their respective feats!

    23. For me it has to be Kimi. I loved the way he spooked Webber into just getting off the race line a couple corners before that pass. Top notch driving. He was fun to watch

    24. Vettel was the best driver for me. Super pole lap, and that familiar blinding start and opening laps from last year, even if this year’s Red Bull isn’t way ahead like the 2011 one. He even had to do a bit of defending, and it was enough to stop Raikkonen’s charge.

      Kimi got knocked out of qualifying, but hugely impressed with his race. I don’t remember him charging around like that in a Ferrari, or even McLaren. And I admire what he said afterwards – invited to whinge about team orders and Grosjean, instead he pointed out that he lost more time behind Massa, and by admitting his own mistakes you get the impression he’s learned from them. Be very afraid, because he’ll have better races than that.

      Good on ya Hulk and Webbo too for speaking out, just a little bit, about having to race in Bahrain.

      1. Agree with what you say about Kimi. He used to wait for the pitstops, set blinding laps and get ahead that way, but recently he’s been showing us just how good he is at wheel to wheel fighting. We didn’t see enough of that with refuelling.

        1. AJ (@ascar2000us)
          23rd April 2012, 17:29

          and unlike a lot of drivers he admits to mistakes he’s made… unlike some who look for somebody else to blame…
          @bullfrog Suzuka 2005. 18th to 1st. That is kimi’s best drive ever. Bahrain 2012 comes close.

          1. Bahrain 2006 Kimi started 22nd, finished 3rd.

            Didn’t Shumi start 22nd ? :)

            I truly hope Kimi wins another or a couple more World Championships, cause he is one of the best World Champions out there.

    25. I vote Raikkonen but I wish I could vote 3 times. I think Di Resta had a really strong race as well and Hamilton drove a strong race too. Besides that he kept his head cool with everything that went wrong, he is my nr.3 driver of the GP. I do have McLaren glasses however ;p

    26. The RedBull is still faster than the Lotus as vettel says, it was just tyres why Kimi was able to close in for those brief moments to attack.

      1. A 15kph top speed advantage didn’t hurt.

    27. Vettel.
      Kimi wasn’t good in qualifying, Romain was good in qualifying and race but not particularly, as was Sebastian.

    28. Kimi….was just 3 races into his comeback….and he proved he still has what it takes to be a world champion again…and the biggest reason why i voted was that it was Fun to watch him come from the back…He made it entertaining :)

      1. 11th is hardly the back of the grid, is it? :P

        But I agree Raikkonen made it entertaining.

    29. “Felipe Massa – Finished seven seconds behind Alonso in what was clearly his best performance of the year so far.”

      He finished five seconds behind Alonso in China.

      1. @f1mre I didn’t say it was the closest he’d finished to Alonso, I said it was his best performance.

    30. I think the vote has to go to Vettel. Raikkonen drive brilliantly but given the tricky start to the season that Vettel has had he did very well to get the win.

    31. Vettel, Raikkonen and Grosjean all had great races, I decided to go for Di Resta though, it really didn’t look like his car deserved to be up that high and he was very smart with his defensive driving.

    32. Kimi is definaitely the driver of the day…..

      Had kimis tyres not degraded rapidly after the trying pass on vettel…he would have won.
      He also made rapid progress through the field, and vettel just had clear air to march ahead…
      Got stuck behind massa a bit and also lot crucial time….the pirelli tyre just scrubs off..if it goes past the operating window and by this respect..KIMI was amazing…..
      Cool and done great work..
      More to come from him….

      1. Driver of the day, maybe, but he was hardly the best driver on Saturday, and that does count in a vote of driver of the weekend.

        1. +1.

          But most will only vote as if it’s driver of the day…. Oh well.

          1. Funny how most of people who voted for Seb, feel obligated to make an excuse for people who didn’t.

        2. But that is the whole point, a poor position made up for in the race. If all you want is statistics there is no point having a poll.

    33. Vettel is the driver of the weekend this time. Kimi is amasing to watch though.

    34. Vettel. The Red Bull wasn’t the best car, and yet he managed to splendidly hold a resurgent Kimi back. More than made up for Canada 2011.

    35. Really wanted to vote for Kimi… and I had all kinds of 2011-style resentment for Vettel seeing him walk away with this one, but…

      Vettel was the best this weekend. He nailed the set-up where others struggled, qualified at the front, took fastest lap, defended fairly, nursed his tires, and brought home the win. Not the most hard-fought or sentimental victory, but honestly, what more can you ask for from a driver?

      That said, I really hope this season doesnt suddenly nosedive into 2011 levels of RB dominance, after holding so much promise for a wide-open title fight thus far.

      1. That said, I really hope this season doesnt suddenly nosedive into 2011 levels of RB dominance, after holding so much promise for a wide-open title fight thus far.

        I seriously doubt it will be the case. Last weekend there were talks about a potential Mercedes dominance and look where they were this weekend. We haven’t heard the last from Vettel and Red Bull this season, that’s for sure, but nor did we from Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari, to say the least…

    36. TheFinnishLine
      23rd April 2012, 20:55

      The driver of the weekend was definitely Pirelli!

    37. I voted for Vettel. Raikkonen was definitely driver of the race but Vettel was superb on both Saturday and Sunday.

      Grosjean, Di Resta and Schumacher drove a strong race as well.

    38. It has to be Kimi.

      In four races, he’s done what Schumi has (unfortunately) failed to do in two years and four races.

      Grosjean also deserves a merit

    39. Grand prize goes to Raikkonen this time. One of the most impressive drives this season, alongside Alonso and Perez’s brilliant performances in Malaysia.

      The rest of the pie – equally shared between Vettel, Grosjean and Di Resta, in this exact order for putting on solid performances as well, with maybe a small slice thrown down Massa’s way – for finally getting up to speed in a visible manner.

    40. I wanted to see Kimi win sooo bad. He was gaining on Vettel… It was exciting to see the Lotus make up so much ground. I really hope this is not a fluke and that Lotus will be strong in the races to come. I am also impressed with Grosjean, fantastic driving.

    41. @f1 It’s vettel for me, I despise red bull for dominating last year with fingerboy acting like an uncool fool when he wasn’t winning. I was soo happy when he went out in q2 in china and was overtaken by but ham and web at the end. But at this grand prix he was able to deliver the best drive throughout the weekend so he wins hands down.

      I wish I could have voted for kimi but he didn’t have the confidence to make his one chance to overtake stick, I’m sure he feels like a loser for this error and will fight with more valour in future so the iceman will go on to celebrate a win this season.

      Vettel may have had the best car but his win was deserved. Even if Mclaren hadn’t been rubbish in the pitts Vettel would have still won. He beat Webber by 3 places on merit. I do pray Mclaren get it together and don’t allow red bull another championship…

    42. KIMI RAIKKONEN! has to be.

    43. Kimi coming second, just proves that while quali posistion is very important, tyres are the difference between a good result and a bad result this year.

    44. I also had tough time choosing between Vettel and Räikkönen, but eventually I went for Räikkönen. Vettel had a strong and solid weekend, claiming both pole and victory whereas Kimi (and Lotus) chose an aggressive strategy, which paid off and gave Lotus their first podium(s).

      I think people are putting too much emphasis on Kimi’s comment about picking the wrong side on his one shot for victory. No wonder no driver ever admits their small mistakes. And even a succesful overtake on that corner might have not been enough for Kimi to claim victory, considering Vettel was faster on the final stint.

      Also, many commentators have on the same comment stated that Kimi had the best car (based on the fact that he was closing on Vettel) and emphasised that this is a Driver of the _Weekend_, not a Driver of the Day poll. I believe that Vettel had the best car of the weekend, shouldn’t that matter?

    45. Since in middle east the week end in Saturday, Sunday they going to work again. So probably driver of the weekend should be Vettel. But people choose Kimi because he is so entertaining, in his first year already gained sympathy by racing points vs Jean Alesi, and then hunting down super Ferrari in the next few years. Sometime crashing in the last lap, sometime winning in the last lap. Typical entertainer just like V Rossi, too bad for Rossi tough..

      1. He is just a very good driver. There are not many drivers in this world who will not be intimidated driving against him and he is one of them :)

    46. Very difficult for me, I am a big fan of Raikkonen, but I gave my vote to Vettel because of the fact that, unlike popular opinion, it isn;t as easy to defend as to pass, especially with DRS and all. Raikkonen scythed through the field in a way only he is capable of, but Vettel was best over the course of the weekend. Great day for di Resta too, the defensive two-stop strategy working wonders for him, although had Ferrari been sharper with Alonso’s pitstops(as they were with Massa’s), and had McLaren not bungled, the Scot would have finished eighth, but evev that would have been a pretty good result.
      SPECIAL MENTIONS:1) Di Resta’ double pass on Maldonado and Perez. This is where DTM skill takes a man ahead of 2 GP2 aces.
      2) Alonso using Kobayshi’s tow across the DRS line, to activate his system, to prevent falling behind Hamilton, as Kobayashi was entering his stop. The Spaniard just continues to amaze me with his ability to think during races. He reminds me more amd more of Alain “The Professor” Prost.

    47. Kimi wins it for me slightly ahead of SV.

      After that there is a gap to Grosjean, Di Resta and Alonso who also had very good weekends

    48. Grosjean, easily driver of the weekend for me!

    49. I voted for Paul for the overall performance, given the car, the situation and the competition. Managing a race strategy which no one else could, one after which Schumi complained about wearing of tyres, Jenson Button would be proud of such management!

      If I had to rank I would have voted Paul>Grosjan>Kimi

    50. Voted Grosjean, he had a fantastic race as well as out qualifying Raikkonen. Yes Raikkonen had a great race going from 11th to 2nd, Vettel led from start to finish and Di Resta made a 2 stopper work…but lets not forget this was Grosjean’s first (albeit delayed) podium.

    51. Like seemingly most people the vote for me was between Kimi and Seb (would love to be a fly on the wall?/ court of the next badminton match!) Kimi drove well but in the end Seb’s defend causing Kimi to change his track position gave him my vote.

      I thought it was nice to see how relaxed the three drivers were just before they headed to the podium, also when Christian joined them and was saying how well Lotus did.

      I was also very surprised that Rosberg didn’t get a penalty if that had been Lewis I can’t see the judges ruling the same way. He nearly had Lewis in the wall! He may have to watch out next time around as his fellow drivers may not give him the room he expects on overtaking!

    52. My comments, without reading any of the previous:

      – Kimi was the best driver in the race, but qualifying may have let him down. Or was Lotus (and Kimi) not concerned of dropping out in Q2? They benefit from the end result so difficult call;
      – Vettel should be praised for his performance. Unexpected pole (according to him and the team), great pace at the start building that comfortable cushion and holding a faster Raikonnen behind and then pulling away in fresh rubber and posting the fastest lap. But he done it some many times in the past (without the fastest lap) that it makes it seems an “average” performance;
      – Di Resta really stands out for me, because he made it to Q3, was the only driver that made 2 stops work, managed his pace and fights remarkable and still left some KERS to defend from Alonso. Brilliant stuff.

      Considering everything and would say that Raikonnen did a “bad” job in qualifying (he should have qualified way further considering his pace) but took advantage of that with some luck in the mixture; Vettel was very good but somehow expected after getting the pole; Only Di Resta stands out for me by not doing any wrong and getting a better than expected result!

      Di Resta gets my vote.

    53. Vettel, with di Resta a very close 2nd and Kimi 3rd
      What more could Vettel have done? and that Lotus was a bullet in the race and was passing cars for fun until Kimi got behind Vettel. Seb is ticking the boxes, as much as that may hurt some people.
      Kimi lost a point in qualy, so for me, he can’t be DOTW (maybe driver of the RACE) and only Vettel then di Resta got the best out of it in qualy and race for me.

    54. im dissapointed with nico hulkenberg so far. di resta is trashing him!

    55. Kimi just because the start, in the end Vettels and RedBulls experience gave them a very emotional victory, really important to the 2 WCH.

    56. The drivers who impressed me most this weekend were Vettel Raikkonen and di Resta.

      Di Resta had a good qualifying, even though his efforts weren’t broadcast, and drove a great race managing to make the two stop strategy work and choosing his battles wisely throughout the race. I especially liked his double overtake on Perez and Maldonado.

      Raikkonen not making it into Q3 was a blessing in disguise as he had plenty of fresh tyres for the race, he still isn’t back to his best as I think a top form Raikkonen wouldn’t have let Massa through early on and probably would have made a better attempt at getting past Vettel when he had the chance. But I think his comeback is going to be more successful than Schumacher’s.

      As good as the over drives were I had to pick Vettel as it is a driver of the weekend vote. Pole, fastest lap and victory says it all.

    57. The vote has to go to Kimi. He is so close to a win he can taste it. Seb proved that he hadn’t lost his mojo but Kimi has been right there in the mix since Australia.

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