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Vote for your 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2019 Monaco Grand Prix

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend?

It’s time to give your verdict on which driver did the best with the equipment at their disposal over the last five days.

Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most at Monaco.

Driver performance summary

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver do you think did the best job throughout the race weekend?

Who got the most out of their car in qualifying and the race? Who put their team mate in the shade?

Cast your vote below and explain why you chose the driver you picked in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix weekend?

  • No opinion (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (0%)
  • George Russell (1%)
  • Alexander Albon (1%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (2%)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Lando Norris (0%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (15%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (4%)
  • Pierre Gasly (1%)
  • Max Verstappen (31%)
  • Charles Leclerc (1%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (43%)

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48 comments on “Vote for your 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. Hamilton, of course. He is the best driver right now. Good weekend by Gasly, Sainz and the two Toro Rosso drivers.

    1. ColdFly (@)
      27th May 2019, 8:33

      you forgot to mention Verstappen (and Alonso) ;)

      1. He didn’t forget VER, it’s just the part of his brain that hasn’t developed yet. As a minor, his brain needs 10 more years before it has matured (normally when a person is about 23/25).

        Jorge Lardone, you make a joke of yourself with all these blind pro-HAM and anti-VER remarks.

        1. “HAM best driver” does not = “anti-VER”

    2. @jorge-lardone
      Hello, my name is Jorge Lardone, i’m 55 years old and being a sad little fake f1 fan, I can’t stand Max Verstappen. And even though he was the sole reason yesterdays race was pretty entertaining, I’d rather die than complement him on it.
      You know how pathetic you come across mentioning Gasly? Lol

      1. 55 and still acts as a 14 year old. Grow up man!

      2. Brogan A Fraser
        28th May 2019, 5:56

        I kind of think you guys are acting like the 14 year olds…..Give it a rest.
        Because he compliments one driver he likes, doesn’t mean he has to compliment the driver you like, or who you thought drove well. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.
        Obviously, you guys don’t seem to think so.

  2. This has to go to Hamilton. His first of the 2019 Season i suppose. Also Toro Rosso drivers and Sainz were very impressive. Toro Rosso please retain both of them for the next season as well.

  3. Hamilton but Verstappen drove very well I thought.

    1. “Verstappen drove very well I thought” – is that how you charcterise running into two different drivers?

      1. Running into??
        You know the sport you are watching I hope?

        1. F1oSaurus (@)
          27th May 2019, 20:16

          Bumper cars? Ping pong?

  4. ColdFly (@)
    27th May 2019, 8:35

    Superb quali by Hamilton, but the race and weekend goes to Verstappen (I blame the team for the unsafe release).

    1. Ofc you do.

    2. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      28th May 2019, 7:22

      The unsafe release wasn’t what got the penalty. It was Verstappen forcing Bottas to drive towards the barrier and had contact on both sides of his car. It wasn’t just Verstappen driving out the pits and right into Bottas, he had several seconds to realise Bottas was there as it wasn’t until a few seconds he’d been alongside Bottas before the contact happened. So that and the penalty was all down to Verstappen. He deserved the penalty which resulted in finishing off the podium.

      Then risking a puncture and a chance of not finishing anywhere near the leaders when he had an attempt on Hamilton was ridiculous. He was very quick, but surely these 2 clumsy moments should be considered a bit more?

    3. F1oSaurus (@)
      28th May 2019, 19:36

      @coldfly Apart from the remarks from @thegianthogweed, Verstappen also had a rather poor hot lap in Q3. He should have been able to split the Mercedes.

      Marko blamed Ricciardo for Verstappen’s poor performance, but (if that was actually the cause) then Verstappen should have kept back a bit more.

  5. Close call between Hamilton and Verstappen. Went for Hamilton, considering Lauda and the worn tyres. Kudos to Sainz and the whole Toro Rosso team and drivers.

  6. Kubica – dragged that lame dog up the order before being punted out.

  7. Lewis won the race on Saturday but I give it to Max, because he made the weekend more exciting taking the fight to Mercedes.

    1. Did he or did Mercedes when they fitted the wrong tyres?

      1. We’ll never know. Those mediums should have been faster in the first few laps, but were not. So my guess is Merc lacked race pace compared to Verstappen.

  8. Carlos Sainz for me. dragged the car which was not best of the rest on pace to the best possible result both in qualy and the race.

    Also great performance by Lewis, Verstappen, Kvyat and Ricciardo

    1. I totally agree.

  9. Hamilton each weekend??
    Verstappens performance was superiour in the race, but this race is won on saturday…. in quali no single team has an answer to Mercedes’ party mode.
    Maybe Hamilton deserved DOTW, though Verstappen, Vettel, Sainz, Kvyat… they all performed better than their car’s realistic potential. How about Vettel…? P2 is more than he could dream of.

    1. How he can be superior I will never understand.
      Hamilton stayed in front with tyres that were totally gone. That is superior.
      Neither Vettel nor Bottas would have withstood that onslaught. Alonso would have.
      Many seem to think that barging into another car is acceptable.
      For all his amazing talent, Verstappen many times displays the mentality of a thug.
      The day he became physical I consigned him to the trash heap.
      For me there is something inherently distasteful about Verstappen.
      Anyone who needs to use their hands to settle an argument is an a….
      So for all his exceptional talent, he is irredeemably a thug in my eyes.

  10. 1. Sainz 2. Hamilton 3. Kvyat
    Because actually passing somebody at Monaco is harder than keeping someone behind with a wounded car.

    Seriously, Verstappen is in contention ? Sure he was very fast and crushed his teammate, but didn’t he punt both Mercedes in one race ? Keeping the car in one piece and getting only a 5″ time penalty to show for it was very lucky in my book.

    1. Yes yes yes, unsafe release are widely regarded by f1 staff, drivers, pundits and fans as a drivers fault….
      Beep beep beep: fake f1 fan detected.
      And btw, in a world where MV gets a five second penalty for slightly closing the door on Bottas ( monza 2018), LH should thank the stewards he avoided one yesterday (giving the win to Vettel prob was to much for them to swallow)

      1. Unsafe release, but Verstappen compounded it by fighting aggressively for the place. As the stewards noted. I don’t actually blame him as such for the aggression, Bottas was holding him and Vettel up to do the Mercedes stack, so some annoyance was understandable. But still a penalty offence.

      2. F1oSaurus (@)
        28th May 2019, 19:30

        Oconomo Verstappen had to leave space in the braking zone in Monza. That’s always the same. By the time the drivers enter the corner this no longer applies. Then the driver behind should leave the racing line to the driver ahead. You cannot expect to go side-by-side though a chicane.

        Dirt dive bombs do not mean that people just have to jump aside.

  11. Voted Russell in a spur-of-the-moment decision. Being the fastest car on track in a Williams is no mean feat these days.

  12. Adam (@rocketpanda)
    27th May 2019, 12:28

    Verstappen. Rate Kvyat, Albon and Sainz well. Wanted to vote for Magnussen after qualifying but his race strategy was lacking.

  13. DOTD and DOTW: Lewis Hamilton with an honorable mention to Sainz.

  14. It’s Carlos Sainz for me. Best of the rest in a dog of a Mclaren.

  15. Neil (@neilosjames)
    27th May 2019, 15:06

    Hamilton by quite a distance. Don’t believe I’ve seen many defensive drives that good. Verstappen drove well to keep the pressure on for so long in dirty air, but he made a silly error that could have taken them both out.

    Sainz did that beautiful overtake but didn’t see much of him. The extra-heavy focus on the top four in this race made it hard to construct an image of anyone else having a ‘great race’.

  16. Verstappen drives into Hamilton and Bottas, and yet voted as best driver? OK.

    Hamilton, obviously.

    1. THANK YOU! Why so many cannot see that is incomprehensible.

  17. That’s easy. The driver of the day and weekend can only be verstappen. He spiced things up and did not made any mistake. Putting ham who had a faster car under that kind of pressure for approx 45 laps is unbelievable. That’s the kind of racing f1 needs.
    But penaltys that should have gone to the team ruined the game. Utterly disappointing.

    1. F1oSaurus (@)
      27th May 2019, 20:21

      If Verstappen had kept it clean and had he not tried to put Bottas into the wall to bully him into yielding, I doubt he would have gotten a penalty. So he can only blame himself for that penalty. Although the team (Marko) blames Ferrari.

  18. HAM mainly for Saturday’s a very difficult pole -which meant everything- against a flawless lap from BOT. Proper management and defensive driving on Sunday gave him what he deserved. If only he wasn’t such a pathetic hypocrite not to show up in Thursday’s conference due to being “upset” about Niki…

  19. I have an opinion
    28th May 2019, 3:38

    My reasons why Ricciardo deserves all of Sainz’s votes:
    qualified higher in an arguably worse car, with only one run in Q3;
    overtook Magnussen at the very first corner, to lead “Formula 1.5 + Gasly, Leclerc” and control the pace of that group;
    lost positions due to the safety car pitstop and lost time due to McLaren’s instruction to Norris to sacrifice his own race to help Sainz (which also helped Gasly and the Toro Rossos);
    overtook Norris on track (the McLaren had cool new tyres);
    on old Medium tyres (which Hamilton told the world he could barely keep the car on the road with), ran together a series of laps up to 1.5s faster than the rest of the field, to steal ninth from Grosjean.

    1. Yes, RIC was definitely one of the stars.
      Is there any footage of the overtake on NOR? I watched the race only on the world feed on which the pass wasn’t shown.

  20. Last 4 laps about 2 seconds faster per lap than the fully aware 9th place defender.

    1. Yes, RIC was flying.

  21. It’s got to be verstappen for finally stopping a mercedes 1-2, making the race very fun and actually attempting an overtake on hamilton, who also had a good race.

    1. It doesn’t have to be your hero at all. There are 19 other drivers and almost all of them did a better job. He had the best race car, yet only managed 4th. Definitely one of the strugglers instead of being a contender for DotW, let alone being it. A 2nd place was a must, after his team sent him out faster than Bottas.

      It seems people have a tremendous hard time distinguishing between screen time with actual performance.

    2. *AND actual performance*

      And maybe you missed it, but it was Vettel who “finally” stopped a MERC 1-2, “despite being in merely the 5th/6th fastest car.”
      And the ‘overtake attempt’.. A hopeless desperate move from way back, which didn’t even come close to succeeding, yet damaged HAMs and his(?) car, almost taking him/them out? What about SAI with his double overtake on the TRs, RICs overtakes on NOR and MAG on this track, and PERs move on MAG. PER actually showed how to do it at the exact same place where max fumbled, who also ruined Bottas and chose to cut the chicane instead of barging into the wall while trying to attack HAM.

  22. Verstappen. The only one to threaten Ham for the win. The rest of top were mere riding a train and given a present in the end. Credits to Leclerc too, great spirit but remark: it is useless to destroy the Ferrari in a lost case.

  23. The contenders for this ‘title’: HAM, VET, RIC, SAI, PER

    Known monaco-struggler max got the DotD by fia-poll and here he’s 2nd, between HAM and SAI.
    After getting 4th in the fastest car.
    And throwing away a must-have-2nd-place.
    And getting away with the most lenient stewarding one could get by getting a mere 5s-penalty for ruining BOTs front right wheel rim and tyre, no penalty for cutting the chicane defending against VET and no penalty for lunging into HAM, almost taking him out.

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