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Vote for your 2019 Singapore Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2019 Singapore Grand Prix

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the Singapore 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 three days.

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

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 Singapore Grand Prix weekend?

  • No opinion (2%)
  • Robert Kubica (0%)
  • George Russell (0%)
  • Pierre Gasly (4%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (4%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Lando Norris (16%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (2%)
  • Alexander Albon (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (3%)
  • Charles Leclerc (33%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (28%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)

Total Voters: 203

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32 comments on “Vote for your 2019 Singapore Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. Charles Leclerc of course.

    1. Charles, easy.
      had norris turned the same lap he did in Q2 in Q3, I’d say Norris, the rookie.

  2. I find it hard to pick a driver of the day when dirty air has so much impact up front and the weird pace dictated by the front race that it was. So rather than picking between Seb, Charles and Max at random I’m going to pick Pierre Gasly. He showed much faster pace than Kyvat, he raced hard and intelligently. But what impressed me most is that he drove so well and confidently after such a huge psychological blow in the demotion, most people would be finished after that, Kyvat himself is still being nursed back to confidence 3 years later. Fair play to Pierre, he might not have impressed me at Red Bull, but he definitely did this weekend.

    1. @rdotquestionmark I agree but it should be said kvyat did have a major mechanical in fp.

  3. Lando Norris got my vote. Keeps his nose clean, fastest of the mid pack, good qualifying, very talented.

    1. ps
      Sauber did this race a huge disservice by keeping GIO out too long and making him a very slow moving chicane… the team should get a penality for that.

      1. they seem to have kept GIO out enough to trouble the cars behind VET and LEC, i.e Max and Lewis. Immediately after he was passed by both, they pitted him. It was a strategy call from the big sister team, obviously, but unfortunately for the Italian a strategy that ruined his chances of a higher position (given that GAS was behind him before the staops and finished 2 places ahead). And ultimately, it didnt make any difference for the battle up front.

        1. @gechichan Or, we could not go down the conspiracy route and say that they wanted to wait for a safety car and/or minimise the soft tyre stint duration for better chance to attack at the end of the race.

          1. @wsrgo
            Fully agree on the “conspiracy” bit. I’d take it a step further and say that Giovinazzi wasn’t doing anything remotely unusual, i.e. not even waiting for a Safety Car or deliberately compromising his first stint for fresher tyres at the end of the race. He was simply adhering to the optimum one-stop strategy. He started on C4 (“medium”), so depending on whether or not he could eke out his tyres significantly past half-distance, he was going to switch to C5 (“soft”) or C3 (“hard”). Despite lapping fairly consistently in the 1:48s for many laps, his tyres started to suffer quite badly as soon as the front-runners caught him (lap 33 was a catastrophe that cost him 6 seconds), and his pit stop came too early for a switch to “soft” tyres.
            Also worthy of note: The other late stoppers immediately behind him (Gasly and Ricciardo) made their pit stops around the same time as he did: Gasly came in 2 laps earlier (32), Ricciardo on the very same lap as Giovinazzi (34).

            – Giovinazzi’s pit stop took place pretty much exactly at a time when it made sense for someone who didn’t start the race on the softest tyres
            – The other drivers on a similar strategy pitted more or less at the same time
            – Giovinazzi didn’t even try to hold up anyone. If you look at the lap charts, you’ll see that the Ferraris, and Verstappen lost a lot of time behind Stroll and, to a lesser extent, Ricciardo and Gasly. But by the time they reached Giovinazzi (the top 3 AND the Mercs, this time), they cut through him like a hot knife through butter. You can’t even see so much as a dent in their lap times.

            Long story short: 0/10, rubbish theory.

        2. @gechichan I should add that Gasly’s defending from Verstappen was far more suspicious than Giovinazzi’s defence against Leclerc. In fact Max was held up much less by Antonio than Charles.

          1. @wsrgo

            I should add that Gasly’s defending from Verstappen was far more suspicious than Giovinazzi’s defence against Leclerc. In fact Max was held up much less by Antonio than Charles.

            That too is a good point.
            Just at that moment, Christian Horner was chatting with the Sky team and making a rather snarky remark about Giovinazzi’s expected behaviour in traffic. When asked about Gasly, his reply was merely mumbled.
            They allowed him dish out his (baseless, as it turned out) sarcasm but didn’t call him out on his flagrant hypocrisy (Gasly mounted a very robust defense against Vettel that even ended in a minor collision, but jumped out of the way for Verstappen. For me, that was the low point of the broadcast. They’re journalists, ffs.

        3. @gechichan stroll was a big nuisance, he pitted when the mercs arrived, the str was hard to pass as well, except max, horner even admitted live that gasly should be easy in rb, ricciardo let everyone past, I don’t like that, Gio was okay to pass but he let the ferraris a bit easier, he was out a tad long but it’s not an unusual strategy for Gio for some reason. perspective is key, this frankly unacceptable behaviour is rife.

    2. It was between Leclerc and Norris for me. Had to go with Leclerc only because Norris dropped the ball in Q3.

    3. Lando Norris got my vote. Keeps his nose clean, fastest of the mid pack, good qualifying, very talented.

      Me too.

      I couldn’t vote for Vettel. He took the win, yes, but mostly through a lucky break (although he did control it well out front afterwards). He was outqualified by Leclerc, again, and wouldn’t have had a chance if the cards hadn’t fallen perfectly in his favour.

      Leclerc came close. While frustrating, he executed the “go slow” strategy to perfection out front, and only lost the win due to the strategy call gifting the lead to Vettel.

      Norris took it for me, though.

  4. Would have to say Charles Leclerc. Amazing how he managed to extract that pole lap out of the car. Together with Hamilton they were the only ones to put in a decent final Q3 lap of the 3 top team drivers. Which (after a decent start) should have been the end of it.

    Unfortunately for Leclerc and Hamilton, their teams messed up their strategy ruining their races somewhat.

    Lando Norris utterly messed up in Q3, but put in a decent performance in the race. He finished where the potential of the car was. Kudos for that I guess, but hardly driver of the weekend.

    Went with Leclerc since he did get Q3 right and he did nothing wrong during the race and should have simply picked up that third win in a row. Sad that Ferrari ruined it for him again.

    1. Leclerc shot himself in the foot by not speeding up fast enough and being more concerned with the pack behind him than with his own race….he simply got what he was bargaining for and threw away his own race. (And this time there was no Todt family to interfere)
      Gasly, on the other hand, did nothing wrong and deserved the vote.

  5. Safety Car driver person, led well, no mistakes under constant pressure to perform, good job.

    1. Montréalais (@)
      23rd September 2019, 0:53

      @david-br +1 funny! Yes, Bert can do no wrong in my eyes.

      1. Montréalais (@)
        23rd September 2019, 1:14

        %&$! typing fingers… I mean Bernd, of course

  6. DOTD: Seb with honorable mentions to NOR and GAS, but DOTW is a bit harder to choose. I went for Seb on that as well, but it’s a tighter one.

  7. Charles or Vettel. But in the en Vettel needed this win more baddly and had to work very hard for it. Now we have a battle on our hands. But both of them were excellent.

  8. Leclerc of course. A weekend without mistakes. And he proved to be an excellent teammate. It is emerging as the best driver of his generation.
    Good weekend also for Vettel, obviously.

    1. And he proved to be an excellent teammate? Hahaha, after Monza we all know what a backstabbing, two face cry baby teammate he is (with the backing of the Todt family business ofcourse); but hey, coming from you we expect such delusional claims.
      Oh, and btw, Mr. Backstabber two face teammate screwer lost more often than won against the best best driver of his generation, lol.

      1. Not only his generation but he is the best driver of current grid, get used to it.

    2. Not exactly an excellent teammate. Binotto had to say “PUNTO” like you say to kids to stop him from whining on the radio.

  9. I went for Gasly this time. He was quietly impressive running on an alternate strategy and making some good moves on his way through to a solid 8th. Probably his best performance of the year so far. Maybe he’s rediscovering some mojo at Torro Rosso (weaker benchmark teammate notwithstanding).

    Leclerc was good and quite hard done by too. Norris also decent but perhaps would have finished behind Hulk and Sainz if they hadn’t collided on lap 1.

  10. Gotta be Verstappen, being the only one capable of driving the fifth best car to the podium with a flawless performance…again. (After humiliating another teammate…..again.)
    Time after time he keeps proving to the world he is, by far, the best driver on the grid.

  11. No one really stood out for the whole weekend, so I went with Gasly. Worked the alternate strategy like a treat and finished quite close to Norris at the end. He looks to be back to his old self. I think the RB15 just didn’t suit him at all.

  12. I voted for vettel because I appreciate a good performance from him once a while, even as a critic who wasn’t expecting him to win another race again and obviously this doesn’t excuse his recent performances on average.

    Having said this, everyone on the podium drove well and generally with how hard it was to overtake, strategy really had a big role, it’s not like hamilton had a bad race, it was ruined by strategy.

    Gasly and giovinazzi had a good race too, well at the front before making their pit stop, giovinazzi should’ve been more careful with ricciardo though.

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