Vote for your 2019 Mexican Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2019 Mexican Grand Prix

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the Mexican 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 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

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 Mexican Grand Prix?

  • Lewis Hamilton (50%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (2%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (3%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (5%)
  • Alexander Albon (8%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (7%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Lando Norris (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (21%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Pierre Gasly (1%)
  • George Russell (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (1%)
  • No opinion (0%)

Total Voters: 203

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44 comments on “Vote for your 2019 Mexican Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. Albon exceeded expectations.

    1. who’s expectations? not mine and not dr Helmuts expectations. his goal set by Red Bull this season is get a podium.
      This was his best chance because Red Bull had the fastest car in Mexico. but not once he challenged a Ferrari or Mercedes while he had the fastest car.. And because his teammate did badly doesnt mean he did great. dr Marko certainly doesnt loot at it that way.

  2. Hamilton, he just did not make any noticeable mistakes all weekend and was in the position to take the win on Race day when the others fell over. On the Sunday Bottas went well as did Albon, Ricciardo was really impressive but for his missed opportunity on Perez. Um Verstappen had a terrible weekend, wrecked his qualy by being just stupidly arrogant. Sunday he tried a bit too hard on Hamilton coming off worse and then again with Bottas, he was lucky he got 6th.

    1. Hamilton risked a crash by not conceding when Max passed him and simply shoved the car in a gap that wasn’t really there. He would have deserved to have more damage and then his race would have been severely compromised. How easily people forget…

      1. ‘People’ also forget Verstappen was the one who instituted ‘hard racing’ this season in his battle with Leclerc in Austria. FIA went with it, Leclerc altered his approach, first on Verstappen, then on Hamilton at Monza (too many times imo) and Hamilton subsequently promised he’d do the same when necessary. And the first corner in Mexico was just such a moment. Yes Hamilton took a risk, but he has a huge lead in the WDC, wasn’t expecting much from Mexico anyhow, and sometimes you have to remind rivals that you’re not always going to cede. Verstappen wasn’t that far ahead to own the racing line and should have gone less deep. Not his style though. He clearly sees it as ‘intimidation’, Hamilton calls it ‘not smart’. Draw your own conclusions.

      2. HARD racing my friend. This is the new F1 is it not?
        Poor old Max is in a world of his own. His arrogance made him think Lewis, a soon to be 6x WDC, would not have the audacity to hang it around the outside and he was caught out as a result.
        I think somd of tge grid have worked out It’s sonetimes worth a crash with Max to let him know you aren’t scared of his “move or we crash” tactics. I mean what was that move with Bottas? Was a superb idea and he nearly did it, but Bottas does not have to get out of his way…and so it transpired. Most of the grid have his Number now.

      3. Hamilton risked a crash by not conceding when Max passed him and simply shoved the car in a gap that wasn’t really there

        This is so wrong I thought I was accidentally reading an article from a different race

  3. Can someone tell me how MAX was dod on f1 site?

    1. He did overtake Bottas without DRS and with the view i had the only one i saw.

    2. He has plenty of fans.

      1. Unfortunately, the Official Driver of the Day vote is always going to be skewed by whichever drivers fans are most numerous and can vote bomb fastest.

        Remember Verstappen’s excellent Brazil 2016 drive where he fully deserved DotD? The same year he was also named DotD in Austin, despite running around in fourth well behind his teammate most of the race before pitting when the team hadn’t called him in and then shortly after retired? (The retirement done in such a manner that it compromised Ricciardo’s chances of winning the race)

        It doesn’t help that a the vote is open long before the race is over and people are vote bombing the moment the poll is open whilst everyone else is still watching the race.

    3. He got hit two e and was dead last yet managed 65 laps on the hard tyres and still ended up 6 th. If you take the first 3 laps out of the equation he drove way faster than even Hamilton to make up that much time. In traffic as opposed to mostly in free air up front like Hamilton.

      1. Blaize Falconberger (@)
        28th October 2019, 10:43

        #Crashstappen

      2. This is quite childish but what the hey… WAH, WAH, WAH. Man up Wooody. VER messed up. Not once, not twice, not even three times, he messed up Saturday and he messed up Sunday…what-a-mess.

        1. He got hit by both Mercedes cars and HE messed up? He drove 65 laps on the hard tyres and managed to fight back from dead last and a minute down to 6 th while preserving his tyres even better than Hamilton that could do half the race in free air… If only more people had any sense of what he did there instead of declaring the winning driver die the best job. Hamilton was very lucky in getting fysical with Verstappen and if Bottas hadn’t sliced the tyre Max could have seriously fought for the podium at least.
          Comparing what Max did coming from the back to what Hamilton did driving in front makes Hamilton’s win look a lot more like a winning car with a faultless driver than that Lewis is actually the fastest.

      3. If you take the first 3 laps out of the equation he drove way faster than even Hamilton to make up that much time

        Even if you take the first 6 laps out of the equation to account for Verstappens puncture he stil lost 36 seconds to Hamilton over the rest of the race. The facts just don’t support your statement.

    4. @bluechris Because the official DoD poll is utter nonsense.

      1. This is almost certainly the correct answer

      2. @bascb, @geemac And this time Verstappen only had 20% so it’s probably not the worst (as you say, @pastaman) example of how flawed it is (though w0o0dy does perhaps an even better job of showing how such votes happen).

    5. The same reason Rio Haryanto won driver of the day.

    6. @bluechris sorry for the late response. There was no Inaki Rueda on the list.

  4. The two that stood out for me in the race were Hamilton, Perez and Ricciardo, all for taking the hard tyre a long way while going at a reasonable pace. Ricciardo was outqualified by Hulkenberg so I’ll exclude him from my DOTW, and give extra credit to Hamilton and Perez for keeping enough life in their tyres to defend their positions when under pressure at the end.

    Voted for Hamilton, because he did it with a slightly damaged floor and won a race I doubted Mercedes had a chance in.

    1. I actually think Bottas did the better job compared to Hamilton @neilosjames. His attack on Vettel cost Vettel any chance he might of had of attacking Hamilton (so in the end Hamilton profited from that).

      Although his shunt on Saturday meant Bottas’ weekend was only about limiting damage from then on off course. But that shunt also helped get Max out of the equation ,😉

      1. @Bascb, as you say, Bottas’ saturday for me means he couldn’t be DotW, but I like your argument that Bottas played a solid team game to get the 1-3, he certainly seemed to be feeling it from his post race demeanor – a good season for him, he’s strong, but this title fight is done. Had he not (but, not the 1st time, right?) had that crash, he might well have finished ahead of Hamilton, but honestly I doubt he could have done the same race as his teammate, so maybe a 2nd behind Verstappen then?

        Now, Hamilton did a solid job, and maybe it is about what our expectations are from him and keeping tyres alive for such strategies, in the right circumstances that it doesn’t seem all that great. I have to admit, his firm defending (and arguably clever positioning to block Verstappen into T2) does give him a peg extra for me. At this point, he’s also at 54% of the vote, so no need for me to think about adding to that.

        Norris needs a price for least luck in a season, but that’s not DotW. Albon, well, he was clearly slower than Verstappen, and while he finished ahead, yet again, it wasn’t on his own strength all that much, though his chances of that 2nd RBR seat look solid.

        I think Perez did a great job, finally a good result at his home GP, and Ricciardo was on good form (though Renault probably should have been more agressive with his 2nd stop). I think I give to Perez for his home success.

    2. Verstappen did 65 laps on the hard tyre with decent pace as well, so I guess that is why others took him as DoD :)

      1. But he first took himself off of pole (so not my driver of the weekend then, despite fastest time) and then made sure he could do that 65laps without another fast car to make that fight to faraway sixth behind his slower rookie teammate possible.

        Not quite accurate, but about the appropriate level: Rosberg showed how to do it better with his mega racelong-minus-1-lap stint from last to 2nd in the 2014 Sochi race, and he also took more responsiblity to get there, outbreaking the corner and himself without needing assistance from any competitor!

      2. Verstappen lost almost 18 seconds to Hamilton over the last 25 laps though

  5. DOTW: HAM, as well as, DOTD with honorable mentions to ALB, and RIC.

  6. Got to be Hamilton, got the most of the car in Qualifying, survived the lap one tussles with Vettel and Verstappen and then did exactly as much as was needed.

    Albon, Perez and Ricciardo as mentions too.

  7. Hard to choose between Hamilton, Perez and Ricciardo. Voted for Perez for holding off Ricciardo and finishing best of the rest at home soil. Kudos for Hamilton to make this bold strategy work. Kudos for Verstappen for managing his tyres for 60+ laps, shame it was after he already cut himself in the fingers.

  8. Verstappen, brilliantly turned around poll to P4, then converted P4 to P20, all to show us a fantastic drive to P6. Wow!
    Sorry, thought I was voting on the Formula 1 site for a moment.
    Hamilton, obviously.

  9. I would have voted for Hamilton if he was not complaining so much about the strategy again… He says the best things about his team outside the cockpit but in the heat of the moment he doesn’t trust them enough. Ok to voice his doubt initially but he wouldn’t stop talking about it even when they explained to him that it could work.

  10. Hamilton clearly Driver of the day and weekend. Clean race, out qualified his team mate, managed his tyres and won the race. Vettel did well as well.
    Sainz would have been close had he finished where he started and Ric if he managed to overtake Perez.

  11. Hamilton, Ricciardo, Perez. They all drove great races. Who kept it together the best over the weekend? Hard to say, but I’m tempted to put Hamilton down for this.

    Driver of the day must be Perez, but weekend goes to Hamilton.

  12. Hamilton. Few other drivers could have survived the opening lap jostles and brought a damaged car to victory like that. The only criticism is his radio whining which I’ve begun to assume means he’ll win.

    1. @philipgb Ha indeed. Also saying every race that it’s the “best crowd” is also getting a bit tiresome. Although I have to admit the crowd in Mexico did indeed look amazing. I actually watch the Mexico pre race show live on Youtube every year. They really put up a spectacle.

      1. He rarely says best crowd. Normally he says great crowd or something similar which is perfectly reasonable.

  13. Gotta be Hamilton. Was smart to avoid Vettel @ the start & defended superbly against Verstappen through turns 1 & 2, not to mention he kept it pointing the right way around after Max almost knocked him into a spin, taking out a chunk of his floor. He then managed to keep pace with the leaders in the first stint & kept his tires alive (and lap times competitive) when he switched to the hard tires super early. All this while nursing car damage sustained on turn 2 of the first lap.

    1. +1
      Excellent performance by Hamilton

  14. Carlos Sainz almost got no votes but he made a superb first stint. His second stint was horrible but I don’t think it was his fault, the McL simply didn’t work with the hard tyres. Not sure who was best, but Sainz gets at least a honorable mention.

    1. Sainz was on soft tyres while the rest was on medium tyres. So of course he was comparably “fast”, but also of course, this strategy completely ruined his race after he made his first (early) stop since he then was overtaken by a whol egaggle of cars and got stuck in traffic.

  15. None of the five gentlemen deserved any points in this poll. First Ham pushed Ves of the track, then two Ferrari’s almost collided and after that it was a boring show and no further attempts were made to race.

  16. Uh, I ment the five in front of the rest. ;-)

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