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Vote for your 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the Bahrain 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 Bahrain International Circuit.

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 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?

  • Lewis Hamilton (22%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (2%)
  • Alexander Albon (1%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (12%)
  • Lando Norris (2%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (1%)
  • Pierre Gasly (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (40%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (15%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • George Russell (2%)
  • Nicholas Latifi (0%)
  • No opinion (3%)

Total Voters: 177

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48 comments on “Vote for your 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. In a while, I’ll go with Hamilton considering this is not a track where he performs well in spite of him winning three times before this weekend, and having two poles. He is not letting up, and he is going for the 100th pole this season.

  2. It’s gonna come across as harsh, but I’m definitely not voting Romain – yes, like everyone else, I’m SUPER relieved he managed to get out of that car with only minor injuries, but it was another case of poor spatial awareness and not looking in his mirrors that caused him to be there.

    Hamilton, on the other hand, was clinical yet again.

    1. Yeah, Romain was solely to blame for the accident and the severity of it, and the ‘miraculous’ escape do not justify a DotW. The vote should always be on merit, and in my opinion Sergio deserved it this weekend. Lewis and Max were also very strong, but they are sort of expected to do well.

    2. That’s not harsh at all. It doesn’t bother me to see DotD going to Grosjean; it’s always been a silly arbitrary award given to whoever Twitter is feeling sympathetic towards (see Hulkenberg in Abu Dhabi ’19). But equally; being objective, Grosjean made three corners, swept across the track and caused a huge accident and it’s actually very lucky that Kvyat didn’t lose it and join him at the scene.

      That he got out was testimony to years of hard work and learning by safety pioneers. Grosjean tested just about every safety innovation and procedure in his crash and F1 stood up to the test. Absolutely outstanding by everyone involved. Grosjean’s survival instinct was exceptional and it took me until the end of the race to calm down. I’ve never felt relief like it when I saw him sat in the medical car.

      Perez, Norris and Sainz were a few clear stand-outs for me. I voted for Perez for another consistent, perfect drive. Criminal if he’s not in F1 in 2021.

    3. I didn’t feel Romain deserved my DOTW vote. Maybe I’d have voted for the marshals and the F1 medical team if they were on the list of candidates, but they weren’t. Normally I would vote for the winner of the race, but I felt Max did a better job. He was on the second row of the starting grid and finished the race second (with fastest lap as well).

      1. Finally I read something on this. We are all relieved to see Grosjean recovering. But his reckless driving should not be overlooked. He crossed the whole track from left to right in the first lap when all of the cars are looking for space.

        He’s move was not to avoid crashing into someone (there was plenty of space ahead of him). Rather it was to gain advantage as he was faster than the guys in front of him who had slowed down because of a series of events (including Norris’ struggling car).

        What strikes me is that Grosjean literally crashes into Kvyiat pushing him out of the track. Grosjean stood to lose from his mistake but it could have been much worse had the Alpha Tauri not managed to get away.

    4. I voted Grosjean. Not for sympathy, not for driving standards (which were admittedly lacking), but for essentially saving himself from much worse injuries. As soon as the flames were pressed back by the fire extinguisher, he pounced and got out instantly.

    5. Yeah, that accident was horrible…
      is this the same guy who wants to kill Lance?

  3. Very hard as the urge is to vote for Romain getting out that he was the best what could do.

    Lewis & Max again they did what was expected, I edge more to Perez.

  4. I give an emo vote to Grosjean

    I was really shocked when I saw the accident and very happy he came out good. To me that’s all that matters this weekend.

  5. Perez. So sad how it ended, but he’s still giving it his all, even though his F1 career looks to be over.

    1. Agreed he was the driver of the day.

  6. Grosjean;
    1st, because he survived
    2nd, because he showed that kind of barrier has no place in motorracing anymore, there are much better solutions nowadays

  7. DOTW: HAM
    DOTD: PER with an honorable mention to Sainz.

  8. Sainz for me, his qualification was not his fault and the drive on Sunday meant 3 genuine on track passes against cars of a similar performance level along with some other early overtakes to get into contention. He was only 13th at the first restart. Hamilton did great and would be a worthy winner too.

  9. Hamilton and Verstappen showed their usual brilliance. Perez was very solid too and deserved that podium. The one that stood out the most for me was Sainz. Those where some really good overtakes and generally he performed really well given the bad luck he had on saturday.

  10. Driver of the weekend is without a doubt Alan van der Merwe. To be on the scene with the medical team and marshalls that quickly was so important for Grosjean to be able to walk away. Every driver and every fan owes them a huge debt of gratitude for their training and cool heads that meant they dealt with such a terrifying situation so well.

  11. Perez. Sainz a close second.

    It’s rather silly that people are voting for Romain. I get that you’re glad he’s okay, but it was entirely self-inflicted and put Kvyat in danger as well.

  12. George Russell had an excellent weekend. Not only did he qualify as good as he could in a Williams, but he also raced very well.

  13. I’m thankful he is alive, obviously, but the accident was Grosjeans own making.

    I’m actually glad it was, can you imagine how another driver would feel if they caused it.

    A horrendous crash, but Hamilton was driver of the weekend. Honourable mention for Perez.

    1. yeah, had the same thoughts… what if..
      what if it was fatal accident, how would that be for Kvyat…

      so glad all is good in the end, especially for Grosjean, but also for Kvyat and all supporters

    2. I’m actually glad it was, can you imagine how another driver would feel if they caused it.

      What? Debris unsettled his car when he was still behind Magnussen. The car broke contact with the track on his upshift to 7th gear, by the time he lifted off and tried to correct he was already a passenger. Just watch the onboard.

      1. Hey @faulty

        I saw the Sky presentation during the red flag. I didn’t find that very convincing. Watching the replays his steering looked to be guiding the car exactly where it went, up until he clipped Kvyat.

        Has anyone reputable published anything supporting the idea debris caused the incident?

  14. Sainz jr. P15 quali was not his fault so to finish p5 was excellent, also I haven’t seen whether debris caused Grosjeans crash or driver error, I’m glad he’s ok but he wasnt “dotw”.

  15. Personally I do not think this pole is appropriate this weekend. Drivers race performance can’t be judged after the horrible crash Grosjean survived.

    Needs to go.

    1. I disagree. I had a hard time finding a good enough driver till I thought about perez, the clear stand out this weekend.

      1. Sorry, but having a pole judging the weekends best driver is BS and in poor taste after what we all witnessed this weekend.

        Honestly, it’s disgusting and indulgent to talk about the “best driver” when the entire paddock was shell shocked and emotionally affected by Grosjeans accident that was so bad that those watchingvit live thought they had just seen another driver die.

        1. Wow, a bit dramatic there. I don’t agree with Max’s comments either, but what happened to Romain could literally happen any and every weekend – it’s one of the “calculated risks” involved in F1. To say all discussion should pause/stop because of it, especially when there was a full race afterward, is quite a stance…

        2. @homerlovesbeer – the entire point of holding the race is to try to settle the subject (for a week at least) of who is the “best driver”. If the powers-that-be and the drivers were content to continue with the race, the media have a responsibility to continue running their normal features alongside it.

          I recall this feature being pulled after Jules Bianchi’s accident which ended the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, so Keith and his team are not insensitive or indulgent. If there was any question around Grosjean’s condition, I’m sure the feature wouldn’t have been included; as it is, he’s entirely well.

          1. @ben-n and @joeypropane @deanr I didn’t have an issue with the race going ahead afterwards when it was established Grosjean was ok, and I fully understand and appreciate the sport is dangerous.

            What I don’t agree with is a poll judging driver merit after they’ve witnessed such an incident. You have poor Charles having flashbacks of losing another friend after last year (swearing in shock and disbelief) Kvyat pretty upset, Kimmi sounding shell shocked, Vettel upset, Ric so affected that they couldn’t even publish his drivers radio and then his after race comments, etc etc and then you want the judge the drivers performance after all of this?

            Come on! This is a joke. Of course drivers were not 100% and all affected by varying degrees. Ric very obviously was not in a good head space especially at the race restart, Kvyat didn’t know whether to go for a gap or not, causing Stroll to flip, Vettel took it out on the cars balance, etc

            So I don’t think it fair that this weekend the drivers performances are judged, simply because not everybody deals, manages, handles nearly losing a colleague in a fireball the same way. This doesn’t make certain drivers “weak” or “soft” but is simply a reflection of who they are emotionally and where they place priorities.

            About the only person who didn’t seem to care less about the crash was Stroll who didn’t once ask about who had crashed and whether they were ok after being told the race was red flagged. All he cared about was track position and if sainz was going to overtake him or not “I was in front at the time of the red flag” etc etc

        3. My there are some sensitive souls around. Grosjean is alive and well. Motorsport is dangerous etc etc

    2. I agree with this – obviously some drivers were more impacted than others and I would venture it was the one who have families of their own. There’s a reason Vettel didn’t watch it – he knew the effect it would have on him. I doubt any of the drivers with families of their own had the best races after that. Even Checo just kept his position.

      I still remember Alonso in his huge crash a few years ago, getting out as fast as he could and in his interview saying “I had to get out as fast as possible. My mother must have thought I was dead.” These are human beings after all who have plenty to live for.

      1. Thanks. Yes this is what I’m trying to say.

  16. Difficult one to rate, because my focus was obviously on Grosjean.

    I’d say Perez, Hamilton, and Russell all deserve praise. Hamilton keeps being the dominant driver. Nobody can touch him, even though Verstappen tried. Perez, a second consecutive podium went up in flames.

    Russell? Well, P12 in that Williams car. He raced past Sebastian Vettel. Like, literal proper pass on the 4-time world champion. Sure, the Ferrari does not even begin to suit the Bahrain track this year, but still. I’ll hand it to Georgie.

  17. Perez was impressive on track but even more impressive during his interview.

    1. This accident has without a doubt silenced all Halo critics (myself included) and all salary cap proponents.

  18. What a weird weekend, Hamilton was pretty comfortable all weekend but not ridiculously dominant in the race. Verstappen tried his best to give us a race but that Red Bull was probably beyond its limits. Grosjean for surviving that horrific crash, honestly, if it wasn’t for the halo, he may not have survived thanks to the barrier.

    In the end I’m voting for Perez, him possibly not even being on the grid next year is stupid. I don’t know why RP decided to get rid of him and not Stroll.

    1. Strolls dad owns the team… They should have stuck with Perez anyway though. I think Vettel is way past his best, whereas Perez is at his best right now. I think Stroll will give Vettel a hard time, and then Vettel will retire at the end of next year, at which point they should bring back Perez.

    2. @arobbo is it me, or has the announcement to replace Checo really fueled him up? He is showing that he definitely wants to stay in F1 but if he has to go out, he’ll go out with a bang. We’re seeing the very best of him. Shame he lost the podium yesterday – I hope he gets P4 in the championship this year.

  19. Hamilton definitely gets this one. He was just missing FL or it wouldve been a clean sweep of every session from the Friday on top. Just domination

  20. Amazing job by Perez just when he needed to shine in order to vie for the Red Bull seat

  21. RoGro just did a spa 2012 again didnt seem to learn from that. dont know why he has so much voters…

  22. Definitely the driver of the weekend is Alan van der Merwe,… and with honors.

    Pérez, had a very solid weekend, in the two starts he did very well, his strategy and the management of his tires helped him to keep his RP-20 in third place almost the whole race, but the RP-20 did not was ready to finish the race, Checo again showing that he hits over his car.

    My vote is for Checo.

  23. I think Stroll is underrated in this poll.
    He stands at 0% whereas the others who didn’t finish quali or the race had a total of 82%

    1. someone or something
      1st December 2020, 1:33

      Don’t worry, his performance will get the recognition it deserves in the ‘Star Performers’ article.
      Under ‘Strugglers’.

  24. Perez I think. Also very good job by Hamilton, Sainz.

  25. Pretty much all the decent overtakes were made by Sainz. And Norris was very lucky to finish ahead of him having started so many places ahead (not that he qualified better so much better on merit, Sainz’s brake failure, spin and 15th position were not his fault) as his front wing was ruined at the start (don’t know exactly what happened) but the red flag alllowed him to change it without losing positions.

    Perez was also pretty good, lost a well deserved podium. Albon, usually horrid, was average. Bottas, usually average, was horrid. What a waste of a rocketship.

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