Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2023

Vote for your 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2023 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Which Formula 1 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

Driver Q stage Q position Q gap to team mate GP grid position GP result
Max Verstappen Q3 1 -0.138s 1 1
Sergio Perez Q3 2 +0.138s 2 2
Charles Leclerc Q3 3 -0.154s 3 Not classified
Carlos Sainz Jnr Q3 4 +0.154s 4 4
Lewis Hamilton Q3 7 +0.044s 7 5
George Russell Q3 6 -0.044s 6 7
Esteban Ocon Q2 9 -0.673s 9 Not classified
Pierre Gasly Q1 20 +0.673s 20 9
Lando Norris Q2 11 -0.449s 11 17
Oscar Piastri Q1 18 +0.449s 18 Not classified
Valtteri Bottas Q2 12 -0.030s 12 8
Zhou Guanyu Q2 13 +0.030s 13 16
Lance Stroll Q3 8 +0.500s 8 6
Fernando Alonso Q3 5 -0.500s 5 3
Kevin Magnussen Q1 17 +0.688s 17 13
Nico Hulkenberg Q2 10 -0.688s 10 15
Nyck de Vries Q1 19 +0.721s 19 14
Yuki Tsunoda Q1 14 -0.721s 14 11
Alexander Albon Q1 15 -0.191s 15 10
Logan Sargeant Q1 16 +0.191s 16 12

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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.

Vote for the best driver of the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend

  • No opinion (1%)
  • Logan Sargeant (3%)
  • Alexander Albon (3%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (1%)
  • Nyck de Vries (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (71%)
  • Lance Stroll (5%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (1%)
  • Oscar Piastri (1%)
  • Lando Norris (1%)
  • Pierre Gasly (3%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • George Russell (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (8%)

Total Voters: 146

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22 comments on “Vote for your 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. DOTW: VER
    DOTD: ALO with honorable mentions to VER, STR, BOT, GAS, ALB, & SAR.

    1. Yeah, that seems very reasonable @jerejj.

      Alonso possibly slightly underperformed in qualifying. But on sunday he really made the best of everything. Stroll did well to secure p6 with the issues he must have been dealing with. Gasly did a great job of bringing home a solid points finish from where he started. Bottas was a surprise to me, altough maybe it shouldn’t have been (he’s shown some of this last year as well) and both Williams drivers did a great job as well.

      SAR really did a surprisingly good job all weekend.

    2. I can agree with that statement!

  2. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    6th March 2023, 21:11

    And the winner of the Fernando Alonso of the week award is…..

    1. :D :D

  3. Ocon, battled against all the odds and unlucky to retire.
    Okay, joking, Alonso obviously.

  4. No surprise Fernando is currently the only one in this and it’s not even close.

  5. Oscar ,for sitting out 2022 ,the pressure of the teams rangle in 22 and his good race start before the car broke…l look forward to watching him get better in 23

  6. 75% alonso, wow!

  7. Lance. Racing with broken wrist and toe.

    1. Even without those impediments, it was one of his best weekends. Still gonna be Alonso for this race but Stroll may have finally come of age.

    2. He really did a good job this weekend. I really hope he can build on this especially since his broken bones will heal (i do think we saw about 3 moments where he was probably struggling with the discomfort).

    3. I did do a very decent race, but and for me a big BUT he was sooooo lucky not not make it a double DNF for AM when colliding with Alonso on lap 1

      1. Sorry, of course the starting “I” should be “He”

  8. Verstappen.
    Turned the weekend around to take pole and win dominantly. Nobody even remembers the friday struggles.

    Fernando didn’t put together a steller qualifying lap. Also at times he looked to be over-driving, almost losing control twice in turn 4. Definitely top3 though.

  9. Alonso this weekend. Looked strong during all the FP sessions and qualifying. I don’t think the Aston has the one lap pace to match Ferrari yet, so I think he maximised his quali result. Was the DOTD on Sunday by putting in some mega overtaking in a calculated climb through the order.

    Honourable mentions to Max, Albon and Gasly as well.

  10. Stroll, at least in the context of the whole Bahrain visit. As the only driver without any winter testing, he was very close to a very high benchmark.

  11. I actually voted for Lando Norris. Even though he may have received new tyres each time he pitted, check his lap times. everyone agreed the McLaren wasn’t a good car, but he showed in Q and R that he put everything into it.

  12. I voted for Max. He won the race in a very dominant fashion. Yes, Lance showed courage and tenacity driving with broken bones in his hand and foot, yes, Fernando did a great job taking Aston Martin’s first podium, but the driver who did a flawless job to finish first well ahead of everyone else was Max.

  13. I’d say Max spent most of the race writing home and taking selfies. Not that his drive wasn’t good, mind you. But he went totally unchallenged. Little glory on that.

  14. Just for a bit of fun I’d have liked to have seen StingRay Robb included on the list to see he received any votes even though he was thousands of miles away and without a superlicence.
    I did go for the old fella though. Sentiment over reality I guess.

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