Race start, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, 2023

Vote for your 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

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Which Formula 1 driver made the most of the Saudi Arabian 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 Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Driver performance summary

Driver Q stage Q position Q gap to team mate GP grid position GP result
Max Verstappen Q2 15 15 2
Sergio Perez Q3 1 1 1
Charles Leclerc Q3 2 -0.511s 12 7
Carlos Sainz Jnr Q3 5 +0.511s 4 6
Lewis Hamilton Q3 8 +0.366s 7 5
George Russell Q3 4 -0.366s 3 4
Esteban Ocon Q3 7 -0.279s 6 8
Pierre Gasly Q3 10 +0.279s 9 9
Lando Norris Q1 19 +0.741s 19 17
Oscar Piastri Q3 9 -0.741s 8 15
Valtteri Bottas Q2 14 +0.207s 14 18
Zhou Guanyu Q2 12 -0.207s 11 13
Lance Stroll Q3 6 +0.215s 5 Not classified
Fernando Alonso Q3 3 -0.215s 2 3
Kevin Magnussen Q2 13 +0.066s 13 10
Nico Hulkenberg Q2 11 -0.066s 10 12
Nyck de Vries Q1 18 +0.305s 18 14
Yuki Tsunoda Q1 16 -0.305s 16 11
Alexander Albon Q1 17 17 Not classified
Logan Sargeant Q1 20 20 16

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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 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend?

  • No opinion (2%)
  • Logan Sargeant (3%)
  • Alexander Albon (0%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (3%)
  • Nyck de Vries (1%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (4%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (31%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (1%)
  • Oscar Piastri (5%)
  • Lando Norris (0%)
  • Pierre Gasly (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (1%)
  • George Russell (4%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (21%)
  • Max Verstappen (20%)

Total Voters: 142

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37 comments on “Vote for your 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. Clearly Checo, no contest.

    1. Expectatives count for a lot. You would not expect Checo to be as fast as Max and yet he was. Otherwise I fail to see what Checo did better than Max. Anyway I’d vote for Fred with honorable mentions for both RBR drivers

      1. And now under investigation for incorrectly serving the @@@@ penalty, like it was his fault.

    2. Hahahaha, for what exactly? Inherent pole due to reliability and then just lead without drama? Or should it be the guy coming from 15th and getting quite close to taking the race win?
      No contest is right. Max was head and shoulders above everyone else today.

      1. Max was nothing spectacular today unfortunately. He had the car to cut through the field, instead he was struggling to make up positions. Heck, he wasn’t even as impressive as Leclerc during the first stint, who was in a significantly slower Ferrari. Max got lucky with the safety car, which got him back in contention for the win. But, he couldn’t cut a 5 second deficit over 30 laps to Sergio to even contend for P1.

        Probably one of the most unimpressive drives by Max in the last 2 or 3 seasons.

  2. Checo held his own. Max was just Max. And Fred made the most of his AM even with an extremely harsh penalty, if he was in the left limit of the box no advantage was gained from it

  3. Russell quietly getting the work done, perhaps. But nothing spectacular this F1 weekend.

    1. +1 I’d say he’s the highest scoring driver who out performed where their car actually is.

      It’s hard to rate the RedBulls as there’s no way they are finishing anything other than 1-2 with the advantage they have. It’s actually sad to see them pulling 1.2-1.5 a lap on the best best car, and over 2 seconds on a Mercedes and Ferrari.

    2. Agree – he was the most impressive of an unsurprising race.

    3. Agreed. I voted for George.

    4. I think Zhou and Ocon did a good job too.

    5. Interestingly on F1 official, Hamilton has more votes than Russel…show’s that people are not realistic or analytical, they vote with their hearts.
      Max Verstappen – 26.3%
      Sergio Perez – 19.8%
      Fernando Alonso – 14.6%
      Charles Leclerc – 7.2%
      Lewis Hamilton- 6.7%

  4. This really needs a “none of the above” option.

    Everyone just drove around in circles. Snooze fest.

    1. Kind of agree. And F1 did it to themselves. OMG, he’s only behind a fence at the slowest turn on the track! Next time they’ll red flag it and give everyone blankets and cocoa.

  5. Not trolling, but…
    Yuki Tsunoda.

  6. Not even joking, I’m voting for Yuki Tsunoda here.

    1. It’s your privilege, but I’d like to hear why

      1. Because he’s the only finisher who drove its car “higher” than it was supposed to be.

        1. But didn’t do it out of merrit, but due to a safety car at a great moment?

        2. He ought to have held of MAG coming from behind on 40 lap old hards in a worse car, though…

  7. This was one of the most boring races that I have ever seen in what seems to be starting to become the most boring F1 season I have ever seen.

    1. Ahah, fitting for such a season to have such a race! I indeed found it difficult to pick a driver here, went with alonso as I felt 5 sec were already excessive for the first offense, otherwise drove well and even passed perez at the start, then the car didn’t have the pace to keep him behind; perez did better than I expected keeping verstappen behind.

  8. The steward who handed out the deleted laps and time penalties all weekend.
    Must’ve been part of their prize for Jeddah Traffic Warden of the Year.

  9. No one at the front was flawless, so I went with Oscar here.

  10. Let me get this, looking at the poll. Alonso has 23% despite loosing position in car he’s happy with. Lewis gains 2 positions and had to pit way early because of the pacecar situation thereby compromising he’s tyre strategi while driving a mistake for a car. Earned points so far 0 %

    1. What position did alonso lose? You didn’t expect him to beat the red bulls, did you? Or did you also expect ferrari etc. to beat merc in 2014? Cause that’s their level.

    2. This is for Driver if the WEEKEND, Hamilton did exactly nothing remarkable, out performed by his Team mate from start to end. even when Ham’ had the better tyres he only managed to close up until Russel realised he was closing, then Russel drove away from him on slower tyres. He deserves nothing more the 0% for this weekend to add to his constant blaming everyone else.

  11. Has to be Oscar, 8th quali, hit on lap one and out driving so called Mega star Lando..l suspect Lando knows he has tuff teammate

    1. I suspect Lando doesnt care about being beaten when finishing outside the points. Pretty sure his season will start with their actual new car in a couple of races time.

    2. Yes, I guess if you don’t want to go for alonso, considering the red bull’s pace, piastri is a good choice as well, I was also impressed by the quali and then they don’t seem to have the race pace for points yet.

    3. That McLaren may have been a pretty good qualifying car (all things considered) at Jeddah. Not ready to credit Piastri because Norris hit the wall.

      1. I thought Piastri did well at the end to keep pushing in the last couple of laps and got past Lando, (admittedly without much of a fight from Lando) and Sargent on the last lap, it was more interesting than anything else happening in the field.

  12. I mean nobody really excelled or out performed their machinery this weekend so I went with Perez for delivering pole and the win. Alonso did well but I think he finished where his car should be and made a silly mistake at the start.

    1. Perez is ofc also a reasonable choice considering I, for one, didn’t really expect him to keep verstappen behind, he was mostly on his pace and managed that 5 sec gap for a while, as for alonso I’m not sure if his team mate would’ve been right behind him if not for his mechanical problem, he had already lost position on both ferraris at the pits, so there seemed to be a significant difference.

      1. How much of Stroll falling behind Ferrari was really an overcut though and not the start of an issue perhaps? I don’t think Stroll would have got past Hamilton let alone Russell though as while the Aston Martin is clearly a faster car at present it is not much more than a couple of tenths which is possible to lose through the driver performance imo.

  13. No driver of the day. Alonso for being 42 and still crazy fast and just shrugging when told about that idiotic penalty after the race. The only differentiator I can.

  14. I voted for Hamilton. Not my favorite but i felt sorry for him. He say’s he has not given up but he is reduced to a sitting duck now. Not good for the sport.

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