Race start, Circuit de Catalunya, 2023

Vote for your 2023 Spanish Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2023 Spanish Grand Prix

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Which Formula 1 driver made the most of the Spanish 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 Circuit de Catalunya.

Driver performance summary

Driver Q stage Q position Q gap to team mate GP grid position GP result
Max Verstappen Q3 1 -0.574s 1 1
Sergio Perez Q2 11 +0.574s 11 4
Charles Leclerc Q1 19 +0.668s 19 11
Carlos Sainz Jnr Q3 2 -0.668s 2 5
Lewis Hamilton Q3 5 -0.448s 4 2
George Russell Q2 12 +0.448s 12 3
Esteban Ocon Q3 7 +0.267s 6 8
Pierre Gasly Q3 4 -0.267s 10 10
Lando Norris Q3 3 -0.890s 3 17
Oscar Piastri Q3 10 +0.890s 9 13
Valtteri Bottas Q1 16 +0.300s 16 19
Zhou Guanyu Q2 13 -0.300s 13 9
Lance Stroll Q3 6 -0.513s 5 6
Fernando Alonso Q3 9 +0.513s 8 7
Kevin Magnussen Q1 17 +0.622s 17 18
Nico Hulkenberg Q3 8 -0.622s 7 15
Nyck de Vries Q2 14 +0.221s 14 14
Yuki Tsunoda Q2 15 -0.221s 15 12
Alexander Albon Q1 18 -0.636s 18 16
Logan Sargeant Q1 20 +0.636s 20 20

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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 Spanish Grand Prix?

  • No opinion (1%)
  • Logan Sargeant (0%)
  • Alexander Albon (0%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (3%)
  • Nyck de Vries (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Lance Stroll (1%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (8%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Oscar Piastri (0%)
  • Lando Norris (0%)
  • Pierre Gasly (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • George Russell (8%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (31%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (3%)
  • Max Verstappen (44%)

Total Voters: 122

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20 comments on “Vote for your 2023 Spanish Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”


  2. Will Verstappen get a 10/10 on this site? I’m expecting a 7/10. -3 points for leaving the track 3 times in the race.

    1. Probably yes. Russell and Hamilton will get an 11

      1. 5.5 + 5.5 = 11

    2. BW (@deliberator)
      4th June 2023, 15:48

      Topping every FP session, qualifying pole and leading every race lap, setting fastest lap… so probably an 8/10 for MV.
      To get 9/10 he would have probably have done all of the above, and started from the back due to an engine penalty (ok, so maybe not lead every lap then).
      To get 10/10, anyone’s guess…

      1. notagrumpyfan
        4th June 2023, 16:30

        To be fair, all of those results were by the driver and the car.
        This poll should be driver only.

        1. I mean, I’ve never seen an F1 race won by a driver on foot, but I’m sure there’s a first time for everything.

  3. BLS (@brightlampshade)
    4th June 2023, 15:46

    Top 3 all had very good races, but only one nailed Saturday if we’re doing DOTW not DOTD.

  4. Tied between Hamilton and Verstappen (honorary mention for the wronged Tsunoda). I gave it to Hamilton simply because of his reaction after nearly being taken out in q2 by Russell (who also disqualified himself from DOTW for the same).

  5. The real performer of the weekend are the stewards for the outstandingly quick response in throwing red flag in Q1 on Saturday followed by a 5 second penalty for Tsunoda in the later part of the race on Sunday. Well done. 10/10.

    1. notagrumpyfan
      4th June 2023, 16:35

      And there bosses for summoning Steiner who didn’t kneel deep enough for those same stewards.

    2. Honorable mention to not giving anything to Russell for cutting T2 and overtaking 2-3 cars.

      1. I know the commentators on f1 tv have implied this was the case, but I watched the onboard and that’s not true. Russel is taking the escape road and rejoins the track. The only car overtaken in the process is Piastri. Being lap 1 and the entire field is bunched up together I can hardly see this as a reason for a penalty (but I thought exactly the same before watching the footage and that’s the reason I went back to see what happened. )

        1. I also watched the onboard of Russell. I think he overtook at least 2 cars that he wouldn’t have, had he stayed on track.

        2. He tried to go side by side with Hulkenberg and Piastri but there wasn’t space. He shouldn’t have got a free pass to stay ahead of Piastri. Alonso did similar to this 2 years ago in Sochi https://www.racefans.net/2021/09/27/the-grey-area-alonso-exploited-with-his-first-lap-corner-cut-at-sochi/
          He also gained positions vs drivers he was alongside and didn’t have to give them back.

  6. Even on dominating season, grand chelem is rare thing to see.

    1. I suspect Max is going to achieve several more Grand Chelem’s before the end of this season.

  7. Well, it’s for sure not the TV director. At one point I thought they were doing it on purpose. Missing actual overtakes (no new tire/old tire DRS muggings) just to show Verstappen on a cruise, or a close up of Hamiltons race helmet running in no mans land.. It just keeps getting worse. Another example, car rejoins the track after pitting. What do we want to know? Where does he feed in, where are the others, what are the gaps? I can’t tell because I’m checking to see if he has a bit of lunch stuck between his teeth. Stop it with the close ups already

    1. Both times the battle for second place was overlooked. The race director constantly choose less important feeds over more crucial ones.

      Watching Ham closing in on Sainz from three sec back down to 1.2 and the director chosen a mid tier fight beginning at 1,4 apart!

      It’s not that hard to follow a priority list! A fight higher up should prioritised.

      I was watching the timings more than camera in the first half of the race.

      The filming in f1 has worsened this 3 races and don’t understand since this is supercritical sell the show. Feels like whoever call the shots does no grasp the intricacies of Formula 1

  8. Again, a master class performance from Max.

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