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Vote for your 2023 Qatar Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

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Which Formula 1 driver made the most of the Qatar 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 Losail International Circuit.

Driver performance summary

Driver Q stage Q pos. Q gap to team mate SR grid pos. SR pos. GP grid pos. GP pos.
Max Verstappen Q3 1 -0.979s 3 2 1 1
Sergio Perez Q2 13 +0.979s 8 Not classified 20 10
Charles Leclerc Q3 5 -0.249s 6 12 5 5
Carlos Sainz Jnr Q2 12 +0.249s 5 6 12 Not classified
Lewis Hamilton Q3 3 +0.086s 12 5 3 Not classified
George Russell Q3 2 -0.086s 4 4 2 4
Esteban Ocon Q3 8 +0.210s 10 Not classified 8 7
Pierre Gasly Q3 7 -0.210s 11 9 7 12
Lando Norris Q3 10 -0.039s 2 3 10 3
Oscar Piastri Q3 6 +0.039s 1 1 6 2
Valtteri Bottas Q3 9 -1.394s 13 10 9 8
Zhou Guanyu Q1 20 +1.394s 15 14 19 9
Lance Stroll Q1 17 +1.122s 16 15 16 11
Fernando Alonso Q3 4 -1.122s 9 8 4 6
Kevin Magnussen Q1 19 +1.142s 19 13 18 14
Nico Hulkenberg Q2 15 -1.142s 7 Not classified 14 16
Liam Lawson Q1 18 +0.577s 14 Not classified 17 17
Yuki Tsunoda Q2 11 -0.577s 18 11 11 15
Alexander Albon Q2 14 -0.092s 17 7 13 13
Logan Sargeant Q1 16 +0.092s 20 Not classified 15 Not classified

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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 Qatar Grand Prix weekend?

  • No opinion (0%)
  • Logan Sargeant (1%)
  • Alexander Albon (0%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (0%)
  • Liam Lawson (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (6%)
  • Oscar Piastri (61%)
  • Lando Norris (6%)
  • Pierre Gasly (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • George Russell (9%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (16%)

Total Voters: 89

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


    1. Number 9, Brighton line

  2. Went for VER. He was the only one to even try and make the stints count. Commanding win, WDC wrap, pole….

    PIA did absolutely great as well. Solid drives.

    I’d like to praise Zhou’s race, even though we’re talking about the Weekend.

    1. I would like to add Valtteri Bottas on you list..

  3. Verstappen leaded all laps, no?

  4. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    8th October 2023, 20:25

    Piastri for sure! Norris has his work cut out for him.

  5. Bottas for me. Great qualifying, great race.
    The usual suspects didn’t convince me: Verstappen shouldn’t have lost the sprint and was lucky that noone did beat his one Q3 time. His race pace was decent but not overwheming.
    Piastri was just to slow in the race in comparison to Norris.
    Norris was probably the fastest man this weekend but cracked in qualifying which cost him deeply.
    Russell is a close second to Bottas. He didn’t put a foot wrong and showed great speed and overtakes during his fightback.
    Leclerc didn’t have a stellar saturday.
    Alonso had a horrible race for his standards.

  6. Russell and Piastri impressed the most, but Piastri did make the error with track limits in qualifying and turn 1 did play into his hands somewhat, so I went for Russell in the end who I think did what he could from the situation he was in.

    Poor weekend for Max, dropped 2 points /s

  7. Piastri.

  8. Piastri. That’s easy.

    Not Lewis, that’s for sure. Was that really Lewis driving into Russell like a rookie who’s not yet got the hang of this F1 lark?

    1. oh, big surprise

  9. Piastri, but the boy needs to work on his safety car restarts.

    1. #44 … best post-car saunter

      1. Unbelievably got only 2% of the votes, after best teammate smashing of the weekend, followed by the most leisurely track crossing of the season.

    2. @pironitheprovocateur Russell’s by contrast was sublime.

  10. Oscar, George, Max in group one, Lando just behind.
    Gave it to Oscar, as the others are far more experienced, so expectations are higher.

  11. Owcar obviously.

    No brainer pole and win in the sprint .. then 2nd in race less than 5s behind Max in absolutely brutal conditions ..

    Driver of the WEEEKEND for sure – tho I agree with above about his safety cat restarts

  12. GR impressed me the most, after been butchered and losing a g0dawful amount of time including an extra pitstop, came out 4th with plenty of overtakes which seemed effortless Without the carnage GR would surely have left behind the Maccas and maybe could have challenged Max a bit.

  13. Verstappen didn’t really put a foot wrong all weekend, he drove a clean measured sprint race, doing exactly what he needed to do in order to claim the WDC, he also qualified pole for the race and went on to win by a suitable margin and again no errors.

    Whilst Piastri also has had a superb weekend, he did make his mistakes in Quali on Friday, I also feel that team orders during the race enabled him to hold the 2nd place finish.

    1. I think OP was also driving a measured race. If he had to fight with Norris he would have speeded up. When Norris set the fastest lap Piastri responded with a lap only 0.001 slower.
      He was also closing in on Max who was probably managing tyres at this point and could have easily gone faster himself.

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