There were some strong performances in the European Grand Prix at Valencia, with drivers throughout the grid putting in some great runs.
So who was your driver of the day?
Another race where he blended brilliance with controversy. Attacked Webber off the line and took second place, then had a go at Vettel, damaging his wing slightly in contact at Turn 2. Followed Vettel’s race strategy, pitting under the safety car, but by then he had already overtaken the safety car, which brought about his drive through penalty. Lucky that the penalty took so long coming he didn’t lose a place when he served it.
Made up a place at the start, passing Mark Webber, his result was decided by being the first driver to pit when the safety car was deployed on lap 9. This got him ahead of Kubica and the two Ferraris, but behind Kobayashi in third place. Couldn’t pass the Japanese, but picked up the place at the end when he finally came in for tyres.
Gave Williams its best result of the season so far with fourth place. Started 9th, he was up to 7th at the start, passing Hulkenberg and Webber. Made the same quick call as Button, pitting immediately when the safety car was deployed. On days when your car offers you a chance to compete you must take it and Rubens showed he is still sharp.
Many people have been asking what had become of the warrior Kobayashi, who lit up Interlagos and Abu Dhabi last season in the Toyota. Here he had another poor qualifying session, but starting on the hard tyre from 18th on the grid, he took advantage of the tyres’ durability to leap to third when the safety car came out, by not stopping. From there it was about what he would be able to do in the closing laps after a switch to softs. He passed Alonso and Buemi brilliantly.
Started 13th, was 12th on the opening lap but passed cars and fought his way up to sixth at the flag.