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Posted By: James Allen  |  16 Oct 2011   |  6:21 pm GMT  |  78 comments

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel racked up his 10th victory of the season with a dominant performance but there was plenty of action all the way down the field. So who was your Driver of the Day?

Sebastian Vettel

Didn’t trouble the top of the timesheets in a wet Friday practice and then saw Red Bull’s run of pole positions come to an end when he could only manage second. Made a clean start before passing pole-sitter Hamilton at the end of the back straight. From then on, the German controlled the race from the front, as he has so often done this year, and didn’t panic when the safety car bunched up the field. Secured his 10th win of the season and 20th of his career to continue where he left off last weekend. The victory also ensured Red Bull won the constructors’ championship for the second consecutive year.

Lewis Hamilton

Looked mighty in both wet and dry conditions as he first dominated Friday practice and then broke Red Bull’s hold on pole position with a brilliant lap. Made a good start but couldn’t hold off Vettel and dropped to second. From then on struggled with understeer throughout the race but battled valiantly to hold off the much faster Webber to secure his first podium since he won the German Grand Prix last July and fifth of the season.

Mark Webber

Once again out-performed by team-mate Vettel and started fourth. Made an When on the softs, the Australian managed to pull out a gap of five seconds over Button in fourth who was on the super softs. Reeled in Hamilton and enjoyed a titanic battle but ultimately finished third to contribute to the team’s constructors’ championship win.

Fernando Alonso

Started sixth, after getting out-qualified by team-mate Massa for the third time in five races, and made a decent getaway benefitting from a slow-starting Button. Was jumped by Schumacher at the stops but regained the place when the German was taken out by Petrov. Finally got passed Massa at the second round of stops and set an incredible pace in the final stint to chase down Button. Ran out of laps to pass him and finished fifth. Now 10 points behind second-placed Button in the championship table.

Jaime Alguerusari

Unlucky to just miss out on Q3 but started P11 to give him a free choice of tyre compound to start the race. Made a solid start and made the most of a recent set of upgrades to run as high as third at one point. Some great pit-work by the team and a creative strategy helped him run eighth in the closing stages. Some impressive straight-line speed and fresher tyres helped him pass Rosberg on the final lap to finish seventh and equal his best ever finish.

Sebastien Buemi

Beaten by team-mate Alguersuari in qualifying and started 13th, two places behind the Spaniard. Was hit at the start which saw him drop four places, but fought back with a great strategy and some super passing moves – including passing both Williams, Saubers and Force Indias – to finish ninth and help reduce the gap to Sauber to three points in the constructors’ championship.

Heikki Kovalainen

Started in 19th and passed several cars on the first lap. Showed good pace on both soft and super soft tyres to match the times of those racing in the midfield. Finished 14th, closing on Senna and ahead of both Saubers, to achieve arguably his and Lotus’ best result of the season in terms of performance.

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  1. Dmitry says:

    my voice goes to Lewis.
    It might be not his best performance ever, but for me and [I really hope] personally for himself he found his old self again… and hopefully will only get stronger and better from now on.

    1. wayne says:

      Hard to get past Heikki for me. Another great performance in a season of great performances. Ok so he should have made more of his time at McLaren but if he was not ready for a mid-top team then he surely must be now. I would hate to see Heikki end his career in a tail-end team. Still no sponsorhip money and no former F1 champion relative, what chance does he have?

  2. Nic Maennling says:

    Very interesting race. I think the organizers need to splash out and buy a road sweeper for next year. In places it looked like a 1920s race !

  3. CHIUNDA says:

    1. “Vettel and started fourth. Made an When on the softs, the Australian managed to” reads funny

    2. Was the “I give up” remark from Alonso really a hoax or a message to Ferrari never to keep him behind Massa ever again?

    1. Dave says:

      The BBC website has a news article about the ‘I give up’ comment. Apparently, he clarified that he meant that he was pushing really hard and, with 2 laps to go, he decided he was not going to catch Button so told his team he gives up on that.

      I think the fact we only heard the ‘I give up, I give up’ part made it sound a bit more sinister than it really was.

    2. wayne says:

      I think its just that English is not the guy’s first language. I think he meant ‘sorry guys it’s too late so I am going to settle for the point I have in the bag’.

  4. Stu says:

    Hard to choose one, for me Lewis, Heikki or Jamie are the top choices but I went with Jamie in the end as I think he put in a barnstormer of a drive and is the most improved of the 3 – I must admit to laughing at him on his debut as he was woefully under prepared but has really come out of his driving shell this year.

  5. Joaq says:

    Felipe Massa!
    The only driver, among the 6 first, that passed cars in the race, not only in pit-stops.

    1. Diaminedave says:

      Vettel on Hamilton
      Webber on Hamilton
      Hamilton on Webber
      Alonso on Petrov
      Alonso on Rosberg
      I’m sure there are others but there were a few overtakes.
      Just got to say difficult for the guy in the lead to make an overtake probably the main reason why Vettel does not make a lot of overtakes its impossible to do so

    2. wayne says:

      Most definitely not.

  6. Quercus says:

    I voted for Vettel even though I always root for Hamilton. He was totally dominant and has completely put to bed the ‘cannot overtake’ criticism.

    Let’s hope both McLaren and Ferrari can close the performance gap for next year. Hamilton has learnt a lot this season and with the right equipment I think we’ll see him on a higher plane in 2012.

    1. Ben says:

      You mean, the one overtake at the beginning of the race? Where Lewis was too afraid to make any defensive moves in case he got a 3-race ban from the stewards?

      1. Wetcoaster says:

        Yes – That’s the one he meant. The one where he cleanly passed Hamilton without crashing into him. I’m not a Hamilton hater, but I sure can’t stand Hamilton fans who watch every race with the blinders on. Can Vettel do anything to earn Driver of the Day from the readers of this website? Maybe he’ll just have to settle for World Champion….

      2. Ben says:

        I’m neither a Hamilton fan-boy nor a Vettel hater, but Driver of the Day should go to someone who did more than one overtake, entertained us, and achieved more than was expected. Someone like Alguersuari.

      3. KRB says:

        Dunno if you can say he was too afraid. He moved the car around quite a bit when he was defending from Webber later. Lewis left too much on the left side of that straight. He should’ve left 3/4 of a car width there, and then as soon as Vettel moved to the outside, to push him all the way around the outside of the corner and then pinch him out.

        Having said that, the McLaren rear wing in closed position was creating too much drag again vis-a-vis Red Bull’s, slowing Lewis down and punching a bigger hole for Vettel to slipstream into behind.

        Still a good pass.

      4. devilsadvocate says:

        what? you want him to hit the brakes and let a few more cars past so he can overtake those too?

        Vettel wasted no time and ran Hamilton down from the off and never looked back. Hard to overtake when you have no one in front. Also, Hamilton wasnt being exactly shy in his defenses at any part of the race.

      5. Charlie B says:

        Yeah, he only needed to pass one car and he did. Are you suggesting that he should intentionally slow down just so he can be seen to pass more cars?

      6. Ben says:

        Haha. Very funny. I’m suggesting that one overtake on the first lap down a long straight with a massive slipstream and a superior car hardly “puts to bed” the criticism of Vettels overtaking ability. I like Vettel but this was hardly overtake I the year.

      7. **Paul** says:

        Vettels pass on Hamilton was a good solid move for several reasons:

        1.) It was on full tanks.
        2.) The tyres were cold tyres and also the tyres were in near perfect condition on each car.
        3.) No DRS involved.
        4.) The McLaren has a signifcantly stronger KERS, and it’s Mercedes engine is generally regarded as the best in F1.
        5.) Speedtraps showed Hamiltons car as 13th fastest, Vettels 17th.

        So you’ve won the WDC, your second, but you still go and stick a move on the most aggressive guy in F1 up the dirty side of the track on lap 1. Cracking move.

        With regards driver of the day, it’s worth noting a few candidates really lucked in with the safety car. Vettel got done again with that, anyone care to add up how many seconds of lead he’s lost this season? !

        My driver of the day though, Heikki Kovalainen, awesome result in the Lotus, he looked on it all weekend IMO.

  7. F1racer says:

    Petrov for taking the old man out!

    Seriously, it has to be Jamie, he is improving race by race.

  8. Uhm says:

    Jaime for sure. But yet again this turned out to be a popularity (read British fanboy) poll.

    Anyone who votes for someone who loses a position in the race is just voting because it is their favorite driver. I don’t even understand why that driver gets in the poll…obviously didn’t do great to lose places.

    1. Dave says:

      I disagree. You can still have a great race, regardless of places won or lost, if you drive the race well.

      Yes, Hamilton lost a place to Vettel, but he was chosen for the poll based on his defensive driving to hold of Webber lap after lap. He made one mistake in letting Vettel through, but one mistake does not define an entire race. From then on he had a solid drive. So I can absolutely see why people might vote for him, and why he was in the poll.

      For the record, I voted for Heikki. Superb drive and great to see Team Lotus mixing it with the pack a little. I would otherwise have voted Alguersuari who was also excellent.

    2. Russ says:

      Agree Lewis’ pace in qualifying wasn’t reproduced on Sunday did well but not a really stand out performance. Button was also poor.
      Interested in the strategy report as I think Webber made a mistake to follow Lewis into pits and if Button had/could stay out would he have ‘over’ cut the both of them?

    3. Bobby says:

      Sooo, holding off a determined Webber in a faster car for an entire stint under the highest scrutiny and pressure of your career doesn’t count as a drive of the day in your book? I think you should re-evaluate the way you judge these things.

    4. Chris says:

      Sorry, but this is total rubbish. Just because you disagree with the consensus doesn’t mean that everyone else is biased! No need to hold your opinion in such high regard.

      I voted for Jaime, but it was a tough choice between him and Lewis. Jamie put in a very solid drive to capitalise on STRs new found form, he did a great job, as did his team mate it has to be said.

      Lewis gave a masterclass in defending, holding back webber for the better part of 20 laps despite the Mclaren looking like a bit of a pig on race day. Lewis was definately the most entertaining driver out there, drove around all of the problems and gave us a very memorable battle that we’ll be talking about in future decades… it’s no suprise that people are voting for Lewis, regardless of their nationality.

  9. dzolve says:

    This is an easy one. Hamilton drove magnificently to hold off faster cars behind and didn’t put a foot wrong.
    Can’t fault Vettel either.

  10. Jack says:

    Lewis had a great defensive drive in an inferior car, can’t fault Vettel, but Alonso has to get it for me. Just watching the gap to Button reduce metronomically on the timing screen for the whole final stint was mightily impressive – especially in that Ferrari.

    1. Ian says:

      “Lewis had a great defensive drive in an inferior car,”

      Inferior car? He set pole in that inferior car, and from Canada to Japan (9 races) McLaren won 4 of them. There’s nothing inferior about the McLaren except as an excuse when they can’t beat Vettel.

      1. Jack says:

        While I agree that the McLaren has been competitive in recent races I think the common concensus is that Red Bull had the edge in the race in Korea. Vettel’s lead and Webber being stuck behind Hamilton all race just suggests it. Maybe inferior was too strong a word but they definately wern’t quite as quick.

      2. Richard says:

        Fundamentally the Red Bull car is faster and more agile. The McLaren car sometimes is able to match it or go faster due to circuit conditions, tyres, or set up, but in Korea whilst Hamilton was able to snatch pole, the car had understeer affecting the performance significantly, and it was quite clear from the lap times that the Red Bull car was significantly faster on this occasion.

  11. Anthony (not Lewis'daddy) says:

    Lewis for giving us an entertaining race!

  12. Michael says:

    No love for Buemi? He may not have got much screen time but he quietly scythed through the midfield for a strong result. Torro Rosso are finally making some progress.

    Wasn’t too impressed with the front runners. There was some great racing – nice circuit for that – but no one driver shone above the rest. Obviously, Seb had a good race but, for him, good is average.

    Not sure what Lewis did to win everyone over – there was a fine display of (fair) racing obstruction but it was very much damage control. He should have been attacking Vettel.

    The other four of the big six just didn’t seem able to make anything stick at a circuit awash with overtaking opportunity.

    1. Gerald says:

      Its probably due to the media attacks, everyone talking down on him, and the number of incidents hes been given full blame for. Hamilton has taken a lot of flak on his own and it would bring anyone down. Even the likes of an all-time great like Senna reacted similarly in light of negative criticism.

      Its been quite obvious that Lewis has been quite down and a little depressed and a lot of people sure hated to see that. So to achieve a podium finish and seeing the young man have a smile on his face again was definitely great.

    2. Baktru says:

      i still voted for Lewis on this occasion though. That battle with Webber was some epic driving. The RB was clearly faster and Lewis did great holding him off. The entertainment value alone did it :)

  13. Olivier says:

    It has to be Hamilton, with jamie a close second.

    This time it was the other way around. Lewis did great defensive driving. And numerous high profile dices with Webber.

    I hope he keeps the momentum to become the Vice Master. I know he doesn’t like to be second, but he thoroughly deserves to end the season on a high. He can write history to become the first Indian GP winner in a fortnight.

  14. Steve says:

    Lewis was conservative by his own standards; effective but a shame the McLaren wasn’t quite fast enough to challenge on raceday. Don’t understand the inclusion of Webber & Buemi when they were roundly trounced by their respective team-mates (as usual). For outperforming car/teammate/competition I think Alguersuari is an obvious choice – particularly impressive in this race (as in some others recently) given he was being talked out of his seat earlier in the season for underperforming. I have a lot of appreciation for battling back from a tough position…..

  15. Carlos Del Valle says:

    I agree, Lewis started on pole, finished second, and unless my Live Timing is wrong, I saw Vettel mercilessly pull away from him lap by lap.

    It has to be Vettel or Alguersuari. I voted ALG!

    1. Remco says:

      Your live timing is indeed wrong. The first stint Hamilton was always within 2 seconds of Vettel. The second stint the gap got bigger when Webber got into the DRS zone of Hamilton and the latter had to defend, costing him a lot of time.

  16. Frans says:

    My vote goes to Hamilton… Although Alonso was also impressive and you can’t go wrong with Alguersuari. Vettel also a good choice, but considering he wasn’t really being challenged, thus his victory was kind of on the easy side. Hamilton really work for that 2nd place.

    Anyway, could anyone (James?) answer this question. Already 2 race in a row that drivers park their cars on the track. Although I’m fine with this, apparently some people are arguing that they should be given a penalty if they can’t bring the car back to pit. What are your thought on this? Or maybe you can make a little article on this with some insight on how they predict the fuel load… On what laps they can have an accurate picture on whether they need to save fuel or they can push?

  17. Darren says:

    Button again for me , only a few second behind the overrated sulk that is Lewis

    1. KRB says:

      Button did well to recover to 4th after being dropped early on, and did some very skilled driving when he was boxed in by Massa and Webber. It’s amazing there was no contact between any of them there.

      Having said that, Lewis still had a better drive on the day.

  18. Richard says:

    Lewis for his successful defending of second position against a faster car driven by Mark Webber. Incidently just watched Senna on DVD and he was critised when interviewed by Jackie Stewart for having more collisions with other drivers than anyone else. – Sound familiar! It was then he made his famous quote about going for gaps. Prost shown in a bad light for instigating Senna’s disqualification from winning the championship.

  19. Ross says:

    Jaimie for me. STR/RB have quite a big decision to make for next year as neither Buemi or Jaimie have done anything that indicates one of them deserves to be dropped.

    In an ideal world both get to stay on and Riccardio continues to impress in an improved HRT and they can chose who drives for Red Bull in 2013. I think all three have shown they would be a capable number two job at Red Bull.

    Nice headache to have though.

  20. Tim says:

    Good list to chose from and I’m glad Hamilton appears to have stopped the bleeding. But while the others put on a good show, Vettel was the one who stamped his authority on the race from the middle of the first lap on.

  21. Dave Deacon says:

    Adrian Newey. RBR drivers should acknowledge that it is basically the car design that wins races. Any of the top drivers given the fastest car would win and some in better style than SV. SV is very lucky to be in such a great car. But F1 is a circus selling a show… media hype applies.

    1. TG says:

      That’s really the defining question isn’t it – was SV’s drive more to do with the car or the driver? If you believe the former then you’ll appreciate LH’s drive more, the latter and you’ll vote for SV.
      No one can say definitively, of course, but given McL’s understeer issues I’m more inclined to think the car was the difference – so LH’s drive, for me, was much more impressive.
      Alternatively I’d vote LH and MW – coz it takes two to tango, after all.

    2. Andrew Myers says:

      So why isn’t Webber finishing 2nd in every race?

      1. Dave Deacon says:

        I do not beleive that MW has an equal car to SV… I think they develop SV’s car better and MW knows it and is demoralised by it. Now that SV has won, MW is getting a better shot but not by much. I repeat, F1 is a circus with a show to sell and a media to please. It is not some equality-based race looking for the truly best driver. JB and LH might have a lot more ability but SV is harvesting the trophies. Not what a sport would want…

      2. Jay says:

        Very poor excuse for not acknowledging Vettel’s 2011 season.

    3. F1Fan4Life says:

      Agreed. The Bulls were unstoppable here and only the bad… Or strategically planned pit call for Webber prevented a RB one two. But if we believed everything in the media, then Vettel is the greatest driver who ever lived, hide your daughters cos he’ll also be the best son-in-law ever. I must be missing something..

      Jaime did great, so my vote goes to a driver that performed well in a lousy car, rather than a driver that performed well in the best car.

    4. CanadaGP says:

      I agree on Adrian Newey that Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso or Button, any of the 4 would have won if they were in a Newey car. So my vote goes to either Algersuari or Kovaleinnen for outperforming their cars.

  22. Joe says:

    Heikki for me, great to see the Lotus hauling it’s way up the field!

  23. Ahmed says:

    This has nothing to do with this poll but BBC just confirmed Dan Wheldon has died whilst racing in the Las Vegas Indy 300

    RIP Dan Wheldon

  24. captainj84 says:

    i know it’s off topic but, rip Dan Wheldon, a great british racer. Let’s hope this makes the indy series realise how dangerous oval circuits are and put a ban on them. Sad day for any racing fans.

  25. Ronald says:

    Jaime Alguersuari gets my vote. It surprises me Lewis is leading the poll. Really people? C’mon. I’m a Vettel fan and didn’t vote for him. Guess 90 percent of the votes for Lewis are from Lewis fans… be more open minded to other drivers, please. Jaime is the man of the race.

  26. Glenn says:

    I would give my vote to Lewis & Mark for the pure entertainment value alone. No paint missing, no tears, no regrets. Great stuff!

  27. Craig in Manila says:

    ALG for me.
    Somewhat hard to understand how LH is leading the poll considering that (in my opinion) all he did was hold-up a heap of cars for a heap of laps whilst SV cruised away and then, when MW finally did pass, LH just out-KERS’d him down the straight again. Not my idea of a “drive of the day” but I am obviously in the minority !
    Another excellent result from Ricciardo too.

    1. Andy says:

      I seriously wonder whether some of you people even bothered watching the race. Hamilton held up ONE driver, hardly a heap. Button admitted after the race that he couldn’t hold on to the back of Webber and Hamilton because of chronic understeer. This was also obvious from watching the race. How you can say he was holding up anybody other than Webber is beyond me.

      1. Craig in Manila says:

        Yep, fair point, my use of “heap” was incorrect. He did indeed only hold-up one driver.

  28. devilsadvocate says:

    Vettel for sure, continues driving like he has triple digit points deficit as opposed to a second championship under his belt. My heart practically stopped for the first two laps this morning. Great stuff!

    Congrats to Hamilton for a long overdue podium and did so in a very clean but very agressive manner. Would be lying though if I said I wasnt sad about him repassing Webber with the DRS, just doesnt seem right to me. Webber made a gutsy on track move and was robbed simply because he made his move one turn too early. I imagine playing this over in his head he would have just gotten in Lewis’ diffuser and made the pass on the second straight, to give no chance for answer, but he didnt and it left me with a sour taste.

    Also James, over here in the US the SPEED announcers made a pretty big deal about Hamilton’s current relationship with his team, highlighted by a radio comment where he seems to be telling his engineers to “dont talk to me while Im racing” they mentioned a number of comments that I personally didnt see to confirm but that suggest he may be a little bit on a bubble right now. Im eagerly awaiting your piece analyzing the Hamilton of 2011.

  29. rad_g says:

    Heikki, definitely, Team Lotus starts to shine. Good.

  30. Anup Kadam says:

    Hello James, just wanted to update you that under teams standing section STR-Ferrari points are not updated to 37. They are still displayed as 29.

  31. Sergio says:

    Jaime Alguersuari without any doubt. Lewis Hamilton was forgivened for RB’s marketing. RB decided to stop Webber as much as they could (so in pits) to avoid any chance of conflict between the Aussie and the German. Can you imagine Mark faster than Vettel or even putting pressure on him? Not possible at all. The distance between Sebastian and Mark is extraordinary (RB saying) and should be at the same after the Champ. Hamilton was RB’s third driver yesterday.

  32. Andy Wallace says:

    No, it is clearly the inferior car, the RBR is fast everywhere, in all conditions.

    Lewis’ racing against Webber was classic, the RBR was 0.5 faster, Webber got by, but Lewis summoned some amazing moves from nowhere any other driver is capable of going to do things all others find impossible.

    Great driving by both LH and MW, amazing to watch as a fan, but do not try to muddy the water, Webber had a large advantage, but Lewis’ skill negated it, realise what you were watching.

  33. Scott Brown says:

    How on earth has Vettel only got half the votes of Hamilton? Hamilton probably had the faster package this weekend, was favourite with the bookmakers, out qualified Vettel but finished behind him.

    In my view, stand out performances from Vettel (yet again), Alguersuari and Kovalainen.

    1. Nando says:

      Red Bull was clearly faster for race pace, even Webber looked faster than Hamilton. Vettel was in cruise mode.

  34. audifan says:

    RIP Dan , terrible loss

    driver of the day ?
    master class from hamilton , can’t imagine how he finished ahead of webbers much faster RBR

  35. Frederik says:

    For me its Vettel. He overtook Hamilton when he had to (first corner), and then controlled the whole race, even when the SC took away the lead he had build up just after the first pitstop round.

    I find it also very interesting that he has won 10 GP’s this year, but never won the vote on this poll (I think best was 2nd in Spain this year, but most of the time he finished 3rd or beyond).

    For Hamilton, I agree he drove well yesterday, but he did not win, and it was only thanks to his KERS/DRS that he could keep the position from Webber when he overtook Hamilton. He did certainly better then the previous races, but that does not make him driver of the day from my point of view.

  36. Andrew J says:

    I voted for Lewis, Webber would be a close second.

    Lewis has had a tough time of things in recent races but he’s been on fine form over the whole weekend. Yes, he slipped up in losing a place, but his defensive driving under huge pressure from Webber, whilst driving a car suffering from significant understeer was what earned him DotD for me, especially after the scrutiny he’s been under recently.

    Vettel once again put in another superb drive, but it was fairly uneventful. That’s not a criticism of him; that’s just the way it often pans out if you’re in command of the race, particularly if you are one half of the season’s dominant car and driver combination. A fine effort, but he didn’t really have to work for it in the same way as Lewis did.

    Webber also had a good day. The way he reeled in Hamilton was great stuff, and the battle for second fantastic.

    Jenson really wasn’t on it as much as Lewis this weekend. He may have been in contention for a podium if he hadn’t had such an appalling start. He did well to claw back most of the places he lost, enough to keep with Lewis and Mark and stay in front of Fernando to get 4th, but otherwise a fairly ordinary drive.

    By the way, take note Hamiltonites; I’m a JB fan, but my vote went to Lewis who did the better job today. No grumbling, no making excuses, no conspiracy theories. Just an objective view of a day’s racing. Today, Lewis was the better driver. I shan’t be throwing my toys out of the pram because he’s in the poll and Jenson isn’t.

  37. Steven Pritchard says:

    I think Lewis was fortunate that overtakes were at a premium, the combination of KERS and the DRS zone seemed to make overtaking incredibly difficult.

    The three guys behind him would have probably nailed him at any other track, but credit where it is due, there’s no such thing as a perfect race and Lewis did well to manage his tyres to 2nd place (not often I say that)

  38. Rob Newman says:

    Wanted to vote for Vettel but went for Jaime instead.

    Even though Webber could not pass Hamilton, he did a fantastic job in keeping Button behind especially when he was on the soft tyre and Jenson was on the faster super soft.

    Don’t think Alonso’s name should be on the list.

  39. Wombat says:

    Webber of course, if his team had let him run an extra lap and not pitted with Hamilton he would have won the race. Instead it was Vettel that got the break courtesy of his team mate holding back Hamilton who had been hauling-in Vettel in the earlier part of the race. The demeanor of Webber at the post race interview told it all, he was back in the mix and he (and they) knew it.

  40. Rudy says:

    At the very top says: “Who was your driver of the day”. It seems by reading some posts, as if we are judging overtaking. This year is an easier matter than previous years, thanks to DRS. Really great drives by HAM (not touching anyone!!), ALO, ALG and probably DIR. Petrov is an absolute animal or something is wrong with the braking system on those fake Renaults (i.e. Senna @ Spa).

  41. saleh alfakieh says:

    I think it must be lewis,i am not his fan,but it is fair to say he did a brilliant drive against mark webber,if he didn’t do mistakes like what he did in spa and canada,he would have been in 2nd place by now,part from the race which was boring,lewis vs mark battle was the most interesting thing in the race,and i was laughing at alonso when he gave up,only reminds me that he is overrated,no historic races fro him and he haven’t overtaken kimi raikkonen(my hero)
    i respect him,but i think he doesn’t deserve 2005 title
    i hope buemi will make it to red bull in 2013 or 2014
    sorry for my bad english,i am from Saudi Arabia
    Peace :)

  42. ColinZeal says:

    Hi James,
    Lately there has been no poll at the end of the driver of the day articles but instead a link to twitter.
    Can I respectively suggest that this is not a good thing. I am not a member of twitter nor do I particularly want to be. I would however like to see the results of the poll and get a picture of the views of other fans.
    It is common nowadays for companies and organisations, blogs and forums to assume every internet user is a member of twitter and facebook. This is not the case and there will always be people who do not wish to sign up for certain services. I understand that twitter has its uses and indeed you may tweet additional information to fans through this medium but I think it short-sighted and inconsiderate to restrict aspects of your blog only to twitter users.
    Personally I do not enjoy the format with too many tweets from a range of a people appearing on the page of the person you are “following”. I do not have the time or inclination for twitter. While I accept not being up to date with every little piece of information made available by you through twitter I do think it is a bad idea to restrict this particular part of a well received regular article to twitter users.
    Kind Regards
    Colin.

    1. James Allen says:

      NOt sure I understand – there’s always a poll at the end of Driver of the Day

      1. ColinZeal says:

        Apologies if its an anomoly with my browser/computer but for the last several races I’ve seen no poll simply a link to tweet…..

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