Driver of the Weekend: 2016 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

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Who was your driver of the 2016 Japanese GP weekend? This takes into account the whole weekend, not just the race. Please use the comments section below to tell us why you voted the way you did.

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9 responses to “Driver of the Weekend: 2016 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

  1. Dunno… probably Rosberg 2.0. Mainly watched Bathurst on race day.

    Gotta give props to Rosberg though for a perfectly executed weekend at a place like Suzuka with the pressures of the WDC building.

    Topped FP1, FP2, FP3, Quali, and then controlled the race after a good start. Heard he gave Lewis his set-up, too. Paul might be able to elaborate on that.

    • Rosberg for me too as he was pretty untouchable this weekend. Max did well though, so a notable mention to him this weekend. Likewise Vettel had a decent weekend too. Shame Ferrari don’t understand the whole track position thing or he could well have made the podium.

      Yep I read something in the german media post qualifying that said that Lewis ended up basically taking the Rosberg setup after FP3 as he took the car setup in the wrong direction. Its quite rare for that to happen at Merc apparently as they both normally progress in the same direction re: setup.

  2. Would normally have given it to Rosberg – but gave it Max33 for holding off the other M-B driver for 8 or 9 laps.

  3. Has to be Max this time for me – great drive.
    Honourable mention to:
    Rosberg was flawless all weekend, while Vettel looked quite racy as well, pity Ferrari still using pin the tail on the donkey to decide strategy.

    • Agreed.
      I wondered about ‘extracting DOTW points’ for his whining, but then I realised Max did some whining too.

      Blue flags should be banned.

      • “Blue flags should be banned”

        either that, or ban the publicly broadcasted radiomessages, which are carefully selected to ‘spice things up’

  4. No points but with no cars dropping out 12th is another good result for Palmer. Beat two torro rossos and two mclarens. Close to justifying a drive for next year if he keeps up good (relative) results. wether he gets one is a different matter of course.

    • well said on Palmer, i still think it’s too little too late, but he certainly has been stepping up in the second half of the season, easy to forget he’s a rookie. he might go under the radar driving around at the back in the yellow submarine, but a good sign to see him deliver with the pressure he must be under to secure his future.

  5. Difficult one !
    Last week it was quite clear to me: Alonso
    This time, on this track all cars seemed closer to each other and/or overtaking is more difficult. We’ve seen a superb job for the nr. 1 and 2 of this race. Rosberg was never challenged, Max only once (..). That perhaps makes it difficult to rate their performance.
    The opposite goes for Vettel; great job, had to fight for it, didn’t do anything wrong but was let down by his team. But still, driver of the day?
    My first reaction after the race was that perhaps Lewis was best this race – I admit, it would have been a first for me 😉
    In Spa he had the dominant car and was lucky with the safety car. But this time he had to fight for it. The German press (AMS) however, gave him a 6/10 for making a couple of mistakes, some off track distractions etc. Don’t know how autosport rated him (> autosport plus). Made me doubt.
    Both Force India boys did a good job, nice move from Hülkenberg on one of the Williams.

    Still undecided…

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