Sergio Perez was voted Driver of the Weekend for the second time this year for his impressive performance in the Italian Grand Prix.
He started 12th and raced through the field to finish second in a performance reminiscent of his double 14th-to-first drives in F3 at the track four years ago.
Driver of the Italian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ top three
1. Sergio Perez – 50.6%
2. Lewis Hamilton – 30.0%
3. Fernando Alonso – 10.9%
Perez was out-qualified by his team mate and did not make it into Q3. That allowed him to start the race on the hard tyres and he made superb use of that strategy to scorch through the field, passing, among others, both Ferraris.
But it seems even this was not enough to win over Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Following the race he reiterated his view that Perez, in his second season of F1, is not experienced enough to drive for Ferrari.
Perez for me. He was on it from the word go with his race and used the C31?óÔé¼??s strengths to its full potential.
I had my doubts after qualifying as they weren?óÔé¼Ôäót as high in the speed trap as I expected they would be but he delivered and Kobayashi also stuck them in the points.
Admittedly he wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót really making waves in qualifying but harking back to that speed trap data again makes me think that perhaps that was the intention, knowing they could benefit from high temperatures on tyres they could charm into working for them.
The fact that Perez didn?óÔé¼Ôäót get into Q3 allowed him to have a different tyre strategy in the race to most of the other drivers which helped him in the race, if he had reached Q3 and qualified in a similar position to his team mate I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think he would have had quite as good a race which shows the problems with the tyre rules regarding the top ten.
But he still put in a great performance in the race to achieve another podium I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think most fans would be surprised if he managed a victory before the end of the season.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóve never bought into the story that Perez wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót ready for Ferrari and now I?óÔé¼Ôäóve sussed it.
We saw today that Ferrari need someone like Massa who won?óÔé¼Ôäót take points away from Alonso, Alonso can win the title on his own. Perez has proved his year that he?óÔé¼Ôäós an absolute superstar, he is world championship-winning material but he can?óÔé¼Ôäót get into Ferrari until Alonso has won a title.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós not that Perez isn?óÔé¼Ôäót ready for Ferrari, Ferrari isn?óÔé¼Ôäót ready for Perez.
Hamilton put the tribulations of Spa behind him and drowned out speculation over his future with a classy drive to victory from pole position.
I picked Hamilton as he was one of the few who did a solid job all weekend. He did the job he needed to do in the first half of the race by pulling away from the rest of the field, and because of that, Perez didn?óÔé¼Ôäót have enough laps to catch him.
Hamilton drove superbly throughout the weekend and ran a flawless race. We don?óÔé¼Ôäót know how much he had in reserve, but my guess is he?óÔé¼Ôäód have easily held off Perez if he?óÔé¼Ôäód got closer. We didn?óÔé¼Ôäót see much of him because the focus was on the battles behind, but he didn?óÔé¼Ôäót seem to put a foot wrong.
Without a doubt it must be Lewis Hamilton. Fantastic qualifying and fantastic race. Didn?óÔé¼Ôäót see much of him in the race and this shows how dominant he was.
Driver of the race must have been Sergio Perez but he was out-qualified by quite a large margin by Kobayashi so I?óÔé¼Ôäóm afraid I can?óÔé¼Ôäót vote for him as driver of the weekend.
There were echoes of Alonso’s 2006 Monza weekend – technical problems in qualifying led to him starting tenth, from where he mounted an excellent recovery drive.
The difference was this time it did not end in retirement, but a podium finish. Though Alonso could offer little resistance to Perez, nor did Massa make life particularly difficult for his team mate.
The world championship leader ended a difficult weekend with an increased points advantage.
Although Perez?óÔé¼Ôäós drive was outstanding I voted for Fernando Alonso. The sole reason being he made good progress through the field and although he couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót stop Perez passing him and couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót keep up with Hamilton I just felt that he did very well given the fact he has had many a problem during the weekend and the loss of telemetry bugs that plagued them.
Also since the team said that he picked up damage from the Vettel incident and couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót ride the kerbs made the drive from tenth to third even more impressive.
Made a good start and stayed out of trouble, and passing two cars in two corners without any need for DRS was brilliant.
Off the back of the non finish at Spa it would have been easy for him to be conservative or to be slightly flustered from the scary accident, but he went for his moves with conviction and to recover to the podium from a poor grid slot is the kind of drive we?óÔé¼Ôäóve come to expect from him so often that it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót really seem special any more!
Alonso is showing how you can have an average weekend and still drive the pants of that car and extend points in championship
Sebastian Vettel’s penalty
In the poll, 53.9% of readers supported the penalty, 41.2% opposed it.
Vettel’s penalty was largely down to the rules clarification issued in July which stated that drivers may use the full width of the track to defend their position on a straight and before any braking area.
Although Curva Grande is not a straight, it seems the FIA consider it as if it were one because it is an acceleration zone – a distinction which it will be important to keep an eye on in future rulings involving incidents which take place in flat-out corners.
2012 Driver of the Weekend results so far
|Australia||Jenson Button (43.6%)||Fernando Alonso (21.1%)||Sergio Perez (8.2%)|
|Malaysia||Sergio Perez (61.4%)||Fernando Alonso (28.1%)||Bruno Senna (3.7%)|
|China||Nico Rosberg (69.1%)||Lewis Hamilton (10.0%)||Jenson Button (6.4%)|
|Bahrain||Kimi Raikkonen (56.3%)||Sebastian Vettel (19.3%)||Paul di Resta (10.6%)|
|Spain||Pastor Maldonado (56.8%)||Lewis Hamilton (27.5%)||Fernando Alonso (6.4%)|
|Monaco||Mark Webber (32.6%)||Heikki Kovalainen (20.2%)||Fernando Alonso (14.2%)|
|Canada||Lewis Hamilton (58.7%)||Sergio Perez (19.1%)||Romain Grosjean (15.3%)|
|Europe||Fernando Alonso (51.7%)||Sebastian Vettel (18.4%)||Michael Schumacher (8.9%)|
|Great Britain||Mark Webber (50.1%)||Fernando Alonso (18.7%)||Romain Grosjean (17.3%)|
|Germany||Fernando Alonso (62.4%)||Jenson Button (12.5%)||Kamui Kobayashi (8.7%)|
|Hungary||Lewis Hamilton (55.2%)||Kimi Raikkonen (30.1%)||Bruno Senna (5.5%)|
|Belgium||Jenson Button (52.7%)||Sebastian Vettel (20.5%)||Nico Hulkenberg (8.9%)|
|Italy||Sergio Perez (50.6%)||Lewis Hamilton (30.0%)||Fernando Alonso (10.9%)|
This was the fourth time this year Perez has featured among the top three Drivers of the Weekend.
Hamilton made his fifth appearance and Alonso an impressive eighth.
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