From the relative monotony of Melbourne, the F1 2011 circus moved on to Malaysia this weekend, and in a race in which the action scarcely relented from lights-out all the way to chequered flag, Sepang delivered an all-too rarely-seen thriller – and it didn't even require the intervention of the elements.
There was, in truth, many a standout performance in Kuala Lumpur, but we want to know who impressed you
the most. Below are a few suggestions, but if you don't agree – or even if you do – make sure to have your say in our comments forum by clicking on the link at the bottom of the article. So here are who we reckon to be the most deserving candidates for 'Driver of the Day' in the Malaysian Grand Prix:Sebastian Vettel:
Copybook victory; kept an extremely cool head amidst stifling heat and humidity and coped admirably with an intermittent KERS system and tyre-degradation to claim his second success in as many races this season as he gets his title defence off to the best possible start.Jenson Button:
Pre-season, 'JB' was tipped to shine when tyre-management came to the fore, and he was not to be found wanting at Sepang, overcoming McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
and going on to chase down Vettel to secure a thoroughly well-deserved first podium of the new campaign.Nick Heidfeld:
'Quick Nick' is back! Following a poor performance in Australia, Heidfeld had a point to prove this weekend – and he did so in style. His start was one of the features of the grand prix, and his canny experience and guile in tricky conditions earned him his first rostrum finish since the very same race two years ago.Mark Webber:
With KERS of more significance at Sepang than arguably any other circuit on the F1 calendar, to have to manage without it is a tall order indeed – but Webber battled gamely on and doggedly refused to give up the fight. His late-race move on Felipe Massa
was a peach. Deserved far more than fourth place for his efforts.Fernando Alonso:
His challenge for the podium might have ended ignominiously when he clattered into the back of old nemesis Hamilton, but that Alonso was doing battle for the podium at all in Ferrari's F150° Italia spoke volumes about his talent, grit and determination.Kamui Kobayashi:
Made up for Sauber's Melbourne disappointment with a strong and consistent drive to seventh place at the chequered flag – and this time he got to keep it, too! His early scrap with Webber was a highlight, with his combative performance race-long, as ever, a delight to behold.Paul di Resta:
The Scot arguably lucked into a point on his Melbourne F1 debut two weeks ago, but this one was achieved entirely on merit. He had been expected to start getting the better of Force India
team-mate Adrian Sutil
by mid-season during his rookie campaign in the top flight. Just two races in, di Resta is doing so already.