Wow! And we thought Sepang had been exciting! The Chinese Grand Prix was every bit as enthralling as the Malaysian Grand Prix seven days earlier – and then some – and for a country with a star on its flag, it seems only fitting that there should have been a number of stars in Shanghai today. But who really stood out the most for you..?
For the second race weekend running, there were a plethora of excellent performances right the way up and down the field – but what we want to know is 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.
Here are who we reckon to be the most deserving candidates for 'Driver of the Day' in the Chinese Grand Prix:
Drove a peerless race and proved that lessons have been learned since Malaysia. Having destroyed his chances in destroying his tyres at Sepang, in Shanghai, the 2008 F1 World Champion was the very model of controlled aggression – and his moves on team-mate Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel were magnificent. A race to rival his brilliant best.
Not flawless this time, but nonetheless tallied some big points on a day of so many variables and when so many things could potentially have gone wrong. 'Seb' is still the dominant force in F1 2011, have no doubt.
From 18th on the grid, few would have given Webber much of a prayer of a top six finish, let alone a podium, but his second-half charge through the field was arguably the finest witnessed in F1 for many a year. Just a handful more laps, and the Australian may very well have won.
Punched above his weight once more, in doing battle amongst the Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris for a podium finish – and he might have achieved one, too, but for late fuel consumption worries. Almost a giant-killing effort – and one that again left record-breaking multiple world champion team-mate Michael Schumacher firmly in the shade.
His best performance in quite some time, arguably since his sight-threatening Hungaroring qualifying shunt just under two years ago. Had the legs of team-mate Fernando Alonso race-long, and had Ferrari got the strategy right, a rostrum finish would have been there for the taking.
Paul di Resta:
The Scot just continues to impress and go from strength-to-strength in the top flight. Now consistently getting the better of Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil, to run seventh from the start in only his third grand prix and in a car that did not deserve to be so high up the order speaks volumes.
For most drivers and teams, a lapped 16th place would not be anything to write home about, but for Kovalainen and Team Lotus, it represented a minor victory of sorts, given that it meant the Finn finished ahead of both a Sauber and a Williams. Once again, he left team-mate Jarno Trulli trailing.