Carlos Sainz Jnr was voted Driver of the Weekend by F1 Fanatic readers for the first time following his sixth place finish in Monaco.
He narrowly beat race winner Sebastian Vettel to become the fifth different poll winner in as many races.
Carlos Sainz Jnr’s Grand Prix weekend
The Toro Rosso drivers were quick from the off in Monaco and in practice it seemed Daniil Kvyat might have an edge on his team mate. Sainz ended that debate in qualifying, however, taking advantage of Lewis Hamilton’s Q2 exit to put his car on the third row.
In Monaco qualifying is often half the battle, and so it proved. Sainz was quick enough in the race that Hamilton wasn’t able to jump back ahead of him. He easily kept the Mercedes driver behind in the second stint.
The final gap between him and his team mate flatters Sainz, as Kvyat was hit by Sergio Perez, but this was nonetheless a fine result and certainly thew best the car could achieve at this tough circuit.
Fantastic drive from Sainz. No one single mistake in the weekend. Sixth in a Toro Rosso is like a victory. He keeps improving and surprising.
Sainz drove yet another great race. So far he’s right up there as one of the best, most consistent drivers this year. Very impressive stuff, and if either driver in RBR goes elsewhere next year I reckon he’d be a great choice for promotion.
I’m absolutely not a big Carlos fan, but he has to be driver of the weekend this time. Not that he did something very special, but he was flawless all weekend.
Monaco Grand Prix winners and losers
Sebastian Vettel came close to taking another Driver of the Weekend win:
The moment Kimi Raikkonen pulled into the pits, he set lap times of 1’15 to pull that gap open for one stop. That was the crucial turning point of the race that led to his victory. In fact, no one ever came close lapping near Vettel’s pace.
Ru Chern (@Ruchern)
I voted for Vettel simply because he deserved to win. Kept his team mate in sights so as to be able to leapfrog him whether if was by an undercut or ‘over cut’. Was significantly faster on the option tyres and pulled out a big lead. Remained unperturbed when the Safety Car shrank that lead time to nothing and pulled away again at the restart.
While some felt Raikkonen had been unlucky or even unjustly treated by his team to lose the lead to his team mate, others gave that idea short shrift:
Raikkonen did not have a good race. He could not do the one thing that mattered as the leader: get by the lapped cars quickly.
He was staying too far from Button (around 1.5 seconds) so no blue flags were shown. Vettel was able to run much closer to Raikkonen (0.7 seconds). It took a long time for Raikkonen to lap Button and Wehrlein, during which Bottas came closer by around four seconds. If he had kept the four seconds as a buffer, later on, the threat of an undercut by Bottas would have been much less so that Ferrari would not have been forced into pitting him when they did.
Driver of the weekend: The Twitter verdict
Ferrari’s tactics regarding Raikkonen were met with more suspicion on Twitter:
Criticise Ferrari, but if they did not do this and Vettel lost at end of season by 2 points you would criticise them for opposite reason #F1
— Culé Pesimista (@NilesDamhill) May 28, 2017
Seems the teams still didn't know for sure the crossover between used ultrasofts and new supersofts. Kimi payed the price of this #F1
— Michael Heal (@MHeal10) May 28, 2017
— Bãlldiñhö™ 🇧🇲 (@Balldinho) May 28, 2017
Team orders in F1 need to go. Vettel celebrates after team mate moves aside. Great win dude.
— Sam (@dog___bone) May 28, 2017
— Varun Sood (@thefrogger2) May 28, 2017
Vettel acting like he didn't win because of team orders 😒 #F1
— Kwame (@1baako) May 28, 2017
— Thomas Ballard (@22_TJB) May 28, 2017
Just watching the f1 race from earlier can't believe Ferrari did the dirty on kimi #disgusted
— Sally Fraser (@sallyfraserF1) May 28, 2017
Feared a lot for Pascal today! Hope he's good! Such a young guy with good skills! #MonacoGP
— Lenny B. 🌹 (@lovelennylove) May 28, 2017
— Michael Kazmierczak (@MikSF) May 28, 2017
— JJ-Mitch (@Mitch_F1nut) May 28, 2017
— Shrikant Shankar (@Shrikant_23) May 28, 2017
Vettel with the no team orders.. yea right… #f1
— Tricia (@Tricia_AR25) May 28, 2017
Watching how huge Vettel was celebrating his victory at #MonacoGP after his team obviously gave him an advantage over Kimi, disgusted me.
— WIN — IPHONE 7 PLUS (@giveawayzomato) May 28, 2017
Poor Kimi he deserves wins this season #MonacoGP
— isabella daisy (@isab3llabridges) May 28, 2017
Vettels engineer snooked Raikkonens engineer on the Pit Wall. Get over it. #MonacoGP
— Buzzing Howler 🐝🐺 (@916JacketPack81) May 28, 2017
— Lisa (@GeriatricPunkNS) May 28, 2017
Why should there always be a sacrificial lamb in #MonacoGP?
— Reign Vidal (@reignvidal) May 28, 2017
— Vanessa Seah (@vanessaseah) May 28, 2017
— Pete Lawson (@fidgetbumble) May 28, 2017
— Siddharth Kumar (@boozinsid) May 28, 2017
Feel bad for Kimi, clearly the number two driver now – shouldn't be happening this early in the season. #F1
— 2headdboy (@2headdboy) May 28, 2017
Though I root for Vettel,I think the real winner today is Kimi. Vettel can smile all day long, but he knows who really deserves it #MonacoGP
— Amran 🌐 (@Amran_Siyabi) May 28, 2017
— TomG (@thomgee) May 28, 2017
— Ed Mello (@edmello) May 28, 2017
Of course they had to mess up Kimi so Vettel could win. #MonacoGP
— aquamillo (@AquaMillo) May 28, 2017
Once again Button proving why he was my favourite driver since Schumacher. Going to be sorely missed again. #MonacoGP
— Ollie Maclean (@ollie_maclean) May 28, 2017
— Chidiebere (@chidizeani) May 28, 2017
— Ian S. McAlpine (@PunkRockSkeptic) May 28, 2017
— Hassan Basma (@H_b9ma) May 28, 2017
— Mubarak (@MubarakJosko) May 28, 2017
— Chris Darbey (@Chris_D81) May 28, 2017
— Monsieur_F1 (Mr.F1) (@MonsieurF1) May 28, 2017
— Paul Bendrey (@Monkimedia) May 28, 2017
— Al Francis Cruz (@pransiscruz) May 28, 2017
— Thapan Chand (@thapanchand) May 28, 2017
Why are people freaking out that Vettel is the #1 , Hamilton is also #1 for Merc, Wake Up !! #F1
— Rob Hedrick (@RobTVLA) May 28, 2017
— Christian Ashby (@ChristianSHBY) May 28, 2017
Kimi let Vettel stay ahead today… No one bats an eye.. When Hamilton does it.. He's too selfish and self centered #MonacoGP
— The Flick Show (@Theflickshowng) May 28, 2017
The way the F1 articles are written in a manner how faster Vet was compared to Kimi , is purely to deflect the attention of the Team Orders.
— George Vassilev (@JoroVassilev) May 28, 2017
— Lokesh Bherwani (@lokeshbherwani) May 28, 2017
2017 Monaco Grand Prix
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