After crashing into Valtteri Bottas on the first lap, Vettel quickly and impressively recovered, even looking like he might be in with a chance of a podium at one point. But charging through the field wrecked his tyres, he had to pit again, and finished a distant fifth on a day where his team felt he should have been able to contend for the victory.
But despite all of that, fans voted him as the ‘Driver of the Day’. That means that of all 20 drivers on the grid, they think he drove the absolute best – better than comfortable race-winner Lewis Hamilton, better than Carlos Sainz’s super drive for Renault, better than Charles Leclerc scoring points for the fourth time in five races. Of course there was some confusion at the fact he won and fans reacted accordingly.
— Sergio PC (@sergiopc_1996) June 24, 2018
*Ruins Bottas' race in T1*
Tifosi: ahh Vettel DOTD
— Luke (@lukebl_) June 24, 2018
Why Vettel? Cousin a collision and drove with his broken front wing against Grosjean. Of course he was overtaking because the Ferrari is a lot quicker than the cars outside the top 6
— UnoPelo (@UnaPelo1) June 24, 2018
Interesting. I would have given it to someone who didn't ruin their own race by running into the back of another driver, severely compromising both their races, but each to their own I guess.
— Jamie Fluke (@JamieFluke) June 24, 2018
i don't know how you can win DOTD after being penalised for a driving mistake. Great recovery drive no doubt but that was only because of his own driving mistake
— Adam Moores (@AdamMoores) June 24, 2018
overtaking backmarkers and midfielders with a massive car advantage is not enough for driver of the day
— Midget Man (@jamalt_66) June 24, 2018
@KevinMagnussen should be driver of the Day! P6 is incredible!
— Steffen Engsig Madsen (@EngsigMadsen) June 24, 2018
You don't get points for DOTD so why do people make such a big thing out of it?
— Danny Morgan | UPL (@dmorgan045) June 24, 2018
How can people vote Seb driver of the day after the rookie mistake he did on turn 1 is really beyond me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Mick (@____Mick____) June 24, 2018
Im a ferrari fan but vettel ??? Seriously? Kimi was better, sainz,Kmag
— #Kimi7 (@SkyZiiHD) June 24, 2018
— FutNiek (@FUTNiek_) June 24, 2018
Nice joke 😂
— Camilla (@CamillaKristel) June 24, 2018
Damn, Max Verstappen must be feeling robbed – by this logic he should have been voted Driver of the Day three or four times this season already!
Of course, it doesn’t really mean anything, but this sort of thing is always going to happen when votes are opened up to the public – just look ‘Boaty McBoatface’, or how Rio Haryanto won the first Driver of the Day award back in 2016.
Who do you think would have been a worthy winner? Or was Vettel’s fightback really enough to overlook his first dodgy first lap? Let us know in the comments.