Although he narrowly missed out on winning the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel was voted Driver of the Day by the Formula 1 fans. Seb had a perfect start and managed to take the lead, but the Maranello team chose a different strategy to Lewis Hamilton, which in the end did not prove to be the best solution. Sebastian Vettel opened up a small but comfortable advantage in the opening two stints on the soft tyre before going onto mediums for the last part of the Spanish Grand Prix
The German racer lost precious time behind Valltery Bottas and also at his last pitstop, as his main rival Lewis Hamilton completed his during the virtual safety car, thus gaining a lot of important time over the SF70H Ferrari. In the late stages of the races Hamilton had the soft tyres, while on his mediums, Sebastian had a difficult time in the attempt to keep the Mercedes car behind him, eventually losing the lead on the main straight, without the possibility to reply in the end.
Formula 1 fans were able to pick their Driver of the Day from the half-way point of the race, with Sebastian Vettel receiving the most votes.
It is his third time winning the fan-voted award, after also getting the most votes in Australia and Bahrain.
Driver of the Day in the first five round of the 2017 Formula One season:
Australia – Sebastian Vettel
China – MaxVerstappen
Bahrain – Sebastian Vettel
Russia – Valltery Bottas
Spain – Sebastian Vettel