Who was the best driver of the German Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)

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Start, Hockenheimring, 2010

Which driver did the best job during the German Grand Prix weekend?

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the German Grand Prix.

Review each driver’s race weekend in detail below and vote for who you thought was the most impressive driver.

For your consideration

Here are some of the drivers who impressed me during the German Grand Prix weekend:

Fernando Alonso – Unrepentant victor. Most impressive in qualifying.

Felipe Massa – Moral victor. Defended his position well until he was told to hand it over.

Sebastian Vettel – Pole position and fastest lap, but lacked the speed to challenge the Ferraris.

Robert Kubica – Best of the rest, kept the Mercedes drivers behind.

Vitaly Petrov – A point and 14 seconds behind his team mate was probably his best performance yet

Pedro de la Rosa – Game effort on hard tyres, late-race fight spoiled by Heikki Kovalainen.

Compare all the drivers

You can review what happened to each driver in the race and compare their race data with their team mates using the links below:

McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Nico H???lkenberg
Renault: Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Koalainen
HRT: Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa
Virgin: Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most in the German Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the German Grand Prix weekend?

  • Jenson Button (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (7%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Mark Webber (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (49%)
  • Fernando Alonso (22%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (6%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (2%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Sakon Yamamoto (1%)
  • Bruno Senna (1%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (2%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)

Total Voters: 2,243

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118 comments on “Who was the best driver of the German Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)”

  1. Alonso was great early on in the weekend. But I have to give my vote to Massa. I only really care about the race, and for me Massa was the best driver in the race.

    1. Well that would be good if the article was called “Who was the best driver of the race” but is’t for the whole weekend. For me the vote has to go to Alonso.

      1. Gentleman Alonso lol
        28th July 2010, 13:12

        By your logic(?), you could only choose Alonso if the article was called “Who was the best at whinging to the team”

        1. My logic you mean? Alonso is my favourite driver, so what say is not true.

          I rarely get a chance to watch the practice sessions, so I can only really base my choice on what I’ve seen in qualifying and the race.

      2. I completely agree. It’s between Alonso and Massa, and over the course of the weekend, including practice and qualifying, Alonso performed better.

    2. and de la rosa whos race was spoiled aswell but heikkis fault who lost a lot of ground to the unlucky trulli who is showing to be the best of the “others” on qually but unreliable

  2. Electrolite
    27th July 2010, 23:33

    I said Pedro, he seemed to be really battling with those Williams cars even if it wasn’t for points scoring positions and outshined Kamui for me, for the first time this season.

    1. Electrolite
      27th July 2010, 23:38

      Actually I think Liuzzi, changed my mind. ;)

    2. I voted Pedro. Good feedback to the team (although my judgment made from one radio message!) and some good passing maneuvers (Legard awful commentary aside).

  3. It’s got to be Massa, and not as a sympathy vote, but because he made a massive start and got the jump on Vettel and Alonso both of whom had been consistently outpacing him up to that point in the weekend. If it hadn’t been for his team’s manipulation of the race he’d have clinched a well earned and properly raced win, a year to the day after he was shot in the head by an errant Brawn GP spring.

    1. Agree 100% with this.

      I was about to vote for Robert Kubica because I thought everyone would be sympathy voting for Felipe but fact is he drove the best race IMO up to the point where he was shafted.

      1. Felipe drove a great race until he got shafted by his team. I give him extra credit for not whining about the team order. Hopefully, when all is said and done, he will come out the best in this mess!

        1. Hopefully, but doubtful.

        2. Depends really. If he wants to be remembered as a nice guy, then yes he’ll come through with flying colours.

          If he wants to be remembered as a winner, he should leave Ferrari and try somewhere else because he isn’t going to win a championship with Alonso at the team.

          1. William Wilgus
            28th July 2010, 11:42

            Where would he go? What car will be fast enough for him to win the championship? I can understand your thinking that Ferrari considers Alonso to be their #1 driver and Massa their #2, but Massa is certainly no slouch and I think he’s capable of beating Alonso in the right car—and that might be Ferrari even though Alonso would also be in a Ferrari.

          2. Anywhere will do… anything other than the Rubens role, especially as he’s also Brazilian.

  4. Fernando. He was consistenly faster than Massa and would have won if silly Vettel didn’t close him at the start. But figures… Massa will won with sympathy votes.

    1. 100% agree.

      *writing something more just to avoid “to short comment” filter.

    2. I agree. Alonso was the quicker of the two Ferraris throughout the weekend. And if it wasn’t for Vettel’s ridiculous attempt to intimidate him, he would have entered the 1st corner in 1st position, and pulled away from Felipe comfortably.

      1. Sure Alonso was probably the fastest driver of the weekend but that doesnt mean he was the best.

        Despite being the fastest driver he couldnt overtake Felipe and he did have chances, whilst even though Felipe was slower he defended his position better and got a lightening start as well.

        With the pace Alonso had he should have ran away with the race, he didnt and therefore surely didnt preform at the level he could have done meanwhile Massa drove a little above himself in truth, hence being the better driver of the gp…imo ofcourse.

        1. “Despite being the fastest driver he couldnt overtake Felipe”

          Well, first time ALO was behind MAS with less than 0,5 sec, I was looking the back of the MAS car quite uncontrolled, it remembered me Kobayasi’s car in Brazil with Jenson trying to overtake him.

          Maybe ALO didn’t want to take the risk of crashing both cars and ruin the race for Ferrari (and for him, of course).

          At that time is when he comment the famous “This is ridiculous”.

          1. @ IDR : Yes, but Jenson managed to overtake unscatered. And Kobayashi wasn’t even his team mate!

        2. I agree with you, that Alonso was the fastest but not nessicarily the best driver of the weekend.
          Massa was OK in Quallifying getting 3rd, albeit 0.5 seconds slower than Alonso, His start was very good, thanks to Vettel not even thinking about the car behind him. And he drove a very good race, right until he was ordered to give it up and did so.

          But saying “Alonso should have overten Massa” is not really fair. OK Alonso had a chance and did not make it stick and later threw away another opportunity by a glitch.

          Surely the fact that you need more than a 2 seconds of speed difference or a mess up by the guy in front make that not something that is done just by being faster than Massa.

          By the way, i voted Petrov. He did make it a good ride into the points. Renault was not quite on the pace here, but he finally did it without running into trouble and it might have secured him the drive for next year.

      2. Vettel’s driving was within the rules and Alonso hasn’t complained about it. I don’t get why people are that bothered about it.

        1. Indeed. One move across to squeeze, and he gave Alonso a car’s width. That’s just racing.

        2. True, but I guess people see it as unsportsmanlike, I simply see it as a blocking move.

          However if more people in 3rd place take the lead as a result perhaps he might need to consider changing this tactic.

        3. Pablepete80
          28th July 2010, 13:19

          If the roles were reversed what would alonso do to Vettel?

  5. is the massa vote a sympathy vote? as much as i wanted him to win and as much as he deserved it for his excellent start(although mainly handed to him due to vettel’s stupdity) he really drove quite poorly for quite a while after the pit stop. i certainly wouldn’t vote that as driver of the day if any driver performed like that.

    1. and how is di grassi -1%?

    2. jose arellano
      28th July 2010, 17:03

      +1 on that… he didnt drive that good at all.. just the start..

  6. David Smith
    28th July 2010, 0:02

    Here’s a light hearted funny look at why fernando should get drivr of the day!!

    1. Haha that is really funny :D “Teeside riddles”

  7. Who voted for Yamamoto. He started with the pit lane limited on and then switched off his engine when trying to change brake bias. Hardly the best weekend

    1. Six votes currently. Ummmmmm…

      1. Well despite a rather lousy job to himself he managed to not take anyone else out! That in itself should be fairly impressive for Sakon ;D

  8. How about a “none of the above” option? No driver was really impressive. Also Massa needs to grow a spine before being awarded any moral victory.

    1. I think you could have just picked one driver in the 24 on thrack who did a very solid job, if you did not find Alonso, Massa, Vettel, Kubica etc. doing the best job this weekend.

      What about DiGrassi (trouble all weekend, but no foult of his), or Glock (he was very fast and looked like beating lotus before he had technical problems), or Trulli (until the car broke down he had been running very well. Qualifiying almost a seccond ahead), or whoever.

    2. I’m also having difficulty thinking of a driver who did perform well. No one really stood out.

      It could be Alonso for being fastest all weekend, but then he messed up his start and had to call on Ferrari to help him overtake.

      Massa was doing well in the race. Not spectacularly though and he was pretty poor in qualifying.

      Webber, meh.

      Vettel perhaps, but I’d guess the Red Bull was still the fastest car and he lost two places at the start.

      Hamilton perhaps. He did amazingly well to recover from his missed practice time, but then he crashed the car at a crucial time and has only himself to blame for his lack of setup time.

      Button didn’t impress me much at all. In the race he was OK, but he really need to start putting in some sort of qualifying performance. Of course he was ahead of Hamilton this time, but that was only because Hamilton made a mistake in his fast run in Q3.

      Similar for the whole field actually. A pretty average performance for all of them.

      1. Why don’t u show them how to do it?

        1. A thread about giving your opinion on the performance of the drivers and then some dumb kid comes whinign that I cannot give my opinion because I need to be better …

          Get lost

      2. So, Alonso messed up his start? Wasn’t Vettel anywhere near?

        1. Vettel had an even worse start yes. So?

  9. De La Rosa for me. Made a decent attempt to make a different strategy work, and almost pulled it off.

    1. He would’ve done well with it if it hadn’t been for Kovalainen turning into him.

  10. Realistically, Alonso was probably the best on the day – if he hadn’t been so busy making sure Vettel didn’t put him in the wall, he probably would have gone through turn one in P1. Still, I’ll give it to Massa – his starts are always typically beautiful, minimal wheelspin and a great pull-away, and then his feisty racing performance when he’s still struggling with the tyres was great to watch. The rest of the field were somewhat unimpressive. I enjoyed seeing Schumacher match it with Rosberg this time round, though.

  11. Massa showed last weekend how strong he can be even though I think his car is not the same as Fernando’s. I don’t know why his season is so bad, however I hope he wakes up in anytime and gets back to winning races.

  12. Voted Massa but not for sympathy. He had an excellent start and lead for most of the race which is better than what he usually does. De La Rosa was the other who impressed me and Alonsos quali performance and his actual race (bar TO) were good. Although, no one this weekend really impressed me that much.

  13. maestrointhesky
    28th July 2010, 1:37

    Massa may have got the votes but I think this marks the beginning of the end for him at Marrenello! What better way to mark the anniversary of his injury with a win. His team mate has no respect for him and now neither does his team. It’s a shame because they showed faith in him when others didn’t and now they’ve thrown it back in his face. I think when it comes to it, Ferrari will have trouble hiring a decent second driver, because Alonso will make sure his lawyers pour over the new contract to confirm it is manipulated in every aspect to ensure his dominance within the organisation. Any decent driver will not want to be a number 2 in that team.

    1. I agree, I wonder who will go to Ferrari with Alonso there, older wiser drivers sure won’t, It seems to me, that Ferrari will have an Italian, a Rookie, or a driver who really doesn’t deserve the car.

      That win “for the team” I think has pretty much shot said team in the foot.

  14. Charles Carroll
    28th July 2010, 1:56

    3 votes for the Yam! Not too bad for a guy who basically drove off the track, into regular traffic, and then off a bridge.

  15. Driving Category;

    Best … Massa – Took control for 49 laps, Alonso couldn’t pass
    Worst … Alonso – Couldn’t past Massa for 49 laps

    Tactic Category ;

    Best … Alonso – ” This is ridiculous ” – and got pass
    Worst … Massa – ” Understood ” – let Alonso passed too obvious

    Moral Category ;

    Luca , ” Moral, what moral ”

    Sucker Category ;

    Best … FIA / Jean ” No Interview, please ”
    Worst … Me, I’m still complaining !

    What else ….

    1. Where the hell did MORAL come into picture ?
      THey are drivers and not saints for God sake. I have seen on this portal, whenever Alonso is in picture, all take out their moral swords and start piercing him. Everyone out here is to win and if someone isnt, he has no right to be in any competitive field. FULL STOP

  16. why did people vote Hamilton?

    1. Because they are English !

      1. Charles Carroll
        28th July 2010, 4:38

        I voted for the Yam because I am a Potato.

        1. ^comment of the day?

        2. Nice one Charles!

        3. Christopher Vissing
          28th July 2010, 14:20

          Made my day! Btw it’s my birthday.. nice present!

          I vote for Pedro.. Otherwise it may be Alonso and Massa.. They did both well pace wise, and was pretty dominant.. But that incident with teamorders was kind of sucky..

          1. Christopher Vissing
            28th July 2010, 14:21

            Charles Carroll of course :)

      2. I am glad that you point out the word ENGLISH for certain voters.
        WHY??? Although we British – me included – live in the British Isles we have 4 very different nationalities.
        I am NOT English,but I am British and I gave my vote to Michael Schumacher for a very good start,in fact MSC gets very good starts, and, if the Mercedes GP cars suddenly reach the performance levels of ReD Bull and now Ferrari,you will see MSC and Nico on the podium regularly.
        Also Michael has a good calming effect on the team,can you imagine if it was Alonso with Mercdedes GP? LOL he would be throwing his childish and hysterical theatrical performances daily…he needs to grow up.

    2. He did beat his team mate and webber… ok maybe they are all super hamilton fans bacause crashing the new car that the team are desperatly trying to get data for on friday morning was not the best driver of the weekend stuff

    3. Because Hamilton finished in front of Button?

      Why did anyone vote for any driver? There just wasn’t anyone who actually stood out. Especially Massa and Alonso didn’t, yet they got a ton of votes.

  17. I have to go with Pedro he out drove his team mate in good fashion. I can’t give it to either of Ferrari drivers because they didn’t race each other. They didn’t demonstrate any race craft when the opportunity was there for the world to see. One cried for help from big daddy, while the other punked out, gave in and looked miserable on the podium. That behavior does not deserve a reward.

  18. I will say that Massa deserve that trophy but after the race I will say Kubica for his good overtaking move on Michael Schumacher.

    1. I think you might have watched a different race. Kubica didn’t overtake Schumacher in Germany. Robert did put up a robust defence against Michael after leaving the pits, but he was in front of him the whole race.

      1. The moment it happened was on lap 18 (I think) at that time the Star Sports Channel which shows F1 in Asia went for a commercial break so when they showed us the race highlights they only showed us the the last 4-6 second of the battle before both went to the hairpin.So I think there is were I was mistaken, trust me I wasn’t watching a different race.

  19. Vincent1972
    28th July 2010, 3:30

    Even if there’s no “team orders” happend I will still vote for Massa. He’s the most impressive on this race compared to his performance so far.

  20. People here are voting Massa because they want to make it clear that they are unhappy with what happened. All Massa did was have a good start. That’s it. He was slow in the race, and if he didn’t let Alonso through i believe Alonso would have either overtaken him or they would have crashed.

    Alonso was the fastest of the week-end regardless of what happened so gets my vote.

    I wish we could vote twice as Kubica would get my vote also.

    1. All Massa did was have a good start. That’s it. He was slow in the race

      You have to give him credit for his defence from Alonso on lap 21, I think.

      I wouldn’t say he was the best driver of the weekend though. I voted for Kubica.

      1. Bang on Keith.

        The defence on lap 21 was pretty amazing. Never have I seen Massa or any other driver defend so well.

        For me, the vote goes to Massa for 3 reasons:
        1. Capitalizing on Webber’s mitake in qualifying to get 3rd
        2. Making a fast as well as smart start. He had pre-planned to use the run-off after Turn 1, one can easily observe.
        3. Defence on Lap 21

      2. You’ve got to give Massa credit for gaining so many fastest laps – both before and after Alonso took the lead.

        He was more than 3 seconds in the lead – that’s pretty good, no?

      3. My only question to you Keith is, if Alonso was the faster driver, why wasn’t he able to overtake Massa in the 49 laps that he had, as Fernando himself had said at the start of the weekend that overtaking was possible?

        Also we must not miss the point that Massa could have planned on backing Alonso into Vettel so he could get Alonso off his back while Vettel and Alonso battled for second place. Its a shame that Ferrari didn’t let this happen, as we could have seen the Vettel Vs Alonso battle that we missed out in Valencia and Silverstone.

        And as to explain why my vote went to Massa, its not because he was cheated or robbed of a victory but i saw him battle hard with his weakness of maintaining temperatures on hard tyres. Kubica or Alonso did what they do every race, but i saw Massa put in a genuine effort to get over his weakness and that’s why he got my vote.

    2. And Alonso had 49 laps to overtake, and failed, even when Massa was struggling on the harder tyres. And the circuit isn’t in Spain, Hungary, or Monaco.

  21. Please, for all of you who defend McLaren philosophy and think that Ferrari team orders are unfair and cheat (e.g M.Withmarsh)


    In the same point 2 years ago, Kovalainen was ordered to give position to Hamilton…..

    We’ll never know if Alonso would have been able to overtake Massa…. Massa moral victory? I don’t think so… he had his option, but Alonso also had and he was faster

    1. I am proud of you Luiti !!!! :) Finally a video of Mclaren doing it as well.

      Did you write a title saying Manipulated race then whoever writes these things?

      I want to hear what all the Mclaren fans here that wanted Ferrari Banned have to say;

      Speak up !!

    2. I think i saw this video posted about 50 times in the last couple of days and i don’t get the relevance.

      Nobody is arguing, that Ferrari are the only ones to use teamorders in the last 8 years.

      But circumstances were different in the past (Massa/Kimi in 2007/2008 was clearly to clinch the WDC, Heikki/Lewis were on different stragegy and enabled Lewis to pass another 2 guys to win it, Kubica/Heidfeld in Canada 2008 were on different strategy.)

      The point is, using team orders like Ferrari did in Hockenheim 2010, when both drivers could have still had a fair shot at the WDC, and only to favour the other driver, not targeted to improve the team total points was exactly what is illegal.

      We do also know, that this year McLaren is having a serious try to give both guys even chances and RBR is having trouble doing the same.

      1. Come on…..8th in the championship at mid season with 80 points less that Lewis…. and you say that Massa had championship options????

        Maybe you consider that laped cars have still options to win the race….

        Tha point was not to favour Alonso…. was th avoid the fight between them.
        Alonso was faster and he was trying to overtake (we’ll never know if he would have got it). You better driver, better position in the championship is behind the other one…. you can let them fight or you can let him pass…. but you should never avoid him to overtake

    3. Clutching at straws with this tired comparison. It’s simple. Despite being in the same place on the track Kovalainen, considering fuel strategy and pace, was not actually in contention for position with Hamilton. If a driver inherents a position after the leading drivers pit should he continue to fight his team mate, who was amongst them, for that position despite needing to pit soon and being way off the pace? Of course not. If you can’t win then you should want your team mate to win. Kovalainen wasn’t “ordered to give position”, of which there’s no proof, since it wasn’t necessary.

    4. We’ll never know if Alonso would have been able to overtake Massa

      He had a great chance to on lap 21 and blew it.

      The video you posted has already been covered here: Why the team orders rule must stay

  22. I have just received a cheque for £75,000 to vote for Sakon Yamamoto.

  23. Voted MAS for an excellent start, during the race he was not impressive :/

    VET does not deserve “the best driver” for his poor start.

    HAM – did nothing wrong but also nothing impressive this time.

    KUB – the best of the rest, nice defend from SCH but it is not enough for “the best driver”

    ALO – no comments :)

    1. After defending from Schumacher Robert managed to push really hard to keep Rosberg behind his back, and it worked. German left the pit lane behind Kubica. I think it also counts for something.

      1. But then Hamilton pushed to keep Button behind him and Button pushed hard to get in front of Webber.

        There is always someone who pushed.

        I pushed this morning when going to the toilet …

        1. I feel real bad for having laughed

  24. I voted for Massa because of his excellent start and holding off Alonso after the tyre change.

    If Alonso couldn’t pass Massa when he had the tyre problems then Alonso did not deserve to win the race or get my vote.

    I don’t think any other driver did anything of note.

  25. I was ready to vote for Massa (enormous start overtaking Vettel AND Alonso, and very consistent all through), but his resignation to accept the team orders was a huge source of frustration for me.
    I would vote for Kubica.

  26. Good ol Nico Rosberg. thank goodness someone can show Schumacher how to drive. Bring back MP 4 4’s and ban all driver aids, Watch Senna and piquet plus Mansel to see how it used to be done.. far better Racing.. Motocross Rocks

    1. For Ricky,
      QUOTE >”Someone can show Schumacher how to drive”.LOL where have you been for the last 20 odd years???

      Michael Schumacher raced against the best>
      Damon Hill,
      Reubens Barichello,
      Eddie Irvine,
      Villeneuve etc.,etc.,etc

      He holds every CURRENT record of F1 including>
      Fastest laps,
      Pole positions,
      Most races won in a single season,
      Points scored,
      Race Victories
      World Championships

      He also has won more races than all the current drivers on the F1 Grid put together.

      Do a bit of research before making your silly remarks.

      1. And where have you been during the 2010 Formula One season?

        1. Watching,the same as everyone else.But like MSC,some of us are patient,and can wait for the icing on the cake,Schumachers 8th Championship.

  27. I tried to do it by elimination
    LIU and SUT : Nice try, didn’t work
    LDG and GLO : What can I say ? the car has to be impossible to drive
    ALG and BUE : Again, what the hell is happening?
    YAM : Stop, I’ll laugh again
    SEN : Hardly noticed him
    KOB : Good race, solid.
    PDR : Shame for the accident
    KOV : Good race, ruined somebody else’s, but nobody’s fault really
    TRU : Better luck next time
    BAR and HUL : Lost 4 and 5 places, nice fight towards the end, liked it, but I really can’t put my finger on the Williams’ problem
    PET : Nice solid drive, for once
    KUB : Good race
    SCH : Beaten, only just, but again
    ROS : Solid drive, not scintillating
    BUT : beaten, only just, but again. Solid drive and I guess nobody was keen on him attacking Hamilton. Shame for the start.
    HAM : Great start and 1st overtake, settled for 4th and did not scintillate (for once)
    WEB : let down by machinery
    VET : solid job, bad start
    ALO : Needed help to go past his team mate, fastest man on the circuit
    MAS : Great start. Stupid act on the 49th revolution.

    And I guess the best driver is… Was the SC out? Damn… I would’ve voted for him.

    All right, I’ll have to go for ROS. Yet another very solid display, and when nobody sparks, you have to go for the safe bet !

    1. I agree, everyone did what was expected from them in this race. (except FI and STR :)) I voted Glock.

  28. Why so many people on Felipe??

    The question is:
    Who was the best driver of the German Grand Prix weekend?

    Who was in challenging the Red Bulls in practise? Who manged to get 0.002 seconds behind from pole? Who get the best start off the line from the dirty side? Who was quicker throughout the race for the most time?

    1. compassion. That is all. No one would have considered him to be the best driver of the weekend If he had lost the win in normal fight on track.

    2. Who overtook two drivers at the start, was in the lead of the race, would have won if it wasn’t for team orders? Massa yes.

      I didn’t vote for Massa, but I can understand people voting for him.

  29. I thought Alonso, but the fact he needed TO to win and couldn’t do it on his own messed his weekend in my eyes.

    I thought Massa, because of a great start and defending against Alosno, but he was behind all the rest of weekend.

    Then I came up with Kubica who got nice fight with Schumacher and came up victorious. He also pushed his R30 to the limit of its current potential. And that was it. Vote for Kubica from me.

  30. There was no option for “None of the Above”

  31. @Jared404, that is a good point, to me no one really stood out. I could equally pick anyone of 5 drivers

  32. this time (quite sadly) I’ll say Hamilton: best he could do with it’s car, and heavy points for the championship

  33. I voted for Alonso through gritted teeth, he just looked the best driver the entire weekend, but for Vettel’s startline move Alonso would have beaten Massa. But he wouldn’t win a poll for most deserving driver or most sporting driver. For a guy complaining about ‘manipulated’ races only a few weeks ago he’s got some nerve to celebrate his ‘special’ win.

  34. Hello,

    I think that the best driver during all weekend was Alonso, Massa had a very good start but just because Vettel tried a Kamikaze move trying to get him and Alonso out of the race.
    Later on, Massa was able to keep the lead, only because Alonso is a company-man and didn´t attacked Massa because of the risks associated with ending the race for both of them.
    Massa should have understood right from the beginning that the best options for Ferrari at the moment lies in Alonso and not in his person.


  35. I said Felipe Massa but by a whisper. Alonso squeezed every last bit of speed he could from the F10 on Saturday. I think it was his best quali since his Minardi days.

    However, Massa showed the better race craft. He got a good start and was doing well of the softer tyre. He was better on the hards than I thought he’d be but he made some mistakes despite that he still kept Alonso behind and defended well while Alonso stuffed up his own chance at getting by. With these two, I can only judge 2/3rds on the race because as soon as the switcharoo happened it was just a march to the end.

    Petrov would get a golden star sticker from me. His pace and race craft were very good. Best of the rookies.

    Kubica? Not really. His team mate was close ish to him, the Renault is a great little car but he didn’t make any mistakes and did the job. Actually, he’s had much better performances this year and I thought this was one of his most lacklustre.

    Hamilton- at a track that was supposed to be exciting surprisingly dull but after the quali fluff he got ahead of Jense which was alright I guess.

    Vet- had the edge on mark all weekend. Speed was good but messed up again in the race and seemed to try to put Alonso in the wall. If he calms down a bit he might just convert more of those poles into wins.

    I’d just like to say it’s very nice to be able to vote for Felipe Massa again! I’ve missed it.

  36. Don’t think it was Petrov’s best race, that was Turkey where he was in the top 10 all weekend and was looking very good indeed, keeping Fernando behind to hold 8th, till Alonso hit him and gave him a puncture on the penultimate lap. He’s been very unlucky generally I think.

  37. zarathustra
    28th July 2010, 12:26

    I would vote for Massa but thanks to Ferrari I can’t do that this time.

    My vote for Kubica, his defend on brand new tyres was splendid (I was almost sure that Michael will pass him).

  38. I had to pinch my nose and vote Alonso. But, mostly by elimination. No one really stood out this race.

    I notied that Keith listed no UK drivers in his summary. Keith, why do you hate the United Kingdom and the Queen? Stop showing your anti-English bias for once.

    If I take a broader view, I have to give Hamilton a call. He had a scruffy weekend, was outqualified by his usual Saturday whipping-boy, and accomplished only picking up two places in the race. But guess what, those where two places he needed to extend his championship lead. That’s the kind of drive you look back on in making a championship.

    1. Dave, I voted for Massa, but I cannot disagree on Lewis. If he ends up winning the WDC, it will be mainly because of performances like this, where he still gets maximum or near-maximum points out of a not very good situation.

      As for Keith, I have to disagree. He is mostly on the side of UK drivers, which is not the best thing either for a supposedly neutral journalist.

      1. I had no idea Kubica was British (I voted for him).

        Also, I’ve never claimed to be neutral. I don’t think anyone can realistically make that claim.

    2. Keith, why do you hate the United Kingdom and the Queen? Stop showing your anti-English bias for once.

      I’m assuming that’s a joke?

      1. Yes. And, obviously, not a good or clear one, directed at the constant whinging about bias here.

      2. I think that should be a contender for comment of the day.

        I’m not neutral. I voted for Massa. Does this mean I’m biased towards Brazilian drivers?

  39. I voted for Massa, even though Alonso was blindingly fast all weekend. On a dry track , he is still occasionally brilliant. He had a great start, held position after the pit stop, managed tires and engine well, no mistakes, consistent lap times.

    And why do I have this feeling he may win in Budapest ? F1 loves this type of scenario, don’t they ? Kubica won in Montreal a year after his big accident (remember that ? when Kimi “accidentally” hit Lewis in the pitlane, while Lewis was basically parked ?)

    But then again Alonso needs every point he can get for the WDC, so while I think Ferrari will win again, I can see reasons for either driver to score the win.

    1. “(remember that ? when Kimi “accidentally” hit Lewis in the pitlane, while Lewis was basically parked ?)”

      Remember it? Well you don’t, that’s for sure. Lewis hit a parked Kimi.

  40. I’m not voting at all.

    Vettel and Webber weren’t that great, I was disappointed by both McLarens to be honest, and any claim the Ferraris had immediately go out of the window for what they did. No-one else impressed either. Truly the worst weekend of the season on many counts.

  41. For me, the vote goes to Massa for 3 reasons:
    1. Capitalizing on Webber’s mitake in qualifying to get 3rd
    2. Making a fast as well as smart start. He had pre-planned to use the run-off after Turn 1, one can easily observe.
    3. Defence on Lap 21

  42. Why bother, it’s just a procession usually. Nothing to do with Motor Racing these days, the circuit just isn’t up to it, nowhere to overtake and quite boring unless your into crashing into barriers and safety cars
    Only held for the filthy rich to parade their latest girlfriend, yacht, whatever, do a lucrative deal or two and sip champagne. Not that there’s anything wrong with that per se it’s just not F1 racing the cars are to fast for it and have been since the eighties.

  43. @Keith
    There must be some bug in the voting script software:

    * Lucas di Grassi (2%, 3 Votes)
    Total Voters: 1,914

  44. I actually voted for Jenson Button, i’m a Hamilton fan.

    I just couldn’t vote for either of the Ferrari drivers. The driver of the week-end just cannot concede a position, despite the fact it was a team-order. Alonso definitely no after he failed to take his “slower” team-mate in a respectable manner.

    Button was forced to take on all of the development data gathering after Hamiltons crash. He then out-qualified Hamilton and was unlucky at turn 1, but did really well to jump Webber.

    Over-all it was a pretty dismal week-end for F1, the fact that I was ridiculously uninspired by my driver of the week-end shows this. The sooner it is forgotten the better.

  45. We were denied what was promising to be a cracker of a battle between Felipe and Alonso by a “team order”. Team orders are NOT allowed under current rules, Ferrari need to pay the price for denying F1 fans the entertainment that we all want!

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