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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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British Grand Prix result

Mark Webber was voted the best driver of the British Grand Prix weekend.

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

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  1. 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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.


  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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