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

Start, Hungaroring, 2010

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

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Hungarian 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 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend:

Mark Webber – Seized the opportunity to win when it came his way with an impressively fast stint on worn tyres.

Fernando Alonso – Quick enough to grab points off the Red Bulls when they made a mistake.

Sebastian Vettel – The fastest driver of the weekend and solved his start-line problems.

Vitaly Petrov – Beat Robert Kubica in qualifying, quick in the race.

Kamui Kobayashi – Qualifying was a disaster but he made amends with a terrific first lap and a vital – but unseen – pass on Michael Schumacher at the restart.

Rubens Barrichello – Thwarted by strategy but his overtaking move on Schumacher was seriously brave stuff.

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 Heikki Kovalainen

Vote for your driver of the weekend

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

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

  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Michael Schumacher (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (3%)
  • Mark Webber (33%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (13%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (7%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (1%)
  • Robert Kubica (1%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (21%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Sakon Yamamoto (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (13%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (2%)

Total Voters: 2,794

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144 comments on Who was the best driver of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?

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  1. Maciek said on 2nd August 2010, 12:38

    For me it has to be Alonso – no matter what we may think of his personality. I don’t care how unfriendly to overtaking the track is, the Red Bulls were easily a full second quicker per lap. Alonso kept Vettel behind lap after lap after lap through sheer smoothness under pressure, barely making the Ferrari so much as twitch the wrong way all the way through. Nerves of steel driving.

    • Eric said on 2nd August 2010, 12:50

      Vettel made Alonso look good, anyone with a car that is a sec per lap faster and cant pass should go back to bed, i always wondered why he wears that stupid hat, its his night cap isn’t it?

      i thought Vitaly Petrov did a pretty good job considering his in inexperience in F1.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd August 2010, 17:08

      I think some people are being a bit hard on Vettel. We saw very few passes yesterday that weren’t in the first lap or two, or immediately after the safety car came in.

      He was just under 0.7s per lap faster than Alonso when he caught him. To put that into perspective Barrichello was 2.6s/lap quicker than Schumacher when he went past the Mercedes.

      I realise Vettel hasn’t exactly got a history for being good at passing, but I keep the context in mind.

      • Eric said on 2nd August 2010, 19:38

        be kind to Vettel?

        i just read something i havent seen anywhere else today and it said Vettel hit a track display card on the way in to the pits at the end of the race with his cars front wing out of frustration, now that is getting very childish.

        • Derek said on 2nd August 2010, 20:15

          He hit the sine #3 as he parked his car.

        • bosyber said on 2nd August 2010, 20:17

          Well, he is pretty young and relatively unexperienced – Alonso was annoyed at Valencia and Silverstone too – it happens.

          It would be easy to not be impressed very much with Vettels driving this weekend, comparing the amount of pressure Barrichello was able to put on Schumacher, but he was on fresher tyres, and Alonso was in a much better car than Schumacher was. Barrichello also had a lot of reasons to want to overtake his former teammate. Vettel had a third place and good points in the championship to lose. He did get the start right, and didn’t do much wrong – I know the Dutch commenter was quite surprised about that SC car rule, thinking it was only about the 1st car staying close.

      • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 2nd August 2010, 20:20

        I think that it should be either Kobayashi for his mammoth 14 place gain or Petrov for a fantastic 5th place

  2. I was going to go for Webber but after that gutsy overtake my vote goes to Barrichello – he drove an amazing long stint on medium tyres and of course his charge and overtake on Schumacher to get a point is surely one of the highlights of the season.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd August 2010, 14:24

      I went with Webber, as he seemed to be staying cool on Friday and Saturday, even though he could not beat Vettel, and then gripped the race by the throat to make it a decisive win at this stage in the season to get the lead in both championships.

      But Alonso did a goed job of staying close and keeping Vettel behind, Vettel did a perfect qualifying lap, had a good getaway and drove some fast laps, but he lost the lead by his own making. Petrov had a very good weekend, giving him a solig chance for next year. Kobayashi and de la Rosa both made it work perfectly for Sauber. And Nico Hulkenberg finally got some rewards for a good drive as well.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd August 2010, 14:28

        And Barricello might win back some fans from a great and daring pass on “cutoff” Schumacher

        • bosyber said on 2nd August 2010, 20:27

          All good points. For me it was between Petrov and Webber, they didn’t have a great qualifying, but they grabbed the chances they got when their teammates couldn’t put in their best performance.

          Huelkenberg is a bit similar, I think he has been improving together with the Williams, and stopped making mistakes during the race.

          I am wondering if a large part of performing well in the race is making a good start to get out of the 11-14 place fights, where a lot of the action happens in the first stage of a race, with people trying to get into points scoring positions, and the cars having similar pace.

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 2nd August 2010, 16:22

      While Barrichello’s pass was brilliant, he’s not DOTD material because he didn’t make his late-stop strategy work. He couldn’t pull away from Petrov and Hulk, and he paid the price.

      My DOTD is easily Mark Webber – his performance yesterday reminds me of another Hungarian masterpiece – 1998 and Schumi.

      • Daniel said on 4th August 2010, 2:17

        Well, it would have worked much better for him if it wasn’t for the safety car. Anyone starting on the harder tyres sees their strategical advantage negated (to the point where it is a disadvantage) once a safety car comes out at that point in the race.

  3. Cyclops said on 2nd August 2010, 12:44

    I put Webber over Petrov in this one. Webbo for his stunning stint on worn soft tires, Petrov for incredibly clean, smart and error-free drive, which is by the way a trademark of Kubica.

    • zecks said on 2nd August 2010, 13:10

      come one, his car was miles faster than everyone else (except vettel who he was considerably faster still). mark just did a solid job after a rubbish start – in the best car in the field.

      i voted for kobayashi who was really unlucky to be blocked by senna in Q1 and once again was a real racer during the race

  4. Alexi said on 2nd August 2010, 12:44

    Alonso, for sure, To keeep Vettel behind like he did is not for anyone. He didn’t comit a single error all that time.

  5. Nico said on 2nd August 2010, 12:47

    Hamiton 3 for retirement? I think more vote will come from blind followers.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd August 2010, 13:08

      Remember it’s not just about the race – it’s about the whole weekend and, compared to his team mate, Hamilton clearly got a lot more out of the car.

      Having said that, I didn’t vote for him!

      For me the real surprise is that two people have voted for Button. I can’t think of anything positive to say about his weekend other than he didn’t crash.

    • Nico said on 2nd August 2010, 13:46

      Now Schumacher got 10 votes. Wow. LOL

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd August 2010, 14:26

        Maybe some avid fans were happy to see him back to one of his strong points again, bullying the others off track?

      • Todfod said on 3rd August 2010, 9:49

        I was surprised with how Schumi fans were proud of his defensive move on Barichello. I really do not know how they can be proud of it. Firstly, it was dangerous, unsportsmanlike, and illegal, and secondly, he still didn’t manage to keep Rubens behind him. In my books thats an EPIC FAIL.

        But Schumi fans will be Schumi fans.

        • Daniel said on 4th August 2010, 2:20

          Maybe he got 10 votes for apologising to Barrichello 2 days after the race. As far as I can tell this is the first time he has ever done anything like that, it shows personal growth.

          • Todfod said on 4th August 2010, 11:52

            Personal growth for Schumacher would be, if he did not try to take another car out. His apology is just another way of damage limitation to his terrible reputation.

    • Soren said on 2nd August 2010, 14:47

      Well he qualified way ahead of Button. Then there was the overtake manouver on Petrov on the outside into turn two and finally he closed the gap to Massa and overtook him in the pitstop.

      He also managed to pull away from Massa after the pitstop despite the Ferrari clearly being the quicker car at the moment. He might even have managed a podium finish if the gearbox handn’t let him down, as Vettel only just managed to get out ahead of Massa after his drive through.

      All in all I would call it a good day at the office despite sitting in a slower car.

      Best regards
      Soren

      • Nico said on 2nd August 2010, 14:58

        My point is that, we have to choose one driver and I think there were number of driver who did better than Hamilton/Schumi. For example, Webber great series of fastest laps to stay ahead of Alonso. Alonso’s effort to stay ahead of Vettel. Kobayashi, Barrichello, Petrov. Why Hamilton and Schumi? That is blindness.

        • Soren said on 2nd August 2010, 15:11

          There’s no doubt that Webber had a very good drive, but then again he was in a very competitive car and was lucky to take advantage of Vettels stupid mistake.

          Alonso did ok to stay ahead of Vettel, but then again it’s not the most difficult track to defend your position on is it?. Vettel had to wait for a mistake from Alonso, but he didn’t make any, so that was well done by Alonso.

          In the end I value overtaking manouvers more than defensive driving, because it’s so difficult on Hungaroring. If I shouldn’t pick Hamilton for this one, my next pick would be Rubens for his gutsy move on Schumacher.

          Best regards
          Soren

        • Soren said on 2nd August 2010, 15:18

          PS: I agree that Petrov drove a nice race, but he did loose a position when Hamilton overtook him, on a circuit that is quite easy to defend your position on. When Hamilton put some pressure on him into turn one, he did loose his cool and his back end slightly out of turn one, and that’s a small deduction i my book. I’m not saying it was a bad race from Petrov though. :)

          • I’ve read I think it was on the ITV site where Petrov said his tires hadn’t heated up yet, so he decided to let Hamilton back past rather than defend and put himself offline too much and risk loosing two places. Very mature and prudent I would think, given Hamilton’s speed at that corner. As Brundle said, Hamilton was always going to go outside through that corner, whether Petrov was there or not. But with Petrov there, obviously the risk of a clash would have been there as well.

          • Tango said on 2nd August 2010, 17:36

            It was an opportunistic pass by Hamilton. With all his overtaking, I have turned in a real Hamilton fanboy this year.

    • Damon said on 2nd August 2010, 18:54

      And what has a retirement due to a technical failure got to do with the driver’s performance?!?

      • Daniel said on 4th August 2010, 2:25

        Driving is about more than just being fast, you also have to be mechanically sympathetic. Have you ever noticed how Button has less mechanical failures than just about every team mate he ever has? Similarly, there are some drivers in the field I just wouldn’t back to get a wounded car across the finish line. Vettel also seems to be quite hard on his equipment, I think Webber used to be, but part of his improvement as a driver has been improving that trait.

  6. Derek said on 2nd August 2010, 12:47

    Mark Webber for me, after being stiched up by Red Bull at the safety car to push for a big enough gap to gain a free pitstop and then run of with the race.

    Alonso did a good job also. He was very nice and happy this race particularly after Hamilton retired!

    • RaulZ said on 2nd August 2010, 12:54

      Well, Hamilton was the championship leader. Next time he’ll be happy when Webber retires. Everybody knows who is the dangerous one, as Vettel at Hockenheim, that he went to Alonso’s side and forgot Massa.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd August 2010, 16:06

      Webber also made one of the best radio transmissions of the race “that feels good” or something alike when lapping Michael Schumacher!

      I also liked Massa asking weather they are going to catch Webber or whatever (when Webber was barging away from Alonso with a second per lap after his pitstop)

      • bosyber said on 2nd August 2010, 20:37

        That moment from Massa on the radio reminded me of Vettel in Montreal, asking if he needed to overtake anyone for the win and hearing that was everyone ahead.

  7. Chris said on 2nd August 2010, 12:51

    DEfintely Schumacher is the driver of the weekend by proving who really is

  8. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 2nd August 2010, 12:53

    Petrov – he was right in the zone from the moment he stepped into the car. It was like a completely different person was driving the car compared to what we’d seen. There were flashes of promise in China and Turkey and again in Britain and Germany, but in Hungary the stars aligned and he showed us what he was made of. Hopefully it will come as a huge boost to his confidence and we’ll see more of it in the future; Robert Kubica plus the Petrov we saw in Hungary will make Renault a force to be reckoned with in the future.

    • jackal said on 2nd August 2010, 14:20

      Agree, Petrov drove a nice race and deserved his points – I wonder how this will effect his “driving for his job” situation with the team.

      I liked Alonso’s defense against Vettal, but I think the track helped him a lot with his defense – still a good drive!

      Webber deserves credit for the long stint on the super-softs.

  9. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 2nd August 2010, 12:53

    I hate to admit it, but I found Vitaly’s performance to be almost Petrov-ying this weekend.

  10. Webber, Petrov and kobayashi were all great but i’ll go with Webber. That middle stint with those consecutive fastest laps won the race for him. Brilliant driving…

    • My sentiments exactly. Petrov impressed, Kobayashi continues to impress, but Webber was simply awesome after the safety car. Vettel was actually equally impressive throughout the weekend, but he really shouldn’t be making basic mistakes anymore at this point.

      Hulkenburg also did a very good job, but somehow he did it without being noticed (a worthy successor to Rosberg already in that respect).

  11. pSynrg said on 2nd August 2010, 12:59

    That’s a no brainer: Webber.

    I’d go as far to say one of the best drives of the season.

    • pSynrg said on 2nd August 2010, 13:12

      Also, when Vettel wasn’t sleeping his speed and consistency was utterly captivating as well as devastating.

      Lewis out-driving what is clearly a dog of a car at this type of circuit. As ever a great team player and not complaining about the situation. Impressive maturity from little Hamilton.

  12. Petrov – the best driver after RBR and Ferrari…

    • You getting best driver and best cars mixed up surely ;-)

      Agree Petrov, he did the best job of his F1 career to date.

      I voted Rubens, drove well in a car that wasn’t up to much.

  13. Chris Goldsmith said on 2nd August 2010, 13:09

    Alonso put up a brilliant fight. I’m a big fan of Alonso, but even I thought it would just be a formality for Vettel to pass him once he’d caught up. But he defended his position and used the strengths of the Ferrari to make it impossible for Vettel to overtake, to consolidate a solid second place, and proved that Ferrari’s decision to back him as the lead driver for the rest of the season was a wise one.

    However for me, the driver of the day was emphatically Mark Webber. He displayed an amazing consistency and speed in the laps following the safety car, not once looking like running wide or missing a braking point. Webber has put on some mesmerising performances this year, absolutely worth of the champion I think he’s going to become. He put in the hot laps when it mattered, and was able to do so because he had the sense to save fuel when he was held up in the opening part of the GP. A championship winning performance.

    • Agree totally. Sure Webber is in the fastest car, but as Vettel proves so emphatically time and time again, being in the fastest car does not necessarily mean you will win. Alonso also did a fantastic job, and I think Rubens deserves a special shout out as well.

  14. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 2nd August 2010, 13:11

    I thought this was quite a tough one to decide, but in the end I went for Webber. Brilliant laps when it counted and didn’t put a foot wrong all race. For a weekend where Vettel seemed to have quite an advantage over Mark, it’s significant that he managed to win.

    Alonso also did a great job to split the Red Bulls, and even to be in with a sniff of the victory for a while but for the durability of the softer tyre.

    Petrov, Hulkenberg, De La Rosa and Kobayashi also had great races, and Barrichello would have as well but for the safety car spoiling the strategy somewhat. Also a shout out to Nico Rosberg, made the most of a diffcult Mercedes and drove the wheels off the thing…

    Oh, and according to the poll results, Senna has 0% with 1 vote, yet Di Grassi has 1% with zero votes. How?!

    • Steph90 (@steph90) said on 2nd August 2010, 14:53

      “For a weekend where Vettel seemed to have quite an advantage over Mark, it’s significant that he managed to win.” T

      hat made it so tough for me to decide. I thought for a while but went for Alo as he was on it all weekend. Webber really deserved that victory yesterday though.

    • bosyber said on 2nd August 2010, 20:42

      That is a bad pun on Rosberg! But I laughed.

  15. Hard to call this weekend, Vettel was the king of qualifying again and probably would have won without his mistake behind the safety car, whereas the laps Webber put in to build a gap before his stop were just mighty and then Petrov out qualifying Kubica who has been very impressive this season and then achieving his best result in the race.

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