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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 (0%)

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. I voted for Pedro de la Rosa for holding off the Current world champians McLaren-Mercedes. first points too

    1. McLaren the current world champions?

      Is that a prediction?

  2. schumi_the_greatest
    2nd August 2010, 14:04

    i voted for vettel because apart from that lapse behind the safety car he was blindingly quick all weekend! must be frustrating the last 2 grand prix hes been alot quicker than webber but he hasnt recored a victory and only 1 wins from 7 poles is a pretty poor return.

    Seems to be doing his best to throw this championship away….i know hes young but he needs to learn to convert his promise into points if hes to become the multiple world champion alot of people are predicting

    1. See to me, the reasons you mentioned are exactly why Vettel was *not* the driver of the weekend…

  3. Weekend: Vettel. A dumb error to lose position, if it really was an error, but he was fast over the circuit. However still a question mark as to why he couldn’t get past Alonso – or rather if someone else could have, given the RBR.

    Hamilton’s pass on Petrov was also pretty coolly done. Barrichello’s pass on Schumacher was courageous, no excuse for MS, but Rubens did have a fairly good idea he’d get squeezed but went for it anyway.

  4. Petrov. Felled the mighty Kubica for once. Except for doing little more than quietly thinking of England when Hamilton made his move, he did a good job.

    Can’t vote for Webber. A trained monkey, or I, could have driven that rocketship to victory. Practically.

    Honorable mention to Kobayashi, for taking advantage of every opportunity before him, though missing the weigh-in signal was inexcusable and should have had him excluded.

    Hamilton gets some points because he was getting the tenths out of that car that the Button couldn’t find with a flashlight, and was on his way to finishing ahead of a Ferrari until the car broke, which was far more than that team could have expected.

    Alonso gets some points for finally, a totally clean weekend, and thus being there to clean up the points that RBR always, always negligently leaves lying about. I don’t give him a rave for keeping Vettel behind. Vettel was flying off the track and flailing around behind the Ferrari, and did not look like a guy who knows how to set up a pass on an experienced defender with a massively superior car at his disposal. Weak sauce from Sebastian Vettel. He and Schumacher tie for goats of the race.

    1. So you could have done 27 laps on old tyres, making over 23 seconds on Alonso, with no mistakes?
      I’d be impressed to see that and why haven’t McLaren signed you up yet?
      Seriously, it’s very easy to assume anyone could do what an F1 driver does.
      Petrov had a great weekend, worked hard in practice to improve, excellent qualifying under pressure from his team boss, over took Hamilton at the start and his best finish yet.

      1. The point he was probably trying to make was that in that car, he shouldn’t have needed to leapfrog Alonso after a bad first half of the race- he should have been ahead of him anyway. On the other hand, we can’t get too silly with who could’ve won the race in the Red Bull.

      2. Think about this: If Yamamoto is roughly, supposedly 1 second off Senna’s pace, and even considering that Senna is no Webber, then Yamamoto could won or come second in that car. And I have no doubt that the RB6 was even faster than it showed in Hungary. Webber’s tires were just fine after his efforts to put a pit-delta gap on Alonso–no graining, no stripes.

        Webber is a very, very quick driver, but you don’t get driver of the race in my book for gallopping to victory on thoroughbred while your competitors are trotting on old plow horses (excuse the pun).

  5. Not sure how anyone can vote for either RBR driver after the both made fundamental errors.

    The car is just so fast one of them (or both) got away with it.

    There were probably 6 drivers that didn’t make an error. I always try a weigh about 80% of the weekend to the race. Pointless Pole if you don’t convert it.

    1. What was Webber’s error?

      1. Maybe a bit harsh but didn’t get a clean lap in Quali (he admitted himself), resulting in a poor start from the dirty side of the grid, which I suppose was likely to happen, but there were others on the dirty side that maintained their positions, so I think others did a better job with inferior cars.

        1. He lost ONE position, and that was to Alonso, who’s a demon starter – and the RB6 is not particularly quick at getting out of the blocks.

          Webber and the team made the gamble – and it was a huge gamble, for all they knew those softs could have gone off after another five laps – and he made it work. Clockwork driving, reeling off fastest laps while ensuring there were no lockups, no oversteery exits (and there are PLENTY of those corners at Hungary) to ensure minimal punishment on tyres.

          Then again, if you were sensible, I wouldn’t need to explain all that, and the reason why he deserves a mention.

    2. @BBT: I think you’re forgetting that someone has to drive the car…

  6. As it is of the weekend I said Alonso. Petrov was clsoe to getting my vote though because he was absolutely nailing sector 1 all weekend and was looking very sharp across the three days and he has Kubica as a teammate.

    I expected 3rd from Ferrari. They had some luck but Alonso was at the maximum. I don’t think Felipe was that far off this weekend at all except unsuaully, quali seems to be his downfall this year while Alonso is banging out the laptimes. I thought it would be the other way around. It was a typical Alonso performance of getting everything from the car and then waiting for others to make mistakes and pick up the pieces.

    Webber- I think with Alonso he was tied for driver of the day on Sunday but he wasn’t at seb’s level in terms of pace. I so enarly gave him driver of the weekend because, as we saw last weekend, pace isn’t everything and he made a huge gamble work.

    It was very close between Webber, Alonso and Petrov but because he made no errors and did everything he could I’d say Alonso but only just. Webber was completely deserving of the win though and unlike last weekend, it was nice to see just how many drivers did well rather than pick the one who made the least mistakes.

    1. I agree that Alonso did a very good job, no mistakes, got everything out of it that he could have, always on the pace, and keeping Vettel behind, even if Vettel might have made that easier then it could have been. But I think Webber was being fast all weekend, even if not as fast as Vettel for most of it, and that long stint of his was absolutely great work, he kept driving until he was absolutely sure they could make the pit-stop. His tyres were about gone, but he still kept his pace up.

  7. For me, it’s definately Alonso. The Red Bulls had a significantly faster car, yet Vetel couldn’t even finish in the top 2. Webber scraped a win because his team didn’t bring him in under the safety car, leaving his “1 second a lap faster” car in clean air. Alonso, despite the disadvantage stayed with the Red Bulls and did brilliantly to take second.

    1. And its funny that despite not picking up a win this week, I feel that he did a far better job (and I’m more pleased with him) than at the Hockenheim.

      1. And on the podium, he looked more pleased with himself too!

    2. Honourable mentions: Hulkenberg, Petrov, Kobayashi, De La Rosa, Hamilton.

  8. I voted for LH (for the whole weekend) because: both RBR’s have so great advantage that it is a total failure when they don’t finish 1-2; Alonso held position, but as he said “you can drive the whole lap as you want, but you only need to be quick out of the last corner” – so it is really not much of an achievement IMHO, where Massa just drove around in the manner “looking for tyres, saving the fuel, collecting points bla bla”; Button is not worth mentioning as mush as a couple of guys who scored points just because some others like Rosberg, Kubica, LH etc. were not in the points; Kobayashi was great at the race (but only at the race); Petrov was excellent in many terms but he drove something similar to Alonso’s (hold everyone behind) – I wouldn’t like to be passed by LH like he was. So, LH tested on friday as everyone else, did far better then JB at saturday (JB was wondering where did LH find this pace in Q3 with the same car), he almost had a good start but made it up by passing Vitaly, passing Massa (pits) and maintaining the pace close to Massa (which is something, having in mind what car he has). If there were no technical issues, he might finish 3rd – which will then make it obvious who was “the driver for the weekend”.

    1. Yes, Schumacher showed just how easy it is to come out of that last corner consistently fast. Remember, he’d kept Barichello behind for four or five laps doing exactly that and Barichello stood no chance of passing anywhere else on the circuit.

  9. Has to be Petrov for me, i have criticised him all year for not performing and this weekend he had to deliver and he did, performing strongly in practice, out qualified his team mate for the first time, and had a solid race on top of that. Just wish he could have kept lewis behind for a bit longer.

    1. He probably could have kept him behind longer, but he knew he had no chance to finish the race in front of him and didn’t want to risk losing more places.

  10. Vettel: Incredibly fast.
    Webber: Awesome laps on the worn tyres, seized the opportunity.
    Petrov: Flawless race, well-deserved 5th.
    Hulkenberg: -||-
    Kobayashi: Awesome start.

  11. Red Bull drivers have to do an awful lot to stand out given they have such a superior car. Webber did some fast laps? In the RB? Even Schumi could be fast in that car.
    Alonso merits consideration for a good start, for making no mistakes and for coming 2nd in 3rd-fastest car. But no greatness.
    Petrov had a good weekend, but we know now that the Renault is a decent car at some tracks.
    Kobayashi did a great job moving up so many places, but that included passing a lot of weak drivers.
    That leaves Rubens. The commenter who called his pass on Schumi a certain highlight of the year got it right. An utterly fearless move against a man with on obvious complex about being passed by his former underling. One driver still has it; the other clearly does not. Rubens is star of the race.

  12. I voted Senna, he pulled out a second a lap on his team-mate and almost lapped him in a car that looked horrifying to drive this weekend.

    Petrov and Hulkenburg had great weekends also and hats off to them, but let’s face it, they have quick cars and should be in and around those positions.

  13. Charles Carroll
    2nd August 2010, 16:32

    I voted for Kobayashi, for how well he sliced through the field and into the points.

    Reminds me of two other drivers who have driven their way through the field after bad qualifying runs, ending up in the points. One was Alonso, the other was Button. Both are world champions.

    Coincidence? Perhaps. But either way, Koby is exciting.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly.

      1. Me too. I hope that either Sauber improve their car dramatically or young Kamui moves to a team like Renault or Mercedes next year. I really want to see him battling in the top 10 all the time.

  14. Milka Duno award goes to Schumacker…Vettel will walk all over everyone in Spa.

    1. Michael Schumacher is doing terrible by his and his teammate’s standards.

      Milka Duno is terrible by junior go-karting standards.

      1. ya but Milka is still nicer to look at…but Mikey will always be the rain master

  15. For me the best was Webber. He did an incredible job, putting more than 20 secs.

    Sure RBRs were untouchable this weekend… But VET was TOUCHABLE.


    1. Lol, funny pictures there.

  16. Seriously, who keeps voting for Yamamoto, or as Will Buxton calls him DJDNF?! Is someone just pulling shenanigans? Three votes!

  17. Odd that Hulkenberg get so few votes comapred to Petrov. Hulkenberg finished closely behind Petrov in what is arguably a much lesser car.

    1. and well ahead of Rubens too.

  18. I voted for Kobayashi because I figured nobody else would. Turns out I was wrong. Mark Webber, however, is turning out to be the driver of the year for me.

  19. H√ľlkenberg has only 1% of the vote… he was immense!

    1. Charles Carroll
      3rd August 2010, 14:21

      Nico had a good race. But because I think it was a rather quiet race for him, not as many paid attention.

      A nice drive for him, to be sure, but not the most exciting.

  20. It pains me to say it but Vettel. Plonker of the race for the third GP running, yes, and I loathe the guy, but he was so fast this weekend as a whole. Webber was better in the race but I’d be lying to myself if I ignored Vettel.

    Petrov drove a peach of a weekend also.

    1. How can Vettel be the best ‘driver’ after he made such a bad driving error?

      Yes, he was bloody quick as always, but being a racing driver means using your head sometimes as well.

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