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?â??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?â??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. It was Mark for me. He drove brilliantly on those tyres for 43 laps … It was risky and it paid off. Also have to mention Petrov and Kobayashi.

  2. Jenson Button.

    No I’m joking. Petrov.

  3. The best in that race: Adrian Newey

  4. Defensive driving has to be much more difficult particularly when defending a position,Alonso did this for 32 laps against a car much faster.

  5. STRFerrari4Ever
    2nd August 2010, 21:10

    I voted for Vettel despite all the bashing he’s been receiving on many forums and websites. Ever since the cars hit the track during FP1 you knew that he was going to be on it throughout the weekend. Qualifying proved it, the lap he did was just sensational.
    The race at first was a walk in the park a masterclass by Vettel. Then the drive through penalty and the built up rage, he did pretty well to stay in control other drivers would’ve just rammed into Alonso or pushed way too hard and sent it into the tyre wall but he didn’t. I don’t care if other people disagree I think Seb was fantastic during the entire Hungarian GP weekend and was unfortunate not to get the 25 points he deserved.

    1. he did pretty well to stay in control other drivers would’ve just rammed into Alonso or pushed way too hard and sent it into the tyre wall but he didn’t.

      He did throw the car off the track at turn four and squander his best chance of passing Alonso though.

    2. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
      3rd August 2010, 1:04

      :P it was a good weekend for vettel. he was fast. But what other drivers would run into alonso or send it into the tire wall??

    3. “was unfortunate not to get the 25 points he deserved”

      but he was not unfortunate, he made a driving mistake in the race behind the SC and then complained petulantly as he drove down the pit lane. If that’s what the best driver of the weekend did, I must have missed what all the others’ actions.

  6. Hamilton simply because he pulled everything out of that mclaren in quali. If you imagine he didnt retire he might have managed a podium 3rd with vettels 10 second penalty.

    1. Floda Reltih
      3rd August 2010, 2:51

      Seriously??….you gotta be kidding?…over Webber, Alonso, Petrov, Kobayashi?……

      fan boys…. *rolling eyes*

      1. Far outclassing his teammate and doing pretty well to be in P4 when he retired and indeed Vettel might have ended up behind him giving him a podium finish.

        I guess one could ask the same of you. What did Webebr do that was so great? Drive in the fastest car needing a lucky safety car to get him back in front?

        Alonso? Actually can’t even think of anything there besides being slightly faster than Massa.

        Petrov sure he did well, but this track particularly suits the Renault. So maybe he actually underperformed. For instance Hulkenberg did better being right behind Petrov in a slower car.

        So why mention petrov and not Hulkenberg? Fan boy maybe?

        Kobayashi? Best for missing the weigh-in throwing him to the back of the field? How can such a blundering driver be the best of the weekend?

        So you see, there is always something to say for or against every driver. In the end most people will vote for the guy with the most points (even if he is in the fastest car by at least a second lap)

    2. According to your definition, Why don’t you pick anyone from new teams, who are getting most out of slowest cars?

      “If you imagine”. LOL. You will live in “imaginations” and “IF” for your god Hamilton.

  7. US Williams Fan
    2nd August 2010, 22:14

    Picked kobayashi.

    I was quite impressed with his race – though his qualifying was sub-par.

    certainly think that sauber, as a team, has come a long way since Bahrain.

    I was also impressed with Webber, Alonso, and Petrov.

    Good race overall….. many surprises/

  8. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    3rd August 2010, 0:58

    Kamui with a charge through the field in a sauber : D

  9. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    3rd August 2010, 0:59

    Oh also I liked webbers race too. The laps he put in to stay in front of alonso were excellent

  10. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    3rd August 2010, 1:05

    Hey Yamamoto 4 votes :P

  11. It should be Webber but I voted Barrichello.

  12. Voted Webbo. He was given one shot at victory in the race and seized it. Pretty much everyone jumped in the pits to get fresh primes. Webber made his options last half a race and looking at his times, he might’ve had a few more laps in them. I don’t think this should be taken for granted really. Williams kept BAR out on his primes as long as possible because they were afraid the options wouldn’t last long enough.

    It’s the Hungaroring, everyone knows beforehand that there isn’t going to be much overtaking.

    If everyone is going to keep on moaning the rest of the races because the RB6 is ridiculously fast (let’s wait and see about that in Spa and Monza though), have fun with that, but take a moment to breathe, and think of how many WDC were won in a car that wasn’t worth a top-3 ranking teamwise. You can’t blame a team of engineers for developing a fast F1-car. If people believe it should be all about the drivers, then a spec-car series is your best shot I guess.

    1. Charles Carroll
      4th August 2010, 14:43

      I’m not sure the Yam would win in Webber’s car though.

  13. For me it has to be Webber. *Yes* he has the fastest car, but he took a huge risk by not pitting and drove spectacularly for lap after lap, risking punctures to his (very) worn tyres and risking the chance of another safety car (which if it had been timed badly or come before he had enough lead to make his pitstop would have cost him him everything) in order to gamble for the lead.

    He took a huge risk and it worked. Yes some luck went his way (with Vettel’s penalty) but how often does a driver win a race (or world championship) without some luck?

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