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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

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

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

Lewis Hamilton – Always seemed to get a bit more out of the car in the wet conditions than anyone else.

Mark Webber – Stayed cool after a poor start, put a handy pass on Massa and kept the pressure on Kubica.

Robert Kubica – Revelled in the updated Renault and was unlucky to miss out on a front row start.

Adrian Sutil – Passes on Kobayashi, Schumacher and Rosberg set him up for a season-best-equalling fifth.

Nico Rosberg – Used his wet set-up to great effect to pass Schumacher and Kobayashi at the final restart.

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 Belgian Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Jenson Button (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (51%)
  • Michael Schumacher (7%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Mark Webber (8%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (0%)
  • Robert Kubica (12%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (3%)
  • Adrian Sutil (8%)
  • 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 (2%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)

Total Voters: 2,581

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126 comments on “Who was the best driver of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend?”

  1. I don’t know. The Mclaren looks so good in the wet comapred to everyone one else. Button and Ham were the only ones who could improve their times in quali when the rain came but Ham was comfortably ahead of But for most of the weekend. He did everything he needed to I guess.

    Webber bad start which wasn’t his fault. Got lead lead of his teammate this weekend and salvaged a podium at a track RBR were meant to fail at.

    Kubica- number 1 in the team still so I dfon’t know just how much he’s getting out of it. Cracker of a weekend but made a mistake at a crucial moment.

    I’d say Ham or Web. I was really impressed with Button’s race though.

    1. I would also go for Hamilton if it wasn’t for his excursion into the kitty litter – if he hit the barrier, all the post-race talk would have been about how he has yet to mature as a racer. He was an inch away from the entire perception about him taking a radical 180 degree shift.

      The only drivers who didn’t make mistakes in the unique conditions were Webber, Button and Sutil (from what I saw of Sutil). Button didn’t finish the race, so that leaves Webber and Sutil. To become world champion, a driver has to perform like Webber did during the race – keeping his cool after a fault and maximizing his position based on mistakes that others make. He also paced himself well, kept out of trouble, and was on the mark during the pit stop.

      Sutil and Massa drove good, although anonymous, races.

      1. actually I stand corrected, Sutil made a mistake on the opening lap that let Webber pass

    2. In the end i went with Hamilton. Button migh have been there, if Seb hadn’t got impatient as well.
      Webber drove very well this weekend, the start was not his fault, but it was lacking the exitement for me.

    3. i would say web, because voting on ham wouldnt be suprising cause he had a great car on straight line but more important he had much more downforce, which is crucial on wet conditions. Looking under those prospects i believe that web was the best driver vet and alo were unlucky again massa wasnt good enough but seeing him up there is a clear demonstration that alo was on of the fav

  2. You didn’t even mention Kobayashi or Petrov. The only 2 worth consideration really.

    1. In your opinion. Why did you think they were better? Hard to give them much credit for their qualifying performances.

      1. I guess I read the question differently. I think a driver who goes from near last to points had a hell of a day. Especially in a car that doesn’t regularly get points. To me that’s impressive.

        1st to win or 2nd to win is great! But it doesn’t impress me as much.. Especially in a car that is nearly guaranteed points(minus collisions).

        Just a different perspective I guess.

        The Mercedes’ had a good race to. But that was kind of expected, from me anyways.

        Cheers!

        1. “Especially in a car that doesn’t regularly get points”

          Mind you, Petrov drives for Renault… a team that could’ve won the race…

          1. I was leaning towards Kobayashi but Petrov went from 23rd to 9th. Clearly he didn’t win the race but an impressive showing. Yeah his Teammate scores points nearly every race. But he’s a rookie and is just starting to come into his own. Hope Renault keeps him next year! (I wouldn’t have said that just 3 or 4 races ago)

            I know the question is best driver of the weekend and that I would say should go to Hamilton, excellent all weekend. But driver of the race, I have a different opinion.

          2. Yes, the car doesn’t often get points because Petrov is driving it, while Kubica has scored more than all Williams and Force India cars combined.

            Is having scored 15% for the team impressive? Is finishing ninth in a car capable to challenge for a win, in opportunistic circumstances impressive? Not by my standards, I think another poor performance from Petrov trough the whole weekend.

        2. To me, it was really the way Hamilton was able to jump up to second in Q3 when everyone else had fallen off. That set him up for the win and he really had to work to get up to second in Q3. I don’t remember the time on the clock, but he was the last one to set a real time and he went up from 6th? to 2nd.

        3. Kamui and Vitaly had great drives, but I’m not going to credit them simply for qualifying poorly then slashing their way through a much slower field. If you can’t get it together on Saturday, you don’t deserve the maximum plaudits on Sunday. Lewis, Mark and Robert all had brilliant drives, as usual putting in the fast laps when they needed, and keeping a cool head through all the changing conditions.

        4. Fair enough.

          The way I see it, Kobayashi and Petrov messed up in qualifying which partly flattered their race performances. Petrov in particular started behind all the new teams’ cars which he was inevitably going to get ahead of. His pass on Rosberg was very good, but he was on soft tyres at the time which would have helped.

          They deserve credit for not sticking their cars in the hedge on a difficult day, but so do a lot of other drivers.

          1. What about Schumacher then? He went from 21st to 7th. Sure, he was passed by Sutil at one point but Sutil was flying past everyone then and Schumacher was on old hard tyres in cold conditions. Sure he was passed by Rosberg at the end but Rosberg was on a wet set-up that he used to pass another driver too, and Schumacher passed Rosberg earlier in the race, so you could say it was 1 all there.

            You can’t say Schumacher messed up in qualifying. He qualified 11th which is about typical for Mercedes at the moment, and that after Mercedes screwed up and managed to have Rosberg on a wet set-up blocking him on his last flying lap.

            Plus, the moment of the whole Weekend for me was Schumacher going past 5 drivers who all fell off the road at the start of Q1 – that was absolutely awesome!

            Surely Schumacher deserved a mention at least?

          2. All good reasons to in the end not go for those two, they had a great race, but need to do better on Saturday.

            Schumacher did about equal with Rosberg. Their team had mediocre car, looking for a not great weekend, but they both made the best of it to get well into the points. I hope Schumacher is bolstered by it and will continue this line. And it bodes well for next year that Rosberg overtook him at the end of the race, especially if Schumacher does get back to old form.

            I went with Hamilton mainly for his great qualifying and first lap work; Webber did good, but in a way he was as uninspiring in the race as Massa was: solid, doing the best he could, but not better. Sutil did well to get fifth in the race, and managed okay, given his car, on Saturday. Button had a great start and could have been, if not for Vettel (well, and him clipping his wing, I suppose).

      2. yes but they made up for it in the race, under huge pressure from their teams.

        1. Schumacher did have a good race, but the only reason he passed Rosberg was because Rosberg was busy battling and got forced off the road. Schumacher even almost ended Rosberg’s chance of good points when he took off part of his front wing!

          For me it was Hamilton who was the best driver. I agree he was fortunate off the start after a bad start from Webber, but even if that hadn’t happened you could bet he would have passed him down the straight due to the f-duct. He drove brilliantly in changing conditions, even if he did make one mistake. I also think Sutil deserves a mention as he was blisteringly quick, and I believe Button would have been up there if it weren’t for Vettel’s mistake. Webber also drove very well despite his poor start.

    2. I agree…I think it was a pretty damn impressive performance by Petrov. His qualifying mistake came at a bad time..sure…but it’s not like he was the only one who spun this weekend.

  3. I am by no mean a Hamilton fan, but he led flag to flag. Whether it was dry or wet Hamilton was the one to beat. Just missing pole was the only thing keeping him from getting a clean sweep of the weekend. Hands down the best driver of the weekend.

    Hats off to Kubica though. With that fuel pick-up problem in Qualifying he was only able to get one flying lap. Credit to him for making it pay off with 3rd on the grid, and eventually 3rd in the race as well. Great drive by him.

  4. It’s gotta be Hamilton.

    1. No doubt about it Lewis was the best. I was in France for the race nad the newspapers all had cartoons of him saying,”Rain, What rain?”. Unbelievably good. Kubica did well too and Webber fought back from his bad start. This is gonna be close in Brazil etc

  5. Oh just checked JA’s blog and just because he gave Massa as an option he is now my hero. Sorry Keith! Just kidding, even I couldn’t vote for Felipe but it was a good weekend from him to some extent.

    Yamamoto was the worst driver for me this weekend. He actually did alrightn at some points but that just means he isn’t entertaining anymore.

    1. Massa is an option… am I missing something?

      1. I think Steph is saying that JA’s blog has Massa as an option (JA only has 5 or 6 drivers to choose from) which is suprising as he wasn’t really a contender for driver of the weekend. I’m guessing she’s a Massa fan, as she said ‘even I couldn’t vote for Massa’ and this would suggest why James Allen is now her hero (for making him an option in his driver of the day poll).

        basically, Massa is an option, don’t worry :D

        1. Oh I see. I would get a fair roasting if I didn’t let you guys vote for whoever you wanted!

  6. Wouldn’t always go with the obvious choice, but after that qualification lap (one of the best in recent times perhaps), Hamilton has to be driver of the weekend.

    1. Keep it in perspective though – the McLaren clearly had the edge in the wet, and Hamilton messed up his first lap (and blamed the team for it post-quali).

      Over the whole weekend, I’d have to vote Hamilton – some of the other drivers put in a good performance on the Sunday, but it’s all about the whole weekend.

  7. For me, it has to be Hamilton. Sure, he did ride his luck when he went off the track into the gravel when the rain came, but apart from that he had the race well under his control. Led virtually from the start to the finish, despite 2 SC periods and 2 rain periods and got a fastest lap in the process. Definitely deserved the win.

  8. I’d have to say Hamilton. Even though he was not really put under much pressure by any of those behind him, this was a direct result of his (mostly)very tidy drive in very tricky conditions. Well done. I’d also give honorable mentions to Rosberg and MS, keeping their noses clean, and recovering from poor grid positions to get well into the points. Fun race!

    1. Keeping their noises clean, except between themselves (MS clipped on Ros at the beginning, and Ros had a nice brush on his last overtake against MS). Great fun watching them at it.

  9. It has got to be Hamilton doesn’t it?
    You can argue Mark Webber had a great race, by battling from the midfield up to second position, but he let himself down by a terrible start, similarly, Robert Kubica was cruising to a comfortable second place but in his second pit stop braking error was uncharacteristic and stopped him becoming driver of the race. Lewis one the race, end of.

  10. Woops “one” when I clearly meant “won” I’m claiming that as an uncharacteristic grammatical error :P

  11. Hard to see anything beyond Hamilton. Even though the Mclaren is a better car in the wet, the kind of gap he was pulling over his team-mate was amazing. Except for that moment at Rivage, he did absolutely nothing wrong.

    He said after the interview that he was ‘blessed’ to win this race, but honestly, he wasn’t lucky at all, it was his sublime driving which allowed him to win this race.

  12. Either Rosberg or Kubica for me. Put them on the top teams and Alonso, Hamilton, Webber etc. would have to watch their backs.

    1. Could not agree more. Ferrari have made a mistake not employing Kub rather than Alonso at half the price and twice the talent.

      1. ya i really agree with u nick,,,nice quote….

      2. That’s pretty funny, and hard to disagree with. Though Alonso has a lot more commercial appeal than Kubica.

        I think they should have bought Robert in for Felipe, it would have been a great team – one of those two drivers in a Ferrari would almost always be finishing in top places and would give them consistency, and in-turn, points.

        1. I can’t imagine Alonso would have liked being beaten regularly, and Kubica would not like being told he is number 2. Ferrari would have imploded!

          So, yeah, I think it would have been a great idea. :)

  13. Hamilton, Webber and Kubica all had great races.

    But Hamilton was definetly the star of the race. On such bad conditions, the leader is the first candidate to ruin it completely missing his braking point or spinning in the damp track. But appart from the Rivage moment, he got everything together and won an incredible race.

    In my opinion, this was the best race we’ve seen from him in a long time.

  14. Hamilton because he is a beast of a man.

    Webber still salvaged some respect for getting back up to second.

  15. Honestky, Sutil. Fast all weekend, pulled off some nice passes.

  16. I hate to admit this, but i voted Hamilton :C

    He was class of the field, one step ahead, and that’s what wins championships. … which is annoying.

  17. Whoever the 4 who voted for Alonso are, they need to go to specsavers.

    1. lol, actually for a brief moment driving back up the field I thought he was one of the most impressive out there. But really, given the dire qualifying, poor tyre choices and final spin, not a good one from Fred.

    2. @Nick, no the one who needs to go to Specsavers is Rubens Barrichello.

  18. Hamilton was good but for me Kubica was outstanding apart from the obvious parking problem!
    Bringing it home to third, s/be 2nd, in a developing Renault was very professional, what I’m getting to expect from the guy.
    Even Hamilton was off at one stage so nobody’s perfect.

  19. Oh, and Nigel Mansell should get a vote, just for being Nigel Mansell.

    1. Until he grows that moustache back he’s not Nigel Mansell.

      1. May the real Mansell rest in peace. *tear*

    2. I noticed a downside of having the retired drivers as stewards during the race, and it is that decisions made by the stewards are associated with that driver, rather than being associated as a decision made by a team. Eg. the commentators said : “I wonder what Nigel Mansell will decide on that”, eg. When Schumacher was penalized in Monaco, it was publicized as Damon Hill making the decision alone, which opened him up to criticism. I think the media need to be careful in how they cover stewarding decisions and make the viewer aware that while there is a retired driver involved, it is not his decision alone and that stewarding decisions are made by a team (it could be that Mansell was against handing Vettel a drive-thu, but was over-ruled by the other stewards).

      1. Accidental Mick
        31st August 2010, 9:36

        As I understand it, the retired drivers are there to advise the stewards and do not actualy get a vote.

  20. Hamilton.

    His superb qualifying lap makes up for his little off before the Safety Car in my opinion.

  21. Schumacher. He battled from far down the grid, gained 7 places on the first lap (partly through attrition, mostly through his skill) and finished a very credible 7th – very unfortuante to lose 6th to his team mate, but I enjoyed the battle Schumacher and Rosberg had.

    1. Nobody is really mentioning about the battle between Schumacher & Roseberg which I think was one of the highlight of the race.

  22. Hamilton, of course.
    The new gravel-meister.

  23. Hamilton easily. Great qualifying lap, won the race, made a mistake but recovered without loss (unlike Kubica, another strong candidate). Webber unlucky with his start but you could see there wasn’t as much fight in him.

  24. Hamilton for sure, diciplined controlled drive. Everyone made mistakes in the race, but that is Spa. Its the one that makes the least mistakes that win.

    Who are the 4 who voted for Vettel?

  25. So…as I write this there is 1 vote for Rosberg, and 4 votes for Alonso?

    Rosberg: qualified poorly at 14th (incl penalty), but drove a solid race with some opportunistic passing moves to bring it home in 6th

    Alonso: terrible in qualifying after gambling on a wet weather set-up, made the wrong tire call early on to lose several places, and then spun out when it actually DID rain. One of his worst ever performances.

    Anybody care to explain?

    1. There are more Alonso fans than Rosberg? Neither of them really deserve the votes.

  26. Im voting for Schumacher. His drive was virtually a repeat of Hamiltons drive @ Malaysia but gets no cred for it.
    Cant see how Hams winning in the fastest car, and going off the track twice could be rated so highly

    1. Well, one of the excursions he had into the gravel trap nearly cost him the race. But otherwise, his drive was flawless and bloody quick.

  27. I went for Webber. Assuming the start wasn’t his fault he didn’t put a wheel wrong the entire race. If Hamilton hadn’t had his off I would have gone for him instead though.

  28. I would say Schumacher with his great comeback from 21st to 7th. Hamilton did pretty well but he was about to ruin it when he went off track and was lucky not to lose his place. Kubica was also doing well but he did made a mistake in the pits and lost his 2nd place to Webber. Webber also good but not flawless and his start of the race was not good and lost his pole. I didn’t mean to offend anyone of those podium guys, but they all made mistakes. By the way, a very solid race from Sutil and a very good result for him at Spa.

    1. Hamilton didn’t loose a place because of the pace he was setting. He was doing it for just such a reason. So, imo he made up for the off by gapping the field when conditions allowed.

  29. MikeSRandall
    31st August 2010, 0:05

    It’s a close one. Hamilton drove the perfect race – you always have to give credit for a lights to flag victory, and Lewis pulled it off. However, Webber managed to pull it back from 5th (or 6th?) at the first corner to finishing 2nd.

    Neither had a spectacular race, but I think both had a BETTER race than someone like Petrov, overtaking left right and centre. I was particularly impressed with Lewis’ coolness on the radio.

    So, driver of the day? Was it Lewis or Mark?

    Ah, what the hell. For purely sentimental reasons my driver of the day was Sutil for pulling some great passes in a car that you don’t really expect (past Spa performances excepted) to be so stonkingly quick down the straight.

    1. i don’t see how Webber pulling back from 1st-6th and back to 2nd, constitutes best driver of race.

      He lost places into the first corner, he then gained two places through no action of his own when vettel and button fell back, and then made no challenge to hamilton at all.

      Hamilton and Kubica have it for this race. Shame Jensen didn’t get a chance to challenge Hamilton later on. One would suppose that hsi slightly wet-favouring setup ovr Hamilton’s would have put him in good stead for a later surge or even victory later on. Who knows, Hamilton may even have made further mistakes with someone actually bothering him from behind (oo-err).

      we’ll never know though, that’s the only certainty.

  30. As bad as webber’s start was, i can’t remember him making any mistakes. got his head down, kept out of trouble and was rewarded with a 2nd place (albeit with a bit of luck).

  31. Schumacher. In a a totally uncompetitive car he gained the most places – started 21st, finished 7th.

  32. I was impressed by Micheal. First time we saw him do some real racing this year. Felt good.

    Lewis would have had my vote, but he was pretty much given first place at the start by webber, and then he cruised to the finish, controlling the pace. Not very impressive considering all he had to do was go round and round while everyone else was tripping overeachother behind him. I’m not taking anything away from him… he drove well. But we have seen many times how its easier to lead than to follow in this series, especially in the rain, where mechanical grip is lacking.

  33. Why are some so reluctant to recognise Hammy’s brilliance….Think about this, where it not for Barcelona(car letting him down), Hungary( was creeping closer to the Ferrari ahead), He probably would have a much bigger lead than now.

    Lewis by far, brilliant drive as always. Fastest and most opportunistic driver on the grid, and just think, hasnt reached his peak yet.

    1. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Hamilton fan. But had Webber had the luck not to be paired with Vettel, he would nearly have a race in hand in his lead for the championship. So really, this kind of reasonning isn’t flattering for Lewis.

  34. Has to be Webber. Had the worst start in the race and was able to finish 2nd while others spun, crashed and went off he didn’t make a single driver mistake.

  35. I’m the last person to lavish praise on Hamilton, but I just find it strange that so many feel the need to downplay the efforts of the man who actually WON the race.

  36. Race stewards seem to have forgotten that Massa was a bit ahead of his grid box at the start. Must not Massa be punished for that?

  37. I put Kubica simply because of his ability to ‘do a Hamilton from 09’ and get the most out of the package. He’s overdoing his expectations, whilst a McLaren win is meeting expectations. Kubica is my driver of the weekend, but Hamilton thoroughly deserves the credit too.

  38. Lewis Hamilton deserve it but I voted Webber in comparison to Vettel he kept his head cool even after having a very bad start.

  39. sutil passing kobayashi, rosberg, michel schumacar
    on consecutive laps was the best
    otherwise he would have finished eighth as Mercedes drivers did not pit until rain

  40. Lewis. For the simple reason that he had to win, and in bad conditions. I think when the dust has settled, Mark Webber will probably be satisfied with his second place. Vettel’s disastrous race, along with the demise of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, has put some daylight between Hamilton and Webber. Also now Red Bull must be looking at Webber has ‘their’ man for the championship following the recent string of poor performances from his highly rated team mate. Vettel, in my opinion, has to have another race in Monza like he did for Toro Rosso back in 2008, or he’ll only make Christian Horner’s decision that little bit easier when the time comes.

  41. Well Hamilton (running off at Rivage), Webber (the start, which wasn’t really his fault) and Kubica (missong his pit box) all made mistakes, but on the whole it had to be Hamilton’s day. It was a super drive in difficult conditions, and he kept his head and showed a blistering turn of pace at times.

  42. For me, its Adrian Sutil. Very good qualifying, good start (didnt lose a place, he generally tends to), very good passes at the crucial time. He was once threatening Massa too. He should be on a better team may be Renault or Mercedes

  43. Sutil by all means. The vote is very British > Hamilton who I adore, but almost went out & got lucky !

    1. Kubica almost lost it too going through Eau rouge (when he nearly ran into Vettel coming back on track)

  44. Sutil and Alguersuari… Both destroyed their teammates in terms of pace in Spa…

  45. Any option for worst driver of race. I want to choose Vettel :)

  46. Hamilton did a very nice Jos “Grindbak” Verstappen, but I voted Sutil for driver of the race.

  47. Picked Sutil, he was flawless all weekend.

  48. i Voted Hamilton. great race control in trying conditions.

    plus he has feelings for his team mate,
    i still think they are the best partners on the grid
    L.H. Quote”
    “I feel really sorry for Jenson, He did a great job. I got around Turn One, looked in my mirrors, saw him picking up places, and thought, ‘That’s good, that’s good.’ Then he got up to second, and I thought, ‘That’s fantastic — another opportunity for a one-two.’ Then, cruelly, he was taken out through no fault of his own — which was really unfortunate for him, and for the team, because he did everything he could to get us the most points in the constructors’ championship today. But he’ll bounce back even stronger.

  49. As at the time of this post Vettel had 12 votes – how could he even get 1 vote?

  50. Not Hamilton. I mean, sure, he was good, but to almost end the race that was in the bag, had he just braked a fraction later, that is not impressive in my opinion. I went for Massa, I think the car was just not good enough, at least not with the Monza(?) rear wing.

  51. Has to be Shumi. He put in a stunning driver despite his penalty to move from 21st to 7th. We need to remember that it rained for him too.

    1. @tiomkin
      ME TOO :)Michael Schumacher the master — how many others could have done that??

  52. Hamilton had a great drive in very difficult conditions, and Webber did well to qualify well and then keep his head when things went wrong. We have seen him lose it it similar situations before today.

  53. David Johnson
    31st August 2010, 11:26

    Got to be Hamilton, it was amazing he was still ahead, even after his detour…impressed by Button though…before he got taken out !

  54. 89 fanboys for MS. hilarious if it wasnt so sad.

    Lewis by a mile. 2nd place Spa. best circuit in the world

    1. He gained 134 places and drove a great race. Feeling the need to insult others to justify your opinion, makes you the hilarious one.

    2. He gained 14 places and drove a great race. Feeling the need to insult others to justify your opinion, makes you the hilarious one.

  55. Fanboys fighting back ! Ralph, sorry Michael, looks like a little boy lost, hes even being nice to people in the pits. So he beats torro rosso’s and lotus’ off the grid. whoppee! His overtake on Rosberg whilst opportunistic was a bit Vettelish and his outright pace is way off his team mates.

    In comeback terms its more Frank Butcher than Frank Sinatra. A shambles and unfortunately for him hes learning what the old phrase means: Be careful what you say to people on the way up, you may need them on the way down.

    1. Considering that Rosberg turned into his rear tyre, you have comprehensively failed at your troll posts.

  56. Hamilton’s car control in the wet was excellent. Yes he made a mistake around turn 5 but that happens when you are pushing at the front. And how fast was the Renault down the straight! Yikes!

  57. Massa was so quiet..but given the weather thats probably a good thing!

    I really enjoyed seeing Alonso and Liuzzi go wheel to wheel so respect to Liuzzi.

    Schumacher held it together nicely also.

  58. I would love to hear some reasons from the 13 people who voted for Vettel. Also am I the only one who is getting sick of various presenters/pundits, when discussing Vettel’s mistakes and problems, who feel it necessary to always add at the end something along the lines of: “but he will definately win the title in the future”. On current performance, and I know he is still young, but No I dont think he necessarily will. Does it really have to be discussed as as if it is simply a fact of life that he will.

  59. I love how Rosberg gets a mention in the original post, but not Schu. Schu is quicker than Rosberg in every practice session (as far as I know), quicker in qualifying, and then proceeds to gain 14 spots during the race to Rosberg’s 8, passing Rosberg once. And Schu was only barely passed by Rosberg at the end, with Ros on a wet weather setup.

    I rate Rosberg highly, but people seem so have written Schuey off; they don’t pay attention when he drives well. Schumacher was roasting Rosberg on a spit at Valencia before an absurd strategy decision murdered his race.

    Rosberg’s quick in qualy, no doubt, but when the green flag flies, youth and enthusiasm is definitely being outshone by old age, treachery, and outright otherworldy skill…

    Schu has my extreme respect – not necessarily because he’s so fast, but because he always fights so hard. In 2005, a guy who just one five championships in a row was totally uncompetitive; his tires were awful, his car was midfield at best. But he drove like a demon the whole season, pushing just as hard for 10th as he ever did for first.

    And Schumacher has come back not to win races but to drive at the limit. He certainly knew he wouldn’t be winning the WDC this year, or even winning races, but he drives for driving, and if for no other reason he deserves respect.

    As far as his incident with Barrichello, it was indeed a bit much – but for all the complaints about how Schumacher has made these incredibly dangerous moves so many times, that would kill people and cause huge accidents and oh dear oh dear…. he’s never actually caused a huge accident doing one of those incredibly dangerous moves.

    Vettel, on the other hand, manages to do not nearly so dangerous moves, and puts people off all the time. When Schumacher puts people off, at least it’s not by mistake! ;)

    1. Yes, Schumacher gained more places – but he did have two HRTs, a Virgin and a Lotus between him and Rosberg. I think giving a seven-times world champion a round of applause for passing that lot in the car he had would be a bit patronising.

      1. I don’t know, I think I’d be more worried about passing two HRTs, a Virgin and a Lotus than about passing Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, and Rubens Barrichello! :)

        (And I bet Webber would agree…)

      2. Keith,MSC will have 8 titles in a year or 2.There are thousands of fans Worldwide who still applaud him.You are obviously not one of those.

        1. If I jumped up and down and sang his praises when he’d had a race that was good but not incredible, then when he genuinely did put in a brilliant performance and I raved about it, it would be meaningless because I’d set the bar too low.

          He put a good pass on Rosberg during the race, and I give him credit for that. Problem is, Rosberg re-passed him later on. And, really, what else did Schumacher do in the race to get excited about?

          This is a serious question – if you think I’ve overlooked a great qualifying performance, a string of brilliant laps and great overtaking moves, please point them out.

    2. @Perisoft.
      I couldn’t have put it better myself.Last Sunday,Barichello ruined Alonsos race,but I haven’t seen anywhere that Alonso is screaming for an apology.Barichello has been round that track more than most and he still caused mayhem and destruction.(mainly to himself.
      The track conditions was the same for all.Big sympathy for Jenson,honours for Lewis.

      1. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on Rubens. If Schumacher pulled that stunt on me I’d be yelling for blood too – but that doesn’t mean it’d be objective. There’s a reason we don’t have victims set punishment. :]

        And as far as that goes, Rubens just got caught out in the rain. Everybody went off at that corner; he was just unlucky enough to have someone right in front of him. Vettel, on the other hand, didn’t have unexpected conditions, and was trying a banzai move.

        I knew for three corners that Vettel and Button were going to end up in trouble; Rubens just had an “Oh, s***!” moment.

  60. perisoft

    lol

    1. antonyob

      lol

  61. Charles Carroll
    31st August 2010, 16:59

    A great day for Lewis, but I voted for Adrian Sutil for his consistently good performance over the entire weekend, in a car that is not up to the level of the Red Bulls and McLarens.

  62. Hamilton by a mile. His qualifying lap for P2 was even more impressive than his win.

  63. Lewis – great quali and mature driving for the win. That’s how champions drive. Next in the line would be Kubica and Sutil.

  64. Dianna

    My apologies I shouldve added ‘fanboyettes’ as well.

    But who is my namesake? Tony brookes perhaps.

    Btw not sad, lol means I’m laughing not sad. Pushing ex team mates into a wall at 190. Is sad.

    1. Not as sad as failing to recognise a driver trying to defend their position.

    2. I’m not a webber nor a vettel fan but if you’re referring to turkey with vettel and webber, I dont remebr the part where webber *pushed?* vettel into a wall.

  65. Sure wasn’t Vettel…muah haa ha ahaa haha ah

    1. Charles Carroll
      1st September 2010, 2:52

      Aside from McLaren and Webber fans, I’m not sure why so many dislike Vettel. He takes risks and is exciting to watch, which is also why I like Kamui.

      Clinical and cold driving I find to be boring. At least Vettel has single-handedly made two races much more exciting this year…albeit by crashing!

      I like the kid. I’ll stick with him!

      1. “He takes risks and is exciting to watch”

        don’t expect a championship any time soon then…

        1. Charles Carroll
          1st September 2010, 15:00

          Aryton Senna was a risk taker and exciting to watch. He was also a champion and likely the greatest driver in the history of the sport.

          So, obviously I disagree with your sentiment here.

      2. David Johnson
        1st September 2010, 7:43

        I’m sorry but “taking risks” is not crashing into people! The “body language” of Vettel driving behind someone is “move over, I’m quicker”, in comparison to good overtakers…who seem to hover and pounce on a mistake…Vettel need to calm down a lot, and I don’t see it happening for a few years yet.

      3. If you find driver errors and crashing exciting you are an idiot. Vettel added nothing to hungary and spa. He threw away his title hopes. you’re a noob.

        1. “If you find driver errors and crashing exciting you are an idiot.”

          Usually people find wet races to be more exciting than dry ones. Why? Partially because the likelihood of driver error is greater, allowing for more overtaking and the more skilled drivers to come to the fore. Let’s just say your post didn’t go according to plan then.

  66. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    6th September 2010, 5:26

    Well its not vettel haahahah. I’d say Hamilton for qualifying. And I’ll go with sutil for the race.

  67. Sutil did really well but he made a mistake at the start sadly

    Sutil did really well to pass MSC in my opinion

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