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

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. James said on 30th August 2010, 22:46

    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.

  2. David BR said on 30th August 2010, 22:47

    Hamilton, of course.
    The new gravel-meister.

  3. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 30th August 2010, 22:50

    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.

  4. Theoddkiwi said on 30th August 2010, 22:53

    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?

  5. Hallard said on 30th August 2010, 23:11

    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?

  6. 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

    • James said on 31st August 2010, 0:09

      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.

  7. George said on 30th August 2010, 23:42

    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.

  8. Morteza said on 30th August 2010, 23:55

    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.

    • 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.

  9. MikeSRandall said on 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.

    • graigchq said on 31st August 2010, 11:17

      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.

  10. TommyC said on 31st August 2010, 0:18

    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).

  11. Green Flag said on 31st August 2010, 0:44

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

  12. Jack Peekoc said on 31st August 2010, 1:28

    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.

  13. Sammy said on 31st August 2010, 1:41

    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.

    • Tango said on 31st August 2010, 9:32

      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.

  14. Peter said on 31st August 2010, 1:50

    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.

  15. dragon said on 31st August 2010, 2:17

    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.

  16. chiliching said on 31st August 2010, 3:05

    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?

  17. Cornflakes said on 31st August 2010, 3:06

    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.

  18. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 31st August 2010, 3:17

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

  19. nick said on 31st August 2010, 4:30

    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

  20. The Limit said on 31st August 2010, 5:10

    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.

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