Who was the best driver of the Italian Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)

Start, Monza, 2010

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

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Italian Grand Prix.

Review each driver’s race weekend 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 Italian Grand Prix weekend:

Fernando Alonso – Great lap to clinch pole position in a tight session. Lost the lead at the start but kept the pressure on Button and took it back after a quick pit stop.

Jenson Button – Opting to run a set-up which left him 14kph slower than Alonso on the straights was a risky choice. But he came impressively close to pulling it off after a great start and unblinking performance under pressure.

Sebastian Vettel – His race looked to be over on lap 19 but nursing his soft tyres for 51 laps allowed him to vault back into fourth place.

Mark Webber – Out-qualified Vettel despite losing time in two practice sessions with car problems. Lost ground at the start but made passes on Michael Schumacher, Robert Kubica and Nico H???lkenberg to take sixth.

Nico H???lkenberg – Looked faster than Rubens Barrichello all weekend. Out-qualified his team mate and beat him home. Only blot was a few mistakes at the chicanes precipitated by a dodgy brake pedal – Webber might have thought he deserved a penalty but race control didn’t agree.

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

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

  • Jenson Button (33%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (2%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (8%)
  • Mark Webber (5%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Fernando Alonso (40%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Nico H???lkenberg (4%)
  • Robert Kubica (2%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • 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 (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)

Total Voters: 2,033

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Lewis Hamilton was voted the best driver of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

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115 comments on Who was the best driver of the Italian Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)

  1. Alonso made 3 mistakes during the race – poor start, crashing into the back of Button (lucky he didnt ruin both their races, unfortunately I think he hurt buttons race more than his own) and nearly losing it all near the end passing a back marker.

    He was never going to get past Button even with the faster car. The pit stop was the only chance he had.

    Button actually was flawless all weekend, especially during the race under the pressure.

  2. dragon said on 14th September 2010, 1:05

    Webber’s poor start means that he doesn’t get my vote, however he was brilliant in qualifying and then proceeded to pull out three beautiful passes (becoming something of an overtaking specialist, now? Massa @ Rivage was an amazing move) to claim a decent sixth position. Likewise, Vettel’s underwhelming qualifying means he doesn’t get my vote either, but he was super impressive during the race, putting in 52 fast laps on the rather friendly soft tyre. Fourth was probablt the best result RBR could have hoped for.
    Button deserves the driver of the weekend, but then again, Alonso was awesome as well. Button’s 36 laps of gritty, brake-locking defence made for great viewing, soaking in the pressure of a slightly faster Alonso, and only missed on what would have been an incredible victory after the team blinked first at the round of pit-stops. Then again, Alonso was untouchable in qualifying, that first lap would have been faultless – thanks BBC for showing me practically none of it – then put in the storming in-lap when he needed to.

  3. Why would anyone vote for Hamilton? He didn’t complete 1 lap & was to blame for his DNF.

  4. Bernard said on 14th September 2010, 1:15

    There are some oddities in the results calculations. :)

    Felipe Massa (2%, 7 Votes)
    Sebastien Buemi (0%, 0 Votes)
    Lucas di Grassi (2%, 0 Votes)

    • Wow. If enough of us keep not voting for di Grassi, he might still pull this one out.

      I also noticed that Alguersuari’s bar is thicker than … ok, that sounded bad, but it’s thicker than that of the other guys with 0%. Sounds like the poll software doesn’t handle edge-cases very well – which you would think would be a fairly high priority for poll software. :P

      • Jarno’s bar is the same size as Jaime’s. Perhaps if your name starts with J, that entitles you to extra width? And now I am going to leave this alone, as there is just no way to comment on this topic without sounding rude !

  5. Charles Carroll said on 14th September 2010, 1:22

    I went with Alonso. It was a solid weekend without any of his usual complaining about not receiving the “Moses” treatment.

  6. Would have been Webber but for his start. Dropping to 6th on the first chicane, then 9th on the second. Valencia and Spa all over again.
    Has to be Fernando though. Jenson was good, but Alonso was better. I only caught the end of the stop so I could be wrong, but did Ferrari deliberately run a slow stop for Massa to keep him out of the way?

  7. Robbie said on 14th September 2010, 1:43

    Button. He kept Alonso at bay until the pitstops despite having a slower car which was also damaged. Pretty impressive I’d say, especially on such a fast and open circuit.

  8. Where is Rosberg? He throttled Schumacher pretty much all weekend, more emphatically than usual, ran a strong race and split the RedBulls. He edges Alonso, who would have to share the accolade with this pit crew, and Martin Whitmars, anyway.

    I don’t see any reason for giving Button the laurels over those two. For the Nth time, there was no brave gamble. That’s a nice story line but it doesnt fit the facts.

    WHis set up was exactly as fast as the one Hamilton ultimately chose, all weekend. Hamilton ran too close behind Webber in Q3, and stuffed up a couple corners, that’s it. The fact that Button creeped down the straights in his choice may have cost him the lead, because the part of the track where he made his time came after the pit exit, another small detail he overlooked in making his supposed brilliant gamble. And he miscalculated that his tire approach would out-manage the tires compared to the opposition.

    • Agree about Rosberg but disagree about Button. His choise in my opinion was the most brilliant, as well as original choise for Monza. Lewis made mistakes in qualifying because his set-up was too unpredictable in corners even for Lewis. He said on saturday that his setup choise was a mistake compared to Button’s. And Button’s setup worked very well in the race, despite Alonso’s speed advantage. Mclaren made mistakes in the race with bringing Button in too early, and with his pitstop being 0.8 sec slower he had no chance but ni blame for him there. So button is a big contender for the drive of the race even though I voted for Rosberg.

    • What Bridgestone are doing supplying an option tyre that can last the whole flipping race is beyond me – too conservative for my liking and does nothing for the racing.

  9. David L said on 14th September 2010, 2:50

    I voted for Hamilton, he only made one mistake all race !

  10. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th September 2010, 3:07

    Webber as he seems to be the busiest driver of the race & for all those overtaking moves.

  11. In the end I went for Alonso, but it was a close call with Button, who drove flawlessly all weekend, and Webber who drove fantastically after the first corner, but muffed the start.

  12. Jameson said on 14th September 2010, 7:16

    Jenson Button. He blasted out of his grid box with the side of a barn strapped to the back of his car, and he still beat Alonso through the chicane. Button had a stellar first stint. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed the live timing on screen, but seeing the gap to Alonso fluctuate was nerve wracking. I’m pretty sure I’ve got hypertension now!

    Overall, this was a fantastic race. Everyone that made it to Monza paid for the whole seat, but they only needed the edge.

    • dirgegirl said on 14th September 2010, 15:26

      That new live timing (non-sector based) at the bottom of the screen was great, but nervewracking eh?

      • I think he means the live timing in f1’s official site. It’s awesome, it gives you all the sector times. I like to keep it open in one window and f1fanatic’s live blog in another while I watch the race. Indeed, it was thrilling to watch those times.

        • dirgegirl said on 14th September 2010, 16:11

          Yes, I use the F1 live timing applet too on my lappy. But I noticed the new timing graphics at the bottom of the screen during the race, which were not just sector based but more fine-grained – they updated every few seconds.

        • Jameson said on 15th September 2010, 2:45

          No, the timing on the actual live feed was constantly updating instead of just at each sector. It was killing me! I was watching the SPEED feed in The States by the way.

  13. Adrian said on 14th September 2010, 7:31

    Apparently Jenson had some interference on his radio all the way up until his pit stop…

    …there was some guy saying something about Fernando being faster than him….

    • LOL nice one Adrian.
      Good thing he did not follow orders, like Hakkinend did at the time when he pitted uncalled for.

  14. MouseNightshirt said on 14th September 2010, 8:16

    Button for me. I can’t help feeling he would have run away with it had Alonso not punted his rear end. But even with his shattered diffuser, he was like the duracell bunny, just went on and on unquestioningly. He didn’t make a big mistake all weekend.

    Alonso was also stunning, never backed down. The only blip that means he can’t win driver of the day over Button was that trip across the chicane at the end.

  15. Adam Smith said on 14th September 2010, 8:41

    Ha! 4 people voted for Sakon Yamamoto! Brilliant!

  16. Melchior (@melchior) said on 14th September 2010, 8:54

    Eenie Meenie Miney Moe…….Mark Webber got my vote because he actually overtook a few cars.Apart from that,and a minor celebration on my part when Hammy crashed out,the race was rather boring.

  17. graigchq (@graigchq) said on 14th September 2010, 8:58

    well, as outspoken a Button fan as i am, i’m happy that finally there is a race weekend this year where he firmly deserves all the praise he gets.

    a brilliant drive, first to out-qualify Lewis (regardless of setup, that is no mean feat!) then to pip Alonso into the first corner. Makes you wonder if Button had not stopped at all, like Vettel, how long woudl Ferrari have held on before flinching and stopping themselves? I feel a bit like the McLaren boys let him down a tad on the stop, but let’s face it, 4.2s is hardly a slow stop, 3.4s just that little bit quicker for Alonso, and at the end of the day, getting into the Rettifilio about 0.8s ahead, you can see that a quicker stop may have helped him. Realistically though, letting him past was the best thing he could do, as we have all seen this year how crash hungry these cars can be; after the debacle that was Spa, i’m sure Button was more than happy with 2nd in a clearly slower car.

    Above the racing and defending though, Button also has to take the crown as the best personality of the weekend, and maybe season as well, his attitude and reponse to all that has happened never fails to impress me, and i love how he is genuinely impressed with other people’s drives, and speaks very humbly about all the drivers as if they really were one big family like the old days. Alonso on the other hand is quite introversial in the press conferences, and his body language next to Massa is appalling. Notice how Button turned his 2nd place into a victory for all the drivers on the podium, aknowledging that this result has in fact re-ignited all three of their championship hopes not just his own, and with a smile on his face. Brilliant

    • And to all intents and purposes still driving a car built around Hamilton – will be nice to see how he goes next year when maybe some of his preferences are considered for his car :)

    • The extent of slowness can be made out from quali time.
      Button was only .1 sec slower than Alonso in an empty car. So he was not that slower the way he is made out to be.

  18. Alonso had a stunning weekend.
    Button and Massa were next with great weekends.
    Web was good on the Saturday despite the lack of running where Seb pulled it out on the Sunday. That would be more useful to RBR if they just morphed into one driver :P

  19. best driver of the we: ALO

  20. It was Vettel, he got the RBR to 4th on a track where it probably shouldn’t have finished top 8.

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