Start, Silverstone, 2011

Vote for your British Grand Prix driver of the weekend

Debates and PollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Silverstone, 2011
Start, Silverstone, 2011

Who was the most impressive driver throughout the British Grand Prix weekend?

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

Fernando Alonso – Had the pace to challenge Vettel even without Red Bull’s pit stop problem.

Mark Webber – Put one over Vettel in qualifying and ignored Red Bull’s instructions not to race him.

Lewis Hamilton – Back to his best: great overtaking moves early on and brilliantly rebuffed Massa’s late attack.

Nico Rosberg – Did his usual quiet but solid job.

Sergio Perez – An excellent drive by the rookie for his best result yet.

Compare all the drivers

Review what happened to each driver over the race weekend and compare their performances with their team mates using the links below:

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Renault: Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT: Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Virgin: Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most throughout the British Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Mark Webber (8%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (22%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (53%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (5%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (1%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (6%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 490

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European Grand Prix result

Fernando Alonso was voted the best driver of the European Grand Prix weekend:

1. Fernando Alonso – 32.6%
2. Sebastian Vettel – 27.6%
3. Jaime Alguersuari – 25.7%

Rate the Race: British Grand Prix

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156 comments on “Vote for your British Grand Prix driver of the weekend”

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  1. My vote goes to Lewis Hamilton.

    1. Easily the best driver in the opening laps on wet track. Especially how easily he passed his team mate and was over a second quicker than him at the time.
    2. It was amazing that he was fighting the far quicker Ferrari of Alonso for P1 till the second pitstops and for P2 against Vettel till the third pitstops.
    3. If there was no fuel issue he definitely would have been on podium beating a 2 second a lap quicker Redbull and Ferrari on the way.
    4. Last lap defense against Felipe was stunning as well.

    Alonso’s performance was good as well but it is hard to compare his performance with Redbull or Mclaren drivers. He is clearly the No.1 driver in Ferrari. He is the main focus of the team, gets the best strategy and team even use Felipe as a joker card for him sometimes.

    I like this qoute form “Apparently, the team under-fuelled Hamilton because they expected him to spend the start of the race in traffic because he was tenth on the grid. Perhaps they hadn’t heard about Hamilton’s skill in the wet or realised that he was only tenth because of their bungling”

    1. I think this was an unexpectedly good race from Hamilton. After quali turned out to be a big disappointment I really figured he’d do some stupid stuff during the race.

      But he was very composed without losing any of his usual aggressiveness. His maturity when it came to dealing with the fuel issue really stood out.

      It would have been nice to see him up on the podium, but the fights between Vettel and Webber as well as the one between him and Massa were probably more enjoyable. :)

      Still, I went for Alonso as driver of the weekend. Didn’t put a foot wrong when it mattered and had a nice duel with Hamilton. Glad we’re up to 3 different teams winning, rather than just two.

    2. I don’t rate Planet F1 especially when we have this glorious site :P so I can’t comment on that part sorry JUGNU!

      Lewis was one of the best drivers of the race but his Saturday performance means I just coulodn’t consider him for driver of the weekend. I’m glad he got a decent race though after all the stick he’s got recently.

      1. Whenever I end up discussing F1 on the Independent website I always direct the nice guys to this site and the not so nice guys to Planet F1 :-)

        1. Like it :-)

        2. Sounds like a perfectly good strategy beneboy :-D

        3. Excellent :D

  2. Alonso again. He simply drove away from the best two cars in the sport and was flawless. He did use DRS to get by Hamilton, but Vettel had DRS too and could not deal with Hamilton’s properly defensive driving. This was decisive, because it was Vettel’s need to pit early to jump Hamilton that put him totally on the back foot in the late stages. I’m reminded here of how Alonso got by Hulkenberg at Brazil last year while Hamilton could not follow him through.

    Hamilton has to get a nod because in the half of the race where he was not forced to conserve fuel, he was brilliant. He stormed from tenth into podium position more or less immediately, going past his teammate in the process. But you can’t win DOTR on half a race.

    Webber does not belong. He got pole in the quickest car, but lost the position immediately. He finished third, having no pit problems, behind his teammate. Weak sauce. He did a lot of jawboning post race about how he totally would have passed Vettel, except he didnt.

  3. By the way, I also thought that Vettel did really well. I’m not sure I should hold his lack of pole against him, with Webber just doing a real good job and with the changeable weather, but it is one of the reasons I don’t think he should be driver of the weekend.

    In the race he had a great start (but maybe Webber was unlucky with the pole side being wetter) and did his very best. He couldn’t get past Hamilton, so again he didn’t prove to be great at overtaking, but others also didn’t have it easy passing, so it doesn’t automatically demote him. Had a difficult time with the pits, and defended well from Webber at the end (only in the last lap did Webber seem to relent, and both kept it on the track, with Vettel ahead).

    But again, Alonso didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend and had to fight his way to a position to profit from the misfortune of Vettel, and showed that he had the speed to maintain that lead, so he did better than Vettel with what he was given.

    1. He did a good job, agree. Very nice start and good to keep it on track and in front of Webber those last laps.

  4. Simply has to be Falonso – pure class. Quick and cool.

  5. I could be quite annoyuing and simply say “Fernando because he was the best” but I’ll give some sort of an explanation.

    Massa had looked quick all weekend but when push came to shove in qualifying, fly or crash, Alonso got everything right again and put the car where it should be. The Ferrari struggled to get its tyres up to temp but once they were he calmly repassed Lewis. Vettel’s dodgy pit stop was a gift but Alonso finished so far ahead he would have been in contention for the win anyway. The times he was pulling out were staggering especially in sector 2. It was crazy stuff. Things came his way but it’s about time Ferrari got some luck this year and Alonso absolutely made the most of it.

    JB had a good qualifying but his race was fairly average. Paul had a sensational qualifying but he’s still showing he’s a newbie in the races. Lewis was great for the majority of the race but should never have been so far back to start with so it just has to go to Fernando for me.

  6. I just love the reason to give Webber a vote is because he defied Horner’s instructions-it just proves what people want to see, racing car drivers RACING, not being puppets.

    1. very true.. unlike Massa.. But TEAM ORDERS are perfectly leagal this year..

  7. I vote for Webber: the paladin of F1, in spite of probably being an inglorious struggle, one Don Quixote – (hahaha…)

  8. It’s a tricky one. There were a lot of great performances in a thrilling race. Boiled it down to Alonso and Hamilton, but ultimately Hamilton’s couple of errors into Brooklands made me realise that Alonso did not do a single thing wrong for the whole weekend. So he gets my vote. Shame we did not get to see an on track battle between him and Vettel. Hamilton was impressive though, and I too thought he would have a scrappy race after that poor qualifying.

    1. Alonso went off the track during qualifying.

  9. Hamilton for me, we saw that only Hamilton that day,aggressive & fast,& wasn’t ready to give a quarter to Massa on the last lap of the last corner.But the true hero to me is Webber not caring what will happen but ignored team’s instruction.

  10. defineatly it has to be either Alonso or Hamilton. Too close to call. hamiltons driving was impresive. Think May be Alonso deserves to be the best driver considering the complete rece week end.

    wonder why people still keep voting for Vettel. He was not in POLE,Didn’t win the race not got the fastes lap.

    Voting for Webber can be justified. @ least he was on pole for this race.

    1. Oh, yeah, like people even vote Vettel when he does win or take pole. Webber in his RB7 got votes for starting 18th in China too.

  11. UKfanatic (@)
    12th July 2011, 4:43

    Vettel didnt had the pace on damp conditions anyway the car born from his womb, Webber is unfortunately missing all chances, best drive for perez

  12. A lot of voters on this site need to get over the RB7. It’s not always the fastest car. You’ve got two damn good drivers behind the wheel, if they don’t always come 1-2 it doesn’t mean that Lewis or Fernando outdrove them by miles. Clearly on race pace the Ferrari was the car to beat, and it’s often the case that the McLaren is a match for the Bulls on Sunday. I mean, has Vettel even won a DOTD poll yet? Ridiculous!

    Fernando did drive brilliantly though, so a very deserved winner.

    1. I agree with this post. Vettel and Webber are very good drivers, and the Red Bull probably is a bit better when it has virtually no fuel, and able to use DRS at any point (i.e. qualifying). The Mclarens and Ferraris are as good if not better with limited DRS and a tank full of fuel (race conditions). Spain, Monaco, Canada, Europe, Britain being the best examples.

      I did vote for Alonso as he did a great job in the conditions though.

  13. ALL of hamiltons overtakes were outside the drs zone.

    he pulled off the best overtaking move in the race when he overtook alonso which was a risky move.

    alonso only overtook lewis in the drs zone which made his overtake alot easier.

    lewis made the race exciting.

    and lewis did well to keep vettel behind him.

    plus he did well tobeat massa who was about 3 secnds quicker.

    lewis gets my vote.

    1. Damn that Hamilton guy is Fast!
      (even in a **** car.)

    2. All totally admirable. However, he qualified 10th which is why he wasn’t the best driver of the weekend for me. Alonso by a nose.

      By the way I’ve never seen Vettel drive like Hamilton did at the weekend.

  14. I voted Button – that pass around the outside of Massa was the best overtake of the race in my opinion – a lesson in how to do it bravely, elegantly and cleanly. OK, so he got his right and left mixed up (!), but he was calm and magnanimous after his pitstop problem in a way that I think many drivers could learn from.

    1. Too true!

      But would still give it to Alonso.

    2. What about the first 10 laps. Button just went backwards as far as I can remember? Including being overtaken by his teammate.

      1. Ah, well I only started watching at 1:20 because I thought the race started at 2pm…

      2. Somewhat strange then that he had managed to catch up to everyone else when his wheel fell off.

        Agreed that Button went backwards on the wets, which probably explains why he would usually always be one of the first to go to dry tyres.

        He was also heavier on fuel than his team mate at the time that he was overtaken.

        Still would vote for Alonso, anyway. :)

  15. Voted for Alonso, of course. Qualified third, and jumped Webber and Vettel, overtook Hamilton, won the race with a comfortable margin, what else ?

  16. Well it certainly wasn’t hamilton, once again showed his inability to go a whole race without running into someone, he belongs in touring cars

    1. Obviously the Arnoux-Villeneuve battle is not one of your favourite F1 moments then.

  17. Alonso for me – the guy drove his much improved Ferrari to the very limit, got as much out of it as he could in quali and then made the most of every situation in the race.

    Notable mentions go to Button, Hamilton, Di Resta & Webber though – all four of them could have got my vote had their race not been compromised by their teams in one way or another.

  18. Ricciardo 0 votes. Hmmmm.

    1. and why would you expect him to get any?!

  19. As much as I hate the ground he walks on, I had no other choice other than Fernando Alonso, who did a fantastic job this weekend.

    I still think he is a Mitsubishi Pajero though!

  20. If Massa had ‘brilliantly rebuffed’ Lewis like this, then Hamilton fans on this and other forums would have crucified the Ferrari driver by now!

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