Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Vote for your German GP driver of the weekend

Debates and PollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

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

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

Lewis Hamilton – Got far more out of the car than his team mate, qualified very strongly and was tenacious in attack in the race.

Fernando Alonso – Minor mistakes take little away from another top-notch drive.

Mark Webber – Slow second pit stop cost him but he was quicker than Vettel all weekend.

Adrian Sutil – Very strong in qualifying and beat the Mercedes in the race. Easily his best drive so far this year.

Kamui Kobayashi – Solid comeback drive into the points having missed the cut for Q2 in qualifying.

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: Narain Karthikeyan 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 German Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Mark Webber (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (77%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (6%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (10%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (3%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Karun Chandhok (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)

Total Voters: 500

Loading ... Loading ...

You need an F1 Fanatic account to vote. Register an account here or read more about registering here.

British Grand Prix result

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

1. Fernando Alonso – 53.0%
2. Lewis Hamilton – 22.3%
3. Mark Webber – 8.0%

Rate the Race: German Grand Prix

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the ‘rate the race’ poll as well:

2011 German Grand Prix

Browse all 2011 German Grand Prix articles

Image ?é?® Red Bull/Getty images

141 comments on “Vote for your German GP driver of the weekend”

Jump to comment page: 1 2 3 4
  1. Pretty obvious choice. Others had good weekends but this was a Grade A performance from Hamilton.

      1. +2

        I would give 2nd to Sutil for dragging the FI into Q3 and then driving the wheels off to bring it home ahead of the Mercedes. Alonso 3rd for a near faultless drive followed by Webber then Massa (whose race was undone, again, by an average pitstop).

        1. +1 Apart from Massa 5th. I’d put Kobayashi there then Massa.

          1. For driver of the weekend? Despite qualifying 18th?

          2. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
            25th July 2011, 18:50


            That didn’t stop Webber from being voted Driver of the Weekend in China…

          3. Good point Guilherme (Teixiera?)

          4. That was because Webber’s qualy problems were caused by mechanical problems earlier.

        2. I felt Massa started pushing only once he saw he was ahead of Vettel. Before he had surrendered for the race when he was behind Rosberg.

    1. Got to be Hamilton. Shout out to Sutil but Hamilton was flawless.

      Every time he lost the lead he pushed hard to get it back and completely outperformed his car.

      1. That repass on Webber was fantastic!

      2. hardly flawless. he stuffed up and let webber pass, before using his 10km/h speed advantage to pass webber back.
        the pass of alonso was also a little exagerated in how good it was, alonso was obvioulsy having trouble heating up the tyres for the first lap or 2 after his stop,

        1. Webber did not have a 10km/h speed advantage nor did he expect Hamilton to get into his slip stream and come back at him that fast. He was caught off guard and was too deep into the breaking zone at turn one to do anything about it.
          I agree that the pass on Alonso had more to do with his tires being completely cold. However, the decision to make the pass where it was made and aggressively pull it off was a thing of beauty.
          Flawless, who cares? Superb race craft on Hamilton part, yes, without a doubt.

        2. Hamilton was in the same situation when Webber got alongside as Hamilton just got out of the pitlane. Hamilton was able to fend of the same attack though.

    2. Hamilton drove flawlessly, excellent start.

      I’m putting both Ferraris at second place – Alonso for being almost 100% consistent, and Massa for holding Vettel that long.

      1. It is not hard to hold Vettel. He could not pass a dead badger let alone another race driver!

    3. I voted for Hamilton as well.

  2. For me, it has to be Lewis. Don’t shout the ‘b’ word, please, because:

    1. I’m Australian, not British (that’s not to say everyone who is British is b**sed – OK, I’m digging myself a hole here, I’ll stop now)

    2. I’m not a Hamilton fan

    3. The most important point of them all; he was the best driver in what was arguably the third quickest car.

    I had to vote Hamilton. He was superb in qualifying, and missed out on pole position by what turned out to be a couple of metres. I was absolutely astounded and I believe I even found myself clapping (despite being the only one in the room) at his achievement. And then in the race he did everything right. He was the quickest man on the track for most of the race, pulled off a number of impressive overtakes and then managed his tyres well enough to allow him to make a late pit stop and spend minimal time on the slower tyres.

    The moment of the weekend for me was his move on Webber down the pit-straight. Webber was obviously quicker at that point, and he had put Lewis under an enormous amount of pressure until he cracked and allowed Webber through. I, for one, thought that was it – Webber would be gone. But Lewis didn’t give up, and somehow managed to pull off one of the most exciting moves of the season when he would have been forgiven for slowing down and sulking. Brilliant driving.

    Sutil was also impressive, as was Kobayashi, but the latter was kind of expected to be make it into the points, with incredible overtaking abilites and more sets of fresh tyres than everyone else (excluding the ‘new’ teams).

    1. I must say, I hesitated of voting for Hamilton, seeing he is already ahead by a big margin.

      But I am sure the Alonso fans will give their driver a few votes still, and Webber might get some as well (and he did bog down at the start).

      So I am voting for Hamilton as well, because here he thoroughly deserved it with his drive and it came at the perfect moment to get the season going nicely.

      If not Hamilton, I would have probably voted for Sutil. He was at home, did arguably the best job of the Germans present (save maybe Glock) and for him it comes at just the right moment to assert himself in the team and sport just like for Hamilton.

    2. Mr Defensive :D

      Credit where its due. Lewis drove well and deserves to be the 2011 German GP best driver of the weekend.

      1. +1
        definitely deserves it for the awesome pass he made on webber when webber passed him and for the awesome pass on alonso. apart from driving a strong race throughout the weekend.

      2. Him being defensive is not really strange with commenters such as yourself, who almost always shouts “BIAS” as soon as an opinion goes against you.

    3. Damon, you’ve written it for me. I would have loved to have given it to Webber but it’s not like a bad start was a rare and unlucky occurrence for him, he has to do something to fix this, even if it takes spending all his free days at the dragstrip. Just because Lewis is the obvious choice does not make him the wrong choice.

    4. was arguably the third quickest car.

      I’m about to vote Hamilton. But I don’t agree, I think it was the quickest car.

      Red Bull has had a qualifying advantage all year, but Hamilton managed to cut this down massively. However, during the race, I really think Webber had the weakest car.

    5. I have voted for Hamilton also. I’m not British also. I’m not a Hamilton fan also.

      I think I don’t need any kind of disclaimer for this but I’ll take yours, just in case.

  3. Well, It shouldn’t be Vettel :P I voted Hamilton though I wanted to vote Alonso

  4. Alright, hands up, who gave the one vote to Seb Vettel :)

    1. Hahaha, I was thinking the same ;)

      Haven’t voted yet, but I think it should be Hamilton

    2. you know, frankly m a little disappointed by vettel. i didn’t expect him to get stuck behind massa the whole race really.

      1. He can’t overtake.. Massa is better than him in RB car. :)

      2. I sort of expected it, but hoped, or at least, was eager to see that his WDC and the impressive start to the season had helped him get better at this part of racing somehow. But alas (well, good for the championship though).

    3. Probably Seb.

    4. Talk about one-eyed barrackers.

    5. Seb Marco and Horner have been here.

    6. I didn’t vote for Seb, I voted for Hamilton, pretty obvious choice. However, it was pretty impressive that Seb was able to claw his way up to fourth. Granted, his slow pace and mistakes got him in a position (what was at worst, 12th?) that he should have never been in, but when he spun I thought he’d be lucky to get 8th….so it is a tiny bit impressive (not as impressive as Ham, Alo, Web, or Sutil though)

  5. Easy one: Lewis.

    As we saw in Silverstone with Fernando, when we have cars in the same level of performance, drivers skills and sheer determination is king.

  6. There’s no real doubt this week, it was Hamilton’s weekend. He pulled out the a dream qualifying lap putting him between the Red Bulls then drove an near flawless race. He made the most of out of the McLaren’s pace in the cold conditions and pulled off two critical passes on Alonso and Webber – who both had good weekends, but Hamilton had a great weekend.

  7. This is equal most easiest decision this season, the other being Canada. It just happens that Macca boys always win the more exciting races(not all of them though).

    And before anyone suggests a nationalistic or geographical bias on my part, I’d like to list drivers whom I am more likely to be a supporter of based on those criteria mentioned above:
    Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Timo Glock, Sebastien Buemi, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Vitantonio Liuzzi… I got bored.

    1. Suffice to say you like F1 :D

  8. Easiest vote ever for me, but I expect even those who don’t like Lew will be voting for him this time around. He was easily the most exciting driver to watch, plus you knew he had to be in great form to get everything out of his car, AND he won! It was an excellent race, though … the top 3 dueling together and comprised of three different teams … that’s about as good as it gets.

    1. So, how often do people just vote for drivers they like? I have yet to do that. I like to think I give an unbiased opinion of the weekend (maybe 5% to practice, 20% to Qualy, and 75% to the race) and then pick who did the best job….

      1. It’s only the second time this year that I’ve voted for my favourite driver – Lewis Hamilton.

  9. Sheesh!! You’re all so biased… Just because you live on the sameland mass!!

    Only messing :)

    Hamilton definitely gets my vote, it’s great to see real racing and great talent shining through.

  10. People really aren’t too fond of Fernando on this site… a vote for Seb and two for Mark yet none for Fernando.

    1. Fernando has won this poll three times this season- more than anyone else.

      1. Yeah, but thats because he is so good that even the people who hate him, are still forced to vote for him.

        I absolutely HATE lewis, yet today I voted for him.

    2. People really aren’t too fond of Fernando on this site… a vote for Seb and two for Mark yet none for Fernando.

      As I write this only about 50 people have voted. Are you seriously jumping to this conclusion based on such a tiny handful of votes?

      By the way, no driver has won this poll this year more than Alonso has.

      1. Alonso and Hamilton are great sportsmen. They compete at an entirely different level than their peers.
        I only wish Kimi was still racing, then I would add him to mix.
        Wouldn’t it be nice if this is a harbinger of what we can expect for the balance of the season? Great race!!!

    3. Todfod, maybe from the comments it sometimes seems that a lot of people do not like him.

      But that does not bar most of them from voting for a great drive Alonso has, like he did in Silverstone, or in Valencia, where he duly won.
      When I first looked he had no votes, nor did Vettel and Webber. But that was only because many had not even got here yet to vote.

      1. Right now Alonso has about twice the votes Webber has, and Vettel only got one extra vote to double his number. Sutil is doing better though.

        Sutil’s result might also be because voters were more pleasantly surprised about him getting such a result than they were seeing Alonso putting the recently found speed of his Ferrari to very good use.

        Especially as Hamilton basically outshone Alonso in Germany, getting a surprisingly good grid position and driving an impressive race with decisive overtaking moves and great speed.

    4. I don’t like Alonso. I voted for him in Silverstone because he was the best though.

    5. Do people coming here have to like him? Does that matter? Curious indeed of people having this kind of thinking approach..

    6. Let’s remind ourselves, the name of the poll is the “driver of the weekend” not the “most liked driver of the weekend”.

      1. I like Webber,Schumacher and Alonso better, but Lewis drove incredibly. Made the race interesting. Maybe the best drive of the season of all the drives so far.

    7. Didn’t defend adequately against Hamilton. Went off the road letting Vettel past in the race. Qualified 4th.

      Compared to Hamilton & perhaps Sutil, I’m surprised so many have actually voted for Fernando this race.

      1. but ended up 2nd. So all of that other stuff doesn’t matter really. 4th to 2nd is what matters and I’d say he was the 2nd best driver of the weekend.

  11. I “kind of” don’t like Hamilton when he is too aggressive, but I REALLY liked his victory yesterday, being the best part when he was passed by Webber and swiftly bounced back to got his first place recovered. GREATHe also showed he can manage the gap and save fuel…. BTW, is Alonso situation permitted? I mean, is it not mandatory to go to parc ferme WITH THE CAR?

    1. No, only thing is you have to be able to scrape a least one kg of fuel from the car (that is the reason they told him to stop, so there would be a bit left)

      1. So are they going to adjust the rules a little bit like they did after Hamilton’s qualifying in Canada where he had to park it to keep from coming back in with too little fuel for the FIA to check?

        1. Its not the first time this happened, just a longer while ago.
          Here are some famous earlier instances.

        2. I doubt it. Over a race distance it is harder to judge and must be incredibly marginal- I doubt changes will be made. At most maybe they’d fine them a little to prevent all teams underfuelling a little.

      2. I thought the rules were changed after the hamilton incident in Canada. I was under the impression that drivers now had to make it back to the pits with the required amount of fuel? If not what was all the furore over hamilton stopping?

        1. But that’s about qualifying, isn’t it? Anyway, Alonso’s Ferrari had enough of fuel, he stopped it to ensure that was the case.

          Oh, the qualifying rule means there’s a maximum allowed time that you can take for the in-lap, I think (ie. pushing isn’t fast enough).

  12. Lewis Hamilton, hands down.

  13. Obviously Lewis. For once he made no mistakes and drove well.

    2nd best would go to Alonso, who’s car struggles in the cold.

    1. Hamilton makes the least errors of the top 3. Maybe Button makes less mistakes, but he made such a lot in Canada (yes Button did) that I wonder.

  14. It’s my first time admitting that Hamilton did the best job this weekend but during the race I thought Massa was doing very well passing Rosberg and keeping Vettel behind after Vettel’s brake problem was cleared up.

  15. Lewis.
    Great start.
    Great battle with Webber, as usual with those two.
    Was able to defend his position and then attacking taking risks when necessary in two consecutive and decisive laps in the the exact same situation but reversed. Things like that don’t happen by accident.
    He also managed doing the pulling away MW and FA in a few laps and building a comfortable gap, and there is where he actually earned this win.

    He even made a mature comment in the PRF.
    I couldn’t avoid voting for him even if I would.

  16. Pretty obvious choice really..though I cant vote. Lewis Carl Hamilton. Pure brilliance yesterday

    1. You can if you register, its free you know ;-)

      1. Eh…I know mate…seems like a lot of work though, im kind of lazy with that kind of stuff haha

        1. Actually is easy as nothing. You type in your name, give email and put up a password, and ready.

          Added bonus is, when you are logged in, you don’t have to type in your user name to comment even on other articles, or on the Forum.

  17. Sutil for me. Had the defenition of a solid, mistake-free weekend. I didn’t see him put a wheel wrong all weekend, he was in the top ten in every session, and beat the faster Mercedes cars. I could have said Hamilton or Alonso but I feel that Alonso gave away the lead slightly to easily and that contrary to what he says, Hamilton did actually have the fastest car this weekend.

    1. +1
      for him p6 is like a race win.

  18. Faster than Vettel all weekend, in all sessions but it just shows you how RBR’s season is turning round, that driver of the day was, for me, Hamilton with his skill and that top speed advantage.

  19. So Easy. Lewis Hamilton. Still I think the Mclaren is half a second slower than Redbull in Qualifying and a tenth or two slower in race pace but for Lewis to be 0.055 away from pole and than winning the race was nothing but over achievement by Lewis. Mclaren also wasn’t very good on heavy fuel and we have seen Hamilton struggling and passed by Webber first on lap 12(Ham re passed but still) and then again after first pitstops, Webber was ahead. On lighter fuel at the end though Mclaren looked better but overall no way Mclaren was the fastest car.

    Hamilton just drove the wheels off his car and trounced his team mate, who couldn’t find the grip which Lewis was finding(isn’t that a sign of better driver). There was everything in his drive, great overtaking moves, great defense. Also sublime qualifying lap. Lewis was just in a class of his own on this weekend.

    Great Job Lewis, more wins surely will come. Mclaren if they are smart should focus more on Hamilton now and not let Button compromise his stretgy, pitstops..etc.

    1. “I really feel that the Red Bull is still the strongest team, but McLaren showed here that they were very good, so I am not underestimating the competitors. But I am very happy to see the people have reacted and the performance is where we need to be”
      Stefano Domenicali

      Stefano also thinks Redbull still the quickest and Mclaren and Ferrari are closer to them but still behind.

      1. If the Red Bull’s are less than half a second faster they seem to start getting panicked.

        Webber could (should) have won this race, but strategic team errors held him back.

        Vettel seems to suffer from the car being less stable by the new blow diffuser regulations.

        Horner already said that last season Webber was better able to cope with the unstable car and Vettel had the benefit of the off throttle blowing in the second half of the season.

  20. I hate the guy but Lewis has to win it this weekend.

    Only challenge to him being drive of the weekend was Sutil but Di Resta was doing a similar job last weekend till Force India made a mess of his stop

    Maybe even the best performace over a weekend for the whole season so far?

Jump to comment page: 1 2 3 4

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments are moderated. See the Comment Policy and FAQ for more.