Vote for your Belgian GP driver of the weekend

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Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Who was the most impressive driver throughout 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:

Sebastian Vettel – Typically dominant, unfazed by concerns over tyre wear, and made some excellent passes.

Mark Webber – Made the pass of the year so far on Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge.

Jenson Button – A superb recovery after a tactical error in qualifying and picking up damage on the first lap.

Michael Schumacher – Another driver who made a strong recovery, rising from last on the grid to fifth place.

Adrian Sutil – Aside from a costly mistake in qualifying, this was another impressive performance from Sutil who’s upped his game of late.

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 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?

  • Sebastian Vettel (15%)
  • Mark Webber (4%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Jenson Button (28%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (45%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • 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%)

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161 comments on Vote for your Belgian GP driver of the weekend

  1. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 29th August 2011, 17:33

    Close call between Webber and Button, who both could have won the race if the former would have had a good start, and the latter would have qualified better. But, myvote goestoWebber because of his incredible pass.

    • Klaas said on 29th August 2011, 17:56

      Webber’s pass on Alonso was really breath-taking. Mark however was lucky it was Alonso in front, had it been Hamilton neither would have made it up the hill :)

      • bananarama said on 29th August 2011, 18:41

        Alonso was being very sensible at Spa all race long. He had plenty of chances to take out himself and the other guy while getting passed but he didn’t. Thats very mature but I wonder if drivers might try to exploit that in the future.

        • Alonso knew that his car wasn’t as fast as the others because of the tires. he always think about points when the car is not good enough than crashing by blocking other cars. alonso fight for the win right until the sc was deployed, then the ferrari crew once again screwed the strategy. Last but not least alonso passed hamilton ,rosberg and massa at the beginning of the race ,giving the other cars room and under the same tires, with not drs enabled. he was the driver of the race right until that point.

      • soulmonkey said on 29th August 2011, 19:38

        I have to differ. In this instance, if it was Kobayashi instead of Alonso, it would have been a different story. After all, why should he have given way? He is entitled to stay in his position, isn’t he?

        • Arhn (@arhn) said on 30th August 2011, 9:08

          Well, I might be wrong but I think that Alonso had to lift the throttle anyway. Being in the middle of the track meant that he couldn’t go through Eau Rouge full throttle without taking the risk to push Webber out of the track (and take the risk of a penalty for that) or to totally miss the turn.
          But again, I might be wrong.

          • Coefficient said on 31st August 2011, 12:37

            Correct! To take Eau Rouge flat you have to be on the kerb prior to the compression point at the foot of the hill. Any further to the right and the Angle is too acute to make it over to the right for the exit at Raidillon.

  2. SupaSix-1 said on 29th August 2011, 17:44

    NO question about it and no doubt Schumacher was the driver of the weekend.

  3. sharmin. (@spartle) said on 29th August 2011, 18:28

    I’m not surprised that Vettel has the least votes between the 3 main contenders but I’d definitely say he was the driver of the weekend. Sweet overtakes, especially the pass on Alonso, and flawless drive. One of his more impressive drives and he outclassed the rest of the field.
    Schumi was brilliant though.

  4. W-K (@w-k) said on 29th August 2011, 18:31

    Horror of horrors, on the numbers I almost voted for Schumacher, but then I thought about it a little.
    OK he started at the back, but overtaking the three newish teams shouldn’t be a problem. And he got past Filipe because of a puncture, and his team mate was told to drive economically because of fuel worries. So in reality he only made up about 11 places, and why didn’t Nico get the same pit treatment.

    So I voted for Jensen, who if it hadn’t been for damage caused by others would probably have kept his place in front of Schumacher and been in front of Webber, after his early pit stop. Which probably means he should have been at least 2nd without the bad luck.

    • Michael drove a brilliant race the overtaking on both virgins at the same time running through Eau Rouge was stunning, arguably it could be said why Michael didn’t get the same pit treatment in his past races where it adverse him and his wheel problem in quali, i think it just down to bad luck etc. But it’s your call to vote which driver :)

    • Coefficient said on 31st August 2011, 12:40

      Rosberg couldn’t have the same “pit treatment” as Schumacher because he qualified thus using up tyres. Schumacher had 3 brand new sets of softs to use in the race because he didn’t get a lap in during qualifying.

  5. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 29th August 2011, 18:32

    Easily Schumacher. Did not put a foot wrong all weekend, whereas Vettel has struggled unitl Q2 as he admitted, and Button managed not to see the green lights in a critical moment which could well cost him a victory.

    Otherwise I don’t think Webber’s move was the best of the year – Fernando was out of the pit, was not able to defend properly. It was a perticularly well executed and brave move though, just not the best of the year.

    Speaking of Alonso, his decisions and driving was also spot on it was just down to some poor characteristic of the F10 and some stragetic calls which kept him from finishing on podium, so I would definitely consider him as well.

    But all in all, it was Schumacher who ran the show on Sunday, I think. Impeccable drive.

  6. sato113 (@sato113) said on 29th August 2011, 18:54

    ‘Mark Webber – Made the pass of the year so far on Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge.’

    i disagree. Although it was a ballsy move to trust Alonso so much and keep his foot on the gas, it wasn’t a technically brilliant overtake.

    • agreed. what about the overtaking moves alonso made on rosberg, hamilton and massa ,with the same tires,race conditions, and when the DRS wasn’t enable it.

    • Kelly said on 30th August 2011, 5:41

      No doubt with a name like sato113 you would have preferred for them both to be taken out?

  7. WerdnaZent (@werdnazent) said on 29th August 2011, 18:55

    Vettel deserves my vote. Flawless drive, pulled off amazing passes(Passed Rosberg on the outside of Blanchimont, attacking Alonso on Kemmel Straight without DRS). Managed to maintain gap even with his faulty dashboard.

    Impressive drive by Schumacher, would have been great if he was on podium.

    Button made use of the safety car period for a pit stop and so did Vettel.

  8. Alfie said on 29th August 2011, 18:56

    Jaime Alguersuari – been driving quick all weekend, already a place at La Source before being taken out.

  9. I voted for Vettel but I really didn’t want to. I love Vettel but I hated voting for him this weekend. I really wanted to vote for Michael particularly as his wheel falling off wasn’t his fault and the fact that he started last and finished ahead of his team mate but this is a ‘Driver of the Weekend’ poll and even though it was through no fault of his own at the end of the day he didn’t do anything in qualifying.

    Vettel nailed pole on a weekend that wasn’t meant to suit Red Bull, pulled off some passes and kept his cool despite the tyre fears. He did everything he needed to and managed to add this classic to his CV. Webber was spectacular with his overtake and his race was good(it’s probably been his best weekend this year) but he had yet another rubbish start and Seb out qualified him. Button and Fernando both had great races but were very poor in qualifying and the only other choices for me were Jaime and Bruno who were the exact opposites of Button and Alonso by being wonderful on the Saturday but had a miserable time on Sunday so I can’t vote for them.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 29th August 2011, 19:19

      Agreed 100% about Vettel.

      It’s interesting how similar Mark Webber’s race was to last year, really. He made a terrible start and then benefited from the misfortune of others, but he also made a few passes. It may sound silly, but I thought that pass on Fernando was an unnecessary risk. Fernando had cold tyres and Webber had the momentum and the DRS, so he should have just waited until after Eau Rouge instead of trying the craziest move of the season like he did!

      • would love to of seen the move from fernando camera!

      • Palle (@palle) said on 30th August 2011, 15:32

        “I thought that pass on Fernando was an unnecessary risk.” Totally agree, it was a stunning moment though.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th August 2011, 17:39

        It may sound silly, but I thought that pass on Fernando was an unnecessary risk.

        I strongly disagree. If you’re a racing driver and you get a chance to pass you take it.

        You don’t wait until later because it’ll cost you time and you can’t be sure you’ll get a second chance.

        Anyway, surely being able to make a pass work at the first opportunity is the hallmark of a top racing driver? As Webber said, he wouldn’t have risked it against a driver he thought would be a liability in that situation.

        • Wallbreaker said on 30th August 2011, 17:45

          Or how Ayrton Senna would have said: If you no longer go for a gap, that exists, you´re no longer a race driver.

          • I hate how much that quote is overused these days but in this scenario it’s perfectly apt; Mark saw a gap, had the speed, and took the place.

        • wasiF1 said on 30th August 2011, 17:47

          No risk no game,Mark needed that.

      • Sorry Damon, have to disagree there. If there is a gap, you have to go for it, simple as that. Webber and Alonso have a lot of trust in each other believe it or not, and neither would take an unnecessary risk to put one another in danger. Because Mark was fighting his way back through the field, any sort of backing off would disrupt his progress. We’ve seen more dangerous overtaking than that before too (Alonso on Schumacher at 130R). It was a VERY impressive move round the outside, perhaps one of the best overtakes I can remember.

  10. Webber’s overtake was something VERY special.

    But, he was outqualified by Vettel, and had a disaster of a start, so Schumacher for me.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 30th August 2011, 18:05

      i think the one that makes that move special is alonso because he was very wise if mark did that move against Hamilton(very aggressive & good defender) he”ll be finished mark said many times this year that he enjoyed very much fighting with alonso Australia Turkey Barcelona Valencia ..

  11. Marco said on 29th August 2011, 20:16

    On Saturday – Alguersuari
    on Sunday – Schumacher

  12. Xenon2 (@xenon2) said on 29th August 2011, 20:32

    Had to go Vettel for qualifying. Schumacher second choice for his great first lap.

  13. Elliot Horwood (@elliothorwoodf1) said on 29th August 2011, 21:37

    Lewis Hamilton, was looking after his tyres well in the race, and managed to put his damaged car on the front row of the grid. an unfornatunate incident caused him to crash! Lewis deserved the win.

  14. Pink Peril (@pink-peril) said on 29th August 2011, 22:37

    I want to say Webber just because of that awesome pass on Alonso, but I will go with Schumi. Fantastic drive from dead last, showed that the old fox still has it.

  15. MW (@) said on 29th August 2011, 23:02

    I never voted for Vettel before but this weekend he showed all his abilities as well as being as clinical as ever.. He definitely gets my vote..
    Schumacher and Button were both very impressive at getting through the field but both had tire advantages over the front runners and a major car advantage over the rest.

    Vettel was forced to perform some magic this weekend under huge pressure and he made it look easy.

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