Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Vote for your Belgian GP driver of the weekend

Debates and pollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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%)

Total Voters: 585

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

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  1. My vote goes to Vettel. He put his car on pole. He made some non-DRS assisted overtakes at the front of the field. He overcame tyre-issues and he won a GP on what is considered a ‘drivercircuit’.

    Unless he starts lapping the top-5 or something, it’s starting to look like Vettel won’t be the DotW for a long time.

  2. I picked Alguersuari he was on it the whole weekend and he would’ve been on for some good points if it wasn’t for Senna clouting into him. Hopefully in Monza there won’t be any problems like in the race at Spa.

  3. themagicofspeed (@)
    30th August 2011, 13:23

    Has to be Michael. Just as i was thinking he’s past it, he shows us the magic isnt dead. That was beyond doubt the best race of his comeback (not his whole career), in my opinion. Imagine what he might have been capable of in Massa’s Ferrari (i would love to see useless Massa get the boot, and Ross & Michael return to Ferrari to claim the 8th title he so cruelly lost in 2006, and maybe 2 more for the ones he should have won in 1997 and 98). What a drive, i love how he came out of the woodwork to show all the new boys (Vettel, Hamilton, etc) he’s still the boss and would have blown them away into the weeds on Sunday given a better car and a few more laps.

  4. It has to be Vettel but I voted Schumacher.

    I think that sums it up.

  5. how can it be anyone but button, schumacher had a great race no doubt but the mercedes pace advantage over the lower teams meant schumacher didnt have to work that hard to overtake the lower order cars whereas button was pulling stunning overtake after stunning overtake on cars of a similar pace. he was absolutely incredible and deserves the driver of the weekend by a mile.

    1. If Buttonm had a car that he thinks should have been on pole, then he had a big advantage over the cars he was passing.

  6. It’s really difficult.

    Bruno Senna and Jaime Alguersuari had exceptional qualifying sessions, but they are ruled out because of their lack of racing.

    Vettel was brilliant all weekend, it has to have been one of his best ever wins, and best ever poles. He was utterly dominant and made some good overtakes.

    Mark Webber recovered from a dreadful start to make a stunning pass on Alonso, and had a great race overall.

    Button again managed his tyres well and drove a great race to 3rd, but his bad qualifying rules him out for me.

    Fernando Alonso drove very well after starting eighth, but unfortunately the Ferrari didn;t have the pace for a podium.

    Sutil had another good race, while I think Rosberg’s start and defending was top quality.

    But for me, it’s his team mate that gets driver of the day. His first lap was immense, where he got 9 positions at the start. Showing his twenty years, he finished fifth in the fourth fastest car. A stunning drive from Schumacher, but what a shame his whel came off in qually, he could have contended for the podium.

    1. I went for Vettel but Schumacher would have been my second choice without a doubt. Nice synopsis Daniel!

  7. Michael Schumacher. He had a motive equal to 2004.

  8. coming into eau rouge 1st lap 220 kph with the tiniest of lifts on the gas Schumi Plows through debris, not only drive of the race that move alone shows he’s not going anywhere for a long time, he still has the will of a champ just not the car of a champ!!

  9. Fantastic drives from Schumi and Jens!!! Great race track

  10. Great Spa!!! Fantastic derives from Shumi, Jens and Mark!!!

  11. Looks like Vettel is going to miss out again! I voted for him anyway.

    A great drive and it’s good to see him reassert his dominance once again, plus his first win at Spa. A good year for him, considering he won at Monaco too.

    1. Don’t forget he’s traditionally very strong in Suzuka too; and he was very strong in Brazil last year too

  12. Who voted for Hamilton? :s

  13. Too many good drives from Spa, but has to be Schumi. Worth the 20 years.

  14. Voted for Massa…. He had an awesome weekend…. BAZZINGA!!! Qualified 4th and out-qualified his team mate only to finish 8th… why is he still around? If Renault can see the light of day with Heidfield why can’t Ferrari with Massa?

    Anyway, Schumi did well but one would expect to at Spa. The guy lives pretty much next door and was his first race in F1.

    For qualifying I’d give it to Senna. Having not commenced a race in the car he immediately out qualifies his team mate and Alonso – pity the mistake at the start.

    Button also had a good race considering he had his rear barge board chewed up by a Force India and then someone’s piece of front wing went into his fonrt wing and took out his side mirror (scary stuff if you were drivign flat chat amongst heavy traffic at the start). Pity McLaren made the wrong call to box him during Q2.

    Vettel did a good race too, operating outside of Pirelli’s camber recommendations caused the quick wear rate but they’d fixed that by inflating more air in the subsequent tyre changes.

    Webber did an awesome overtake on Alonso at Eau Rugue, pity the anti-stall kicked in at the start – he’s been getting that a lot recently.

    Alonso did a good job too by dragging the average F10 up from 8th to 4th, swapping places with Massa.

    The guys who qualified outside the top 10 didn’t have as much tyre issues as the top ten as they could use whatever to start with, but perhaps also they didn’t run as much camber and stuck within the recommendations from Pirelli. In some of the races this year it’s almost better to not get into Q3 but to be the fastest in Q2 in order to save an extra set of the quicker tyres. Thus the ability for some of the guys at teh back of the field to finish in a higher and unexpected position.

  15. I voted for Button as the qualifying error was purely down to bad communication. He had shown some good pace in qualifying before that. His race was fantastic to follow and he really showed his overtaking skills with many gutsy moves. I was really impressed with the way he attacked the race, it was more like a Hamilton drive rather than Button.

    Honourable mention to Sebastian Vettel who came back from what looked like it was going to be Webbers big chance. Also Schumachers first lap is just amazing, definitely try and watch it on youtube to see him drive beautiful past the back markers.

  16. I voted for Schumacher in the end. What happened in qualifying wasn’t his fault and he put in a great drive in the race on his 20th anniversary.

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