Schumacher voted Belgian GP Driver of the Weekend

2011 Belgian Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Schumacher climbed 19 places to finish fifth

Michael Schumacher became the seventh different driver to be voted Driver of the Weekend this year.

Championship leader and seven-times race winner Sebastian Vettel is still not among them.

Schumacher had a substantial margin over closest contenders Jenson Button and Vettel in the voting:

Driver of the Belgian Grand Prix Weekend poll ?ǣ top three

1. Michael Schumacher ?ǣ 45.1%
2. Jenson Button ?ǣ 28.2%
3. Sebastian Vettel ?ǣ 14.7%

The results may suggest that the choice was easy, but the comments show many of the F1 Fanatic readers struggled to choose one driver only:

It’s just so tough again to vote on this. We had Bruno Senna and Jaime Alguersuari doing a superb job in qualifying, but Senna had his (forgiveable, but still) mistake at the start and just a solid drive to bring it home after that. And Alguersuari never got a chance even at that much.

Mark Webber made a sure candidate for the pass of the year, but he just cannot seem to get the Red Bull off the line. Lewis Hamilton started off well, with some nice moves and keeping out of trouble, only for it to end in a collision that needn?t have happened.

Schumacher was really great, lets hope we see him and Mercedes like this more often now (didn?t we say that earlier in his second career as well?). Surely a serious contender for driver of the weekend.

Nico Rosberg made a great start, but got caught by the horribly chosen DRS zone placement. He did his best, but not superb.

Button has a stellar drive, comparable with Canada but this time in the dry and not making a single mistake on his part. And some of his passes were really excellent and gutsy. This is the Button we want to see each weekend. Even the qualifying thing was not really his mistake, so he is a serious contender.

Vettel did a qualifying stunt once again, he was not perfect off the line, but he did get Rosberg with fine employment of DRS as soon as it was there.

He had the safety car exactly come to him and solve his pit stop dilemma for him, and then he made an excellent pass on Alonso before DRS got enabled again (passing Webber on the go somewhere). And he did pass Rosberg again after his first pit stop.

Was torn between Button and Schumacher, But Jenson had it for me this weekend. I thought it was a great race with some brilliant performances from loads of drivers. Viva F1!

Michael Schumacher

Schumacher’s 20th anniversary race weekend did not start well as he lost his wheel in Q1 on Saturday and was forced to start the race from the back of the grid.

But he produced a great recovery drive to finish fifth ?ǣ one place ahead of his team mate.

His performance impressed F1 Fanatic readers so much that he gathered nearly half of the votes in the poll and over three times as many as Vettel. Here are some of your comments justifying the choice of Schumacher as the Driver of the Belgian Grand Prix Weekend:

Hard to do much better than start 24th and last and end up 5th and ahead of your team mate who started 5th.

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

It was Schumacher who ran the show on Sunday, I think. Impeccable drive.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Button recovered from an early setback to claim a podium

Button was another driver who was forced to fight his way through the field on Sunday. After a tactical error in qualifying, he started the race 13th, but despite some damage to his car, he managed to secure a podium finish.

Many F1 Fanatic readers found his performance impressive:

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.

Both Schumacher and Button deserve but I voted the later as he showed that he can be a aggressive driver when required and unlike his team mate he is calm and cool.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Vettel kept on top of tyre trouble to score his seventh win of 2011

The winner of the Belgian Grand Prix took third place in the poll for the Driver of the Weekend.

Vettel clinched yet another pole position on Saturday. Despite blistering tyres he delivered a flawless performance on Sunday with some great passes to win the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time in his career.

The Red Bull pilot won over many fans with his drive:

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. […]

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

I too was torn between Button and Schumacher, so I voted for… Vettel. This didn?t seem like a race that was handed to him by any means, he had to defend a bit, he had to pass (more than he usually does).

I?m also going to be unpopular and say Vettel. He deserves a DOTW but unfortunately a drive through the field is seen as a much better drive than winning from pole.

Still, he didn?t have it easy. He ended up making 3 passes for the lead, one of which wasn?t DRS on Alonso who had better straight line speed. His move on Rosberg was also brilliant.

I?m saying Vettel too. Everyone else had something go wrong at some point, whether it was their fault or someone else?s.

Vettel didn?t, and managed this odd blistering situation fairly well, winning having scored pole. Plus he did some overtaking.

2011 Driver of the Weekend results so far

First Second Third
Australia Sergio Perez (36.3%) Vitaly Petrov (32.5%) Sebastian Vettel (12.0%)
Malaysia Nick Heidfeld (38.4%) Sebastian Vettel (16.0%) Jenson Button (12.1%)
China Mark Webber (47.8%) Lewis Hamilton (42.4%) Felipe Massa (2.5%)
Turkey Fernando Alonso (37.8%) Kamui Kobayashi (25.8%) Sebastian Vettel (22.1%)
Spain Lewis Hamilton (39.6%) Sebastian Vettel (23.9%) Fernando Alonso (13.3%)
Monaco Jenson Button (33.1%) Fernando Alonso (18.8%) Sebastian Vettel (17.0%)
Canada Jenson Button (61.0%) Michael Schumacher (27.8%) Sebastian Vettel (2.2%)
Europe Fernando Alonso (32.6%) Sebastian Vettel (27.6%) Jaime Alguersuari (25.7%)
Britain Fernando Alonso (53.0%) Lewis Hamilton (22.3%) Mark Webber (8.0%)
Germany Lewis Hamilton (76.6%) Adrian Sutil (9.8%) Fernando Alonso (5.6%)
Hungary Jenson Button (50.7%) Paul di Resta (14.4%) Lewis Hamilton (11.8%)
Belgium Michael Schumacher (45.1%) Jenson Button (28.2%) Sebastian Vettel (14.7%)

It was Schumacher’s first win in the Driver of the Weekend poll.

The result also mean that the championship dominant leader, Sebastian Vettel, is still yet to win driver of the weekend. However he has appeared in the top three eight times, more than any other driver.

Do you agree with the results so far? Have your say in the comments section below.

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73 comments on Schumacher voted Belgian GP Driver of the Weekend

  1. Great picture of Button on his way to overtaking MS

  2. Floatyboat (@floatyboat) said on 7th September 2011, 17:19

    You were doing OK until you called Malcom Folley’s Senna vs. Prost pulp fiction novel “completely fair to both drivers”.


    Thanks for giving me my biggest laugh of the week. Completely fair! Haaaaahhh. To both drivers!!!! Haaaaaaaa-aaaaaaaaaa.

    That book couldn’t have been more biased if it had been written by Prost himself, while drunk after an especially bad pub crawl. It was horrible. Every part of the narrative was framed only in terms of Folley’s long, long interview with Prost (almost as if he had no knowledge of F1 beforehand). Every aspect of their conflict was Senna’s fault. Prost was the perfect gentleman, never said boo to a goose (or committed a cynical professional foul, or blocked Senna from the Williams team and lied repeatedly about it, etc. etc. etc.).

    Sorry man, no credibility. At. All.

  3. HxCas (@hxcas) said on 7th September 2011, 18:06

    I still stick by my vote of Nico Rosberg. He had a good qualifying, another fantastic start, even led on merit for a few laps and without the safety car (which heavily worked against him) he would have been miles ahead of Michael and there was a real chance he’d have beaten Jenson as well for 4th place.

  4. Whatever Vettel does, even being double, (and probably ni the future triple or more times champion), he will NEVER be praised on this fan database. I wonder why. He drove a superb race last weekend. I voted for him.

  5. John H said on 7th September 2011, 19:31

    Button might have been second best driver in the race, but in no way whatsoever was he the second best of the weekend… but I guess democracy would disagree with me!

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th September 2011, 21:49

    Wow, my mega long comment got used. Nice! Thanks for the analyses again Ewa.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th September 2011, 23:07

    Schumacher did drive well but I voted for Vettel. He was back on form and made a point he was out to prove; he’s still the boss.

  8. vho (@) said on 8th September 2011, 3:46

    Interesting that Vettel hasn’t won a DOTW yet, but it also proves that a majority of us here at F1fanatics want to see a driver fighting from the back of the field because of inferior equipment or poor qualifying strategy.

    In the case of Senna Vs Schumi; each have their own merits as to why people believe they are the best ever. Personally, Senna started to impress me when he was in the inferior McLaren battling with far superior Williams at the time. I can remember the on board with Senna when he was still using a manual gearbox & clutch whereas Williams had already started to use semi-autos and active suspension which McLrean lacked. Also, the fact that he owned Monaco. He continued to win at Monaco in inferior equipment in the early 90s. Senna could’ve won the 1989 WDC if it wasn’t for the FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre disqualifying him in the Japanese GP. Balestre was known to favour countryman Prost. Also, let’s not forget that the Ferrari of 2000-2004 was miles ahead of anyone else, it wasn’t until 2005 with the change of rules that Ferrari were finally beaten. But nevertheless, Schumi has achieved what no other has to date – and that can’t be taken away from him.

  9. well i am not belittling Schumi really.
    I commented on that cos someone made a comparison to Senna to whom I am a bit partial. :)
    What Schumi did with Ferrari was great, but he did not build it from Scratch, rather channelled their resources well. He would make an awesome Team Principal.
    Like someone said we don’t know as Senna died and the battle that might have been, died with him too.
    For me it’s pure driving talent that makes a driver, and thats why I rated Senna higher, over Schumi’s Stats.

    And yes Fans should start accepting that Vettel is as good as he is. Finger or no Finger

  10. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 8th September 2011, 6:42

    So for the first time in three years I have commented something good in this blog.

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