Vote for the best driver of the British GP weekend

2012 British Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Silverstone?

Compare all the drivers’ performances below and vote for who you think was the best driver of the British Grand Prix weekend.

Driver notes

Sebastian Vettel – Vettel thought he should have been quicker in qualifying but was grateful for his team’s strategy in the race which lifted him out of the slower cars at the start and put him on course for a podium finish. Had a minor technical problem during the race, being unable to adjust his engine’s torque setting. The enormous margin the team enjoyed in Valencia was not reproduced here.
Mark Webber – But for a shower at the end of Q3 he might have beaten Alonso to pole. But he kept the Ferrari in sight during the race and having used the soft rubber in the first stint was well-placed to take advantage of Alonso’s tyre trouble later on for his second win of the year.

Jenson Button – Rain and a yellow flag in the final sector during Q1 spoiled a run which would have got him into Q2. After gaining three places on the first lap he was passed by Kobayashi. He took the place back after the Sauber driver’s disastrous pit stop, and inherited the final point when Hulkenberg spun.
Lewis Hamilton – Looked quick as ever in the wettest conditions. But when the track dried in Q3 he was mystified at his loss of pace. Dry weather in the race didn’t help matters – even a long run on hard tyres at the start couldn’t help him gain any places from his starting position of eighth.

Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, Silverstone, 2012Fernando Alonso – Ferrari went into the weekend with an air of confidence. All appeared to be going according to plan as Alonso topped Saturday’s dry practice and took pole position – despite a few scares along the way. But deciding not to use the soft tyres at the start of the race in the hope that rainfall would keep them from having to left them vulnerable to Webber.
Felipe Massa – Ran the strategy Alonso probably should have used. A decisive pass on Schumacher set him up for a fourth-place finish, his best result since 2010, six-and-a-half seconds behind his team mate.

Michael Schumacher – Another glimpse of the old Schumacher in wet qualifying saw him take third on the grid. But both Mercedes went backwards in the race, Schumacher holding up a train of cars early on. “We knew that the characteristics of this circuit wouldn’t suit us in normal conditions,” he said. “We definitely could have done better in the wet.”
Nico Rosberg – A poor weekend saw him miss Q3 for the first time this year and slip to 15th in the race.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Silverstone, 2012Kimi Raikkonen – Qualified sixth despite not having KERS. Prevailed in an early scrap with Maldonado and was closing on Massa until he went off at Village late in the race and had to settle for fifth.
Romain Grosjean – He had already done a lap quick enough for Q3 when he went off at the end of Q2, leaving him ninth when a top-five start was in the offing. Another first-lap tangle delayed him – this time the damage was limited to a broken front wing, forcing an early pit stop. But this allowed him to discard the soft tyres early, limiting the disadvantage. A fine recovery drive followed including a brave pass on Rosberg at Maggotts. He then took Hamilton at Brooklands and was briefly quicker than Raikkonen despite much older tyres. Ending the race less than seven seconds behind his team mate was a significant achievement given the circumstances.

Paul di Resta – No luck at home for the second year in a row. Minor contact with Grosjean at the start punctured his tyre and the resulting damage ended his race.
Nico Hulkenberg – Qualified ninth but was demoted due to a gearbox change penalty. He also fell into the trap of running the soft tyres in the final stint and eventually succumbed to Senna, before sliding off at Copse and losing the final points place to Button.

Kamui Kobayashi – Both Saubers made the mistake of beginning the restarted Q2 on intermediate tyres. Kobayashi pitted for full wets but could only managed 12th, which became 17th after his Valencia penalty was applied. Passed Button early on and might have scored a couple of points had he not hit his pit crew at his final pit stop. Fortunately their injuries were not too severe.
Sergio Perez – Stuck with intermediates in Q2 and paid the price: having been fastest during the suspension he ended up last. Passed Senna and Hamilton in his first stint but when trying to do the same to Maldonado the Williams driver spun and took him out.

Daniel Ricciardo – Made a poor start from 12th and fell behind Vergne – who had been 11 places behind him on the grid. This began a race-long battle between the pair with three on-track changes of position, Ricciardo prevailed, leading him home by two seconds: “My lap times were the maximum I could do as I was wringing the neck out of the car.”
Jean-Eric Vergne – Reached Q2 but started from the back row following his Valencia penalty. A strong start got him up to 15th but Ricciardo eventually had the better of him. Nonetheless, both Toro Rossos showed better pace and were closer to the midfield.

Bruno Senna, Williams, Silverstone, 2012Pastor Maldonado – Showed flashes of pace in practice and delivered on it with seventh on the grid. Briefly took sixth off Raikkonen before being re-passed. After his first pit stop he lost control of his car at Brooklands while being passed by Perez and spun into the Sauber. The stewards gave him a fine and reprimand “in view of the serious nature of the incident”.
Bruno Senna – Backing off for the yellow flag at the end of Q2 arguably cost him a place in the final ten. Gained four places at the start before being passed by Kobayashi. Gradually wore down Hulkenberg’s defences to take ninth.

Heikki Kovalainen – Picked up some damaged on the first lap. Had the team responded more quickly to the recovering Maldonado he might have had a chance at 16th.
Vitaly Petrov – Didn’t even get to start the race after his engine failed as he drove to the grid.

Pedro de la Rosa – Tried to taken on the Marussias with a one-stop strategy but his tyres went off in the final laps and he ended up 23 seconds behind Pic.
Narain Karthikeyan – Closer to de la Rosa than usual in rain-hit qualifying. Had Pic behind him briefly in the opening stages: “My rear tyres started to wear out and I couldn?t keep up with him so I pitted”.

Timo Glock – Could’ve used his wet-weather prowess to get Marussia into Q2 but was denied by the heavy rain at the end of Q1. Brought the car home 18th but the gap to Caterham remains wide.
Charles Pic – Fell to last at the start but easily recovered the places lost to the HRTs.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 4th +0.406s 0/52 2 3rd +4.836s
Mark Webber 2nd -0.406s 52/52 2 1st -4.836s
Jenson Button 16th +0.611s 3/52 2 10th +7.981s
Lewis Hamilton 8th -0.611s 49/52 2 8th -7.981s
Fernando Alonso 1st -1.319s 52/52 2 2nd -6.459s
Felipe Massa 5th +1.319s 0/52 2 4th +6.459s
Michael Schumacher 3rd -1.309s 46/52 2 7th -28.241s
Nico Rosberg 11th +1.309s 6/52 2 15th +28.241s
Kimi Raikkonen 6th +0.081s 52/52 2 5th -6.787s
Romain Grosjean 9th -0.081s 0/52 2 6th +6.787s
Paul di Resta 10th +1.453s 0/1 1
Nico Hulkenberg 14th -1.453s 1/1 2 12th
Kamui Kobayashi 17th -0.824s 0/11 2 11th
Sergio Perez 15th +0.824s 11/11 1
Daniel Ricciardo 12th -0.587s 28/52 2 13th -2.072s
Jean-Eric Vergne 23rd +0.587s 24/52 2 14th +2.072s
Pastor Maldonado 7th -0.624s 11/51 2 16th Not on same lap
Bruno Senna 13th +0.624s 40/51 2 9th Not on same lap
Heikki Kovalainen 19th +0.45s 0/0 2 17th
Vitaly Petrov 18th -0.45s 0/0
Pedro de la Rosa 21st -0.298s 50/50 1 20th -12.554s
Narain Karthikeyan 22nd +0.298s 0/50 2 21st +12.554s
Timo Glock 20th -2.525s 51/51 2 18th -20.425s
Charles Pic 24th +2.525s 0/51 2 19th +20.425s

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Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.

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

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Mark Webber (50%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (19%)
  • Felipe Massa (5%)
  • Michael Schumacher (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (17%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (2%)

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135 comments on Vote for the best driver of the British GP weekend

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  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th July 2012, 14:17

    I’d like to vote Massa but I voted Webber.

  2. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th July 2012, 14:18

    I must say Lewis and Fernando battle was the most espectacular in many races!!! That’s the reason why I chose Lewis as the best (his team is a fail now, so his race position is not his fault).

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th July 2012, 15:06

      I must say Lewis and Fernando battle was the most espectacular in many races

      @omarr-pepper really??

      • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th July 2012, 15:19

        @fer-no65 well my friend make me remember another like THAT one recently. I remember Valencia had many DRS passes and good overtaking, but do you remember Wheel to wheel action this year? looks like my mind is sleeping today because people want to kill me for choosing Lewis

        • Nick.UK (@) said on 9th July 2012, 15:51

          @omarr-pepper He wants to kill you?? The fight lasted all of 3 corners. That is why he is questioning you. You can hardly call it a ‘battle’. It was just an overtake; and there have been plenty better than that this season already. Like the many at Valencia by Alonso or Gosjean’s on Hamilton.

          • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th July 2012, 16:26

            no, fer65 doesn’t want to kill me, (of course nobody wants it, just saying ;) ) . Regarding my comment, if you see most of the overtakes last just one straight, one corner or one DRS-button push. If this “simple overtake” took 3 corners and you add Hamilton regained the position in the middle of the scene with a car much worse than the Ferrari, well, so in my totally humble opinion, that’s a battle. Like Montoya and Raikkonen many many years ago, in Germany.

          • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th July 2012, 17:39

            @omarr-pepper

            To be honest, I’m struggling to come up with one example because there were so many!.

            Rosberg, Massa and Perez at Canada comes to my mind.

      • IDR (@idr) said on 9th July 2012, 20:00

        (@omarr-pepper)

        What’s the point?

        Lewis is the best driver of the weekend because, despite he was finally overtaken by Fernando, he was able to have a good fight making a great defense of his position?

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th July 2012, 14:19

    I’d like to vote for Grosjean, but I’ll go with Webber.

      • sorin (@) said on 9th July 2012, 16:43

        Grosjean DOTW? Come on.. He fail in Quali(this is new) by his stupidity and he fail in the first laps(as usual) after a clash with a Force India and he went to pits. And going to pits so early(10 laps early), didn’t disadvantaged him so much, because he had new tyres and had an advantage. He finished on 6th because Maldonado, Perez and Koba had problems. I heard things like, “come on he is to young…”. Hamilton when he arrived in F1 wasn’t so stupid..and he was fast too.

  4. Mark (@marlarkey) said on 9th July 2012, 14:21

    Huh ? Someone voted for Ham ? This should be an open and shut toss-up between Webber and Alonso…

  5. Polishboy808 (@polishboy808) said on 9th July 2012, 14:23

    Im sorry, how does Lewis have 15% of the votes?

    • Antranik (@antranik) said on 9th July 2012, 14:54

      This is a British website and some people are very closed minded.

      • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 9th July 2012, 15:07

        Here we go again. Did you check the number of votes before bringing up the British-bias argument? First time I checked, there were 9 votes and Hamilton had 22%, which is two votes (and one of those two was probably from @omarr-pepper, who isn’t even a Hamilton fan). Currently, after 63 votes he is at 5%; hardly shocking, because he did do a good first stint and entertained us with a battle for the lead.

        • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th July 2012, 16:37

          @adrianmorse yes it was me, and I agree with your opinion. Now you see the percentage has fallen to 3% and decreasing… I sometimes don’t get the point of some people, when you state an opinion which is different to theirs. It was probably because of the broadcast that I saw a boring-to-normal race and the highlight was that Hamilton vs Alonso scene. Talking about consistency you have Grosjean or Webber… People normally complain when a driver “cruises” to victory, they want an overtake in the lead and that eventually gives the result of “driver of the weekend”… sometimes not. Rosberg flatted everyone in China and he got DOTW, Vettel did it many times last year and hardly ever got one. And then they say that bias affect decisions?
          it’s like I MUST regret what I said about “DOTW” right? Like when I didn’t see the most exciting race of the year in Valencia and gave it a 6.

      • scribbler (@scribbler) said on 10th July 2012, 15:44

        Thankfully us British Live in a pseudo democracy where we think we can say anything so + 1 Hamilton from me. Only kidding it was obvioulsy webber!

    • Julian (@julian) said on 9th July 2012, 15:04

      Some people just vote for their favourite driver. Maybe Keith should do two polls per race.
      One for vote for your favourite driver and one for driver of the weekend. :p

      * and no I’m not being serious with the two poll suggestion.

      • Kimi4WDC said on 9th July 2012, 23:54

        Why we even have this problem? Can’t people get over the fact, that others can vote whatever they feel like? This is the point of the voting, if we all agreed, where would be no reason to vote.

        • DVC (@dvc) said on 10th July 2012, 7:35

          The point is not to pick whoever we feel like though, it is to try and come up with a consensus for driver of the weekend. You know, the driver who has performed best over the course of the grand prix weekend?

          People get annoyed when some voters don’t seem to put any thought into the events surrounding the weekend, or make a vote based on only some of the information. Or worse still, always vote for the same person regardless. They want everyone to put the thought into it they do, and make a considered choice, so we have the best chance of coming up with a good answer.

          It’s a good thing we don’t decide who gets to govern a country this way — oh wait…

    • xeroxpt (@) said on 10th July 2012, 1:21

      he did well with the mclaren, nontheless i cant see other reason but the doughnuts.

  6. timi (@timi) said on 9th July 2012, 14:24

    Webber for me. Awesome lap in qualy ven though got pipped to pole by a few hundreths of a second. Very good race, made up time where he needed to, pulled a very good overtake to take the lead and the victory. Pretty open and shut Best driver of the weekend.

  7. trigger (@trigger) said on 9th July 2012, 14:27

    Romain Grosjean for me, it was a fantastic recovery after a difficult first lap.

  8. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th July 2012, 14:29

    Lewis Hamilton.

    No, wait. I misread the title. It’s “Vote for the best driver of the British Grand Prix weekend”, not “Vote for the best British driver of the Grand Prix weekend”. My mistake.

    In that case, I vote for Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button second, Paul di Resta third. Because according to the television director, there were only three drivers in this race. This Grosjean guy who went from twenty-third to sixth? Please, we don’t need to see that – a British driver did the same thing in the GP3 race. What we really want to see is Lewis Hamilton going backwards.

  9. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 9th July 2012, 14:34

    Should be Webber offcourse, He drove a good racem kept Alonso in sight and pounded when the chance and timeing were right.

    However, since he’s gonna win it anyway, I voted for the driver who I think might have won it if he hadn’t spun in Q2. Grosean started 9th, dropped top last, but finished 6th, only 7 seconds behind his teammate! What an awesome drive!
    (though we heardly saw him in the coverage)

    Alonso and Massa deserve honorable mentions (but as to why people have voted Hamilton so far…. :-S )

    • Julian (@julian) said on 9th July 2012, 14:57

      Re Hamilton votes: the race is on for the first person to drop the dreaded b word.
      :p

      • ivz (@ivz) said on 10th July 2012, 1:56

        Grosjean’s strategy was actually by far the quickest in the race! He spent the least amount of time on the slower tyre (the soft), and had two long runs on the hard tyre. So even though he gave up positions at the start, he was at an advantage at the end. The front runners spent too little time on the hards, and far too long on the softs.

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th July 2012, 14:38

    Vitaly Petrov – Didn’t even get to start the race after his engine failed as he drove to the grid.
    He did out-qualify Kovalainen, though. Which is all the more impressive when you consider that Kovalainen had more time with the CT01’s new parts than Petrov did, and most of what Petrov got from them was based on what Kovalainen established.

  11. Gill (@gill) said on 9th July 2012, 14:48

    Voted for Grosjean though praise for Alonso and Webber.
    We are forgetting one thing is the intelligence Alonso showed while dealing with the yellow flag in Q2. He went slower than his last lap’s ;ast sector but not too slower and reached Q3. That was the masterstroke. He is a canny fellow and knows rules. BUt Grosjean impressed me a lot . Ham after his last stop was praised for covering Gorsjean specifically on the radio but he was much much faster than Ham . Impressive given that he was quicker on the worn tyres too. Lotus just needs a clean and warm weekend to win a race.

    • sorin (@) said on 9th July 2012, 16:57

      Yes, Grosjean impresed me too. This is the first time when he failed not only in first lap after the start, but he fail in quali too(when he goes out of circuit in a not fast lap(unique)). Not to mention the “incident” with Raikk in quali. Very, very impressive, Grosjean.

  12. andae23 (@andae23) said on 9th July 2012, 14:48

    Very difficult choice between Webber and Alonso. Both drivers drove a consistent and calm race, maybe even a perfect race. The truth of the matter is that I just can’t choose between those two, so in order to not give one driver an advantage over the other, I voted for Grosjean. He dropped back at the start after damaging his front wing, but he never let his head down and kept going at it. This resulted in a great comeback race with outstanding overtakes to finish just behind his teammate. In the end, he and Raikkonen were actually faster than those in front of them, for Grosjean on much older tyres. I’m starting to become a Grosjean-fan!

    • sorin (@) said on 9th July 2012, 17:14

      Me too…First lap is more spectacular with Grosjean. NEW: the qualis too. (out of circuit in Q2, and “incident” with Raikk). One word: superb..

  13. sandy (@sandy) said on 9th July 2012, 14:50

    Grosjean’s drive is overated IMO .His initial pitstop meant he was in free air with the better tyres while the likes of raikkonen and massa were stuck behind schumacher.And didn’t he beach the car all by himself .Not a candidate for a DOTW methinks.

    • sorin (@) said on 9th July 2012, 17:05

      +big ONE

    • Kimi4WDC said on 9th July 2012, 23:59

      Ye, everything except first lap worked out perfect for Grosjean, he hit all hit overtakes at the right time just when opponents were starting to have problems with traction. But I gotta say those two overtakes he pulled were impressive.

      I only wish Kimi was not stuck behind Schummi in the beginning :(

      My Vote goes to Webber. That start was lucky, would have been a worse incident than Maldonado vs Perez.

      • ivz (@ivz) said on 10th July 2012, 2:00

        No one realises that to pit on the first lap, and be in free air on the hards (as well and minimise the amount of time on the soft tyre, as the hard could last two stints pushing hard for the whole race) was actually a faster strategy than to be stuck behind slower cars like MAS, VET and RAI were. The only reason GRO ended up behind RAI was because they had to change his front wing, and he was slow on his in lap, which cost a lot of time.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th July 2012, 6:02

      Yep.. I agree. Although I was tempted to vote for Grosjean, but he blew it in unnecessarily in Q2. His race pace was awesome, but he just puts himself in difficult situations way too often. For me the DOTW was Alonso as he did everything he possibly could during the entire weekend. Fastest in FP3 -> Pole -> Led from the start despite being on hard rubber -> Put a fantastic in lap in to come ahead of Mark Webber. The tyre strategy screwed him in the end but overall I thought he was slightly better than Mark the entire weekend

  14. Pedro Costa (@pnunocosta) said on 9th July 2012, 15:03

    Webber followed by Grosjean and then Alonso.
    Webber was always very fast and didn´t make mistakes, neither as Alonso, but he won and Alonso didn´t.
    Grosjean would have my vote hadn´t he had a spin in Q2 when already with a time good enough for Q3.

  15. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 9th July 2012, 15:07

    Felipe Massa for me. After so many bad results and critisism, which made him having bad phychology and no self-confidence he scored his best result after Korea 2010. He wasn’t so much off Alonso’s pace as he used to

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th July 2012, 15:40

      Hey! Massa passed from having just 10% of Alonso’s points last race to having 18% now. And “if” Massa wins next race with Alonso DNF, he can have 37%.
      You first saw it here :P :P :P

    • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 9th July 2012, 21:23

      @sigman1998
      Im with you on the Massa thing.
      For me, DOTW is the one who surpasses expectations. Voting for the Winner is usually not DOTW for me. Its no great feat when ALO, VET, WEB, HAM or any of the top finishers win the race. This is expected behavior and is not a “breakout performance” in my book.

      Massa made a HUGE uptick in form while WEB simply maintained his par.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 10th July 2012, 0:05

        Well it’s nice to see Massa has handed the ” most dangerous driver to overtake” mantel to Maldonado and is now getting on with the job of scoring points . It’s pretty obvious that the Ferrari is massively improved and easier to drive, Massa has always been fast in a fast car and that I think is the difference.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th July 2012, 0:17

        @javlinsharp But isn’t that just rewarding a driver for doing badly in previous races?

        It seems perverse to vote for Massa for Driver of the Weekend when he was consistently beaten by the only other driver who has the same car as him.

        • KateM (@katem) said on 10th July 2012, 0:42

          I have to agree with Keith here. The vote is for the best driver of the weekend, it’s not a poll for “driver who was less rubbish than usual and deserves a pat on the back”. By Massa’s standards it was a good weekend but how on earth can anyone say he performed better than his teammate when he was still handily beaten?

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 10th July 2012, 1:57

            Alright you caught me, in a moment of benevolent pity.

            I guess my comment was based on a single idea at the cost of logic, relevance, and common sense.

            Basically, I chose my vote because Massa’s drive was “remarkable”.
            The performance from the top 10 drivers is certainly Top Notch, as always. Nothing can be taken away from a Win, Pole, or Fastest Lap.

            Taken in the context of the past several GPs the top drivers receive these triumphs every other week, and to some extent it can be said these are common events for those drivers, we have come to expect it from them. It is only the Laws of Chaos that stir the pot every now and then, a bad altenator, late rain in Q3.

            Great Achievements are Great partly because they are Rare, and someone will always snag the brass ring. In the face of this perverse view of status quo, I dare to call the stupendous achievement of the top 10 “less remarkable”.

            But on this weekend, Filipe had a good day.
            In a car that any driver would kill for but he just cant drive.

            With the press ripping out his guts, and his team openly doubting him.

            Chosen to replace RB because he would “shut up and play a good stooge” for MS.

            With the constant reminder of WDC glory lost by 1 point, and knowledge he will never be that close ever again.

            Probably racing his last season in anything better than a grocery cart.

            For Filipe, Silverstone 2012 was a small reminder of glories past, a respite from the doubter, and just maybe a shred of hope that he can still exit F1 with honor. For him, it was remarkable.

          • Kimi4WDC said on 10th July 2012, 6:31

            @javlinsharp

            I think we have couple driver on the grid beside Massa who lost WDC by a point and it seems it made them only stonger.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 10th July 2012, 14:21

            @Kimi4WDC
            I never like arguing with a fellow Kimi fan, and perhaps I risk being labled as a Massa-fanboy, but….

            Massa took a Heavy Heave Spring to the face at over 100mph in the year after his heartbreaking loss. Traumatic Brain injury is a sure-fire way to crush WDC dreams.

            Somehow, I have little pity for LH missing the WDC by 1 point in his rookie year. Sounds more like the “silver spoon” tapped his tooth a little. It didnt make him stronger, but simply showed his weakness.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th July 2012, 14:56

            Only someone with zero knowledge of Hamilton’s career prior to F1 would allude to the ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth’ cliche.

            He may have started in F1 with a top team, but he (and his father) worked hard for that opportunity and earned it with results.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 10th July 2012, 16:11

            @keithcollantine
            Sir, I have great respect for your knowledge of F1. It is the reason why I so enjoy your blog.

            At the same time, I also have confidence in my statements about LH. Surely, his early carreer started lowly. Even I have heard the stories of the old yellow helmet that helped his father pick him out on track, of the weekends driving the country and huge family sacrifices.
            Sounds very much like stories from the early days of Alonso and Kimi. They both came from meager beginnings with little money, and both had strong results that got them into F1 in the first place.
            However, NEITHER of them had a rookie season next to the reigning World Champion, driving the Silver Spoon, oops i mean Silver Arrow. Did Alonso or Kimi, or their family work any less than LH to get where they are?
            I defer to your superior F1 knowledge to name another driver who debuted next to the WDC in a top 2 team? If that is not possible, I feel confident that my point is made, that Hamilton was born into F1 with every advantage a driver could ask for, more so than any other driver ever got, indeed, the “Silver Spoon”.

            Massa was never a wunderkind, never more than a 2nd seat filler. He was never supposed to get so close to the prize. He is now the joke of F1, like Badoer and Speed. For him, Silverstone was bit of vindication, a validation that he does indeed belong in F1, at least for that weekend…

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th July 2012, 16:33

            ‘Silver spoon’ insinuates that he received great privilege he did not necessarily deserve. I disagree that he did not deserve his place in F1 in 2007.

            I don’t see why you object to him getting the chance to drive for McLaren – what did you expect them to do, give him to another team?

            Hamilton was the one who collared Ron Dennis and made the connection with his team. He knew who he wanted to drive for. Pretending he got it all given to him without having earned it does him undue disservice.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 10th July 2012, 16:56

            I accept the criticism for use of the cliche. I do still feel Hamilton’s association to Mclaren is unique, and provided him with great advantage even as I clarify my statement. Everybody deserves what they get by the very fact that they have it. I was not in the room, I have never met Ron Dennis nor Lewis Hamilton, I cannot say well or ill about how the situation came to be.
            That said, I am probably not alone in thinking that more could be expected from LH at this stage, given that he started in F1 with so much.

            My original point was in response to a comment that other drivers have also missed the WDC by 1 point yet they overcame the obstical and had followup success. My purpose was to point out that there was a huge difference in position, capabilities, and circumstances between Massa losing WDC by 1 point and Hamilton losing WDC by 1 point.

            Perhaps I could have been more clear on that point.

    • Cristian (@cristian) said on 10th July 2012, 17:10

      You’re funny! You vote for a driver because he wasn’t so much off the teammate’s pace as he used to be? This poll is supposed to choose who was the best each weekend.

      • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 10th July 2012, 17:22

        If indeed, the purpose of the poll is to choose who is the best each weekend, then the answer is clearly displayed on the top step of the podium. Why bother having a poll?

        I take a deeper interpertation of the “Driver of the Weekend”. I take it to mean the driver who did something remarkable. Nico Hulkenburg taking Pole, thats remarkable, Pastore Maldanodo, or Nico Rosburg winning for the first time, that is remarkable, any driver that ligitimatly makes-up 6 places with on-track passes, that is remarkable.

        One of the top drivers winning a race like they already have done this season, to me, that is status quo, and not remarkable.

        If we simply want to gauge who is the best, thats easy, Timing & Scoring does that for us already.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th July 2012, 18:03

          @javlinsharp

          If indeed, the purpose of the poll is to choose who is the best each weekend, then the answer is clearly displayed on the top step of the podium.

          No it isn’t because the drivers all have different cars.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 10th July 2012, 20:42

            So, indeed, we do not judge all drivers the same because they have different cars. Button or Vettel winning again and again in a dominant car is, by this definition, not worthy of DOTW, yet a good result for a backmarker is a remarkable feat that is celebrated.
            I take the next logical step and make a distiction as to the skill of the drivers as well.

            ALO has more talent in his dandruff than MAS has ever had. Up until Silverstone MAS has been in the waaaaay back because his skill seems to be gone.

            For this reason, I celebrate his significant positive direction. Alo took pole, and WEB took the win, VET was right there as he usually is.

            Of all the driving performances this weekend, I feel MAS had the best day when compared to his usual performance.

          • DVC (@dvc) said on 19th July 2012, 0:26

            Yes, but it’s driver of the weekend, not drive of the weekend.

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