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

  1. AlexT (@alext) said on 9th July 2012, 15:10

    Alonso!! Why? Fastest in FP3, pole on saturday, confortably in the lead for 90% of the race, and only lost because of the stupid Pirelli tires.

    • AJ (@aj13) said on 9th July 2012, 16:01

      Possibly lost it through bad Ferrari strategy, just like Canada.

      Hey just watched 2010 season review (6 hours of races/interviews). The number of drivers talking about tyre management after each GP was surprising. Particularly because they were Bridgestone tyres.

      Bored of the Pirelli bashers. They’ve obviously got little else they can think of to say.

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 9th July 2012, 17:11

        I don’t think Ferrari had a bad strategy: they had a slightly different strategy with respect to the Red Bulls, which resulted in a small lead over them. They gambled for rain that did not come, so at the end, they started dropping back and unfortunately for them Webber was there to take the win.

      • AlexT (@alext) said on 10th July 2012, 11:51

        do you find it normal for the medium compound to be faster than the soft one? pirelli basher? the tires are a joke

        • F1fanNL (@) said on 10th July 2012, 12:01

          The soft tyres we’re quicker.

          Everybody knows softer tyres degrade faster, that was the same in the Bridgestone era and it’s the same now.
          If Alonso had prolonged his stints on the harder compound Webber wouldn’t even have gotten close.

  2. Slr (@slr) said on 9th July 2012, 15:46

    Alonso. He was the quickest driver of the weekend and only lost due to the strategy.

  3. Nick.UK (@) said on 9th July 2012, 15:54

    Not sure how Grosjean is deserving of a vote seeing as he hit Di Resta, surely that should automatically invalidate his worthiness for driver of the weekend? Don’t really see how it could be anyone but Webber. Solid in both the rain and the dry, made the best of his strategy and made a brilliant pass for the win. Job done!

  4. jhr9988 (@rhj8899) said on 9th July 2012, 16:07

    Maldonado!

    Best driver oops.. joke of the weekend!

    Vote Grosjean though.. Exciting drive from the back of the grid

  5. Alfie (@alfie) said on 9th July 2012, 16:10

    It was between Grosjean and Senna for me, but in the end I think Petrov had an astounding race.

    • Eleanore (@leucocrystal) said on 10th July 2012, 6:26

      Seeing Senna go for it on Hulkenberg on the penultimate lap and make it stick, while still holding Button off, was one of my favorite bits, not gonna lie.

  6. Jorge Lardone (@jorgelardone) said on 9th July 2012, 16:16

    Grosjean! He is making mistakes but remember he is almost a rookie. Webber great also.

  7. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 9th July 2012, 16:21

    someone has voted for Maldonado! Either it’s a mis-vote or Pastor has an account here! :p

  8. infy (@infy) said on 9th July 2012, 16:43

    I voted for Alonso because I felt he drove better than Webber and also did the best qualifying lap in the rain. If it were not for Ferrari’s poor pitwall strategy calls that were completely out of his control, Alonso very likely would have walked away with the win

    Webber did well too, so it was a tough call.

  9. Jon Chalk (@j0nchalk) said on 9th July 2012, 16:46

    Real toughy between Alonso & Webber. As someone who sat thru’ Saturday’s weather to watch Alonso claim pole, it very nearly went his way, but on the whole Webber won & won well, keeping his head & not panicking over anyone else’s strategy & getting best out of his tires.

  10. Aditya Banerjee (@) said on 9th July 2012, 17:00

    How did Grosjean get so many votes after flunking on Saturday??? It was his own fault!!

  11. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 9th July 2012, 17:01

    Went for Alonso, but Webber and Grosjean deserved it as well. Alonso gets it because, in the scope of the weekend, he was consistently strongest in all conditions.

  12. JenniKate (@jennikate) said on 9th July 2012, 17:41

    While Alonso and Webber drove good solid races, I think the stand out was Grosjean.
    Yes a mistake in qualifying and at the start hurt him, but he didn’t let it affect him and he sped through that field with some good overtaking and top tyre management. The fact those Lotus’s were setting the fastest laps at the end of the race is amazing, now they just need to qualify better and we might finally see that win!

  13. George (@george) said on 9th July 2012, 17:52

    No one really stood out for me, went for the winner.

  14. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 9th July 2012, 17:54

    I voted for Pastor

  15. Lew Numba 1 (@lew-numba-1) said on 9th July 2012, 18:15

    I think my username makes it clear I’m a huge fan of Lewis, but this weekend was not his best. Clearly the McLarens have lost some pace and one could take that into consideration, however I thought Webber was totally in the zone yesterday. Every time they showed his on-board camera, he looked smooth and calm, and you could tell he had the rhythm going. For that reason, this was an easy decision.

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