Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

Vote for your Belgian GP Driver of the Weekend

2012 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Belgium?

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

Driver notes

Sebastian Vettel – Missed out on Q3 for the second time this year, by just 0.012s. Held up by the first-corner crash he fell to 12th but passed several cars including his team mate and Felipe Massa. Avoided pitting at the same time as Michael Schumacher and ran long, successfully completing the race with a single stop to take second place.
Mark Webber – Out-qualified Vettel but a gearbox change penalty dropped him back behind. Having got ahead at the start he struggled to slipstream past Senna with his inferior straight-line speed and ended up being passed by Vettel and Massa. Quick-thinking in the pits allowed him to avoid a penalty for an unsafe release.

Jenson Button – Opting to stick with McLaren’s new wing was clearly the right way to go and earned Button his first pole position in three years. He controlled the race from there.
Lewis Hamilton – Struggled with the old wing in qualifying and made a couple of mistakes in Q3 which left him seventh on the grid. Didn’t make a great start but was blameless when he was hit from the left by Grosjean, triggering the first-corner crash.

Fernando Alonso – Did his usual damage limiting job in qualifying but had no chance to do so in the race when he was taken out. His first no-score in 24 races.
Felipe Massa – Gave Ferrari some cheer by salvaging fifth, passing Webber on the way, after qualifying poorly. His lap times at the beginning of his second stint looked particularly encouraging for the team.

Michael Schumacher – In the points at his 300th Grand Prix appearance despite being slowed by a problem with sixth gear. Put a great move on Raikkonen early in the race and hung on doggedly with his DRS later on. Was judged not to have done anything wrong when he pitted while dicing with Vettel.
Nico Rosberg – His weekend was ruined when his car failed five laps into the only dry practice session. A gearbox change and a mis-timed final run in Q1 left him 23rd on the grid. Like his team mate he abandoned his attempt to make a one-stop strategy work. Caught Di Resta at the end but ran out of time to pass him for the final point.

Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus’s promised pace never materialised: Raikkonen started and finished third. The scrapping of the team’s Double DRS ‘device’ after the wet practice didn’t help matters, but the E20’s usual strong race pace was not in evidence. “My car wasn?t great all weekend and we couldn?t find a competitive setup,” he said. “On new tyres it was okay, but we had to use a lot of downforce to prevent sliding. ”
Romain Grosjean – Said his collision with Hamilton was an honest mistake arising from his mistaken belief he was completely ahead of the McLaren. That he admitted the error and accepted his punishment is to his credit, but it wasn’t his first such collision this year and his one-race ban will surely impress upon him the need to be more careful in future. There are other drivers who need to learn the same lesson.

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Paul di Resta – Elevated to fourth by the first-lap crash but knew from the start he faced a tough race without KERS. This made him an easy target for several drivers and he ended up slipping to tenth.
Nico Hulkenberg – Started on hard tyres and impressively passed Raikkonen after the restart to run second. He couldn’t keep the Lotus behind on raw pace, nor Vettel’s one-stopping Red Bull, but he raced well with Schumacher and hung on for a career-best fourth.

Kamui Kobayashi – An excellent qualifying performance turned out to be for naught. Managed to finish the race despite a significant amount of damage to his car.
Sergio Perez – Third place was on the cards in qualifying had he repeated his Q2 time in Q3 – as it was he started fourth. Was also eliminated in the Grosjean crash.

Daniel Ricciardo – Ricciardo moved up to sixth after the crash then passed Di Resta for fifth. But his pace slackened when he switched to hard tyres for his last two stints and he was passed by Vergne. Nonetheless, he equalled his best result so far with ninth.
Jean-Eric Vergne – His engine went into anti-stall at the start which proved to be a blessing in disguise as it kept him out of the first corner melee. He emerged in seventh behind Ricciardo. Lost time behind Rosberg on two occasions but nipped past his team mate to take eighth.

Pastor Maldonado – Qualified third but a penalty for impeding Hulkenberg dropped him to sixth. His jump start evoked memories of Olivier Grouillard’s 20 years ago. It put him in the firing line of the first-corner crash, and although he was able to keep going he then crashed into Glock at the restart ending his race. He picked up three penalties in one weekend and carries two of them on to Monza.
Bruno Senna – Spun in qualifying, damaging his front wing and ending up 17th on the grid. Was coming under pressure from the Toro Rossos for eighth when a slow puncture forced a pit stop which dropped him out of the points.

Timo Glock, Marussia, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Heikki Kovalainen – Had a scruffy race including a spin and a half-spin at Pouhon. A slow getaway from his first pit stop led to him clipping Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT. The team were fined ??10,000.
Vitaly Petrov – Finished 14th despite a slow first pit stop.

Pedro de la Rosa – Comfortably ahead of his team mate as usual, he fell behind the delayed Kovalainen three laps from the end and finished last.
Narain Karthikeyan – Moved up to 14th at the start before slipping behind the Caterhams and Kobayashi. Might have had a chance of beating de la Rosa but he crashed out at Stavelot when his front-left wheel came off after the nut had been cross-threaded during his pit stop.

Timo Glock – Pronounced himself “very happy” after taking 15th following a spirited dice with his team mate. Glock was especially pleased with Marussia’s upgrade: “It was great to be really ‘racing’ again after some very positive steps forward for the team. Not only have we brought some strong updates to the car, the team have worked really hard to get on top of the problem I experienced in the last few races and here it looked positive.” Team principal John Booth felt Glock would have had an even better race had he not been hit by Maldonado at the restart.
Charles Pic – The only driver apart from the top two finishers to complete the race with a single stop, Pic said he struggled with tyre degradation.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 10th +0.246s 31/44 1 2nd -17.62s
Mark Webber 12th -0.246s 13/44 2 6th +17.62s
Jenson Button 1st -0.821s 0/0 1 1st
Lewis Hamilton 7th +0.821s 0/0 0
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.549s 0/0 0
Felipe Massa 14th +0.549s 0/0 2 5th
Michael Schumacher 13th -0.439s 44/44 2 7th -11.737s
Nico Rosberg 23rd +0.439s 0/44 2 11th +11.737s
Kimi Raikkonen 3rd -0.333s 0/0 2 3rd
Romain Grosjean 8th +0.333s 0/0 0
Paul di Resta 9th -0.126s 0/44 2 10th +35.94s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th +0.126s 44/44 2 4th -35.94s
Kamui Kobayashi 2nd -0.348s 0/0 3 13th
Sergio Perez 4th +0.348s 0/0 0
Daniel Ricciardo 16th +0.189s 26/44 2 9th +4.117s
Jean-Eric Vergne 15th -0.189s 18/44 2 8th -4.117s
Pastor Maldonado 6th -1.308s 0/4 1
Bruno Senna 17th +1.308s 4/4 2 12th
Heikki Kovalainen 18th -0.228s 7/43 2 17th +56.574s
Vitaly Petrov 19th +0.228s 36/43 2 14th -56.574s
Pedro de la Rosa 21st -1.959s 3/29 3 18th
Narain Karthikeyan 24th +1.959s 26/29 2
Timo Glock 20th -1.157s 17/43 2 15th -15.574s
Charles Pic 22nd +1.157s 26/43 1 16th +15.574s

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

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 Belgian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (20%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (0%)
  • Jenson Button (53%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Michael Schumacher (3%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (5%)
  • Romain Grosjean (4%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (9%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • 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 (0%)

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148 comments on “Vote for your Belgian GP Driver of the Weekend”

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  1. Ιt has to be Button. Excellent weekend.

    1. It has to be Button and his team they were the only ones apart from the Saubers that didnt had a chance to race, that nailed the set-up. Anyways i think Vettel made a great job during the race, the car had very short gearing nonetheless he was able to overtake drivers unlike Webber, his race could have been better at least i wanted so.

    2. Just proves my point…

      When Vettel had the best car, got pole, runs off into the distance and wins by a gap of 15 seconds it’s easy! and the guy who was always the best overtaker or gave the biggest challenge to the guy up front was given driver of the weekend by default since he had the tougher challenge…

      Jenson did what Sebastian achieved how many times last season? and he got 1 “DOW” on this site and that was India I believe. Jenson does this twice this season leading into the first corner and running away and he has a 100% win rate on these polls, this is laughable!

      How did Kimi get DOW after Bahrain but not Sebastian at Spa? Why does Jenson deserve DOW with a dominant car when it’s obvious Vettel’s RB8 is about as poor as the Ferrari now and he still out raced most to 2nd place with how many overtakes on a 1 stopper? I don’t even think even Alonso or Lewis could of done that around there!

      Sometimes I get bored of these polls being done as it just seems the fans don’t want to get over their obvious bias’ and always want to sneer and belittle at Vettel’s VERY, VERY! evident talent of a double world champion.

      Two is company, Three is a crowd……the Lewis and Alonso fans don’t like it one bit!

      1. Totally agree with your comments.

      2. @f1tbonesteak. Could not agree with you more. I am a Lewis Hamilton fan through and through, and whilst it was disappointing to see him and some other great drivers out in the first corner, it provided the platform which allowed Vettel to demonstrate some pure class driving. Although it pains to to say this, as I have never been a big Vettel fan, he delivered what everyone has been asking of him for 2.5 seasons now, and that is to demonstrate that you can fight through the field to EARN the position/points, and not just coast away at the front with the best car. It shows how much he has developed as a driver…

        1. first time he salvaged a podium from a double digit grid position.
          Granted he’s only missed Q3 3 times in 67 races for Red Bull and he’s only started 10th or worse in 3 or 4 of those, he’s not had many chances

          but perhaps a 2nd to 2nd means that Vettel got the most out of it. Here, we know he underperformed in Qualy

      3. Well said, and although I’m not a big Vettel fan, I did vote for him this weekend.

      4. Couldn’t agree more.

        Last year…

        Button goes from 13th to 3rd. Vettel wins from pole. Driver of the Day: Button
        Vettel goes from 12th to 2nd. Button wins from pole. Driver of the Day: Button

        Seems winning from pole in the best car is much more impressive when it’s not Sebastian.

        1. Button had the car of weekend. It was done during one hour practise. Button and his crew were only one who had decent setup for Spa.

          Thats reason to vote for Button.

      5. I agree, there’s definitely a double standard here.

      6. Vettel should win this pole as he had by far the harder challenge and dominated it in an average car considering Massa beat Webber in a Ferrari and he has mostly been poor this season Jenson clearly had the equal of an RB6 and he did nothing but remain in clean air the whole day. The race was over in about 10 laps and this is a guy who is not known for his qualifying skills and he still got it on pole by 2 tenths with blips of understeer through the lap. That McLaren is a monster and you would likely see 4-5 tenths to 2nd if you put a guy like Vettel or Webber who are known for qualifying speeds!

        Fanboys and media go crazy when Alonso or Lewis make 3 or 4 places in a race, Vettel gets nothing when he makes up 10 and still gets on the podium with better cars in front!!!

        People wanted to see how Vettel fared with a lesser car, well there you go as that’s the weakest the RB8 has been this season when compared against the rest of the field in qualifying trim and race pace.

        Vettel made the difference at Spa and made Newey look a better designer than he actually is… AGAIN!

      7. Completely agree, I don’t even consider the results of these votings to have much of a meaning, since the Bias against Vettel was obvious for a while. Sorry Keith, but this one is just as plain as daylight.

      8. Same here. Not a great fan but S. Vettel was THE DOW. Got my vote.

  2. jenson was superb all weekend… he drover exceptionally well… but i went for Hulkenberg beacuse i just couldnt believe that he had the pace to defend his 4th position… mightily impressed…… :)

    1. If we had had a clean start Hulkenberg would have finished 9th instead of 4th, he was good but 5 cars faster than the FI were eliminated turn 1.

  3. Was tempted to go for Hulkenberg, but really for me Button deserves it both for the performance as a whole, and the impact it has had on his push to contest the championship. We can speculate all day about whether any of the other front runners would have challenged him but for the first lap crash, but on the face of it he dominated qualifying and then controlled the pace lights to flag.

    Vettel’s race performance is pretty noteworthy too.

  4. One of the easiest of the season so far. Button was on it all weekend and delivered three laps that were all quick enough to take pole position during Q2 and Q3. The race for Button was made easier by Hamilton, Alonso, and Grosjean crashing out but I couldn’t see them challenging Button for the win. His pace compared to Raikkonen who was on a 2 stop strategy was the thing that stood out for me.

  5. I just knew that there would be at least one comedy Grosjean vote…

    1. up to 16% now…A bit silly really, don’t you all think?

      1. I meant 6% – still daft though!!

    2. At least the Grosjean votes are a little funny (especially if he took out one or more of the drivers you don’t support), but voting for Hamilton or Alonso I just don’t get it?

      1. but voting for Hamilton or Alonso I just don’t get it?

        @jerseyf1 This is the type of person we have to deal with whenever either of those names are mentioned :P

        1. I vote for Alonso. For having scaled un injured yesterday and for having all the luck in the world. The best driver in formula 1 in the last few season could have been killed in a few seconds by an stupid driver. Button was good but 5 fast cars were taken out by the crashed so it made butyon’s race pretty easy. I was expecting a lot more from kimmi but he chocked.

          1. So surviving a crash makes him driver of the weekend? I fail to see how that affects his driving at all…

          2. So you didn’t vote for Button because his race was too easy? Yet you voted for Alonso, who on the pit wall had the easiest race out of any driver bar Hamilton, Grosjean and Perez.

  6. Pole and win – has to be JB. Although Hulkenberg and Vettel were great on race day.

  7. I came here expecting to see Maldonado and Grosjean top the charts with Schumacher in close pursuit for his “300th race” weekend :-)

    On a more serious note, I feel Button being on top is fair. He had the cool to stay calm and not change anything this time, and then went about making it pole and the win perfectly. I also think Webber did a very good job on Saturday, although Sunday his tyre management and strategy were not perfect, dropping him down.

    For me the highlights were Hulkenberg driving very maturely to stay up front and keep a lot of big names behind him. And I think Vergne really did a superb job of it again, I saw some gutsy overtakes from him, and solid defence (with Ricciardo not far behind). And Vettel did all he could to gain maximum points with the right strategy and making the tyres last, including all the overtaking to make it work in the process, his race was as good as last years, only his qualifying pace wasn’t.

    1. Forgot to mention Pic also doing another very solid race.

      1. @bascb Um, Glock was hit from behind by Maldonado and still managed to get in front of Pic. And in quali, Pic was behind De La Rosa. I’d say, other than being a meaningless 1st in FP2, he had a horrible weekend.

        1. Completely agreed. Pic managed absolutely nothing all weekend. Fighting for position with Timo looked nice on the screen but that’s about it. Otherwise he got trashed by his team mate in an elegant manner.

        2. Ah, em, yeah. Ok, so then Pic was left out with reason in my first comment, eh :-) Probably not being completely well myself yesterday played up there.

  8. Went for Seb

    1. Yes, some nice,bold overtaking by Mr Vettell, but I’d still go for JB with his total control of the weekend.

  9. Schumacher was brilliant entertainment as well. His battles for the whole of the race were absolutely some of the best in a long while. it’s a shame that the car ultimately was never going to give him the finish he deserved but I’d say he had one of his best races this season so far. Probably not quite how he would have wanted to mark his 300th race, but a great performance all the same.

    Button really is an enigma though isn’t he. His race was the equal of anything Vettel managed last year. It must be one of the most frustrating things in the world knowing that somewhere within him is the ability to drive like he did this weekend, yet he has no idea of how or why it only seems to click occasionally. If he were to discover the secret of how to unlock that level of performance consistently, he’d be winning championships.

    1. @mazdachris Incorrect. He would be dominating championships. :P

      1. When he gets the set up “just right to his liking”, which doesnt happen too often, especially this year with the tyres……..he is unbeatable and by far the fastest driver out there……but only when the set up is right. he operates very much in the same way Alain Prost did

    2. I think Schumacher race was very bad, 7th place, considering that Alonso, Hamilton, Grosjean and Perez were out. Plus, how can you possible enjoy a deffending style with non-sense?? He almost hit Vettel, and blocked Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and others, knewing he is not battelling with them for the same position. No wonder he had a lot of abandons in the last couple of years and this one too, for clinching with others. I hope he will quit F1…this year.

      1. blocked Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and others, knewing he is not battelling with them for the same position

        Did we watch the same race mate? Because that fight between Schumacher, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and Webber was for race position. Sure, Michael’s tyres were done by that point but what was he supposed to do? Let everyone past? Based on your argument, Webber should have pulled to the side of the race track and give up his win in Monaco because he was slower than the next 5 or 6 drivers behind him. That’s just absurd.

        He almost hit Vettel

        Vettel got on the inside there now knowing what Michael’s intentions were, probably because his race engineer didn’t tell him Mercedes were getting ready to pit Schumacher. Michael just minded his own business there, going for the pit lane entrance. No intention of blocking / excessive waving, nothing. Vettel just happened to be on the inside line there and, as he said in the press conference, he didn’t take offence in that mishap. It was a close call but, that’s racing.

        No wonder he had a lot of abandons in the last couple of years and this one too, for clinching with others

        Complete nonsense here as well. His only retirement that he can be blamed for is his tangle with Senna earlier this year.

        I get that you don’t fancy Schumacher and you’re free to criticise as far as I’m concerned, but at least get your facts straight mate…

        1. Schumacher finished 7th, and he blocked the 3rd(1.5s or more faster than him at that moment), 4th and the 5th. This is a fact. So, trully, this a non-sense defending. You are defending on who? From 3’rd who has a 3’rd fast car and you have the 7’th fast car. You, are just ruining their race by making an advantage for the others who are trully racing them. He was just the annoyning guy. Webber at Monaco, was 1’st and blocked the others from 2’nd and higher. This defending has sense. And I don’t know why, I’m seing only at Schumacher this behavior. And, maybe this year he had no accidents because of this behavior, but in last couple of years he had. I remember the dangerous blocking of Schumacher at Barrichello last year, or 2 years ago.

          1. Schumacher finished 7th, and he blocked the 3rd

            What a bunch of nonsense! What in god’s name do you mean by that? Was he 7th at that particular moment with Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and Webber 3rd, 4th and 5th? No. Was he a lap down? No. Was he blue flagged? No.

            It was a fair fight for position between 4 drivers that at that particular moment occupied 4 race positions from 3rd to 6th! End of story.

            So what if he was indeed 1.5 sec. slower than the guys behind (although I truly doubt this is true, if it was Raikkonen would have passed him on the Kemmel straight without even blinking and that DID NOT happen)? Where in the rulebook does it state that a driver should automatically move out of the way is he’s slower than the car behind, while racing for position? That would render the whole concept of an overtake completely pointless.

            Where does it state that if your car is theoretically the X fastest on the grid you should only limit your performance to that level? Alonso had the n-th fastest car on the grid at the beginning of the season. Does that mean he should have moved out of the way?

            Or if a driver hits the tyre wear cliff, does that mean he should park it / move away from the racing line / hit the limiter until he reaches the pits for fresh tyres just so he doesn’t bother anyone else on track?! Since when is that racing?

            You’re talking complete, utter, undeniable nonsense!

          2. From 3′rd who has a 3′rd fast car and you have the 7′th fast car

            3rd place at the end of the race does not necessarily mean that particular driver has the 3rd fastest car. Nor does 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and so on up to 24th. And there’s no way you just established an algorhythm that percisely calculates which car is generally where in terms of race pace.

      2. Also…Schumacher’s race and race pace were actually very good. Both compared to Rosberg and other drivers: Webber, Senna and Massa to name just a few. He drove half a race on pace with Raikkonen and Hulkenberg for god’s sake…

        If it wasn’t for the messed up strategy and his gearbox issue he could have easily finished 3rd or 4th, in my humble opinion.

        1. 4th would have been the best should he had pit earlier, 2 times like Raikkonnen. Huge mistake from Mercedes to continue the one stop strategy ; it did not worked for him nor Rosberg. We can failrly say that he is in front of Rosberg since many GPs, and that is not a very good news for Rosberg, the minimum is to have the edge of the old (brave) man.

      3. @sorin

        He almost hit Vettel, and blocked Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and others, knewing he is not battling with them for the same position.

        Schumacher was battling with those drivers for position at the time, and all his moves were within the rules.

        Suggesting he should have just waved them by because at one stage he was unlikely to end the race in front of them contradicts the entire point of going motor racing.

    3. Deep inside we all know he isn’t fast enough, and usually not smart enough but he is a defying one his natural skill make him an uncommon F1 driver, achieving some of the most exciting GPs just because he dares to risk.A likable guy, honest not humble but he is an F1 driver, one of my favourites since 2000.

  10. Weekend Jenson (and my vote).

    Race, Seb a really great 1 stopping drive!

    1. I agree, Button without doubt is the driver of the weekend, but Vettel’s recovery drive was excellent. This race rather reminds me of Valencia (without the retirement obviously).

  11. Button. Absolutely imperious in both the race and qualifying, and never looked like being beaten. Having several challengers wiped out in the shunt certainly helped his cause, but even without that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else winning.

    Honorary mentions to Vettel and Hulkenburg, who both extracted the maximum performance they could on race day. Hulkenburg in particular made the best of the carnage in front of him to secure a great result for Force India.

  12. Voted Hulkenburg, putting a car where it did not belong. Mightly impressed with his fight with biggies Lotus, Ferrari, Red Bull and Merc.
    Honorable mention to Button and Vettel.

    1. Hulkenburg didn’t put that car “where it did not belong”, he was pretty much where it should have been – he’s finished 9th or better in 4 races this season and, with Alonso, Hamilton, Grosjean, Perez and Kobayashi (pretty much) out of the race, he was where he should have been (although Webber and Massa should have been ahead of him, but that was more their failure than Hulk’s success). Di Resta was down in 10th because he had no KERS and that accounts for a large chunk of lap time (maybe as much as 0.5s?).

      1. I would have taken your point had it been Monaco or Singapore, where if you stuck behind a slow car, you are just stuck.
        With so long straights to aid DRS and slip stream, Hulk should have been a sitting duck with much faster Ferrari and RB. He also finished nearly 2 secs behind Kimi and that speaks the feat.

        1. The only reason Webber didn’t get in front of Hulk was because, unlike for Vettel, Red Bull didn’t find enough clean air for him to take advantage of their short gear ratios.

          And as for Massa, well, it’s hard to argue that the Ferrari is faster than a midfield car in his hands.

          All in all, a good drive from Hulkenberg, but nothing like what BUtton has shown on Saturday and Sunday.

        2. I disagree – Webber’s top speed was poor – he too suffered from a lack of revs at the top end – wasn’t it Senna he tried to pass on the straight, with DRS, and completely failed…? Hulk was 6km/h faster than him in sectors 1 and 3, and 2 and 5 km/h faster than Massa in sectors 1 and 3 respectively. Webber really underperformed in that race and even though after the restart he was in 9th to Vettel’s 12th, he was rapidly caught and passed by him. As for Massa, well he’s dreadful, but did okay to finish 5th. As for finishing 2secs behind Raikkonen, well Raikkonen had to run with KERS at 90% throughout most of the race and reduced power settings.

          I don’t see anything special about Hulkenburg’s race.

          1. @bazil True that Hulkenburg taking 4th was not special. Yet it does credit to him for showing maturity at not throwing it away when he was behind the slower Mercedes of Schumi in an attempt to make some crazy overtaking move. He drove a solid race, very much like Vettel. He is showing more maturity in his second racing season than the guy who replaced him.

  13. Jenson drove a flawless race, but in my opinion Vettel was even better. As Jenson, he made just one stop, started from 10th, had to avoid being involved in the crash and deal with many drivers to finish 2nd. Impressive!

    1. Avoiding that carnage was pretty much down to luck…

      1. Doesn’t mean he didn’t have to deal with a lot of drivers from down in 12th to get a podium.

  14. Not sure why sometimes this poll is considered as a joke:
    Romain Grosjean (10%)

    1. Can anyone explain his/her decision for Grosjean?

      1. I voted for Button, but I guess that the argument for Grosjean is that at least he made something happen! There was precious little else of interest in the race.

        1. Can anyone explain his/her decision for Grosjean?

          Did you see how many cars he overtook at the start?

      2. For the fun of it (pun intended) xD

      3. I think it might have to do with a fact that Grosjean made the start more interesting. Even though no-one should cheer or root for an accident, they do belong to F1 and add to the excitement (as long as no-one is injured!!). He also made the championship more exciting by allowing back runners to catch up to Alonso…or I could just be overthinking this and it’s blatent fanboys hating on Hammie and Alonso, who knows.

  15. Voted for Button for obvious reasons.

    Vettel did well, but I think that has more to do with the lack of Alonso or Hamilton being in his way.

    Massa did well to get ahead of at least one of Alonso’s rivals, but really it just was not enough.

  16. Vettel. He was way down the order yet made a 1 stop work even though he was at front running pace throughout the race and had to pass cars on track, something that a 1 stopper usually rules out. Schumacher tried the same but couldn’t make it work and Webber was nowhere, even after out qualifying him and on a strategy that should have seen him posting quicker lap times than Vettel, which helped to outline how much of a good job Vettel did.

    The Mclaren won that race, not Button – you don’t go from being convincingly beaten by your team-mate to being much quicker than him without something changing somewhere – the rear wing… If both Hamilton and Button had the rear wing and the performance gap remained the same, it would have helped Button’s case, but alas no.

    Raikkonen did a great job even though he clearly lacked everything in sectors 1 and 2, he made a truly calculated move on Schumacher (which in retrospect was futile as Schumacher pitted twice anyway, but he didn’t know that at the time), but results wise ended where he started even though Kobayashi ahead of him was taken out. A 1 stop wouldn’t have helped him either so you could argue this was the theoretical maximum for Raikkonen.

    1. @bazil

      If both Hamilton and Button had the rear wing and the performance gap remained the same, it would have helped Button’s case, but alas no.

      But they didn’t, and that wasn’t down to chance. Button chose what was probably the correct wing and reaped the benefits. If he won the race by making the right decision after final practice then he deserves credit for that, because Hamilton had the same opportunity but went the other way.

  17. Jenson had the best car this weekend and is an obvious choice, but to me, Vettel passing 10 cars in the race with a car that was off the McLaren’s pace is more indicative of the best. Kimi’s pass of Schumacher on lap 33 after the DRS detection zone and on the outside of Eau Rouge so he could pull away in the DRS zone was best tactical and racing pass of the race.

  18. Easy one. Jenson for best driver. My rank is as follows:

    1. Button
    2. Hulkenberg
    3. Vettel

    On my book, race day weights 70% of the weekend.

  19. I Love the Pope
    3rd September 2012, 14:16

    Great drive by Seb on Sunday. It showed me that he is not merely a front-runner.

    But for the whole weekend, it has to be JB.

  20. I was going to just give a shout-out to Kobayashi for even just finishing with that amount of damage. But had to vote for him (given the result is already pretty much clear and pretty much correct) after seeing this:


    Stunning how he avoided getting the car totalled.

    1. @ral
      Wow, that is great. Really good thinking to just keep the car straight, and the wheels as well. That did not only minimize the risk of something, or someone making his head into a pancake, but as that link showed it also kept the front suspension intact even though two cars had bounced on top of it.

    2. Cool, thanks for this.

    3. wow he deserves an award for clear thought on that one!

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