In the vein of “Fights for the Victory”, “Best Pass of 2010″ and other forum topics, I thought it would be interesting to see what us viewers think was the best drive of 2010. It doesn’t have to be a victory – just the driver who you though showed the most grit, skill, and judgement throughout the weekend to make the most of their race. From set-up decisions throughout practice and qualifying to calls during the race itself, who do you think had the best drive of 2010? Here are some examples, I’ll give my choice at the end.
Jenson Button, Monza:
A ballsy choice in set up to run the deepest wing Monza’s probably ever seen gave him an outstanding qualifying, and then spent almost an entire race distance with Alonso right on his tail (and, I might add, with a damaged diffuser!). Didn’t break under the pressure, and in my opinion it was only the pit stop which cost him the victory. A drive which puts some weight behind the Prost comparisons.
Fernando Alonso, Singapore:
Didn’t have the best car – the Red Bulls should have owned this track, but they didn’t. Nailed every part of the weekend to gain one of the most complete victories I’ve seen – the Spaniard looked so cool behind that his. A consumate and professional victory which demonstrated how this chap was able to displace Schuey himself.
Kamui Kobayashi, Europe:
Maybe a controversial choice as he benefited from the SC, but there’s no ignoring the jump from 18th on the grid to 7th. Kobayashi’s been the master of starting on hard tyres this season, then making up places lost in the stops through gutsy overtaking. His pass at Europe on Buemi from so far back demonstrated to me his absolute faith in his ability to scythe through the pack – which he did, and made excellent viewing at the same time!
As for my choice, it’s got to be JB at Monza. From the gutsy calls he made on set-up to the race itself, I honestly think that his drive at Monza was the most admirable race weekend I’ve seen from a driver this season. So I’ve made my choice – now it’s over to you!