Vote for your German GP driver of the weekend

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Who was the most impressive driver throughout the German Grand Prix weekend?

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the German Grand Prix.

Review each driver’s race weekend in detail below and vote for who you thought was the most impressive driver.

For your consideration

Here are some of the drivers who impressed me during the German Grand Prix weekend:

Lewis Hamilton – Got far more out of the car than his team mate, qualified very strongly and was tenacious in attack in the race.

Fernando Alonso – Minor mistakes take little away from another top-notch drive.

Mark Webber – Slow second pit stop cost him but he was quicker than Vettel all weekend.

Adrian Sutil – Very strong in qualifying and beat the Mercedes in the race. Easily his best drive so far this year.

Kamui Kobayashi – Solid comeback drive into the points having missed the cut for Q2 in qualifying.

Compare all the drivers

Review what happened to each driver over the race weekend and compare their performances with their team mates using the links below:

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Renault: Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT: Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Virgin: Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most throughout the German Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

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

  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Karun Chandhok (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (3%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (10%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (6%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (77%)
  • Mark Webber (3%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)

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British Grand Prix result

Fernando Alonso was voted the best driver of the British Grand Prix weekend:

1. Fernando Alonso – 53.0%
2. Lewis Hamilton – 22.3%
3. Mark Webber – 8.0%

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    141 comments on “Vote for your German GP driver of the weekend”

    1. Pretty obvious choice. Others had good weekends but this was a Grade A performance from Hamilton.

        1. +2

          I would give 2nd to Sutil for dragging the FI into Q3 and then driving the wheels off to bring it home ahead of the Mercedes. Alonso 3rd for a near faultless drive followed by Webber then Massa (whose race was undone, again, by an average pitstop).

          1. +1 Apart from Massa 5th. I’d put Kobayashi there then Massa.

            1. For driver of the weekend? Despite qualifying 18th?

            2. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
              25th July 2011, 18:50


              That didn’t stop Webber from being voted Driver of the Weekend in China…

            3. Good point Guilherme (Teixiera?)

            4. That was because Webber’s qualy problems were caused by mechanical problems earlier.

          2. I felt Massa started pushing only once he saw he was ahead of Vettel. Before he had surrendered for the race when he was behind Rosberg.

      1. Got to be Hamilton. Shout out to Sutil but Hamilton was flawless.

        Every time he lost the lead he pushed hard to get it back and completely outperformed his car.

        1. That repass on Webber was fantastic!

        2. hardly flawless. he stuffed up and let webber pass, before using his 10km/h speed advantage to pass webber back.
          the pass of alonso was also a little exagerated in how good it was, alonso was obvioulsy having trouble heating up the tyres for the first lap or 2 after his stop,

          1. Webber did not have a 10km/h speed advantage nor did he expect Hamilton to get into his slip stream and come back at him that fast. He was caught off guard and was too deep into the breaking zone at turn one to do anything about it.
            I agree that the pass on Alonso had more to do with his tires being completely cold. However, the decision to make the pass where it was made and aggressively pull it off was a thing of beauty.
            Flawless, who cares? Superb race craft on Hamilton part, yes, without a doubt.

          2. Hamilton was in the same situation when Webber got alongside as Hamilton just got out of the pitlane. Hamilton was able to fend of the same attack though.

      2. Hamilton drove flawlessly, excellent start.

        I’m putting both Ferraris at second place – Alonso for being almost 100% consistent, and Massa for holding Vettel that long.

        1. It is not hard to hold Vettel. He could not pass a dead badger let alone another race driver!

      3. I voted for Hamilton as well.

    2. For me, it has to be Lewis. Don’t shout the ‘b’ word, please, because:

      1. I’m Australian, not British (that’s not to say everyone who is British is b**sed – OK, I’m digging myself a hole here, I’ll stop now)

      2. I’m not a Hamilton fan

      3. The most important point of them all; he was the best driver in what was arguably the third quickest car.

      I had to vote Hamilton. He was superb in qualifying, and missed out on pole position by what turned out to be a couple of metres. I was absolutely astounded and I believe I even found myself clapping (despite being the only one in the room) at his achievement. And then in the race he did everything right. He was the quickest man on the track for most of the race, pulled off a number of impressive overtakes and then managed his tyres well enough to allow him to make a late pit stop and spend minimal time on the slower tyres.

      The moment of the weekend for me was his move on Webber down the pit-straight. Webber was obviously quicker at that point, and he had put Lewis under an enormous amount of pressure until he cracked and allowed Webber through. I, for one, thought that was it – Webber would be gone. But Lewis didn’t give up, and somehow managed to pull off one of the most exciting moves of the season when he would have been forgiven for slowing down and sulking. Brilliant driving.

      Sutil was also impressive, as was Kobayashi, but the latter was kind of expected to be make it into the points, with incredible overtaking abilites and more sets of fresh tyres than everyone else (excluding the ‘new’ teams).

      1. I must say, I hesitated of voting for Hamilton, seeing he is already ahead by a big margin.

        But I am sure the Alonso fans will give their driver a few votes still, and Webber might get some as well (and he did bog down at the start).

        So I am voting for Hamilton as well, because here he thoroughly deserved it with his drive and it came at the perfect moment to get the season going nicely.

        If not Hamilton, I would have probably voted for Sutil. He was at home, did arguably the best job of the Germans present (save maybe Glock) and for him it comes at just the right moment to assert himself in the team and sport just like for Hamilton.

      2. Mr Defensive :D

        Credit where its due. Lewis drove well and deserves to be the 2011 German GP best driver of the weekend.

        1. +1
          definitely deserves it for the awesome pass he made on webber when webber passed him and for the awesome pass on alonso. apart from driving a strong race throughout the weekend.

        2. Him being defensive is not really strange with commenters such as yourself, who almost always shouts “BIAS” as soon as an opinion goes against you.

      3. Damon, you’ve written it for me. I would have loved to have given it to Webber but it’s not like a bad start was a rare and unlucky occurrence for him, he has to do something to fix this, even if it takes spending all his free days at the dragstrip. Just because Lewis is the obvious choice does not make him the wrong choice.

      4. was arguably the third quickest car.

        I’m about to vote Hamilton. But I don’t agree, I think it was the quickest car.

        Red Bull has had a qualifying advantage all year, but Hamilton managed to cut this down massively. However, during the race, I really think Webber had the weakest car.

      5. I have voted for Hamilton also. I’m not British also. I’m not a Hamilton fan also.

        I think I don’t need any kind of disclaimer for this but I’ll take yours, just in case.

    3. Well, It shouldn’t be Vettel :P I voted Hamilton though I wanted to vote Alonso

    4. Alright, hands up, who gave the one vote to Seb Vettel :)

      1. Hahaha, I was thinking the same ;)

        Haven’t voted yet, but I think it should be Hamilton

      2. you know, frankly m a little disappointed by vettel. i didn’t expect him to get stuck behind massa the whole race really.

        1. He can’t overtake.. Massa is better than him in RB car. :)

        2. I sort of expected it, but hoped, or at least, was eager to see that his WDC and the impressive start to the season had helped him get better at this part of racing somehow. But alas (well, good for the championship though).

      3. Probably Seb.

      4. Talk about one-eyed barrackers.

      5. Seb Marco and Horner have been here.

      6. I didn’t vote for Seb, I voted for Hamilton, pretty obvious choice. However, it was pretty impressive that Seb was able to claw his way up to fourth. Granted, his slow pace and mistakes got him in a position (what was at worst, 12th?) that he should have never been in, but when he spun I thought he’d be lucky to get 8th….so it is a tiny bit impressive (not as impressive as Ham, Alo, Web, or Sutil though)

    5. Easy one: Lewis.

      As we saw in Silverstone with Fernando, when we have cars in the same level of performance, drivers skills and sheer determination is king.

    6. There’s no real doubt this week, it was Hamilton’s weekend. He pulled out the a dream qualifying lap putting him between the Red Bulls then drove an near flawless race. He made the most of out of the McLaren’s pace in the cold conditions and pulled off two critical passes on Alonso and Webber – who both had good weekends, but Hamilton had a great weekend.

    7. This is equal most easiest decision this season, the other being Canada. It just happens that Macca boys always win the more exciting races(not all of them though).

      And before anyone suggests a nationalistic or geographical bias on my part, I’d like to list drivers whom I am more likely to be a supporter of based on those criteria mentioned above:
      Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Timo Glock, Sebastien Buemi, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Vitantonio Liuzzi… I got bored.

      1. Suffice to say you like F1 :D

    8. Easiest vote ever for me, but I expect even those who don’t like Lew will be voting for him this time around. He was easily the most exciting driver to watch, plus you knew he had to be in great form to get everything out of his car, AND he won! It was an excellent race, though … the top 3 dueling together and comprised of three different teams … that’s about as good as it gets.

      1. So, how often do people just vote for drivers they like? I have yet to do that. I like to think I give an unbiased opinion of the weekend (maybe 5% to practice, 20% to Qualy, and 75% to the race) and then pick who did the best job….

        1. It’s only the second time this year that I’ve voted for my favourite driver – Lewis Hamilton.

    9. Sheesh!! You’re all so biased… Just because you live on the sameland mass!!

      Only messing :)

      Hamilton definitely gets my vote, it’s great to see real racing and great talent shining through.

    10. People really aren’t too fond of Fernando on this site… a vote for Seb and two for Mark yet none for Fernando.

      1. Fernando has won this poll three times this season- more than anyone else.

        1. Yeah, but thats because he is so good that even the people who hate him, are still forced to vote for him.

          I absolutely HATE lewis, yet today I voted for him.

      2. People really aren’t too fond of Fernando on this site… a vote for Seb and two for Mark yet none for Fernando.

        As I write this only about 50 people have voted. Are you seriously jumping to this conclusion based on such a tiny handful of votes?

        By the way, no driver has won this poll this year more than Alonso has.

        1. Alonso and Hamilton are great sportsmen. They compete at an entirely different level than their peers.
          I only wish Kimi was still racing, then I would add him to mix.
          Wouldn’t it be nice if this is a harbinger of what we can expect for the balance of the season? Great race!!!

      3. Todfod, maybe from the comments it sometimes seems that a lot of people do not like him.

        But that does not bar most of them from voting for a great drive Alonso has, like he did in Silverstone, or in Valencia, where he duly won.
        When I first looked he had no votes, nor did Vettel and Webber. But that was only because many had not even got here yet to vote.

        1. Right now Alonso has about twice the votes Webber has, and Vettel only got one extra vote to double his number. Sutil is doing better though.

          Sutil’s result might also be because voters were more pleasantly surprised about him getting such a result than they were seeing Alonso putting the recently found speed of his Ferrari to very good use.

          Especially as Hamilton basically outshone Alonso in Germany, getting a surprisingly good grid position and driving an impressive race with decisive overtaking moves and great speed.

      4. I don’t like Alonso. I voted for him in Silverstone because he was the best though.

      5. Do people coming here have to like him? Does that matter? Curious indeed of people having this kind of thinking approach..

      6. Let’s remind ourselves, the name of the poll is the “driver of the weekend” not the “most liked driver of the weekend”.

        1. I like Webber,Schumacher and Alonso better, but Lewis drove incredibly. Made the race interesting. Maybe the best drive of the season of all the drives so far.

      7. Didn’t defend adequately against Hamilton. Went off the road letting Vettel past in the race. Qualified 4th.

        Compared to Hamilton & perhaps Sutil, I’m surprised so many have actually voted for Fernando this race.

        1. but ended up 2nd. So all of that other stuff doesn’t matter really. 4th to 2nd is what matters and I’d say he was the 2nd best driver of the weekend.

    11. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      25th July 2011, 18:15

      I “kind of” don’t like Hamilton when he is too aggressive, but I REALLY liked his victory yesterday, being the best part when he was passed by Webber and swiftly bounced back to got his first place recovered. GREATHe also showed he can manage the gap and save fuel…. BTW, is Alonso situation permitted? I mean, is it not mandatory to go to parc ferme WITH THE CAR?

      1. No, only thing is you have to be able to scrape a least one kg of fuel from the car (that is the reason they told him to stop, so there would be a bit left)

        1. So are they going to adjust the rules a little bit like they did after Hamilton’s qualifying in Canada where he had to park it to keep from coming back in with too little fuel for the FIA to check?

          1. Its not the first time this happened, just a longer while ago.
            Here are some famous earlier instances.

          2. I doubt it. Over a race distance it is harder to judge and must be incredibly marginal- I doubt changes will be made. At most maybe they’d fine them a little to prevent all teams underfuelling a little.

        2. I thought the rules were changed after the hamilton incident in Canada. I was under the impression that drivers now had to make it back to the pits with the required amount of fuel? If not what was all the furore over hamilton stopping?

          1. But that’s about qualifying, isn’t it? Anyway, Alonso’s Ferrari had enough of fuel, he stopped it to ensure that was the case.

            Oh, the qualifying rule means there’s a maximum allowed time that you can take for the in-lap, I think (ie. pushing isn’t fast enough).

    12. Lewis Hamilton, hands down.

    13. Obviously Lewis. For once he made no mistakes and drove well.

      2nd best would go to Alonso, who’s car struggles in the cold.

      1. Hamilton makes the least errors of the top 3. Maybe Button makes less mistakes, but he made such a lot in Canada (yes Button did) that I wonder.

    14. It’s my first time admitting that Hamilton did the best job this weekend but during the race I thought Massa was doing very well passing Rosberg and keeping Vettel behind after Vettel’s brake problem was cleared up.

    15. Lewis.
      Great start.
      Great battle with Webber, as usual with those two.
      Was able to defend his position and then attacking taking risks when necessary in two consecutive and decisive laps in the the exact same situation but reversed. Things like that don’t happen by accident.
      He also managed doing the pulling away MW and FA in a few laps and building a comfortable gap, and there is where he actually earned this win.

      He even made a mature comment in the PRF.
      I couldn’t avoid voting for him even if I would.

    16. Pretty obvious choice really..though I cant vote. Lewis Carl Hamilton. Pure brilliance yesterday

      1. You can if you register, its free you know ;-)

        1. Eh…I know mate…seems like a lot of work though, im kind of lazy with that kind of stuff haha

          1. Actually is easy as nothing. You type in your name, give email and put up a password, and ready.

            Added bonus is, when you are logged in, you don’t have to type in your user name to comment even on other articles, or on the Forum.

    17. Sutil for me. Had the defenition of a solid, mistake-free weekend. I didn’t see him put a wheel wrong all weekend, he was in the top ten in every session, and beat the faster Mercedes cars. I could have said Hamilton or Alonso but I feel that Alonso gave away the lead slightly to easily and that contrary to what he says, Hamilton did actually have the fastest car this weekend.

      1. +1
        for him p6 is like a race win.

    18. Faster than Vettel all weekend, in all sessions but it just shows you how RBR’s season is turning round, that driver of the day was, for me, Hamilton with his skill and that top speed advantage.

    19. So Easy. Lewis Hamilton. Still I think the Mclaren is half a second slower than Redbull in Qualifying and a tenth or two slower in race pace but for Lewis to be 0.055 away from pole and than winning the race was nothing but over achievement by Lewis. Mclaren also wasn’t very good on heavy fuel and we have seen Hamilton struggling and passed by Webber first on lap 12(Ham re passed but still) and then again after first pitstops, Webber was ahead. On lighter fuel at the end though Mclaren looked better but overall no way Mclaren was the fastest car.

      Hamilton just drove the wheels off his car and trounced his team mate, who couldn’t find the grip which Lewis was finding(isn’t that a sign of better driver). There was everything in his drive, great overtaking moves, great defense. Also sublime qualifying lap. Lewis was just in a class of his own on this weekend.

      Great Job Lewis, more wins surely will come. Mclaren if they are smart should focus more on Hamilton now and not let Button compromise his stretgy, pitstops..etc.

      1. “I really feel that the Red Bull is still the strongest team, but McLaren showed here that they were very good, so I am not underestimating the competitors. But I am very happy to see the people have reacted and the performance is where we need to be”
        Stefano Domenicali

        Stefano also thinks Redbull still the quickest and Mclaren and Ferrari are closer to them but still behind.

        1. If the Red Bull’s are less than half a second faster they seem to start getting panicked.

          Webber could (should) have won this race, but strategic team errors held him back.

          Vettel seems to suffer from the car being less stable by the new blow diffuser regulations.

          Horner already said that last season Webber was better able to cope with the unstable car and Vettel had the benefit of the off throttle blowing in the second half of the season.

    20. I hate the guy but Lewis has to win it this weekend.

      Only challenge to him being drive of the weekend was Sutil but Di Resta was doing a similar job last weekend till Force India made a mess of his stop

      Maybe even the best performace over a weekend for the whole season so far?

    21. It has to be Mr. Hamilton.

    22. I´ll go with Hamilton, after what he did in qualifying, a victory would be possible and he made it.
      I also liked the races of Alonso, Sutil and Kobayashi.

      How amazing could have been this championship if Mclaren and Ferrari had started this championship with the pace they have now.

    23. After that performance by Lewis I am surprised that Keith hasn’t made it mandatory for those that voted otherwise to post here explaining their actions.

    24. Clearly it has to be Hamilton. From what I saw he made only one slight mistake all day, letting Weber past, which he quickly atoned for. Otherwise a flawless drive. Also big props to the entire McLaren team. Their race strategy and pit work were spot on. (for a change)

    25. I’ve given it to Sutil.

      He made no mistakes the entire weekend (as far as the coverage FOM gave me is concerned). Hamilton made one at the final chicane. Fantastic win though, responding to all his critics that jumped on the ‘he’s going to kill someone’ bandwagon. He just reminded us why he’s the best thing in F1 at the moment ( IMHO of course ;) )

    26. “Hamilton did actually have the fastest car this weekend.”

      Jenson Button disagrees.

    27. I’ve voted for Hamilton, he was the best. But I notice Hamilton wins a race and he is brilliant and he clearly wins driver of the race. Vettel was as brilliant as him in 5 races this year and he never won here. Not fair…
      Some of you will say Vettel had the best car, but we all know that, in those races, he was by far the best.

      1. There always seems to be an assumption that anyone who even got close to Vettel was doing a better job in inferior machinery, rather than considering that maybe in race trim, their cars aren’t any/much worse than the RB7.

        E.g. Alonso winning the poll in Turkey, Hamilton in Spain, Button in Monaco, Alonso again in Valencia.

        This weekend anyawy, it’s definitely Hamilton who was the best.

    28. Well I thought KOB did a fantastic job in the race itself, but I had to mark him down for b***ering up his qualifying in the first place. We didn’t see much of the action that KOB was involved in (partly because of the action at the front) but I think if we had, there would have been more votes going his way.
      But for the entire race weekend overall, there can be only one winner; Sebastian Bue . . . no wait!

    29. chrisapparently (@)
      25th July 2011, 21:50

      Chandhok was lapped so many times! Still love him though.

    30. Has to be Hamilton, showed it exactly what he can do when it all comes off (and we know what its like when it doesn’t) but he drove superbly, a great quali lap and superb race!

    31. Younger Hamii
      25th July 2011, 22:20

      We’ve got 2 Die Hard Sebastian Vettel fans here,Personally he was the worst driver of the Weekend,No pace in the car at all,Mark was clearly faster than him and Vettel himself made some a Rookie-esq error by dipping his Wheel onto the Slippery,damp white line and created Horrible Flat Spots on his Tyres(Ok Schumi made that same mistake).

      In addition,he spent the majority of the Race stuck behind Massa for no reason,He’s has a quicker Package under him and he is a much quicker driver than Massa,still couldnt overtake him and had to rely on the Red Bull Pit Crew and Strategists to jump Massa ON THE FINAL LAP.

      Whoever picked Sebastian as their Driver of the Weekend doesnt know anything

      1. I agree that he doesn’t deserve to be voted for, but then, at least he doesn’t have the 4th highest number of votes (like a certain Mclaren drive did at Monaco).

        And considering that he’s never the best driver of the weekend when he’s faultless, Sebastian certainly wasn’t the worst, not when Karun Chandhok gets lapped 4 times and not when Heidfeld had 2 collisions. Most disappointing driver of the weekend is more appropriate.

        1. Hamilton drove great in Monaco. That some people don’t want to give up when they’re overtaken and rather crash is not his fault.

          hamilton made some great overtakes. For instance the one on Schumacher and on Petrov. The one on Maldonado was exactly the same as on Schumacher. Even with Maldonado weaving all over the track up until that first corner.

          The one with Massa was too ooprtunistic maybe, but Schumacher did exactly the same and got no penalty. Just because Hamilton and Rosberg do have the periferal vision to know that a car is besides them.

    32. nick heidfeld!

      uahahahahhahaah :)

      1. For surviving Buemi’s attempt to kill him?

        1. Little harsh Steph, lol.

          My view is that Buemi covered the inside, saw Heidfeld going to the right, so he moved to cover the racing line and was then watching his left mirror to see if Heidfeld would attempt a dive up the inside, which he didn’t he continued to move the outside and ran out of track.

          You can suggest that Buemi should have looked in his other mirror once he realised Heidfeld wasn’t there, but they were travelling at 180+ mph

        2. Oddly enough Buemi gets a penalty for this when Button was excused for doind the same to Hamilton in Canada because he “didn’t see Hamilton”. Are they saying that Buemi DID see Heidfeld? That he indeed did this on purpose?

          So yeah, if you go by the stewards, this was an attempt to kill Heidfeld.

          1. Hamilton pulled out from behind Button much closer to the point at which the normal racing line would take the driver to the edge of the track. And he did it in wet conditions where Button would find it harder to see him.

            So I’m happy with the stewards’ call on this one.

    33. Hamilton, despite his Friday moan… People must have to take that into account when they think about him winning…

      1. did he moan? to me he seemed in a pretty good mood, just stated that he didn’t think he would be able to fight for pole, which to be fair, just about everyone in the paddock agreed with.

    34. Certainly Lewis Hamilton for all of the reasons mentioned above. Sutil, Alonso and Webber are also all strong contenders for getting everything their cars had to give, but Lewis seemed to get that little bit more and deserved the victory.

    35. Hamilton was very aggressive through out the race,re-pass Webber was great.For second race in a row he drove like a champion.

    36. I voted for Massa. His performance was much stronger than it has been recently.

      1. COTD! :P Just kidding but I did think he his race performance was pretty good but still not close enough to Alonso which is telling.

    37. I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to vote for Adrian Sutil again! The rest of you have Lewis covered, so I’m taking advantage while I can.

      1. Exactly my thoughts!

      2. I was tempted to do the same.

      3. What’s weird is that no one else went for a 2 stop strategy. It obviously was the best choice. Well at least in hindsight it was.

    38. I am a die hard Alonso fan and watch F1 just for him but in Germany, Lewis was flawless and vote goes to him. Hats off. 2nd Sutil. 3rd Alonso. 4th Kamui. 5th Webber

    39. Do you really think you can overdrive a rubbish car for the whole race? In Barcelona Alonso led the first 1/3 of the race but by the finish line he got lapped. What I’m trying to say is that no matter how good of a driver you are, in F1 you can’t really win a race with the 3rd fastest car in normal conditions (ro rain, no pitstop mistakes for the opponents, same strategy as Webber and Alonso….) That said I really think McLaren played us a bit this weekend and actually had a heck of a car.
      P.S. My vote still goes to Hamilton

    40. gotta be one of the easiest polls this year. lewis without a doubt. great overtakes, which if they didn’t work would have had the knives out for him again, especially the drive around nando one. sure nando was on cold tyres, however lewis had shown how to defend turn 2 a bit earlier in the same situation.
      where was seb v? poor showing from the guy with the best car that did nothing to dispel the ‘he can’t overtake’ perception.

    41. If WEB and HAM finish ahead of VET they did a fantastic job, but when VET finished behind them he did an awful job. Ironically, it was MAS who ruined VET 2009 Grand prix at the same venue.
      The second half of this championship promises fireworks, RBR no longer have the best machinery. Their enormous advantage in qualifying is no longer there, their race pace was never the best and they never worked it out.
      If VET is to do a WEB streak (first 9 races) for the next 9 races he will have 216+124 = 340 points. Notice that there are no DNFs and WEB never finished below 5th and has 5 podiums. But if Hamilton repeats VET’s streak of first 9 races for the remainder of the season he will have 134+204 = 338 points, a meager 2 point difference. Problem for McLaren and to an extent Ferrari will not be repeating that streak, but not taking points from each other. This season is pretty much alive.

      1. Nice observation, I expect Vettel to go super defensive like Button in 09, unless on pole.

      2. If the one in the fastest car is unable to make do with it, then yes. That’s a poor job. Same for Button and Massa.

    42. antonyob (@)
      26th July 2011, 11:10

      At a rough guess if everyone is at their best, Lewis wins. But hes a complex character (code for brittle) and he cant deliver like Alonso when hes in a bad mood (hay when isnt Alonso in a bad mood!). Vettel could be no more than, in cricketing parlance, a flat track bully. Webber is a fighter but my guess is hes too nice. When hes really mad he overtakes like no one else but it only happens once or twice a season.

    43. I voted to vote Sutil but went with Hamilton. Hamilton wasn’t quite flawless as he was overtaken by Webber but his determination to repass Webber was marevllous to watch (I thought that was more exciting and a better move than his pass on Alonso). What really impressed me about Lewis was how comfortable he looked in the Mclaren. He really showed up Button this weekend too. If Hamilton was on fire then Button was a wallow of mud in comparison.

      I thought Sutil was flawless though but a bit less spectacular. He was terrific this weekend. I never thought he would be the best German this weekend (performance wise not points).

      Nods to: Alonso who I felt got the maximum even if he was napping a bit when Lewis passed him I’m not surprised he couldn’t hold Hamilton back, Webber for finishing ahead of Seb and especially to Michael who I thought pulled off a superb comeback after his spin. I felt Massa had a good race but even on a good day it seems like he can’t match Fernando.

    44. Is this the most one-sided vote ever?

    45. I’d love to be able to vote for Hamilton, Alonso AND Webber. It was clear to see they were all pushing as hard as they could and were on the limit for the whole race even when things settled down a bit in the second half. And as for the first half it was simply outstanding.

      Ultimately I think it has to go to Hamilton. Continued determination in the race, great moves to get back ahead of Webber and round the outside of Alonso, and a great qualifying lap too.

    46. Lewis definitely. There are honourable mentions to both Webber & Alonso, but Lewis has to get the vote. Fantastic all weekend, didn’t put a foot wrong. He has seemed a bit ragged lately, so great to see him back on form.

    47. Hamilton’s already gonna win… so i voted Sutil as i Recognise his great performance this weekend, his third best performance behind Malaysia 2010 and Monza 2009!

    48. Anyone else think that Massa is now being used as a pawn by Ferrari to cover any move Vettel makes?

      As it turned out I don’t think Vettel had the pace to challenge Alonso but the goal was to keep him as far down the points as possible, the Pit Crew let Ferarri down of course.

      1. can’t agree with this. the post race interview, by the bbc, with stefano made it quite clear that there is more than just focus on nando in the ferrari team.

        1. just to clarify, stefano made it clear

    49. Oh right well if stefano said it!!

      Remember after the Hockenheim farce last year he told the BBC that there were no team orders in the race?

      It would be PR insanity to say otherwise..

      1. it was the way in which it was said. the bbc journo (jake h iirc) inferred ferrari only had 1 driver – nando. he was spontaneously corrected by stefano.

        it may be bs, however i think ferrari are now much more approachable and give more info than when under brawn or todt.

    50. Got to be Hamilton. I hate him, so, so much, but he had an awesome weekend. One fo teh greatest qualifying laps I have ever seen, followed by an impeccable race, holding off the might of Alonso. Brilliant driving, but please Lewis, don’t keep it up ;)

    51. Those praising Hamilton like the gifted love child of Senna, I agree he’s done a super job but in my view, Alonso gets it.

      Hamilton had the fastest race car, without a doubt. Webber was pushing 100% & couldn’t keep up & neither could Alonso. I think all the whining from McLaren & it’s fan have warped the reality that they have a solid race package.

      Qualifying is still (for the moment) Red Bull territory & Hamilton did indeed get the maximum out of his car but I think Alonso got more out of his car in the race, which, in my view, is much more important.

    52. This must be the biggest landslide driver of the weekend in a long time!

    53. Laranja Mecanica
      26th July 2011, 19:11

      Kamui the best
      Fernando a close second
      Would give a 24th to Lewis if he hadn’t bullied Vettel the way he did, so it’s much lower than that.

      1. if he hadn’t bullied Vettel the way he did

        What on earth are you talking about?

        1. i think he’s talking about webber at turn 2. might be wrong, but i thought the closest SV got to LH was on the grid :-)

    54. First, Lewis – because I’m a fan, because he was superb, because he didn’t throw his toys out of the pram like he can.
      Second, Alonso. Respect! Even though I’m a Hamilton fan, you have to say that Alonso is astonishing, raced the socks off an improving car.
      Third, Vettel – partly broken car, stuck with it and did well in front of a home crowd all expecting more than he could deliver. A hard situation for him and he coped really well, I thought.
      Sutil impressed, as he often does.
      Webber squandered second place. Bad luck? Yet again?
      Rosberg quietly got on with it in a ropy car.
      Schumi did well from poor qualifying, obviously over-driving to keep up with his (better-looking and faster) young team-mate.
      Great weekend. More please!

    55. Hamilton hands down.
      Again a fighting victory as in China. Great drive.
      Shows why he is one of the top stars in f1!

    56. In other news, HRT is getting ready for another smashing weekend at the Hungaroring…

      1. themagicofspeed (@)
        27th July 2011, 10:58

        +1..that made me chuckle. lol.

    57. Podium says it all!

    58. Who has tried to be funny and has voted for Vettel? ;)

    59. Lewis was awesome at the Nurgburgring. From lights out, he took control of the race as he let his driving do the talking in one of the most exciting races of the season so far. He was calm, confident and analytical in his approach to the race, silencing his critics and emerging victorious to prove yet again what a great F1 champion racer he is.

    60. A few good weekends all round.

      Hamilton has this by a huge landslide, never seen it favour one driver so much, wow! A superb drive and a fantastic start.

      Honourable mentions to Kobayashi and Sutil.

    61. Driver of the weekend has to be Hamilton for me. Other had good races but Hamilton did a great job in both qualifying and the race.

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