Vote for your 2017 British Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2017 British Grand Prix

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the British Grand Prix weekend?
It’s time to give your verdict on which driver did the best with the equipment at their disposal over the last five days.

Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most at Silverstone.

Driver performance summary

DriverStartedFinishedRace changeLap 1 changeHighest positionLowest positionGap to team mate*
Lewis Hamilton110011-14.063
Valtteri Bottas92+7+22714.063
Daniel Ricciardo195+14+551813.83
Max Verstappen440+136-13.83
Sebastian Vettel37-4-13757.419
Kimi Raikkonen23-1023-57.419
Sergio Perez69-3-27122.002
Esteban Ocon78-1+1615-2.002
Felipe Massa1410+4+4814-54.647
Lance Stroll1516-1+3121854.647
Fernando Alonso20+41318
Stoffel Vandoorne811-3-1713
Carlos Sainz Jnr13
Daniil Kvyat1215-3-61518
Romain Grosjean1013-3-1111514.303
Kevin Magnussen1612+4+3715-14.303
Nico Hulkenberg56-1049
Jolyon Palmer11
Marcus Ericsson1814+4+31117-21.782
Pascal Wehrlein171700131821.782

    Vote for your driver of the weekend

    Which driver do you think did the best job throughout the race weekend?

    Who got the most out of their car in qualifying and the race? Who put their team mate in the shade?

    Cast your vote below and explain why you chose the driver you picked in the comments.

    Who was the best driver of the 2017 British Grand Prix weekend?

    • No opinion (0%)
    • Pascal Wehrlein (0%)
    • Marcus Ericsson (0%)
    • Jolyon Palmer (0%)
    • Nico Hulkenberg (21%)
    • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
    • Romain Grosjean (0%)
    • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
    • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
    • Stoffel Vandoorne (0%)
    • Fernando Alonso (1%)
    • Lance Stroll (0%)
    • Felipe Massa (0%)
    • Esteban Ocon (0%)
    • Sergio Perez (1%)
    • Kimi Raikkonen (4%)
    • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
    • Max Verstappen (3%)
    • Daniel Ricciardo (19%)
    • Valtteri Bottas (11%)
    • Lewis Hamilton (38%)

    Total Voters: 473

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    84 comments on “Vote for your 2017 British Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

    1. I guess Hamilton will get it (surprise!), and a third grand slam from four wins is impressive though I feel he didn’t really have to pull all the strings to do so today. Hulkenbergs points are a bigger win.

      1. Both HAM and HUL should win the prize in different categories…

        1. Hamilton already won the one category: 1st place.

      2. Ham dod is a joke in the FASTEST car in clear air overtaking with blue flags FFS!!! I hate the pro brit sites!! Maybe we should have another pro Button story as well Keith!!

        1. But on this site, it is dotWeekend @nosehair – and I do think Hamilton qualifies based on that impressive pole lap, and his faultless grand slam performance on Sunday, even though I voted for Hulkenberg this time.

          1. Cannot agree @bosyber ….Hami drives the fastest car on the grid and has done for years.. ..he drove the fastest Machine from the front of the race in clean air and did his overtakes with blue flags while Bot got a grid penalty that wasn’t his fault…. dow should be the BEST driver not the Best car…Hulk was superb in inferior Machinery…l beleive at least 10 current drivers could win many races in that Merc and 4 or 5 drivers of the current drivers l would rate above rosberg and bot…and remember this is a bias Brit blog..a little bit of perspective needed with these dow’s!!

            1. Indeed, a little bit of perspective would be good @nosehair, as well as reading what was said before a long reply repeating talking points and showing clear bias.

            2. @bosyber l read what u said and you voted for hulk and l agree, he was head and shoulders above lewis!! 3 drivers deserve credit before lewis..but its a brit blog

    2. Got to be Sir Lewis. Honourable mention to Hulk and Stoffel.

      1. Torn between Hamilton and Hulk, I don’t particularly like Lewis but he did get a Grand Slam so it is hard to look past him. Hulk did very well to get a nice chunk of points for Renault. I’m voting Hamilton.

      2. The Skeptic (@)
        17th July 2017, 11:05


      3. First time this year where Vandoorne had a solid weekend! I hope he will gain some confidence from that.

    3. Both Mercedes drivers deserve this. Hulkenberg, Ricciardo and Raikkonen too. Vandoorne probably deserves it too. Lots to choose from

      1. Hamilton for me. A grand slam is virtually a perfect weekend. Hats off.

        1. I am a Hamilton fan, and it’s great he lead from start to finish and then pushed himself and his tires for the fastest lap – that said I would give MVP to Bottas simply for the pressure he placed on both Ferraris at the end.

    4. ILuvSoundtracks (@)
      16th July 2017, 15:35

      Ricciardo gets my vote.

      1. Mine too, started at the back and finished right behind his teammate… great overtakes, great drive.

        1. Right behind is a bit exaggerated Max had time to spare and also did a safety pit stop.

      2. He was a monster today. I’m a big fan of Lewis’ race pace, but stick Danny in a Merc and this championship might already have been over.

        1. pfff, he was behind his team mate in every single race, but Austria.
          Guess you would put Ericsson in that other Mercedes then…?

      3. Also felt Ricciardo… He drove a superb weekend and came through to an impressive finish.

        I would like to see both Ricciardo and Verstappen in properly competitive seats, both have the makings and ability to be champions.

      4. Without a question, Ricciardo. In this fast track, coming from behind, having to deal with dirty air from the cars ahead, the whole race long. Great drive from a great driver.

    5. Hulkenberg is the one for me, he punched above his weight today.

    6. Hulkenberg, all weekend was up there with the Red Bull’s, in his Renault. Superb stuff. Brilliant in qualifying yesterday, P4, P5 and P6 in the sessions respectively, and then P6 in the race today. Reckon he could’ve at least fought Ricciardo harder if not for the derating issues he had at the end.

      1. Do you know which problem he had?
        However, he has kept an awesome race pace, even compared with Red Bull and a way better than FI

        1. Derating issue (kinda similar to what Hamilton had in Baku last year). At first he was losing a few extra tenths a lap to Ricciardo because of it, which helped Ricciardo close up a lot, but the last couple of laps he lost 2 seconds, so it was a pretty bad issue, and with Vettel getting the problem he still finished P6 anyway.
          But yeah, his pace was electric. Finished over 30 seconds ahead of the Force India’s in a worse car.

          1. What a pity, i was checking his lap time costantly during the race. Without that problem and the longest pit stop ever he could easily stay five or six second ahead of ricciardo.

    7. Neil (@neilosjames)
      16th July 2017, 15:42

      Hamilton was obviously very impressive… pole lap was excellent, pace during the race was too and of course he ended up with a grand slam. Ricciardo was equally impressive for different reasons, with a great recovery drive in a car that doesn’t quite have the straight-line speed of his rivals. Didn’t really see Hulkenberg on TV much but he appeared to do very well too.

      But, I’ve been waiting all season to vote for Vandoorne, and he’s finally put in a performance worthy of it, so he gets my vote. Very strong in qualifying and did about as good as anyone could in a McLaren in the race. Just a shame the strategy of running long before pitting cost him a point.

    8. Definitely Hamilton. Home boy AGAIN wins his home race. A spectacular pole, a faultless race.

      Brilliant run by Daniel RIC, also.


    9. Driver of the weekend has to be Lewis. Especially with that qualifying performance.
      Driver of the day would be between Ricciardo and Bottas.

    10. Hamilton, with honourable mentions to Hulkenberg, Bottas, Ricciardo and Vandoorne.

    11. Difficult choice: voted for Bottas.
      Hamilton, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, MaxV, Raikonnen have all been good.
      Bottas is growing, silently but effectively.

      1. Sundar Srinivas Harish
        16th July 2017, 16:08

        Less talking.

    12. DOTW definitely Hamilton, 3rd grand slam of the season tying the record held by Alberto Ascari. Raised his game from Q2 onwards.

      DOTR – tough call between Bottas & Ricciardo, but I’ll give it to Ric.

    13. Hulkenberg. Can you imagine Palmer doing such a weekend? No. Yes, Hamilton was great but Hulk is really driving a piece of crap in comparison.

      1. @john-h It’s worth noting that Hulkenberg received a new floor upgrade ahead of the weekend. Not to invalidate your point as I agree he had an absolutely sublime weekend and it’s almost impossible to see Palmer performance as well given the same upgrades. Still waaaaaay off the Mercs but that Renault is definitely on the up and up at least.

        1. Really difficult to evaluate what the floor is worth but probably less than half the delta between them in quali.

    14. Voted on Alonso because the Q1 run. The lap itself isn’t that special but all the circumstances just makes you know you witnessing something that won’t happen again: an underdog car, changing conditions, switching tires at last moment, passing the line at just a tenth before the session ends, and finally ending up at the top of the timesheet. Although it went downhill after that, but that’s definitely the most memorable moment this weekend for me.

      Based on performance it must be Hamilton. Just unbeatable when he’s in the zone, the grand slam proves it. Honorable mention to Raikkonen (not sure if he pushing too much on the tires or not) and Hulkenberg.

    15. Hulkenberg.

    16. Marian Gri (@)
      16th July 2017, 16:34

      Hamilton. And I’m not even a fan.

      1. @corrado-dub: Another lucky win…!!

        Make your mind up! ;)

    17. Ben (@chookie6018)
      16th July 2017, 16:52

      Voted Hulk but thought about Lewis. Both stared but their teammates different performances over the weekend pushed me to Hulk.
      Ricciardo again in the top 5 voting for the DOTW. Today mainly cos of his incredible race.

    18. Voted for Ricciardo. Once again, he made the best of a bad situation and notched up a decent spot. IMO, he should be in a Mercedes.

      1. He is kind of in limbo having been outraced many times by his team mate. Interesting to see what will happen now. Clearly a very gifted and talented driver but there are a few that are better, so in a tough spot

    19. What a weekend Hulkenberg had. Great job both in qualifying and the race.

    20. Two drivers really shone this weekend: Hamilton did a Mansell-esque performance at Silverstone with being just faster than everyone else, and Hülkenberg was impressive in the Renault. Voted for the latter.

    21. Quite a few drivers gave great performances this weekend. But that qualifying display, leading every lap, and setting faster lap for fun. I have to give that to Hamilton.

    22. For me it was Hamilton. It was a “must-win” race for him. He responded with a grand chelem. Definitely the DOTW.

    23. Hulk for me. Could’ve been RIC or Lewis as well

    24. Hamilton for a dominating DOW. Ricciardo for DOD, despite the early lap ‘off’ being too aggressive on the Haas.

      I’d give Bottas the best award of all, a 2 year contract with Merc/AMG. What a patient, mature, skilled driver.

      1. If I was Ferrari I’d be after Bottas. He is probably the best in number two driver you could ask for.

        Plus, Merc would have to find someone else, someone who might beat Hamilton or at least ruffle his feathers.

    25. Both Mercs drove flawless races. I gave my vote to Hulk, though. No way that car should have been that high up the order all weekend.

    26. Lots of great performances. Hamilton. Bottas, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg.
      Chose Hamilton because of the grand slam.

    27. Hulkenberg impressed me a little bit more than Ricciardo or Bottas who had the help of their superior machinery (and Bottas also a bit of luck, it didn’t look like he had the pace to reach Kimi on time).

      The grand slam winner had a great quali but after a decent start and getting first to T1 seemed like it could be reading the Sunday papers.

    28. Can we now say that Silverstone is a Hamilton track?

      1. Along with Canada yeah. Even more impressive when you add that he was robbed by dodgy tyres in 2013.

        1. China, Hungary & the US

    29. Lewis Hamilton was mighty today, he even bettered it by getting the fastest lap at the end, it was the best way from him to shut up his detractors for not coming to the London event.

    30. Yes (@come-on-kubica)
      16th July 2017, 23:58

      Can really only be Hulkenburg. Absolutely awesome well controlled race. Could easily be in the place of Hamilton and replicate what Hamilton did. It’s very easy when you have the fastest to perform so well but when you have an average car at best and drag it to sixth and ahead of the rest of the field by 30+ secs. If Rosberg did the drive Hamilton did today, very few people would have voted for Rosberg.

      Although it was impressive how Ricciardo scythed through the field most of the overtakes were easy and with a ridiculous pace advantage fairly similar.

    31. Easy to say Hamilton. Although He didn’t really get out of second gear in the race. Way to easy. So i give it to Hulk! Very impressive

    32. Hamilton, by some distance. Absolute monster this weekend, totally untouchable in qualifying, in the race, grand slam, equalled Jim Clarke’s record, what a weekend for him.

    33. There is absolutely no disputing that Daniel Ricciardo is the Number 1 driver on the grid at the moment. Given the same equipment, no one would beat him.

      1. He is kind of in limbo having been outraced many times by his team mate. Interesting to see what will happen now. Clearly a very gifted and talented driver but there are a few (HAM, ALO, VES) that are clearly better, so in a tough spot.

      2. @macca

        Given the same equipment, no one would beat him.

        Agreed that Ricciardo is again doing a stellar job all season, particularly on Sundays (hiccups on Saturdays in Melbourne and Baku, of course that’s not where the points are won though). But if Max had been given the same machinery in terms of reliability, I’m not so convinced that would be the case (ifs and buts I know).

        Yes, Daniel’s making the most of his opportunities, that’s all he can do. However I think, given the same equipment and reliability, Max’s cutting edge would see him finish races ahead of Ricciardo more often than not, owing in part to his qualifying pace and just a little bit extra killer instinct.

    34. Hamilton clearly dominated and will be a worthy winner of the DOTW, but for me the standout performance was from Nico Hulkenberg. Qualifying and finishing in the top 6 in a car which is 6th quickest at best is massively impressive.

    35. I want to vote for Ricciardo, or Bottas, or Raikkonen. The first came from way back to secure P4, the second made it to the podium with a great drive and nice overtaking. The third actually had the upper hand on the championship leader all weekend.

      Still, and it regrets me to say, I had to vote for Hamilton. He had no rivals this race. His win was never in danger. He controlled this so beautifully. Absolutely perfectly executed race. No flaws this weekend. As a Ferrari fan, I can only applaud him.

      Also, with only one point separating the top two, this is now officially very exciting.

    36. I follow Ricciardo but I had to give it to Hamilton he was just sublime this weekend. Ricciardo second, great fight back despite his stuff up at early on.
      Well done to Verstappen great start and held it together despite vettel.

    37. Verstappen, did great in FP ‘s. made the best from his Quali and did a stellar job holding of someone in a much better car.
      Ric did great fighting form the back, but fought only lesser cars.

      Ham of course delivered and Bottas showed the strength of the car.

    38. Archit (@architjain07)
      17th July 2017, 12:51

      For the first time I realized that it is a UK based blog site. How could a man starting from pole and winning from there be the driver of the weekend? Clearly merc was the fastest car and Bottas didn’t get the max out of it in qualifying but proved otherwise in the race when he blasted pass the FI with merc PU like a knife through butter.
      It has to be either Hulk for outshining Palmer (a habit this season) and finishing so high up or Ricciardo who came back twice from 19th and 18th to finish in the top 5.
      PS: I am a big Hamilton fan and always gunning for a HAM win! :)

      1. Because it’s called driver of the weekend not driver of the race.

        1. @scepter @architjain07

          Because it’s called driver of the weekend not driver of the race.


      2. Because Hamilton did not make a mistake all weekend. I’m Australian and back Ricciardo but he made a mistake that possibly cost him a podium finish. Put Ricciardo in a Merc or a Ferrari and Hamilton would be in my opinion chasing Ricciardo for the championship.

      3. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        17th July 2017, 14:06

        @architjain07 The fact that Bottas overtook Vettel had more to do with Vettel’s tyre condition and the difference in tyres.

        The Ferraris and Red Bulls have excellent pace especially after the half race mark as we’ve seen in Baku and Austria.

        The reason Hamilton deserves the DOTW is the same reason Usain Bolt deserves the Gold Medal and Federer his 8th Wimbledon. It was an absolutely glorious display of excellence all weekend long.

        Vettel, Kimi, and Bottas could have won the race but came up very short.

    39. My vote goes to Lewis. But to play it honest w eneed a vote for non MB drivers too. That one goes to the driver that really got most out of his difficult situation, even though he gained no position from start to finish: Max!

      Hulk did a great job too, but he disqualified for DOD while giving Vettel all the necessary space instead of racing him. Racing, isn’t that what this is about?

      Besides creating the most entertaining part of the race by keeping Vettel behind, Max put his mark on both race and championship. It was because of Max that Vettel had to pit early. Without that early pit Vettel probably wouldn’t have ruined his left front tyre during the race. Nor would he have been that much behind since that pit.

    40. Pierre Racine
      17th July 2017, 13:51

      The driver of the weekend is certainly NOT the one who has the best car by a mile. There should not be a driver of the weekend “award” until all the drivers get the SAME cars. Which will never happen since F1 is as crooked and ridiculous as it could be…

      1. You should switch to Formula E, you will be happier

    41. Hulkenberg, but as usual Hamilton will win.

    42. Voted for Hulkenberg. Perfect weekend! Hamilton, Raikkonen, Verstappen very close too. Good weekends also for Ricciardo, Bottas, Vandoorne, Ocon, Perez.

    43. Hamilton. Ricciardo pretty much did what I expected. Overtaking cars way slower than a Red Bull. A guy like him should be able to do that.

    44. I don’t really get the Hulkenberg hype. Yes, he’s consistently up there with the Renault. But he isn’t tested that much with Reb Bull a minute up and the Force India pitwall playing charity, let alone Williams who have a grandpa mentoring a rich kid (and no it’s not Sir Frank). So we don’t know if he really is pushing the limit as Palmer’s teammate which is something Renault has to show us A.S.A.P.

      Ricciardo was fine but he just rode decently after he (……) up the start. So not even close to Lewis.
      People should not vote against Lewis just because is it Lewis. Respect dominance.

      1. So basicly everybody but Hulkenberg failed? Yeah, we really believe that.

        1. Where did I say that? And no. Bottas did well. Kimi did much better then expected. Max did well. Vandoorne had a decent weekend. And Hulkenberg did well but not better then Hamilton.

          That modern way of drawing black and white conclusions just to be right won’t work with me. Go away then.

    45. For the second weekend in a row my choice for driver of the weekend was the driver who was best of the rest behind the three main teams, at the British GP this was Nico Hulkenberg.

      Hulkenberg was quick in practice, quick in the changeable conditions in qualifying and then backed it up with a sixth place finish in the race, although he didn’t seem to receive much airtime during the TV coverage, given the circumstances this result was best he could have realistically achieved.

      Hamilton took pole by a significant margin and then lead every lap and also set fastest lap on his way to a dominant victory, so he would be my second choice for driver of the weekend.

      Also a mention for Raikkonen, he has been outperformed by Vettel for most of this season but after recent criticism from his boss at Ferrari he had good weekend out qualifying Vettel and beating his teammate in the race for the first time this year, it was a shame he lost out on second due to that late puncture but at least he still finished on the podium, although he didn’t seem that happy about it afterwards.

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