Vote for your 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2017 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the Hungarian 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 Hungaroring.

Driver performance summary

DriverStartedFinishedRace changeLap 1 changeHighest positionLowest positionGap to team mate*
Lewis Hamilton440-1350.423
Valtteri Bottas330035-0.423
Daniel Ricciardo6
Max Verstappen550+115
Sebastian Vettel110013-0.908
Kimi Raikkonen2200130.908
Sergio Perez138+5+5812-8.73
Esteban Ocon119+2+19138.73
Paul di Resta1901519
Lance Stroll1714+3+21416
Fernando Alonso76+10610Not on same lap
Stoffel Vandoorne810-2-1612Not on same lap
Carlos Sainz Jnr97+2+3610-18.067
Daniil Kvyat1612+4+2121418.067
Romain Grosjean14-21616
Kevin Magnussen1511+4+21114
Nico Hulkenberg1217-50614Not on same lap
Jolyon Palmer1013-3-1814Not on same lap
Marcus Ericsson2016+4+3161917.468
Pascal Wehrlein1815+301519-17.468

    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 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?

    • No opinion (0%)
    • Paul di Resta (6%)
    • Pascal Wehrlein (0%)
    • Marcus Ericsson (0%)
    • Jolyon Palmer (0%)
    • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
    • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
    • Romain Grosjean (0%)
    • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
    • Carlos Sainz Jnr (1%)
    • Stoffel Vandoorne (0%)
    • Fernando Alonso (52%)
    • Lance Stroll (0%)
    • Esteban Ocon (0%)
    • Sergio Perez (2%)
    • Kimi Raikkonen (14%)
    • Sebastian Vettel (18%)
    • Max Verstappen (0%)
    • Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
    • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
    • Lewis Hamilton (3%)

    Total Voters: 462

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    72 comments on “Vote for your 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

    1. Merc fan, Kimi is the driver off the day.

      1. He da real mvp :'(

      2. Kimmi needs to grow a pair and attack Vettel. This is F1, not princess diaries.

        1. Maybe he will after securing his seat :-)

          1. He should have passed Vettel and said “suck my balls” afterwards lol. Sorry, it feels wrong even when I say it with no cameras on me.

    2. Alonso what a star. Surprised Max Verstappen didn’t win DOTD ;-)

      Shout out to Di Resta for being solid after not driving an F1 car for 3 years

    3. Alonso got fastest lap on tyres that were as old as everyone elses, and he’d overtaken Sainz with, in a McLaren Honda. Proving he’s still probably the best driver on the grid.

      If Hulk hadn’t had the grid penalty he’d probably have been 7th then 6th in the race, and would’ve probably got a lot of votes too, but with the grid penalty he’d have been 8th/9th, with the bad pitstop he’d have been 11th, and with KMag pushing him a mile off the track he ended up retiring… Still outdrove the car like usual, but can’t not give it to Alonso after that.

      1. While I do agree it is driver of the weekend…. and I would not mind Vettel getting it…. I’m still saying, if Vettel had any other driver then a 37 year old constantly disappointed, then angry but accepting Räikkönen, he would’ve been at least passed once today.

        So Alonso. I think many people now that the cars does what is should be able to do – finish – forget how ridiculous and unbelievably of a waste of greatness is it to have Alonso in that car and how he still gives his all. C’mon, McLaren-Honda have a fastest track record now (did you expect that in Melbourne?), did people even watch his driver feed online? That fastest lap was crazy.

        1. @xiasitlo
          Any way of finding this lap to watch?

          1. Sundar Srinivas Harish
            1st August 2017, 0:29

            DHL has uploaded it on their YT channel.

      2. He is about 4th 5th best on the grid. He finished where he started in terms of gaining positionsvon merit only gaining a place with Ricciardo retirement. Ferrari kept Raikkonen behind Vettel who lost 1.5 seconds a lap off his true pace. Theis meant all the proper cars were corked up and Alonso saved fuel to switch on full quali modes on the last lap to get the bag of nails McLaren round in that time. Even their manager played it down at the end.

      3. People talking of Alonso, Sainz with a car that was at least 0,5 a lap did a great job in qualy and later on the race. Only few noticed the TR was slow and he put it on an 7 position after a great start!!

        1. Don’t follow why McLaren didn’t undercut, bad strategy..

          But happy we got to see a real pass. Alsonso is great.

    4. No way Max doesn’t get my comedy vote!

    5. Kimi – for being in the meat grinder for the latter part of the race.
      Good quali performance too, not scorching like Vettel, but safely P2.

    6. ILuvSoundtracks (@)
      30th July 2017, 15:20

      Fernando Alonso.

    7. Vettel, of course! Also good weekend by Kimi, Bottas, Sainz, Perez & Ocon.

      1. Please tell me how much you like Alonso.

        1. @zoomracing
          I don’t like Alonso at all. He’s arrogant, untrustworthy and always tries to steal the attention and big himself up.
          But there’s no denying he knows how to turn a wheel and push a pedal. Great overtake on Sainz on a track that very rarily sees any overtaking unless the car doing it is 2-3 seconds faster compared to the car that’s being overtaken.

      2. Your love for Seb is really unconditional.

    8. Voted for Di Resta…what he did this weekend was pretty impressive.

      Great drive from Alonso too!

      1. Agree on both accounts @jaymenon10, also gave it to Paul Di Resta, quite a feat stepping into the car with no preparation at all like he did. And Alonso really was doing an awesome job again.

        1. Yep, Di Resta was doing a very good job, and listen (;) he wasn’t moaning!

          Alonso too, though I gave it to Vettel as Alonso already has the absolute majority of votes here so far – Vettel did a very good job through the weekend, got a great pole and then hung on to his steering to win it.

    9. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
      30th July 2017, 15:45

      Easy one – Lewis.

      He had the ability to pole yesterday and could have won this race with a 30 second gap to the Ferraris with a slower car as we saw in the race:)

      Different level driver – almost in a class of his own and he proved it with P3…

      1. “He had the ability to pole yesterday”
        He couldn’t even out qualify his team mate.
        “Could have won this race with a 30 second gap to Ferrari’s”
        He only passed Bottas with a team order and couldn’t pass Raikkonen despite his superior pace. Strange logic.

      2. Hamilton was average. Vettel is beating him with the 2nd fastest car and won with a broken car today. Very good of Bottas to give Hamilton a chance but though Hamilton would be a cheeky monkey and not give the place back so fair play to him for doing that. Without the steering issues for Vettel Ferrari would be 30 or 40 seconds down the road on pace. That Vettel had the issue and top cars were stuck behind allowed a little backmarkervteam like McLaren to get the fastest lap

        30th July 2017, 18:30

        Why didn’t he get pole and win then? If he’s a ‘different level driver’?

        In truth he was quite lucky. Two faster cars (today) passed him at the start and took themselves out (all right, that was mostly Verstappen’s fault!) gifting Hamilton two positions.

        Not to mention he couldn’t get past two slow Ferraris.

      4. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        31st July 2017, 12:57

        Simply basing it on pace. Lewis was much faster than everyone yesterday. Now if that’s trolling, guilty as charged!

        I only have 2 things to back it up, the race and Mercedes’s statement that if they had comms, the result could have been different.

        As for the start, watch and see what happens. How do you say ‘not nice’ in Finnish? Vallteri needed to defend against the Red Bulls… Instead he backed Lewis up causing a double pass.

      5. petebaldwin (@)
        31st July 2017, 13:58

        @freelittlebirds – I’m staggered to see votes for Lewis to be honest. He was rubbish in practice and qualifying and then messed up the start which put him behind both Red Bulls. He was lucky that Verstappen took one of them out and in doing so, got a penalty which let Lewis past the other.

        He was then let past Bottas but couldn’t make a move on Kimi stick so had to give the spot back.

        1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
          31st July 2017, 15:01


          He wasn’t rubbish in qualifying – he was close to pole by sector 3 and lost half a second in sector 3 trying to get pole.
          He couldn’t get a lap out of his 1st set of tyres and the 2nd one probably was no better. Was the car rubbish? That’s a valid argument.

          As for the start of the race, Lewis tried to get by Valtteri but he blocked him 100%. This allowed Verstappen and Ricciardo to take the sides and get by – there’s no way Lewis could have swung around to prevent them from passing without a collision which would have taken Lewis out of the race completely. Valtteri needed to be all over Kimi but he was doing Kimi’s job blocking the other Merc. It was a bit strange to watch.

      6. See, special.

    10. Pundits before the race: The McLaren Honda is nowhere near the pace!
      Alonso on the final lap: Cash me ousside, how bow dah.

      1. Marian Gri (@)
        30th July 2017, 18:17

        If a P6 and FL feel like a victory to him, then those P3-P5 places in the last year with Ferrari must feel like a title win now! Anyway, yeah, McLaren still kinda nowhere, I mean fighting for low points once in a while, finishing +1m11s behind an ailing winner on a track they say they’re strong… it’s not good.

    11. Great race by Alonso and some solid aggression when needed unlike Kimmi and Bottas. As an admirer of Vettel and Hamilton, I view their teammates as weak when it matters. Things have to be all going right for them to get a sniff over Vettel and Hamilton. No room for princesses in a top team. Why couldn’t Bottas keep up with Lewis? Bottas fans will not be able to convince me otherwise I’m sure but I’m happy to listen. Not the first time by the way. Nico was better.

    12. Alonso was good, but frankly he made up 1 place thanks to a retirement, hardly up there with his truly great drives.

      Vettel gave a masterful qualifying, and a brilliantly controlled race all while contending with a car problem. He gets my vote.

      1. If it’s about who had insurmountable or challenging odds based on your comment, then surely the driver of the day is someone with a rubbish car who got further up like Sainz or heck even Di Resta. Vettel surely has it easier than people who have worse cars than a Ferrari. If I were driving today, I would want to be in a Ferrari. What am I missing from your comment. It was the best car on the track because it kept everyone behind them, even while damaged.

        1. @donnington

          It’s about who was the best driver over the weekend. There isn’t a specific formula I use to subjectively select my choice. The winning driver in the fastest car often gets overlooked by people, but for me, I felt Vettel demonstrated the best driving.

          It’s entirely subjective though (well, other than quantifying winning the race) so if you think it’s one of those guys then, by all means, cast your own vote for them.

      2. It doesn’t matter whether Alonso finished 6th because of Dan’s accident, he still made the best pass of the day AND had the fastest lap on old tires in a underpowered car.
        Not saying VET didn’t do a great job, but he was gifted the win today by Ferrari – Kimi deserved the win.

        1. Alonso got my nod as second best of the weekend. I just considered Vettel better.

          Kimi was slower in qualifying and didn’t overtake in the race. He deserved 2nd which is why he got 2nd.

          1. “Vettel gave a masterful qualifying, and a brilliantly controlled race all while contending with a car problem. He gets my vote”

            Vettel was excellent in qualifying and very good in the race, however, being no1 driver he was brilliantly protected by RAIK for most of the race!
            This was a track suited to Ferrari, and RAIK was very close all through practice /qualifying to SEB.

            1. I think Ferarri were willing to sacrifice Raikonnens 2nd place to protect Vettel from Mercedes but given Hamilton didn’t even look close to making a pass happen on Raikkonen there is no guarantee Hamilton could have passed Vettel even though he was slower and I think it’s unlikely Raikkonen could have passed Vettel even if he’d try.

              It was clearly visible watching cars gaining at 6-8 tenths a lap then as soon as they got within the dirty air fall straight back again. Vettel was safe in my estimation.

        2. Why did Kimi deserve it? Did Vettel break his own car? No.
          If Raikkonen had taken pole or won the run down to the first corner he would have won the race. He didn’t, so he deserved p2.

    13. It’s pretty hard to decide here. Vettel has good qualy but his race is poor (granted he got steering problem), same as Bottas. Hamilton and Raikkonen race form are much better than their teammates but they could/should do something more in qualy. In the end, I think Alonso deserved it.

    14. Alonso I guess? He finished where the car deserved, but he had to work for it (and actually made a pass on track!). Vettel did a great job too, but Raikkonen helped him out a lot in the race.

      1. Two passes lol with a GP2 engine. Sounds like driver of the weekend to me hahahaha

    15. Vettel did a great job of driving in holding on with an ailing car.
      Alonso did a great job by turning the fastest lap and finishing 6th with a Honda .
      The driver of the week goes to a driver who did more than just drive exceptionally but ,displayed self-control ,team-loyalty and sportsmanship beyond the reach of his peers , KIMI RAIKONNEN .
      Additionally,Vettel should give him the winner’s trophy and Ferrari should give him another contract .

      1. If what Kimi did today doesn’t get him another year at Ferrari, then nothing will. He knew Saturday evening that he lost the race in qualy. He is the definition of a professional driver.

    16. I wanted to vote for Max but the crash So then the person i don’t like mr, crashgate Alonso

    17. Close between Alonso and Vettel in my opinion. I think I’ll give the edge to Alonso for setting fastest lap and pulling some nice moves.

    18. Weird to see there is at least 4% of the people that voted who can’t see through Lewis-tinted glasses. All respect to giving 3rd back but he had a terrible weekend; shouldn’t even have a vote here.

    19. Nando.
      Great overtake and fastest lap.
      Best of the rest. The top 5 didn’t deserve it this weekend.

    20. Alonso for the Fastest Lap

      1. And Alonso for actually performing an overtake. For a long while it didn’t look like there’d be any at Hungary.

    21. 1% voted for Palmer?! Seriously?

      1. For not crashing into Danny perhaps.

    22. I vote for Robert Kubica!

    23. Voted Kimi. He was just a couple of tenths off Vettel and had a good start to keep out the Mercs while basically acting as a rear gunner all the while in the race to protect the leader.

      If he can give similar amount of performance over the rest of the season, it bodes well for Ferrari. They have to better the car as well since all circuits are not going to be this kind to them.

      Could have done with less moaning on the radio though if he did know that Vettel was facing an issue with the car.

      Good work by Vettel for pulling that gap in the first stint which basically saved both him and Kimi. Alonso did well to earn some good points for McLaren.

      Bottas and Hamilton both did well on different days. Best result for them in a track where they were way off the pace of the Ferraris.

      1. the moaning was Kimi wanting Ferrari to tell Vettel to let him pass (which was never going to happen)

    24. Kimi, for being the fastest man on the day.
      The grid girl for spicing up the victory cermony.
      Magnussen for “suck my balls, mate”


    25. Kimi for me, put in a difficult position most of the race, sandwiched between VET and BOT/HAM.

      Alonso was great, as usual, and fastest lap was still a considerable achievement with the Honda engine

    26. My sympathy vote went to Paul di Resta, but I think the best driver yesterday was Alonso.

    27. Vettel got my vote by a hair’s breath from Alonso. There was clear visual evidence about Vettel’s leftward skewed steering wheel and on a clockwise circuit he would have to compensate by oversteering on most turns. He would have to slow down at least a little more than planned to carry out the team’s “avoid the kerbs” instruction under those circumstances. He managed it and so did a great job under difficult circumstances.

    28. Alonso did great, but with so much at stake, Vettel shone with a couple of top qually laps, and nursed a car problem (that could easily cost him) the whole race to the win. Each race lap had to be top notch and it must have been nerve-racking throughout.

    29. I wonder why more often than not the driver of the weekend in doesn’t match with the driver of the day at F1Fanatic. I mostly agree with the winner here. Sometimes the winner at is a joke.

    30. Voted for Alonso. The track gave the chance to get a decent result in an under powered car with a functional chassis and he delivered. Clean laps throughout the weekend, limited errors, one solid overtake and fastest lap on raceday.

    31. Max (@varrietix70)
      31st July 2017, 21:48

      Alonso so far. Fastest lap, P6, powered by an honda engine…

    32. I voted for Hulk because he ‘sucked’ Kevin’s ‘Balls’ after the post-race television interviews

    33. Alonso got my vote for driver of the weekend.

      At a circuit where engine performance isn’t as important the McLaren Honda was not at such a disadvantage as it has been this season, which allowed Alonso to show what he can do by winning the battle to be best of the rest behind the top three teams.

      He also managed one of the few overtakes I saw during the race when he passed Sainz, given Honda power I was surprised that Alonso managed to get past on the straight although he couldn’t make that move stick he did manage to complete the overtake a few corners later. Alonso even managed to set fastest lap at the end of the race as well.

      When taking the whole weekend into account I can’t say that any other drivers really impressed me enough to consider them when making my choice, although I think Di Resta probably deserves a mention for stepping in to replace Massa before qualifying, the first time he has driven the car, Williams were struggling this weekend anyway so he was never going to get that high up but he put in a creditable performance when compared to his teammate who has been in the car all season and has seemed to have found a bit of form recently.

    34. I know that in this site Vettel is not as popular as Hamilton is but … not having enough data to pick Hamilton above Vettel most people here has chosen the worst dow possible. Mc_Honda as they themselves said had a good chance at Hungary.
      F A and S V were 7th/8th 8th/10th and 9th/6th in FP1 FP2 and FP3. They classified 8th (FA) and 9th (SV) and started the gp 7th and 8th due to Niko s problem. Alonso finished 6th (improved a tremendous one place) because Daniel R. dnf. Other drivers improved more (Perez, Sainz, Pascal, among others).
      Vettel was second in FP2, first in FP3, first in qually, first in race even with mechanical problems and is voted 19% vs
      51% to Alonso. It has to be a joke. Ahhh … and another joke is a completely useless fastest lap. The fastest cars trapped following a hampered car.

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