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Vote for your 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Ferrari 1000

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Which Formula One driver made the most of the Tuscan Grand Prix Ferrari 1000 weekend?

It’s time to give your verdict on which driver did the best with the equipment at their disposal over the last three days.

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

Driver performance summary

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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 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix weekend

  • No opinion (1%)
  • Nicholas Latifi (0%)
  • George Russell (4%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (9%)
  • Lance Stroll (1%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Pierre Gasly (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (41%)
  • Lando Norris (0%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Alexander Albon (17%)
  • Max Verstappen (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (2%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (22%)

Total Voters: 227

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66 comments on “Vote for your 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. Hamilton would certainly deserve it for his win, he drove brilliantly apart from his first start which was, after many years, really not up to his standard. I’ve decided to give it to Danny Ric since he’s been consistently pushing that Renault higher than it belongs to and he lost the podium only by virtue of the (unecessary) third standing start. He’s really understood the car and his team after rather bleak and dismal 2019 and has been consistent and reliable force. Hope he’ll score some podium in the rest of the season.

    1. Renault lucked into sweet spot of by trying something not recommended by its simulator, but yes, Ricciardo really did looks like he understood the car. Renault gonna missed him bad having two ‘bad mouthing your own team’ drivers next year. I still hope Ric could bring a podium or two.

    2. I dont think bottas went on the brakes that early after the last restart by mistake tho. He was quicker of the line but slowed down so early for that corner. That looked rediculous

  2. I voted for Albon. He qualified where the team needs him, right next to Max. And he had a solid start, then kept a solid position until his car worked better on the second set of tyres to be able to get past Ricciado.

    Then he did well to bring home that podium spot, to limit the damage from Max dropping out.

    Sure, Daniel did a great job in qualifying. He did pass to get into 3rd, and he did get that sweet start at the second restart to shoot by Bottas for a lap too. So he did a nice job of spicing up the racing for us. But in the end he did not hold onto that podium, and some of his passing was clearly aided by DRS working quite well for the Renault today.

    1. So you mark Daniel down and Albon up because Daniel was passed by a clearly faster car.

      I suppose Dan was expected to keep Bottas behind him after Dan passed him at the restart as well?

      1. Bit harshly put @homerlovesbeer, but I do agree @bascb that I don’t quite follow your reasoning on this.

        Agree on praise for Riccardo, but then, hm. In qualifying, Albon was still about the same deficit to Verstappen, but the car was good enough to make that 4th. Albon lost out in the 1st restart but thanks to the 2nd restart, could use his superior car to get back to where he should be finishing. For Riccardo, that same restart made a stable, controlled drive a losing proposition to keep Albon in a much faster car on fresh tyres behind.

        There is merit in what you say about Albon keeping patient until his car was working best for him as I agree he has seemed to come alive late in the race most races this season, but compared to Riccardo who was on it all race, he was still less impressive to me.

        1. Daniel got past the cars behind when he was faster. Albon got ahead when he was faster again @bosyber, @homerlovesbeer. But Daniel seemed to have far more pronounced advantage from DRS to help those overtakes.

          Sure, both of them would have been fine as pick, but just think Albon (maybe narrowly) did the better job, by bringing it home on that podium, oh, and he got FLAP too. Off course Hamilton also did the job very well, but we can pick only one, can’t we.

          1. Seemed to have?..

      2. Also dan would have had the podium if stroll didn’t crash

        1. Albon had been cruising up the field already by then, I think Dan would have had to fight for it either way.

      3. DrS sucks , yes. But i voted Albon too. He deserved it after all that garbage he got trown at him by dutch media

    2. @bascb But then Albon had a really poor first restart where he dropped back to P7. Plus it’s unlikely that he would have gotten back to P3 if it wasn’t for the restart caused by Stroll.

      To me it looks like Ricciardo preformed better than Albon in a slower car.

      On the other hand it’s a breath of fresh air to see Albon get a decent strategy for a change and agreed he actually performed quite well with it.

      1. Well @f1osaurus, I guess that is why it makes fun to exchange comments, since people have differing views on things!
        I think Albon was already on an upwards trajectory, getting stroll, and still had quite a few laps left to go for Daniel. But we will never find out what would have happened.

        1. @bascb True, you learn from that. At least with people who actually think (like you).

          Agreed that Albon was already behind Stroll (and thus Ricciardo), but they were all managing tyres to the end of the race. That would mean Albon could not use the full power of his faster car. He was stuck behind Stroll for several laps already.

          Indeed we will never know if they would have all made it to the end on those tyres and if overtaking might have happened

  3. I disagree and voted Ricciardo. He looked to be managing the gap just fine and likely would have continued and finished on the podium before the second red flag. Albon was not looking good at all until the after the second restart.

    1. Check, but Albon did well too

  4. Kimi. Qualified P13 with the same than Kvyat, took floor damage thanks to Gasly’s inability to use breaks, had a slow pitstop and 5-second time penalty yet still finished 9th ahead of Ferraris.

    Maybe one of the greatest drives in Kimi’s career. Sauber would look like completely clowns without Kimi on board.

    1. At least they had the tyres now.

    2. I think Kimi certainly did a very good job with the car he had available, but getting ahead of Russel and the Ferraris was probably largely to do with the fact that his (and Grosjeans) tyres were nicely warmed up from that lap they did before the restart to unlap and joint the back of the field @huhhii

  5. I mean with the same time than Kvyat. And I meant brakes. And I meant one Ferrari. Edit button would be lovely addition.

  6. No standout performance today.
    I gave it to Hamilton this time. He had a very bad first start and was lucky that Verstappen retired and that the race was red flagged. The Rest of his weekend including race pace, qualy, second and third restart was flawless.
    Honourable mention 1: Riccardo but Renault’s elusive podium stays elusive.
    Honourable mention 2: Raikkonen for a great qualifying, great final restart, racing and beating the Ferrari. 5 second penalty was stupid though…

    1. I agree, I too voted for Hamilton. Mercedes turned up with the best car, they consistently had top times in the Final Practice sessions, waltzed into Q3, and got another front row lockout on the grid. Even though Lewis didn’t get Pole Position he took control of the race at the start, then again at the third restart of the race. All this on a race track he’d never raced on before.

  7. I’d have said Ricciardo and Albon were who I’d cheer for. Ricciardo for constantly dragging that Renault to places it shouldn’t be and Albon for his first podium. To be honest after the Red Bull seems horrible at the restarts I kinda thought he’d blown his chances but he came back from it, with a pretty opportunistic overtake on Perez and going round the outside of Ricciardo was a move I didn’t think would stick. He keeps making things very difficult for himself, but it’s alright to watch.

    1. Max was anything in the race? Bottas had a quick start, and where did he end up?
      Get off the max hype train, he’s good but nothing close to Lewis’ level.

      1. He is talking about Albon not Max (who did had a great start untill his electric power was gone) and Albon bad restarts everytime he lost places.

      2. Get off the max hype train, he’s good but nothing close to Lewis’ level.

        Keep dreaming! It’s no artificial hype, VER really impressed since his RBR debut. He obviously improved from his RBR debut years, in certain races HAM might beat him, but overall I think VER is the best driver in F1 now. Given the same machinery, I’ll put my money on VER.

  8. Ricciardo just because he would have had a podium without the safety cars imo.

  9. I don’t understand all the comments Ric would have end up on the podium if it wasn’t for that last red flag. Let’s be honest without the crazy race today and all the unforeseen events he end up higher than with no incidents.

    1. The only one who dropped out in front of Ricciardo was Verstappen. Other than that Ricciardo was there on merit.

  10. Voted for Kimi. Love RIC but thought Kimi had a better drive. The 5 sec penalty was tough but he still drove great.

    1. I disagree. Kimi was no where before the 2nd restart, where he was allowed to unlap himself and got lucky with his restart where he got ahead of the slower Ferraris (I might be wrong but wouldn’t be surprised if they had no fresh tyres left) who held up the faster Russell.
      The Penalty wasn’t tough, it’s the same one Hamilton was given in Germany last year.

  11. Ricciardo for much the same reason as eveyone else. The Renault PU is very good now, not at Merc level but better than Honda. The Renault chassis/aero is just not up to the task though.

  12. Of course, it is Lewis.

    He is on another level. Puts 8 points between his nearest competitor on a day when rival looked faster.

    1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      14th September 2020, 9:09

      You seem to indicate you are an extreme fan of Hamilton every weekend and while he usually is brilliant, you often do give him a bit too much credit. 7 points between 1st and 2nd isn’t what showes the difference in performance between drivers. He admittedly got fastest lap too which got him another point, but your only reason given for Hamilton being better is getting 8 more points and not mentioning the performance. You also mention that Bottas looked faster and supposedly give Hamilton more cridit because of that? Other than in one stint, Hamilton always managed to pull a decent gap so I can’t say Bottas looked faster. Was Bottas on another level last race because he beat Hamilton by 4 points and twice as many positions – when his rival looked FAR faster? If you judge things on points, then you should do.

      You also seem to be a very critical of anyone that thinks anyone is close to your hero Hamilton. I don’t think there are many and I think Verstappen is the only one. Not as good – but close. @rocketpanda made a comment where you seem to panic that they are giving praise to Verstappen when you actually have completely misread it (or not read it at all) and not realised it is not even about Verstappen at all – but Albon.

      Had Verstappen not had his problems, he will have split Hamilton and Bottas and likely given Hamilton a hard time for several laps. Based on your other comments where you think Verstappen has been mentioned, you will probably just tell me to “Get off the max hype train” too.

      You imply that we shouldn’t praise Verstappen as much as we do and you give Hamilton 6 stars, imply he was amazing and don’t do a very detailed description of his race basically every single weekend. He’s not always that amazing.

      1. I thought this guy was trolling the Max lovers? Could be wrong though. As we see in the real world the difference between reality and farce has all but disappeared.

        1. No just the standard delusional Lewis fan.

      2. @thegianthogweed You’re putting too much thought into that silly remark. Don’t feed the trolls.

    2. Rot troll

  13. Ricciardo fighting for the podium against a redbull and a racing point.

    1. Indeed quite a bit of merit to that claim @todfod, didn’t fully realize he did two green flag stops either (Ferrari again?) which makes the drive all the better

      1. Huh, was intended for below thread

  14. Surprised no one here has considered Leclerc. The Ferrari was as slow as the Williams, Haas and Alfas this weekend. Vettel couldn’t manage to qualify any higher than 15th and actually seemed relieved just to get out of Q1.

    Yet, Leclerc managed to somehow drag that car to P5 in qualifying and then jumped two places on merit during the race to P3. He was only trailing the Mercs… And was holding back cars that were significantly faster than him for more than half the race distance.

    For me hands down the start performer during qualifying and the driver of the day on Sunday. I thought Ricciardo and Russell were impressive as well.. But nowhere close to Charles this weekend.

    1. Yeah, I can see a solid argument for Leclerc too. He almost looked like he might finish in the top 5 until the latter part of the race saw him quickly drop back as the Ferrari started to show its form.

      1. But in the end, he barely beat Vettel. His pace at the start meant nothing if he couldn’t keep it up and then we just blame the car for the rest of it. He did look good at the start but looked pretty poor at the end. Even Grosjean managed to overtake him with a damaged car at the restart. Grosjean had some problem though and Leclerc’s Ferrari seemed to have far better speed on the straight than Grosjean. Vettel may have been fortunate to catch up again, but he was totally unlucky that he damaged his front wing. Leclerc then struggled on his tyres more than Vettel if anything and that put him on a strategy that wasn’t Ideal. The only good thing about Leclerc’s weekend was qualifying and his start. The rest and the result wasn’t anything special really.

    2. I fully agree and voted for him

    3. @todfod How come you didn’t vote for Alonso? Oh, right, I forgot… It’s gonna be a very long 2021 listening his whining on the team radio.

      1. @huhhii

        You crack me

        Must be difficult supporting Vettel. Guessing you need to vent.

        1. @todfod Thankfully I don’t care about Vettel. The best driver Ferrari has had in 2000’s is Kimi and that’s with a significant margin. Can’t wait to see Ocon completely destroying Failonso.

          1. @huhhii

            The best driver Ferrari has had in 2000’s is Kimi and that’s with a significant margin. C

            LMAO!!! Sorry… man.. no wonder you don’t like Alonso. Must have been difficult to see Fernando eat Kimi for breakfast in 2014. What points did the best Ferrari driver get as compared to Alonso in the other Ferrari seat? Half the points? Lesser?
            Kimi is slower than Giovinazzi.. that says a lot about the driver you’re supporting.

          2. @todfod We’ll see next year when Ocon eats Alonso alive and blue flags are waving when Kimi goes past Alonso. The right number of WDC’s for Alonso ranges from zero to zero, whereas for Kimi it’s 1-4. So there’s that.

          3. @huhhii
            LMAO. Man you’re equal levels of hilarious and deluded.

    4. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
      15th September 2020, 13:17

      @todfod there’s something odd going on with Leclerc’s car. I think Ferrari are switching one car’s performance on during some parts of the race while keeping Vettel’s performance low (or lower) to appear as if they’re conforming with the regulations. They obviously can’t run the car at last year’s pace but Leclerc’s car has to be a tier above Vettel’s to be able to fight with the McLarens and Racing Points.

      The Alfa Romeos are slightly faster than this year’s Ferrari so Leclerc should be finishing every race with Raikonnen, Vettel, and Giovinazzi as company.

      1. @freelittlebirds

        Honestly… I just don’t think they’re giving Leclerc any special treatment. There is no way that Vettel would stay mum on this subject if he did.

        1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
          16th September 2020, 16:02

          @todfod I don’t think Vettel would outright say that. Even if it were the case and he was aware of it, it would still make him look weak and just appear to be making excuses that he could never back up. He did make some odd comments at the start of the season. Whatever the case might be, any driver at Ferrari should be looking for the exit, Leclerc included. He can easily be Vetteled next year when Sainz arrives. If Ferrari can do this to Vettel who was their golden boy for 5 years and a 4 time WDC, then no driver going to Ferrari is safe.

          Leclerc’s performances themselves are quite odd, he seems to either languish or flourish as if he’s driving an Alfa Romeo at one point of the race and a Racing Point at another. No driver is that inconsistent and Leclerc is no doubt a very talented driver which leads me to suspect that the car is not performing the same. After all, the engine is probably capable of going much quicker than it currently is.

          One thing is for sure – Vettel’s car is a dog and is fully compliant with the FIA agreement, maybe exceedingly compliant to make up for the power on the other car. Perhaps, the agreement was stated as a total loss of horsepower allowing Ferrari to split the difference as they please.

          Anyway, it’s just conjecture at this point but something was off at Ferrari last year and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s still the case with the Scuderia pushing the boundaries of the settlement as much as possible.

  15. Alex Albon 19%..? Isn’t the point of this discussion to look beyond the finishing order, considering relative car performance and particular circumstances and make a more merit-based judgement..?

    He was 0.5 to 1.0 seconds off Max all weekend, made a bad start, struggled to make the progress through the field his car performance warranted and would have been 5th had Stroll’s tire not failed. I’m not a fan of Stroll at all but I would vote for Lance’s performance ahead of Alex’s any day of the week.

    The Red Bull was clearly the second fastest car this weekend by quite some margin.

    1. It’s always the case that people tend to vote for results (being 60+% the car) than purely the driver. I voted for Charles Leclerc, he qualified in P5 with the Ferrari then jumped two places on merit during the race to P3, before being passed by everyone due to his slow car.

    2. That’s true red bull had good performance, but albon still did better than usual, he was closer to verstappen in qualifying than he used to be, and if you look at some old races, he wouldn’t really be up there fighting with the top renault.

  16. Gotta be George… he was on pace and sometimes faster than the Ferrari, had great race pace throughout and was unlucky not to bag some deserved points for Claireless Williams.

  17. DOTW: HAM

  18. Kimi. Dragged the slowest car from last row at the re-start to p8 ahead of both Ferraris. Had been doing that all weekend….

  19. Hamilton had a strong weekend on paper, but qualifying was fortunate the yellows came out to deny Bottas the chance at pole, and without the chaos and restarts I don’t know that he’d still have won. None the less though it shows Hamilton’s class taking that result on an off weekend.

    Albon qualified way off Verstappens pace still but thanks to the car advantage lined up at the right grid spot, and with Verstappen out of the race finally took a podium, not exactly driver of the week material.

    Ricciardo was great though, very unlucky not to nab that podium.

  20. Hamiltons ability to define his race in a changing situation after a bad start should qualify him to be driver of the weekend.

  21. Ricciardo and albon definitely stood out, but I went with albon cause how often does he perform up to the potential of the car? Hardly ever, while ricciardo drove as well already in belgium, obviously a shame to lose the podium on renault but both deserved it, and leaving red bull was ricciardo’s decision.

    1. Oh, true, raikkonen also had a good race, finally some points and good pace that allowed him to not lose more than 1 place despite the penalty.

  22. Raikkonen had a great race. I don’t understand why he was penalized for crossing the pit lane line when Hamilton wasn’t penalized for the pit bollard incident a few years ago.

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