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Vote for your 2023 British Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend

2023 British Grand Prix

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Which Formula 1 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 three days.

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

Driver performance summary

DriverQ stageQ positionQ gap to team mateGP grid positionGP result
Max VerstappenQ31-0.540s11
Sergio PerezQ116+0.540s156
Charles LeclercQ34-0.012s49
Carlos Sainz JnrQ35+0.012s510
Lewis HamiltonQ37+0.056s73
George RussellQ36-0.056s65
Esteban OconQ213+0.205s13Not classified
Pierre GaslyQ310-0.205s1018
Lando NorrisQ32-0.131s22
Oscar PiastriQ33+0.131s34
Valtteri BottasQ215-0.325s2012
Zhou GuanyuQ118+0.325s1715
Lance StrollQ212+0.567s1214
Fernando AlonsoQ39-0.567s97
Kevin MagnussenQ120+2.775s19Not classified
Nico HulkenbergQ211-2.775s1113
Nyck de VriesQ119+0.488s1817
Yuki TsunodaQ117-0.488s1616
Alexander AlbonQ38-0.964s88
Logan SargeantQ214+0.964s1411

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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 2023 British Grand Prix weekend

  • No opinion (0%)
  • Logan Sargeant (1%)
  • Alexander Albon (6%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (0%)
  • Nyck de Vries (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Oscar Piastri (11%)
  • Lando Norris (76%)
  • Pierre Gasly (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • George Russell (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Max Verstappen (3%)

Total Voters: 157

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46 comments on “Vote for your 2023 British Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend”

  1. How can it be anyone other than Lando?

    Oscar for runner up.

    1. BW (@deliberator)
      9th July 2023, 16:57

      Indeed. A real pity the safety car (or more specifically, a Ferrari engine…) screwed Piastri out of a well-deserved podium.

    2. Well, for me it Max. I mean, he is staying on top week in, week out. That’s way more difficult to do it than every other weekend, especially when car is not ‘in the window’ every weekend, other things might get in the way to victory as well. Every weekend you look, and it’s Max at the top of the tables. I mean, I don’t want to downplay Lando, he was brilliant this weekend.

      1. It was not Max’s best weekend, really. He made a rookie mistake oversteering out of the pits in Q1 which could have sent him to the back of the grid. He was lucky to avoid consequences, other than getting last place in the queue for the crucial last run. Also his start wasn’t perfect which costed him only another Grand Chelem, everybody knew that Lando’s P1 would be over as soon as DRS was on. Oscar was very close to overtaking Max before T2 and with 2 Maccas ahead it would have been more exciting (but anyway it would have been over after a few laps with DRS on)

        I don’t wish anything bad for Max but somehow I was sorry that the pit crash had no consequences. I would have liked him to start from the back of the grid for botching Q1. He probably would have won the race all the same, and it would have been a lot more entertaining.

        1. Umm, that was under-steer, not over-steer.

          1. Certainly, yes

      2. BW (@deliberator)
        9th July 2023, 23:16

        Its a very good point and often lost on people how consistently brilliant Max is (front wing incident excepted). But even with the mishap, he still manages to bag pole position in changeable conditions (while teammate exits in Q1), and then drive a good race for a solid (if not entirely dominating) win. And he keeps putting in these performances, race after race.
        But Lando was most definitely the “feel-good” result of the weekend. And his defence against Hamilton after the SC was superb and really cements his place a top-line driver. The really great drivers grab their opportunities when they are given even half a chance, much like Lando did here, just as MV did in Barcelona 2016, etc.

    3. Lando yes Oscar, Albon a good second..

  2. While Lando did an excellent job, Max did too. He got Pole Position, won the Race, and got the Fastest Lap point as well.

    1. While Lando did an excellent job, Max did too

      Max mucked up on the start, lost first place and nearly got shuffled down to 3rd by a rookie.
      Saved from a total fail by the RBR DRS – you did note that he wasn’t making any progress on a pass until that kicked in, didn’t you?

      Lando definitely deserves the accolade.

      1. difficult when someone has got another opinion, right?
        After passing Lando, Max slowly ran away from Lando, no DRS needed (to counter your argument).
        I think that the RBR is negatively effected by the lower temperatues.

        But on a more positive side, McLaren looks fast, nice to see.
        I wonder what the effect of the new tires is in all of this. It looked as if the difference between the compounds was smaller than before

        1. I also think that while the RB is a great car and probably the best on the grid, Max makes it look even better than it is. If the RB is as dominant as the none Max fans would like to portray, Sergio would be much closer to Max and further ahead of 3rd.

        2. @johnever – I agree with you that is also Perez problem if it’s too cold (or wet) he doesn’t get the right temperature in his tyres.

  3. I know why Lando is the overall favourite. But I voted for Oscar this weekend. He is a rookie. He was driving the update package for the first time on track this week. Qualified third. Could have had the opportunity to finish third if not for the safety car.

    1. If it hadn’t been for the safety car, he might even have undercut Norris. Mostly, of course, because of the better strategy in that case. Oscar showed that he was able to keep up with Lando’s pace at all times, though. The decisive factor for his result was ultimately his poorer qualifying, so he can’t have been better than Lando.

      He has my sympathy and I’m excited to see more from him, but in this case the vote goes to Lando.

      1. Did Oscar have the same package as Lando? I though he had what Lando had last race but not the new bits Lando ran this weekend? That’s why my vote went to Oscar.

  4. BW (@deliberator)
    9th July 2023, 17:05

    Why not Perez for DOTD?
    Saved several sets of tyres by missing two of three qualifying sessions, and then fumbled his way forwards to a super-stellar 6th in the fastest car on the grid.
    RBR seriously need to replace him with someone decent. Soon.

  5. I’m getting this in early because everyone will say Lando, and justifiably so, but Albon was exceptional all weekend. Absolutely outstanding weekend from the Williams man.

    1. I fully agree, Norris was great indeed, but definitely Albon has done a great week end, coming from the back, he did fantastic, courageously and with great commitment.

    2. Both were driving a clearly improved car to great results this weekend, have to agree they seem to have had a super weekend where they hardly set a foot wrong, if at all @geemac

  6. DOTW & DOTD: NOR, although VER is an equally viable choice for both.

  7. Verstappen did nothing wrong once again. He’s in that rare Vettel-2011/Schumacher-2004 zone. It’s super boring to watch, but also very impressive. And yes, it helps that he has that car – and it’s harder to appreciate someone being flawless and coming 11th – but he’s just acing it this season.

    1. I don’t know. He looked a bit scrappier this weekend, including in qualifying, had a pit lane mishap and lost the lead off the start. Red Bull’s speed and DRS power means he can recover easily and then lap at a safe distance. If you compare Max to Perez, sure, he’s near perfection. But he’s not infallible and not really being tested enough to force him into the kind of split second racing decisions that really show where he’s at as a racer – which I would fine fascinating now. The last time we got a glimpse was at the start of 2022 against Leclerc. Since then he’s been on cruise mode (brilliant cruising around, I stress).

      1. Driving with a dislocated finger and not mentioning it shows his strength and character.
        So the driver of the weekend can only be max. But Norris a very decent replacement.

        1. Dislocated finger? Max? Where did you hear or read that? I missed it.

    2. Verstappen did nothing wrong once again.

      If you ignore the start cock-up where he came perilously close to losing second place to a rookie, having already lost first place before the first corner.

  8. It was a close run between Lando and Max for me, with Lando marginally tipping the balance.

    Max did nothing wrong for the entirety of the weekend and the point of gain for Lando was his brilliant start and then his defence against Hamilton.

    1. Max did nothing wrong for the entirety of the weekend

      Ahem, did you watch Q1?

    2. Landos start was quite normal. Max just messed up his start, but the RBR rocketship let him cruise to another unchallenged win.

      1. I argee with you on the start.
        RBR rocketship is another discussion, yes it is a quick car, but only in the hands of Max. Perez has the same car, but was not able to overtake a lot of other cars…

        1. Rocketship is brigade talk. A sorry excuse for when their worshipped hero shows lacklustre abilities.

  9. Norris, Piastri, Albon.
    Is There anyone who still believes that replacing Ricciardo was a bad idea?

    1. Replacing Daniel was excellent decision. Some worshippers seem to forget how bad he was last season.

      1. BW (@deliberator)
        9th July 2023, 23:07

        I think Monaco 2021 was the moment it was clear Ricciardo needed to go. When you get lapped by your teammate, on merit, it is time to pull the plug. Even Perez hasn’t fallen that low…yet…

  10. Lando Norris. Piastri impressed too.
    Charles Leclerc really has a habit of getting away with some dodgy defensive moves at the ideal movement.

  11. I’ve gone with Oscar though obviously Lando put in a top effort and Max showed his quality again.
    I just think Piastri deserves some praise for a good solid weekend from a rookie :)

  12. Oscar and Lando!! Hand down and little to choose between both. If anything Oscar has the benefit of the inexperienced.
    Max was good obviously but worse than we have come to expect. That silly understeer in Q1 was rookie-worthy!! And he could have started better, too.
    Also Albon and Alonso were solid
    Special mention to George who did everything better than his lackluster teammate but was shafted by the VSC/SC timing.

  13. Lando gets my vote but special mentions for Albon who looked fast all weekend and Verstappen for sitting in the fastest car again.

  14. Sargeant had a good week-end, reaching Q2 and finishing P11. His best result of the year.
    The McLarens delivered in the race, which was exciting to watch.

    The others drivers finished where they were supposed to finish including Albon who is finishing in the points week in week out, this is no longer a surprise.

  15. Just imagine if VER was not in the RB. And PER was their main driver. How exciting would F1 be right now.

    1. I’d like to watch what Fred could do paired with Max in the RBR. Unfair for the rest though. But I believe he is the only pilot who could come to terms with Max in the present grid.

    2. BW (@deliberator)
      9th July 2023, 23:09

      Exciting for F1, yes. Not so much for RBR who would only occasionally be in contention for podiums, and half the time even fail to make Q2.

    3. So if Perez was the main driver then who would be his no 2? Mazepin, Mick Schumacher, Magnesun or Riciardo??

  16. I’d like to watch what Fred could do paired with Max in the RBR. Unfair for the rest though. But I believe he is the only pilot who could come to terms with Max in the present grid.

  17. Touch choice between Max, Lando, Oscar and Alex. Gave it to Lando because can only choose one. Keeping with the hard Lewis on reds behind tipped the scale for me.

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