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Hungarian GP: Who was the Driver of the Day?
Posted By: James Allen  |  01 Aug 2010   |  4:09 pm GMT  |  105 comments

We saw some great drives today throughout the field. Here are a few contenders. So who was your Driver of the Day?

Mark Webber
Lost a place to Alonso at the start. Was forced into a change of strategy by the safety car, deciding to stay out in order to have a chance to get ahead of Alonso. Took advantage of Vettel’s mistake behind the safety car and then pumped in over 25 flat out laps to build a big enough lead to pit and rejoin ahead of Alonso.

Fernando Alonso
Great start to jump Webber, then kept up a strong pace to stay in the game, albeit over a second a lap slower than Vettel. Moved to P2 after the Vettel incident and then pushed hard to try to keep the gap to Webber small enough to give him a chance to lead once the Red Bull man pitted.

Vitaly Petrov
Fifth place, his best result in F1. An almost perfect weekend for the Russian, he qualified seventh and his only slip was not holding onto the fifth place he took at the start. He was a little over cautious on the opening lap, having passed Hamilton and Rosberg and was repassed by Hamilton. He got the place back when Hamilton retired.

Nico Hulkenberg
Sixth place for the young German, his best result in F1 to date. Outqualified his team mate Barrichello and made a strong start, to hold his 10th place. Gained places from the retirements of Rosberg, Hamilton and Kubica and by passing De la Rosa.

Pedro de la Rosa
Qualified a fine 9th in the Sauber, lost a place to Hulkenberg at the start but kept it going well and held Button off in the closing stages of the race.

Kamui Kobayashi
The comeback king, once again he has come through from the back of the field to score points. After a poor qualifying session, he made a great start

Rubens Barrichello
Made a very strong start to lie 9th on the opening lap. Was up to sixth by staying out when most of the field pitted under the safety car. Didn’t have the pace to build a margin to hold onto a points position when he made his late stop. But on new tyres he attacked Schumacher and kept his foot in when the old champion pushed him into the wall, which he described as the most dangerous incident in his career.

(Photos: Darren Heath)

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Pathetic sulker of the day = Vettel.

Poor poor millionaire…boy needs to grow up and realize the having a long face on the podium of the greatest racing series in the world is absolutely shameful.


Webber was a class act and absolutely earned the win. It’s one thing having a car that is faster than the rest, it is another thing to drive it to its full potential.

Various comments have been made that Vettel would have been even faster, and I agree that he does pull out fastest laps but he lacks consistency and reliability. It was a stupid mistake falling so far back under the safety car and his comment that he didn’t realise that the safety car was going in is irrelevant as the rule applies for the whole safety car period. The drive through penalty would probably have only cost him one place but for Webber’s masterful drive. Question needs to be asked whether he should have had a greater penalty?


I agree with Webber that it was a gift of a win for him. I do feel for Sebastian, he out qualified Webber by almost a half a second. Everyone talk about how he did 42 laps in the soft tire, I cant believe how one sided it is, Sebastian would have done every one of those laps half a second faster. Also, the RedBull team talks about how they had radio issues, but funny that they were able to give the message to Sebastian that he got a penalty or he was being investigated!! In my eyes, it was a complete lie, radio issues, my a##. Red Bull messed up, and its costing Sebastian. People talk about “The Wing” was given to Webber, but he is the one who did not think it was helping him, so he should stop complaining and shut up. I am tired of the media being biased towards one side saying Webber was so brilliant, he was slower than Sebastian by half a second in qualifying, how can that be considered as brilliant, Michael Shumacher, driving in the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix, stuck in 5th gear, now that is brilliant. Also, Sebastian did a few laps in 2nd place behind Webber before the penalty, and Webber was not pulling away from him. I am not a huge Sebastian fan, but I do not like when unfair things happen. I also think, all radio messages should be in public, so teams cannot hide anything. Its us who pay for the sport, without the fans, it would be nothing, so we have a right to know whats going on. I also think that race stewards are giving penalties to the people they feel like giving and its inconsistent from race to race. I used to be a very big fan of F1 but now I am loosing the interest and getting very disappointed with the sport, sorry, did I say sport, I ment politics with business. Thanks for reading.



Vettel maybe faster in qualifying but Webber has a better race craft. If Vettel needs to rely on the team radio then he is clearly not ready to be a number 1 driver. To me he is coached through all his races, if you look at some of the comments made from the pits, it is clear to me he is still learning his craft.


I understand your point, but I still think that there was instructions from the pits to Vettel to hold up Alonso, it is why he was angry, he just took it for the team, saying it was his fault. It explains why even after the race he was angry. I would be too, also, if you were in that situation, you would be angry too, dont tell me you wont, and I think every race engineer would say to keep calm and focus because he was still in 3rd place. Its communication from the pits to car, Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Massa, they all talk with the team during the race. TV just does not pick up all the communications. Its easy to talk about the situation, just put yourselves in Vettels place, see how frustrated you would be. I must also point one fact, Vettel won a race in a Torro Rosso, thats the only race they have won.


I wouldn’t say it was a gift for Webber, he still needed to build a 20 sec lead before his soft tyres wore out otherwise Alonso would have beaten him


I watched most the race in a pub, after the race a couple of old boys sat there grumbling that “Webber shouldn’t have won as he is not a proper driver”, I almost spat my beer out. Made me wonder what they had been watching for the previous two hours since both Webber and Alonso displayed faultless drives. Also nice to see Petrov finding his feet, maybe just in time to save his race seat.

It did look as if Vettel had tried to back Alonso up to help Webber slot back in to second after his stop. If this was as a result of a team instruction it would help to explain the extent of his anger after he got his penalty. Lucky it wasn’t Massa backing every one up as Alonso scampered off or there would be another 900 posts here by now!


i voted petrov as was faster than kubica almost whole weekend and drove a fast and calm race and could have gone quicker if not stuck in barrichellos dirty air. I think people have unrealistic expectations of rookie drivers as testing restrictions really impact on them getting up to speed. Petrov continues to improve race on race and deserves another go next season


it must go to webber

making the super soft tyres last 43/44 laps

was amazing and doing 25 pole laps at the end of his first stint

red bull should be supporting him as much as they back vettel

he has the experience and mind management that vettel doesnt have just yet .


Michael Schumacher is ok, he just got frustrated at the Hungary GP, Rubens always rapping on that Michael made it was a dangerous move, it werent Michael’s fault, its the way Rubens cant hack it. and cant do things right. just leave Michael alone, he is the best finest and greatest driver in formula 1.


Voted for Petrov. Very strong weekend, especially considering all the talks about who’s gonna be Kubica’s teammate next year, the guy is under some serious pressure at the moment.

About Kobayashi… Yeah, 7 cars over first lap is impressive, but overtaking 6 of them is not something you’d be really proud of since they are so much slower than the rest of the pack. Then all the cars that were in front but didn’t finish, what a bonus)) Good spirit nonetheless


Webber and Pedro for sure. Clever strategy from RB and nice drive from MW, but more credit to Pedro who doesn’t benefit from having a supersonic car. Not a big deal for Alonso, but he now looks very motivated and very focused. by the way, ¿where’s Massa? ¿Didn’t he had to convince us all that “he’s no number two” at Ferrari?


My two pence: As a big Sauber fan I’m pretty happy for Pedro. Good job. And I don’t think Felipe Massa is “very motivated” and “very focused” after what hapenned in Germany.


don’t forget hamilton’s drive up to where his gearbox failed. He is always outperforming his machinery.

he drove an mp4/4 for an ayrton senna special on top gear. Anybody knows how to watch that on the internet? That the drive of the week to me.


What no driver-of-the-day selection for Michael?? IMHO, whilst it was dangerous (no doubt), RB had the option to back out all the way along the straight. But he didn’t. It’s not MS’s job to get out of the way – that honour belongs to Felipe M.

If we had more ‘racing’ like that and less procession, then F1 would be the richer for it.


The Safety car was definantly the ‘STAR OF THE RACE’ – Why oh why do we keep returning to the Hungaroring when no one can overtake!


Coz it’s the only eastern european track at the moment…



Alonso. Good start, then passed no-one, held Vettel off didn’t really do anything with stategy.

Petrov, good start, then got passed by Ham, didn’t really do much,

DeLaRosa. Good Saturday, didn’t do much on Sunday.

Hulkenberg at least passed someone.

Barrichello ditto, and his pass on schumacher will be in anyone’s highlights of the season edit.

Webber. The combination of Safety car, and Vettel’s Penalty gave him a chance but he really needed to put the lap times in and make the soft tyres last. Things are won and lost by who capitalizes on their opportunities and who doesn’t: Webber did.

Kobayashi – fought through from the back. I’m always a sucker for those, especially on a track where there is supposed to be very little overtaking. So Kob over webber in my view.


Wonder why we didnt hear any “Save Fuel” messages in the pit to car Radio. Esp given that the the top 4 were almost on a race of their own and pushing each other hard. Either the teams have worked out the exact amount of fuel to finish the race or they were just hidden team orders, James whats your take?


Or they were behind the safety car for long enough to save fuel so there wasn’t a need for any radio messages?

One conspiracy theory put to rest.


Kobayashi gets an honourable mention in despatches, P23 – > P9 must have involved some substantial on-track passing, which is a rare achievement in Hungary.

In the end, I chose Webber. I think he was hung out to dry by Red Bull management during the safety car when they once again refused to consider banking up the two cars in the pits. His driving that followed was inspired

Prior to Silverstone, RB management appeared dodgy and deserving of critisism, but now Vettel is visibly making poor decisions that are harming his championship.

James, I remember hearing Vettel yelling on the radio during the broadcast, so what’s this story that his radio stopped working only during the safety car period? Is it an excuse from SV, or did RB ask Seb to go slowly after the re-start to help MW jump FA? Its all a bit fishy


Christian Horner said the radio transmition was “intermittent”. I don’t think he was letting Mark get away, because on-board he was warming up tyres like he didn’t know the safety car was coming into the pits.


Driver of Day: Alonso probably, picking up 2nd in a car that really didn’t deserve it, plus he made a great start.

Other than that I think Vettel had a great race bar the safety car thing (which I suspect was team orders to help Webber out, seeing as he hates Webber so much right?). Anyhow Seb was the fastest guy all weekend long, including the race, had the safety car not come out he would have walked it.


1st: Alonso

2nd: Seb


You did not put michael Schumacher on your contest.

The scare he gave Rubens was worth watching the whole boring GP.


What surprised me from Petrov performance was that he allowed Hamilton to overtake him by braking ‘a la Massa’ 15 m before the usual braking point at a curb of which I cannot remember the number. What a considerate politness! was my thinking then.


I guess memories of Alonso biting his tyre were still fresh =)


After the race, one Red Bull driver said that he relied too much on input from the pit wall… I seem to recall something similar being said for a McLaren driver too – anyway, Webber no doubt had plenty of input from his team, too, to change his strategy, but he then had to drive like a demon, to build a gap big enough for a pitstop. Just like another legendary driver did in Hungary, once. 🙂

Good on Webber. It is so good to see a nice guy win, isn’t it?


James, off the topic.

Renault was fined for pit-stop accident along with Mercedes for another pit-stop accident. In case of Renault during the race Kubica had been already penalised with stop-and-go penalty. Is it OK or had happened before the team and driver were penalised twice?


Good point.


Lots of impressive performances in this race, but I voted Webber for his incredibly consistent high pace when he needed it.

I have been very impressed with Alonso this season, and once again this race he demonstrated his ability to achieve a result that was better than his car deserved – something that perhaps only Hamilton can match.

Good performances down the field too, much needed for Hulkenberg and Petrov who still have a bit to prove, well deserved for De La Rosa who is taking his chance to show he’s more than just a test driver.

I’m as happy as anyone that the very likeable Kobayashi is at last confirming the talent that he showed last season, and as for Barrichello yesterday demonstrates that he’s certainly ageing more gracefully than his former Ferrari team mate…


I see lot of people going for Webber and I don’t disagree with them but I reckon if Seb was in Webber’s situation, he would easily at least done the same or even better. But what Kobayashi did was difficult to replicate, Petrov beat the Pole the whole weekend and scored a solid points haul, Pedro DelaRosa also did very well after not scoring the whole season, Alonso did well but nothing special, I think he was looking after the engine and the tyres, Rubens overtake and courage were outstanding, difficult to put in words for me really, many drivers in his situation would have lifted but that could have resulted in a huge shunt for both. So I still can’t vote for just one, all of them put absolutely memorable drive and with this year’s changes, I think F1 at the most boring tracks has become very exciting, I loved the race. I know Seb could have gotten ahead of Alonso but this is grand prix racing, it is difficult to overtake but there are many other intriguing aspects, Lewis’ retirement, Button performing badly this weekend, championship standings now, the strategies, the lap times and some remarkable drives. So I love F1 as it was, I love it as it is and I will love F1 forever…


Read your post race ITV blog – brilliant and spot on as usual James and better than anything on the rest of the internet at the mo. Keep it up!


Without doubt Webber, race craft and jumping at a opportunity, won him the race… it must have been difficult and frustrating for him at the start with Alonso getting in front, but he kept his cool.

Remember, it was not that long ago that Webber just had a string of bad luck where nothing went right… I think he deserves to win and Vettel has plenty of time ahead to get the big one.

I’m starting to get sick of drivers getting the sulks up on the podium (exception for Massa). I mean they are lucky to be able drive a F1 car as their job let alone get a podium result… grow up guys and especially Vettel who is starting to act like a little brat!!


All of the drivers in the list pulled out special performances.

Mark Webber edges my vote though.

Sure, it may have been a ‘bit of a gift’ for him to win.

However, ou take the rough with the smooth, and anyone who knows Mark’s F1 career, knows how much bad luck he has had.

I canno think of a more deserving potential champion.

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