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British Grand Prix: Who was your driver of the day at Silverstone?
British Grand Prix: Who was your driver of the day at Silverstone?
Posted By: James Allen  |  11 Jul 2011   |  8:10 pm GMT  |  168 comments

A very exciting race at Silverstone with some strong performances throughout the field and plenty of movement forwards and backwards among the placings.

So who did you think was the outstanding driver at Silverstone?

Fernando Alonso
Qualified third, just a tenth of a second shy of the Red Bulls who locked out the front row. Made a solid start and kept pace with Vettel and Webber up front. Lost a place to Hamilton but repassed the McLaren driver using the DRS on the Wellington Straight. Undercut Webber in the pit stops and then took the lead when Vettel had his problem in the pits. Fast in the dry, he drove away at the front and never looked back to finish 16 seconds ahead of the field. It was his first win of the season and 27th of his career.

Sebastian Vettel
Felt he could have gone quicker in qualifying had the rain not come in Q3 but made up for it with a lightening start in the race. Leapfrogged team-mate Webber into Turn one and then controlled the race up until the second round of stops. A delay fitting the left-rear wheel cost him dearly and he dropped behind Alonso and Hamilton. Passed Hamilton during the third round of stops but couldn’t catch Alonso. Nonetheless, he maintained his record of finishing in the top two at every race and extended his lead to 80 points in the drivers’ standings.

Lewis Hamilton
A nightmare qualifying session saw Hamilton qualify 10th for his home race. Made a strong start in the changeable conditions and was up to sixth after lap three. Rose as high as second, but was forced to back off in the final stint to save fuel. That allowed Webber to pass and Massa to close in. Went side by side with Massa into the final corner on the final lap and the duo touched, but Hamilton dug deep and held on to finish fourth.

Nico Rosberg
Started ninth, but dropped down the field after a poor start. Battled back up the field with a sleek strategy and managed to drive 22 laps on the soft tyre in the final stint. Held off Perez in the latter stages of the race to finish sixth – his fifth points finish in nine races this season.

Sergio Perez
Qualified 12th, four places behind Sauber team-mate Kobayashi but drove a strong race to hustle Mercedes’ Rosberg for sixth before ultimately finishing seventh. It was his first points finish since his heavy accident in Monte Carlo and his second score of the season.

Jaime Alguersuari
Toro Rosso went for an aggressive strategy and it worked. Alguersuari started 18th and judged the tricky conditions well in the early stages of the race. Got into the points from the lower third of the grid for the third race in a row by finishing 10th.

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Has to be Alonso for me, easily pound for pound the best driver on the grid, hardly ever makes mistakes and never gets nearly as much credit as he deserves from the UK press. Great drive!


I would agree that Alonso is the 'best' driver package on the grid (which hurts as a Hamilton fan). Hamilton is the out-right fastest in terms of raw speed, for me, and Seb might just be the best qualifier!


Spot on Dan.


Lewis was outstanding in every sense of the word.


Sebastian doesnt seem quite aggressive enough in strategy sometimes but i guess if you're far enough ahead its wise to reduce the risks and take the points.

Looks like Michael could've had a mighty race if not for the early mistake...pity


Went with Alonso, but Perez did a good job.


Has to be Alonso. Would have won whatever happened at the pitstop etc.

James, do you know how many engines each driver has used, I've looked everywhere and can't find anything. I'm pretty sure it was on the official F1 website last year, but can't find it this time round.


Hi James,

Do you have any idea how much is the weight difference of Hamilton's car had it not been under-fueled? I think this had something to do with why he was very fast on the early stints.


My vote goes to Alonso.

Normally I vote Hamilton, but my opinion is that Hamilton barged into Massa, deliberately. Look at the slomo replay and judge for yourself. He's got his steering wheel turned right, that was not in order to prevent spin, that was in order to shove Massa out of the way.

I like Hamilton, but he's gone too far with this. That collision could have been avoided had he left Massa space. He would end up loosing position though.

Michael Prestia

Lewis made a great strategic move chewing out the stewards in Monaco and then apologizing. This tactic may have put a little hestitation in them condemning him again and looking like they are picking on him...


Hamilton faced no penalty from the stewards, who as Nigel Mansell commented after the race have a much better view than we do of every detail of an incident. There was also no protest from Ferrari. Everyone in the know accepted this as a fine piece of defence - and surely it was worth the sacrifice of Hamilton's front wing which wasn't going to be needed for many more seconds 🙂


I don't really care much what the stewards or Ferrari think of it. I don't care if any one cares what I think either. To me it was a piece of dirty driving., but I know nobody's perfect. Still my vote went to Alonso.


Because LH was saving fuel, he didn't have to use his brakes as often, and as such they got cold (relatively speaking), and that's why he was getting wheel lock-up. His front left locked up on that corner contact with Massa. Massa's move was a banzai last-ditch outbrake to try to get around on the outside, so how anyone can say that LH drove into FM is beyond me.

If MW on LH last year was a racing incident (when LH was at worst rear wheels to MW's front wheels), then how could this be anything other when Massa was not even a half-car ahead, and then only through a last-second outbrake?


You have no idea how these cars are driven if you think that the steering angle and wheel direction means Hamilton was trying to hit Massa.


I have to hammer into my head that 'losing' has one 'o'. I keep on doing this even though I know the correct spelling.


Totally agree with you, Hamilton turned in on Massa. Although I don't like Hamilton, I could see he was a good driver, he just seems to be making more and more mistakes lately. Why this is I don't know. Perhaps its related to the change in management. He's just too aggresive with his driving at the moment, and is trying to hard with a car that is slightly off the pace.

Was it brought before the stewards, or was he let of this time?


I'm glad that i'm not the only person that noticed this, you can see a clear and deliberate turn of the wheel to the right as he comes alongside Massa. Surprised there were no complaints.


Had to vote Lewis, should have been on the podium! I hope that's the Lewis we know and love back to his good old form. I wonder if the hug before the race from his father made the difference


Lewis had a great race considering... that ending could have been tears, if Massa had not yeilded...


This one is easy....definitely not Vettel - can't drive without 1 sec per lap difference.


Absolutely not Vettel. Needed his team boss to protect his second place.


And Webber said he ignored those orders... Maybe read some more instead of saying things that don't make sense.


I apologise. I thought I read that Mark ignored his engineer but when Horner got on the radio he did back off.


Neither could Button when he fluked a championship...


Let it go man, its been 2 years now...


It's frightening how many people use this forum to slander these amazing drivers. Whoever wins and in whatever conditions, people post on here and call it luck, illegal or spout consipracy theories etc.

Some of you need reminding just how super-tallented all these drivers have to be to lap 4 miles thorugh 20 corners to within a fraction of second of each other for 2 hours in rain and unbearable heat. What it takes to make split-second decisions at 200 miles per-hour while playing playstation with a dozen steering wheel buttons that adjust the charecteristics of the car between every corner.

I have read so far that Vetell, Button and Alonso and Hamilton are all or have been flukes in this one string of threads! Really? Come on people, reign your neck in a bit and try not to let your personal bias blind you completely.


Good one wayne. Its easy to get dragged into slagging a driver you dont support. Even though you may not mean it, you end up calling another driver a fluke or a flash in the pan or something else. Thanks for keeping it real.



Additionally due to the ego of the FIA these guys went out to perform in 200 mph cars without having any real clue how they would handle or perform this weekend. I call that simply dangerous. Danger that is NOT part of the sport like racing but danger because of the incompetence of others. Shameful position to put the drivers in.




Nope, realistic. How many races did Button win in late 2009? How many did Barrichello win?

JB has, however, driven on a completely different level now that he is a former World Champion 🙂


Great drives by Alonso, Hamilton (although he was extremely lucky to get away with using Massa as a brake), Perez and Schumacher.

Re: Red Bull - If Webber has such a problem with what his team said then he should leave. I fear it will only hurt him and him alone, but it's as easy as that.

As for Red Bull, everyone can see Webber's not in Vettel's class and can easily be replaced. His complaints would have a lot more weight if he was faster. But being on pace with your teammate once every nine races is clearly not good enough.


If drivers should leave their team for not being happy then quite a few would leave their team starting with Hamilton.


Alonso best drive of day. Complete. And would still have beaten Vettel even without the bad pitstop.

@ The Talent and Speed F1.

I always question the difference between Vettel and Webber. People are very quick to say that Webber is not in Vettels class and speed. Vettel is a raw talent and fast but still has a few questions to answer which will be in time hopefully. However i do not believe the 'gap' is as much as 'mentioned'. Before the OTBD setup, he was only hundredths off Vettel generally, and alot has to do with his physical size and ballast. Webber has shown on many occasions in other lesser cars, the ability to be very very quick over 1-3 laps, and to be quick in races, certainly matching all the the perceived 'top 3' in the same race. But whats he lacks is more than made up in car setup ability and team building. It may shock people but he is the most respected team member in all the teams he has worked with, (maybe not to his other team mate). He would be highly sought in most teams at present for all these reasons. Will he stay, i think it is a real dilemma for him at present. Red Bull are struggling at the 'top' in being a No:1 F1 team in PR. Red Bull should learn..'never put yourself up on a mantle, its a long way to fall down!.


Well explained. Hamilton was certainly very lucky to get away with the incident involving Massa. He should've been penalized as did Schumacher. I also agree with your view on Webber. He is not as fast as Vettel, but the reason behind that could be because Webber doesn't get the same treatment as Vettel when it comes to strategy, upgrades & the team support. Of course he should leave because Red Bull has double standard. Horner's comments nothing but shallow. Vettel was gifted the championship last year by Ferrari, even though in my view he is one of the best drivers I've ever seen. His position & talent is not much different to what it was for Schumacher in Ferrari. So, yes webber should leave & find another good car. I find it incredible that how ungrateful red bull is to Webber. The guy stuck with the team when red bull had force India kind of package. For me next year's line will be amazing if Massa goes to red bull, button goes to Ferrari & webber goes to McLaren. And for driver of the day, 'ALONSO', simple as that


Utter rot. Hamilton and Massa was nothing like the Schumi incident. Schumi lost control of the car from 20 metres back. Hamilton and Massa entered the corner together, and Lewis was on the inside for goddness sake.

Cannot believe people such as yourself call for yet MORE penalties for drivers - as if they are not constrained enough as it is!


jonnyd, the hard bit is not entering a corner first, any driver can do that by braking later. The hard bit is driving the corner when they arrive there too quickly. Both cars entered that corner too quickly I reckon, both cars were to blame for the coming together and therefore niether should be penalised. Generally speaking the car on the inside is given the benefit of the doubt in 50/50 situations....


its debatable - youd' have to see the telemetry from hamiltons car versus his position on the track. Massa was ahead going into the corner, having swept past him on the outside....and Hamilton did seem to clout him pretty heavily before undercutting him.

its not clear cut.


Hamilton used Massa as a brake.. Really?? Interesting u both say that when both the driver and the team principle said it was fair racing and no one complained.

Hamilton defended his position as hard as he could and to be honest its the final corner of the race, what do you expect him to do? Pull into the pits and wave Massa through??


If you saw the replay of the clash between Massa and Hamilton. It clearly showed Massa turning into Lewis who had the racing line by the way and and his front tyres had locked up, It was a racing incident. Massa knows it, that is why he had no problem with it.


How can people vote Alonso as driver of the day, he was gifted the win by a combination of FIA rule changes and RBR pit stop mistakes. All he had to do was keep his head and drive.


Alonso's drive was pretty much faultless, very few people could live with that. I don't recall Seb making any driver errors either, if his KERS hadn't packed in and his team had done an error free pitstop he may well have won it, those aren't driver errors, and I look at driver performance for Driver of the Day, not team performance.

Looking further back though, Mark nearly binned it coming on to Hanger straight(scary!).

Lewis went off the track twice (that used to be a gravel trap!), lucked into 4th after bouncing off Massa & benefitting from JBs retirement and a car that was underfuelled on one of the most fuel effected tracks on the calendar.

Rosberg had a torrid day really (MS would have surely beaten him without his error dropping it under braking into Kobi).

Notable mentions to Perez and Algi(again!).

It's hard to see past FA, he drove a very calm race, didn't destroy his tyres, and pulled out a healthy lead in the end.


Good points about Hamilton's two (what would have been previously race ending) off track moments.


Am guessing you are a Lewis fan.


You would seem to be in a significant minority there chum.

Great drive in inferior car capitalized on Vettel's slightly slow slop to take lead and win going away from both RBRs.


Inferior car? Hmmm, maybe you could say that two weeks ago.

Those aero packages worked a treat, although Ferrari were lucky in not having to use the dreaded hard tyre.

Still, brilliant drive from Fernando - we owe him some thanks for deposing the magic finger from top spot.

Having said that, I voted Lewis - 10th to a possible podium all screwed up by McLaren at the home GP.

Could have been a breath-taking result but it seems when Lewis isn't busy being his own worst enemy, his team are!


I am no fan of Alonso, especially after his silly year with tantrums against Hamilton.

However... this weekend as James said recently of Button 'he made it happen for himself' and he did, quite simply by being consistently fast, managing his tyres better than most (admittedly the F150 Italia is kind to it's rubber).

But he re-passed Hamilton, not easy on any lap on any day and he was their to take the win when he was handed it... Massa didn't..

Alonso is a true champ for making it happen for himself, as is Hamster, Button and Vettel.

Simple as that


Who did you pick if i may ask?


If it was like you state... why didn't Massa win then.. or even second ?


Vettel certainly wasn't driver of the day (neither were the rest of the bunch bar alonso)! If he was then his team principal wouldn't have been shouting down the radio to his team mate telling him not to pass! At the end of the day no matter how farcical they are, rules ARE rules! They may benefit one team and hinder another but that's the nature of the sport. Teams have to deal with it. As an aside, JB would have been driver of the day (in my opinion) if the lollipop man hadn't mucked up his chances!


Alonso qualified 2 tenths off pole, was fast and didn't make a mistake the whole race. He finished with a 16 second lead.

Your a hard person to please.


What does Alonso have to do to make some people admit he's done a good job? No matter what he does, some people will never pay respect where it's due...



😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀


Sounds like most of Vettel's wins this season...


Here here! vettel just drives fast when in front but when it comes to overtaking well lets just leave it at that......Alonso is an complete driver. webber may not seem fast but at least he can overtake.


What rule changed? There has been no rule change, just a different interpretation of the rules. Semantics? Maybe, but the rules have not been altered.

Also, the best drive doesn't necessarily mean the winner. So coming in P1 has little to do with this poll. Vettel has finished P1 many times this year but has seldom been the Driver of the Day. The RBR pit stop problem had nothing to do with Alonso's drive, or the fans appreciation of it.

Alonso is getting the nod because he drove sublimely.


He also gapped the field by 16 seconds and managed his tires better than perhaps anyone on track. Not to mention, he blew his teammate out of the water (again). Alonso is the most talented driver in F1.


Vettel just cruised knowing he couldn't regain first place because the gap was so big. Better to save the engine and the car then. They only have 8 engines for 1 season.


This is one of those times when you can't really argue credibly that he gapped the field by 17 secs. It was more a case that Hamilton kept Vettel at bay and so Alonso was able to extend his lead. If Vettel had been able to get by Hamilton or had Hamilton's race not been compromised by by fuel limitations and he was free to drive WOT, then in all likelihood that gap would be far less.... much less....


I think Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez made the best efforts in their races, although Fernando did do a great job.

Lewis kept his cool yesterday and brought the car home in 4th just in-front of Massa despite his low fuel situation. Massa drove well too!

Similarly to Lewis, I think Mark Webber's race was very well fought, and though understandably he was ordered to hold 3rd place, I think he fought very well with Vettel.


Lewis kept his cool? He was off the track at least twice.

Michael Prestia

Those who are choosing Lewis as their driver of the day are the same ones that are his fans. He drove a good race but not great. He made a great move to go from 10th to 4th but maybe being light on fuel had a lot to do with that and so people saying McLaren wrecked his race should realize that if properly fueled he may not have been so fast to pass all those cars and be bogged down in the mid field. He flew off the track twice... and would be beached if it wasn't for the new paved area. The only way to hold 4th was to bump Massa who was much quicker going into the last 2 corners... So what did Lewis do to be the Driver of the day???


Why is Nico on the list? It seemed that he was barely keeping the car in front of Perez, who was actually doing better than the Sauber should be.


In my opinion, Alonso was clearly the quickest and his final stint was nothing short of brilliance. He is still the most talented driver in the field and showed it at Silverstone.


Alonso for me. The Ferrari had amazing pace in his hands. Dropped to fourth, but got back to third and then passed both Red Bulls in the pits.

Once he had the lead, he was gone. Made leading from the front and conserving tires look easy.


Alonso, hands down. He was fortunate that Vettel had a poor pitstop, yes, but Alonso drove like a man possessed yesterday. Perhaps it was the diffuser situation, perhaps it was his ability to find the right piece of tarmac for 52 laps, or maybe he was just on top of his game yesterday?

Second has to go to Lewis. If it was for a bit of short sightedness from Mclaren by underfuelling his car, I reckon he would have easily slotted into second, perhaps even pushed Alonso for a bit longer.

Third would be Schumacher. 10 second stop/go penalty seemed a little extreme. I know why Charlie thought it would be best to be used for situations like this, but lets not forget that Schumacher had to pit for a new nose and then come in again to park up for 10 seconds. I would have thought I drive through would have been punishment enough. His performance is improving race by race. Without such a harsh penalty, it's hard to imagine him not being in front of Rosberg at the end of the race yesterday. Unfortuante, but he'll live and learn.


Without a shadow of a doubt, Alonso. James, do you think Fernando, without Vettel's problem in his last pit stop, could have beaten Sebastian?


Would have been close


I thought Hamilton, Webber and Massa all drove great races, Alonso, I will grudgingly admit, had a good one too.

Vettel was interesting - I didn't think he drove badly, but I was surprised how he drove behind Hamilton in that part of the race. On the other hand, at this point in the championship he has so many points in hand I guess he doesn't feel massively compelled to start behaving too recklessly.


Just "interesting"? Really?

He was sublime, from the outside seemingly fault free.


Hamilton should have fought for the victory if he hadn't have fuel issues. Actually he had these issues after coming out of the second stop, that's why he was so slow when alonso was in front. It's a pity for him and Mclaren, I was really disappointed by them. I just hope that the woking team starts finally to bring same good upgrades and can compete for the victory and for the pole, I can understand Hamilton sometimes...

Can you imagine that there were 7 tenths beetween Massa and Button in qualy. That's enormous !


Lewis made a very good race and was brilliant at the beginning, but I don't think he was in condition to fight for the win:

- The McLaren was not fast enough in a dry track

- He (along with the car!) was cooking the tires.

So what was happening was that he was incredibly fast in the very beginning because of warm tires (specially slicks), own speed and guts but then slower each time when other cars were finding proper temperature on their tires while the McLaren's ones were already gone

Then, the issue of the fuel. It is not really clear for me to what extent it was an error by McLaren, how much fuel was missing etc.


Qualifying was distorted by the conditions. I'm sure Mclaren would have been a bit nearer if not for poor tyre selection in Q3 and unpredictable conditions.


i think your missing the point that lewis was fast in the early stages because he was so light on fuel. he would of been much slower early on if fueled properly and not so much of a threat later on.


I'm not sure about that. He was a lot faster than Button, it's just that the Mac is fater in race conditions.

Michael Prestia

Who said Button was fueled low?

rpaco (other rpaco)

Not a Ferrari fan, but I would say Alonso has it!

Interesting piece within Ted K's Behind the scenes video blog "Ferrari had winglets on the rear brake ducts" now if that is true it shirley is illegal. (Nope it's ok because in 3.15 it says 11.4 is excluded, but I'm sure it used to be prohibited for any aero influence from brake ducts or any unsprung part of the vehicle)

Whilst looking at the regs I saw this:

5.5.3 The minimum and maximum throttle pedal travel positions must correspond to the engine throttle minimum (nominal idle) and maximum open positions.

Now obviously if it can idle with foot off, it cannot also be half open with foot off and still comply. So Charlie could have chosen to enforce that which would affect all teams blowing.


Interesting... Unless they rig the throttle valve to be 50% open for idle and regulate the idle by retarding the ignition or similar, I know that on the 4 cyl BMW they regulate the "throttle opening" by regulating the intake valve lift.

All in all a very good point there.


Alonso makes good. And in a car that I'm still not convinced is on the same level as the McLaren.


But a car that Alonso fans insist is FOURTH fastest, to prove that their man is the best driver on the planet, in the history of motor racing, in outer space.

Alonso drove well....I voted for him!


I love doing Mcenroe. Although, if you want to be really ironical, we can even say that the F150° is slower than the Toro Rosso. I mean Alonso is the six million dollar man, seriously Alonso is a very good driver, and with Hamilton i think that he is the most complete driver. Vettel hasn't got the vista that the other two got for overtaking or being in the pack.


You can NOT be serious.....?


You can't be serious man, you cannot be serious! Massa was 7 tenths faster than Button in qualyfing, and Alonso nearly 1sec. Massa faster than Button with th same car is clearly impossible, the Ferrari was by far better than the Mac. You have to be blind to not see it.


Well, I suppose you said the same back in 2008 when Massa was beating Raikkonen and fighting for championship while Button was in Honda and had won only one lucky race in his F1 career. Massa, on a car that warms properly the tires and a dry track is faster than Button, 90% sure of it, even in the same tenth as any of the fastest. But in the Ferrari, in cold tracks against Alonso, looks like an amateur right? If it comforts you to think so, it is ok but I don't think you are right

I agree on Sunday the Ferrari was the fastest or at least very close (more than faster, I would say better with the tires) but to say McLaren is not there in terms of basic speed would be funny. De la Rosa admitted their team had been seriously affected by the ban and also the set-up decision made on Saturday morning was not helping a bit, but they are more or less on the same level and I think we will see it in Germany and the rest of the tracks left


Before 2009, i would said that tou were right. But, since is accident clearly Massa is not the same. And, even if it were right, there is now 7 tenths beetween Massa and Button on pure pace. I also think that even if Hamilton had a good lap, he wouldn't be in front of Massa. But, for sure he would have been samething like 4 tenths quicker than Button. Seriously, if Lewis didn't had his fuel issues, i believe he would have fighten for victory with Alonso. In race conditions, the Mac seems better, but we clearly saw how much faster Hamilton was compare to Button.


well it is not on the same level,it's a few levels above McLaren,but thanks for making me laugh.


I'd say Hamilton for the first lap and the move on Alonso going into Copse.

Alonso had a faster car than Hamilton later in the race and got past him. Vettel's bad luck shouldn't have been decisive, but he spent too long not passing Hamilton while Alonso was building a winning cushion. A touch of Schumacher about that, not fast through the whole race just at the decisive stage.


The same reason that allowed Hamilton to easily overtake Alonso allowed the later to get his position back: the tire temperature


so when hamilton passes alonso it is due to ham and when alo passes ham its the faster ferrari, thats funny

Mind you that Vettel in a RED BULL could not get past Hamilton, therefore hats off to Ham and Alo for being able to pass another car


I thought it was implicit in the comment that Hamilton's car was faster at one stage, and Alonso's faster at another.

If you compare the moves,

Hamilton passed Alonso by going partially onto a wet track into a corner which needs a bit of nerve when NOT overtaking. It was a great move.

Alonso made a decisive pass with the aid of DRS. Vettel couldn't get past even with DRS. That was why Alonso won and Vettel didn't


Why not Schumacher? Adjusting for his accident time and stop go penalty he would have been 20 secs infront of Rosberg.


Well, for one, because he actually 'had' the accident that you refer to with the 'accident time'. We can't just ignore accidents when trying to calculate where a driver would/should have been by the end of the race. He had an accident, you pay a price.

Don't get me wrong though, I think the stop/go penalty was ridiculous, and should never have been given....especially in the face of Di Resta (who's crash-form is even worse than Schumachers of late, but is only given adulation) not being given a penalty for a very similar, if not worse (as Buemi had to retire because of it) incident.

But I think Schumacher's pace was very impressive outside of that, and probably would have been good for 5th..


But he wasn't ahead of Rosberg in the end. What makes a brilliant dirve is being to the limit, not over it.

I am afraid he deserved the penalty for his clumsy move on Kobayashi, who was doing rather well until then.


Vettel, Alonso, Lewis and Button best drivers on the grid by far. i know its obvious, all have won races this season and if the other three had a red bull they would be leading the championship.what would be even better, be if they all were in different top four teams; 4 different driving styles four different teams would be awesome.


Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton its ok, but not Button, he is not at the same level as the other three. I would say that even Vettel isnt at the same level as the other two.


1. Hamilton

2. Alonso

3. Vettel

Forget Button.....not worthy to be mentioned with the creme da la creme, biggest fraud in F1 imo!!!

We all saw Lewis and Alonso with the same equipment - imo Alonso got schooled by a driver in his rookie year on tracks he's never raced on before.....

Check out Alonso in Canada 07 - talking about a driver going off the track, this display was comical to say the least imo - in fact it was cringeworthy material......

Wasting 2 yrs of his F1 career at Renault because he didn't have the 'heart' to take on Lewis on equal terms.....

And somehow is still labelled as been the most complete 'driver' should be the most complete 'bottler' - lol!!!!

As for Vettel, we all saw on Sunday, when this guy his in the mix and not leading....

Overtaking skills?

Tyre Management Skills?

Help from the team to keep Mark W behind?

Lewis Hamilton clear number 1 driver on the grid imo, the evidence from 07 tells it's own story, and what a beautiful story it is imo.....


ok as I understand Alonso is more than happy to share a team with ham, vet, but whoever as long as it is not at Mclaren. Ham had buetifull first 2 years of his career and now he is becomming impatient, resulting is silly mistakes and below par performance. Much as Alonso got impatient at Mclaren as he did not expect Ham to be as strong as he was.

Alo trashes Massa like Shumi never did. At the same time the average But(as many people see him, including you) is keeping up with Hamilton last year and this year. What does that tell you.

Finally I hope Lewis will race for Ferrari with Alonso


Absolutely Mark Webber.


Alonso, per forca!!!


Tricky call between Alonso and Hamilton; went for Alonso. After all, he could have just kept the gap back to the Hamilton/Vettel battle, but he didn't - he pushed hard and kept the gap wide enough that the Bulls never felt capable of attacking back.

Such drives make champions. Just not this year.


Heidfeld deserves a mention surely. Starting 16th in a poor car, he had a great start and managed his tyres perfectly. Did an excellent job to hold Alguersuari, Schumacher and Sutil at certain points in the race who were all quicker than him


Completely agree -- the team has lost its way since the start of the season but Heidfeld has shown spirit in a losing cause. Two-stopping was the key as the car hasn't enough pace for more. Still a chance for this team to turn things around but I doubt it.


Difficult call. Alonso did an excellent job and got a well deserved victory, very cleverly managing the different circumstances in the race. But my choice is Hamilton this time, he drove brilliantly, always to the limit to get a good result from a bad grid position and a clearly under-performing car.

James, BTW, very bad weekend for McLaren, they basically destroyed the races of both of its drivers with mistakes in the qualification, and the problems with the fuel in Hamilton's car and Button's pit stop. What is happening there? both drivers are talking about leaving the team next year, there is not real progress with the car...


Both drivers are talking about leaving leaving next year?

Where did that come from?

Oh, the fans. I see. Must be right then


Sorry man, bad wording on my part. I meant that there has been talk about both drivers leaving the team, not of course that they themselves have said so. And it is not only fans, you have the chat between Horner and Hamilton widely reported in the press, and also for example:

In any case I was genuinely interested in knowing if there is something going on behind the scenes or it is just that McLaren is having a run of bad luck. When he can, James usually provides this kind of inside information ;-), that's the reason I asked.


james, as we saw last race karthikeyan was over a minute behind his team mate liuzzi (which must have been excruciatingly slow. Similarly ricciardo had a similar margin at silverstone. Is there something painfully wrong with the HRT second car or is it just coincidental that the two maybe ran into some trouble mechanically or racing incident towards the end of the race? I really expected ricciardo to keep liuzzi honest throughout the race.


Ricciardo's lap times were virtually the same as Liuzzi's, but he lost lots of time letting the faster cars through.

I followed his progress all weekend and for someone who only drove the car for the first time in Friday practice, his performances were very impressive. He was quicker than Liuzzi in Friday practice 2 and Saturday practice.

Had the rain not come down when it did, I would not have been surprised to see him qualify ahead of Liuzzi. Ricciardo came out of the pits for his second run just as the rain started.

Given the machinery at his disposal, for me he is the driver of the day - and the weekend - getting the car to the finish and no spins or offs in any of the sessions.


I would have thought that stems from being at the back and having to get out of the leaders way first. This situation could easilt be compounded further if Liuzzi gets lapped whilst in the pits and so loses less on track time than Ricciardo (although this situation may not exist in every race).

Will be interesting to read the real reason...


I'll explain in a post


Can I have a quick go....


Last year it was confirmed that several bits were not the same on each car faster changing gearboxes and what not. I'm expecting similiar.

It appears the only teams practicing team orders are the top and bottom


Alonso. He showed both patience and aggression. When passed by Hamilton, he didn't panic and smash his front wing into the other (sorry Schumey) and just drove as fast as conditions allowed. A nice come-from-behind win.



Alonso plays the long game very well and could live with it when Lewis overtook him earlier, knowing that his time will come. Button too is similar in this aspect.

Can't say the same for the likes of Massa, Schumacher, et al who cannot digest being overtaken and start driving the overtaker off the track.


Off the topic James: how does anybody explains the incredible poor starts Weber's had since the beginning of the season? I find it absolutely incredible: pole or not, clean or dirty side of the grid, front line or not, wet or dry, first corner is far or not, whatever the situation is he's miserable. Amazing.


A hard call between Fernando and Lewis. Great drives from both of them, but I think Lewis was a decisive factor in Fernando´s win resisting like a lion against Seb.

I will stick with Lewis on this one but feeling that Fernando deserves equal credit.


Schumacher had it not been for mansell's meddling. The introduction of the driver's was supposed to bring parity. Seems to be an all expenses jolly full of hidden agendas and settling of scores for some. Many a good race ruined now, the pc safety culture lefty's shall inherit the earth and f1 it seems


The F.I.A


Alonso, but Perez was right up there.


Alonso seemed to be calm and let the race come to him, of course Vettel's pit stop issue changed the race, but still Alonso ended up with a big margin.

Would have been interesting to see where Button would have ended up though.

So what was going on with these top teams making such silly mistakes in the pits... did they go out to their local the night before 🙂


I would replace Rosberg with Schumacher. Had it not been for a totally blind Mansell handing a 10 sec stop-go penalty, Schumacher would have been battling with Hamilton for 4th easily.Some of his overtaking moves and his pace in mixed conditions were absolutely sublime.


I couldnt agree more!

Schumacher in my view had a very mixed race with incidents and penalties and he still managed to finish in ninth his pace wasactually very good.I really think he should be on the list instead of Rosberg.


Webber should be Driver of the day just for having the balls to ignore the hypocritical team orders from Horner (Marko?) and attempting to overtake Vettel in the dying laps anyhow.


Alonso, he was patient when he needed to be and didn't throw the car of the track when his tyre temperatures were low. When he got his car working he quickly dispatched of Lewis Hamilton and began catching Vettel at up to 1 second per lap. Yes he got past Vettel in the pits but his speed compared to Massa was incredible, I could barely believe it watching live timing! While Massa couldn't make an impression on the cars in front, Alonso was pulling away at 1-2 seconds per lap...I haven't seen Alonso put in such a dominant display in the dry since the good old blue and yellow days (well maybe Malaysia and Monaco '07 but I do my best to forget that silver year!!)

Special mention for Hamilton and Schumacher, their passes into Copse were was telling that Vettel backed out of the exact same opportunity much later in the race when the track was much drier.


Massa had a damaged floor from 'turn 6' onwards, which I presume was turn 6 on the first lap. That should explain most of the gap.


+1. I think Alonso is doing a careful and rewarding job warming his tires to avoid graining and unnecessary waste. Then getting passed (to the uproar of some) and later overtaking (whithout being praised by the same). It doesn't matter, he is a master of driving.


How can Schumacher not be one of the candidates for driver of the day? Charged to eighth from thirteenth on the grid, had his run in with Kobayashi, did half a lap with no wing, had a 10 sec penalty, fell to seventeenth, and still finished ninth!


I will throw out a general philosophical question regarding these votes. Do you discount factors external to the actual driving of the car? So for example, do you ignore the RBR pit stop problem and say Vettel would have won going away so he gets your vote? Or how about the McLaren fuel miscalculation for Lewis. He was surely having the best race fighting up from 10th until he had to conserve fuel (and still went down fighting anyway). Or DiResta, who would have had a top 10 maybe even top 5 in his first race at Silverstone if not for the tire fiasco- and he isn't even on the vote list. So do we ignore these occurences, or do we say you win as a team and lose as a team? Afterall, if a team makes a brilliant strategy call that wins someone the race, does that in turn take away from their driving performance so that they lose your vote? From reading the comments, it seems that some are looking purely at the driver, and others take other factors into account. I suppose since it says we are voting for DRIVER of the day, and not team performance of the day, we should just look at on track performance. In which case maybe whoever can get an HRT out of last place among finishers is driver of the year?


Am I the only one left pondering as to what Kamui Kobayashi could have achieved at this race had it not been for series of bad luck incidents?

Fernando and Lewis are natural choices as the driver of the day, but if people like Nico, jaime and Sergio can be considered, then I bet you Kobayashi would have beaten them all in terms of position, tire management and exciting overtakes.


Agree fully!!

I've been wondering the same!



I have been greatly impressed with his recent form. A few weeks ago, I would have booted him for a race to give Ricciardo a go.

Under enormous pressure to hold his place in the team, he has turned things around by not only beating his teammate but also scoring points.

Well Done


Hamilton by far the best driver of the race...the way he defended Vettle though he had a faster car...if not for his fuel issue he might have ended the race in much higher position!


Alonso killed that last part of the race very hard to catch.

One note here is that Webber in sector 2 was consistenly 0.2-0.5 seconds quicker than Vetel in the last part of the race.


The Fred in Red. Even with the pitstop error. If Webber was chewing down Vettel's lead in the last lap, Fred would have made hell for Red Bull much earlier.

There were many, many other great drives. Proves that when grip is low (in this case rain) the real drivers step forward and we actually get a race.


Not an easy choice this week as there were a lot of great drives. In the end, my driver of the day has to be Alonso. Beating both RBR and Vettel isn't an easy task this season (as Mark Webber would confirm 😉 ).

The other Spaniard (Jaime Alguersuari that is) is starting to be very impressive with his third consecutive load of points. Is he vying for a RBR seat next year?

Shame we saw too little of him during the race. Ideally, we should have split TV screens really.


I voted for Alguersuari just for the very same reasons you've mentioned.


I vote Alonso because of his abilities to get the most of any situation and because of delivering phenomenal pace, because of bringing hope to people in his team, because of never giving up and because of fantastic, skillful drive and tremendous speed with no mistakes he showed during the race.

Hamilton is a great, entertaining driver, one of the best for sure....but I hate his style. Any chance of him being overtaken or him overtaking other drivers is almost a 100% certainty that somebody is going to be out of the race. It is only him, there is nobody else to do this...


Hey mate,

Just wondering if you book your tickets for Hungary? Did my post help at all?


Damien, thank for coming back - it was very helpful. What surprises me is that you have zero influence on what seat are you going to get....but let's see. Thanks again!


Clearly Alonso.

Hey James any chance to explain to us why Alonso was that faster on S2?.


Dan Ricciardo - getting that 2nd hand Campos to finish the race.

Its reported on the web that HRT F1 has been sold to a Japanese Investment Bank for $32M.

Maybe a backdoor way of Honda to re-enter the GP scene ?


Easily Hamilton. Started tenth due to his hopeless team. Passed alonso,webber,and button when it was wet and was closing on vettel. Helped alonso to his big lead by holding up vettel after the first pit stops. Should have been on the podium if it wasn't for his team underfueling him. How can a team with the resources of maclaren screw up like that?


We will see in Germany whether Ferrari has made genuine gains or whether it was Alonso's genius that pulled this win out of the bag.

I expect a bit of both.


Alonso by far. I watched most of the race with the live timing going and once he had clear air he just kept putting in purple laps (at times 1sec faster). While Hamilton did have a strong race people have to remember that during the first couple of stints he was carrying less Fuel than the other leading cars. Thus giving him a tenth or 2 advantage per lap. So him having to slow down at the end of the race probably balanced it out a bit (tho i reckon he might have made the bottom step of the podium).


Although he is not included - Michael Schumacher. He had such an eventful race, once again showed good tempo and made a dozen overtaking on track to finish in the points. I would love to see him in a car capable of winning.


for me it has to be Hamilton for a combination of great overtaking (watch and learn Seb) and controling his emotions when being messed around by his team. 10th to 4th not bad!

although I used to dislike Alonso for his petulance when he was at Mclaren (perhaps Lewis learnt it from him!!) I have to say I have grown to like him a lot and respect his huge skill and would have been tempted to give him driver of the day.

however I have to be consistent to my views that I do not think Vettel is as good as he is made out to be because it is a hell of a lot easier to look after your tyres and car and win when you are screaming out ahead of the field then when you are trying to keep someone off your backside whilst also trying to make up places. therefore i cannot give Alonso the Kudos for this either.

It would be interesting to know however how many fans of Fernando are happy to criticise Vettel's talent because he only ever has to get out in front but have given Fernando Driver of the Day here...


I really hate when someone says sentences like this:

-...I used to dislike Alonso for his petulance when he was at Mclaren (perhaps Lewis learnt it from him!!)...-

Fernando is not the villain (and has never been)that some media tried to show he was in 2007. Every sentence he said was taken out of context to create a incredibly distorted image of the person he is, and I get really angry when I see that it worked perfectly. I must say it happened the same with Lewis Hamilton, but he is proving to be closer to the bad image that media created of him than Fernando.


he was petulant. for a double world champ to get so wound up and angry about a rookie. whether he was AS bad as made out is another argument entirely. my point was actually positive about Alonso in that my perception of him has completely changed from how I viewed him then to now - he is clearly the most all round talented driver out there and I feel that since he lets his racing do his talking he is also coming across as a much better individual.


Lewis Hamilton by a mile.

Schumi had a great race, I was happy to see.

Alonso did well, but he was lucky Hamilton drove so well in front of Vettel for one stint and only won due to Vettel having a problem in a tyre stop. He was also beautifully overtaken by Hamilton in what was technically the best move of the race. Lewis started 10th and yet there are still people who cannot see the obvious.

Hamilton again showed a complete mastery of tricky conditions, despite all the pressure that his rivals and their fans try to build up, he make them look like amateurs when it is slippery. 10th to 4th, it should have been a second place at least without the Team's fuelling mistake, without their Q3 mistake he would have blitzed the lot of them.

It is not even close...

Perez did very well too.


Oh come on Alan, I agree that Hamilton had a good race, and definitely deserves credit for that, but to say that Alonso was 'lucky' for such and such reasons is a bit disingenuous. Alonso's pace was absolutely scintillating, surely you can admit that? Even when Vettel was free from Hamilton after the stops, he couldn't make an impression on Alonso, and was actually losing time.

Might I add, I'm not an Alonso/Ferrari fan (although I admire the man), but I was delighted to see him win....he thoroughly deserved it, and it's great to have him back in the hunt proper.

To reiterate, great drive my Lewis also, that ending was fantastic driving and defending. A great GP.


He was lucky, but as you understand, the cars have differing speeds during the race, due to fuel loads, tyres, conditions/setup to name just a few factors. Of course he drove very well and genuinely had the faster car in late race trim and put it to good use.

What I would have liked to have seen was him [FA]pass Vettel on the track, he was unquestionably lucky RBR had the pitstop trouble, gifting him track position. We as F1 fans were unlucky not to see the fight that would have surely developed, very much like the "new tyres after the restart" scenario a few weeks ago.

You see, I like a fight more than I like any Driver, Team or Nation...

A great season of racing though, huge thanks to Pirelli for having the balls to take a massive commercial risk for our entertainment.


Alan, unfortunately we can't have all the possible scenarios we want to compare two drivers... or the whole grid.

But we can compare them if they happen to be confronted with similar situations. This scenario was the task to overtake an allegedly "slower" driver in similar track conditions.

Alonso made it, Vettel didn't.


I will consider this further when awake


definitely Vettel needs recovery, but who doubts he will pull out himself from this 'swamp' and get on top of fame


James, off topic but could you do a piece on the current situation at McLaren.

Will any of Lewis/Jenson/Martin Whitmarsh still be there next year, what are the basic problems with the car this year and why are silly mistakes (like the wheel nut) creeping into what used to be one of the smartest pit crews around?


Ofcourse, I will give this one to Alonso but Vettel is slowly emerging as a mature driver who doesn't let pressure get the better of him. At one time, he was third after a bottled stop and eventhough he tried hard to get past, he didn't want that place at any cost by putting himself in jeopardy. Knowing Hamilton and seeing the way he handles such situations, a pat on the back must be given to Vettel for not getting carried away. Hamilton weaved thrice on the old pit straight and should have been sanctioned but instead of making a meal of it, Vettel went to the pits and got the Brit there. Now that's clever!

Knowing that a win was possibly not attainable against Alonso in a roaring Ferrari which benefited hugely from the rule change, Vettel drove within himself and finished second despite Mark ignoring team orders (note that the team orders didn't prevent the Aussie from launching onto the German). I don't think you can expect an Aus 2009 or a Spa 2010 from Vettel anymore as he has grown up and grown up for good.

Finally, I wanna leave a note to those who think Mark is treated as a second driver. Mark got a better strategy despite trailing Vettel in the race and he benefited both times by undercutting Alonso. Secondly, Redbull didn't prevent Mark from winning the German GP in 2009 when Button was cruising into the title with only Vettel having a long shot, an act which even garnered criticism from Eddie Jordan. If Mark is feeling insecure, part of his problem stems from his management team, headed by Flavio Briatore and the Aussie himself is a cry baby at times. He needs to come to terms that Vettel is the better driver and that he's lucky to drive one of the best machinery ever made in F1.


This time it was a hard decision.

I was balanced between Hamilton and Alonso for most of the race... till the last but one corner.

In the end, Alonso proved consistently faster than his opponents, built a gap (with the aid of Hamilton but mainly by setting one fast lap after another) and made a flawless race.

BTW, I don't quite get the point in the comment about how Alonso used the DRS to re-pass Hamilton. Of course he did, same as Hamilton previously and Vettel later...


Gotta be Alonso, He was prepared to play the waiting game and knew not to over-drive his car. He may have been lucky with the pit stops but he did pretty much make his own luck in this occasion


Good to see Jamie doing well.

21 years old, mature, and a couple of seasons under his belt.

Alonso is formidable when he gets the chance.

Dominic Beesley



Can't look past Alonso for this one. It was a race that could easily have been lost to Vettel if not for a flawless performance and good pace throughout.


Alonso has been showing his class all season, as far as I am concerned - best driver on the grid at the moment, no doubt. He hasn't had the fastest car at any point this season but he is just always there, always fighting. He thoroughly deserved that win.


I cant quite believe the result. Even my cat was taken aback.


has to be lewis.. attacked from the start and drove the hardest of all of them..

for those that are saying he turned into massa.. err maybe the fact that the back end of both their cars are stepping out... look closer before making incorrect comments.. even brundle mentions it in the commentry that they are both steering right in a left hand corener..

well done lewis... back on track


Although it was only one particular incident, I thought Button's round-the-outside overtake on Massa was, along with Hamilton's defensive move on Massa at the end, the supreme move of the race


Alonso's pace was good and I agree with him when he says he had to a lot calmer in this race and wait for opportunities. He got passed by Hamilton and he didnt lose focus strong performance from him indeed. I would have liked to see him win the race without a mistake from RBR , he got lucky in some way.lewis drove well real shame hia team keeps letting him down.

Dont understand why Rosberg is on the list not Schumacher though I know that is the final result that counts but Schumacher's performance desrves a mention. I would even put Heidfeld on the list as opposed to Rosberg


Schumacher was the driver of the day, won that title hands down.

Hmm, to be the driver of the day you have to do a specially good drive.

How on earth did you even get Rosberg in that list. Or Vettel for that matter, even if i like him it was not a special drive.

Makes it impossible to vote when the guys that made a really good drive is not even in the list.


I'm one of the few who voted for Perez, and my justification is as follows:

1. Alonso drove a perfect race, but probable only got the win due to a duff pitstop for Vettel. His car would automatically have put him in the top 3.

2. Vettel did OK but the win that would have been his was lost due to the pitstop error.

3. Hamilton did well to get up to 4th but at the end was struggling to keep Massa behind him.

4. Rosberg - no idea why he even featured in the candidates for DOD!

5. Perez is in his first season in F1, driving a not so good car, yet managed to bring it home in a very creditable 7th place. A DNF for Button and a broken wing for Schumacer probably gifted him a couple of places but even 9th would have been a good achievement!

6. Another strong performance from Algesari in the Torro Rosso. Hard to imagine that not many years back this was the Minardi that used to bring up the rear.

And a general comment. I think most people vote for their favourite driver rather that the one who was Driver of the Day!


For me the best driver was Hamilton. Started 10th, ended 4th. Up to 6th on lap 1, 5th by lap 2 (James, typo there). And that was not just the effect from the missing one kilo of fuel. Hamilton in the mixed conditions was in a word awesome! It was plainly evident that here was a driver doing things the others either wouldn't or couldn't!

His pass on Alonso along the pit straight was amazing (only surpassed by Button's pass on Massa) ... those were the only "top-line" passes of the day not aided by DRS or a significant difference in tyre wear.

Had he enough fuel who knows what he could've done ... I think first was out of the question, but 2nd or 3rd were possible.

Holding Vettel behind him for those 9-10 laps was again awesome. Shades of Senna (Lotus) v. Prost (McLaren) in Imola 1985. The RB7 was clearly faster, but LH did just enough to keep him behind until he shredded his tyres.

All in the 3rd fastest car.

Mac just have to get their car close, say to within two or three tenths off of the RB7 and F150, and LH will take care of the rest.


I think this one is a clear battle between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. The pace Alonso was setting at times in the race was outstanding and was at times 2 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton, although credit to Lewis he was saving fuel but was in the early stages of that phase.

Then Lewis drove a great race from 10th to 4th which could have easily been a podium had his McLaren team not dramatically under fueled his car, which I'm told was not a mistake and was in fact on purpose. His overtaking was once again brilliant, highlighting the move he pulled on Alonso into Copse in particular which really set the crowd going.

In conclusion then I think this one goes to Lewis. Once again a great drive overshadowed by another big mistake made by not him but the team. The same I must say goes for Jenson. I had a good view of Turn 1 and he was clearly going to jump Webber. Get it right McLaren.

Lewis, not enough Fuel. Jenson, not enough Wheels.


To back up my point on Hamilton's overtaking, he did not overtake anyone in the DRS zones but on the rest of the circuit. He was only OVERTAKEN in the DRS zones. That really says something about Lewis Hamilton.

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