It’s disaster for Alonso whilst Hulkenburg proves metal

2 Sep

Driver Ratings, Belgium, Pt.1, Caterham, Ferrari and Force India.

Heikki Kovalainen: 6/10 Q19 S18 F17

Heikki had a customary great start rising to 10th before the safety car, but as soon as the safety car returned to the pits Kovalainen found himself swamped by faster cars. Heikki would have been the fastest of the ‘new’ teams until a spin during a chicane saw him drop to the back, a place he would struggle to get out from until he pipped De La Rosa at the end.

Vitaly Petrov: 7/10 Q20 S19 F14

Vitaly profited from the turn 1 collision to rise to 14th and after inheriting 17th from Kovalainen it was a dominant performance by Vitaly to win the ‘new’ team race.

Fernando Alonso: 5/10 Q6 S6 F ret.

Would surely have finished high up in the points had he not been forced to retire, but it hadn’t been a dominant weekend for Alonso, despite going fastest in FP3. Alonso will need a better weekend at Monza if he is to keep him being the favourite.

Felipe Massa: 7/10 Q14 S14 F5

It hasn’t been the year Felipe would have dreamed of but Massa won’t be upset with his race today. It wasn’t a good qualifying performance but Massa drove a blinder of a race, the strategy was good and Massa drove well to pick up a vital 10 points.

Nico Hulkenburg: 9/10 Q12 S11 F4 #DriverOfTheDay

Nico drove phenomenally to show people why he should be regarded as the best driver at Force India, despite now shining in qualifying Nico negotiated the collision superbly to find himself in 3rd before overtaking Raikkonen to go into 2nd, only to find himself behind Kimi again after pitting. Maybe could have made the podium with some more luck.

Paul Di Resta: 6/10 Q10 S9 F10

Performed impeccably in qualifying to make it to Q3, but couldn’t find that speed in the race and should have finished 6th if he’d performed to qualifying expectations.

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One Response to “It’s disaster for Alonso whilst Hulkenburg proves metal”

  1. Janella September 4, 2012 at 14:41 #

    Button won in case you missed it; your sarcasm must have spurred him on

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