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My first thread on here. Wanted to go through some of the drivers and name their strongest circuits and see what others think. Let's say we can name a maximum of 3 circuits per driver.

Vettel - India, Suzuka, Bahrain. I think there are others you could pick and I think he is one of the hardest drivers to judge on this.

Webber - Silverstone, Monaco, Nurburgring. I guess Barcelona would also be a good shout.

Alonso - Monza, Singapore, Barcelona. Sepang is another one i was considering for Alonso.

Massa - Interlagos, Istanbul, Bahrain

Hamilton - Montreal, Abu Dhabi, China (?). Montreal was an obvious one, but apart from that, Hamilton seems to be very strong at all circuits.

Button - Melbourne, Suzuka.

Schumacher - Montreal, Monaco, Spa. Magny Cours would also be a good shout.

Rosberg - China.

Raikkonen - Spa.

Feel free to add your own ones or correct me on any that you disagree with.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:41 pm 
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You gotta give the Ice man more credit. How about those times where he was catching the leader of a GP and could have made a pass with an extra 3-4 laps for a GP, in a Lotus, its pretty impressive. Plus if you are giving Rosberg China then you have to give Maldonado both circuits in Spain hes got great pace there. And by that logic you may or may not give Kimi Abu Dhabi, thats a toss up.
BTW for Vettel I would put Istanbul I know its not on the calender but he was just so fast there is was ridiculous.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:45 pm 
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Maldonado - Monaco, he used to be called a street circuit specialist till he screwed himself in Monaco 2012, but in 2011 he placed his useless Williams in 6th till a possessed Hamilton punted him to the wall

Hulkenberg - Sao Paolo, need I say more?


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I would say Hamilton is also strong at Hungaroring and Melbourne, Vettel at Korea and Abu Dhabi ?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:02 pm 
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Vettel = Most tilke tracks


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:23 pm 
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Vettel surely has to have Valencia next to his name, he's monstered that track the past couple of years. I mean look how much quicker he was than everyone there in the 2012 season. Admittedly it's not on the calender anymore so I don't know whether that affects the conditions of this kind of "poll".

Hamilton deserves Hungary as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:34 pm 
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I think give Vettel Korea, Raikkonen Bahrain

And maybe Button Montreal?


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Button Hungary and Alonso Monaco.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:16 pm 
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Gaz wrote:
Vettel surely has to have Valencia next to his name, he's monstered that track the past couple of years. I mean look how much quicker he was than everyone there in the 2012 season. Admittedly it's not on the calender anymore so I don't know whether that affects the conditions of this kind of "poll".


That is a great call! Very silly of me to forget it. :blush:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:23 pm 
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Vettel at Valencia and Lewis in Hungary... Michael at Magny-Cours was a beast too!

The OPs list is pretty bang on though

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:26 pm 
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emb1496 wrote:
You gotta give the Ice man more credit. How about those times where he was catching the leader of a GP and could have made a pass with an extra 3-4 laps for a GP, in a Lotus, its pretty impressive. Plus if you are giving Rosberg China then you have to give Maldonado both circuits in Spain hes got great pace there. And by that logic you may or may not give Kimi Abu Dhabi, thats a toss up.
BTW for Vettel I would put Istanbul I know its not on the calender but he was just so fast there is was ridiculous.


Rosberg has been pretty strong in China for the last three years, not just a one off

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:41 pm 
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Maldonado - Monaco, he used to be called a street circuit specialist till he screwed himself in Monaco 2012, but in 2011 he placed his useless Williams in 6th till a possessed Hamilton punted him to the wall

Hulkenberg - Sao Paolo, need I say more?

he also nearly got banned for life for nearly killing a Marshall there.........


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Hamilton - Canada, Hungary and Abu Dhabi

Alonso - Singapore, Monaco and Brazil?

Vettel - Abu Dhabi, Valencia and Suzuka.

Button - Australia, Hungary and Sepang (at least back in the day he was!)

Webber - Monaco and Britain.

Kimi - Belgium.

Schumacher - Belgium, Canada, France, Japan... I won't go on.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:10 pm 
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i think Vettel has shown stronger form in Korea than in Valencia,i'd would add Suzuka and Korea to Vettel's list.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:33 pm 
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Hamilton - Canada, Abu Dhabi, China

Alonso - Singapore, Italy, ???

Vettel - Japan, most of the newest tilke tracks

Raikkonen - Belgium, Hungary

Button - Australia, Japan

Webber - Monaco, Britain


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:40 pm 
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Some old ones (for fun):

Montoya - Interlagos

Alesi - Monza

Berger - Hockenheim

Hill - Hungary


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:26 pm 
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Alonso: Sepang, Singapore, Italy, Hockenheim

Vettel: Korea, India, Abu Dahbi, Suzuka

Massa: Istanbul, Bahrain, Interlagos, Suzuka

Hamilton: Montreal, Abu Dahbi, Hungaroring

Button: Melbourne, Suzuka

Webber: Monaco, Silverstone, Nurburgring

Kimi: Spa

Glock: Montreal. Scored Points in his first race there, and almost won in Champ Car in 2005.

Moldanado: Monaco, Valencia, Singapore

Hulkenberg: Interlagos

the rest of the drivers in my opinion havent been around long enough to be able to determine what their best tracks are.


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If this is a list for how quick a driver is on a track (as opposed to how successful he has been on it), I would also include Magny Cours on the list for Kimi. He would have won the race in 2002 were it not for the misfortune of running over spilt oil and finished 2nd; he was the fastest one on the track in 2005 but had the handicap of a 10-place grid penalty and finished 2nd; he was leading in 2008 but suffered an exhaust problem which resulted in him having to settle for (you guessed it) 2nd. He did win in 2007 though.

As for past drivers, Hakkinen won 3 years in a row in Catalunya, and was a fraction of a lap away from making it 4 in a row in 2001.


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I think you should add Monaco to Alonso's list. He does really well there. Especially these last few years. Any maybe Hockenheim

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potter84 wrote:
r41 wrote:
Maldonado - Monaco, he used to be called a street circuit specialist till he screwed himself in Monaco 2012, but in 2011 he placed his useless Williams in 6th till a possessed Hamilton punted him to the wall

Hulkenberg - Sao Paolo, need I say more?

he also nearly got banned for life for nearly killing a Marshall there.........


Does that mean he is not a quick driver round there though?


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Raikkonen - Suzuka.


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COTA - Hamilton

Ricciardo - possibly Bahrain, India

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:35 am 
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mikeyg123 wrote:
potter84 wrote:
r41 wrote:
Maldonado - Monaco, he used to be called a street circuit specialist till he screwed himself in Monaco 2012, but in 2011 he placed his useless Williams in 6th till a possessed Hamilton punted him to the wall

Hulkenberg - Sao Paolo, need I say more?

he also nearly got banned for life for nearly killing a Marshall there.........


Does that mean he is not a quick driver round there though?

he does well at street circuits but he has won there what once in gp2 and more often than not Monaco ends up being memorable for him for the wrong reasons. I do fully agree with Valencia and Singapore for him though. Having raw pace at a track doesn't equate to it being your best if you cant convert it into anything just mo, others agree with you also.


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potter84 wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:
potter84 wrote:
r41 wrote:
Maldonado - Monaco, he used to be called a street circuit specialist till he screwed himself in Monaco 2012, but in 2011 he placed his useless Williams in 6th till a possessed Hamilton punted him to the wall

Hulkenberg - Sao Paolo, need I say more?

he also nearly got banned for life for nearly killing a Marshall there.........


Does that mean he is not a quick driver round there though?

he does well at street circuits but he has won there what once in gp2 and more often than not Monaco ends up being memorable for him for the wrong reasons. I do fully agree with Valencia and Singapore for him though. Having raw pace at a track doesn't equate to it being your best if you cant convert it into anything just mo, others agree with you also.


Won it once in Renault 3.5. In Gp2 in 4 years he won twice and was second twice. Would also have scored big points there in 2011 as well. So I think he can get results there.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:11 am 
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adding to ones that have been said already

Vettel- Interlagos
Massa- Barcelona
Perez- Melbourne


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The only driver to win EIGHT times on same track is the great S H U M I.......Magny cours(France)


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The only driver to win EIGHT times on same track is the great S H U M I.......Magny cours(France)


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I don't know why, but midfield teams tend to do well at flowy tracks like Spa. Think 2012, Koba, Maldonado - 2nd and 3rd at quali, Hulkenberg's stellar drive, 2011 and 2010 with great drives by Sutil, and Alguersuari's good qualifying. And who can forget FI's first pole by Fisi at Spa 2009?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:00 am 
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I'd add Suzuka to Schumie as well

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Kimi always used to go well at the Nerbergring but on the same note always had bad reliability, (2003,2004,2005 altho self inflicted,2007)


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Hockenheim is another one for JB


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My first thread on here. Wanted to go through some of the drivers and name their strongest circuits and see what others think. Let's say we can name a maximum of 3 circuits per driver.

Vettel - India, Suzuka, Bahrain. I think there are others you could pick and I think he is one of the hardest drivers to judge on this.

Webber - Silverstone, Monaco, Nurburgring. I guess Barcelona would also be a good shout.

Alonso - Monza, Singapore, Barcelona. Sepang is another one i was considering for Alonso.

Massa - Interlagos, Istanbul, Bahrain

Hamilton - Montreal, Abu Dhabi, China (?). Montreal was an obvious one, but apart from that, Hamilton seems to be very strong at all circuits.

Button - Melbourne, Suzuka.

Schumacher - Montreal, Monaco, Spa. Magny Cours would also be a good shout.

Rosberg - China.

Raikkonen - Spa.

Feel free to add your own ones or correct me on any that you disagree with.


Schumacher at Monaco and Spa obviously, he even beat Nico there in 2010! I would go with Suzuka over Montreal, despite all the success Schumi has had there. No surprises that it was at these tracks that we saw the "flashes" of old Michael during his comeback (Spa 2011, Monaco 2012).

Nico is a Bahrain/China specialist. I would also say Malaysia. Sure Michael beat him there in 2011/2012 as he improved but Michael is absolutely mighty at Malaysia.

Hamilton I would say Abu Dhabi, Canada, Spa. 2012 at Spa was a bit of an off-year for him, he went completely the wrong way on setup which can happen in the modern short weekends. In previous years he had beaten Button or there.

Button I would say Melbourne, Hungary, Suzuka.

Vettel I would say Suzuka, Melbourne, Bahrain.

Webber I would say Silverstone, Monaco, Nurburgring.

Alonso I would say Malaysia, Silverstone, Monza. Malaysia is probably the best of those 3 for him.

Massa I would say Bahrain, Brazil, Turkey. The best of those definitely being Brazil where he seems to get something extra.

Oh yes forgot Raikkonen: Spa, Nurburgring, Malaysia. In that order I think.


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What about the top drivers weakest tracks?

Hamilton- India

Button- Silverstone

Webber- Oz

Many more to add i'm sure.

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BrazilLastCorner2008 wrote:
What about the top drivers weakest tracks?

Hamilton- India

Button- Silverstone

Webber- Oz

Many more to add i'm sure.


You can add Singapore and Bahrain for webber.

Vettel - nurburgring

Alonso - spa?


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I'd say Singapore for seb's best too. He lubs that place. So does Glock.

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I'd say Singapore for seb's best too. He lubs that place. So does Glock.

So did Glock.

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BrazilLastCorner2008 wrote:
What about the top drivers weakest tracks?

Hamilton- India

Button- Silverstone

Webber- Oz

Many more to add i'm sure.


Another of Hamiltons I feel is Malaysia. All be it with the exception of 2007 (2nd) and 2012 (3rd), he hasn't finished higher than 5th.

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Raikkonen - Spa, Nurburgring and Hockenheim.


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Glock - Hungary

Fissichella - Monteal

Irvine - Suzuka


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Hulkenburg - Brazil

I dunno if Alonso is good at Monza or Ferrari just tries really hard on their monza spec car


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