Vote for your Australian GP driver of the weekend

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Start, Albert Park, 2014Who stood out from the pack during the Australian Grand Prix weekend?

Review the performances of all the drivers below and vote your Driver of the Weekend for the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – A tenth consecutive grand prix victory never looked likely. Software problems caused a lack of engine power in qualifying, leaving him well over two seconds off the pace and unable to make the cut for Q3. His car still wasn’t running properly when the race started and he soon retired.

Daniel Ricciardo – Whether or not the fuel flow rate infringement which ultimately wrecked his weekend was significantly contributing to his car’s performance, Ricciardo coped with the pressures of performing for a top team for the first time on his ground admirably. His qualifying lap on a soaked track on intermediate tyres, which had shades of his predecessor at Malaysia in 2010, was a superb effort which demonstrated he deserves his place in a championship-winning outfit.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014Nico Rosberg – Was a close match for Hamilton on pace all weekend but slipped up in qualifying, going off at turn nine as he began his final run in Q3. That left him without enough time to do another flying lap which might have netted him pole position. However he dodged his way through the front row at the start and spent most of the race measuring out small quantities of the W05′s vast potential. He’ll be grateful the front wheel hub damaged incurred at his final pit stop didn’t end his race, however.

Lewis Hamilton – Bore the brunt of Mercedes’ reliability problems which struck during first practice and – more significantly – the race. He’d take pole position in the rain-hit qualifying session but after losing a cylinder at the start he was never going to be able to do anything with it.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – An initial gamble on intermediate tyres in Q3 didn’t seem to be paying off, so he switched back to wets and took fifth. He was also cleared of allegedly impeding Gutierrez during Q1. Spent the first half the race stuck behind Hulkenberg, and though he got ahead at the second pit stop he couldn’t keep the recovering Button behind. That meant he finished where he started, before being promoted by Ricciardo’s exclusion.

Kimi Raikkonen – Had more problems with his car than Alonso in practice. In qualifying he crashed at turn three, but said he had already missed the cut for Q3 anyway. Like Alonso he had electrical problems on his car during the race, though Pat Fry said Raikkonen’s were more severe. Nonetheless he brought the car home in the points.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean – The Lotus E22 is in dire need of further testing and on the rare occasions it ventured from the pits Grosjean had major problems with the car. He had to start from the pit lane and a procedural error by the team earned him an immediate drive-through penalty. The Safety Car helped him regain the field and he passed Maldonado, but both were doomed to retire.

Pastor Maldonado – Car problems kept Maldonado from even setting a time during qualifying. He was given a dispensation to start based on his FP3 lap time – a deliverance, as he hadn’t set a time in either of the other sessions, illustrating the scale of the task Lotus are facing.

McLaren

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Albert Park, 2014Jenson Button – Missed the cut for Q3 as he had to back off following Raikkonen’s crash. Reacted quickly to the Safety Car deployment and his quick dash into the pits gained him three places. He then undercut Alonso and Hulkenberg at his second stop to pick up two more, and homed in on Ricciardo and Magnussen during the final stint.

Kevin Magnussen – It said a lot that Button singled out Magnussen’s qualifying lap in the rain as an even more impressive aspect of his race weekend than his classy drive to a podium finish on race day. He flirted with disaster at the start, almost spinning in front of the pack, but having kept it under control he sped off to a strong and thoroughly well-deserved result.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg – Reached Q3, unlike his team mate, and ran inside the top ten for more than half the race. Front-left tyre graining was a problem and he ended up falling behind Alonso and Button ahead of the final stint.

Sergio Perez – Went off at turn three as the track conditions began to worsen in Q2, moments before Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari. Having pitted to replace a punctured tyre on lap one, due to contact with Gutierrez, he picked off the stragglers and was able to inherit the final point.

Sauber

Adrian Sutil – The only driver to use a one-stop strategy during the race. It didn’t pay off, leaving him out of the points.

Esteban Gutierrez – Made a late start to Q1 due to ongoing problems with his car and blamed the resulting traffic problems on his failure to make the cut. Said his car had a “significant” lack of straight-line speed but at least managed to bring it home, outside of the points.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Albert Park, 2014Jean-Eric Vergne – Given his many off-track moments during practice while he grappled with his car’s brake-by-wire system, it was a surprise to see him reach Q3. Vergne’s wet weather pace served him well once again. He was passed by Raikkonen and Bottas twice during the race but getting ahead of them once was an achievement, and an eventual eighth place a fair reward.

Daniil Kvyat – Accompanied his team mate in Q3 despite his inexperience, the treacherous conditions and the challenging nature of the new cars. Gambling on intermediates for his last run didn’t pay off – he hit the wall – but nonetheless started a highly creditable eighth. He kept his nose clean in the race as well and became F1′s youngest ever points scorer.

Williams

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Albert Park, 2014Felipe Massa – A disappointing start for his new team. Although the Williams was quick in the dry a lack of rear downforce made it a handful in wet conditions. He reached Q3 nonetheless, only to be wiped out at the first corner by Kobayashi.

Valtteri Bottas – A gearbox change penalty left him back in the pack. He wielded his much more competitive Williams to good effect in the opening laps but perhaps his exuberance got the better of him. Having picked off the Toro Rossos and Raikkonen he was lining up Alonso when he whacked the barrier at turn ten. He was fortunate to keep going and, thanks to the Safety Car, lose only a fraction of the time he might have. But it took until the end of the race for him to get back where he’d been.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Electronic and gearbox problems hampered his qualifying. The gremlins remained on race day – he lost six laps at the start when his car died on the grid. Once he got going his race pace was considerably better than Chilton’s but the damage was already done.

Max Chilton – Said he only made one mistake on his clean lap in qualifying, and was two-hundredths of a second off reaching Q2. Like his team mate he had to start from the pits due to car problems, but was gaining on Ericsson’s Caterham even without the help of the Safety Car.

Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi – Despite failing to complete a single timed lap on Friday due to various problems. Kobayashi got his Caterham into Q2 on his Formula One return. His raced ended early, but he was exonerated by the stewards after the first-lap crash with Massa, which was blamed on a brake-by-wire glitch on Kobayashi’s car.

Marcus Ericsson – Also did little running in practice – hardly an ideal situation for a driver making his F1 debut. His race was curtailed due to a loss of oil pressure.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 12th +2.373s 0/3 0
Daniel Ricciardo 2nd -2.373s 3/3 2
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.364s 0/1 0
Nico Rosberg 3rd +0.364s 1/1 2 1st
Fernando Alonso 5th -1.689s 56/57 2 4th -22.391s
Kimi Raikkonen 11th +1.689s 1/57 2 7th +22.391s
Romain Grosjean 20th 6/29 1
Pastor Maldonado 21st 23/29 1
Jenson Button 10th +1.19s 0/57 2 3rd +3.25s
Kevin Magnussen 4th -1.19s 57/57 2 2nd -3.25s
Nico Hulkenberg 7th -3.635s 57/57 2 6th -35.198s
Sergio Perez 16th +3.635s 0/57 3 10th +35.198s
Adrian Sutil 13th -1.444s 56/56 1 11th -6.104s
Esteban Gutierrez 22nd +1.444s 0/56 2 12th +6.104s
Jean-Eric Vergne 6th -1.504s 54/57 2 8th -3.144s
Daniil Kvyat 8th +1.504s 3/57 2 9th +3.144s
Felipe Massa 9th -0.068s 0/0 0
Valtteri Bottas 15th +0.068s 0/0 2 5th
Jules Bianchi 18th +0.501s 0/49 2
Max Chilton 17th -0.501s 49/49 2 13th
Kamui Kobayashi 14th -0.883s 0/0 0
Marcus Ericsson 19th +0.883s 0/0 1

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Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (14%)
  • Nico Rosberg (5%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (2%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (48%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (2%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (24%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (1%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (1%)

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114 comments on Vote for your Australian GP driver of the weekend

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  1. magon4 (@magon4) said on 17th March 2014, 17:58

    Dan. Great job Saturday and Sunday!!!

    • AdrianS said on 17th March 2014, 22:53

      In a car that has much less power than all the others up to 9th position (before his DQ), I have to agree.
      I thought he started on the front row simply because it was wet in qualifying where power is less important, but on Sunday he proved that he’s much better than the car.

      • ivz (@ivz) said on 17th March 2014, 23:27

        Not to mention he put it on the front row with inters when everyone else was on wets, high chance he could have come off the track but didn’t. Didn’t put a single foot wrong all weekend. Bottas made a mistake but still has more votes than Ricciardo, and has possibly the second fastest car on the grid, followed by the McLaren? Not a fan of Red Bull, but I get the feeling if Ricciardo was driving for McLaren he would get more votes. If Magnussen actually tried a passing move on Ricciardo he would have been a clear vote, in the end didn’t even have a go. Close call between the two though.

      • JimG (@jimg) said on 18th March 2014, 9:08

        @AdrianS: While I agree that Dan drove very well, on what do you base your assertion that his car had “much less power”? It’s all very well saying that “he’s much better than the car” but the best driver in the world can’t add horsepower, and without a roughly equal amount of power I can’t believe that he would have been able to maintain P2 for the whole race distance.

      • Brian C (@bcracing) said on 18th March 2014, 14:57

        His car was making more power than the other Renaults as he was using more fuel. remember when he got excluded from the race because his car was illegal? He had a good drive but it’s been marred by his teams poor choices.

    • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 17th March 2014, 23:24

      Voted Dan as well. All weekend he looked solid in that car, and with the added pressure of filling Mark’s role as the sole Aussie at the Aus GP in a Red Bull I thought he handled the pressure admirably.
      Magnussen was an extremely close second, though the Mercedes has a significant advantage over the Renault engine.

    • The Abbinator (@abbinator) said on 17th March 2014, 23:32

      Happy to see the new boy sticking it to Vet in his first weekend on the senior team… Happy to see DR on the podium, pity about the team being so silly as to destroy it by not listening to the stewards. Some kind of announcement about car 3 being under investigation for breach of fuel flow during the actual race would have been more appropriate, but I agree with the decision. I love the new formula, also love the fact you can hear something other than the horrible whiny mosquito pitch of the engines that we have had for years, like squealing tyres, misfiring, team radio, crowd reaction, etc.

      • aka_robyn said on 18th March 2014, 0:00

        Happy to see the new boy sticking it to Vet in his first weekend on the senior team…

        Oh man, really? Is he the one who screwed up Vettel’s engine? And he seemed like such a nice guy, too…

        • Indeed – Vettel was completely helpless to retaliate, so it’s a void comparison.

        • Pink Peril (@pink-peril) said on 18th March 2014, 21:12

          It’s driver of the ‘weekend’ not just race. So yes, Daniel did outperform or if you like, stick it to Vettel in his first weekend in the team.
          I’d have to say Daniel, just didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend although Bottas is a close second and had he not clipped the wall, I think he could have been it. Magnusson also deserves an honourable mention for such a great debut performance and had he actually tried a pass on Daniel then he might have got my vote.

          • aka_robyn said on 18th March 2014, 22:58

            Vettel had engine problems during qualifying AND the race — so we’re back to Ricciardo “sticking it” to Vettel by messing with his engine. Don’t let that grin fool you!

  2. Dirk (@dirksen) said on 17th March 2014, 18:03

    Bottas, he made me cheer during the race with his great moves!

    • caci99 (@caci99) said on 17th March 2014, 18:28

      I went with Bottas as well, the only entertaining factor of the race for me.

      • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 17th March 2014, 18:53

        @dirksen Bottas in the race no contest for me. I was encouraged then hugely disappointed by Ricciardo’s drive and subsequent disqualification (to be appealed) and I think Magnussen did a super job to not only finish in the points but come 3rd (and maybe now second) in his first F1 race. But the guy who – to my mind – was really driving the car out there on Sunday afternoon and deserves driver of the race was Valtteri Bottas.

        Taking the weekend as a whole it’s a toss-up between Bottas and Ricciardo’s fabulous almost-pole and then almost-second in the race (TBA). But Bottas’ competitive spirit still wins it for me.

        I was cheering for him too, especially his moves on Räikkonnen who is one of my favoured drivers. I think this season I’m going to cheer on Bottas and Williams.

      • GB (@bgp001ruled) said on 18th March 2014, 5:09

        +1

    • BJ (@beejis60) said on 17th March 2014, 19:22

      Agreed thoroughly. RIC started and finished high with a supposed illegal car and same for MAG who started and finished high. BOT had to start far back AND overcome a damaged car to come back to 5th. If he was further up either with his start or no damaged wheel/tired, I would have suspected him to challenge for a podium position.

    • Nick (@nick-uk) said on 17th March 2014, 19:31

      Bottas was certainly brilliant in Australia… just not every lap, nor on Saturday. His mistake and a poor qually (based on Sunday performance that car is clearly capable of top 5 grid slots) limited him to third for me.

      Ricciardo came in 2nd in my opinion. Solid race and qually – much like Kevin Magnussen too, but then this was KM’s first ever race and so to deliver a performance like that, outshowing his champion/most experinced teamate in the process, I don’t know why he has only 50% of the F1Fanatic vote. It’s gotta be KM!

      • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 17th March 2014, 19:41

        @nick-uk – I agree that it should be Magnussen, but you can’t say the Williams was worthy of a higher spot in qualifying on the basis of its race performance. The root of Williams pace appears to be in fuel economy, allowing the drivers to extract a larger percentage of the car’s performance than its rivals during the race, but that does not necessarily make it a fast qualifying car.

    • Peter (@yapapi) said on 18th March 2014, 14:25

      No, can’t vote for Bottas what with a fairly significant mistake. Has to be Dan.

  3. Sir Teukka (@merioksa) said on 17th March 2014, 18:06

    Had to give it to Magnussen, amazing stuff from a rookie. Had Bottas not made a mistake during the race, I might have given my vote to him.

  4. Tango (@tango) said on 17th March 2014, 18:08

    Magnussen for me, a superb, assured first drive and yes, it is reminiscent of the performances of a certain Lewis Hamilton some years ago.

    Rosberg probably drove a great race, but it is impossible to judge, such is the delta to other cars.
    Obviously, honorable mentions to Ricciardo (nerves and quali), Bottas (for the sheer enjoyment factor), Button (who again compensates speed with great race craft), both Toro Rossos (bringing home the points when it matters), Hulkenberg (holding off faster cars for so long) and… yes… Chilton, because this trend of finishing every damn race he starts is becoming an amusing and commendable (not yet amazing) feat.

  5. Ludwig (@ludwigmic) said on 17th March 2014, 18:09

    Magnussen, with an honourable mention for Bottas and Ricciardo.

  6. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 17th March 2014, 18:11

    I voted fot Kevin Magnussen. He kept his nerves and beat his very experienced team mate in tricky wet qualifying in a difficult track. On Sunday, he drove calm and controlled race without mistakes and fully deserved a spot on podium. It is more impressive considering his age and that it was his first race ever in Formula 1.

  7. James (@jimmyd13) said on 17th March 2014, 18:12

    Nico made a good drive, but nothing exceptional, his car is just easily the best. Bottas made good runs through the field, but he hit the wall, maybe next time. Ricciardo would have got it, but now I can’t be sure with his disqualification and all if he really deserves it. Magnussen, perfect rookie weekend, got to be him. So in order:
    1. Magnussen
    2.Ricciardo
    3. Bottas
    4. Rosberg

  8. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 17th March 2014, 18:14

    Nico Hulkenberg. The new Alonso.

    • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 17th March 2014, 19:05

      @joshua-mesh: A bit early to say but I do agree with you. He really reminds me of the young Alonso and I see the same intensity in Hulkenberg. Over the years his race craft has got significantly better and with a raft of new talented rookies coming in, Nico clearly has enough meat in him to be considered as one of the sport’s finest rising stars.

    • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 17th March 2014, 21:21

      Wow, nice out of the box comment. I agree.

      Perhaps, it’s just meant to be that this was the fourth time in the last seven races that they did battle. All four were mesmerizing from the Hulk’s defensive masterclass in Korea, from Alonso’s masterful pass in Suzuka, to Alonso’s wily defending in the last lap of the US GP, to the nose-to-tail race they wielded this past weekend.

      Race-long battles all four were.

  9. Rigi (@rigi) said on 17th March 2014, 18:15

    nico rosberg was good all weekend, only he’s in a dominant car and i don’t feel like he was dotw, neither was daniel ricciardo, who was only faster than his team mate when vettels car wasn’t working properly. Valtteri Bottas would’ve probably got my vote if he didn’t make that silly mistake that lead to his puncture. Still honorable mention to them, and also Daniil Kvyat who seems a talented chap. there can be no doubt however over the real driver of the weekend thoguh;

    Kevin Magnussen.

    Life as a rookie is very, very hard these days, since testing has been restricted. And to out-race and -qualify a driver, who is a world champion and has many many years of experience, on his FIRST race weekend, is simply astonishing. Magnussen put together a brilliant drive and has shown more maturity than a few more experienced f1 drivers. McLaren were absolutely right to get rid of perez and sign this very promising young man. In my view, we have ourselves a new future champion.

    • suka (@suka) said on 17th March 2014, 18:54

      I did not like his start. Almost caused a collision had Alonso not been careful. I think Hulkenberg drove better especially knowing his car was not as good as Magnussen’s. Very happy for the young guys doing great this year.

      • pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 17th March 2014, 22:52

        I think you missed the fact that he caught it and didn’t loose a place. Incredible, instinctive, lightning fast and accurate response. Without loosing ground. That’s how you drive through inevitable slips – in your first ever F1 start in mad different cars against the worlds best.

        DOTR

    • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 17th March 2014, 18:55

      @rigi You said it all for me.

    • Sam (@) said on 18th March 2014, 17:48

      Oh and also, Button lost out on a spot in Q3 due to RAI his yellow flag. Magnussen had clean air almost all race whilst Button was stuck behind a whole train for over 15 laps.

      So;
      1) Out qualifying Button on raw pace, no.
      2) Out racing Button on raw pace, not really…

      Nice drive nontheless. But put in perspective Bottas, Ricciardo and Hülkenberg drove a better race. @rigi @suka

      • pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 19th March 2014, 14:42

        @ardenflo Which perspective would that be? The one where we all wear your Williams blinkers?

        Magnussen had clear air because first others couldn’t catch him and second, the Red Bull was illegal and Mercedes are just ahead of everything.

        Button is a former WDC with 14 years of F1 experience and you think it’s no big deal that a first timer beat him (in whatever way)?

        You have a very strange outlook…

  10. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 17th March 2014, 18:18

    Nice review!
    My top 3 : MAG – ROS – RIC

  11. In_Silico (@insilico) said on 17th March 2014, 18:24

    Ricciardo was superb throughout the weekend, and kept his nerve to hold off Magnussen near the end. So I’ve voted for him. But there was a number of drivers who I felt drove brilliantly. With the wet qualifying and the first race of the season with these new cars, we saw some brilliant driving overall. More so than usual I felt.

    Whether or not the fuel flow rate infringement which ultimately wrecked his weekend was significantly contributing to his car’s performance

    Just out of curiosity, how much would this have added to Ricciardo’s pace, or is it just impossible to tell?

    • Diego (@ironcito) said on 17th March 2014, 21:13

      It’s unknown whether the engine actually received more fuel than is permitted. The official FIA flow sensor indicated more, but it was known to read too high. Red Bull claim that they used the fuel injectors to measure fuel flow instead, which are more reliable, and that they never went over the limit. Regardless, I don’t think that it would’ve made a significant difference. At most, RIC could have lost second place to MAG in the closing stages. It still would’ve been a good drive by RIC, and a good performance by the Red Bull and its Renault power unit, which were practically written off by many before the season started.

  12. Imre (@f1mre) said on 17th March 2014, 18:30

    I knew Bottas’ going to get many votes. But why? He hit the wall that cost him a possible podium. Rosberg did better than Bottas.

    • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 17th March 2014, 19:02

      @f1mre Because Bottas was really going for it and putting on a great display of race-craft. Yes he made a mistake. Vettel also hit that wall during qualifying because like Bottas he too was pushing (unlike Bottas it was because he was down on power and was over-driving). These cars are difficult to control. Bottas was on the edge and it got away from him slightly. Had there been any run-off at all it would have been a nothing incident. He gets full marks for being a racer and putting in 100%. He already suffered from having to pit and then fight his way back up the order. Rosberg might have done a better job of piloting the car to the finish line without incident but no-one did a better job of actually racing which is what Sunday is about, remember.

      • Imre (@f1mre) said on 17th March 2014, 19:46

        Rosberg would’ve done the same if he had started from 10th position. Bottas was the most entertaining driver of the weekend, not the best.

        • Imre (@f1mre) said on 17th March 2014, 19:48

          Oh, Bottas had a gearbox change, he started from P15.

        • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 17th March 2014, 20:37

          @f1mre are you saying your idea of a good drive is Rosberg cruising to victory? I don’t recall Rosberg getting into tussles with the likes of Räikkönen over the past few seasons. Bottas was the best driver because he was gladiatorial. Other guys were commendable – Ricciardo, Magnussen, Kvyat – but I don’t recall many others really taking the fight to their opponents. Hulkenberg holding off Alonso was pretty good but not much racing spectacle. What I want to see in F1 is drivers fighting for position and Bottas did that more than anyone else.

          • Albert said on 18th March 2014, 10:28

            @mortyvicar

            What I want to see in F1 is drivers fighting for position

            That does not necessarily makes it the best performance though.

            “Entertaining” performance does not automatically equal “best” performance.

    • Tim (@grez76) said on 17th March 2014, 19:12

      I voted for Bottas because his mistake probably came from consistently pushing to the edge of adhesion. I have to forgive him after witnessing similar mistakes from previous world champions :) He may not have driven the perfect race but it was the most entertaining especially with that eye candy livery! Quali was Ricciardo for me after watching the comparison between his car control and Vettel’s.

  13. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 17th March 2014, 18:32

    K-Mag all the way. Second row qualifying followed by a podium in his very first race, you can’t argue with that for DOTW material! Awesome, mature and consistent performance all weekend long

  14. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 17th March 2014, 18:36

    It was going to be Bottas. But I felt he could have done better in qualifying and could have avoided the wall in the race.

    It was then going to be Ricciardo. But I felt his infringement possibly did give him quite an advantage.

    So I have gone for the exceptionally good performance by Kevin Magnussen. Outqualified JB (although he did get impeded by the yellows) but had a great race too, keeping up with Ricciardo and holding off pressure from his teammate.

    Other shouts to Rosberg, Hamilton, Chilton, Kvyat & Kobayashi.

  15. Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 17th March 2014, 18:37

    Incredibly impressive drives by KM, DR,VB, and DK. The sport has needed fresh young talent to emerge, and move the conversation away from pay to play (or at least give us more to talk about).

    Actually now that I’ve had a bit of time to process the race, the cars, everything. I think this year will be great. Maybe slowing the cars down a bit will translate to the drivers taking more chances more often, I hope that turns out to be true. I shall reserve judgement till the mid-season break. Shortening the races by 10-15 laps is an interesting idea. I keep thinking if they could make the pit stops more unpredictable, more time consuming, without compromising safety, of course; would something as simple as requiring the rims to be fastened by multiple lug nuts help to spice things up.

    • Morty Vicar (@mortyvicar) said on 17th March 2014, 19:11

      @alebelly74 agreed, particularly the drivers. I don’t think the speed is an issue: the cars are a bit slower in the slow corners and 10-20Km/h faster at the end of the straights. I think drivability will lead to better racing: energy delivery, tyres going off and unfortunately for a while brake-by-wire giving inconsistent results will lead to some thrilling racing.

      • Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 17th March 2014, 20:12

        @mortyvicar Yes, drivability is a better way to describe it. All that torque too, when they get it hooked up, it just seemed when a driver wanted to pass someone, they could get up on that person in a hurry and get around them, in previous years every pass seemed incredibly risky, in Melbourne passing seemed much more doable. Add Massa and Vettel to that mix, and things get even more interesting. I do think the Mercs will be fighting each other most of the year.

        • I also think this new Formula will be brilliant. The race was setting up to be special but misfortune ruined it a bit. It was like a great Chef having all the ingredients for fantastic dish but dropping some on the floor. The Hamilton to balance out the Rosberg, the Vettel to add a charge through the field, and the Massa to show the Williams’ potential.

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