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Vote for your Bahrain GP driver of the weekend

2014 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?

Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most during the last race weekend.

Bahrain Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Sebastian Vettel – For the second time this year technical problems with his car during Q2 hindered his attempts to get into the final ten, as did his spin at turn two during final practice. Gambled on using medium tyres for his first stint and gained ground despite a DRS glitch and poor straight line speed (though his was higher than Alonso’s). Let Ricciardo past when ordered to, got back ahead of him then was passed once more after the Safety Car period, ending up sixth.

Daniel Ricciardo – Qualified a surprising third, then was relegated ten places by his Malaysia grid penalty. After passing Magnussen he lobbied the pit wall for help getting ahead of Vettel, which was granted, though he dropped back behind during the pit stops. But having got his medium tyre stint out of the way mid-race he re-passed Vettel after the Safety Car period, helped himself to another place from Hulkenberg and was poised to strike at Perez when the chequered flag came don, taking fourth.


Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Nico Rosberg – Having lagged behind Hamilton in practice Rosberg seized the initiative in qualifying, taking pole for the second year in Bahrain. He had the pace to win from there but Hamilton got ahead at the start and try as he might Rosberg just couldn’t make a move stick, even with the benefit of softer tyres in the final stint.

Lewis Hamilton – Headed every practice session and looked a sure thing for pole when qualifying began. But wasn’t as comfortable in his car when the competitive sessions began and two mistakes in Q3 let Rosberg in for pole. Hamilton made a better start, however, and by parrying each and every one of Rosberg’s attacks he pulled off a remarkable win.


Fernando Alonso – As expected the Ferrari wanted for straight-line speed in Bahrain but Alonso seemed particularly vulnerable in the race, giving away 13kph to his team mate and 21kph to the Mercedes. A gradual loss of power throughout qualifying left him ninth on the grid, and although a rapid start moved him up to seventh he was soon demoted by Hulkenberg. Was grateful for the chance to save fuel afford by the Safety Car period, and crossed the finishing line back in ninth place, one arm aloft.

Kimi Raikkonen – Lined up fifth on the grid but never lapped inside the top six. It didn’t help matters that he was hit by Magnussen – again – on the opening lap. “The lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated,” he said, after following his team mate home in tenth.


Start, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Romain Grosjean – Narrowly beat Maldonado into Q2 and although he fell back at the start he was quickly able to pass the Caterhams and Bianchi. Was having a good race with Gutierrez until his team mate took him out of the equation, and brought the car home 12th, pleased at his first trouble-free weekend of the year.

Pastor Maldonado – Posted his first finish for Lotus but was fortunate to make it that far after crashing into Gutierrez while leaving the pits after his second stop on lap 39. Blamed Gutierrez for the collision but few saw it that way, least of all the stewards, who issued a trio of penalties including a three-point licence endorsement.


Jenson Button – Took sixth on the grid, saying the team had “done a more or less perfect job” up to that point. The race began promisingly and had it not been for a clutch failure on his car Button reckoned he could have passed the Force Indias for third.

Kevin Magnussen – Lost vital ground at the start by making contact with Raikkonen and never really got back into the race from there. Also retired with a clutch problem.

Force India

Sergio Perez, Force India, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Nico Hulkenberg – Said failing to get beyond Q2 was his own fault after running wide at turn 11, losing several tenths of a second. But he quickly made up for it after the start, gaining three places on lap one and then passing Alonso. He lost out to Perez while scrapping with Massa, and an attempt to claim the position back after the Safety Car period didn’t work out. Ricciardo then bumped him down to fifth before the end of the race.

Sergio Perez – His first start for Force India in Australia was ruined on lap one and he didn’t even make it to the start in Malaysia. But it was third time lucky for Perez, who after taking fourth on the grid was disappointed he wasn’t closer to the front. Brake warm-up had been a problem for him in qualifying and it was at the start as well, where he locked up heavily at turn one. But from there he took the fight to the Williams drivers, passing Massa twice to gain the track position he needed to make a two-stop strategy work. He put one over his team mate as well, which proved valuable at the end of the race when he had just enough in hand to claim his first pole position since 2012.


Adrian Sutil – Picked up his first penalty points of the year by impeding Grosjean during qualifying. Having failed to make it out of Q1 he was then relegated to last place. In the race he was the victim of some questionable driving by Bianchi, the pair making contact and turns one and four as the Marussia driver tried to pass. “He was driving aggressively for the whole race and pushed me off at the start,” said Sutil. “With his move he destroyed mine as well as his own race.”

Esteban Gutierrez – Out-qualified his team mate but looked set for an afternoon scrapping with the Lotuses outside of the points positions when he was hit by Maldonado. A hospital visit was required after his Sauber flipped over but he was given the all-clear.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Said Maldonado’s driving was “absolutely mental” when they tangled on the first lap, adding “that guy tried to kill me” as he made his way back to the pits. The damage ruined his race, as he explained afterwards: “I got squeezed more and more and when he realised I was about to overtake him anyway, he just closed the door. That is why our wheels touched and my car took off, out of control. Both rear wing and floor got heavily damaged with a huge loss of aero performance and it was just not possible to continue my race.” Before the race began he revealed he’d gone to hospital between the first two races of the year as a result of trying to reduce hid body weight to compete with his lighter team mate.

Daniil Kvyat – Believe he could have made it into Q3 but didn’t make the cut and the story of his race was similar – he finished 11th, just outside the points.


Felipe Massa, Williams, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Felipe Massa – A blistering start from seventh on the grid had him up to third by turn one. But the Williams was asking too much of its rear tyres and Massa found himself under increasing pressure from the Force India drivers. Even without the Safety Car period he was likely to drop behind the Red Bulls, and leaving his medium tyre stint to last reduced his chances of overtaking them.

Valtteri Bottas – Out-qualified Massa but was harder on the tyres than his team mate and ended the race looking at his rear wing again.


Jules Bianchi – A pair of rash moves on Sutil spoiled his race, though he blamed his rival for the contact: “I had the chance to get ahead of him and I was slightly ahead going into turn one, but he turned in on me and crashed into me, which punctured my left rear.” The floor damage and loss of time ensured he wouldn’t play a role even in the battle for the lowest positions.

Max Chilton – Notched up his 22nd finish and took 13th place, helping Marussia to retake tenth from Caterham in the constructors’ championship.


Kamui Kobayashi – Looked racy in the early stages of the race but even after the Safety Car period he still needed to conserve fuel which kept him from attacking in the final laps.

Marcus Ericsson – Briefly held 17th before an MGU-H failure ended his race.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 10th +0.393s 44/57 2 6th +5.39s
Daniel Ricciardo 13th -0.393s 13/57 2 4th -5.39s
Lewis Hamilton 2nd +0.279s 54/57 2 1st -1.085s
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.279s 3/57 2 2nd +1.085s
Fernando Alonso 9th +0.624s 50/57 3 9th -0.867s
Kimi Raikkonen 5th -0.624s 7/57 3 10th +0.867s
Romain Grosjean 16th -0.009s 27/57 3 12th -19.66s
Pastor Maldonado 17th +0.009s 30/57 3 14th +19.66s
Jenson Button 6th -0.325s 40/40 2 17th
Kevin Magnussen 8th +0.325s 0/40 3
Nico Hulkenberg 11th +0.369s 11/57 2 5th +4.587s
Sergio Perez 4th -0.369s 46/57 2 3rd -4.587s
Adrian Sutil 22nd +0.273s 0/17 2
Esteban Gutierrez 15th -0.273s 17/17 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 14th +0.141s 0/18 2
Daniil Kvyat 12th -0.141s 18/18 3 11th
Felipe Massa 7th +0.264s 34/57 3 7th -0.611s
Valtteri Bottas 3rd -0.264s 23/57 3 8th +0.611s
Jules Bianchi 19th -0.603s 11/56 4 16th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 21st +0.603s 45/56 3 13th Not on same lap
Kamui Kobayashi 18th -0.79s 25/33 2 15th
Marcus Ericsson 20th +0.79s 8/33 2

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

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 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (17%)
  • Nico Rosberg (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (49%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (1%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (26%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (2%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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123 comments on “Vote for your Bahrain GP driver of the weekend”

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  1. Hard choice between Hamilton and Perez, but gave it to the Mexican.

    1. Exactly the same. Struggled to choose between HAM & ROS, so gave it to PER.

      1. GB (@bgp001ruled)
        7th April 2014, 20:29

        you struggeled between two drivers so you choose a third one?

        1. logic is the real winner here.

    2. Juan (@gumbercules)
      7th April 2014, 19:42

      Hard choice, but Hamilton’s defense was epic so I have it to him.

      Really, we should all thank Maldonado for a great end to the race.

      1. Haha! Yeah, I thought about voting for Maldonado for bringing out out the safety car, but couldn’t bring myself to do it.

        Perez for me. As much as I wanted Hulk up there, it was a well deserved podium for Checo.

    3. Agree, Hamilton and Rosberg’s battle was Epic, but Rosberg should have been able to get past him on softer tires and Hamilton shouldn’t have goofed on his qualifying run on Saturday so that takes them out of the Running for me.

      Perez got the best he could possibly get from his car.

    4. SO the choice is going for Ham who beat Rosberg in the race or Perez or Ricciardo who beat 10 other guys for their very good weekend. For the whole weekend there’s only one name for me and it’s name is Ricciardo, beating Vettel in any situation is hard and driving through RedBull limitations is even harder, Ricciardo again was perfect.

      1. I have to agree, but I voted for Checo.
        There was nothing to choose between Lewis, Nico, Dan or Checo, but the m,exican got more out of the car than even his team mate.

        1. hamilton was so much better than rosberg. ricciardo and perez were great though. tough call this one.

      2. Agree.
        It was too close to call. But happy to choose Perez.

    5. No hard choice about it. Lewis Hamilton took the race by the scruff off the neck and never let go. Nico was always no2

  2. I spend a very long time criticising this driver. However, this week I have gone for him.

    He outqualified and outraced Nico Hulkenberg. I did not expect him to do that at any point this season, not in the same weekend. He kept his cool and held off both Williamses, Jenson Button, his teammate, both Ferraris and both Red Bulls. Yes the Mercedes drivers were fun to watch but neither really had the edge on the other.

    This week, I went for Sergio Perez.

    (Also big shouts to Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa, Max Chilton, Romain Grosjean, and of course, Niki Lauda.)

  3. Hamilton. Controlled the race at the beginning, then won two battles with his team-mate Rosberg. Also, good drives from Perez and Ricciardo.

  4. Well, no one really stood out as much as Hamilton. He took the lead from the first lap and was controlling the race onwards. He would’ve won easier if not the safety car. He withstood storming Rosberg with faster tyres. And the most important thing – he was as calm and composed as ever, bringing his car home without a bruise.

    1. To be honest I still struggle to believe Hamilton kept Rosberg behind despite the tyre advantage Rosberg had. It was truly remarkable. Not to mention brilliant to see what a car could really achieve. All those races where Vettel drove casually to the line in 2011/2013 would have been so much more interesting to watch had he had a team mate who could force him to show how fast Red Bull really were compared to the rest of the field.

      1. @nick-uk

        Fairplay i always had you down as someone who would never praise Ham in anyway.

        1. Detecting sarcasm… haha

  5. For me it was choosing between Perez and Hülkenberg. Ham or Ros on 1-2 is a given so despite their battle don’t really deserve the vote. I guess Hamilton is DOTW though taking he win.

    I voted Hülkenberg because he came from so much further back than Perez. Had better pace in the race but only missed out on that 3rd slot due to a ERS malfunction. Then he held up Ricciardo plenty so his teammate could take the podium. Afterwards he congratulated his teammate on the first Force India podium since 2009 where it could/should have been his.. That is real sportsmanship. Besides that Hülkenberg again fails to dissapoint. His weekend would’ve been so much better if it weren’t for a stupid mistake in his faster than Perez Q-lap.

    1. I also like to add Hülkenberg really looked happy for Perez.

    2. Some drivers are confident enough in their own abilities that they can be happy for their teammates when they do well, Hulk being one example so i agree with your comments (although i voted for Hamilton). Unfortunately some drivers are quite insecure and can’t handle these situations so well…

  6. Perez this time. Also Hamilton did a great job, as did Ricciardo and Rosberg.

  7. Ricciardo or perrez for me. They both made their illustrious teammates look average. On seconds thoughts ricciardo after all his teammate is 4x wdc.

    1. Me too. And 13th to 4th was impressive. As was qualifying in 3rd with a Renault engine on a power circuit.

    2. Me too. I would add that hearing “Sebastian, Daniel is quicker than you” was very satisfying

      1. Hehe, I was also considering Gutierrez for the degree of difficulty, but he was let down by the dismount.

  8. Hard to choose between Hamilton, Perez and Ricciardo. I went for the latter considering his grid position (both great qualifying and harsh penalty) and lack of straight line speed.

  9. I was considering Hamilton, Ricciardo, and Perez. Hamilton drove an incredible defensive race, and was certainly one of the stars in terms of entertainment value, but of course he was beaten to pole by Rosberg, who also looked faster in the race.

    Perez did very well to outqualify and outrace everyone except the Mercedes drivers, including his highly-rated team mate.

    But in the end I voted Ricciardo. Similar to Perez, he outqualified and out-raced his team mate, who in Ricciardo’s case happens to be the reigning four-time world champion. How often in the past four years has Vettel had to admit that the other guy got more out of the car? Certainly never last year.

    There were other fine drives yesterday, but one disappointment for me was Bottas, whose level of driving is starting to remind me of Paul di Resta, which is to say very good but not great. Paul got a lot of credit in his rookie year for narrowly beating Sutil early on, but a great driver should be beating their team mate (especially Sutil and Massa) more convincingly. I think Valtteri is a likeable character and there may still come opportunities to prove himself, but currently his stock is falling.

    1. ^ This. My thoughts exactly.

      Honourable mentions though to Hamilton, Rosberg & Perez.

  10. Ham Ham Ham

      1. I prefer ham…one can never tell what they put in the baloney.

  11. Lol, who voted Max Chilton

    1. We all know Max is long time user of this site (and the only one who votes for himself), but I think Pastor just discovered F1Fanatic too…

      1. LOL.. F1F is slowly becoming the last word in F1 polls…

    2. W (@yesyesyesandyesagain)
      7th April 2014, 19:05

      His 13th place finish put Marussia back in 10th. So that is a big deal for them. There is a Marussia fan lurking out there somewhere, or it is just Max :)

      1. Indeed, and he’s been the Marussia driver keeping his nose clean.

    3. Come on guys, be nice. We know that Max wouldn’t get on here and vote for himself. It was his mum. LOL

  12. Had to be The Aussie, he had a lot of work to do to get to his final position and passed a lot of more experienced drivers to do it. Taking a massive grid drop and coming in so close to the podium is stuff that we expect veterans to do. Also was torn between Perez and the Hulk, but they didn’t quite fulfil the promise on the day. I almost went for the very talented Pastor Badlydoneby, but there was no room left on the voting sheeet after he had ticked his own box a million times.

    1. Note: seeing a high percentage voting for HAM, well, we all know his ability, he had a front row start and the best car. Any 1 of the top ten drivers on that grid could probably have done the same. My vote for RIC was based on his grid position, his inexperience, and an allegedly underpowered, still to be improved car. All in all he pulled an excellent drive out of the hat. Silk purse stuff I would say.

      1. Please show me ANY of the top ten drivers that ever beat their teammate whilst having a DRS and tyre disadvantage – and won.

      2. I’m definitely a big Hamilton fan, but part of me knows what you mean…best car makes a good result a given. HOWEVER, the reason I voted for him was the fact that he outperformed his car…for some reason (probably set up, but we’ll never know), Rosberg had a faster car than Hamilton, but Hamilton showed real grit to keep the lead just before his first stop. Then quite how he kept Rosberg behind him in the race was pure genius. OK, he made a mistake when it counted in qualifying, but in every other aspect of the weekend he was the best driver…in my opinion!

  13. Lewis for sure, apart from qualy he was flawless.
    I would have voted Perez, but he was lucky the race was only 57 laps long, one more lap and Ricciardo would have overtaken him. HAM in contrast was totally in control, he had ”slower” tires but managed to keep ROS at bay.
    But really the most deserving DOTW should be Guttierez for surviving after being Maldonadoed :)

    1. Brilliant!!! I see a trademark coming on! You’ve been Maldonadoed!

      @Klaas gets royalties when we use that one going forward guys :)

      1. It’s like being ‘Travoltafied’ but a lot more painful.

  14. I voted Alonso… it was tough to drive the taxi, with all the problems he was facing, finishing was a big achievement… Forza Ferrari.. Alonso WDC for me this year, go go go…

    Waiting for so long to hear:
    “Grande weekend”

    1. Alonso: Too much focus to beat Kimi rather than WDC.
      Kimi: “The lack of aero downforce, speed on the straight, and driver priority, meant overtaking was complicated,”

  15. Went for Ricciardo. Excellent qualifying, undone by the grid penalty unrelated to this weekend, which meant that he had the rare chance to have a good qualifying and come through the field. Outraced Vettel, which is a good achievement (even though Vettel had DRS and MGU-H problems which may have made Ricciardo look slightly better than he really was).

    Second contender would be Perez, who drove a very good race, and finally a shout out to Hamilton for definitely earning driver of the last ten laps, but his mistakes in qualifying mean that he was not driver of the weekend for me.


    1. the same guy who voted Mac Chilton

      1. Hey… Chilton actually had a decent race.

      2. Their mothers!

  17. Out of the top three, Perez was the only one to beat his teammate in qualifying and the race. I think he’s been under a lot of pressure since last season and a lot of people said the Hulkenberg would wipe the floor with him so it’s good to see a driver bounce back. This was bar far his best race in F1 and I hope that this form continues so we can see more good battles between the Force India pair.

  18. I’ll advocate again for cumulative voting of some kind here. I’d like to split my votes among Hamilton, Perez, and Ricciardo. I think Hamilton’s race takes on added gloss now that we’ve learned that he had a brake issue in Q3. Perez beat about 5 guys to get third in a straight fight. Ricciardo owned Vettel again. Clearly RBR is the second fastest team. If RIC was not docked those grid spots, he would have been in that position. However, it seems that it’s only 2nd best in his hands. He appears to be “outperforming” the car. In the end I have to pick Hamilton beacuse rarely, if ever, since the advent of the DRS and two-compound rules, have you seen someone hold off a car with both advantages for more than a couple laps. That was a particularly remarkable performance.

    1. That’s exactly why I picked Hamilton too. Outstanding.

  19. 2% have voted Maldonado… something , must be seriously wrong with these people….

    1. I think it’s because his idiocy gave us the dream finish to a marvelous race. Without him, there would probably have been no Hamilton/Rosberg battle in the end.

      I can follow the line of thinking, but it IS turning the idea of “driver of the weekend” on it’s head :)

  20. Neil (@neilosjames)
    7th April 2014, 19:16

    I went with Hamilton. He’s known as a great attacking driver, but little is said of his defensive ability. So it was nice to see it on display this weekend.

    Honourable mentions to Perez and Ricciardo.

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