Vote for your Bahrain GP driver of the weekend

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

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.

Mercedes

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.

Ferrari

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.

Lotus

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.

McLaren

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Marussia

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.

Caterham

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 (2%)

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

  1. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 7th April 2014, 18:54

    WHO VOTED FOR MALDONADO? LOL

  2. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 7th April 2014, 19:02

    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.

  3. DaveW (@dmw) said on 7th April 2014, 19:06

    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.

  4. BrawnGP said on 7th April 2014, 19:15

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

    • LosD (@losd) said on 7th April 2014, 21:01

      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 :)

  5. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 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.

  6. John H (@john-h) said on 7th April 2014, 19:20

    Ricciardo. 10 place drop and still finished ahead of the 4 time world champion in his third race. Very impressive. Could be the battle of the season. I’m sure vettel is struggling without the EBD.

  7. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 7th April 2014, 19:30

    Max Chilton! Less than a minute behind Hamilton. What a talent.

    Has to be Hamilton for me – for his determined but fair seizure and defence of his lead, particularly on harder tyres at the end. Perez was good too (apart from all the tyre smoke into the first corner).

  8. Sven (@crammond) said on 7th April 2014, 19:57

    Went with Ricciardo. Faster than Vettel in quali and race, and finishing the race ahead of Vettel, Hülkenberg, Alonso, Raikkonen (and that´s only the most sounding names) besides starting behind them, overtaking nearly all of them on track (some of them twice), that was a surprising performance to me which makes me rate him higher than I did before.
    Obvious honorable mention to Perez.
    Obviously not so obvious (given the votes so far) honourable mention to Chilton. No, I´m not participating in making this a running gag, he was better than Bianchi, Kobayashi (whom I really like), Maldonado on race-day, and he wasn´t far of Grosjean. It seems Chilton is keeping his consistency, staying out of trouble, while slowly finding speed.
    Don´t know why so many go with Hamilton, he has only Rosberg to beat (not the biggest name to race against, though fairly good), failed in quali and only just did so in the race.

    • Guccio (@concalvez00) said on 8th April 2014, 13:22

      @Sven Are you crazy or what ?, name me a racer who won a race despite on the harder tyre and his team had soft tyre + DRS ?, just name me one who ever had done it ?. Clearly you don’t like Hamilton for what ever reason.

  9. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 7th April 2014, 19:58

    Yet again, Daniel Ricciardo. Brilliant qualifying and to come from 13th to less than a second away from third was a brilliant effort. He’s turning into a real star performer – it seems the transition to Red Bull has further envigorated him.

  10. Broom (@brum55) said on 7th April 2014, 20:00

    Hamilton. The best defensive performance I’ve seen, especially when you factor in the number of changes they’ve made to make overtaking easier and the fact it was against his team-mate who was faster, with the same top speed and added DRS.

    I’m glad he’s finally got a car that his talent deserves for the first time since 2008. Let’s hope Alonso gets the same next year.

  11. R@ptor (@raptor) said on 7th April 2014, 20:03

    Hamilton 100%
    Epic batlle medium vs soft tires.

  12. Bradley Downton (@bradley13) said on 7th April 2014, 20:03

    I can’t believe two percent of people have voted for Maldonado, although flipping another car is quite incredible, even by his standards… However I hope these are joke votes.

    There were many drivers who were very very good, however as it ‘Driver of the Weekend’ I think mistakes from some mean they rule themselves out.

    Nico Hulkenberg – A mistake in qualifying really ruined his weekend and I think it’s very possible that had he made Q3 he’d have been level with Perez and would ultimately have taken the podium. Drove a brilliant race but a mistake in qualifying means his weekend wasn’t perfect.

    Lewis Hamilton – Brilliant race and would probably get my vote if it was ‘Driver of the Race’, but it’s not. To put it simply Lewis made a mistake in qualifying, and despite the fact I am a huge fan, another driver was flawless all weekend, whereas the mistake shows Lewis was not.

    Nico Rosberg – Took pole, was the fastest driver in the race, but lost out to Hamilton. Fair play for having a very good go, and he was hugely unlucky, but at the end of the day he didn’t win when he should have done.

    Therefore it’s between Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez, but I voted Perez. Why? Because he impressed me the most.

  13. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 7th April 2014, 20:06

    Several solid drives.
    But went for Hamilton, what he did was just remarkable.
    Special mention for Perez and Ricciardo.

  14. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th April 2014, 20:17

    I voted for Perez. He outqualified and outraced Hulkenberg, which is no mean feat, and in doing so he really needed to ring the neck of that car. Qualifying has never been Perez’s strongest attribute so to put a Force India on the 2nd row was a terrific effort, and then to top it off with only their 2nd podium.

    Somehow I haven’t voted for Hamilton despite that expert display of defensive driving and it being one of his finest wins. The mistake in qualifying is the only reason I’m not voting for him, because his race was outstanding.

    Ricciardo also gets a mention after another strong weekend both in qualifying and the race. Those who doubted this choice and his race pace can now see Red Bull got it absolutely spot on.

  15. MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 7th April 2014, 20:26

    I would’ve gone Hamilton since that’s the driver I support but in the end I was impressed by the driver DR put on coming back from his 10 place grid penalty and also having to face the obstacle of his 4x WDC winning team mate to do it as well. If another lap were in place he’d be on podium and if not we’d have seen a great battle between him and the hard fighting Checo.

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