Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Rate the race: 2014 Spanish Grand Prix

2014 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Spanish Grand Prix.

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  1. PJ (@pjtierney)
    11th May 2014, 14:44

    The last 5-10 laps were interesting to watch; the rest of the race not so much.


    1. Yea, the last 10 laps should have a different rating to the rest of the race!

      1. But if it wasn’t for the entire race you would of never got those last 10 laps. Peoples thirst for action like this in F1 is what’s fueling the silly gimmicks that keep coming out of Bernies box of stupid tricks.

        Races have to play out in that fashion for a reason. You put your pieces into play before you make your move, that’s what F1 is about today.

        1. +1 big time! @kartingjimbo knows it!

    2. Great strategy might only reveal itself towards the end of the race, so one shouldn’t be short-sighted when evaluating.

      1. I can get interested in strategy, but never excited.

    3. Totally agree. If only we had these battles from start to finish and not having to put up with a dull first half in order to lead to this.
      Since all battles were quite awesome and thrilling, I’ll throw a 7/10.
      However, I’m gutted since I predicted correctly all the top 5 drivers, just not in the right order LOL

    4. This sort of view is why we have DRS, mega double super points weekend at Abu Dhabi, tyres that fall apart and why they are discussing shortening the races.

      F1 is sometimes a long drawn out thing that is decided near the end. F1 has never been about huge battles from lights to flag – it just doesn’t work like that! If you can honestly score today as a 5, I assume you must score most races around the 2 or 3 sort of range? If that’s the case, why watch F1?

      1. Amen, was on the verge of replying with something similar but you certainly covered it.

      2. @peterbaldwin great great comment mate its a sign of the times we live in where nobody has any patience at all. This was one of your standard classic race where it’s a drawn out affair but all these Internet babies seem to be interested in is a thrill a minute! No wonder Bennie brought in double points and was at one point even considering sprinklers on track, just to appease people who have no appreciation for F1 at all. I can understand when one driver just gets no challenge for the win, but even then I can appreciate that his team has done an exceptional engineering job to be the best, and so should be rewarded accordingly with wins. In this race we had 2 guys challenging for the win but still some people are only interested in bashing the sport. Ah we’ll, what do I know? Maybe I’m the one missing something.

        1. +1 Great comment!

      3. It depends on what your criteria are that generate a rating. It was interesting to watch the Vettel strategy play out to fourth, it was interesting to watch Rosberg close up to Hamilton but never really threaten to overtake, it was interesting to watch Alonso close down and pass Raikkonen, it was interesting to watch the DRS passes, but it wasn’t exciting. I rate races on excitement not interest. If a race keeps me on the edge of my seat and gets my heart pumping faster then it’s exciting and I rate accordingly. I find watching chess matches interesting not exciting, I find watching most football matches interesting but not exciting. I find watching a lot of F1 races interesting but not exciting. If I was rating todays race on interest I would have given it a 7/8 but I rate on excitement so it got a 5.

      4. @petebaldwin, actually I think you are confusing cause and effect.

    5. I agree but gave it an extra point because of those last laps being intriguing if not exciting. 6.

      1. Agree with 1st.comment (as well as myself).

    6. I, too, gave it a five. If anything, for me, it lost points due to the anti-climactic battle at the end.

    7. @pjtierney it’s amaizing how quickly people change their minds. Crofty said the race was so exciting ! but for 62 laps, it was plain boring. Not even interesting. Suddenly it got good.

      A 4/10 for me.

      I loved (ironically) when it was Rosberg vs Hami, Alonso vs Raikkonen… and they suddenly show Rosberg’s girlfriend! what kind of director thinks that’s a good move?!

      1. ” oh and Rosberg is gaining on Hamilton ….gaining …gaining and even his fiance is gaining weight” LOL

      2. the race was exciting from start to finish, @fer-no65, because everything was pointing to that ending.

        1. @magon4, yes everything did point to the 1st. 3 places being the the same as at the start.

      3. I loved (ironically) when it was Rosberg vs Hami, Alonso vs Raikkonen… and they suddenly show Rosberg’s girlfriend! what kind of director thinks that’s a good move?!

        A bad one, that’s for sure.

    8. The first 56 laps set up the race for the last 10 laps. So it should be part of the same rating.

  2. This is good F1. It really is. Great strategy and build-up, wonderful performances, a fight for the lead, tension, information. 8/10 for me!

    And btw, THAT is domination. Red Bull did not dominate the last 4 seasons, this is what good old F1 domination looks like… #Mercedes

    1. Drivers backing off from overtaking in order to save the tyres…

      1. Name a season that hasn’t happened

        1. Exactly. I did find it odd though when Ricciardo was (I believe) told to drop 2 seconds behind Bottas to save tyres- actually doing that would have dropped him below Grosjean!

          1. @matt90, Tyres wore down but since pit stops took so long no-one changed their tyres unless they had to, so on lap 7 everyones tyres were 7 laps old, same on lap 47 and every other lap, same as it is in Motor cycle racing.

          2. I assume you meant to reply to my comment below. If they weren’t changing tyres then it was surely still key how well different drivers managed their tyres- when they pushed, when was best to push, which manufacturer’s tyres they were actually on etc. The only time tyre management isn’t an issue at all is when all the tyres are identical and more durable than necessary (the Bridgestone years, as the two compounds was often just a silly formality).

        2. Would have to go back to the 60’s..

          1. Are you sure tyre conservation wasn’t important then either? Unless they had massively inappropriate tyres which were going to be able to give consistent grip for the entire duration of a race regardless of how you drove, I don’t see how looking after tyres hasn’t always been an element

          2. @matt90
            You seem to be unaware that there’s deliberate intent from the FIA to ensure degrad tyres.
            So it’s definitely not a case of there’s nothing that can be done anymore to reduce tyre degrad.

          3. I’m fully aware of that, and never said there wasn’t. That doesn’t really change my point at all- it isn’t new to F1.

          4. Quite correct. matt90, early to mid sixties, tyres actually lasted for several races. Of course, grip was minimal on those old cross-ply tyres! While I am enjoying the current season more than most in recent memory, for me, nothing comes close to the the 60s and early 70s when the outcome of a race was never certain and the lead would swap several times during a race …

        3. 1958 to 1973

        4. Horse Racing 1884?

  3. End was exciting 6/10

  4. 8/10 certainly! It was a slow burner. But what a drive by Vettel, Rosberg and especially Vettel! Best Barcelona GP in years!

    1. That should say Hamilton**

    2. You thought this race was better than 2012?? Today might have had a good ending but generally it was 5/10 in my opinion.

  5. First half didn’t have much going, but the second half had some great tense battles. Not all races need to be wheel-to-wheel to be good, more people need to realise that!

  6. Aside from a couple of good Vettel overtakes and a late (and short, I might add) sweat for the lead for Hamilton, not much to see. 6/10.

    1. The sweat for the lead lasted the entire race. It was all building to a climax.

  7. little racing happened, just cars getting to the back of the car in front and passing by. some good moves, but nothing to write home about. 2/10

  8. The only thing that stopped that from ranking higher was Rosberg just not quite catching Hamilton in enough time. Fantastic drive from Sebastian Vettel (the man who couldn’t overtake), fanatic drive from Ricciardo yet again and it’s great to see the Ferrari drivers close finally!

    9. And it fully deserves it.

    1. Cocaine-Mackeine
      11th May 2014, 15:01

      9? Did you even saw the race mate?
      There was actually more overtakes via DRS than normal overtakes. That was a factor that really sucked in this race.
      Also the tyres, luckily it didn’t back off Rosberg in the end. I know that the tension was unbearable in the end, but we had to wait 60 laps to get a decent battle.

      1. He like the race so he gave it a 9. What’s your problem?

      2. to Cocaine-Mackeine : I did not see any normal overtake. It was terrible and boring. Vettel did good only because his car is faster than most of the field. Strategy worked for him perfectly, so it was easy to overtake someone on older tyres. It doesn’t fascinate me.
        Same goes for Alonso vs Rai: no fight, it was a matter of time when spaniard will be in front of finnish guy.
        Terrible, terrible, terrible.

        1. Welcome to F1, it has only been this way for the last 60 years :-)

          Maybe another sport would be more of your liking.

          1. ..I didn’t know they had DRS 60 years ago, they were really ahead of their time.

          2. Amazing way to spectacularly miss the point, well done!

          3. Well said – I can only assume @slava is new to F1 because otherwise, they’d be aware of how interesting races at Catalunya used to be before DRS!

        2. Cocaine-Mackeine
          11th May 2014, 16:10

          @slava Exactly, the racing was terrible, also the Ferraris duel wasn’t the big deal (it looked like Kimi let Alonso pass) The only moments that were good were Vettel’s charge and Rosberg on the tail of Hamilon all in the latter stages of the race.

        3. @slava his car was hardly far better than the competition. In fact, it’s very slow on the straights – which is the key area for overtaking.

      3. The DRS wasn’t too bad – that was a major factor to be considered. And there was actually a lot of prolonged battles were drivers had to get inventive to overtake, which is always more fun to watch.

        I still maintain that was a really enjoyable race.

        1. barcelona is actually one of the few races i like drs. without it, it can become quite dull and almost unfair.

    2. Couldn’t have said it better. Fantastic race but I would have loved a few more laps! 9/10.

      1. I think the nature of the track meant that, unlike Bahrain, Rosberg getting ahead would have been a slam dunk rather than a special battle. Of course, however it happens, a change of the lead right at the end tends to make people enjoy a race more (unless they’re rooting for the leader).

        1. I just wanted a few more laps to see Rosberg actually challenge Hamilton for position. Who actually came out on top would be secondary. Today there was never any true wheel to wheel action between the pair and I would have loved to see some more of the action we saw in Bahrain.

          1. @colossal-squid

            I agree with the end result you hope to see . But in Barcelona , If Rosberg had gotten ahead of Lewis with fresher rubber with DRS assistance , then thats it . Its over . In today’s f1, defensive driving is almost gone with DRS even though I must admit that DRS has had a slight improvement over previous years as to not to allow highway passing.But DRS still makes great defensive drivers like Lewis , Alonso , Hulkenberg look stupid. So, Bahrain situation would have been impossible in Barcelona due to nature of the track and DRS . But yeah one more lap , and Lewis would have had to to scrap hard with Nico and 9 times out of 10 would have had to give up the position . But whew , that was intense at the end . Had Nico not locked up ……. who knows !

    3. I think a 9 is a bit too much for this race. Yes, it was tense all way long for the lead, a bit of a strategic battle and mental fight. And we did see a lovely drive from Vettel into p4 with quite a bit of gutsy overtaking from him, and the last 10-20 laps were superb racing.

      But a 9 needs a bit more than that.

      1. Cocaine-Mackeine
        11th May 2014, 15:20

        Exactly @bascb This race wasn’t worth a 9/10. That’s the problem @jackj. If the rce had more real overtaking than DRSing then my rating would change.

        1. My issue with this kind of score is what on earth would Brazil 2008 be?

          I always think back to that race when I see my over-rate (in my opinion..) races.

          You surely have to use some sort of spectrum?

          To me, it just seems some people give it a 9 if they had fun with it. You have to bear in mind that you’re 1 point away from the absolute perfect race, which would suggest that it was a great race from start to finish.

          I don’t think it’s even really debatable that this race did NOT have action from start to finish.

          It was good, better than some races this season, but 1 point away from the ‘perfect’ race? That’s borderline crazy.

          And yes, i’m very much prepared to be jumped on for this opinion, but I honestly just don’t get it.

          1. My?! *People over-rate races

          2. It’s all relative I suppose. I tend to vote on the intensity of my emotional response immediately after the race has finished – considering omissions for my favourite drivers performing well – and with that this race was very good. Perhaps an 8 would be more justified retrospectively, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the race, and that is the overruling influence on my voting.

            Though of course, there are races where one has to vote 10, and perhaps would wish for a bonus point. I wouldn’t in fact class Brazil 2008 under that category – only Brazil 2012 for me has been deserving of “more than a 10”.

      2. I don’t think 9 is too much at all (clearly! I gave it a 9 also). It depends on what you personally value in a race. I personally thought that there was enough intrigue, tension and battles throughout the field from lights to flag to justify such a high score. It wasn’t an overtaking bonanza, but the overtakes that happened, and the strategies that worked counted for so much due to the nature of the track re track position that I found enough suspense and enjoyment from such things that I feel entirely justified in giving such a score.

      3. @bascb true, perhaps an 8 would be more representative. Though I thought of the opening phase as coiling the spring, which was easily counterbalanced by the end of the race containing quite so much action.

    4. Fumbles (@)
      11th May 2014, 15:27

      “The man who couldn’t overtake”

      I don’t think people accuse him of being unable. Fantastic strategy I’d say. On his third and fourth stint he was one of the only people on the track actually going all-out. He collected the fastest lap in each one and overtook via DRS (Massa exception), showing that the Red Bull probably would have taken the second row altogether otherwise. He was out of place most of the time, meaning the overtakes themselves were pretty easy pickings. 2 seconds faster than Raikkonen a lap when he was catching him…

      1. They used to, but I haven’t heard the accusation for quite a few years- he dispelled that myth in 2011.

        1. Fumbles (@)
          11th May 2014, 23:07

          I’m gonna be honest, he used to be atrocious at overtaking. 2009 and 2010 he had some awful moments, even ignoring the famous ones. For a lot of the time it really was just the fact that he was leading from pole that he won, which is why i really don’t think he deserved his first championship from his performances.

          The lowest Vettel’s ever won a race from on the grid is 3rd. Not putting forward anything more than that, but it is a fact for the 5 years he’s been winning races and championships.

          1. @turbotoaster Senna wasn’t really any better in terms of lowest position to win from. But both produced some great overtakes on the occasions when either they didn’t win or only needed to pass 1 or 2 drivers to win.

            Maybe your point is that I shouldn’t have used ‘myth’- that’s fair. He did make enough mistakes prior to 2011 that it was an opinion which was fully warranted, and one I believed myself.

            I do think he deserved his first championship though. Everybody involved made at least a couple of silly mistakes, but Vettel was superior to Webber and unlucky in comparison. For me, any of Hamilton, Vettel or Alonso would have been worthy (although I personally would have ranked Hamilton first).

          2. Fumbles (@)
            12th May 2014, 19:58

            @matt90 Not gonna lie I was rooting for Webber. But with the poor starts and the newly-damaged leg he made a few too many mistakes after Hungary.

    5. I’m with Max on this one. I think it was a 9 because of how well it built up and the last 10 laps were extremely tense for a lot of positions. Lewis showed his merit by holding off Nico when the team put him on the back foot with two poor pit stops.

      And I was more impressed with Vettel’s drive today than anything he did last year when he won the championship! I think that he, and now Lewis, have made it clear what a driver can do with an overpowering car. But now, hen I see Vettel come back through the field like this with a lesser car, then I’m more inclined to start giving him that “great” label.

      I’ll be giving Seb a driver of the weekend vote for this one.

    6. I’d like to adress this DRS overtaking. Button overtaking Guttierez, now that was DRS, being ahead long before the actual corner.

      Vettel only pulled aside the other car plenty of times in T10 making it a very profesional outbraking move assisted by DRS. DRS moves just need you to move aside and pass and then brake. Vettel did all this at the same time quite a few times in T10. I do make a difference.

      (Possibly my explanation wasn’t clear, don’t go on a rant)

      1. @xtwl – As I mentioned above, you only have to watch races at Catalunya pre-DRS to see how boring races used to be!

        1. Like Monaco ?

    7. Gave it the same rating for the same reason.

      Great drive by Vettel, a fantastic (but maybe too short) scrap between Hamilton and Rosberg and the Ferrari battle we were all waiting for.

  9. Wow, frenetic last 10 laps or so. Really good battles at the end there between the Mercedes and the Ferrari’s.

    Rosberg must be wondering what he has to do to beat Hamilton now. This is the second time he has had the faster tyre and DRS in the closing stages and still couldn’t get the job done.

    1. I think Rosberg is quietly liking what he hears when Hamilton keeps complaining (on the radio and after the race) because that is where Lewis might be vulnerable – his own mental state – if Rosberg can make him feel alone and gets thinking too much that might be his best chance @geemac

    2. Indeed, if they could have some more tussles like almost today it would be a much more interesting battle. So far it’s a good effort by Hamilton to keep him behind, which is more like 2007-8; might as well have some variety… could we get bored of them passing/repassing for the win :P?

    3. “The closing stages” this time were a little more than a lap. This was not really comparable to Bahrain.

    4. @geemac
      It also looks the Engineers on Rosberg side of the garage are lot more competent.
      They more often nail the PIT STOPS and CAR SETUP.

      Lewis is really being let down by this Engineers.

      1. Both teams have the same mechanics for pit stops.

      2. You aren’t serious, are you?

      3. Yup. Let down so much that he has won the last four races. Poor Lewis! :)

  10. Great race, Camera director was terrible

    1. I agree. Switching to Nico’s girlfriend as he was catching Lewis was pointless. I almost threw my remote at the tv.

      1. Jess (@justblowingofsteam)
        11th May 2014, 15:03

        I did and missed!

      2. Can’t wait for when it’s a guy for one of the lead drivers.. let’s see if they flick to the boyf then…

      3. Thank you! I was screaming at the TV: “You can look at her after the race you morons!”

      4. Mansell's_Stache
        11th May 2014, 16:26

        I almost woke up the family screaming at the tv when this happened…idiots! Happens all the time and it is maddening.

      5. Oh my God, I so nearly actually shouted at that.

        I wanted to punch the director! I utterly, utterly hate this trend.

      6. Yeah exactly when Nico is lining up for a pass , lets show his girl .Stupid thinking !

    2. Seriously. Lead two cars going into the last drs zone on the last lap and we get to see a slow close up of rosbergs girlfriend instead. That director needs a talking to.

      1. Fully agree. That was completely unnecessary

      2. Fully agree. That was completely unnecessary

    3. FOM Directing(TM) – yeah, surprised we actually got to see at least a few of the moves live instead of having only replays.

    4. TV director has been pretty bad through out this season .

    5. Totally spot on. When they showed Viviane over and over instead of action on track I got horrible late 90’s Erja Häkkinen flashbacks.

      They need to stop this crap during the race. I don’t care who’s in the pits. Unless it’s Rowan Atkinson making funny faces when something to the McLarens happens.

    6. Very poor camera director.

    7. It can be a hard job to catch all the action.

      But two things need to change:

      – if there is any action at all (possible overtake, pit stop, etc), don’t show WAGs, the team, or pointless slow-mos. Save this for the time when there is no action, and this is well appreciated.

      – wait a little longer with the start replays. The field had not sorted itself out properly in lap 3. Wait until lap 6 or so.

  11. 8/10

    All I can say is, I was massively tense, hugely tense as a Hamilton fan, and whilst it’s you aren’t supposed to rate a race based on the driver, but… I think that definitely helped this one. Objectively, it’d be about a 6/6.5 maybe 7, subjectively, as I say, made much better by the fact it way my driver leading, which created the tension. There were actually some good battles around as well, Vettel overtaking people for fun, and what about the intra-team battle at Ferrari. Those two had a good fight for a bit there.

    Overall, decent race, very decent.

    1. Everybidy have their opinion and inrespect that but Really 8/10 ????

      1. Everybidy = Everybody
        inespect = I respect

      2. I voted 8 too, because of inter-team battles being allowed to happen… even at Ferrari. I also enjoyed Grosjean mixing it towards the front again. Ok, Mercedes were way out but there was still a lot of tension during the race. Shame about DRS, but there you go what can you do.

    2. It was tense in Bahrain. In this race Rosberg never was close enough to try even.

      1. I’d say Bahrain and Spain were both excellent races for different reasons. I gave Bahrain a 10 cause what more can you as for really, it was mental during the whole race, Spain I gave a 7, bit of a slow burner, but I was always engaged, there were some good battles on what is not an entertaining circuit some very good drives, and the Ros Ham dynamic was lots of fun.

  12. 8/10 – RBR made it interesting with their strategy and enabled VETs great recovery. HAM/ROS was decided in their 2nd stint but it was good that ROS caught HAM to add some spice to the last laps.

  13. Invincible Lewis !! Good driver under pressure .

    1. Yeah, he seems to be all panic stations up until when Rosberg has caught him and then he seems to then just calm down and do all he needs to do. He seems to be at his best when it’s closer rather than when there is a few seconds gap

  14. 6/10, just above average.

  15. There’s no 6.5 so I had to go to 6…

    Encouraging last stint for Red Bull. Driver of the weekend should be Lewis Hamilton but Driver of the race is Sebastian Vettel.

    Congrats to Dan Ricciardo for his first binding podium and for Marco Matiacci for allowing Kimi to defend his place and in the end it ended alright, so Ferrari that’s the way to go.

    1. Yeah, Vettel should get the “Mark Webber trophy” for fighting back through the field after a botched qualy session.

      1. Mark bothed his start, actually, and tended nottorecover from that.

    2. @jcost, if you could give (as you say you wanted) a 6.5, it would be closer to 7. So…why did you decided to give 6?

      1. @yes-master it’s not closer, it’s the same margin. For me it was more 6,49 than 6,51 that’s why I gave it a 6.

        1. @jcost Generally, .0 to 0.4 is rounded off, while .5 to .9 is rounded up. I think that is what @yes-master meant.

          1. @npf1 round-up (or off) is a pretty much an arbitrary criteria that’s why I highlighted in my response to @yes-master that the race was more 6.49 (rounded-up to 6.5) than 6.51.

          2. @jcost I seem to have misread your post, sorry!

  16. i thought it was boring. only the last few laps we saw actual overtaking, the rest was basically pit-stop overtakes. fun to watch for stragists, but not me. i want to see on-track action and we didn’t get any today. monaco will most likely be the same, however it could get intresting if vettel or ricciardo snatch pole.


  17. 7/10 not bad

  18. 8/10 Wow those final laps did mount the tension . Even at the very last chicane , Brundle caught his breath as he thought Hamilton slowed a bit. Massive drives from Lewis , Rosberg , Bottas ,Alonso and Vettel !

  19. 6/10 may as well have missed everything before the last 10 laps as that’s where all the action happened.

  20. These are my notes:
    1. I gave it an 8 mainly due to the champion-style race of Vettel. Amazing stuff! I would be surprise if Vettel was not considered the DOTW. He excel himself and respond to every critics and to the bad luck he felt over this weekend. Any doubts he’s a brilliant driver?
    2. Congrats to Ham and Mercedes. They are in a different level. Which is not good to F1, however. Nonetheless, I was hopping to watch Nico fighting to overtake Ham, and give a Merc fight, but unfortunately, it was not possible. Too bad, or else I could consider a 9.
    3. Ferrari need a proper car asap. What the hell is Ferrari doing? Battling for not having a +1 lap?
    4. Congrats to Ricciardo. Another good and clean race.

    1. Not sure Vettel can win DOTW…he only took part in half of it!!

      But seriously, great drive by VET, HAM, ROS and RIC. Between VET and HAM for DOTW imho.

      1. But we have to consider the fastest lap also:

        Seb – 1:28.918
        Nico – 1:29.236
        Ham – 1:29.483

        1. I’m not sure I care about the fastest lap for DOTW…in fact, one of the reasons I put Lewis ahead of Nico was precisely because his car wasn’t working as well (or at least he wasn’t as comfortable in it), but he still wrung more out of it than Nico could manage.

          Seb’s lap, on the other hand, shows that in a poorer car he was still able to find a HUGE amount of performance. Despite my natural support for Lewis, I think I’m verging towards Seb for DOTW.

          Nico, I think, has to lose points (in terms of DOTW) for missing out on both pole and the win when he should have managed both given how good he felt with the car.

          But like I said, only my opinion!

          1. Fastest lap for Vettel was of course due to him being on a three-stop and really pushing immediately after changing to the softer tyres. None of the Mercs did so.

        2. Not really. They were on different strategies.

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