Vote for your 2014 Spanish GP driver of the weekend

2014 Spanish Grand Prix

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

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

Spanish Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Sebastian Vettel – Having switched chassis for the weekend in the hope it might help cure his handling problems with the RB10, Vettel’s race build-up was marred by problems. He stopped after four laps in first practice and missed the rest of the day’s running as the team replaced his wiring loom. Then his gearbox failed in Q3, leaving him 15th on the grid. To recover from there to finish fourth behind his team mate, aided by a three-stop strategy and some bold passes, is the best he could have hoped for.

Daniel Ricciardo – Looked right on it in qualifying and it would have been fascinating to see how he stacked up against an unhindered Vettel. The only blot on his performance was an indifferent start where he was passed by Bottas and nearly Grosjean as well. An early first pit stop allowed him to jump the Williams – though he came close to making a move stick on-track – and after that he had plenty of free space to nurse his tyres through a couple of longer stints.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Nico Rosberg – Missed some running in first practice due to a problem with his energy recovery system but looked to be on course for pole position when he headed the times in Q1 and Q2. Hamilton beat him to it, though, and as he didn’t get off the line well he was on the back foot once again. As in Bahrain he showed he had the pace to take the fight to his team mate, and was poised to launch an attack when the chequered flag came down.

Lewis Hamilton – Having described Friday’s running as his best for a very long time, Hamilton seemed to lose his way initially on Saturday. But he got it together in time to take his fourth pole position of the year. Nonetheless his handling maladies returned during the race – he struggled with oversteer on his middle stint on medium tyres and Rosberg continued to catch him over the final laps. But he hung on to take win number four and the championship lead.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – Out-qualified by Raikkonen in a straight fight for the first time this year (he had a problem with his car in Bahrain) but looked quicker than his team mate from the moment the race began. Probably should have jumped ahead when he got the benefit of the first pit stop, but used a switch to a three-stop strategy to his advantage and made a move on-track with newer tyres late in the race.

Kimi Raikkonen – While Alonso was brought in on lap 17 and switched to a three-stop strategy to cover what Vettel was doing, Raikkonen was not and ended up being passed by his team mate. “Going for a two stop strategy proved to be the wrong choice because tyre degradation meant I couldn’t push all the way to the end,” he said.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Romain Grosjean – Had various problems with his car during practice but produced the goods in qualifying to put his Lotus an excellent fifth on the grid. He held that place until a problem with his power unit left him unable to keep the Ferraris behind on the straight. But eighth place meant he brought home Lotus’s first points of the year.

Pastor Maldonado – For the second weekend in a row Grosjean reached Q3 while Maldonado was eliminated in Q1: He spun into a wall just minutes after the session had begun. His race didn’t get off to a better start – he hit Ericsson on lap one, earning a stop-go penalty and licence endorsement. After falling to last place he came home ahead of the Saubers, but was passed by Kvyat after running a long final stint.

McLaren

Start, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Jenson Button – Took eighth on the grid and suspected there was only a little more time to be found in the McLaren. However a poor start – losing five places – left him with much to do. The timing of his second pit stop compounded his problems as he was held in his box while Kvyat went by, and then came out a lap down behind Hamilton’s Mercedes which was on old tyres. That left Button behind the Force Indias and out of the points.

Kevin Magnussen – A problem with his power unit in Q2 meant Magnussen was unable to set a time, leaving him 14th on the grid. He managed to avoid clipping Vettel and damaging his front wing on the first lap, but like his team mate couldn’t make any impression on the points places.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg – Missed a place in Q3 by less than a tenth of a second but said his lap was “very good”. Ran ninth for much of the race but was demoted by his team mate during the final stint.

Sergio Perez – Aborted his final flying lap in Q2 because he hadn’t got his tyres up to temperature in traffic, which left him one place behind Hulkenberg on the grid. Both Force Indias ran long final stints – Hulkenberg 29 laps on hards, Perez 28 on mediums – and on lap 50 Perez got by his team mate on the outside of turn one.

Sauber

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Adrian Sutil – Having been content with his car on Friday he couldn’t get on top of the tyre temperatures on Saturday and was knocked out in Q1 for the third time. Despite having shed weight from their car Sauber continue to languish at the back of the midfield: “We still have a huge problem with the grip level,” reckoned Sutil.

Esteban Gutierrez – Qualified 14th and felt there wasn’t any more in the car. A good start moved up up to 11th but the car plainly wasn’t capable of holding that position and he was demoted by Kvyat, Button and Vettel. But he grafted away on his three-stop strategy and at least had the satisfaction of passing Sutil on the final lap.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – A wheel came off his car during practice, earning him an automatic ten-place grid penalty. Therefore Vergne elected not to set a time after reaching Q2. But his fortune did not change on Sunday: The team were aware of an exhaust problem on his car before the race started, and it proved terminal.

Daniil Kvyat – Tyre degradation forced him onto a three-stopper. He passed two cars in his final stint to finish 14th and was reeling in Massa and the McLarens at the end.

Williams

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Felipe Massa – Admitted he made a mistake at turn ten on his final flying lap, losing the rear of his car, which left him five places behind his team mate. The race didn’t go much better – he seldom managed to break out of traffic on his three-stopper and couldn’t make a move on the McLaren drivers.

Valtteri Bottas – Didn’t look comfortable with his car in practice, having sat out Q1 while Felipe Nasr drove, but set-up changes during final practice helped him take fourth on the grid. A decent start moved him up to third. But it always looked unlikely he was going to keep Ricciardo at bay, or the three-stopping Vettel who appeared during the final stint. Fifth place equalled his best result so far.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Lost time at turn ten on his flying lap but still out-qualified the two Caterhams. Pulled away from Chilton but the Marussia wasn’t on the pace of the Saubers, meaning Bianchi had a lonely race.

Max Chilton – Spun into the gravel twice during practice, so it was a surprise to see him out-qualify Bianchi. However his three-stop strategy dropped him behind Ericsson, losing time. An engine oil pressure problem in the closing stages threatened to end his 100% finishing rate but he made it to the flag again.

Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi – Claimed Bianchi held him up during qualifying, costing him a few tenths of a second and leaving him last of those who set times. His race ended on lap 44: “I had a pretty scary moment going into turn one when the left front brake failed and I was just able to keep the car out of the wall,” he said. He had a similar scare in Australia, but fortunately Massa wasn’t there for him to hit this time.

Marcus Ericsson – Out-qualified Kobayashi for the first time but was concerned about his car’s unpredictable handling. Having been assaulted by Maldonado on the first lap he brought his damaged car home in last place.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 15th +0.439s 0/66 3 4th +27.688s
Daniel Ricciardo 3rd -0.439s 66/66 2 3rd -27.688s
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.168s 60/66 2 1st -0.636s
Nico Rosberg 2nd +0.168s 6/66 2 2nd +0.636s
Fernando Alonso 7th +0.036s 13/65 3 6th Not on same lap
Kimi Raikkonen 6th -0.036s 52/65 2 7th Not on same lap
Romain Grosjean 5th 65/65 2 8th -33.542s
Pastor Maldonado 21st 0/65 2 15th +33.542s
Jenson Button 8th -0.11s 58/65 2 11th -0.657s
Kevin Magnussen 14th +0.11s 7/65 2 12th +0.657s
Nico Hulkenberg 10th -0.317s 46/65 2 10th +10.404s
Sergio Perez 11th +0.317s 19/65 2 9th -10.404s
Adrian Sutil 16th +0.189s 28/65 2 17th +3.124s
Esteban Gutierrez 13th -0.189s 37/65 3 16th -3.124s
Jean-Eric Vergne 22nd +0.12s 0/24 1
Daniil Kvyat 12th -0.12s 24/24 3 14th
Felipe Massa 9th +0.77s 0/65 3 13th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 4th -0.77s 65/65 2 5th Not on same lap
Jules Bianchi 18th +0.591s 55/64 2 18th -40.691s
Max Chilton 17th -0.591s 9/64 3 19th +40.691s
Kamui Kobayashi 20th +0.063s 33/34 1
Marcus Ericsson 19th -0.063s 1/34 2 20th

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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 Spanish Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (52%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (4%)
  • Nico Rosberg (2%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (20%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (11%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (7%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (1%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (1%)

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160 comments on Vote for your 2014 Spanish GP driver of the weekend

  1. Robbie (@robbie) said on 12th May 2014, 13:51

    I gave the nod to LH because this is driver of the weekend not the race. The two Mercs were that close that I think had NR gotten pole the exact same race would have happened between the two only with NR on top. So to me they are that close that each driver needs practically a perfect weekend to prevail. I think NR lost out in quali when he was on a hot lap when SV’s car conked out and they red flagged the session briefly. Had that not happened I’m not convinced LH would have beaten NR in quali.

    So while I think SV is a very strong candidate for driver of the race, I don’t think he was the driver of the whole weekend. I think that was LH who did just enough to win by half a second, starting on Saturday.

    • Hans Herrmann (@twentyseven) said on 12th May 2014, 15:31

      The two Mercs were that close that I think had NR gotten pole the exact same race would have happened between the two only with NR on top.

      @robbie Not sure look at Bahrain, I think Hamilton has Rosberg dominated.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 12th May 2014, 16:10

        @twentyseven You might be right but Bahrain was one race, and yesterday winning by half a second and LH admitting NR was faster certainly is not the same kind of ‘domination’ as SV vs MW in the best car. This is new turf for NR and we may yet see him rise further to the occasion as the races go along. Thank goodness there are no orders on the team and we will get to see this rivalry flourish.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 13th May 2014, 12:25

      @robbie

      So while I think SV is a very strong candidate for driver of the race, I don’t think he was the driver of the whole weekend

      It should be pointed out that the “whole weekend” for Seb didn’t include FP1 or FP2 where his car failed him or Q3 where his car also died which potentially lost him around 10 positions on the grid.

      In the sessions he did get to drive in, he did well in FP3, got out of Q1 and Q2 and drove from 15th to 4th in the race….

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 13th May 2014, 13:51

        @petebaldwin Fair comment. You are absolutely right. I think I have approached DotW going to LH in the sense that if he hadn’t pipped NR on Saturday he might not have gotten by him on Sunday, and therefore what LH did on Saturday was crucial to Sunday which saw him pressured, or at least constantly concerned about NR’s position relative to him.

        SV did an amazing job considering his limited car time ahead of the race, but he is in a different mode right now than LH and NR where there is pressure no doubt for SV and DR to advance the car, but it is a different pressure than at Merc. Also, if SV had had a more normal Friday and Saturday he may have qualified in 3rd or 4th and he and DR still finished in those spots, and then would he have been considered DotW, if he hadn’t had to come from 15th? ie. just as NR dropped to 6th or 7th at the start a few races ago, he still ended the race pretty much where he belonged that day, and perhaps same with SV.

  2. TMF (@tmf42) said on 12th May 2014, 13:58

    it was a toss-up between HAM, VET, GRO and possibly BOT. But went with VET – little preparation time, solid recovery, executed an aggressive strategy perfectly and delivered a few of the most entertaining scenes during the race.

  3. Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 12th May 2014, 14:02

    Tough call between VET and GEO but I voted for VET. Simply superb in race with some bold moves albeit an aggressive strategy and dint put any wrong foot through out the weekend. GRO was also very good throughout the weekend, placing Lotus where it dint belonged. HAM, ROS & BOT also had good weekend.

  4. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 12th May 2014, 14:04

    There were three drivers who really stood out for me this weekend, and neither of them was Lewis Hamilton, although he drove a great race.

    Sebastian Vettel showed us why he’s as successful as he is. For a driver who apparently can’t overtake on a circuit which you apparently can’t overtake on, he done plenty of that. Made an aggressive three-stop work really well to finish P4 in a car which isn’t dominant.

    Romain Grosjean delivered the sort of performance that he showed for a lot of last season. While his teammate was blaming walls for being too close and smashing into Caterhams, Grosjean outqualified the arguably quicker Ferraris and finished in the points despite a problem. Top job.

    But my Driver of the Weekend is:

    Valtteri Bottas delivered an excellent qualifying and an excellent race. He was yet to deliver a full performance he was happy with but he did this weekend. I did not expect him to outqualify cars like the Ferraris and maybe even the Lotus but he done just that. Had Massa’s trademark awesome start and was fighting with Ricciardo in the first part of the race and finished in fifth while his teammate struggled massively. Absolutely fantastic performance.

  5. Hans Herrmann (@twentyseven) said on 12th May 2014, 14:09

    Hard to call.. My logic is as follows,
    Hamilton got the job done and outshined his quick team mate throughout the race, even when under pressure at the end, it’s hard to give it to him though because he wasn’t stretched.
    Vettel obviously brilliant to come from 15th to 4th but it’s hard to give it to him because we didn’t get to see what he could do in quali.
    Grosjean, superb quali with a difficult car and did well to hold position until he had problems.. I gave it to him but honestly there’s nothing to choose between a lot of excellent performances.

  6. Garns (@) said on 12th May 2014, 14:13

    As much as I don’t like to say it, Seb drove a great recovery race and showed why he is a 4 X WDC.

    That being said I am enjoying Dan’s efforts in showing why he deserved that seat- some thought not and I hope he is changing their opinion. That’s not to say others like JEV, for example, would not do as great job, but happy our young Aussie is.

  7. Robert Tang (@robertthespy) said on 12th May 2014, 14:20

    Has to be Grosjean. He pulled the slow and difficult to drive Lotus into Q3 and look where his teammate was! He truly outperformed the car this weekend and hung on to points even when he faced a PU issue.

  8. Atif Ehsan (@atife) said on 12th May 2014, 14:23

    Had to be Vettel. The HAM/ROS battle was great but it is kinda expected from them (atleast to keep the season alive).

    As for vettel, just look at the starting grid and finishing top 10. Hope to see more such drives from him this season.

  9. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 12th May 2014, 14:40

    This time it’s Vettel. Missed all Friday practice and couldn’t participate in last qualifying session purely down to car problems, but finally got the chance to show his skills during the race by rising through the field. Made some fantastic overtaking moves (Kobayashi style) and again proved critics he can overtake, and even more so, do it in style.

    Also it must be mentioned that he set the fastest lap of the race, even though Mercedes cars were driven in anger (though on different strategy). All in all, a brilliant drive from four time world champion, who showed his class.

  10. Juan Pablo Heidfeld (@juan-pablo-heidfeld-1) said on 12th May 2014, 14:56

    Went for Romain, did excellently all weekend, crushed his team mate. Vettel did well considering his lack of running, but Lotus have barely done any running this year! Supreme from the Frenchman.

  11. Bottas is driver of the qualifying, Vettel is driver of the race and Hamilton is driver of the weekend.

  12. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 12th May 2014, 15:31

    Has to be Vettel, and it’s not even close.

    Going from 15th to 4th is a manic amount of overtaking, especially in a car that’s down on power, however good they are through the corners.

    His overtaking lunges into T10 were mighty impressive.

    Honorable mentions to:
    Hamilton – Yet again dominated the weekend and resisted his hard charging team mate.

    Grosjean – Actually managed to score some points in a car that’s an absolute dog.

    Ricciardo – Did a sterling job all weekend, and got his first (second) podium of the year. The boy is as talented as his smile is gleaming!

  13. Albert said on 12th May 2014, 15:43

    Vettel, for obvious reasons.

    Hamilton and Grosjean were both superb, too.

  14. Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th May 2014, 15:44

    Seb! But Romain and Valtteri came close this time.

  15. sumedh said on 12th May 2014, 15:54

    Vettel! Clean overtakes. Outside of DRS zone as well. He was in good control of his car throughout although he had issues throughout the weekend.

    Reminded me of his Spa 2012 performance.

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