Start, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Vote for your 2014 Monaco GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Monte-Carlo, 2014Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend?

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

Monaco Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Another weekend of what might have been after yet more car troubles. He coped with an ERS problem in qualifying and lined up less than two-tenths of a second off Ricciardo. In the race a clean start moved him up to this but any hopes of a podium finish died soon afterwards with turbo trouble.

Daniel Ricciardo – Ricciardo looked in fine form around the streets all weekend. He would have paid the price for a poor start, however, had the two drivers who took advantage of it not been struck down by misfortune. He gave chase of the struggling Hamilton late in the race but it always looked doubtful he would have a genuine chance to pass his rival around such a narrow circuit.


Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Nico Rosberg – Not everyone will accept the stewards’ verdict that his moment at Mirabeau, which won him the most important pole position of the year, was an entirely innocent mistake. It was a pity they did not publicise some of the information that led them to their conclusion. Rosberg’s work on his starts paid off and with the advantage of track position this looked a certain win whatever Hamilton threw at him.

Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton’s behaviour outside the car attracted rather more comment than his performance at the wheel. For a driver who’s often shown great flair around Monaco, it was surprising he was even in a position to lose pole to Rosberg in the manner he did. Overtaking any car around Monaco was always going to prove tough, let alone one from the same team in a scenario where both had to start on the same tyre compound. The mid-race Safety Car period and Hamilton’s eye problem in the closing laps only cemented the inevitable.


Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2014Fernando Alonso – His qualifying lap was a joy to behold, impressively seven-tenths quicker than Raikkonen. But he got boxed in behind Ricciardo at the start and lost out to his team mate. He had a quiet run to fourth after Raikkonen hit trouble and Vettel dropped out.

Kimi Raikkonen – Started brilliantly to grab fourth, which became third when Vettel parked up. The television cameras did not appear to catch the incident with Chilton under the Safety Car which forced him to make an extra pit stop and dropped him to 14th. He passed Kobayashi and was running eighth when he misjudged an overtaking move on Magnussen which cost both time, dropped Raikkonen out of the points entirely and earned him a reprimand.


Romain Grosjean – Started 14th and sustained a puncture on the first lap, prompting an early switch to soft tyres. He found those impossible to overtake on so stopped again for super-softs on lap 23, which he ran until the end of the race. By then he had ascended to ninth place, and Bianchi’s penalty promoted him to eighth for the second race in a row.

Pastor Maldonado – Reached Q2 for the first time this year but a fuel pump problem prevented him from starting the race.

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Jenson Button – Said he had the pace to get to Q3 but didn’t put the lap together that he needed. Tangled with Perez on the first lap, eliminating the Force India, but both were judged blameless. Ran behind Magnussen until his team mate’s power unit problem gave him a chance to overtake for sixth.

Kevin Magnussen – Believed he could have qualified one place higher but still started several spots ahead of Button. Endured a frustrating race including a long hold at his pit stop due to traffic, Vergne’s car being waved out in front of him, a power unit fault and Raikkonen’s lunge at the hairpin. But he came away with a point for tenth.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Monte-Carlo, 2014Nico Hulkenberg – Beaten to Q3 by his team mate but made amends in the race by running a long second stint on super-soft tyres. The highlight was a daring pass on Magnussen at Portier, moving up to fifth at the chequered flag – and in the points.

Sergio Perez – Was unlucky to be bumped out of the race on the first lap in what the stewards ruled was a racing incident.


Adrian Sutil – Both Saubers went out in Q1, Sutil for the fourth time this year, and the team are now behind Marussia in the points table. He picked up front wing damage on the first lap and stopping to replace it cost him more places. He was beginning to make progress through the field when he crashed at the chicane.

Esteban Gutierrez – Was closing on Sauber’s first points finish of the year when he clipped the barrier at Rascasse and spun into retirement.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Monte-Carlo, 2014Jean-Eric Vergne – Starred in qualifying, taking seventh on the grid. Magnussen passed him at the start and his team’s eagerness to wave Vergne out of the pits ahead of the McLaren earned him a drive-through penalty. Then, with some predictability, an exhaust problem ended his race.

Daniil Kvyat – Swiped the barrier during qualifying but impressively reached Q3 on his first visit to Monaco. His race ended early however with another exhaust problem.


Felipe Massa – Proved no good deed goes unpunished when he tried to let Ericsson past during Q1 and was hit by the Caterham, leaving him unable to run in Q2. However a brave gamble of not pitting during the two Safety Car periods paid off handsomely, lifting him to seventh at the flag.

Valtteri Bottas – Was running eighth with a train of cars behind him when his Mercedes power unit failed.


Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Monte-Carlo, 2014Jules Bianchi – Half a second quicker than Chilton in qualifying, he started 21st after a gearbox change penalty. But gained a handful of places at the start and made a vital pass on Kobayashi at mid-race at Rascasse. Benefit from a few more retirements in front of him to finish eighth on the road, which became ninth after a five-second penalty was applied.

Max Chilton – The biggest role he played in Marussia’s success was getting out of Bianchi’s way when he was being lapped. He also tangled with Raikkonen at Mirabeau during the second Safety Car period, earning a reprimand.


Kamui Kobayashi – Was unhappy with Bianchi’s move at Rascasse, saying: “I’m sure I’d have finished in the points if Bianchi hadn’t hit me when he forced his way past”, adding his car was “basically undriveable” after the contact. Nonetheless he brought his car home 13th after a late second pit stop.

Marcus Ericsson – Stayed out of trouble and benefited from the retirements of others to take 11th, just a few tenths ahead of the recovering and fast-closing Raikkonen.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 4th +0.163s 2/5 1
Daniel Ricciardo 3rd -0.163s 3/5 1 3rd
Lewis Hamilton 2nd +0.059s 0/78 1 2nd +9.21s
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.059s 78/78 1 1st -9.21s
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.703s 50/77 1 4th Not on same lap
Kimi Raikkonen 6th +0.703s 27/77 3 12th Not on same lap
Romain Grosjean 14th -0.16s 0/0 2 8th
Pastor Maldonado 15th +0.16s 0/0 0
Jenson Button 12th +0.379s 6/77 1 6th -27.011s
Kevin Magnussen 8th -0.379s 71/77 1 10th +27.011s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th +0.091s 0/0 1 5th
Sergio Perez 10th -0.091s 0/0 0
Adrian Sutil 18th +0.004s 0/23 1
Esteban Gutierrez 17th -0.004s 23/23 1
Jean-Eric Vergne 7th -0.55s 10/10 1
Daniil Kvyat 9th +0.55s 0/10 0
Felipe Massa 16th -0.198s 19/55 1 7th
Valtteri Bottas 13th +0.198s 36/55 1
Jules Bianchi 21st -0.596s 75/75 1 9th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 19th +0.596s 0/75 3 14th Not on same lap
Kamui Kobayashi 20th -1.599s 38/75 2 13th Not on same lap
Marcus Ericsson 22nd +1.599s 37/75 2 11th Not on same lap

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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 Monaco Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (9%)
  • Nico Rosberg (12%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (3%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (6%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (1%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (60%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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97 comments on “Vote for your 2014 Monaco GP Driver of the Weekend”

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  1. HAM for me.

    1. Huh? Joking right?

    2. For the worst possible classified position in a Mercedes from the worst possible grid slot in a Mercedes?

      1. @mateuss Well when you put it that way… He as good as came last right? But seriously he does deserve some credit, it can’t be easy driving with one eye, and he does have a decent enough reason to question the result on Sunday given the events of Saturday

    3. Evidently you did not read the F1 article which reported that Lewis lied to his team mate after there was an agreement about engine seatings in the previous race. Lewis is just not an honest guy and complains bitterly when things do not go this way. See the article in the last F1 newsletter. Lewis is the same guy how tried to screw over Alonzo when they were team mates…. The guy is just not to be belived …. did he get any medical attention after the race to help with his alleged eye issue?? Thanks, RnR PS I have never, I say never said anything about any other driver because I know their job and the politics in F1 are daunting, however, LewisH is not to be believed nor trusted……

      1. The guy is just not to be believed

        @racernorriski don’t forget twitting McLaren’s telemetry when he got angry with his team. No surprise his ex-McLaren team showed him the door when he “showed up to visit”

      2. Evidently you did not read the F1 article which reported that Rosberg had done just that previously in Bahrein, hence Hamilton doing the same in Spain.

        I’ll now wait very patiently for you to state that Rosberg is not an ‘honest guy’ and retract the rest.

        1. Well said!

      3. And you didn’t read the Article that said that Nico Turned his Engine up in Bahrain 1st to try to overtake after the Safety Car… thats when they allowed Lewis to Change his settings which was heard on the Radio…Lewis Paid him back in Spain and Now Rosberg “Made a Mistake” in in the Gamesmanship Stakes Rosberg is Leading 2-1… Get all your facts straight before you make a statement please…

    4. @kvijilio me too…
      I fell bad bashing Hamilton all weekend…

  2. Absolute no brainer. Has to be Bianchi. He was mixing with the Saubers and the Lotuses in free practice, battered Chilton in qualifying, and produced the race of his life to finish in 9th. The overtake on Kobayashi will be controversial but it was still a top move.

    Honourable mentions to Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Massa, Ericsson, Kvyat and Magnussen.

    1. 1000% agree with Bianchi, complete no-brainer…

    2. My reasoning as well. He had great practices, looked like he might be able to scrap out of qualifying 3, and a great race.

    3. Gotta agree. Great result and it was one of those weekends nobody else really stood out. The other contenders for the trophy – Hulk, RIC, ROS, Ericsson, Kvyat all had their good moments but also a few glitches throughout the weekend.

  3. Easiest of the year for me. Of course that has to be Bianchi.

    You can say it’s down to luck and the amount of retirements but he just took every opportunity there was.
    He was comfortably fastest of the Marussia/ Caterham boys in qualy, beating Chilton by 0.6 sec.
    He had to start from the back of the grid due to a gearbox change, and he delivered a very mature drive.
    Jules made a fantastic but risky move on Kobayashi when he let Kimi by and he was just faultless the rest of the race.

    This brings us back to the Minardi days when they were over the moon when they scored a point. It’s just so nice to see a backmarker score points.

    And btw, Chilton also helped Marussia to points, because he hit Kimi, who fell back and hit Magnussen.. Haha

  4. I was tempted to go with Bianchi. But after some consideration I gave it to Rosberg. While Bianchi helped Marrusia to their first ever points, a lot of variables fell into place. Not taking away anything from Bianchi or the Marrusia’s progress, Rosberg gets it for withstanding immense pressure from Hamilton throughout the weekend.

    1. I respect your opinion but I disagree. Rosberg once again cracked under pressure in Q3, only this time it ended up playing to his advantage. In addition, his race was strong, but it was made a lot easier by his own variables falling into place: safety car stopping strategies, debris hitting Lewis’ eye(not that it would have given Lewis the win, but it took away the pressure), the safety cars allowing him to save fuel. While both Rosberg’s and Bianchi’s drives were impressive, both of theirs were a bit lucky.

    2. Rosberg suspicious missed braking point is now an intentional move in my book after viewing the footage of both his Q3 attempts and his correction in the race, gotta give to Bianchi.

      1. @jcost

        doesn’t context mean anything to anyone nowadays? In free practice, drivers will run off the track when making mistakes that if that same mistake had happened in the race, they would have kept on the track.

        In qualifying, risking running into the barrier is pointless after a mistake, especially since the run is effectively over. How many times have we seen a driver on a hot lap in qualifying bail out because of small error or traffic up ahead? A hundred, a thousand, more?

        ROS second run in Q3 was more on the edge than his pace in the race. Breaking a bit later to maximize hundredths of a second. In qualifying, his run was over with the mistake, but in the race a driver will do almost anything NOT to go into the run off. (Conversely, in qualifying, a driver wouldn’t risk a move like RAI did at the Loews hairpin on MAG, but it’s worth it the race – though contact with MAG altered his radius). Drivers lock up in races all the time. Heck, ROS was locking up behind the safety car.

        Now I wouldn’t put it pass ROS to have hung it out more knowing if he makes a mistake and a yellow comes out, he’s in the catbird seat. But premeditated ala Schumacher ’06? I don’t think so. He’s not that kind of guy. I’ve never seen it.

    3. Rosberg won the race due to a Pole position because hamilton couldn’t do his last lap, and during the race he had no oposition with Hamilton’s trouble in the last laps… Can’t see any briliance in Rosberg’s weekend

      This is one of the “Cheapest” wins of the last few years, can’t vote for Rosberg this weekend.

    4. I agree and gave my vote to Nico R. Nico ran a perfect as can be expected race when you realize that Lewis was on his tail for most of the race. If Nico had babbled for one micro second Lewis would of passed but Nico drove without incident and won the race … fair and square. Many of the drivers of the less exalted teams did a superb job with the equipment they have to work with…. no matter how hard I try I can not get FilipeM up on the podium … same for Kimi and Jenson…. and RoaminG …. yes Bianci did a great job … I think I got ’em all …. Thanks. RnR

      1. You need to have a significantly faster car at Monaco if you want to overtake and it’s not that hard to defend against an identical car, even if it’s on your tail the whole time. And when it comes to winning “fair and square”, remember that the stewards didn’t declare Nico “innocent”. They declared him “not guilty”. There is a big difference there. It means it wasn’t a clear cut. It might have been an honest mistake, so they decided not to punish him. It might have been an honest mistake, but it doesn’t mean it was. I’m still rooting for Nico in his championship bid, but this one felt like a cheap victory.

  5. voted for bianchi. but i’d like to give out an honorable mention to kimi, kvyat and ericsson, all drove superb but unlucky circumstances lead to their respective finishing positions.

  6. I was torn between Rosberg, Bianchi and Hulkenberg.

    Rosberg dominated the race from start to finish, holding Hamilton off which isn’t by any means, easy.

    Bianchi drove solidly throughout, obviously retirements heped him massively to get in the points. But still, first points for Marussia, which is amazing. Thrashed his team mate and don’t forget that vital move on Kobayashi which was opportunistic and it showed that Marussia are the best ‘new’ team.

    Hulkenberg had a quiet race, but he was consistent and was effectively the best of the rest behind the Mercedes, Ricciardo and Alonso. His move on Magnussen was epic as well.

    Even with the retirements, I went for Bianchi. I mean, Marussia got their first ever points!

    1. which isn’t by any means, easy

      It’s Monaco. Yes, it’s easy.

  7. I didn’t go mainstream. I voted for Hulkenberg. Maybe he wasn’t impressive in qualifying, but drove flawlessly in the race and grabbed every opportunity, didn’t make mistakes and avoided collisions with others, which others couldn’t. And his pass on Magnussen was one of the best this year.

    1. I agree! Although I was torn between him and Bianchi, who did a tremendous job.

  8. I tried to think of alternatives, but it has to be Bianchi. Usual great effort in qualifying, and starting last on the grid to come in 8th on the road was supreme, even considering the usually high attrition by recent standards (even for Monaco). And his overtake on Kobayashi was incredibly ballsy. Perhaps an even simpler choice than last race.

  9. If anyone other than Bianchi wins, we riot!

    1. It may come down to mis-aimed clicking. The Chilton fanclub will appear larger than it is, today!

  10. Went for Nico Hulkenberg.
    Not because Bianchi was unimpessive, but I found the Rosberg error in Qualy too important. Delibrate or not, reversing out of the escape road should be avoided at all times. And Lewis’s comments throughout the weekend has definitely put me off from supporting him anytime soon. Sebastian went through 4 years of dominance without losing his head (hypocrisy after Multi 21 aside), Lewis cant go 4 races. And obviously he lost out to Nico.
    Hulkenberg didnt make mistakes, grabbed every oppurtunity and made an amazing pass on Magnussen. More importantly he did ALMOST 50 laps on supersofts and managed to evade the claws of Button.

    1. same here hulk what a drive……

  11. I voted Jules .Fantastic drive . Risky move on none other than Kobayashi . Great drive under pressure despite the penalties .

    it was surprising he was even in a position to lose pole to Rosberg in the manner he did.

    The margin was around 6 hundredths of a second despite all the controversy .

    The mid-race Safety Car period and Hamilton’s eye problem in the closing laps only cemented the inevitable.

    I agree with you mildly that Rosberg winning was sort of ‘inevitable’ . But no mention of him holding onto 2nd driving with eye problems in those closing laps . I am not going for sympathy votes . Just thought you could have mentioned it as it was part of the action.

    1. Uh, by the time Daniel Ricciardo caught Lewis, his eye was okay. He said it himself. So he simply stayed ahead of Daniel, who had an arguably faster car for over the corners, but had a deficit of 4-6kmph on straight and drivability problems for 4 laps.
      And ^ is approximately the same length as Keith’s whole summary of Lewis’s weekend, it isnt worthwhile to mention the fact, really.

  12. I shall not vote for either Mercedes driver since they ended up pretty much as expected, and neither shall I vote for Ricciardo whom Vettel had a pretty realistic chance of beating in both qualifying and the race had it not been for those mechanical gremlins… Vettel never got the chance to show what he could really do, so he’s out of the equation as well.

    I’ve narrowed down my choices to Hülkenberg and Bianchi but I decided to go for the latter. Apart from a dragging a Marussia to the points by taking advantage of mechanical failures and driving errors from others, like Hülkenberg he managed a brilliant overtake on another driver (Kobayashi) and also finished ahead of Grosjean (Not accounting for the penalty) despite being equipped with backmarker machinery, made even more impressive by the fact that Grosjean is a proven talent and among one of the best drivers on the current grid. We can argue that Bianchi got lucky with attrition, but he made no errors unlike the Sauber pair and he simply made the most of a situation that was to his benefit. Thus my vote goes to Bianchi.

    1. Apart from a dragging a Marussia to the points

      Apart from dragging a Marussia to the points*

    2. Lotus_Grosjean
      27th May 2014, 0:24

      I would say E22 looked awful the whole weekend. Still, impressive drive by Bianchi :)

      1. Awful by their standards perhaps, but certainly not at backmarker level alongside Marussia and Caterham.

  13. Jules Bianchi is the only driver deserving a 10/10 last weekend.
    Even though he made a fault standing in the wrong starting position – and admited he could have make Q2, Bianchi was faultless when the action really started.

    Still can’t believe Marussia has now scored points in F1, and they probably could have done twice as much if not for a rookie pitwall mistake.

    Bianchi is, in my own opinion, the most talented of my fellow coutrymen.

    1. about the pitwall mistake. when someone takes your grid slot there’s basically nothing you can do.

      1. I suppose you can sit in the middle of the track and wave your hands at the marshals so the start gets aborted.

  14. Nick Veneris
    26th May 2014, 17:14

    I think that mercedes monopoly, continued in that weekend, but surely the man that won the bet of bringing the first points to marussia – ferrari, was Jules Bianchi. Not only did he manage to achieve his first points in his f1 career, but also he did a stunning and brave driving through the short roads of Monaco. Being qualified into the last position and managing to get into the points is quite a massive achievement for the young driver, considering the fact that Monaco is the shortest track among the 19 races of the calendar and the most difficult to overtake, due to that fact. So, all credits to that guy , who fully deserved the 2, why not 4 points that he could get if there was’nt that five-second penalty.

    1. Nick Veneris
      26th May 2014, 17:18

      Correction – narrowest

  15. Had to pick Bianchi. Though high attrition and two ridiculous accidents from the Sauber drivers played a role in it, he still scored points in a car that has no business in the top half of the field. It has been too long since the team with the smallest budget has managed such a feat. Finishing two laps up on Chilton added some comedy to it as well.

    Other than that, there were a few other drivers who drove brilliantly. Hulkenberg was impressive as ever. Grosjean scoring points in spite of bad luck and bad strategy was outstanding. Raikkonen was epic until Chilton decided that he wanted to have a go at him. And Button actually had a very good showing, timing his pit stops perfectly around the chaos and making some ballsy moves to cut through the field. Good stuff.

    1. Maybe those 2 points will mean they won’t have to put Chilton in a car next year. The kid is embarrassing himself and blowing the family fortune in the process.

  16. Guys, it’s Bianchi. There’s just no excuse for even picking anyone else this time around. I’m a HAM fan but he has a really “meh” weekend. RIC drove a good race and ROS won the race, but 80% of that was because he was sitting on (a questionable) poll at Monaco so he almost has to win unless he makes a major mistake. The HULK drove a strong race with a lesser car.

    But at the end of the day Bianchi scored what may turn out to be historical points. A team like Marussia lives or dies on little things like this and he finally did what nobody else has been able to do! No questions, Bianchi :)

  17. french frog
    26th May 2014, 17:36

    Bianchi for sure but Vergne has also delivered a strong week-end even if he was not lucky

  18. It has to be Bianchi. He once again demonstrated his crushing superiority in qualifying over Chilton, which hasn’t been quite as evident as last year in this early part of the season. He then drove a supremely composed race, mixing it with faster cars on genuine pace, not just track position. Yes, he benefitted from others’ misfortunes and mistakes, but he was still there on merit as well. His move on Kobayashi was exemplary stuff — you might even say he KK’d KK, which is no mean feat at a track like Monaco. I’m so chuffed for Marussia to have finally nabbed those first points, and for it to have been Bianchi that did it. He really is an exceptional talent.

  19. Bianchi; scoring points in a Marussia, in a dry Monaco race with 3 penalties and 14 finishers.

    If Rosberg didn’t make his mistake in Q3, he’d get the nod. Mind you, I’m talking about the mistake, not it being intentional or not.

  20. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend)
    26th May 2014, 18:40

    Bianchi had the weekend of his life, no-brainer. Honorable mentions to Rosberg (very canny in qualifying, hats off to him) and also did what he had to do on the race. Massa, Ricciardo and Vergne (terribly unlucky) all drove well too.

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