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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  1. Bianchi just deserves it. Had some luck, but every driver needs some at some days.

  2. Bianchi gets the sympathy vote but the real heroes were RIC, ALO and HUL if you ask me.

  3. One of the easiest DOTW poll for me. Picked Bianchi for his great efforts in placing a Marrusia at 8th position(ignoring his penalty) and a great overtake on kamui.

    Hulk had another strong weekend and his pass on kevin was just amazing. It deserves Pass of the season uptill now and may be it will be the best pass of this season.

    1. Actually I forgot to mention Rosberg as well. He did a stellar job in doing what he did in his Q3 incident which according to many people (not me) was deliberate. To do that lock-up so perfectly and fake it as if it wasnt deliberate in one of the twistiest circuits of the world – it definitely deserves a mention.

  4. Bianchi was a close call but slightly on the lucky side. Rosberg drove a fantastic race but his ironic performance be it intentional or accidental in Q3 keeps him from get DOTW. My vote goes to Ricciardo. Absolutely rock-steady consistency in both qualifying and race-pace once again. First time this year we’ve seen any team place any real pressure on a Mercedes as well. Kudos.

  5. The only way I can decide this is by being HUGELY nitpicky, so please don’t moan about any of my comments. By all means express your opinion, but please respect that these are mine as well, and in some cases we’ll have to agree to disagree.
    Vettel – Was beaten in Qualifying although admittedly had car troubles, but had been behind Daniel most of practice. Good start jumped him ahead of Daniel but never showed potential in race following early exit.
    Ricciardo – A strong practice and qualifying was somewhat ruined by a poor getaway. Lucked back into third though did well to take the fight to Lewis at the end, despite the latter’s eye issues.
    Rosberg – Flawless in the race but was level with – if not a tad behind – Lewis in practice, and only secured pole after making a mistake, which in my opinion was on purpose. Though given Lewis ‘cheated’ in Spain, I suppose fair is fair.
    Hamilton – I’m a Hamilton fan but his moodiness got a bit much. I don’t blame him as I’d be exactly the same, in fact would probably have been even worse, but still. However, Lewis made no mistakes throughout the weekend, except perhaps not being quick enough on his first run, or getting his second one in sooner.
    Alonso – Despite out-qualifying Kimi and finishing a strong fourth, he was being comfortably beaten by his teammate up to the point Kimi had issues, and had dropped back a bit from Daniel.
    Raikkonen – Was out-qualified by Alonso but made a good start and was on for a good race, until his collision with Chilton. As if being out-qualified wasn’t enough to detract from driver of the weekend, he then made a clumsy move on Kevin.
    Grosjean – Out-qualified his teammate but suffered with damage on lap one, although I’m not sure what happened. A fantastic recovery drive saw him finish eighth post-Marussia penalty, but I’d imagine he was somewhat annoyed the Safety Car came out just as he’d closed back up to the tail of the field following the early stop.
    Maldonado – Out-qualified by Romain and never got a chance to make the start. Although that was probably a good thing.
    Button – Out-qualified by Kevin and got himself involved in an incident with Sergio. Solid drive however.
    Magnussen – Eighth was a fantastic grid slot and did brilliantly to avoid Jean-Eric in the pits. Unlucky to have race somewhat ruined by Kimi and pulled a good but too early move on Jean-Eric, though let him back through and left himself vulnerable to Nico.
    Perez – Incredibly out-qualified Nico but made a mess of the opening lap in collision with Jenson.
    Hulkenberg – Surprisingly beaten in qualifying but pulled an impressive race out to benefit from incidents and keep his tyres together. Move on Magnussen was mega.
    Gutierrez – Threw away Sauber’s first real chance of points with a rookie error.
    Sutil – Threw away any chance of anything with a crash, though admittedly this was probably not entirely his fault.
    Vergne – Brilliant in qualifying with seventh and was running superbly in the race. Let down by the early release from the pits and race ruined completely when exhaust failed.
    Kvyat – Fantastic on his first trip to Monaco, but was beaten in Qualifying after putting it in the wall, though like Sutil perhaps not entirely at fault. Good race ruined like his teammate with an exhaust issue.
    Massa – Only error was being kind enough to pull aside to let Marcus through in qualifying. Recovered brilliantly from the setback and put in a strong drive on a unique strategy to salvage points.
    Bottas – Car seemed nowhere in Qualifying but was running strong in the race – albeit while struggling and with a train behind him – and ultimately retired with a power unit failure.
    Bianchi – Was mega in practice, qualifying, and the race, but let’s not forget. While his performance was phenomenal by scoring Marussia’s first points, he cost himself two more by lining up in the wrong place!
    Chilton – Just no.
    Kobayashi – Qualified 1.6 seconds clear of his teammate and just 2 tenths off of Chilton in a much better Marussia. Was running strongly and probably would have scored points too if not for the damage sustained from the Bianchi overtake/collision.
    Ericsson – Poor in qualifying and his mistake was very rookie-like, but kept his head in the race to equal Caterham’s best result.

    So, judging from that only a few driver’s had a weekend without a mistake or something that rules them out of driver of the weekend running:
    Hamilton, Grosjean, Vergne, Massa and Kobayashi.

    Out of the five, my vote goes to Vergne, because he really did nothing wrong at all and has clearly been cursed with as many car issues and as much bad luck as Vettel this year!

  6. I’ll be certainly a part of minority but my Driver of the weekend goes to Jean-Eric Vergne.

    Has looked very good all through the weekend and after the big teams, he was clearly the driver to pick up the pieces of any misfortunes at the front and indeed it happened. Qualified a fantastic 7th and was heading for a top 5 finish hadn’t had been the team’s eagerness to launch him into the path of Kevin. From there on, his race was spoiled by Renault’s as well as season’s first engine blow up. Good job.

  7. I voted Vergne. The only thing he did wrong was lose a place off the start, other than that he was basically immense and let down by his team and Renault. He’s easily the unluckiest driver in F1 at the moment.

  8. Bianchi was brilliant in qualifying. Out qualified Chilton by 0.7s. Then, starting from the back of the grid to finish in 9th at a circuit like Monaco is absolutely superb. One of the great young talents in the sport and hope he will be in a better car next year.

  9. Without question Bianchi. Brilliantly moved his way forward (with some attrition to aid him) to grab team’s first ever points at the race where it will be noticed. Kobayashi looked like he could have, until Jules past him, and have to commend Ericsson on 11th, also that team’s best. Anyone have 350 million pounds I can use to buy them?

    1. @jrhonf1 – Not quite, but feel free to declare your interest in the F1 Fanatic Grand Prix Team here:

  10. Kimoni Nakamoto (@)
    26th May 2014, 21:45

    Maldonado gets my vote. Easily his most impressive performance to date.

  11. I picked NR because I believe him and the stewards that he did nothing wrong, and even though he did make a mistake I think the pressure is so much bigger for him than, for example, Bianchi, and the fact that NR drove a flawless race, again, with big pressure and LH always right behind him, sealed it for me. I was quite concerned for NR’s start, but he nailed it at exactly the time and race he needed to.

    All that said I fully understand picking Bianchi as the majority have…he drove very very well, but just not under the kind of pressure NR was/is.

    1. Bianchi was under fierce pressure. Imagine if he crashed while in the points. When his engineer came on the radio, telling him that he was in the points, that must have put some extra pressure on him.

  12. I strugle to understand how Rosberg gets so many votes with such a “Cheap” win. The pole was what we saw (doesn’t matter if it was on purpose or not), didn’t let Hamilton do his last lap that probably would be pole judging for the 1st sector and this season’s pole history, and during the race, the only person that could have challenged him had a eye problem…

    It was a easy win almost any driver could have achieved that win with that car. Rosberg only did a good start, after that, the only threats he could have would be the end of each stint that never hapened: First becaus of the safety car, and last, hamilton had eye problem.

    1. And I don’t think it is nearly as easy as you make F1 sound to lead a race at Monaco against a formidable teammate and not make a mistake, including at the start which has created a few problems for NR. He nailed his start, and he flawlessly stayed in front of LH all day, under big pressure, including having to adapt to minding his fuel usage.

      1. I’ll give you the start, that was the only key point, other than that, with today’s tires and rules, drivers just wait for the end of the stint to attack. First sting, it was safety car, and the end of second stint, Hamilton had the eye problem, so rosber never had a real attack from lewis

  13. Bianchi was under fierce pressure. Imagine if he crashed while in the points. When his engineer came on the radio, telling him that he was in the points, that must have put some extra pressure on him.

    1. Please delete

  14. I think, Ricciardo.

  15. Bianchi was on fire this weekend. I wouldn’t usually say it but Maurussia was my pick for Monaco. Let’s just hope that these points finishes can keep going. Chilton on the other hand needs to just stop while he’s got room to dig himself outta the hole he got into. He’s slow as and needs to quit. ASAP

  16. About Kobayashi’s disapproval of Bianchi’s move:

    1. First off, the king of banzaiosity should actually be appreciating banzai moves, not criticising them.
    2. Looking at the replay, Bianchi does sort of appear to be Hail Mary-ish with his dive, but once he was alongside Kamui, the first contact is 50-50, because Kobayashi did not expect the Marussia to be there. But seriously, once the corner opened up, did Kobayashi expect Bianchi to vanish? He’s asking for it, converging into the corner for a second, and a third time. The move itself might have been a bit brave, bordering on foolhardy, but the fact that, halfway into the corner, Bianchi held the inside line and was alongside Kamui meant that the move was done and dusted. Kobayashi had no business converging at the exit, but he clearly didn’t open up the steering as much as he would normally have.

  17. It was between Bianchi and Ricciardo for me.. but had to go with Jules. I don’t remember the last team the poorest team on the grid had a driver who fought that bravely

    1. 2008 FI’s debut year in F1 adrian sutil was running 4th when kimi hit him. One of the less funded team at that time.

      1. Yeah I clearly remember that…. that race made me a fan of Sutil. (Up until this season at least)

        But he didn’t finish with any points…

  18. Hulk because of:
    1) That move on Mangussen; and
    2) 11th to 5th is a spectacular effort.

  19. Has to be Jules Bianchi – managed to keep going under big pressure from much faster cars for most of the race, and was there for the steal when others got it wrong! Would’ve put Nico Hulkenberg otherwise due to again outperforming the car and staying ahead of Jenson Button for so long on those old tyres.

  20. With bad quali and the clumsy move on Magnussen he’s obviously not the DOTW but I still voted for Kimi just out of sympathy. Probably one of the unluckiest races in his career.

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