Vote for your Canadian GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Canadian Grand Prix

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

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

Canadian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Sebastian Vettel – Came out on top of a very close battle for third on the grid despite saying he didn’t get the first sector right. Took his chance to pass Hamilton at the start but was never going to stay there once DRS was enabled. During the race he questioned his team’s decision to make his second pit stop while he was following Hulkenberg, who hadn’t made his first yet. It dropped Vettel into traffic, and cost him a place to Ricciardo who pitted a lap later. A late pass on Perez – and lightning reactions when an out-of-control Massa flew past him – earned his second podium finish of the year.

Daniel Ricciardo – Was at the opposite end of that four-way battle for third, after struggling with his balance in Q3, so lined up sixth on the grid. Stuck behind Massa, he made an early pit stop on lap 14 which got him ahead. His next visit jumped him past the other Williams and Vettel. Suffering Red Bull’s usual lack of straight-line speed, he finally unleashed a brilliantly-judged pass on Perez to take second with five laps to go. After that he quickly caught Rosberg and enjoyed the rare satisfaction of being able to drive past the Mercedes in a straight line to clinch his first grand prix win.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Nico Rosberg – Usually lacked a few hundredths of a second to his team mate in practice but capitalised on Hamilton’s error in Q3 to take his third pole position of the year. When Hamilton got off the line better Rosberg edged him wide to maintain his advantage. But he felt the pressure from his team mate later in the race and nearly put his car in the wall at turn four. Then he out-braked himself at the chicane and cut the corner, setting his fastest lap as he did, but said he eased off on the next lap to hand back any advantage. When the MGU-K problem hit he was briefly jumped by Hamilton in the pits before his team mate retired. Managed his ailing car impressively well, keeping Perez at arm’s length at the crucial DRS detection point (contrary to some reports, the Force India’s DRS had not failed). But when Ricciardo appeared in his mirrors he was powerless to stay ahead.

Lewis Hamilton – “I went wide a couple of times in turn six and then turn eight,” said Hamilton when explaining how he missed out on pole position to his team mate by less than eight hundredths of a second. Rosberg’s firm defending left Hamilton behind Vettel on lap one, but he was soon past the Red Bull. Piled the pressure on Rosberg in the second stint, but after their cars developed MGU-K problems his then succumbed to brake failure, possibly exacerbated by running in Rosberg’s slipstream. He’s now 22 points behind his team mate.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso – As usual Ferrari flattered to deceive on Friday. Alonso’s seventh on Saturday behind the Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams cars was a fair reflection of what the car could do. Unable to make any progress from there in the race, he would have been eighth had it not been for Perez and Massa’s last-lap smash.

Kimi Raikkonen – Experienced more technical problems on Friday. Reached Q3 but could do no better than tenth, where he finished after replicating his spin from practice at the second hairpin.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean – Lotus expected Canada’s long straights and short corners wouldn’t suit them, and sure enough Grosjean could only manage 14th on the grid. An unusual rear wing failure put him out late in the race.

Pastor Maldonado – Seemingly cursed with technical problems on Saturday, he pulled over with a turbo inlet problem, then collected a reprimand when he failed to reattach his steering wheel. Having started on soft tyres and made it up to eight by lap 15, a points finish might have been possible. But he’d been coping with power unit problems since the start of the race and they eventually caused his retirement.

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McLaren

Jenson Button – Eighth in Q2, he slipped back one place in Q3. Preferring the soft tyres, he found it difficult to make progress amid groups of cars using DRS, but an opportunistic pass on Alonso and Hulkenberg set him up for an unlikely fourth place.

Kevin Magnussen – Traffic on his out-lap during his final run in Q2 compromised his tyre warm-up procedure, and the result was he came out on the rough end of a very narrow cut for a place in the final ten. Was preoccupied with tyre preservation in the race, trailing Vergne in ninth.

Force India

Sergio Perez, Force India, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Nico Hulkenberg – Narrowly missed the cut for Q3 again, but starting the race on soft tyres proved an ideal strategy in a car that treats its rubber well. Wasn’t able to pass the Red Bulls after his pit stop, and was unfortunate to lose a place to Massa having been forced wide by Bottas. He was also demoted by Button in the closing stages, leaving him fifth for the fourth time this year.

Sergio Perez – Was consistently the slowest Mercedes-powered runner in qualifying and nearly got caught out in Q1 when he had a spin. But in the race he got ahead of his team mate at the start then passed Button in the opening stint. Having picked off the Red Bull drivers following his first pit stop Perez was well placed to capitalise on Mercedes’ problems, but was having minor electrical problems of his own. That helped Ricciardo pass, and Vettel got him as well as the last lap began. Edging off-line in the flat-out kink leading to turn one while Massa was trying to overtake was an unwise move which caused a huge crash, cost him a big points haul and led to a penalty for the next race.

Sauber

Start, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Adrian Sutil – Struggling with poor engine drive-ability and a lack of downforce, he was pleased to make it into Q2. Was the last car running after another anonymous Sauber race.

Esteban Gutierrez – Was unable to take part in qualifying after hitting the wall during final practice. Despite the mild-looking impact a new chassis and gearbox was required, meaning he had to start from the pit lane. Struggled for grip in the race until his final stint, when he said “the car felt much better – I even enjoyed driving”. Then his power unit failed.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Missed much of first practice but replicated his excellent qualifying performance of last year by taking eighth on the grid. He was strong in the race as well, jumping Alonso at the start and leading him until the first pit stop. Kept Magnussen at bay to finally score his second points haul of the year.

Daniil Kvyat – Was half a second off Vergne in Q2 on his first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and started seven places behind the other Toro Rosso. Had a scruffy race with a spin at turn one and a trip across the chicane while racing Raikkonen, then suffered another Toro Rosso technical problem.

Williams

Felipe Massa, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Felipe Massa – His team mate held him back at the start, and soon afterwards he was under severe pressure from Ricciardo. A slow pit stop droped him behind Vergne and Alonso, but he passed the pair of them and rejoined the leading group. Managed to stretch his second stint out until lap 47 but was never going to make it to the end on his tyres, so pitted again and came out seventh. But he had the pace to win, and looked in good shape after passing his team mate, who ran wide, and Hulkenberg. But he got stuck behind Vettel, missing at least one chance to pass the Red Bull when his DRS did not activate. A last-lap move on Perez ended in disaster.

Valtteri Bottas – Felt he might have found the few thousandths he needed to take third place for the second year in a row had he not caught traffic on his final lap in Q3. Made his second pit stop earlier than Massa and paid a high price, getting stuck behind a group of slower cars. Had just been told to let Massa through when he ran wide, losing the position. He then lost two more places to Alonso and Button, finishing seventh.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi – Wasn’t able to do a second run in Q1 due to a problem with his car, which left him behind Chilton on the grid. Was in the process of passing his team mate when he was hit at the rear, pitching him into the barrier.

Max Chilton – After 25 race finishes in a row he committed a racing driver’s cardinal sin by spinning into his team mate at the start and putting both out of the race.

Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi – A penalty for a gearbox change moved him behind Ericsson on the grid, and broken suspension put an end to his race.

Marcus Ericsson – Crashed during qualifying for the second weekend in a row. Said his power unit felt weak on the formation lap and retired early in the race. The team traced the problem to a pipe connected to the turbo.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.041s 35/70 1 3rd +5.247s
Daniel Ricciardo 6th +0.041s 35/70 1 1st -5.247s
Lewis Hamilton 2nd +0.079s 3/46 2
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.079s 43/46 2 2nd
Fernando Alonso 7th -0.4s 69/70 2 6th -38.809s
Kimi Raikkonen 10th +0.4s 1/70 2 10th +38.809s
Romain Grosjean 14th -0.596s 10/21 2
Pastor Maldonado 17th +0.596s 11/21 0
Jenson Button 9th -0.096s 62/70 2 4th -17.499s
Kevin Magnussen 12th +0.096s 8/70 2 9th +17.499s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th -0.172s 7/69 1 5th Not on same lap
Sergio Perez 13th +0.172s 62/69 1 11th Not on same lap
Adrian Sutil 16th 44/64 2 13th Not on same lap
Esteban Gutierrez 22nd 20/64 3 14th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 8th -0.458s 47/47 2 8th
Daniil Kvyat 15th +0.458s 0/47 2
Felipe Massa 5th +0.028s 28/69 2 12th Not on same lap
Valtteri Bottas 4th -0.028s 41/69 2 7th Not on same lap
Jules Bianchi 19th +0.011s 0/0 0
Max Chilton 18th -0.011s 0/0 0
Kamui Kobayashi 21st -0.542s 7/7 0
Marcus Ericsson 20th +0.542s 0/7 0

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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 Canadian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (5%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (45%)
  • Nico Rosberg (22%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (3%)
  • Fernando Alonso (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (4%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (10%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (2%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (7%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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165 comments on Vote for your Canadian GP Driver of the Weekend

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  1. Strontium (@strontium) said on 9th June 2014, 12:50

    Ricciardo. First win, great race.

    Was going to go for Massa, until that collision.

    • Scanlen (@scanlen) said on 9th June 2014, 12:59

      Happy for Ricciardo. Did us Aussies proud :) I was hoping for Massa to be on the podium but Perez ruined that this time round…

    • Jimbo Hull (@kartingjimbo) said on 9th June 2014, 14:59

      I don’t understand how Riccardo can get DotW by such a margin (currently 48%) when Rosberg clearly put in the performance of the weekend? Just because he won doesn’t mean he was the best… The point of this poll really does get lost on weekends like this.

      Rosberg beat Hamilton in qualifying on ‘his’ track, then took it to him in the race only to lose his place before Hamiltons complete failure because of a mechanical issue. Not only then did he finish in the points with a lack of power he finished on the podium putting a bigger gap between him and Hamilton. Such a result may pay off in the later half of the season.

      Don’t get me wrong Riccardo deserved what he got but on over all performance of the weekend Rosberg kind of proved to everyone yet again he isn’t the push over Hamilton expects him to be, he fought him from Sat to Sun.

      • dzekins said on 9th June 2014, 15:40

        +1

      • Rooney (@rojov123) said on 9th June 2014, 20:20

        +100

      • Tom (@11mcgratht) said on 9th June 2014, 21:09

        Sadly for me (Hamilton fan) that’s so true. Rosberg is showing real quality at the moment and, despite all Hamilton’s wins, he has retained momentum. I’m afraid i see the championship slipping away already.

      • Bernard (@bernard) said on 9th June 2014, 23:44

        Rosberg barely scraped pole even after Hamiltons qualifying lap mistakes, he had a poor start, he was lucky not to get a penalty for gaining an unfair advantage, was lucky he didn’t hit the wall after pitting. Ultimately lucky to finish the race at all, let alone in the points. Hardly driver of the weekend.

        • liongalahad (@liongalahad) said on 11th June 2014, 2:03

          +1

          plus he was behind hamilton before the brake failure too, without the failure probably Ham would have won the race

        • Jimbo Hull (@kartingjimbo) said on 11th June 2014, 16:59

          Exactly but non of those things ‘happened’ to the degree where it effected him. He kept his cool the entire time regardless of the pressure he was under. I agree Hamilton would of probably own if it wasn’t for all the failures going on but he didnt, Rosberg did after beating him all weekend. It’s as simple as that, regardless of the almosts and the nearlys Rosberg beat him.

      • Oblong_Cheese (@oblong_cheese) said on 10th June 2014, 2:27

        Rosberg finished in second place in a car that was still clearly as fast, if not faster than, the cars behind him. Even with 1/3rd engine power missing, that Mercedes W05 is an amazing vehicle.

      • Chris said on 10th June 2014, 3:09

        All Rosberg did all race was not push the car until it broke when that problems started…*thats it*. He only stayed in the lead so long because of mercedes being much faster than everyone else giving them a massive gap when the problem started. Also he would have finished 5th+ if it wasn’t for some really slow force india cars (which were almost impossible to pass due to RBR lack of straight line speed).

      • MReis said on 10th June 2014, 13:13

        Ricciardo is doing great so far this season. He proves he can be faster than Seb and also than the rest of the pack. Imagining how big was the pressure above him (during the last laps) to win his first race and beating a Mercedes at this point (apart their problems), he deserves this DOTW.

      • Eric (@baron-2) said on 10th June 2014, 16:55

        @kartingjimbo

        Most here vote on sentiment. See Button winning DotW for the 2011 race for a prime example. Button was far from impressive that weekend but the fact that he won such a chaotic race AND beat the dominant force of the season at that point automatically gave him lot’s of points.
        Ricciardo was in no way as poor as Button was in 2011 but he wasn’t the DotW if you look at performance.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 10th June 2014, 0:10

      Yes Ricciardo, although he was not ahead of his teammate at any time prior to a well judged pit stop, but who else was there that could be said to have had a better round ? Rosberg, great Q3, hung on well for p2, but had superior car to begin with and gained advantage off track, Perez, fantastic job until he made a catastrophic error, Jenson steady but lucky ? who?

      • Eric (@baron-2) said on 10th June 2014, 17:03

        @hohum

        A well judged pitstop he had no say in whatsoever.

        “who else was there that could be said to have had a better round ?”
        Vergne. For one. Very impressive in qualifying and solid in the race. Vettel also did a better job than Ricciardo. Outqualified Ricciardo and the Williams who looked set to grab the 2nd row of the grid for most of qualifying. Vettel and Ricciardo performed very similarly in the race. Vettel just got the short end of the stick during the 2nd round of pitstops.
        I still don’t understand why Red Bull pitted him when they did. They should have known he would end up in the middle of a fighting pack after that pitstop. A poor call from Red Bull cost Vettel a win here.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 10th June 2014, 23:13

          @baron-2, Jev and STR were impressive given their Renault PU but p8 after the Perez/Massa crash is hardly a DOTW achievement, Vettels pitstop did seem poorly timed, and as we all know that has never happened to an RBR driver before, well, not to Vettel, so if’s and maybes aside, who else exceeded expectations to a greater degree than Dan R ?

          • Eric (@baron-2) said on 16th June 2014, 21:33

            @hohum

            Are you really going to suggest Vettel has never had a poorly timed pitstop before?!
            Anyway, Ricciardo didn’t exceed expectations. He lined up 6th on the grid below expectations. 2 well timed (as opposed to his teammate) pitstops saw him jump ahead of the Williams he was stuck behind and his teammate who was stuck behind Hulkenberg.
            Then got stuck behind Perez without any chance of overtaking Perez until the Sauber developed brake problems.
            After that the victory was a given because there was absolutely no way Perez and Rosberg could defend with the problems they had.
            So basically, Ricciardo performed as expected in the race. Maybe Rosberg deserves more credit for bringing home a sick car in 2nd but he was helped a lot by the Sauber’s afwul 1st and 2nd sector times.
            Anyway, yeah, looking at the entire weekend I’d definitely say Vergne.
            Vettel, Rosberg and Vergne all did something that exceeded expectations. There wasn’t a single moment where Ricciardo was impressive or exceeded expectations. He had a solid weekend, nothing more.

    • Michel S. (@hircus) said on 11th June 2014, 11:31

      I was going for Massa he whined that he’s faster than Bottas. And then the last 5 laps just sealed it … starting from his attempt to overtake Vettel while forgetting his DRS

  2. Would have been Perez until he crashed out with my next selection Massa, but it doesn’t make sense to choose a driver of the weekend who didn’t finish, even if not their fault. Ricciardo had a great race as well, so he’s my choice. What a race from Montreal though!

  3. jdjhy said on 9th June 2014, 12:54

    Rosberg. Pole against Hamilton on his best track, 2nd place with 160 hp less than the others sure is impressive..

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 9th June 2014, 15:22

      I was thinking of giving Rosberg a nod, but RIC getting his maiden win with a sweet move on turn 1 wrapped it up for me. Plus as much as I’m a Rosberg and Silver Arrow fan, I’m not feeling real clean about ROS right now after the Qualy in Monaco and now cutting the chicane to gain time in Canada. I’m starting to feel a bit of a pattern of “not quite clean” with Nico.

      • David McKay (@dmckay12) said on 10th June 2014, 17:23

        Rosberg slowed to give back the time advantage on the next lap. He said so after the race.

      • @daved He also did not cut the chicane to gain time, he locked up and took the run off. Totally different.

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 11th June 2014, 14:13

          @xtwl I didn’t mean to imply he did it intentionally when he cut the chicane, he did it under pressure to avoid a pass from Lewis which was simply a mistake. What I took exception with was that he accelerated through it once he got in trouble and did gain an advantage by doing so…even it if was not intentional to start with.

          @dmckay12 perhaps he did, but it still kept Lewis from getting in front of him when he went through that chicane and then gunned it to get back on track. And Lewis as pushing his car hard enough to catch back up which put more stress on it and the brakes. Plus, if Nico made a mistake going into that chicane and clearly would have lost the lead to Lewis had he not cut back in. This put Lewis behind him again and once more meant that Lewis had less cooling for his brakes.

          Had Nico lived with his mistake at the chicane and come out behind Lewis with less clean air to cool his brakes and had he then been forced to push harder to pass Lewis back….perhaps he would have been the one with the “unlucky brake failure”.

          Of course, we’ll never know because Nico keeps making mistakes and somehow benefiting from them.

          • @daved Lewis was not making a move so this has nothing to do with Lewis. Rosberg locked up and went to the run off.

          • DaveD (@daved) said on 11th June 2014, 15:15

            @xtwl
            Are you being pedantic or do you just want to argue?

            Let’s try again, Nico was under pressure and he went too deep or he misjudged his braking zone, or he misjudged his speed or he was playing with the steering wheel. Whatever reason, Nico made a mistake and would have lost position had he not gunned it through the chicane.

            I really don’t want to argue semantics. The point is that when you go off track, you lose position simply because it takes time to recover your speed and get back on track. Nico was lucky that it “just happened” to be at a chicane where he was able to go straight and actually cut his race length. Just like he was lucky that his off in qualifying in Monaco “just happened” to give him an advantage and stop Lewis flying lap.

            I’m personally not impressed with those two events for whatever reason they happened. That is my opinion. If you don’t agree, then I understand that.

          • DaveD (@daved) said on 11th June 2014, 15:24

            @dmckay12 @xtwl I should also make one other point. I may not like Nico as much now that he seems to be “finding advantages”, as when he was doing the wholesome innocent routine. BUT, I will say that he’d have never won a WDC being “most popular on track”, and now he’s got a good shot at it.
            I guarantee you that Alonso, Vettel or Lewis wouldn’t win a most popular vote among the drivers either so I have to be realistic. It’s about winning and getting away with every edge you can find at the end of the day.

            I just used to pull for Nico as that guy who always tried to play it straight and so he was my favorite underdog. But I bet he’d rather have a WDC than my vote for most likable.

          • @daved

            “Whatever reason, Nico made a mistake and would have lost position had he not gunned it through the chicane.”

            False. At no time was Hamilton making a move or did he have an advantage into the chicane. Thus Rosberg gained time but never a position. Rosberg made sure the time gained was lost over the next lap. There was no way he should have given the position to Hamilton. Even when coming back on track Lewis was to far away to effect a pass on him at that moment going into T1.

            When Lewis locked up and went straight he also went full throttle, rejoined on the track BUT he gained a position by doing so thus he had to give it back straight away.

            Rosberg simply locked up and went straight. He gained .5 of a second. He did this on every driver on the track.

          • DaveD (@daved) said on 11th June 2014, 23:33

            @xtwl I really don’t want to argue with you. I find myself in agreement with most of the posts you make on here and I’m sorry we disagree on this one. I think Nico is pushing things a bit and you don’t. So let’s just agree to disagree on this one.

    • frood19 (@frood19) said on 9th June 2014, 15:27

      agreed. i think this was his best race for some time. the error at the chicane was the only blot really.

    • uan (@uan) said on 9th June 2014, 15:52

      Was he down 160 hp? It was the MGU-K that failed, that would be around 60-80 hp down, and that’s not available the whole lap either. That does level the playing field with the RB.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 9th June 2014, 16:57

        @uan
        Nope, the entire hybrid part of his engine failed. He lost 160 hp overall. Also, it’s laughable to suggest that Mercedes were on a “level playing field” with Red Bull today. Look at how much faster Ricciardo was than Rosberg on the straight.

        Two weeks ago in Monaco Vettel had the exact same problem on a circuit where power is far less relevant than around Montreal, and he fell through the field like a stone.

        Rosberg drove superbly today, and Mercedes showed just what a great chassis they have. They were essentially on par with the rest of the field in pace without ERS (!)

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 9th June 2014, 15:59

      Well, you said it. In the race that Rosberg and Hamilton actually had, Hamilton won. Rosberg did a good job all weekend. But when your car is a class apart from others, you have to beat you teammate to enter this DOTW competition.

      As far as finishing p2 with a stricken car, it’s not like he had to drive the race with only 2 gears or something in his eye or whatever. As even he said, after he reset his braking points, it was business as usual.

      • dragoll (@dragoll) said on 10th June 2014, 10:21

        @dmw I cannot agree with you on this one. Regardless if your car is awesome or not, losing 160bhp is going to be difficult to finish in the points let alone on the podium.
        As for your argument that he lost to HAM, that is rubbish, where did HAM finish? Oh… that’s right he didn’t… Surely HAM must have had some issue that was even more critical than ROS, oh wait… He had the same overheating issue as Nico… Yet HAM couldn’t drive around the issue and as a result, he retired.
        Perhaps less hate towards Nico in Montreal, he had a great drive and deserved his DOTW nomination.

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 9th June 2014, 12:54

    i was thinking either perez or ricciardo. but seeing as perez did a great job to keep everyone behind him for so long and got taken out by massa in the end, i went for him.

    hats off to ricciardo though, also vergne and button.

    • D (@f190) said on 9th June 2014, 13:13

      You do know the crash was Perez fault ? Its hard to vote someone as driver of the weekend after they cause a massive crash.

      • Rigi (@rigi) said on 9th June 2014, 13:23

        i still blame massa.

      • sf (@sfrank15) said on 9th June 2014, 13:33

        If you watch the replay in slow motion Massa’s car went right slightly into Perez. Not sure if was caused by a brake problem or marbles. Perez’s car kept its line.

        • macrob said on 9th June 2014, 15:27

          Massa’s fault, Im sorry…have a nice day

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 9th June 2014, 15:29

          @sfrank15
          I just can not agree with you. Perez was veering left OFF the racing line going into a corner. He should have been swinging wide right and following Vettel (and where Massa was going) along the racing line. Watch the Vine video and tell me that you really believe Perez was following the racing line: https://vine.co/v/MD0BgJYVeam
          Frankly, it was ham-fisted driving by Massa as well to come up with such closing speed, but Perez was definitely going into no man’s land with his line in that corner.

          It probably should have been deemed a racing incident, IMO, considering both drivers were wrong to some degree.

          • Thomas (@tthwaite) said on 9th June 2014, 19:40

            It’s a strange one because if you look at Perez then yes he does move to the left to defend from Massa. However, if you watch Massa then he does move to the right, almost to try and back out of the move. Such a shame as both drivers were having a great race, but I don’t think it is so clear cut that you can blame one driver.

          • sf (@sfrank15) said on 10th June 2014, 17:01

            I do see now that Perez was veering left somewhat to apparently block since it was the last lap. I still see Massa doing a quick turn to the right just before impact. I think both are at fault somewhat but Perez should not have been penalized for it.

        • lubhz (@lubhz) said on 9th June 2014, 15:36

          It was a tough call but Perez didn’t keep a straight line, turning into Massa too quickly for him to react: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUEbC1bf2sc

        • Some people are so strange. Stewards give Perez a penalty, on the footage he clearly moved left, and still you’d think it is Massa his fault? What ignorance.

          • D (@f190) said on 9th June 2014, 16:19

            @xtwl

            Completely agree. Stewards have the data and have found Perez at fault. Anyone whos watched the above angle will see Perez come off line in the braking zone and cause the crash. Massa was on the inside line about to make a pass and didnt deviate. Perez moved over in the breaking zone and therefore did cause the crash. Massa often takes stick, but to blame him for this one is just wrong.

          • Rick (@viscountviktor) said on 9th June 2014, 16:46

            I completely agree with you good sir! Marob and @rigi are being ignorant and probably just hate Massa. He takes so much stick but has been so unlucky this year. He is a revitalised person at Williams, and with a bit of luck will get some solid results.

  5. Robert (@gicu) said on 9th June 2014, 12:57

    I’m pretty much a Hamilton fan, so this hurt a bit, but I voted for Rosberg. Seized the opportunity to take pole, kept in front of Lewis (although I think he deserved a penalty for flooring it when he missed the chicane, if the stewards thought otherwise then their word is the law) and managed to finish the race second with a badly hampered power unit, thus extending his championship lead.
    Ricciardo a close second (messed up qualifying a bit) and Button third for me in DOTW standings.

    • mateuss (@mateuss) said on 9th June 2014, 13:15

      I voted Rosberg as well. To end up in second place with all that was going on is remarkable.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 9th June 2014, 14:01

        You two pretty much sum up my thinking too.

      • kpcart said on 9th June 2014, 14:14

        more like it shows how remarkably quick the Mercedes is even with problems – which is depressing – it was aweird circumstance – Perez had a slower downforce car so was losing out to Rosberg in the twisty part of the tracks, and even with power advantage could not pass Rosberg down the straights because of time lost earlier in the lap. at the same time, Perez kept the redbulls behind purely through his engine speed advantage over redbull. if Perez was not in the way, Ricciardo and Vettel would have past Rosberg ten laps earlier. Rosberg himself admitted he was helpless and expected to finish 5th at the end when he saw the cars line up behind him. I don’t think Rosberg did anything special to defend his position after the problem he suffered – he just got lucky it was the Mercedes powered force india behind him. you could see that with how quickly Ricciardo passed him when he got past the faster in a straight line Force India. Now if only we had engine parity and not this straight line discrepancy between the engine manufacturers caused by FIAs far too early engine homologation – then we could have exciting races like this every weekend.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 9th June 2014, 14:50

          Oh man, I was fully with you until your last sentence, which is a song we have heard from you before. The teams and engine makers all knew at the same time and well in advance exactly when the date was for engine homologation, so this is absolutely nothing to do the FIA. Mercedes nailed it, others didn’t, end of story. That’s F1. You only have a case if you can somehow argue that Mercedes has gotten away with having more time or more knowledge or more allowance in some way or another that the other teams and engine makers did not have. Otherwise you just keep sounding to me like you think the FIA should have favoured RBR/Renault by giving them more time to catch up to Mercedes.

          • DaveD (@daved) said on 9th June 2014, 15:38

            I have to agree with @robbie on this one. Sure, the racing would be closer/better if they didn’t homologate the engines so early, but frankly, the teams and engine makers decided on the tradeoffs.
            RBR chose to keep developing their car at the end of last year even though they had the constructor and drivers championship wrapped up so VET could go for his 9 in a row streak. Had they changed focus once it was wrapped up and pushed Renault to work together then…they’d be in a different place now. THEY made the tradeoff decision. it ruined any suspense for the last 5-6 races in 2013, and has now ruined the suspense in the first season of the new formula. But. They. Made. That. Decision.

            Mercedes put effort towards 2014 and now they’re reaping the rewards. Ferrari….I have no idea what is going on over there. Simply no idea. I am no Ferrari fan, but I at least want them to be competitive so I can hate them again. LOL

            Now I just feel sorry for them and especially Alonso to be driving such a dog.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 10th June 2014, 0:24

          kpcart, “If we only had engine parity…………………we could have exciting races like this every weekend” either you are being extremely subtle with your sarcasm or your logic is faulty, it is the speed disparity that made this race so exciting, add a sprinkling of unreliability and that is the real F1, cars with different strengths and weaknesses make for great racing not Formula Homogenised.

    • Jake (@jleigh) said on 9th June 2014, 14:49

      Hamilton was beating Rosberg in the race before his brakes failed. He probably would have won if they hadn’t even with the same mgu-k problems as Rosberg. Rosberg also should have been penalised for setting the fastest lap of the race whilst cutting the corner. Ricciardo will no doubt get the majority of the vote, but Hamilton had done a similar job until the point he retired, he was out qualified, and passed his teammate during the second stops (without the benefit of his teammate being held up by an out of sync FI).

    • Dominic (@lojen) said on 9th June 2014, 16:52

      I do not understand how anybody could pick Rosberg for driver of the day? He fluffed his start then missed his breaking point and locked his breaks going into turn 1 running his own teammate off the track. He almost stuck the car in the wall after a pit top, then completely missed the entire final chicane while being pressurized by Hamilton. If Perez had not been the lead car in the traffic jam behind then he would have finished around 4th.

      Sure he did ok to get the car back with problems, but that hardly makes up his generally error strewn race.

      • Robert (@gicu) said on 9th June 2014, 19:23

        First of all, it’s driver of the weekend, not driver of the day. Point by point: yes, he did have a bad start but knew he had the inside on the first turn and, therefore, braked later to close the door on Lewis; yes, he almost stuck the car in the wall after the stop but saved it with great car control. If he would’ve finished 4th I would have voted him still, 4th would’ve been great for him as well, which makes his 2nd even better by comparison.

    • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 9th June 2014, 19:36

      Agree entirely with your top 3 DOTW.

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 9th June 2014, 22:22

      I can’t agree with you and I normally like Nico a lot. But I feel like Nico got away with something in Monaco (whether deliberate or not) and he got away with something in this race as well by getting so much time on that lap when he cut the chicane. How they can deem that to have not been a “lasting advantage” when it saves his tires to cut that corner and gives him nearly a second of extra lead that Lewis then had to tear his car up to make up yet again….No, I don’t see there decision and I certainly don’t see Nico as driver of the weekend. .

      I don’t why Nico is the fair haired boy that can do no wrong in the stewards eyes, but I can say that the stewards are not infallible. They totally missed it in crashgate and I’m sure they’ve missed many others…including the incidents Nico had the last two races.

  6. Tom (@newdecade) said on 9th June 2014, 12:58

    No particular driver stood out as having an especially competent or blemish free weekend, but when it counted it seemed like Dan was the only one to roll his sleeves up and take the prize with both hands. It almost felt like no-one was going to score in an open goal on sunday.

  7. Rosberg for me, great weekend. Pole, 2nd despite a problem with his car.
    Kudos to Ricciardo (seizing the opportunity), Williams’ drivers (qualifying) and Force India’s drivers (good defensive driving)

    And yes, Rosberg cut the chicane = insert ‘he should have been punished’-comments
    and yes, Lewis could have had 2nd if his brakes hadn’t given up on him
    and yes, … let’s quit with the if’s and had’s for now ;-)

    • + didn’t vote for Ricciardo because his qualifying wasn’t good enough for ‘driver of the weekend’ for me

      • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 9th June 2014, 13:49

        @gdewilde agree
        No driver really stood up this week end …
        Gave my vote to Rosberg because of his unexpected quali and he still managed 2nd after the loss of power, he did very well to fend off Perez.
        Ricciardo doesn’t enter my top choice because he had nothing more than Vettel (even less), he jumped him because of a poor strategy on Vettel’s side (I was amazed by the number of strange strategy decisions this week end, not very smart on the pit walls for a lot of teams). And was beaten in quali while he showed he can challenge Vettel on previous occasion, not his best week end. But have to reckon he sized the opportunity when it came.

    • Andrei (@crandreico) said on 9th June 2014, 15:20

      Same here. If it were driver of the race it would go to Ricciardo. But the driver of the weekend is undoubtedly Rosberg.

  8. As this is driver of the WEEKEND, which constitutes Fri, Sat, Sun and not just Sun, I vote for NR! Great pole lap, amazing efficiency and handling of pressure when the MGU-K failed !

  9. TyreBlowout (@tyreblowout) said on 9th June 2014, 13:01

    Ricciardo was very impressive, he won the race by getting the move done on Perez. He did mess up qualy a bit though.
    Rosberg drove well with the problems he had but was slower than Hamilton in the race.
    Hamilton messed up qualy but made up for it in the race. The brake failure as he took the lead must have been a crushing disappointment for him but he handled himself well afterwards.
    Perez maximised his strategy before the accident with Massa, and was unfairly penalised for a racing incident IMHO. Based on that I voted Perez, with Hamilton and Ricciardo not far behind.

  10. Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 9th June 2014, 13:05

    Near the end of the race i would almost certainly have given it to Perez for a great, tyre conserving, but fast and consistent performance. But he has to take some blame for the Massa crash. Massa was also good but i think he might have to take a fraction of that blame too, and other than that his racecraft wasn’t particularly impressive i’m afraid. Ricciardo was great, and opportunistic, but ultimately i feel a little lucky in that he was outqualfied and raced by his team-mate but got ahead due to traffic – it was a nice pass on Perez though and i’m happy for his first win. It is well deserved after the season he’s had.

    I’m giving my vote to Rosberg though. He outqualified Hamilton on a circuit where he is supposedly unbeatable, and did it on merit so no controversy there. Then i think he had just enough to keep him at bay through the race, Lewis was close for quite a few laps but never looked like making the pass. Ok his run-through on the final chicane was a mistake he was lucky to get away with (both on track and via stewards), but i think this was a crucial weekend in the championship battle. Not necessarily due to the 18 points, but because if he could beat Lewis here he can potentially beat him anywhere. And also ofc he did a great job managing various issues and bringing the car home, putting in “qualifying laps” to build the gap through sectors 1-2 so he could defend sector 3 – great weekend from him.

    • kenjida (@kenji) said on 9th June 2014, 13:13

      sorry, ricciardo was in front of vettel purely on merit. vettel lost out in the pitstops because the undercut failed. why did that happen? because ricci put in a stunning in lap. check the facts and see horner’s comments re the same.
      vettel threw everything at him but couldn’t get the pass done. ricciardo put in a fantastic drive considering his grid position.

      • Chris Breeden (@kanundra) said on 9th June 2014, 13:23

        Vettel was also told not to take the fight to Ricciardo to try and conserve tires.

      • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 9th June 2014, 13:36

        @kenji

        Well, i’m sure he did put in a great lap but to put it another way Vettel was prevented from doing that because he came out in traffic. I’m sure Horner would rather praise his driver after his first win than focus on any negatives, that’s only natural. I would say there was not much between the RB drivers, but just for DoTW votes i decided on Rosberg 1st, Ricciardo would be 2nd choice.

      • David not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 9th June 2014, 14:15

        @kenji

        Vettel threw everything at him but couldn’t get the pass done

        And what did Daniel throw to get past Vettel (who I think was having a better race) and what could have Vettel thrown at that time to prevent that?

        That’s, in some way, what the Vettel-coulda/shoulda/woulda arguments (i.e. the one in my comment) centres around, at least that’sthe case for mine.

        • kenjida (@kenji) said on 9th June 2014, 23:06

          don’t you people read the posts….ricci threw in a stunning in- lap. that’s why vettel got jumped whilst trying the undercut which would’ve favoured him over ricciardo. vettel got beaten by a better driver. just suck it up.

          • Kunji said on 10th June 2014, 10:44

            Kenji, there is no real battle between RIC to VET.
            VET strategy is not worked out due to the traffic with no brake issue FI. But on the other hand, RIC waited long without any threat from back, also passed the brake issue FI. So comparing the RB drivers is not merit.

            But you can see enjoy your view, so you can (s/f/d) ()uck it yourself. Thanks.

    • Mclarengal (@mclarengal) said on 10th June 2014, 16:10

      Totally agree!

  11. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 9th June 2014, 13:05

    As this is driver of the weekend, I voted for Rosberg: fantastic qualifying performance, and somehow managed to keep second place even with failing brakes and no straight line speed. Ricciardo lost to his teammate in qualifying, and Perez was good only in the race (apart from the last lap).

  12. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 9th June 2014, 13:07

    If we are to pick the driver of the WEEKEND, I can only see one choice. Someone who has been flawless all weekend.

    Rosberg is very close to that, but he’s been a bit weak for me in the race – if the technical problems hadn’t come for him I’d have hardly seen him keeping the position from Hamilton, and cutting the chicane he’s just ensured my opinion, although he’s still in my top 3.
    Hamilton’s qualifying mistake(s) was there for all to see, though he seemed very good in the race.
    Ricciardo wasn’t too great in the qualifying – he said it was “scrappy” – and was a bit lucky at the pit stops to come out ahead of Vettel, but from then on he capitalised magnificently on his opportunity.
    Vettel was very good in the qualifying and probably he could have win the race had he been in Ricciardo’s place, but we won’t know about it now.
    Button and Alonso were the other good performers, although both had bad stints at the start of the race, and I could have seen Button also snatching one more place in qualifying from my DOTW winner…

    …who is Jean-Eric Vergne. He got an unlikely 8th in qualifying ahead of two world champions in Q3 and didn’t fade away in the race. His start put him ahead of Fernando Alonso and fended off his attacks in the first stints perfectly. He dropped behind in the pits but was on for a point even without the last lap crash, and brought the car home in 8th position. Even he described it the best race of his career and I can see the point – probably the other contestant was last year’s race here when he got 6th – pretty much destroying this year’s winner –, there must be something really clicking for this guy here in Montreal. Also he’s very much deserved it after his recent run of bad luck, nice to see his good work rewarded.

  13. Sven (@crammond) said on 9th June 2014, 13:15

    Very tough call this time.

    A first-time winner is allways someone to think about, and his pass on Perez was a good one, but Ric also lost quali to his team-mate and got lucky in the pit-stops.
    Rosberg won his quali, and nursing a car home that has no MGU-K, thus not only less power but also less rear-brakes and more problems with rear-brake temperature, keeping Perez out of the DRS, that´s quite impressive. But somehow it just feels very doubtful wether he would have beaten his team-mate in the race without any problems, and the quali-win was more due to his teammates weakness (two mistakes) rather than own strength or speed.
    So in the end, I went with Button. Did well to bring his car to Q3, and with a mistake-free ride managed to get a P4, finishing in front of a driver like Hülk in a Force-India that seems the better car, finishing above Bottas who also had a faster car, and furthermore beating Alo and Kimi in what probably ain´t worse cars than the McLarens, too.

  14. Bernard (@bernard) said on 9th June 2014, 13:18

    Rosberg drove well to make it to the end but someone who creates an unfair advantage and thinks it’s no big deal does not deserve ‘Driver of the weekend’ status. Ricciardo is more deserving.

  15. Win7Golf (@win7golf) said on 9th June 2014, 13:18

    BEST: Daniel Ricciardo – stood up against Vettel (again) and didn’t miss the opportunity to overtake Perez and then Rosberg!

    WORST: Felipe Massa (what a waste of a F1 seat in a good car)

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 9th June 2014, 13:44

      Ah come on. Worst has to be Chilton this time (although surprisingly outqualified his team-mate) – taking out your team-mate = cardinal sin of F1. I’m no Massa fan but stewards ruled the accident wasn’t his fault.

    • kpcart said on 9th June 2014, 14:16

      what is wrong with you, Felipe drove a good race. you don’t know anything about f1.

    • Rick (@viscountviktor) said on 9th June 2014, 16:49

      @win7golf you obviously hate Massa for some reason. He was cleared of blame by the stewards, what more do you want? He’s had such bad luck this season, but where he hasn’t he’s been beating his teammate

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