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

  1. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 9th June 2014, 13:20

    Nico Ros for me. I felt he did a pretty good job keeping second place considering how many issues he had with the car.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 9th June 2014, 13:24

    Massa really had a great weekend. Positive results in practice, qualifying and a great race despite the pit blunder. The last-lap collision was not his fault and did not delete the spectacular recovery he was having, despite him being perhaps too cautious.
    Ricciardo had a solid race but only became incredible when he overtook Perez and Rosberg. Vettel was solid yet again, Perez was brilliant on tyre management and on pace against his team mate, Rosberg had to do an excellent job to hold onto position with the car he had at his disposal.

  3. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 9th June 2014, 13:24

    Rosberg. Out qualified his teammate at arguably Hamiltons best track and then to finish the race in second with all the problems that were going on was remarkable.

  4. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 9th June 2014, 13:25

    I went for Vergne. Kept it out of trouble and delivered a very strong performance.

  5. Perez did a super race. Only electronic problems and lack of grip at the end allowed Ricciardo to overpass him.

    Explendid performance!!!!

  6. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 9th June 2014, 13:27

    Maybe I’m just bitter and biased as a Vettel fan, but I didn’t vote for Ricciardo because I felt Vettel got the short-end of the stick when it came to the strategy; it should have been the other way around under neutral circumstances (Vettel was held back by Hülkenberg while Ricciardo had more or less clear air) and Vettel was even told not to try to make a move on him by saying that Ricciardo will destroy his tyres in Perez’s dirty air… bet they didn’t take into account the possibility of Ricciardo breaking through Perez. That’s not to say I’m taking anything away from Ricciardo, he is already and will probably continue to challenge Vettel and kudos to him for his first win. I’m voting for Rosberg despite that chicane cut, managing to nurse an injured car all the way to the finish is wow… would have voted for Perez until that last lap fiasco.

  7. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 9th June 2014, 13:27

    Maybe I’m just bitter as a Vettel fan, but I didn’t vote for Ricciardo because I felt Vettel got the short-end of the stick when it came to the strategy; it should have been the other way around under neutral circumstances (Vettel was held back by Hülkenberg while Ricciardo had more or less clear air) and Vettel was even told not to try to make a move on him by saying that Ricciardo will destroy his tyres in Perez’s dirty air… bet they didn’t take into account the possibility of Ricciardo breaking through Perez. That’s not to say I’m taking anything away from Ricciardo, he is already and will probably continue to challenge Vettel and kudos to him for his first win. I’m voting for Rosberg despite that chicane cut, managing to nurse an injured car all the way to the finish is wow… would have voted for Perez until that last lap fiasco.

    • David not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 9th June 2014, 14:07

      @woshidavid95 Same here! Same here!

    • iAltair (@ialtair) said on 9th June 2014, 14:23

      In addition, I would like to add that Force India confirmed that Perez was doing an electrical reset to his car which slowed him significantly. This might have helped Ricciardo. Vettel never benefited from it.

      Not to take anything away from Ricciardo, but one point to make.

    • iFelix (@ifelix) said on 9th June 2014, 20:09

      Guys, I like Vettel a lot. However, I am a bit perplexed: when he was stuck behind Hulkenberg, he pleaded with the team to think of a strategy trick, because FI was too quick on straights for RBR to pass even with DRS. It seemed obvious at the time to me that the team should pit him before his delta with the leaders, which was constantly increasing due to slow Hulk, get too much to overcome and obviously it made sense to do the same for Ricciardio. Unfortunately, the traffic was worse for Seb’s outlap and the rest was inevitable.

      So my point is: was he thinking of a different strategy when he was stuck behind Hulkenberg?

  8. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 9th June 2014, 13:27

    My instinct was to go for Ricciardo because he managed to snatch his first win in what was an epic race. However, this is a driver of the weekend poll, so I had to go with Rosberg. He was quickest when it counted in qualifying to pip Hamilton at a track which many, including me, said was “his”. He then managed to drive around the issues that his car developed in the race so well that he almost managed to take the win himself. Top performance.

  9. Oli Peacock (@olliekart) said on 9th June 2014, 13:33

    How people are voting Ricciardo, I don’t know. Man was anonymous most of the week and was comprehensively beaten by his teammate in quali. Good race from him but a good strategy and reliability issues from Mercs + Perez gifted him positions while Massa lack of racecraft kept him from mounting a realistic attack. Was a good pass from Ricciardo on Perez that said but that doesn’t make him the best driver from Friday to Sunday.

    • Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 9th June 2014, 13:41

      I don’t think Perez would want to ‘give up’ a position with 5 laps remaining…

      • iAltair (@ialtair) said on 9th June 2014, 14:23

        He did. Force India confirmed that Perez was doing an electrical reset to his car which slowed him significantly. This might have helped Ricciardo. Vettel never benefited from it.

        Not to take anything away from Ricciardo, but one point to make.

  10. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 9th June 2014, 13:34

    Ricciardo for mine. Made amends for his qualifying woes with a phenominal last 5 laps. If it weren’t for that I’d have gone for Perez or Massa, but then they crashed, so then it would’ve been Rosberg, but since he was caught flooring it through the final chicane, which then takes it to Sebastian Vettel, but he didn’t play the right stratrgy. So then my second place FINALLY goes to Jean-Eric Vergne for mine. He had a quiet race, but he had a ripper first stint pipping Alonso at the start, had the speed to kep him at bay for the first stint, and drove beautifully for the rest of the race. 3rd place for mine went to Jenson Button with another late push to put him 1 place outside podium placings.

    • Jabosha (@jabosha) said on 9th June 2014, 21:18

      I went Ric but if Ros had won, I’d have went Either Ros, Per or Massa. And I don’t like Ros at all. Look I know it’s driver of the weekend but for me, most of the time I go with whom won the race and overcame the most problems to win said race. Both of those hand in hand. If someone stomps I usually don’t vote for them. They all had problems and to me, Ric overcame for the win this time. Last poll I voted Bianchi based on how shit his car is all the time and managed to score for Marussia. Something I believe some of the other cash strapped teams have not done.

      • Jabosha (@jabosha) said on 9th June 2014, 21:24

        I do this because what you do in the race is usaully more important than what you do all weekend. So to me Bianchi scoring was more important for his team than what any others did for their teams at Monaco. I could be wrong but Marussia scoring isn’t par for the course but all these other guys fighting for points is.

  11. Gareth J (@gjessopp) said on 9th June 2014, 13:38

    Chuffed for Ricciardo, nice guy, great driver but Rosberg has to have it. Considering he was 160bhp down on the rest of the field, he did a fantastic job keeping it in a podium position. Just shows how competitive Mercedes are.

    So many good drives and missed opportunities though. Massa and Perez were cruelly close to a good finish. Just a shame. It ended the way it did.

  12. Sun Siyuan (@peking901) said on 9th June 2014, 13:39

    In fact I want choose three of them! Mas, Ric and Ros! But Nico did well in the whole weekend. So…..sorry Daniel and Felipe.

  13. João Leite (@johnmilk) said on 9th June 2014, 13:43

    Max Chilton

    He qualified and finished ahead of his teammate.

    Note: I actually voted for Ricciardo

  14. sars (@sars) said on 9th June 2014, 13:43

    @hunocs Well argued and I agree in most of what you wrote here, except I put Button ahead of Vergne, I think one of the per-requisites for DOTW is that you have to beat your team mate in both the qualifying and the race which in my mind rules out Ricciardo. Both Vergne and Button resoundingly beat their team mates, I just prefer Button

    Rosberg is not my DOTW because he made a big mistake which on most tracks would have cost him the lead, I don’t blame him for his actions that allowed him to obtain an advantage, I blame the track for making it possible.

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