Start, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Vote for your Canadian GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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  1. I think most people voting Ricciardo are missing the point of this poll. It’s designed for who put in the best performance across the whole weekend, not who had the biggest smile afterwards. Daniel did well to get past Perez, but if it wasn’t for the Mercs developing issues I doubt he’d have a single percent of the vote.

    1. My main gripe with voting for Ricciardo is that I still maintain that I don’t think he was faster than Vettel at any point in the competitive weekend. He was purely fortunate not to be stuck in traffic when it mattered.

  2. ROS for that drive. Keeping checo at arms length for nearly 20 laps when he is having MGU K issues was great. Every lap he ensured he had 1s advantage over checo at DRS detection point. Wonderful drive. Had Checo not got those problems, probably Rosberg could have won the race

  3. Points to shut down everyone’s arguments and excuses.

    Driver of the weekend and not driver of the race: doing everything right over the whole weekend, lulling your opponents into a sense of false security, seizing the right opportunity at the right time, getting the points at the business end and taking the win.

    If Perez held up everyone and Rosberg won, would he or perez be the DOTW…. No

    Would everyone rate the race 10 if Perez held everyone back and Rosberg limped home for the win. That would be a wasted opportunity by everyone to not take advantage of the superior merc’s issues….. But one man changed that.

    Rosberg almost hitting the wall and cutting the chicane….no

    Perez changing his settings with 5 laps to go with everyone up his wing…. No

    Massa might have passed Perez but was never going to pass 4 people on the last lap.

    Vettel quicker than ricciardo all race I hear. Look at the fastest laps and say that again. ..000001 in quali hardly being beaten comprehensively in quali i’d say.

    Everyone making excuses about Rosberg limping, Perez with brake issues and vettel strategy. All where within striking distance of ricciardo for the win despite everyone failing to mention he was having his own problems overheating sitting behind Perez for ages.

    Seems like one driver took the opportunity to take the win and can’t see what he did wrong all weekend even if he was .000000001 secs off the 3 cars in front in quali.

    Dan is the man.

    1. Fastest lap is one lap.

      Also, Vettel passed Perez just before the race ended. Ricciardo had 2 laps to chase down Rosberg, of course he’s going to be faster in those laps than Vettel who was still stuck behind Perez.

      And the only reason Ricciardo (or Vettel for that matter) overtook Perez is because Perez had a brake problem.

      “All where within striking distance of ricciardo for the win despite everyone failing to mention he was having his own problems overheating sitting behind Perez for ages.”

      What a silly thing to say. First, we heard no such thing from Red Bull or Ricciardo. And second, Vettel had been stuck in traffic for far longer than Ricciardo. If you want to use excuses, at least use excuses that only affected one driver. Like Vettel having to rejoin in traffic after pitting while Ricciardo had clear air to set some fast times for instance.

  4. I voted for Ricciardo initially, but now I would like the vote to be changed to Rosberg.

    But it appears that many thinks that Ricciardo did better than Vettel throughout the race.

    The lap where Ricciardo overtook Perez, Force India admitted that Perez was doing an electrical reset to his car which slowed his car down significantly. Ricciardo took the change to pass the slowing down car while Vettel did not benefited from it.

  5. Ricciardo, here. A well deserve DOTW.
    I’m still impressed that the poll show Perez ahead of Massa, when was Perez who ruined Massa’s race.

    1. Massa couldn’t pass the Red Bulls when he had the chance, he ruined his opportunity to win, and he rushed in his overtake over Pérez, he should’ve waited ….and with the accident, in the worst case it’s a 50/50 fault

  6. Nico Rosberg for managing a car down on 160hp. How did he keep them behind except RIC.

  7. Despite having perhaps the worst top tier car, his experience, persistence and skill enabled him to capitalise on the shortcomings of other drivers/teams. Had he not been driving a poorly performing car to it’s maximum, he would not have been in the position to make 4th. Not lucky, but proving his class in getting 101% of the cars potential. How many of we armchair experts picked him in our top 5 finishers, I didn’t and I’m sorry Jens.

  8. Pérez no doubt, he had a superb race, holding back the Red Bulls for so many laps, with no DRS and proved that he is the best in saving tyres, he did 34 laps with the super softs, I mean come on, that’s big, the car eventually started to fail especially with the brakes but he kept going, and it wasn’t until the last lap when the things started to complicate with the Red Bulls and of course the accident which I think it wasn’t his fault and he was unfairly penalized

  9. I thought driver of the weekend was tougher than normal this time, and I found it hard to choose between Ricciardo and Rosberg.

    Ricciardo was beaten by his teammate in qualifying, but a good race performance got him ahead of Vettel during the stops, he then didn’t try anything rash and he waited for the right opportunity to pass Perez and then get past Rosberg for his first victory.

    Hamilton looked to have the better of Rosberg leading up to qualifying but Rosberg put in the lap when it mattered in Q3 to become the Hamilton’s first teammate to out qualify him in Canada.

    In the race I felt Rosberg was lucky not to be punished for cutting the final chicane and if both Mercedes had not run in to problems I think Hamilton would have got the better of the two. But Rosberg put in an impressive drive nursing his car to the finish while still picking up a podium.

    In the end I voted for Ricciardo but it could have gone either way between him and Rosberg.

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