Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Red Bull Ring, 2014

Rate the race: 2014 Austrian Grand Prix

2014 Austrian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Red Bull Ring, 2014What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Austrian Grand Prix.

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  1. PJ (@pjtierney)
    22nd June 2014, 14:30


    It started off well, but after 30 laps or so things just fell flat. Can’t think of a single exciting thing that happened in the second half of the race.

    Lovely track though, although the overlaid ads became annoying and a bit of a running joke in the live chat I was taking part in.

    1. If Lewis had not lost 9 tenths in the first stop, he could have been pressuring Rosberg after the first stops, and not stuck behind Bottas. If Rosberg ran wide with Hamilton on his tail it’s conceivable that Hamilton would have won it!

      1. if…if…

        1. If ifs and buts were pots and pans we’d all be scrap metal merchants.

      2. If…if…if it wasn’t Rosberg it was something else….
        6/10 Wasn’t anything special…since Mercedes got in front the race stopped and was like a tour the Austria….

        1. *to Austria

    2. That live chat wouldn’t happen to be on VIPSports would it, @pjtierney ?

      1. PJ (@pjtierney)
        24th June 2014, 12:03

        Nope, Reddit.

  2. 7. Decent race. Different strategies made the race interesting and also there wasn’t too much artificial overtaking, but obviously the final result was inevitable.

    1. this was what i liked about it. the DRS didn’t make overtaking farcical. it maybe allowed drivers to get closer at turn1 and then they could get a normal slipstream up the hill to turn 2. there weren’t too many motorway passes (apart from bottas on rosberg on lap 1, but that was just pure speed – and he needed a decent tow to do it).

      this should be a lesson – use the DRS to get cars closer, not to make pass boringly easy. so in canada, the DRS should be on the straight before the hairpin, not after it.

  3. 8. Lovely turn up of the Austrians. Great crowd and atmosphere. Decent racing, although less exiting at the end.

  4. Great race, great overtaking. I feel bad for Massa though.

    1. Why? His racepace wasn’t good enough compared to his teammate. As usual.

      1. Exactly. I just don’t think Massa has the raw speed anymore.

        Bottas on the other hand has future champion contender written all over him.

        1. Rick Lopez (@viscountviktor)
          22nd June 2014, 21:07

          Yh, i mean, pole position shows hes really slow….

      2. Well yeah, exactly. That’s obvious, and exactly why I feel bad for him. He must have thought he had a shot at the win or a podium after that pole, and then reality set in.

    2. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
      22nd June 2014, 15:51

      Flexibility to outdo the tyres is the difference between Mercedes and Williams today.

  5. 6. The reason is because I really like this circuit. The race was boring, almost from beginning to the end.

  6. Great start but then became a bit boring! Pity the Williams can’t keep up, great race by Perez and Ferrari still struggling to move up! dropping Raikkonen would be a great help!

    1. Ferrari are dropping Raikkonen all by themselves by failing to pit him when he needs it and by terrible strategy calls from the pit wall.

      1. Yep, sometimes I think they are doing it on purpose.

        1. Just accept Massa is a better dirver than Kimi. I maintain if Alo was in the Lotus he would be WC. Kimi is being made look silly

          1. What you write is really funny. Massa will never be the driver that Raikkonen is, if Alonso would have been at Lotus, he would have LOST the championship to Vettel in 2013 and the year before! But you can always dream about fairytales…

        2. after this race i am sure they do it on purpose..

          1. I doubt that. After all, why drop MAS if they were going to treat RAI just the same. Ferrari also lost millions by hiring RAI. They pay him a lot more money than MAS… but the results are just the same. So, they dropped MAS because they needed a driver to do a better job, add more points for Ferrari in the WCC than Massa used to do. Yeah, I think that Alonso is the driver they think about 1st between the 2, but I also think that is 100% based on their performance. ALO just beat RAI almost every time -> he proved he’s doing a better job with the same equipment. What would you wan them to do, compromise ALO race just to get RAI 1-2 more places ahead? A 5th and a 10th somehow look better than a 7th and an 8th. If things would have been opposite, I’m pretty sure Ferrari would have gave RAI the priority. But it didn’t happen. Same thing happened with Massa.

          2. michael last time i knew Rai was right up their 2012, you telling me he was in a slwer car than FA. Just accept it Rai went downhill ever since 07. Beat by Massa in 08 and 09. And was getting beat by Grosjean last year, whi is no Alonso. Rai is slower than Massa lol it is a fact. Today is embarrasing

      2. I feared this when I heard Raikkonen was going back to Ferrari after what happened when he was there before. Lotus only needed some more capital and maybe a bit of better tactic-guys, but other than that I think Raikkonen was really happy there and they really made an effort to give all he&Grosjean needed. The “other” option might have been RBR (atleast was speculated) and I really would’ve liked to see him accompany Vettel. Ferrari = politics, has been and will be until eternity (or until top management changes).

        1. To be honest since Germany last year he’s been comprehensively beaten by his team-mate- Grosjean as well as Alonso. He’s got the look of an ex-champ in a downward spiral he’s not able to get out of – think of Hill and Villeneuve at the end of their careers.

          1. just can’t understand their strategies…why do they call Kimi in so late all the time..even when Alonso’s race is gonna get compromised…in spain Kimi is in front and yet alonso can go in first but not kimi..why??
            it is true Kimi is also struggling..but i feel the way ferrari are treating him..and the way they are just concentrating on one driver is also the cause for Kimi’s lack of improvement in performance..every race it feels as if they’ve just given up on the other car..it feels like ferrari has only a single car on the track every race…they need to help kimi..he’s got the speed…i’m sure if they help him and concentrate on his race too..he will get the confidence

          2. @danieru That is true. Though we might feel it’s for different reasons because we don’t know it for sure. Being 1,5 out of 2 years well ahead of your teammate and suddenly dropping the ball on the last 6 months could be what you said. It also could be reaction to not being paid in the last 18 months. It could be reaction for eyeing another team already and not giving a flying f what happens to the team during the last races. Or something else. But as many commented when he came back with Lotus, he was invigorated and doing a very, very solid job. That’s undeniable.

  7. 6/10, I’m afraid. No real fight for the lead until the last 3 laps. The previous Austrian GP 2003 was way better. Still remember Schumi on fire and him calmly driving away.

  8. Perez for DOTW..

    1. Being out-qualified by your teammate on Saturday doesn’t make up for his good race on Sunday IMO

      1. Huh…. so when was qualifying more important than racing results. He had a great race… gained 10 positions overall.

        1. It’s not, but a driver of the weekend also needs to have a good qualifying for me ;-)

      2. What? You’re a Ros fan and Ham was far more impressive than Ros. Sure his qualifying did not help. Ham would have been gone he would nothave won by 2seconds.

        1. You know Dan, Sometimes you need to READ the comments instead of always assuming that it’s about Rosberg VS Hamilton. @sushant008 said PEREZ for DOTW, to which I replied that in my opinion you aren’t a worthy “driver of the weekend” if you are outqualified by your teammate and don’t make the cut for Q3.
          It was NOT a pro-Rosberg argument, so go and proclaim your love for Hamilton in an other section of the comments, thank you!

        2. This Dan is hilarious. He has made about 15-20 posts about how HAM shoulda, coulda, woulda and nothing else. You can scrap 14-19 posts and we already got it that you’re diehard HAM fan and can’t give credit to anyone else in the grid.

          1. @lari Ros is a match for Ham in race pace it is very close is that not a compliment?. Sorry mate but he has one world tile i want him to have same luck as his teammate. Why hate on me because i like Hamilton? It is just hard for Alo and Ham fans who we all no their better than Vettel. And Vttel has 4 world titles. 05,06, 08 is long fr those paticular fans. And Gilles sorry my firnd i misread you’re post. I meant it as you said a driver who makes a mistake in qalify does not make up for in race. I meant Ham did that was all

          2. @Dan I don’t hate you, I don’t hate Hamilton fans, I only hate what/how ppl like you write. Like for example your response to Gilles just shows how much you pay attention to other posts and how blindly you respond to everything with only 1 thing in mind.

    2. I would say Alonso or Bottas personally

    3. I would say that more drivers should look into using the harder tyres for their first stint. It’s obviously the better strategy.

      Although current regulations make that pretty much impossible other than missing out on Q3 (like Perez keeps doing). Not sure what the idea was to fix tyres on the fastest lap in Q2, but it has definitely made sure there will be no different strategies among the drivers going through to Q3.

      1. @patrickl, you are quite right, everything they do with the crappy tyres makes the racing worse not better. Anyone care to explain to me how the teams were supposed to “get on top” of tyre management when the tyres are so badly affected by the track temperature difference between qualifying and the race and the cars are locked in parc-ferme ? it’s just another random effect favouring some and handicapping others, otherwise called dumb luck, and after the novelty wears off it just adds to frustration for teams and fans.

  9. 8/10. Lovely track, this really punishes mistakes… being a little bit off line is really harmful for your laptime.

    The race itself was great, sad it took too much to get it going again after the 2nd pitstop.

    Score not better because of all the Red Bull related, irrelevant stuff. Showing Dietrich signing autographs mid race, the cheeky tv print on the track saying “Congratulations Mr Dietrich”… I understand it’s basically their race, but there are cleverer ways… the end for example, with everyone in the grandstands showing the austrian flag, and the bull sculpture in the middle of the track. The rest is just cheap stuff that annoys viewers. Show the race instead !

    1. At what point in the race the “congratulations mr dietrich” shown? I seem to have missed it

  10. It was a pretty good race until the second stops. Fantastic opening lap as Hamilton charged through the field. Once the Mercedes cleared the Williams it seemed to settle down a bit though. I’m quite disappointed the brake issues the Mercedes seemed to be having stopped them from having a square go for the lead in the dying laps. Really pleased that Bottas managed to grab his first podium.

    1. Petered out a bit yeah. Lovely track to look at, but it seems these cars have trouble getting past.

    2. Yep, that’s how I see it too, quite a good race but the last bit was a bit flat. Still an 7.5 for me, I think.

  11. An hesitating GP. When you take a look at the live timing and see that a driver is less than one second to another, you expect some racing action.

    At this track, you can overtake at Turn 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8. Seen in GP3 & GP2…

    Kudos to Bo77as.

    1. @jeff1s I think it was mainly due to the tires – it was very close to make the 2 stop work. If the tires were closer to a 1-2 stop window then all on 2 stops would have risked a bit more.

  12. 7/10.

    Not as thrilling as some other races this year but there was plenty of close racing, Some good overtaking & some other bits of interest/excitement through the race.

    Overall I enjoyed it.

  13. This was a typical 90s race. Boring nontheless, coming from a Williams fan. Happy with the result. For me it looked like Williams never really expected to be even contenders and just went for 3rd and 4th which they knew was easy pickings in a normal race.

    Also a shame we didn’t get to see a great recovery race from Hamilton. He just had a brilliant start and was in P4 already. Might have spiced things up a bit.

    Also did anyone else notice the different lines through T2 Alonso, Massa, Button and Bottas took? Seems like an old habbit and Massa told Bottas it’s faster or something.

    1. Williams dropping the ball and underachieving, as usual this year.

      1. 3+4 was an optimal result… unless they threw the dice and tried to back up cars behind. But that risks dropping to like 6+7 if you run out of tyres at the end.

      2. @julianwins Dropping ball? You honestly believe they could’ve challenge the Mercs without any technical probles for them? Stop dreaming. Williams did the maximum they could with their current speed, no doubt about that.

      3. Sad thing is that i don’t think they dropped the ball – They never even picked it up. Williams not pitting Massa until two laps after Lewis was their way of letting Mercedes know that they didn’t want 1st or 2nd. I think this contributed to it being a rather dull race.

      4. Rick Lopez (@viscountviktor)
        22nd June 2014, 21:09

        I really think they need to work on their pitstops, Massa’s again being slower than Bottas’

    2. Also another thing that bothered me was the it almost looked like there were only 5 cars racing at some point. It was obvious nothing was going to happen, show some other cars then…

      1. As usual, there were plenty of passes down the field that the TV director didn’t bother to show us.

      2. The FOM director (again) did his best to miss all the live action.

  14. Aqib (@aqibqadeer)
    22nd June 2014, 14:37

    6/10 just dissappointed after the first lap because of both red bulls and then the race wasnt all that exciting

  15. 8/10 – good race. Unfortunately no one could get even close to Merc and ROS was too cool to let HAM anywhere near a chance.

  16. 6. Was expecting much more. Was tense for the first 20 laps, but then got set on rails pretty much… Also, the broadcast… we haven’t seen much of what was happening further down the field. Or was it because nothing was happening?

  17. 7/10, that 1.9s extra time in the pits for HAM vs ROS cost us an interesting finale over the latter laps!

    1. It is really disappointing to see slower pit stops for Lewis. I feel Merc wants to give more advantage to Nico. Sick team :(

      1. They seem very consistent in making a slower pit stop when Hamilton comes in.

        1. @alokin and @paeschli Do you people really believe that Mercedes on purpose give Hamilton slower pitstops?

          Crazy (young) folk, them Hamilton fans.

          1. I don’t think its the team doing it on purpose. Maybe its how Hamilton parks the car. Rosberg seems to come in much faster and the crew seem to really throw things at the car. Hamilton’s stops seem lethargic the crew place the wheels on much more and he pulls to a stop much slower. Its really something they need to work on as its happens in a few races now and when they are battling for every 10th on track, to lose two seconds in the pits is costing Hamilton.

          2. It is not once, it has been observed that it is only Lewis gets slower pit stops. why can’t they work on it and solve it. when Nico was getting poor start they took Lewis’s help to solve it. If they think it is something car positioning then they should work together and solve it and give fair opportunity to both.

          3. @xtwl, it does seem to consistently happen to Hamilton though, I am wondering if higher temperatures in the brakes and hubs is making wheel removal more difficult.

      2. As a Hamilton fan getting frustrated with his luck this year (as in my view he should be BLITZING this), I really cannot understand this crazy talk. Can you recall just ONE race ago, Rosberg delayed at his second stop by one second which contributed to Hamilton jumping him? It was wasted anyway because his car died that same lap, but still. The picking and choosing of events to back up a theory whilst ignoring everything else that doesn’t back up the same theory is not a good statistical analysis.

  18. 7. Solid race but predictable result, although after a lot of action.

  19. 5/10, I slept through the last 30 laps.

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