Vote for your 2014 Austrian GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Austrian Grand Prix

Start, Red Bull Ring, 2014Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend?

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

Austrian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Failed to make it to Q3 for the third time this year and things didn’t get much better in the race. An engine glitch left him a lap down, then he nudged Gutierrez and damaged his front wing, shortly after which the team retired his car to save the engine.

Daniel Ricciardo – “Daniel was quicker in turn five and has been quicker in turn two all weekend,” Vettel acknowledged after his team mate took fifth on the grid. But a poor start saw Ricciardo run wide at turn one and he was later demoted a place by Kvyat when he ran wide avoiding Vettel. Rescued some pride for Red Bull in their home race by passing Hulkenberg for eighth on the final lap.


Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014Nico Rosberg – Lined up behind the Williams pair, blaming poor balance for his lack of pace on his first lap, after which his team mate’s mistake kept him from making an improvement. Couldn’t make a pass stick on Bottas at the start but jumped both Williams drivers at the first round of pit stops, after which a win looked likely. He had to bide his time behind Perez and was fortunate not to lose more ground by running wide at turn one. Just kept out of Hamilton’s reach to take his third win of the year.

Lewis Hamilton – As in Canada he looked a good bet for pole position until Q3. This time he made two mistakes, one at turn eight on his first lap and another at turn two on his second, leaving him ninth on the grid. A superb start rectified that and he ended the first lap in fourth after picking off Alonso. Quicker pit stops might have helped him jump ahead of the Williams drivers more quickly but they wouldn’t have got him ahead of Rosberg. Whether it might have made for a closer fight at the finish is another matter, but Hamilton also had to keep on top of high brake temperatures.


Fernando Alonso – Pleasantly surprised to line up fourth after some problems in qualifying including a mistake on his first run in Q3. He dropped one place to fifth at the chequered flag but he was never likely to keep Hamilton behind, and he was keeping Massa honest in the closing stages.

Kimi Raikkonen – Not much to celebrate in his 200th race. He locked up and damaged his left-front tyre during his final run in Q3, leaving him eighth. He gained a place at the start but 15 laps proved too much for his rear tyres in the first stint and a slow in-lap cost him several places. He was also struggling with his brakes, and a few too many trips onto the run-off at turn eight resulted in a warning during the race. He picked up a point for tenth.


Romain Grosjean – Unhappy with his car, he had a messy final lap in Q2 and his team elected to start him from the pit lane so they could make further changes to his car. Had difficulties with tyre graining during the race on his way to 14th place.

Pastor Maldonado – Not for the first time this year a problem with his power unit interfered with his run plan on Friday. Nonetheless he out-qualified Grosjean for the first time this year and seemed to cope better with the E22’s problems, finishing 12th.

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Jenson Button – A braking problem in final practice limited to four laps and left him on the back foot in qualifying, where he failed to reach Q3. From 11th on the grid he might have had a good race using the soft tyre but he lost ground at the start for which he blamed Hulkenberg: “there was no real need for that as there was enough room for both of us”. There was no flying end to his race this time and he ended it where he started.

Kevin Magnussen – Claimed his best starting position since Australia with sixth, less than five-hundredths of a second behind Ricciardo. He was still there with half-a-dozen laps to go but was powerless to prevent Perez, on a different tyre strategy, breezing past him.

Force India

Sergio Perez, Force India, Red Bull Ring, 2014Nico Hulkenberg – Fell foul of the track limits at turn eight during qualifying and had his best Q3 time deleted, leaving him tenth. His team mate had better pace on the alternative tyre strategy and Hulkenberg had to let him by at mid-race – though he didn’t understand the order from the team at first. Lost another place on the final lap to Ricciardo.

Sergio Perez – Qualified 11th, started 15th after his five-place grid penalty was applied and Grosjean’s car moved into the pits. Made a great getaway and crucially got ahead of Button, who also started on the soft tyres. That meant Perez hit the front when the leaders pitted, and he stayed there for 11 laps. A final attacking stint on the super-soft tyres saw him pick off Magnussen for sixth, but Alonso was too far up the road.


Adrian Sutil – Sauber’s race was a comedy of errors – Sutil was accidentally told to stop when the team were trying to halt Gutierrez’s departure from the pits with a loose wheel. His weekend had begun badly when a trip across the kerb at turn eight during Q1 cost him a chance to progress beyond the first stage of qualifying.

Esteban Gutierrez – Well off Sutil’s pace in qualifying, his race was ruined by the pit stop error and he was the last of the runners when the chequered flag fell, seemingly unable to pass Ericsson’s Caterham.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Didn’t get on top of the car as well as his team mate did and failed to accompany him into Q3. was running 13th when his brakes failed, causing his fifth car-related retirement in eight races.

Daniil Kvyat – One of few drivers to have raced at the circuit recently, Kvyat was a surprise fourth in final practice and claimed his best qualifying position of the year so far with seventh. Lost a few places at the start but seized his chance to take ninth off Ricciardo. However his race was ended by a suspension failure.


Felipe Massa, Williams, Red Bull Ring, 2014Felipe Massa – Pinched pole position off his team mate with a lap which, though untidy in places, was cleaner than any of his rivals managed. He led convincingly at the start but a late first pit stop dropped him behind Rosberg. Hamilton also demoted Massa as he came out of the pits, the Williams driver seemingly not spotting the Mercedes coming at him from such a long way back. Bottas also jumped him at this point, and in the closing phase of the race Williams were more preoccupied with keeping him ahead of Alonso.

Valtteri Bottas – Might have taken his first pole position had it not been for a mistake at turn six. But in the race a quick first pit stop helped him get ahead of Massa. Bottass took the fight to Rosberg in the middle of the race when the Mercedes driver made a mistake, but Williams’ strategy meant it was doubtful he was ever going to finish higher than third. His pace at the end of the race showed they could have been more aggressive.


Jules Bianchi – Believed he could have been closer to the Saubers in qualifying with a clean lap. Using a single stop strategy he passed Kobayashi towards the end of the race and was catching Grosjean’s ailing Lotus in the final laps.

Max Chilton – Lost some track time in final practice but given his three-place grid penalty it was always unlikely he was going to start anywhere other than last. He improved on that during the race by getting ahead of Ericsson, and was closing on Koabayashi at the end.


Kamui Kobayashi – Ended his second practice session slightly early with a braking problem. Said his qualifying effort was “one of the best laps of the season”, but couldn’t translate that into a Bianchi-beating performance.

Marcus Ericsson – Came to a stop in first practice due to an ERS-H control unit fault, but was running again in the second session. However in qualifying only one of his four flying laps counted as he kept running wide at turn eight. Fell behind Chilton in the race but kept Gutierrez behind.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 12th +0.163s 0/34 2
Daniel Ricciardo 5th -0.163s 34/34 2 8th
Lewis Hamilton 9th +0.118s 3/71 2 2nd +1.932s
Nico Rosberg 3rd -0.118s 68/71 2 1st -1.932s
Fernando Alonso 4th -1.51s 70/71 2 5th -29.224s
Kimi Raikkonen 8th +1.51s 1/71 2 10th +29.224s
Romain Grosjean 22nd +0.703s 0/70 2 14th +61.135s
Pastor Maldonado 13th -0.703s 70/70 2 12th -61.135s
Jenson Button 11th +0.307s 34/71 2 11th +18.935s
Kevin Magnussen 6th -0.307s 37/71 2 7th -18.935s
Nico Hulkenberg 10th -0.13s 14/71 2 9th +15.591s
Sergio Perez 15th +0.13s 57/71 2 6th -15.591s
Adrian Sutil 16th -0.524s 67/69 2 13th Not on same lap
Esteban Gutierrez 17th +0.524s 2/69 2 19th Not on same lap
Jean-Eric Vergne 14th +0.583s 0/24 2
Daniil Kvyat 7th -0.583s 24/24 1
Felipe Massa 1st -0.087s 15/71 2 4th +9.186s
Valtteri Bottas 2nd +0.087s 56/71 2 3rd -9.186s
Jules Bianchi 18th -0.363s 69/69 1 15th -34.088s
Max Chilton 21st +0.363s 0/69 1 17th +34.088s
Kamui Kobayashi 19th -1s 56/69 1 16th -9.546s
Marcus Ericsson 20th +1s 13/69 2 18th +9.546s

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Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

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Who was the best driver of the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (9%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (15%)
  • Fernando Alonso (12%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (2%)
  • Sergio Perez (14%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (2%)
  • Felipe Massa (4%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (42%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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66 comments on Vote for your 2014 Austrian GP Driver of the Weekend

  1. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 23rd June 2014, 14:01

    Bottas for mine. The onky driver throughout to have a ‘clean & successful’ weekend, unlike Mercedes (Quali), Massa (Race), and Kvyat (Suspension Failure).

  2. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 23rd June 2014, 14:09

    For me it was very very close between Bottas and Hamilton.
    But for me this weekend it’s Bottas, as stunning as Hamilton’s first lap was, he did pretty much as expected and brought home the 1-2.

    Bottas however was able to stay with Rosberg for most of the second stint even with Williams running a strange strategy, and the Mercedes visually apparent pace benefit.

    A tremendous weekend all round for him. Qualified on the the front row, and then only lost one place in the race to take his maiden podium. Fantastic stuff!

  3. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 23rd June 2014, 14:18

    Would’ve gone for Vettel but I think not making it to Q3 was his fault, so Bottas.

  4. Bradley Downton (@bradley13) said on 23rd June 2014, 14:28

    Driver of the Weekend should go to someone performs to his maximum all weekend, right?

    So, why are people voting for Bottas, Rosberg, Hamilton, and to some extent Perez?

    Bottas – while having a brilliant race – messed up his final Qualifying lap and therefore blew any chance of his first pole position. Even if he hadn’t made the mistake though he was still behind Massa on the lap up to that point, so he would still have been out-qualified. Yes his race was good, but as weekend’s go his wasn’t the best.

    Rosberg – Admittedly was caught out by the yellow flags on his second Quali run but his first wasn’t good enough to beat either of the Williams cars and in a car that’s clearly faster he really should have done.

    Hamilton – Made two errors in Qualifying when he really should have taken pole.

    Perez – Ok, so we all now his qualifying isn’t the best, but he was still out qualified by his team mate.

    So in my book, it’s between two men: Fernando Alonso, and Kevin Magnussen. Both really extracted the maximum out of their cars throughout the weekend and comprehensively beat their team mates.

    However my vote goes to Alonso for doing so well to get so close to the pole sitting Williams during the race in a car that really has no right in doing so.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 24th June 2014, 2:26

      I think that is a very reasonable analysis, however, as someone who voted for NR I’ll defend him by saying I don’t think it is fair to blame the guy for not beating the Williams in quali on his second to last hot run. It’s not like that was a mistake on his part, and the Williams’ were obviously on it in Austria.

    • Joe (@lllljoellll) said on 24th June 2014, 23:39

      I think you have a point there with Alonso, that red truck is just so weak it’s impressive he finished 5th however Magnussen was a joke defending against Perez and he ran wide once, just like Rosberg, and while Perez didn’t get a very good qualy result, he fought his way to 6th finishing ahead of the “next big thing” (Hulk) <—sarcasm right there.

  5. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 23rd June 2014, 14:38

    Gave it to Hamilton here.

    I probably really should have gone Bottas but I can’t ignore Hamilton fantastic 1st lap gains. Additionally, his reactivity when the situation called for it was really impressive

  6. Didn’t took me long to make the obvious choice: Valtteri Bottas.

    The deciding argument:
    Career-best qualifying position, career-best race position. First-ever first row start, first-ever podium finish.

  7. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 23rd June 2014, 14:45

    Kvyat; his performance in quali was exceptional, and was running in an extremely strong position until his supension failed.
    I am very surprised more people didn’t vote for him

  8. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 23rd June 2014, 15:13

    Went for Perez. Overall, I really like what he did in the last 2 races… except for the crash, of course.

    Notable drives: Alonso and Bottas.

    I don’t quite get that amount of votes for HAM, he was kinda mediocre all the weekend, except for the start. ROS beat him most of the weekend and in most important parts of it (Quali and Race), the only glorious moment being the start… but not that glorious in my opinion when his car is miles away in front of the competition. Finishing 2nd from 9th is no wonder (we’ve seen a lot better than that more times) as almost everybody realized after 10 laps of the race that Williams don’t seem to have the race speed to keep Mercedes behind.

  9. Jack (@jmc200) said on 23rd June 2014, 15:36

    Tough, but I don’t know how people can vote for Lewis when he effectively blew his weekend in qualifying and let Rosberg pull further away from him. Bottas was good in the race but scrappy in qualiy, the opposite of Massa. I think Perez’s strategies are flattering his pace, he’ no much for the Hulk over one lap. So, it’s probably Nico or Fernando, but because of the significance of Rosberg’s race, for the bigger prize, it’s him for me.

  10. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 23rd June 2014, 15:58

    Bottas, first podium, very steady race drive, lost a place on the first lap and got it back. Locked out front row in qualy with Massa. A great weekend for a promising young driver.

    Honorable mention to to Hamilton, he was DOTW on the first lap only. Also honorable mention to Perez and Alonso.

  11. Piero (@collective) said on 23rd June 2014, 16:26

    Really wanted to give my vote to Perez for his impressive 16th to 6th drive, which was particularly special if you compare it to Button’s attempt at doing the same strategy in a faster car than the Force India (Magnussen handled Hulkenberg with ease all race).

    BUT what Alonso did with the red tractor was impressive. It was a sea of Mercedes powered cars, but somehow Alonso was in the mix, and not far from the second Williams. Best driver in the grid, and I don’t even like him.

    • Joe (@lllljoellll) said on 24th June 2014, 23:55

      I agree with you almost entirely since I really liked Alonso’s race and enjoyed watching him finally top 5 again, and Perez great job as well, but I just have a sweet spot for new podium grabbers…Congrats to Bottas.

  12. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 23rd June 2014, 16:54

    Drive of qualifying? Unquestionably Kvyat. Drive of the race? Probably Hamilton. Driver of the weekend? Errr…Bot…er…Alonso: got the best out the car in both qualifying and the race, he couldn’t have done anymore.

  13. Hans Herrmann (@twentyseven) said on 23rd June 2014, 16:57

    For Lewis and Nico this is the forth consecutive race where the guy ahead in Q2 was beaten by his team mate in Q3

  14. Sven (@crammond) said on 23rd June 2014, 17:06

    Difficult decision, really. Nobody really comes to mind initially, so I really had to take an approach by sorting them out. Ended up with Magnussen and Alonso, went with Alonso, as I thought Magnussen could have given Perez more of a fight to deserve DotW.

  15. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 23rd June 2014, 17:26

    Hamilton, was faster the whole weekend, except in quali…

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