Start, Silverstone, 2014

Vote for your 2014 British GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

British Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2014Sebastian Vettel – Started from the front row for the first time since Malaysia after an excellent lap at the end of Q3. But didn’t get off the line well and was relegated by both McLaren drivers and Hamilton. His early first pit stop allowed him to get back in among the McLarens but it also forced him to make another pit stop later in the race. He was passed by Alonso on his out-lap, beginning a battle which looked fabulous but didn’t do his chances much good. He eventually squeezed past for fifth, but rued the strategic mis-step.

Daniel Ricciardo – The stewards decided against punishing Ricciardo after he overtook Alonso under a red flag during practice. He made the mistake of not running at all in the final moments of Q3, mistakenly believing the track wouldn’t improve enough, which meant he fell to eighth on the grid. His race went better, however – he passed the struggling Hulkenberg early on and gambled on making it to the end of the race after his lap 15 pit stop. It paid off handsomely for his fourth podium finish.


Nico Rosberg – Like Ricciardo, the stewards cleared Rosberg after investigating him for overtaking Kvyat under a red flag during practice. In Q3 he began his final lap looking extremely unlikely to take pole position – tucked up behind Hamilton’s rear wing on a greasy track. But then Hamilton pulled over and Rosberg took advantage of the rapidly-drying final sector to claim another qualifying win over Hamilton. In the race he wasn’t able to match Hamilton pace and the pair were poised to cross paths when Rosberg’s gearbox failed.

Lewis Hamilton – Lost half an hour of running in final practice due to an engine glitch. Made a costly mistake by abandoning his final lap in qualifying, believing the track was too wet, which dropped him from provisional pole position to sixth on the grid. He made light work of the McLarens and Vettel at the start, and after switching to the hard tyre he was flying. A pity we never got to see the fight between him and Rosberg which was about to unfold.


Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2014Fernando Alonso – A spin in Q1 kept him from making it to the second phase of qualifying. The red flag during the race meant he only had to use the hard tyres for lap one – he spent the rest of the race on mediums, pitting once, and passing several rivals early on. He picked up a five-second penalty for starting the race too far forward in his grid slot, and was shown the black-and-white flag for straying beyond the track limits too often. But he put an excellent move on Vettel at Abbey and stayed ahead for 13 laps despite debris lodged in his rear wing causing balance problems.

Kimi Raikkonen – Like Alonso he failed to proceed beyond Q1 as the team responded too slowly to the changing conditions. He ran wide at Aintree at the start, and lost control when he tried to rejoin the circuit at speed, causing a heavy crash.


Romain Grosjean – Had a near-miss at the start when his visor was damaged by debris from Raikkonen’s crash. Switched to the hard tyres at the restart and spent more than half the race on them, though the car performed better on the mediums.

Pastor Maldonado – A lack of fuel caused him to stop his car during qualifying, and he was then excluded for the infraction. Starting from the tail of the field he was hit by Gutierrez early on, then retired shortly before the chequered flag.

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Silverstone, 2014Jenson Button – Ron Dennis’s comments that Button should try harder seemed inappropriate given the deficiencies of McLaren’s current car. Damp qualifying was made for him and he delivered a third place the car did not look capable of holding on to in the race. Sure enough Ricciardo’s quicker Red Bull got ahead, though Button was bearing down on him at the end of the race, tantalisingly close to a first-ever home podium finish.

Kevin Magnussen – Couldn’t take advantage of the Alonso-Vettel battle in front of him to claim a higher finishing position than seventh.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg – The Force India seemed particularly sensitive to the wind at Silverstone. Having taken a season-best fourth on the grid, Hulkenberg slumped to ninth as he grappled with his car.

Sergio Perez – Just when it looked like he was about to turn around his poor qualifying record, Perez blew it by failing to get his tyres up to temperature in time for a final run. He slipped back to seventh, and a first-corner tangle with Vergne spoiled his race.


Start, Silverstone, 2014Adrian Sutil – The Sauber continues to look like the most uncomfortable car in the field, with the exception of the Caterham. Both drivers spun in the wet conditions in qualifying, Sutil – secured a place in Q2 partly thanks to his spin, as it prevented others from improving. In the race he was vexed by braking problems again, finishing a distant 13th.

Esteban Gutierrez – Carried a ten-place grid penalty into the race from Austria, picked up a five-place penalty for changing his gearbox after his qualifying spin, and left with a three-place penalty for Germany after colliding with Maldonado, which led to his retirement.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Suffered a front-wheel failure on one of Silverstone’s quickest corners during second practice. Claimed a place in Q3 but neither driver did a final run, leaving them on the fifth row. However despite a tangle with Perez at the start, which left him at the back when the race got going again, he regained the lost ground to his team mate.

Daniil Kvyat – Impressive in wet qualifying again, Kvyat brought his car home where he qualified it in ninth.


Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Silverstone, 2014Felipe Massa – His 200th race start was one to forget: he was eliminated in Q1, then eliminated again on lap one. The latter came courtesy of Raikkonen’s crash, and Massa’s quick reflexes prevented a much worse accident.

Valtteri Bottas – Having also dropped out in Q1 several penalties for other drivers promoted Bottas to 14th. From there he wielded the Williams straight-line speed advantage brilliantly carving past his rivals to take third place mainly due to on-track passes, and gaining second thanks to Rosberg’s retirement.


Jules Bianchi – His Friday running was limited by technical problems in both sessions on Friday. But in the rain-hit qualifying session he delivered a best-ever 12th place for himself and Marussia. It was always going to be a challenge to stay there – Sutil’s Sauber made it by on lap eight – and Bianchi was 14th at the flag.

Max Chilton – Was enormously fortunate not to suffer a much worse injury after his car was hit by a flying wheel from Raikkonen’s crash. Proof that he had used up all his luck came quickly – a radio fault meant his team were unable to tell him to stay out of the pits, and as he came in under a red flag he not only received a drive-through penalty, but immediately went a lap down, ensuring he finished last.


Kamui Kobayashi – Was also involved in the Raikkonen crash but was able to participate in the restart. His car felt strange afterwards – “almost certainly from the rallying I had to do” – but he brought it home 15th.

Marcus Ericsson – Like Kobayashi he failed to make the 107% cut in Q1 and was given a dispensation from the stewards to start the race. He only made it ten laps in before his suspension failed.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd -3.22s 28/52 3 5th +7.369s
Daniel Ricciardo 8th +3.22s 24/52 2 3rd -7.369s
Lewis Hamilton 6th +3.466s 6/28 2 1st
Nico Rosberg 1st -3.466s 22/28 1
Fernando Alonso 16th -0.749s 0/0 2 6th
Kimi Raikkonen 18th +0.749s 0/0 0
Romain Grosjean 11th -5.522s 41/49 2 12th Not on same lap
Pastor Maldonado 20th +5.522s 8/49 2 17th Not on same lap
Jenson Button 3rd -0.217s 52/52 1 4th -15.173s
Kevin Magnussen 5th +0.217s 0/52 1 7th +15.173s
Nico Hulkenberg 4th -2.128s 51/51 1 8th Not on same lap
Sergio Perez 7th +2.128s 0/51 2 11th Not on same lap
Adrian Sutil 13th -0.682s 9/9 2 13th
Esteban Gutierrez 19th +0.682s 0/9 0
Jean-Eric Vergne 10th +0.148s 9/51 2 10th Not on same lap
Daniil Kvyat 9th -0.148s 42/51 2 9th Not on same lap
Felipe Massa 15th +0.377s 0/0 0
Valtteri Bottas 14th -0.377s 0/0 2 2nd
Jules Bianchi 12th -1.091s 49/50 2 14th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 17th +1.091s 1/50 3 16th Not on same lap
Kamui Kobayashi 22nd +0.204s 4/11 3 15th
Marcus Ericsson 21st -0.204s 7/11 1

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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 British Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (9%)
  • Fernando Alonso (19%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (12%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (53%)
  • Jules Bianchi (2%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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  1. This time voting should have an option for both Vettel and Alonso, a battle which made the whole weekend.

    1. Indeed. But I think we have a clear candidate for the top passes of 2014 :)

      1. Who ?

        1. He talking about Bottas’ overtake around the outside of Button of course :)

        2. Max Chilton

      2. there are many passes that are better than that
        but if it for top battle it one of the best
        minus the radio
        i think we should just band radio inside F1

      3. While Bottas’ overtake on Button was very impressive (for that matter all of his overtakes were impressive), I think so far that, over these past races, Bottas’ pass and Hulkenberg’s move on Magnussen at Portier in the Monaco GP will be neck and neck at the end season and they both should be in the top 3 overtakes of 2014

  2. Close between Bottas and Alonso, both put in relentless recovery drives. Had to give it to Bottas though, almost purely because we didn’t hear any whinging from him :P

    Honourable mentions to Ricciardo for yet another podium. Him and Bottas look set to be major, major players in F1 over the next decade or so….

    1. Even the English crowd loved him! He overtook quite a few cars at Stowe, especially round the outside. Incredible drive, seeing as the Williams shouldn’t have been pacy around such a high downforce biased track. I also think Ricciardo drove a great race, he was in the background the whole race, quietly acting out a great economy drive, especially to fend off Button in the final 10 laps. That said, Button also did a fantastic defence against Alonso who was stuck behind him for numerous laps and never got past, I think Button was a bit overlooked in the end.

    2. Yes. I struggled to choose, but went for Bottas in the end, for the fact that he was passing everybody and got another podium, which was definitely deserved.

      And I really do hope Bottas gets into a good team within the next few years (unless Williams continue their great form and become consistent front-runners, which I also hope for).

  3. Rosberg; outqualified his team-mate, was clearly ahead of his team-mate, and probably would have finished ahead of him as well if his gearbox hadn’t broken

    1. But would still be 40 points behind Hamilton if Hamiltons car hadn’t broken twice.

      1. what makes you think Hamilton would have won those 2 races?? in the first race Hamilton was beaten by rosberg in practise and qualifying until the last lap, which Hamilton got to run last, which helped him secure pole. in Canada, he probably would have finished behing rosberg, and to me it was his own fault he retired – rosberg had the same problem but managed it better, and didn’t kill his brakes. rosbergs failure was more costly then hamiltons as he led the race for so long, and probably would have won it even with Hamilton pressuring – take Austria as a precedent. so to me, your 40 points is incorrect, maybe rosberg would be 10-15 points behind.

        1. Lewis Hamilton running last during qualifying in Australia does not mean he will definitely get pole. He could have screwed up like he did in Canada and lost pole easily. In Canada, he will finish in front of Nico Rosberg if he did not have the brake issues. He has already jumped him in the stops for the lead (and in case you say he relies on pit stops to overtake his team mate, he did his part during the in-lap…). So in this case, you cannot say Rosberg’s failure was more costly than Hamilton’s, because Hamilton was leading the race by then.

    2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      7th July 2014, 14:10

      @xjr15jaaag – I wouldn’t be so sure that he’d have won had he not retired. In the first stint Hamilton was considerably faster, reducing the gap from over five seconds to less than two when Nico pitted, and that was before Nico started to suffer downshift issues. Whether Hamilton would have managed to pass is another question, but Lewis was certainly sufficiently faster than Nico to win.

      1. @william-brierty & @williamstuart
        Lewis was 5.09 seconds behind Nico on lap 4 (the first lap in which he cleared the McLaren’s), and was 2.82 seconds behind Nico the lap before Nico pitted (17). That is an overall gain of 2.27 seconds in 13 laps, or 0.175 seconds/lap.

        You might also be forgetting that Nico was pulling away from Lewis until lap 9 (where he had the gap up to almost 6 seconds).

        All in all Lewis was a bit faster today, but hardly by a large amount.

        1. All that says is that Hamilton didn’t start closing the gap after a few laps he used to settle in. After that he was closing in at 0.3s to 0.5s per lap.

          Most importantly though. Rosberg still had to make a pitstop and Hamilton wouldn’t have.

          There is no way Rosberg would have won the race even if his gearbox hadn’t broken.

          1. All that says is that Hamilton didn’t start closing the gap after a few laps he used to settle in. After that he was closing in at 0.3s to 0.5s per lap.

            The fact that Lewis took more time to “settle in” might be a hint that Nico was better during the early stages of a stint, before his tyres went off? Or the fact that Nico was better on cold tyres?

            Most importantly though. Rosberg still had to make a pitstop and Hamilton wouldn’t have.

            And Lewis would have been on dead tyres in the end with Nico catching him at a vast rate.

            There is no way Rosberg would have won the race even if his gearbox hadn’t broken.

            “No way” sounds far too confident based on such little evidence.

          2. And @kingshark, the fact that Lewis took more time to “settle in” might be a result of a lack of running in FP2?

        2. That is an overall gain of 2.27 seconds in 13 laps, or 0.175 seconds/lap.

          You might also be forgetting that Nico was pulling away from Lewis until lap 9 (where he had the gap up to almost 6 seconds).

          So he coasted for a time, presumably to protect his tyres and save some fuel, then when it was time to push (after lap 9) he closed at a rather impressive 0.45 sec/lap. And more significantly he was then able to continue running on those same tyres for a reasonable amount of time without much drop-off, thus setting himself up well for the rest of the race.

          It’s impossible to say that Hamilton would have got the job done, not least because passing the same car wouldn’t be easy, but he looked very strong to me.

    3. Lewis was clearly faster than Rosberg, in qualifying Lewis would most likely have out qualified Rosberg had he not scrapped it seeing as on the same track conditions Hamilton was a good chunk faster. The rate Lewis was catching Rosberg prior to Rosberg’s issue was considerable, and Rosberg pitted very early, leaving himself open to attack later in the race, it would have been tight, but I think Hamilton would have eventually got past him thanks to his newer tyres and seemingly faster pace.

      1. Voted for Bottas, but as to LH/NR it sure is a tough one to call. We’ve seen LH ‘faster’ before, but not able to get by NR, and NR might have extracted at bit more from the car enough to keep LH behind, as he has done before. Ie. just because LH was catching NR in clean air doesn’t mean he would have the same pace while being right behind NR, nor that NR wouldn’t have been able to react. One thing that has impressed me about NR is his near perfection while being pressured from behind by a formidable opponent in the equivalent equipment. They say it is harder to lead than to follow. Hard to say, and it sure ‘looked’ like LH would have handled NR, but then it has looked like that before. There’s also the question of when NR’s gremlin hit him, and it may have even been before anyone noticed, including NR.

        Just for fun as a small aside that I noticed but may be wrong on and it’s neither here nor there, but at one point a Sauber went off causing a local yellow. From what I could tell NR let up the requisite 3/10ths, but when they showed LH’s times right around then his last lap was almost the equal of his best lap up to that time Ie. not convinced LH didn’t get away with something there, and the gap to NR continued to close after that. Fully stand ready to be corrected on this though, as I cannot swear on a stack of Bibles that LH didn’t also slow for that local yellow and it was in fact another lap time I was observing. Just felt to me like LH didn’t skip a beat whereas NR did.

    4. Not again this, Keith should ban any comments related to LH/NR from this forum so we get rid of this everyday bs.

  4. Would have been Alonso if he didn’t moan as much as he did. Bottas it is.

    PS. Still kindergarten argument between multiple-time world champions was hilarious.

    1. I totally agree!

    2. Driver of the Weekend: Button

      Outstanding performances on race day: Alonso, Bottas, Hamilton, Button, Ricciardo.

      Alonso and Bottas had very poor qualy to get the full prize, IMHO.

      1. I voted Button . To qualify in third then finish 4th in a crap car was good.

  5. Fernando Ayrton Alonso.

    1. Nonsense

    2. Blasphemy. I’ve seen all kinds of praise thrown Alonso’s way over the years, but c’mon he’s no Senna. Or Prost.

      1. Actually, Senna and Prost were never what their respective names seem to mean today ^^
        While no driver is anyone else than himself, and it´s always kind of ridicoulus if a grown man wants to be anyone but himself, I´m not sure if Alonso is any slower than those two were. We´ll just never know.
        However, there are definitive differencies in personality. No other driver than Senna ever said anything of having visions of god during racing or any comparable things which could put any normal person into a mental institution.

    3. How dare you insult Alonso like that?

  6. Think it is between 4 men. Button, Bottas, Rosberg & Ricciardo. I don’t think Hamilton deserves it for his poor qualifying decisions.

    Button managed to take advantage of the weather conditions to qualify higher up than he should have done. He managed to stay high up in the race and would have had a great opertunity of passing Ricciardo if he had another lap or two.

    Bottas for overtaking so well and making up for Williams poor decisions in qualifying. He finished as high as he could have done in the Williams.

    Rosberg capitalized on the changeable weather in qualifying and took pole. He led the race until his gearbox failure. No doubt he was slowed by his failing gearbox which made Hamilton look faster than he was against Rosberg.

    Ricciardo for initially qualifying well before the weather changed. As i understand it was Red Bull’s decision to keep him in the pits. He raced well looking after his tyres. As far as i know it was his strategy call to try a 1 stop. It paid off and he beat Vettel, again.

    1. @motor_mad – Wait… So Ricciardo initially qualified well before the weather changed but Hamilton certainly can’t be driver of the weekend because of his poor qualifying? Didn’t they do pretty much the same thing?

      1. It wasn’t Ricciardo’s own fault that he qualified poorly, it was the team’s choice not to send him out again. Hamilton made the decision himself.

        1. But surely the Mercedes team should have made Hamilton aware of how quick the final sector was, they had at least half a minute to tell Hamilton, no driver could have guessed that and it was only because he was qualified behind Hamilton that Rosberg decided to finish the lap as he had nothing to lose. Unless Hamilton was aware the final sector was seconds faster, in which it was his fault, but I don’t think he did know.

          1. No-one knew until suddenly Vettel popped up with the fastest time! The timing screens wouldn’t have even given them a suggestion as they were much slower after sector 2!

        2. @retardedf1sh – That’s true but if Ricciardo felt he could go quicker (ie thought anything different to what Hamilton did), I’m fairly sure he would have gone back out!

          If it was the other way round, I can almost guarantee Vettel would have been out on track.

        3. @retardedf1sh, yes it was Hamilton’s decision to bail out of the lap, and given how much faster everyone went it made him look a bit silly, but I think the decision to abort was not that strange, or at least understandable. I assume Hamilton was slower than his fastest lap (I didn’t see qualifying, I don’t know by how much), and given that his car had already broken down twice in the races (also this weekend, of course, in FP2!), shouldn’t he deserve some sympathy for sparing his car the most taxing lap of the weekend?

          We still have more than half the season to go, and already the Mercedes has had three terminal failures in the races, with the second part of the season presumably getting tougher on engines and gearboxes – unless you want to incur five- or ten-place grid penalties.

      2. ricciardos result was not because of him, but his team. hamiltons result was because of him, so no waiting mr. baldwin

        1. Hamilton felt he couldn’t go quicker so he didn’t do the lap. If Ricciardo felt that he could do a quicker lap, he would have told the team but he didn’t which shows that he obviously felt the same as Hamilton. In effect, they both made the same mistake.

          As far as errors go, Hamilton’s may have been costly but is hard to really blame him for it. He was already on pole and everyone was at least a second off his time after sector 2.

    2. As far as i know it was his strategy call to try a 1 stop. It paid off and he beat Vettel, again.

      Red Bull beat Vettel, again, with their pit stop strategy. No other driver in the race was on the downright bizarre strategy which RB inflicted on VET.

      1. This. Red Bull screwed Vettel over, again, by pitting him too late in the second stint hence causing him to lose track position to Alonso. I – even without the timing screens – noticed he was losing time visibly from the footage.

        Failed strategies from Red Bull are becoming a theme (Canada also).

        1. Nov. 2013- RBR headquarters;
          Gopher: Mr Horner, next years strategies have just come back from the printers but they’ve made a mistake, 1 set is for Ricciardo and the other says Webber, what should we do?
          Horner: No problem, just cross out Webber and write Vettel on top.


          1. Rumour has it that it wasn’t Wettel driving at the Britch GP.
            Wettel had been talking up Vebber’s past performance at the British GP in the lead up to the race. The battle with Alonso was reminiscent of 2012.

            The real proof is in his get away at the start of the race.

            When was the last time you saw a Red Bull driver lose so many places at the start ;)

  7. What a race by Bottas. Something you could expect from a champion, not a guy in his seconds season. He made up 12 places in the race and all but one were on track. Didn’t make any real mistakes and all this despite not running at all in FP1. Alonso is second, but I can’t forgive him for the misplaced car at the start and his qualifying spin that might have affected Bottas as well. Honorable mentions to Ricciardo and Button.

    1. Same here, I think Button was a bit under represented in the poll. Bottas is really developing into a great driver, now that he’s got a good car to drive we are seeing his true talent. I imagine that if Bottas had been the one to crash, I can’t imagine Massa coming through the field as clinically. Does anyone know what happened to Massa at the start, neither Coulthard or Edwards picked up on his atrocious start. Was it mechanical or was Massa at fault?

      1. @williamstuart – He had clutch issues. He says the formation lap was too slow and his clutch overheated thus kicking in the anti-stall when he tried to start.

        1. It was interesting because as the leaders were approaching the grid I was thinking about that, about how long it takes, for example, for the last cars on the grid to arrive to their positions. The leaders normally reduce speed as they approach the grid and then they have the last acceleration in zigzag, and that takes forever. But I thought, for some reason, that this silly ceremony must affect the engine temperature, not the clutch. Makes sense to me, and it seems now strange that nobody complained about that before.
          On Massa´s onboard it was possible to see that he went like a rocket overtaking several cars until he found Kimi parked in front of him. His move to avoid a crash was fantastic.

  8. I voted Bianchi.

    Impressive drives from Alonso, Bottas and Button. I’m not eveng going to bother with Vettel, he lost 3 positions, while Ricciardo gained 5.

  9. This was an absolute no brainer for me. I went for the driver who had his qualifying screwed up by his team, yet was in the top 10 by the end of the first lap. Not only this, but he pulled some fantastic moves on World Champions and ended up on the podium. I have gone for Valtteri Bottas.

    Honourable mention to Jenson Button though, he needed a result and pulled out a third in qualifying, and a fourth in a race, in a car incapable of doing so.

  10. He had a bit of an innocuous race, but i’ve given my vote to Button. He was the only driver who i feel got the best result possible out of both qualifying and the race. Bottas and Alonso were great in the race but ultimately made the wrong calls in qualifying (alongside their team strategists).

    I have a bit of a caveat to my vote, but i’ll bring it up on another thread as it’s a bit off-topic.

    1. I agree with you about Jensen, one of the few drivers who didn’t make a mistake all w/end and got a decent result, which would have been better if race was one lap longer.

    2. Button is the only driver for me who maximised his qualifying and the race – Bottas is my driver of the race comfortably, but he didn’t maintain that throughout the weekend.

  11. A bit harder this time, but Bottas really stood out. His qualifying position wasn’t his fault, so it can’t be assessed. But he went like a strom through the grid during the race. To come from 14th to 2nd is a remarkable achievement in 2nd/3rd fastest car. His overtaking moves were cracking and he also managed his tyres briliantly, even though he was on attacking mode during half of the race. He’s showing why he’s considered as future champion.

  12. So difficult to choose a driver of the weekend, since pretty much everyone had mistakes somewhere. Alonso and Bottas had great races, but both made substantial tactical errors to go out in Q1. Qualifying errors elsewhere from Ricciardo and Hamilton (plus Raikkonen and Massa, but with them both retiring in the first lap, kinda puts them out of contention for me). Rosberg’s mechanical failure robbed us of what could have been a great battle. Vettel’s tactical mistake cost him potentially a podium place. I feel Magnussen could have taken advantage of Alonso and Vettel fighting each other for so long, but he sat back and watched, inexperience maybe? Button was close, I think if he’d had a few more laps to get Ricciardo then he probably would have had my vote but in the end I chose Bottas, purely because when it mattered, he managed 2nd from the back of the grid, and didn’t moan for 13 laps.

    1. bottas had a tactical error to go out in q1, but you must acknowledge he still finished the race as high as he could have even if he qualified well. star of the race by a mile. the Silverstone crowd only cared for the bozzo but.

  13. Best Quali: Bianchi
    Best Race: Bottas
    Best Helmet: Button
    Best tussle: Alonso & Vettel
    Best air: Maldonado

    I voted for Bottas, like 50% of us so far.
    Surprised that Ricciardo has 0% (after 44 votes), no fans out there?

    1. I think Ricciardo drove a stella race again, but cannot go past Bottas. He was fast, clean and gentle on the rubber, honourable mention to Alonso another gutsy drive in red caboose

    2. Actually I confess, I voted Ric, having in a previous race given it to Bottas when it was a toss up, this time Ric, team tactics aside he had a good qually and in the race made the smart call and carried it off, a quiet achiever.

      1. @hohum – Yes, he’s consistently been very good. A real eye-opener and quite entertaining.

  14. Bianchi was solid through qualifying, always ahead of Chilton, kept out of trouble and scored his best qualifying result, but had nowhere to go in the race. Alonso spoilt his last Q1 lap and made a great recovery, like Bottas, though I tend to consider the latter as less responsible for his Q1 exit. Vettel was great and came out on top in a great battle. Like Brundle (or was it Crofty?) said, that move on Vettel at Copse by Alonso makes the Spaniard come out on top against Bottas, who did not spend the whole race battling and had a better car. It was a long time since I suppor

  15. Bianchi was solid through qualifying, always ahead of Chilton, kept out of trouble and scored his best qualifying result, but had nowhere to go in the race. Alonso spoilt his last Q1 lap and made a great recovery, like Bottas, though I tend to consider the latter as less responsible for his Q1 exit. Vettel was great and came out on top in a great battle. Like Brundle (or was it Crofty?) said, that move on Vettel at Copse by Alonso makes the Spaniard come out on top against Bottas, who did not spend the whole race battling and had a better car. It was a long time since I supported Alonso!

  16. 1. Bottas – A qualifying to forget but what a charge! and an exceptionally overlooked overtake around the outside of Button.
    2. Button – What a well managed drive for an emotional occasion.
    3. Alonso – Ruined his chance of DOTW in qualifying and missed his grid slot… but made up for it with a race on par with Bottas’.

    Honorable mentions:
    Bianchi – Qualified 12th and kept some ground in the race
    Hamilton – Drove well for the whole weekend.. except the second run in Q3! and showed a good attitude after pitstop error from team – rightly complained about rubbish trophy!
    Felipe Massa – Reacted to prevent a 150mph side-impact to Kimi’s cockpit.

  17. Alonso got my vote. Even before the race had started he was giving great value for money by overshooting his slot. :)

  18. Tough to choose between a lot of drivers here. Apart from Kimi, whose deliberate excursion onto the runoff to gain an advantage (he’s got form on this, particularly at Spa) led to that maniac attempt to barrell back into the pack at full speed, almost killing at least two other drivers.

    Alonso and Vettel deserve kudos for their wheel to wheel dicing, but Alonso made a silly mistake at the restart and Vettel is still being beaten very easily by his teammate. Their radio sniping wasn’t good, but I blame the stewards for not enforcing the track limit rule in the first place. A 5 second penalty for both of them would have shut them up.

    Hamilton once again has immense speed and racecraft, but another brain fade means he’s not in contention. Without Rosberg’s car failure, this would have been another race he’d have thrown away.

    Rosberg as usual deserves to be up there because even when Hamilton is supposedly faster, he never ever stops looking for an advantage and never gives up. Even when the car was stopped he still waved away the marshals while he tried to get the gearbox back up and running: not for him the petulant wheel-chuck over the front of the canopy. Had the brains not to make assumptions during qualifying, and unlike the race overview, I don’t agree that he had a race pace deficit to Hamilton. He pulled out a massive lead in very short order, and even when Hamilton was in clear air in P2 he was still increasing it. Without the gearbox problem the two drivers would have been on similar pace, as they have been all year.

    Button did a great job in Q3 (helped by the fact that cars who would have eclipsed his time didn’t run), had a great start, and ran well in the race. A real pity the car can’t give him a platform to run with, but he looked genuinely pleased it was an improvement at this race. I think everyone would have loved to see a pink shirt on the podium.

    However I don’t see how anyone can overlook Bottas, with a stunning, cool headed drive, great overtaking from 14th to 2nd. No drama, no mistakes, no whining, he just gets the job done.

    1. +1
      The first balanced comment I’ve read, shame its on page 2.

  19. like i’ve said before, i’m not giving it to bottas because of his horrid qualifying. i would give him my vote if the poll was called “vote for your driver of the race”, but it isn’. i gave my vote to button instead, who had a brilliant qualifying and only got passed by car that were superior to his. a real shame he couldn’t finish on the podium, but still, great race by him.

    honorable mentions: bottas, ricciardo, kvyat and alonso.

  20. I choose Bottas for the poll.
    But, in truth, Vettel and Alonso were the DsOTH. They were amazing, and produced an intense fight at high speed! They represented what I truly love in F1.

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