Vote for your 2014 British GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 British Grand Prix

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.

Mercedes

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.

Ferrari

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.

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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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McLaren

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Marussia

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.

Caterham

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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128 comments on Vote for your 2014 British GP Driver of the Weekend

  1. Michael C said on 7th July 2014, 14:11

    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.

  2. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 7th July 2014, 14:18

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

  3. Hairs (@hairs) said on 7th July 2014, 14:35

    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.

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 7th July 2014, 14:41

    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.

  5. Ricardo Ferreira (@yes-master) said on 7th July 2014, 14:53

    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.

  6. LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 7th July 2014, 15:00

    I can’t believe people actually voted from HAM…. Apparently not even trying on Saturday and getting luck yon Sunday makes you the driver of the weekend….

    • LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 7th July 2014, 15:02

      *for Ham….*lucky…. darn mobile version. “edit” option would be quite useful.

    • TribalTalker (@tribaltalker) said on 7th July 2014, 16:40

      This “not trying” thing is bugging me. Every driver tries hard, even Kimi. He just pretends not to.
      And maybe that extra bit of running is what did for Rosberg’s gearbox… it’s a choice you have to make between the chance to go faster and the wear on your car. This time, Hamilton made a bad choice. If he hadn’t been trying, he wouldn’t have had provisional pole at the time of the bad decision!

    • Scepter (@scepter) said on 7th July 2014, 17:11

      This is why im voting for Ham.
      1. fastest in the practice.
      2. had no long run tire data of his own because of a engine issue.
      3. qualified 6th when other big names were eliminated with less than stellar performances.
      4. overtook 2 drivers before the end of the 1st lap.
      5. had a better tire strategy than his teammate, which he could have used to do jump him by doing a one stopper, even if nico hadn’t dropped out.

      so when you average everything out Ham get my vote for DOTW.

      • Sven (@crammond) said on 7th July 2014, 17:55

        1. fastest in the practice.
        2. had no long run tire data of his own because of a engine issue.
        3. qualified 6th when other big names were eliminated with less than stellar performances.
        4. overtook 2 drivers before the end of the 1st lap.
        5. had a better tire strategy than his teammate, which he could have used to do jump him by doing a one stopper, even if nico hadn’t dropped out.

        1. Doesn´t matter at all, practice is not about speed.
        2. Well, yes, that was a disadvantage he had. But does having a slight disadvantage give you DotW?
        3. Errr… who did a worse quali on own (not team´s fault) mistake? As far as I know, only the crashing Sauber drivers did worse than Hamilton on Saturday.
        4. Expected, car advantage.
        5. Team-thing, not Hamilton´s merit.

        • Michael C said on 7th July 2014, 19:26

          Sven, Hamilton was worthy of some votes, don’t cry about it. Can’t you recognize a great driver when you see one?

        • Scepter (@scepter) said on 7th July 2014, 20:02

          Umm that’s why it’s called Dotw and not Dotd, it’s about who was the most consistent over the weekend, what exactly am i missing? i think if you checked, the Saubers didn’t make it to Q3 and finished 14th and 16th, so 6th in qualy is worst than 14th and 16th?

          • Sven (@crammond) said on 7th July 2014, 20:10

            Actually, the raw Sauber-speed puts the car in positions 17 and 18, so if you´re 18th in a Sauber that´s an equal performance to being 2nd in a Merc.
            And furthermore yes, consistency is a very important aspect in DotW to me, so drivers who make mistakes are more or less disqualified to vote, with the rare exception of otherwise really stunning drives. Any Merc-driver this year is very unlikely to do so, as stunning drives are simply not neccessary for them to win.

  7. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 7th July 2014, 15:07

    Driver of the GP Weekend I think should go to Button… if we’re talking about the overall performance. Williams failed just like Ferrari in Quali, so I don’t quite see how Bottas can get the DotW prize. Just me, but I fail to see why so many votes for Bottas, GP after GP. He’s good, but nothing spectacular (at the moment). In my opinion, Magnussen is just as “impressive”, but he doesn’t get even 25% of Bottas’ votes. Magnussen is in his 1st F1 year, not 2nd like Bottas, then Williams is a better car than McLaren. Driver of the race must be ALO. With a car that seems to be like 4th-5th fastest, depending on race, then starting from P16, 5seconds penalty, the pass on VET, then keeping VET behind for 13 laps… can’t be somebody else awarded driver of the race.

  8. Jay (@j-rva) said on 7th July 2014, 15:23

    Gave my vote to Bottas. Qualifying in mixed and changing conditions is always tricky, and could catch anyone out. His recovery drive was great though, and there is no doubt that he extracted the absolute maximum he could from the car.

    Additionally, what a showing from Alonso. It’s a shame Ferrari cannot give him a car in which to fight for podiums race wins.

  9. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 7th July 2014, 15:29

    Bottas the best

  10. Dimitris 1395 (@dimitris-1395) said on 7th July 2014, 15:38

    I think that this is quite difficult. No driver had a perfect weekend. Bottas had no luck in qualifying as well as Alonso but they put phenomenal drives in the race, Vettel was splendid until the race where the 2-stopper ruined it, Hamilton had a miserable qualifying but a strong race, Button and Ricciardo had quiet races with not much drama.
    I’ll give it to Bottas though. That Williams is fast and Bottas is on top form. He also managed to gain 12 places featuring some good overtaking.

  11. Sven (@crammond) said on 7th July 2014, 15:54

    Bottas. Though I don´t tend to give votes to drivers who have bad saturdays, I think it was his team´s fault. Same goes to Alonso, who also had a storming race, but his one mistake (overshooting grid-box) is one more than Bottas´ zero mistakes. His battling with Vettel nearly made up for that, and maybe if I knew exactly how bad his car-problems were it would be a really tough decision again.
    Honourable mentions to Button and Bianchi, who both delivered well enough to win my vote on many other weekends with less shiny drivers around.

  12. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 7th July 2014, 15:59

    Bottas. He proved himself once more.

  13. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 7th July 2014, 16:02

    Had to give this one to Bottas. Didn’t drop his head after qualifying, just got on with it and did a great job for the second race in a row.

    Really starting to show what he’s made of again (wasn’t actually impressed with his early form relative to Massa).

  14. F1ismydrug (@f1ismydrug) said on 7th July 2014, 16:07

    It´s between Alonso and Bottas for me.

    Both of them showed intelligence and mature driving standards but finally I´ve chosen Alonso because he has to work really really hard in both:
    - Attack mode. In a car with a clear deficit in straight-line speed with Mercedes powered teams he was able to execute some outstanding and well planned overtaking maneuvers with aggressiveness and style, positioning his car outside the typical race line along several corners. Although Bottas did a great job his overtakes were much easier and straightforward because Williams is the class of the field in straight-line speed.

    - Defensive mode. Performed great skills defending from Vettel´s attacks with tyres that were around 10 laps older succeeding for almost 15 laps against a car with a great traction advantage compared to the F14T and at that point around 1.5sec faster. I knew sooner or later Vettel would pass Alonso but was fantastic to see such defensive class and relentless impetus.

    Special mention also for Jenson Button who did a great job all weekend in the McLaren fighting for top positions and beating Magnussen.

    • Paul2013 said on 7th July 2014, 20:03

      Fantastic review! To overtake so many cars, to defend his position as he did from Vettel’s moves, and to en 6th starting 16th with a 5 sec penalty is unbelivable!

  15. Diceman (@diceman) said on 7th July 2014, 16:07

    Driver of the race was either Bottas or Alonso, but driver of the weekend has to be Button. Fantastic work with not-so-fantastic car trough the whole weekend.

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