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. Ludwig (@ludwigmic) said on 7th July 2014, 16:09

    Bottas again, beautiful to see him storm the car with the most classy livery on the grid through the field! I’ve always been a Michael Schumacher fan, and with Bottas, I really get that exciting feeling again I had with MSC in 1992, the feeling that a future champion is emerging!

  2. Calum (@calum) said on 7th July 2014, 16:20

    The highlight of my race was that great fight between Vettel and Alonso for fifth place. Two multi-champions going at with great clean attempts, blocks and ultimately overtakes. Fantastic.

    However I’m not going to vote Alonso as ‘driver of the weekend’ because there was a blot on his normally immaculate race day copybook – A penalty for a basic error in lining up at the grid.

    I’ll give it to Vettel. A good front row grid position in qualifying made for a strong Saturday. Also, he is still, for some reason, getting crap for ‘not being able to overtake’ yet he did well against the tenacious Alonso. Only really let down by matters out of his control – ie poor strategy which Red Bull acknowledged post race.

    Honourable mentions to JB and Bottas.

  3. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 7th July 2014, 16:33

    Before I vote for my Driver of the Weekend, I want to highlight Jenson Button, who will be taking my vote. I hope some people take the time to read this comment (or if not, share it to fellow F1 Fanatics), because Jenson Button was the only driver to complete the race weekend with minimal setbacks. Think about it
    Vettel had a troublesome race
    Ricciardo messed up Qualifying
    Hamilton messed up Qualifying
    Rosberg had a mechanical failure
    Alonso messed up Qualifying
    Raikkonen messed up Qualifying, and crashed
    Romain Grosjean did nothing
    Pastor Maldonado got tangled and eventually retired
    Massa messed up Qualifying and crashed on Lap 1
    Bottas messed up Qualifying
    Kevin Magnussen missed his opportunity with Vettel & Alonso fighting
    Hulkenberg had no race pace
    Perez spun on Lap 1
    Sutil had a quiet race
    Gutierrez put 1 on Maldonado
    Vergne messed up Qualifying
    Kvyat messed up Qualifying
    Bianchi went backwards
    Chilton took a 1 hour pitstop
    Kobayashi had a quiet race
    Ericsson had a Mechanical Failure

    Either Australia lacks Formula 1 coverage, or Jenson Button had the smoothest sails throughout the British Grand Prix.

    • Baron (@baron) said on 7th July 2014, 16:46

      Ha ha good review mate!

    • JenniKate (@jennikate) said on 7th July 2014, 19:05

      I agree completely!

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 7th July 2014, 20:18

      Yet Button could have taken P3 if he hadn’t been cruising around so long. He actually had to be told to attack Ricciardo instead of doing so on his own.

      Hamilton couldn’t have done better than P1 whatever he’d done all weekend. Similarly Bottas could never have done better than P2 and Ricciardo couldn’t have done better than P3. So in the end they maximized their weekend result. While Button could have done better in the situation.

      So I would add:
      Button was having a leisurely Sunday drive when instead he should have been pushing for P3 :)

      • bag0 (@bag0) said on 8th July 2014, 8:48

        @patrickl
        The thing is, he was not in cruising mode. The team tought RIC would have another stop, thus would drop behind him, so they needed to hold the gap to ALO and VET. When they realised that RB is not reacting to BUT slowly catching RIC, they told BUT that he might have to overtake him on track, thats when he started pushing.
        And with these regulations you really cant blame any driver or team, that tries to get the best possible result giving the least stress to the machine.

        • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 8th July 2014, 9:16

          So, its just like Hamilton thinking he had pole because no one was going any faster?

          Hamilton gets derided for that. Button was cruising when he should have been pushing.

  4. Jarmo (@jouhakainen) said on 7th July 2014, 16:48

    Bottas/Alonso had a good race. Gave it to Bottas.

  5. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 7th July 2014, 17:06

    Another difficult DOTW to choose… There weren’t a great deal of drivers who really excelled throughout the weekend. There were plenty of examples of drivers who fluffed qualifying but recovered to excellent results (namely Hamilton, Ricciardo, Bottas and Alonso), which are all performances I would always admire. But today I’m going to vote for the only driver who I feel both qualified and raced as well as anyone could have asked of him (in this case, Ron Dennis) and that would be Jenson Button.

  6. Jason (@jason12) said on 7th July 2014, 17:12

    Glad there are no points for winning driver of the weekend.

  7. tmax (@tmax) said on 7th July 2014, 17:14

    Voted for Bottas
    My second choice would be Ricciardo
    Third Place would be for Alonso.

  8. Jenson Button: 3rd in qualy, 4th in the race. The overall best performance of the weekend.

  9. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 7th July 2014, 18:56

    Bianchi.

    Not because he’s lucky but because some other drivers weren’t…..

  10. Valhyre (@ausuma) said on 7th July 2014, 19:01

    Why do this poll instead of just giving it to Hamilton, we all know he is gonna win. Anyways for second I vote for Rosberg didn’t set foot wrong shame the car let him down.

  11. JenniKate (@jennikate) said on 7th July 2014, 19:04

    This was a tricky one.
    Hamilton, Alonso and Bottas were great on Sunday, but they/their team had it all wrong for qualifying. Vettel had a great qualifying and put in the overtake of the race, but his race was ordinary overall. Rosberg’s car let him down.

    Bianchi was solid all weekend and had his best qualifying. For me though Button is DoTW. Quietly consistent throughout and I think got the most that McLaren had to offer, if not a little bit more. Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was Dennis’s comments, whatever it was he looked better this weekend than he has for a while.

  12. Steven Smith (@ragwort) said on 7th July 2014, 19:33

    It had to be Bottas for me. Firstly he sat out Friday morning whilst Susie Wolff brought some great p.r. for Williams. The once he got in the car on Friday afternoon it had a failure when the bodywork “exploded” at the end of Hanger Straight.
    Saturday afternoon was messed up.
    Then he performed a brilliant recovery programme and secured a great result in a car that is certainly improving as the season progresses. He might even get to win a race before the season ends. Monza perhaps with its long straights and fewer corners?

  13. valdek12 (@valdek12) said on 7th July 2014, 19:44

    i chose Bottas over Button, because of great start from and a couple of first laps from Bottas . He was comfortably on third place until Rosberg retired and after that his second place wasn’t under a threat.
    Alonso was exactly there, where i expect he would be- behind Mercedes and Red Bull and ahed of the others.

  14. Paul2013 said on 7th July 2014, 19:56

    Alonso was the best, I lost count of how many pilots he did overtake, genius, Fernando Alonsenna!

  15. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 7th July 2014, 20:10

    The choice for me is clearly between the 4 drivers who did miss out on a good qualification and still got the best result possible with their cars. Which is Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo and Alonso. Even if they made a mistake in qualifying they do walk away from the race weekend with the maximum points they could expect.

    I pick them not so much because of them performing poorly in qualifying, but because the drivers who did perform well in qualifying performed poorly on the day that it actually matters most. Vettel and Hulkenberg were simply disappointing in the race.

    I feel the same goes for Button to a lesser extent. He had to be told to chase Ricciardo instead of keeping the pressure on Ricciardo to begin with. He could have taken that third podium spot if he’d just put in some effort earlier on instead of just cruising around. Therefore I say he didn’t get the maximum out of the weekend by settling for P4 until the team finally urged him to get on with it.

    Although Bottas also impressed me hugely, my vote is for Hamilton. With all the extra pressure on him fighting for the WDC it’s amazing how he bounced back from the disappointment of the unexpected track change on Saturday.

    At least Hamilton corrected his earlier mistake by overtaking cars and taking the win. Button made pretty much the same sort of mistake during the race by letting Ricciardo nurse his tyres until it was too late. Button did lose out on P3 because of it.

    For all the people who keep saying that Hamilton would never have gotten past Rosberg, please keep in mind that Rosberg forced himself on a two stop strategy in a one stop race. He made a very early stop going for the same medium tyres again.

    He essentially gave away 16 seconds with that mistake. All Hamilton had to do was cruise behind Rosberg and take the win once Rosberg had to go for his mandatory second stop. No overtaking necessary. The hard tyres could easily have lasted the distance if Hamilton had needed to do so.

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