Start, Hockenheimring, 2014

Vote for your 2014 German GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

German Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Hockenheimring, 2014Sebastian Vettel – Third after the first-lap collision, he finished the race in fourth but was always going to struggle to keep Hamilton behind. Came out on top in a three-way scrap with the Ferrari pair at the Spitzkehre, but was later passed by Alonso in the DRS zone. However by making his second pit stop a lap later than the Ferrari driver Vettel was able to go the opposite direction on tyre strategy, fitting super-softs for his penultimate stint. That allowed him to exploit the benefit of new tyre pace at the beginning of his final stint and get ahead – despite mishearing an instruction to conserve fuel as an order to run rich.

Daniel Ricciardo – Out-qualified Vettel again but had to take avoiding action at the start, slipping to 15th place. Made quick progress after the restart including a daring pass on Raikkonen while under pressure from Hamilton, but lost the place again a couple of laps later. Nonetheless an attacking three-stop strategy helped him gain further ground, and despite tired tyres in the final stint he put up a good fight against Alonso.


Nico Rosberg – In a sense it was a shame for Rosberg that he was unable to be measured against his team mate this weekend. Pole position and victory looked like a foregone conclusion after the events of Q1, but they weren’t, and Rosberg didn’t put a wheel wrong as he took his fourth win of the year.

Lewis Hamilton – Brake failure in qualifying was exactly what he didn’t need after his recent Saturday problems. Was in his usual battling form as he made his way through the field – his three-abreast pass on Raikkonen and Ricciardo was a highlight. But a misjudgement while overtaking Button damaged his front wing, and that ultimately forced him onto a three-stop strategy and compromised his attempt to pass Bottas for second place at the end.


Start, Hockenheimring, 2014Fernando Alonso – Fourth at the end of lap one, Alonso kept Vettel honest through the opening part of the race and jumped ahead with an early second pit stop. Vettel re-passed him via strategy, however, and in the final stint Alonso had his hands full with the other Red Bull. After finally getting past he hit trouble at the end of the race, Ricciardo taking 2.6 seconds out of him over the final two laps, the pair covered by less than a tenth of a second at the line.

Kimi Raikkonen – “When I fitted the second set of new super-softs, my car was sliding all over the place and I lost the back end in turn two,” said Raikkonen after being knocked out during Q2. Matters improved little in the race, where he twice found himself pinned between two rivals at the Spitzkehre and suffered damage. He blamed that for his consequence lack of pace and finished a lap down, out of the points.


Romain Grosjean – Had a fright during the first practice session when his DRS failed to close at the Spitzkehre – the point on the track where the highest top speed leads into the biggest braking zone. “That was quite a special feeling I can tell you!” he said afterwards. He was in the hunt for points in the race when the team spotted a cooling problem on his car and retired his car to spare the power unit any damage.

Pastor Maldonado – Like his team mate, felt the team’s car had particularly suffered from the banning of Front-Rear Interconnected suspension. While several drivers planned on two stops but ended up on three, Maldonado had the opposite scenario, finishing 12th after two stops.

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Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Hockenheimring, 2014Jenson Button – Pointed the finger at Grosjean for spoiling his first lap in Q2, and said the balance had gone on his second, leading to him being eliminated. Was well-placed to benefit from the first-corner crash and moved up to sixth. But the decision to try to avoid a third pit stop proved too optimistic – he had to come in for tyres with six laps to go. That salvaged eighth place, but he could have been in the Ricciardo/Alonso battle for fifth.

Kevin Magnussen – Very happy on Saturday when he equalled his best qualifying result so far with fourth. “I think we got everything out of the car in terms of set-up and our strategy throughout qualifying was perfect,” he said. But his race was ruined when Massa turned in on him at the first corner – an incident where no blame should be attached to the McLaren driver. Having fallen to last place, Magnussen overhauled 12 rivals and finished behind his team mate – a solid day’s work, if not the result he was hoping for.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg – Force India would surely have loved a continuation of the blazing hot conditions from practice on race day. But even with the dip in temperature Hulkenberg was one of few drivers to make a two-stop strategy work, so having started ninth he finished one place higher, demoting Button at the end.

Sergio Perez – Getting into Q3 has been a problem for Perez this year but he delivered this time despite a problem earlier in the session meaning he only had one run. Passed Kvyat on the outside of the Spitzkehre for seventh at the restart, then survived an attack from his rival six laps later. After his second pit stop he spent seven laps stuck behind Sutil, to the frustration of his team. It cost him a place to Magnussen and he finished in tenth place.


Adrian Sutil – Knocked out in Q1 for the sixth time this year, then spun out during the race. “Suddenly, after my last pit stop, I lost power and when I entered the Motodrom I thought the engine would switch off,” he explained. “In the last corner I had a similar problem, then I spun and this time the engine did switch off.”

Esteban Gutierrez – Solid in qualifying, then demoted to 16th due to his penalty from Silverstone. He inevitably dropped behind the recovering Hamilton and Ricciardo soon after the start, but overtook Grosjean on lap five. Unable to keep the Toro Rossos behind in the mid-part of the race, he finished 14th.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Lined up five places behind his team mate having saved more tyres during Q2. He passed Sutil early on but fell prey to Maldonado via the pit stops, so despite overtaking the other Sauber near the end of the race he could only manage 13th.

Daniil Kvyat – Qualified a fine eighth on the grid, but spun out after contact with Perez – an incident he unreasonably blamed on the Force India driver. A drive train failure later caused a substantial fire and forced him out.


Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Hockenheimring, 2014Felipe Massa – Couldn’t match the pace of his team mate in qualifying, and was perhaps too busy watching the other Williams to notice Magnussen at the start. The pair collided and Massa was fortunate to escape injury after being flipped over. Though he was blameless in previous first-lap crashes in Australia and Britain, Massa was the driver best-placed to avoid this one, and though he laid the blame at Magnussen’s feet the stewards did not agree.

Valtteri Bottas – His only prior experience of F1 at Hockenheim was a rain-hit practice session two years ago, yet Bottas out-qualified Massa to start from the front row. Though he never seemed to have a quick enough car to rival Alonso, an error-free run on a two-stop strategy allowed him to keep Hamilton’s at arm’s length at the end.


Jules Bianchi – Marussia was another team which felt the impact of losing FRIC. While Bianchi was unable to take the fight to the Saubers, he finished over 40 seconds clear of his next closest rival.

Max Chilton – Dropped behind Kobayashi at his first pit stop and wasn’t able to make the undercut work at his final visit to get ahead again.


Kamui Kobayashi – A fuel leak triggered a fire on his car during the second practice session. Successfully kept Chilton behind during the race.

Marcus Ericsson – A hydraulic leak was discovered on his car towards the end of final practice, and it couldn’t be repaired in time for him to make it onto the track in qualifying. His race was ruined before it began when the team failed to fit a cover to his car in parc ferme, leading to a pit lane start and penalty.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 6th +0.304s 67/67 3 4th -8.535s
Daniel Ricciardo 5th -0.304s 0/67 3 6th +8.535s
Lewis Hamilton 20th +1.052s 0/67 3 3rd +22.53s
Nico Rosberg 1st -1.052s 67/67 2 1st -22.53s
Fernando Alonso 7th -0.407s 64/66 3 5th Not on same lap
Kimi Raikkonen 12th +0.407s 2/66 3 11th Not on same lap
Romain Grosjean 14th -1.301s 11/26 1
Pastor Maldonado 18th +1.301s 15/26 2 12th
Jenson Button 11th +0.405s 65/66 3 8th Not on same lap
Kevin Magnussen 4th -0.405s 1/66 3 9th Not on same lap
Nico Hulkenberg 9th -0.021s 66/66 2 7th Not on same lap
Sergio Perez 10th +0.021s 0/66 3 10th Not on same lap
Adrian Sutil 15th +0.403s 47/47 3
Esteban Gutierrez 16th -0.403s 0/47 3 14th
Jean-Eric Vergne 13th +0.182s 29/44 3 13th
Daniil Kvyat 8th -0.182s 15/44 2
Felipe Massa 3rd +0.319s 0/0 0
Valtteri Bottas 2nd -0.319s 0/0 2 2nd
Jules Bianchi 17th -0.813s 62/65 2 15th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 21st +0.813s 3/65 3 17th Not on same lap
Kamui Kobayashi 19th 65/65 3 16th -40.935s
Marcus Ericsson 22nd 0/65 3 18th +40.935s

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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 German Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (10%)
  • Nico Rosberg (7%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (34%)
  • Fernando Alonso (7%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (3%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (37%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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146 comments on “Vote for your 2014 German GP Driver of the Weekend”

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  1. Tough one to call.

    Mercedes had a problem on one car, Red Bull had one driver compromised, Williams and McLaren had a driver out at the start, and various things like that. I was tempted to give it to Alonso, but Hulkenberg had a quiet weekend but outqualified and outraced his team mate, and held off the arguably quicker McLarens, so he gets it this week for me, but Alonso and Bottas get honourable shouts.

    1. Regarding Hamilton, yes it was a strong race, but I don’t know where he would have ended up in qualifying.

      1. He wasn’t looking as quick as Rosberg throughout the weekend (possibly for the first time this season), so I think he would have qualified third behind Bottas. Then I think he would have got past Bottas on the first corner but been stuck behind Rosberg.

        1. He was quicker than Rosberg in all the qualifying laps he did, and very comfortable with the set up whereas Rosberg was struggling with the brakes. I think it’s pretty certain he would have been on pole bar any mistakes.

          1. Let’s not forget also that, unless I’m mistaken, Hamilton posted (again) the fastest lap of the race — and that, with a damaged wing. He was looking pretty darn quick.

          2. @jeangirard

            Fastest laps mean nothing, though (I’m not disagreeing that Lewis wasn’t fast, I think he had a good chance at pole).
            Lewis was pushing like mad to catch Valtteri, whilst I’m pretty sure Nico was probably coasting so far out in front that he could have stopped for a cup of tea and still made it out first.
            Had Nico needed to set competitive lap times, I’m sure he would have FLap-ped instead of Lewis, given his non-damaged wing.

        2. Did you watch the practice sessions to say “He wasn’t looking as quick as Rosberg”?

      2. @craig-o BOT qualified like crap at the British gp and was still driver of the weekend…

    2. I went for Hulkenberg also. Quietly impressive all the weekend.

    3. The brakes clearly affected him, but I think in qualy he would have been likely second, Nico looked on point this weekend. Im glad though that the brakes failed in qualy and not the race, it would have been a shame if they failed during the race. With this failure I’m beginning to suspect that maybe Hamilton had brembo brake pads in Canada and maybe that led to them overheating compared to the Carbon Industry. They did say Nico had to change his rear brakes to CI. Interesting…

      1. Massa may have also taken Ham out at the beginning,
        so we will never know how it may have ended if Ham had qualified in the top 3.
        makes for an interesting thought…

        1. True, but if Ham qualified 2nd then I think he would have been okay as Mag came from 4th to take out Massa. I think Massa should have run wide rather than come back to the apex, in a small corner like that its better to run wide, even off the track than try and come back, as anything could happen. I think last time they raced here Massa also had a first corner crash.

  2. Matt Sinclair
    21st July 2014, 13:31

    Bottas! Guy did well to deliver on Saturday and Sunday. Not bad for his first time there.

    1. It should be between Bottas and Lewis and Bottas finished in front so… well done! Without Bottas it would have been a different race.

  3. Neil (@neilosjames)
    21st July 2014, 13:31

    Gave it to Bottas, for the third race in a row I think.

    But I could perhaps have voted for Hamilton, Ricciardo, Magnussen or Alonso instead. All four had very strong weekends.

    1. @neilosjames I’ll admit I didn’t vote Rosberg, but don’t forget him!

    2. Has to be Bottas, had less practice run due to Susie, never driven here before (only 1 rain-hit practice session 2 yrs ago) and outqualified Massa by quite a margin and then drove flawlessly, even held Hamilton at bay, so that last thing just tipped for it. Didn’t put a foot wrong whole weekend.

    3. how many overtakes did Bothas make?

  4. I have to give this one to Bottas. He had a great qualifying and drove brilliantly to split the Mercedes in the end. He started well and did his best to keep pace with Rosberg while resisting a bit of pressure from Vettel and Alonso behind him. After that he had a quiet race, but put in the laps needed to solidfy his position. Towards the end of the race, on dying tyres, he did supremely well to fend off the faster Hamilton. He was cool under pressure, ensuring that he never went too defensive knowing that such an action would play in to Hamilton’s hands. Great stuff and I’m looking forward to his inevitable first win. I just hope it’s this year and not later!

    Honourable mentions to Hamilton, Alonso and Ricciardo for entertaining me throughout the race.

  5. Would’ve given it to Hamilton, but he could’ve had second place if he didn’t hit Button (which was his mistake).
    So I decided to vote for Bottas, who again had pretty much a flawless weekend and beat a Mercedes in a fair fight (sort of). First time that has happened this season.

    Also, I think it should say Rosberg, not Alonso, on Bottas’ review?

    1. HAM hit Button, but he also locked up and hit RAI.

      HAM was the most entertaining driver of the day, but I didn’t vote for him. I actually went for ROS because on a day with many good drivers, that guy finished first on Saturday and Sunday. Some others fought more but finished about where you could expect.

      But I don’t really have a problem with people voting for the most entertaining driver.

  6. Ricciardo from me.A great recovery with heaps of overtaking after being compromised at the start of the race.The highlight was the battle with Alonso towards the end of the race.

    1. +1 @ Melchior – I’m an Alonso Fan, but i must say that Ricciardo is going inside my heart…

  7. bottas put in a great drive once again, also in qualifying this time, so he gets my vote.

    hamilton will end up on top though, but i don’t see why. he didn’t really show us his best performance, especially after contact with button. couldn’t get bottas who was on older, slower tyres. also he was in the best car you can have, it’s really not a big thing to drive that from 20th to 2nd. keith will not like it when i say this, but this is a british website after all, so naturally a british driver will get a lot of votes. (look at austria and silverstone, hamilton did not do spectacularly good but still he got a lot of votes)

    1. “keith will not like it when i say thiis, but this is a british website after all”

      You do realise that you do yourself no favours and demean what was an otherwise reasonable argument when you make statements like that?

      1. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend)
        22nd July 2014, 10:08

        @rigi is right though @matt90 I don’t know why people get animated about it, it is not a big deal. It is normal to expect the Brits to root for Lewis, he is awesome anyways.

        1. Yes it is natural for fans from a particular country to support drivers from that country, but if you read any British comment boards you will see there are plenty of Brits who don’t like Hamilton.

          But the main issue is that people who say that Hamilton will win the vote only because he is British and it is a British website are effectively saying that everyone who votes only vote for their favourite driver, and while that does happen with a minority of fans if you just look at some of the results of previous driver of the weekend votes it is obviously not the case with most F1 Fanatics.

          I don’t even need to go far back for an example, just this years British GP

          Hamilton won the race but he wasn’t even in the top three in the votes with Bottas overwhelmingly winning the poll.

          The other issue with comments like this, is that it doesn’t make the person who made the comment look that good, regardless of what else they said.

          It is like someone making a well thought out and reasonable post on who will win the title but ending it with a stupid comment like “but we all know Rosberg will win only because that is the result Mercedes want and there is a conspiracy against Hamilton”.

          It devalues anything else the poster says and makes others less like to take them seriously on other subjects.

  8. As I write Hamilton is way out in front. I don’t understand this at all. He wasn’t even the best Mercedes driver – Rosberg was quicker in 2 of 3 practice sessions and didn’t run into anyone. The Mercedes is much faster than any other car: other teams predicted him to finish 2nd even from where he started so to finish 3rd is a failure.
    Bottas, Ricciardo, Alonso even Gutierrez and Kobayashi are far more deserving than Hamilton at this one.

    1. I agree that Hamilton’s current lead of the poll is to me a bit confusing. The sheer pace advantage the Mercedes cars have over the rest of the field means that starting from back in the field, either driver would eventually work their way to the front.

      I’d guess many people are voting for him because although such a drive was inevitable when you put a driver that good in a car that dominant, it was very entertaining to watch!

    2. lol practise sessions. Haha like that matters infact many times Ham is faster and Nico has grabbed pole. Also makes me laugh he should have got Bottas. Ham done 17 laps on SS. Give him Soft for final stint he would got 2nd. Not bad 22 seconds down road when you were 20 after 10 laps. Ham had the pace on Ros just admit it.

      1. This should be between Ros and Ham, Bottas qualified 2nd and finished 2nd, was average in the practice sessions, Williams now looks to be the 2nd fastest car with the highest top speed, which according to some doesn’t mean much because it was all down to Bottas.

        1. Well if we’re ruling out Bottas for the reasons you have above then This should be between Vettel and Ricciardo, Rosberg qualified first and finished first, was average in the practice sessions, Mercedes looks to have the fastest car, which according to some doesn’t mean much because it’s all down to Rosberg.

          Yup, can’t think why your argument above is flawed at all.

          1. Just your comprehension of my argument is flawed, Rosberg was consistent all thru the weekend including getting the win, Lewis was also consistent thru the weekend, the brake failure cost him a good qualifying position, and inevitably a shot at challenging for the win, Ricciardo lost 2 places in the end and Vettel gained 2 places, the DOTW must be the best placed driver for the entire weekend.

          2. @scepter I’m pointing out that your argument against Bottas being a valid candidate for DOTW is flawed.

            Rosberg qualified first, and finished first, in the fastest car. You say that he’s qualified to be DOTW.

            Bottas qualifies second, and finished second, in the second fastest car, and holds of the other fastest car (Mercedes) to do so. Yet in your mind he’s not worthy of DOTW. Where’s the logic in that?

            If you try to differentiate based on times set in practice sessions then I have to question what you think practice sessions are for. Bottas sat out Practice 1 for Susie Wolff, and anyway practice sessions are not indicative of outright performance for driver or car. They’re used by teams for set up, to try new parts, to determine degradation and a million other things that mean practice times are near worthless as a barometer of driver skill or effort.
            Now, you might have an argument against Bottas if he crashed in practice, but he didn’t so you don’t.

          3. I’ll explain, my point against Bottas in the British GP, he came from 17th to 2nd and everyone acknowledge his drive and he won DOTW in the 2nd fastest car and on a much easier track to overtake. and when you said “The sheer pace advantage the Mercedes cars have over the rest of the field means that starting from back in the field, either driver would eventually work their way to the front”. I thought to myself if Lewis went from 20th to 3rd in the best car, that should be just as worthy a drive as Bottas in the British Gp in the 2nd best car? now the reason i included Nico is because he won the race, and i averaged practice/race results as it’s called DOTW and not DOTD. hope that cleared up any misunderstanding.

          4. @scepter Ok, those are perfectly valid points for having either Rosberg or Hamilton as your DOTW. No disputing the fact that they put in great drives and got great results.

            My point, which you haven’t yet addressed, is your application of completely different conclusions to similar factual situations. Bottas and Rosberg had comparable races with comparable results, as I’ve outlined above. Sure, you’re right that Bottas had a less impressive race in Germany than he had in Britain, but they can’t all be stormers through the field. My issue is where you said

            “Bottas qualified 2nd and finished 2nd, was average in the practice sessions”

            How do you determine who’s average in practice? They’re not indicative of pace. And if Bottas is excluded as a potential DOTW by finishing where he started, why isn’t Rosberg? He got second on the grid! Did Bottas have to somehow beat Rosberg driving a Mercedes that’s massively faster than the Williams for Bottas to be considered DOTW? Both drivers finished where they were expected to, and I’d argue when Hamilton was closing in on Bottas towards the end very very few people expected him to hold onto second, but he did.

          5. Well as you suggest Bottas and Rosberg had similar races, average in practice simiply meant he didn’t top the leader charts, but was he wasn’t at the bottom either, so the only real difference was that one driver won the race and one did not, not taking away anything from Bottas drive, but if he had won the race definitely DOTW, so IMO it’s kind of like a tie breaker in a way.

  9. Bottas, Rosberg, Hamilton, Alonso, Ricciardo, in that order.

  10. I love how Kimi gets always at least 1% of all the weekend votes :)

    1. @mrtn I thought this deserved a quick check. Actually he hasn’t – over the past three weekends at least:

      It’s possible you’ve looked at the poll in the early stages, e.g. when only 100 votes have been cast and one was for Raikkonen.

      Obviously there is some degree of rounding to whole numbers, but in each of those cases he did not have as much as 1% of the vote.

  11. Great race Valteri Bottas, get hold a Mercedes considerably faster and has new tires, few drivers would do that in Formula 1 this year, and he succeeded. It was amazing, Hamilton certainly was not the least bit happy with third place. But anyway I have to make mention of Lewis Hamilton, a great recovery run, was aggressive and impatient in many parts of the proof, it cost him the title of best of the race.

    Another rider that deserves mention is Nico Hulkenberg, even with the temperature ruining the management of car tires Force India, he managed to go through an engine problem in the middle of the race, and finished without errors in seventh place. A great race, he took everything he could from the VJM07 in this race.

  12. Lewis doesn’t deserve it. He wasn’t the fastest Mercedes. He couldn’t overtake a single Mercedes powered car. He had the Button incident. And the only reason he had that comeback is because his ridiculous fast car.

    Ricciardo and Alonso are the drivers of the weekend for me.
    Voted Fernando because the more Kimi sucks, the more impressive Alonso looks.

    1. I’m pretty sure he overtook Mercedes powered cars.

    2. “He wasn’t the fastest Mercedes” The fastest lap says otherwise

      1. @kiwiuk we all know how unreliable fastest laps are in judging overall race pace.

    3. +1. Smacking into Button and the Kimster disqualifies him as driver of the weekend.

      As an aside, it has amused me for years that the cars can often go just as well, or better, when the aero bits get knocked off… Wonder what Newey would say to that?

  13. I have to give my vote (again) to Bottas. He had very strong qualifying and his race was also faultless and solid, a maximum result that day. He stayed calm, looked after the tires and even though he was meant to be “an easy catch” for Lewis in the last laps, didn’t get panicked and held the P2 to the chequered flag. All in all, I think this was the strongest weekend in general from Bottas during his Formula 1 -career so far.

  14. I don’t understand how Ham, Bottas are getting more votes than Ricciardo, i mean with that car, coming back like that was an amazing drive, and the hard time that he gave to Alonso was like a true champion(Vettel was lucky that Daniel went out the first corner because for sure that he would have been passed). Of course Bottas drove amazingly and kept Ham behind( with worn out tiers and damaged front wing) but still can not mach to Ricciardo. And still I would put more Votes to Alonso…risked a lot with that fuel management and the last lap with 8th gear … fantastic;

    here is the order IMHO:


    now give me one argument why Bottas has to be rated more than Daniel

    1. There’s none, if you ask me.

    2. Because he had the second fastest car, no teammate to bother him (seirously, how much can Massa bother anyone (on track)?) and Hamilton took forever to catch up.

      Obviously, he is a young talent in a team that has failed for the last 10 years, so people are going to vote for him.

      1. @austus

        Because he had the second fastest car

        Definitely not – both Red Bulls were out-qualified by both Williams drivers, and with no disrespect to Bottas or Massa, neither Vettel nor Ricciardo give much away on one-lap pace.

        1. I was referring to Bottas, actually.

  15. vote ricciardo.. great recovery and battle with alonso just amazing.. Already give to bottas last two race.. but for this race .. just same with rosberg why i did not vote him

  16. I can’t decide so I’m going for Bottas just to keep Hamilton at bay, although he finished well, he didn’t drive a clean race like the others that finished around him

  17. I thought Lewis was really solid. He might have the car advantage, but 20th to 3rd isn’t all that easy.

    Yet, I thought Bottas was phenomenal all weekend, and Alonso had a stellar drive on Sunday, which was somehow botched up by the Ferrari pitwall again.

    Vote went to Bottas

  18. I too am bit perplexed (not really) by all the Hamilton votes. The worst classification for a Mercedes all season surely wasn’t the best drive of the weekend. He was marred by bad luck, but had he not had his incident with Button, he’d likely have finished second. A good race? Absolutely. But better than Rosberg or Bottas? I don’t think so. Both of those drivers achieved the best result they could have expected in their respective situations, and I give my vote to Bottas, as holding second in the Williams is a tougher task than having a quiet win in the Mercedes.

    1. @kanil I think that is well worded and I agree except that I did vote for NR while fully acknowledging what you have said of VB. For me it is that NR is in the higher pressure situation, and he did what he had to do this whole weekend to further his cause, no matter what bad luck LH had. Yes LH’s brake issue on Saturday took the pressure off NR for the weekend, but not entirely as most knew LH would claw his way up the field, and NR would still have the pressure of wanting to maintain the Championship lead and not make a mistake to jeopardize that even if this one race became a relative cakewalk in hindsight. And the Merc has proved itself to not be bulletproof, so I’m sure NR was not handing himself the trophy until the checkered flag.

      1. lol must the toughest pressure ever from first race for Nico(rolls eyes), he is the one chasing every race to claw back and undeserved lead….

        1. Well that’s racing for ya. It’s not always fair, but NR didn’t cause LH’s unreliability, NR has had some of his own, and if you think the two Merc drivers don’t have pressure knowing the WDC is going to come down to one of them, then I think you highly underestimate how hard F1 is, and how many people each driver is thinking of within the team who share credit for them having the opportunity they do.

        2. We get you don’t like Rosberg @dan you don’t need to be so scathing in every post

  19. Can anybody explain to me why you would vote for Lewis? The guy had a pretty amazing but rookie-esque race. He had 3 crashes, all of which were his fault, and also he finished 1 place behind the absolute minimum for a Mercedes, even after starting 20th, in a track renowned for its overtaking. I still think he had a stellar race, but to put him ahead of Ricciardo, Alonso, Rosberg, Bottas or even Vettel, is just wrong in my opinion

    1. Go back and watch the whole weekend footage and you would have to ask that question.

      1. I meant go watch the entire weekend of track sessions and everything is self-explanatory.

      2. @scepter Yeah, slower than his teammate in 2 of the 3 sessions, as well as being 0.3 secs down in the qualifying simulations in FP3. So yeah…

        1. Yeah so lets not mention the brake failure in Q1, or starting 20th to finish 3rd. and then ask “Can anybody explain to me why you would vote for Lewis? ” like i said pretty self-explanatory when viewed with an open mind.

  20. Bottas again. He is really hitting his stride- a level headed, consistent, smooth race.

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