Vote for your 2014 German GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 German Grand Prix

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.

Mercedes

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.

Ferrari

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.

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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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McLaren

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.

Sauber

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.

Williams

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.

Marussia

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.

Caterham

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

  1. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 21st July 2014, 14:07

    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

  2. Todfod (@todfod) said on 21st July 2014, 14:07

    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

  3. Kanil (@kanil) said on 21st July 2014, 14:12

    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.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 21st July 2014, 15:10

      @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.

      • Dan said on 21st July 2014, 16:38

        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….

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 21st July 2014, 17:59

          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.

        • kosmic164 (@kosmic164) said on 21st July 2014, 21:44

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

  4. Mashiat (@mashiat) said on 21st July 2014, 14:18

    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

  5. ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 21st July 2014, 14:24

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

  6. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 21st July 2014, 14:31

    Hard to decide between Bottas and Ricciardo, but good performances by Alonso, Magnussen and Rosberg as well, and in the race Vettel and Maldonado wasn’t bad either.
    In the end I gave my vote to Bottas because at that time in voting he was just behind Hamilton, who didn’t deserve DOTW, not even close for me.

  7. Tempted to vote for my man Ricciardo, but voted Rosberg.

    I honestly don’t get how Rosberg gets so little votes for a dominant and splendid drive, yet the golden child Hamilton gets almost to the top once more, when his teammate drove a FAR better race, and a better weekend. Hamilton didn’t make the best manoeuvres during the race.

  8. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 21st July 2014, 14:57

    Must be Felipe(‘s) baby !

    Seriously now, voted for Ricciardo. P15 after the first corner, P6 at the end of the race. Fair enough.
    Hamilton: nothing really spectacular given the experience and the car he has at his dispossal. It was a great recovery, but for me it was overshadowed by many collisions caused by HAM mostly, so cannot call his recovery stellar/spectacular.
    Bottas: he’s great indeed, but I fail to see the spectacular in his performances at the moment. He started 2nd… finished 2nd. He wasn’t a threat to ROS at all, nobody threatened to pass him either. In Q3, his time was like 0.9s faster than Alonso’s best time, so you get the ideea how fast Williams was compared to the rest, Mercedes apart.

  9. George (@george) said on 21st July 2014, 15:03

    I went for Ricciardo for this one, outqualified Vettel again then fell down the order through no fault of his own. From there he made a great recovery drive with some of the best overtakes I’ve seen this season (without smashing his car to bits unlike Hamilton), then a great scrap at the end against Alonso.

    Runner-up for me would be Bottas, dominated Massa all weekend and made no mistakes in the race other than a slightly tardy start.

  10. Jules Winfield (@jules-winfield) said on 21st July 2014, 15:10

    Ricciardo. His fight with Alonso was not just great to watch, it was clean and there weren’t any random bits flying off the cars, unlike Hamilton (who was – clumsiness aside – brilliant).

    Bottas was excellent again, but he didn’t have to do much until the last five laps and Rosberg may have well have gone on holiday.

  11. Nerrticus (@nerrticus) said on 21st July 2014, 15:14

    I’m a big fan of Bottas, who had a brilliant weekend, but I had to vote for Hamilton. I can’t blame him for the brake failure in qualifying but I can credit him for charging through the field. It wasn’t a simple “wait for DRS” type strategy; he was aggressive and you could physically SEE his determination. You knew how important this race was to him. Great effort all around.

    For all the complaining about “artificial” racing here in the DRS era, it’s been an absolute joy to watch Hamilton, Bottas and Ricciardo this season. These three in particular have been consistently charging through fields on merit with some bold and brilliant driving. The future is bright!

  12. This weekend it’s Hamilton for me. It was always going to be a risky race for Lewis and to be fair even Jenson said he could see how he could have misinterpreted his line for letting him pass. So I can understand why people voted for Bottas (great drive but starting 2nd in the 2nd fastest car that’s hard to overtake is far from impossible, considering the other Mercedes started 20th and his team mate was out). But I don’t find it hard to understand why a lot of people voted for Lewis either. At least give him some credit. Seems to be impossible for some….

  13. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge) said on 21st July 2014, 15:43

    I voted for Bottas as Rosberg had it easy. I would have voted for Hamilton, hadn’t he cost himself of second place. Hamilton was lucky not to end the race early.

  14. trigger (@trigger) said on 21st July 2014, 15:43

    Has to be Nico, banged it on Pole and then made no mistakes in the race.
    Lewis was always going to finish on the podium and he was lucky in the race after making contact with 3 people.
    Again Bottas was good but he has a good car and should be on the podium, slighty behing Rosberg for me

  15. Robi (@23king) said on 21st July 2014, 15:57

    It was a tough call this weekend, great recovery drives from Hamilton and Ricciardo; good positive drives from Alonso and Vettel; a calm controlled drive from Bottas, quitely impressive Button and Hulkenberg…but I think this weekend belongs to Rosberg, a controlled, everything-falling-into-place weekend. Not challenged but din’t make any mistakes either, he has a fast car and he knows how to deliver in it, not stuff which makes legends but certainly champions.

    I am not predicting that he will be the champion this year, but he certainly is in with a very good chance and it will as well be deserved if continues to deliver this way.

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