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. Alonso is THE MAN. Race after race he trounces Kimi (and Luca de Montezuma :)) The guy, together with HAM is, by far, the fastest driver around and he fights every single lap, as he was fighting for the championship. As a driver, he has my admiration. His fight with Vettel in Silvastone and Ricciardo yesterday were racecraft at is best.

    1. Agreed absolutely. Alonso gets my vote, although it’s a close-run thing with Ricciardo and Hamilton. In this race we saw the best of Alonso, always making others work if they wanted to fight for his place, still working wonders with a car that is much less than the best. He’s an old fox and it is a joy to see how he manages to keep quicker cars behind when it looks as though they’re through.

      Ricciardo was truly impressive in his battle with Alonso and I can accept that he really is better than Vettel, thanks to this race. No whining to the pits about Alonso’s tactics for Ricciardo…

      And then there’s Hamilton. Yet another race of sheer determination and skill. I wish he wouldn’t make it so hard for himself – it’s not easy on my ticker watching him climb through the field like that. So many people want to know why Hamilton gets so many votes in these polls. The answer is obvious – he’s better value for money than anyone else out there.

      Take Bottas, for instance. Winning this poll as I write yet what exactly did he do? Yes, I know he gave you all relief from a complete Mercedes walkover (and I know how that feels after begging for relief from Red Bull’s total domination of the last four years) but what did Bottas do apart from driving a lonely race in a car that cannot be passed on that track? It’s not as if he kept Hamilton behind at the end either – much more that, mangled wing or not, the Mercedes could not live with the Williams on the straight. I suppose that does bode well for Williams at Monza, doesn’t it…?

  2. People moaning Ham dint get maximum is silly, eh hello Austria ring a bell gap, the Williams is fast enough to make it a hard pass. Ros started 3rd or 4th in China went down to 7th off start and took im till about 15 laps to end to get 2nd, Ham won by like 15 secs. Ham starts 20th comes 3rd and is just 22 off the lead. Yet people think it was not worthy of DOTW. Oh he made silly contact people say, go and check Buutton’s twitter people and then reply. Alo made silly contact aswell, he and Kimi whoever you blame they were lucky aswell, but all we hear is great drive by Alo. Ham pace was unreal, when Ros stopped Ham was keeping him in check on old tryes and Ros was on new softs.

    1. *Oh and his breaks failed, if anyone deserved the odd mistake in race it was Hamilton

      1. If you are going to compare NR in China at least acknowledge some facts. Yes qualifying was in the wet, and NR mistakenly read his info as being on a slower final lap when in fact he was on a faster one and the distraction caused him to spin. So he started 4th. But then at the start of the race he had no telemetry which meant that he did not have the proper clutch setting as established with his practice starts earlier in the weekend. So as a result of this unreliability, which everyone has ignored in the whose-had-more-DNFs column between he and LH, NR’s start was poor and that sent him down to seventh off the grid. Without that telemetry problem, who knows. His own mistake probably cost him second if not pole on the grid, and then the lack of telemetry cost him at the start and no doubt throughout the race. As I say NR’s lack of telemetry has largely been ignore because it wasn’t a dnf.

  3. I voted for Magnussen. He qualified 4th in the McLaren, which normally struggles to make Q3. Then he put in a great recovery drive to ninth having been in last after the first lap. He didn’t have the first lap to make up positions, and he still ended up beating out the likes of Raikkonen and Perez.

  4. i imagine i am one of the few to have voted for rosberg. he drove faultlessly. commentators got it completely wrong when they said he had messed up his final run in Q3 – it was actually good enough for pole. in the race we saw nothing much of him – a stout testament to how easily he made it look.

  5. Rosberg. Kept his concentration and delivered. Simple choice I think.

  6. Hamilton. Sheer class, pure entertainment.

  7. Clearly Rosberg

  8. Funny is that people wants to find anything to bash on Hamilton. Had Alonso overtaken two cars as Hamilton did he would be calling a master around here. In the clash with Button the reactions are absurd. Even JENSON said after watching again he understanded why Hamilton thought he was leaving space.

    1. Alonso could be… the master ! Alonso NEVER had a car so dominant at his dispossal… like HAM this year with Mercedes ! When you have a car that fast… you can overtake even 3-4 cars at 1 time ! Look again at HAM’s overtakes at the corner following the Parabolika: he recovered a big distance to those in front close to the corner (higher top speed), then under braking. But he pushed things over the limit too (braking too late ?!?) -> see the collisions. SO, yeah, HAM did multiple overtakes because the car allowed it.

      1. Hahaha i won’t bother. But you made my point. Thanks for that.

  9. Graham (@guitargraham)
    21st July 2014, 20:22

    Bottas again. this was easily his best overall performance yet and its all the more remarkable considering that until FP2 he’d never done a dry lap around hockenheim in his life. you might want to think about that for a moment. he had a belting qualifying and then ran a perfectly clean race before comfortable holding off Lewis. He made his weekend look very easy indeed, and that’s the mark of a true great

  10. Rosberg for me. While others had great drives and spectacular recoveries, Rosberg didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend.

  11. Voted for Ricciardio, reminded me of aussiegrit

  12. Ricciardo.

  13. Either Hamilton or Ricciardo for me. I’m going with Lewis. Both made great recovery drives due to no fault if their own. Rosberg and Bottas were good but both had no one to compare them to. They finished first and second in the fastest and second fastest cars.

  14. 1-BOT
    honorable mention: ALO

  15. Some people voted the best car of the weekend instead of the best driver. Come on Hamilton? He was driving and overtaking motorway style, there is a world between mercedes and the rest of the cars! The best pilot was V. BOTTAS no question at all.

  16. Easy…

    Bottas Bottas Bottas

    But that was a spirited drive from Riccardo, his ability to mix it up with the veterans is seriously impressive.

  17. Voted Hamilton – got the maximum result from this race, there was no passing Williams starting that far back. If Massa hadn’t crashed, I think he would have finished 4th. That wing damage didn’t change the outcome, he would have been behind Bottas at the end with no way through even if he had managed to stop twice S-S-SS. If anything, I think that missing left endplate helped him reach that crazy 345.2 kph speed, and it still wasn’t enough! maybe he should have knocked the other one off too.

  18. I think Hamilton had a good race, I give my vote to Hamilton.

  19. Personally i can’t get my mind around why people vote Hamilton. I think his race was rather messy, including strategy. In my view Bottas, Ricciardo, Alonso, Rosberg, Hulkenburg and even Vettel had a better weekend. In the end i voted Ricciardo, but it was close with Alonso and Bottas. Like Martin Brundle said on SKY, from Ricciardo’s driving it looks like he simply has more hunger inside him than many others. His battle with Alonso was great. It’s the lack of mistakes in such a battle that shows the quality of the driver.

  20. Tough call, in the end I went for Alonso for his fantastic overtakes and battles with Danny Ric. But equally, Danny Ric and Bottas were deserving of DoTW, so honourable mentions to both.

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