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.


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. Kiefer Hopkins (@kieferh4) said on 22nd July 2014, 0:39

    Bottas for definite, he held off Hamilton like a professional and I do think that him and Ricciardo can be world champions, and at this rate, I don’t think it’ll be too long before that happens, for either driver.

  2. M Sakr said on 22nd July 2014, 0:39

    I don’t think HAM and BOT were as close to each other in the race as they are now in this poll. This poll is definitely entertaining! Who will come out on top!!??

  3. Jorge Lardone (@jorge-lardone) said on 22nd July 2014, 0:55

    Hamilton. But great work also by Bottas, Ricciardo, Rosberg and Vettel.

  4. TrueGrit said on 22nd July 2014, 1:36

    No surprises to see Lulu getting all the votes on a UK forum. Really though, he’s in the best car (by far) – is it really that special that he drove through back markers like they were witches hats?

    • … Which is why other drivers have plenty of votes too? Being a UK website has nothing to do with it.

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 22nd July 2014, 11:12

      Yep. That’ll be why 65% of votes have gone to non-british drivers, and Hamilton isn’t leading the poll?

      Contrary to what the SSF1 article comments portray, British fans are not all huge Hamilton worshippers who believe he can do no wrong at all. I believe @keithcollantine has run a series of articles previously about the nationality of users on this site, and showing it bears little or no correlation to the drivers ‘consistently’ getting supported in these polls..

  5. Fabio (@efsl0) said on 22nd July 2014, 2:46

    For me Botas is 2 or 3 best… Never 1 because he didn’t gain any position, was not even a small threat to Rosberg, and almoust lost his position to someone that started 20th

  6. Arki (@arki19) said on 22nd July 2014, 5:00

    Valtteri Bottas is an absolute gem and so cool under pressure. However I voted for Lewis Hamilton – his scything through the field was truly amazing and although he was sometimes a little over ambitious it was inspiring to watch. I have never really got what all the pro Hamilton buzz was all about until that race. (Haven’t seen before 2013 season).
    Daniel Riccardo taking on Fernando Alonso was also amazing! He never gave up.

  7. Gideon Hadi (@) said on 22nd July 2014, 9:46

    I started to think why Magnussen only get 2 % vote

  8. I voted for Bottas.

    Hamilton had a great recovery race, but I feel that he could have given Bottas more pressure and challenged him for P2. You can blame it on his broken front wing (which was caused by Hamilton himself), but the fact is that Hamilton was closing the gap to Bottas 1,5 – 2 seconds per lap with said wing before eventually catching him, and was much quicker than the Williams.

    On one hand, Lewis’ front tyre was perhaps too grained at the end of the race to really try and overtake Bottas, but on the other, Bottas played his cards well and kept Hamilton at bay when it mattered.

    Bottas followed a very strong quali session (he was closer to Rosberg than teammate Massa was to him) with a flawless race on Sunday, and acted very calm under the pressure from Hamilton. Maximum result for him.

    Apart from Bottas and Lewis, also Ricciardo, Alonso, Magnussen and Hülkenberg had strong races. Hülkenberg is doing a great job consistently scoring points for Force India and finishing ahead of his teammate.

  9. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 22nd July 2014, 11:08

    I went for the driver who was fastest in 2 out of 3 practice sessions, and less than half a tenth slower in the other one after running wide on his first lap and having to abort. He qualified on pole (topping all 3 Qualifying sessions? Certainly Q1 and Q3) and won the race, leading every lap.

    Rosberg consistently outdrove Hamilton this weekend in my opinion. Surely Rosberg should be getting more votes? (Or at least, Hamilton should be getting less?)

  10. Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 22nd July 2014, 12:58

    For me it’s between Ricciardo and Alonso. Both had great battling races and had to fight hard for their positions. I give Ricciardo the edge this time. It’s much more challenging coming through the field against cars which mostly have superior top speed, even if overall the RedBull is still a good car. But i also have to give him credit for his reactions and judgement on the first lap – not only did he have to run wide and get off the throttle, he then had to accelerate to get round Massa’s still spinning car to make it through and keep it on the tarmac.

    Mentions to Bottas and Rosberg who were faultless but had more straightforward races. I voted before seeing the results, have to say i’m surprised by the voting for Hamilton. For me he was a bit clumsy and lucky to get away with his collisions. 3rd should have been comfortable after Massa’s retirement.

  11. Marcel (@mreis) said on 22nd July 2014, 14:33

    1st – Kevin Magnussem
    2nd – Lewis Hamilton
    3rd – Nico Rosberg
    4th – Valtteri Bottas
    5th – Daniel Ricciardo
    6th – Fernando Alonso

  12. Nitin (@nguru) said on 23rd July 2014, 12:11

    all F1 fanatic followers seem to be falling over each other to put down Lewis H’s performance…. yeah … Bothas drove a good race … but he did not make one overtaking move, from start to finish, he kept the car on the track, and finished in exactly the same position as he started …. in simple words, as boring a race as Nico in the lead …. contrary to LH … I find it disgusting the level of hatred you guys have for LH, your views are not at all objective …. this will be last time I ever visit this site ….

  13. PJA (@pja) said on 23rd July 2014, 21:53

    Again driver of the weekend wasn’t that straight forward a choice for me with the German Grand Prix.

    At the start of Q1 Hamilton was outperforming Rosberg but after Hamilton’s brake failure, for the rest of qualifying and the race it seemed like Rosberg didn’t even have to push to get pole and the win so I can’t really vote for Rosberg even though he took the victory.

    This time Hamilton’s problems in qualifying were not his fault, he then drove from the back of the field to the podium during the race, but then he does have the best car on the grid.

    The negative aspects were the contacts during the race but I thought the Raikkonen one was just a racing incident especially considering all the other cars around at the time.

    With regards to the Button coming together, this was the one which damaged Hamilton’s car and race as he probably would have got second without the front wing damage. The first footage shown was from Hamilton’s onboard camera and although I did not initially realise which driver it was at the time I thought they were leaving the door open, obviously Hamilton did know it was Button and when you factor in how Button often lets faster cars through so as to not harm his own overall race strategy I can understand why Hamilton thought he was being let through as he stated in his post race interviews, so I don’t think you can be too critical about that incident.

    Bottas put in another excellent performance being best of the rest behind the surviving Mercedes on Saturday and maintaining that position including withstanding some late pressure from Hamilton on Sunday to score another podium.

    Alonso again managed to get the maximum from the Ferrari and was part of some great on track battles for the second race in a row.

    Ricciardo may have finished a race behind his teammate for the first time this season but for me he was again the more impressive of the two Red Bull drivers. Having to avoid the first corner collision between Massa and Magnussen meant he dropped well down the field but he put in a good recovery drive to finish just behind Alonso.

    It is hard to choose from Hamilton, Bottas, Alonso and Ricciardo and if I could choose all of them in the voting I probably would, but you can’t so my vote would go to Bottas, but ask me again in an hour I would probably have changed my mind.

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