Start, Hungaroring, 2014

Vote for your Hungarian GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Hungarian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Hungarian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2014Sebastian Vettel – Having started from second on the grid Vettel had the misfortune to be among the group of drivers who were unable to get into the pits immediately after the first Safety Car deployment. He lost a place to Alonso at the restart, then spun at the end of lap 32 while under pressure from Hamilton, dropping behind the Mercedes and his team mate. After replacing his tyres he ran to the end but slipped to seventh place.

Daniel Ricciardo – Couldn’t get his tyres up to temperature when the rain came during qualifying and took fourth place. Like his team mate he struggled for grip from his off-line starting position, but unlike Vettel he was able to pit immediately under the first Safety Car period, which put him in the lead of the race. When the Safety Car came out again Red Bull opted for the aggressive strategy of bringing him in for a set of soft tyres, guaranteeing another pit stop later on. But the race came to him at the end, and on quicker tyres he passed first Hamilton, then Alonso for his second career win.


Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2014Nico Rosberg – Having romped into a ten second lead from pole position – despite a brief off at turn one – there’s no doubt the Safety Car’s arrival on lap eight spoiled his race. But more damage was done when he was passed by Alonso and Vergne at the restart – Rosberg blamed braking problems. It left him with one shot to pass his team mate at the end of the race, and to Rosberg’s irritation he couldn’t make the move stick, though he sportingly accepted Hamilton’s defence was firm but fair.

Lewis Hamilton – Having topped all three practice sessions the timing of his latest technical failure bordered on the farcical. A fire on his car in Q1 condemned him to start from the pit lane. He was caught out by cold brakes at the start, spinning off at turn two and incurring minor front wing damage. Nonetheless he passed Magnussen on lap three, and by the time the Safety Car came out on lap eight he had just taken 13th place off Raikkonen. His restart was exemplary, gaining four places when the track went green again, and after spending a few laps stuck behind Vettel he performed a brilliant around-the-outside pass on Vergne. That allowed him to jump ahead of Rosberg, and given the weekend he’d had there can’t have been much surprise on the Mercedes pit wall when he declined their request to wave his team mate past to maximise the team’s victory chances. Given he spent the final laps of the race on worn tyres unable to pass Alonso, that decision surely ensured he took three points off his team mate.


Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2014Fernando Alonso – Impressed in qualifying, taking fifth place, which became fourth after the start. Although he also missed the chance to pit immediately during the first Safety Car, he mastered the slippery conditions at the restart beautifully on slick tyres, passing Rosberg and Vergne. Having been promoted into the lead during the final Safety Car he took on soft tyres for a final, 32-lap run to the finish, and although Ricciardo found a way past he was able to constrain Hamilton and grab second place.

Kimi Raikkonen – Was justifiably frustrated after being eliminated in Q1 when the team decided against making a second run. But like his team mate he made progress in the race by running long stints on the soft tyres – indeed, he went a lap longer than Alonso when his car was heavier – and so by jumping ahead of quicker cars including Vettel he was able to gain ten places for a season-best sixth.


Romain Grosjean – “I made a mistake when I was trying to keep the tyres warm,” said Grosjean after crashing out at turn four during the first Safety Car period. “Unfortunately, I touched the white line and spun and that was it.”

Pastor Maldonado – Has even more experience of his car breaking down in Q1 than Hamilton does – once again it was the power unit that let him down. Having started at the back he gained a few places before dropping back on lap five. He hit Bianchi on lap 17 and fell to last place, but running two long stints on softs at the end at least helped him regain 13th place.

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2014Jenson Button – It’s not hard to understand Button’s deep disappointment after his team placed too much faith in reports further rain was coming. He was the first driver into the pits when the Safety Car came out, and putting him on intermediates again while everyone else switched to slicks meant a huge opportunity was wasted.

Kevin Magnussen – Caught out by the moisture in Q3 and crashed heavily at turn one, forcing him to start from the pit lane. He didn’t pit during the first Safety Car period, so when he came in to remove his intermediates a few laps later he fell to last place. He made his way back through the field at a similar rate to Button, but ended up out of the points.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg – As at Silverstone the Force India’s sensitivity to the wind was a problem for Hulkenberg, but nonetheless he got into Q3. His race went awry after the restart – having passed Vettel he ran wide at turn five, losing three places. He then took a look at his team mate on the inside of the final corner but ran wide and clipped Perez’s car, spinning off into retirement.

Sergio Perez – Made one of the best saves of the race when he kept his car pointing the right way after being assaulted by Hulkenberg. Unfortunately he couldn’t manage the same when he got onto the kerb at the exit of the last corner a few laps later, which fired him into the pit wall and out of the race.


Start, Hungaroring, 2014Adrian Sutil – Started 11th, which was the team’s best qualifying result so far this year. “My engineer and myself worked perfectly together,” he said. “This result is very important considering our current situation.” He finished in the same position, less than a second away from taking what would have been Sauber’s first point of the season. This was despite being queued up behind his team mate in the pits during the first Safety Car period.

Esteban Gutierrez – Got ahead of his team mate at the start, and would have had a shot at the top ten had his Energy Recovery System not failed just before half-distance.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Can usually be relied upon to produce something special in the wet, and so it proved. He took advantage of Rosberg’s delay behind Magnussen to pass the Mercedes and ran second for ten laps. Then did 36 laps – more than half the race distance – on one set of mediums to finish ninth.

Daniil Kvyat – Stalled on the grid before the formation lap, which was the beginning of a miserable race. “The toughest race I’ve ever had,” he said on the radio after crossing the line in 14th, one lap down.


Felipe Massa, Williams, Hungaroring, 2014Felipe Massa – Said he lost time in traffic during qualifying, but nonetheless started in sixth place. Promoted to second thanks to the early Safety Car, he took the unusual route of running two stints on the medium tyre to take fifth place.

Valtteri Bottas – Lost out badly during the first Safety Car period, his initial misfortune compounded by a slow pit stop which dropped him from second to eleventh. Lacked pace on the medium tyre and was passed by Magnussen, and despite a significant pace advantage over Vettel at the end of the race he remained stuck behind the Red Bull.


Jules Bianchi – The weekend began well as he made it into Q2 at Raikkonen’s expense. In the race Maldonado’s assault left him with “terrible balance problems” for over 50 laps. Even so he still beat Chilton to the flag.

Max Chilton – Wasn’t able to take advantage of his team mate’s problems to finish in front of the other car.


Kamui Kobayashi – Did well to avoid getting caught up in the Maldonado/Bianchi collision. That presented him a chance to get a Caterham home in front of a Marussia – but a fuel system problem ended his race just seven laps later.

Marcus Ericsson – Way off Kobayashi’s pace in qualifying, and spun into a barrier early in the race. “It was quite a good race up until the point where I crashed on lap seven,” was his rather optimistic assessment.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 2nd -0.19s 17/70 2 7th +40.964s
Daniel Ricciardo 4th +0.19s 53/70 3 1st -40.964s
Lewis Hamilton 22nd 39/70 2 3rd -0.504s
Nico Rosberg 1st 31/70 3 4th +0.504s
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.705s 68/70 2 2nd -26.266s
Kimi Raikkonen 16th +0.705s 2/70 2 6th +26.266s
Romain Grosjean 14th 10/10 1
Pastor Maldonado 20th 0/10 3 13th
Jenson Button 7th -0.083s 68/70 3 10th -11.185s
Kevin Magnussen 21st +0.083s 2/70 2 12th +11.185s
Nico Hulkenberg 9th -0.564s 13/14 1
Sergio Perez 12th +0.564s 1/14 1
Adrian Sutil 11th -0.124s 2/32 2 11th
Esteban Gutierrez 13th +0.124s 30/32 1
Jean-Eric Vergne 8th -0.069s 69/69 2 9th Not on same lap
Daniil Kvyat 10th +0.069s 0/69 2 14th Not on same lap
Felipe Massa 6th +0.869s 48/70 3 5th -11.503s
Valtteri Bottas 3rd -0.869s 22/70 3 8th +11.503s
Jules Bianchi 15th -1.091s 56/69 3 15th -0.504s
Max Chilton 18th +1.091s 13/69 2 16th +0.504s
Kamui Kobayashi 17th 7/7 1
Marcus Ericsson 19th 0/7 0

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Who was the best driver of the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (25%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (29%)
  • Fernando Alonso (40%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (2%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (1%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (0%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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  1. Alonso all the way! you can give him a Caterham, and still landed into the points!

    1. I would’ve voted for Hamilton if he hadn’t spun into the barriers in the first lap. If i judged it correctly from the lap chart, he’d have won the race as well, which would’ve been a historical achievement – but he threw it away.

      Thus, the vote goes to the guttersnipe Ferdy.

      1. In reality, with the time lost following cars, the spin probably cost him nothing.

        1. In terms of actual time no it probably didn’t cost him, but in terms of where he ended up after the two sc periods it most certainly did cost him. And he wouldn’t have lost all that time trying to pass Vettel, Rosberg or JEV. It would’ve provided a real nice shot at the win, much better than what he had with the spin.

          1. But there’s the potential that if he’d gotten far enough ahead, he may have missed the first SC window.

      2. If you’re referring to the spin losing him the race I believe that was neutralised by the SC

        1. Before the first SC came out, he’d have been further up from 13th place if he hadn’t spun. That in turn, would’ve offered him a better place than 7th in the 2nd sc period. He could’ve been ahead of Vettel and Rosberg, which would’ve been a quite remarkable turnaround.

          1. I’m not so sure. The fact that he started passing cars at the end of the first lap after he span suggests to me that if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have made up that many more places.

          2. I thought the same, but given that both Force Indias run wide and let Lewis get an easy overtake right after the SC came in, therefore putting Lewis at 11th place from 13th, which is roughly where he’d have been had he not spun in the first lap

      3. He wouldn’t have won. Why? simple, because Raikkonen can’t possibly finished in 2nd, thus Hamilton can’t won.

    2. Lewis was on it in all practice sessions and after being “sent” to a start from the pits for no fault of his own making, managed to climb to P3 and had a shot at converting his pit start onto the perfect come back by claiming the win.

      Alonso almost converted his impressive P5 on Saturday onto a win with very well timed two stops strategy and superior tyre nursing skills. I wanted either Lewis or Fernando to win the race but both were denied by Daniel Ricciarado… and what a racer that young Aussie is. SC transformed the race and Dan collected all the fruits and earned his win through impressive moves to pass two world champions (ok, on very poor tyres)…

      This is the toughest call for DOW of the year

      1. “This is the toughest call for DOW of the year”

        +1 on that comment and couldn’t agree more!

      2. Not for me. Alonso was the only one not to benefit greatly from the SC and still make the podium. This whist keeping the best car behind and just losing out to a faster car with the best strategy.

        1. There was a part of the race after the first SC(I think)that he passed Vettel, Rosberg and JEV, all within a few laps and simply took off into the distance. It’s as if he was saying to himself “can’t stick around fellas, there’s a race to win” It was just incredible. The man was born to race.

      3. Tough call indeed, each driver on the podium had a good claim for DOW, in the end I went for the driver who had nationality, underdog status,extra pit-stop, and max points on his side but both Alonso (on past Ferrari form ) and Lewis from pit lane would also be worthy choices.

    3. Ryan (@ryanisjones)
      28th July 2014, 16:29

      Considering nearly EVERY comment is pro Alonso, I’m going to go and say Hamilton. Only driver in history to start from the pit and lead this race. Dealt with a huge set-back for the second race in a row incredibly professionally – no moaning or PR blunders. Was thoroughly entertaining to watch, and overtook his team-mate on track by passing Vergne instantly, something Rosberg failed to do, and is the real reason he finished behind his team-mate.

      The only let down to his drive was that rather than being put on the quickest strategy to the end (SOFT SOFT), he was put on the mediums, which was a defensive strategy and attempt to keep track position as overtaking among the top 4 had thus far proven to be difficult.

      However, as Ricardo proved, fresh soft rubber vs failing tyres made the overtake easy and if Hamilton had been given the same strategy as Rosberg + Ricardo, there would have been no holding up and they would have both ended on the podium. Thus the only real fault in his performance was that of team strategy, but pit lane to 3rd beating his pole sitting team-mate is a performance worthy of DOTD.

      1. Thus the only real fault in his performance was that of team strategy

        I beg to differ. I invite you to have a look at the lap chart, he ended up in 13th after the first sc period, had he not spun it on the first lap, he would’ve been further up ahead of 7th after the 2nd sc period providing him the perfect opportunity to win the race. He has only himself to blame for being too hasty and putting it in the barriers.

        1. The team could still have moved him onto the quicker strategy MED-SOFT by the time he was getting the team order. This would have jumped Alonso at least, Mercedes really let Lewis down yesterday

          1. +1 on that one. But hindsight is a beautiful thing. What bugs is the fact that they put him on the meds instead of softs. Throughout the weekend, softs were 1-1.5 seconds faster and the meds didn’t offer longer life. So putting him on meds was a really bizzare decision…

        2. Ryan (@ryanisjones)
          28th July 2014, 16:58

          His spin made little difference to the outcome. Even without it, he would have still been stuck behind Vettel, thus any extra time he would have gained, would have been irrelevant, as he could not pass the Red Bull.

          1. Rosberg, Alonso and Vettel could not pit when the SC came out initially, others behind could . Had Hamilton not spun, he could’ve come ahead of all three ! I haven’t done the maths but that was a possibility. Needs looking into.

          2. Have a look here:


            Check the boxes for only HAM, RIC, VET, ROS and ALO. Watch how RIC jumps the rest when the SC comes out on lap 7. At the time, RIC is 17 seconds from the leader. HAM’s gap to the leader on the first lap alone is 21 secs ! That is very telling if you ask me. He only needed 17 seconds of gap to the first placed driver to jump him ! On lap 7 he is 33 seconds behind the leader. I’d say his spin cost him well over 16 seconds (33-17=16)

            I think you see now where i’m coming from ?

          3. Even more telling is JEV who is 25.3 seconds adrift of the leader on lap 7 and still manages to come out ahead of Alonso and Vettel… Hamilton truly threw away a great chance =(

          4. I agree he was gifted the Vettel pass, wasn’t looking like passing Sebastian at that stage.

          5. Ryan (@ryanisjones)
            28th July 2014, 22:30

            @shrieker – The Maths

            Hamilton overtakes Magnussen on lap 3 who is the person right in front of him. From lap 3 to lap 7 Hamilton cuts the time behind Vergne from 14 seconds to 8 seconds. So 6 seconds in 5 laps = 1.2 seconds per lap catch up. However that is flattering as he lost two seconds overtaking Magnussen and could only make up 1.2 seconds because of the clean air that had developed between drivers.

            Lets assume Hamilton did not spin and thus overtook Magnussen on lap 1 but because of less clean air was catching Vergne at an average of 1 second per lap. Vergne is 8.5 seconds ahead of Magnussen on lap 1 thus Hamilton would have caught him by lap 8 or at the very least been within 0.8 seconds, thus crucially, ahead of Vettel.

            It would seem his spin had more of an impact than I imagined. Good spot.

        3. To be fair to him, spinning in the wet with cold brakes and tyres is easy to to, especially as he had no formation lap to warm everything up. He was hasty, yes, but he had to be to make up any ground after starting stone dead last.

      2. @Ryan,

        On a second thought, i think there were other cars in between Hamilton and Vergne, so he could not have closed up on Vergne and thus jump Alonso and Vettel on the first SC period. Judging from the race chart, those drivers (on lap 7) were Sutil, Esteban and Perez. He’d have to overtake them first. Could he have overtaken all three and latched onto Vergne by lap 7 if he hadn’t spun ?

        I think that is a very close call and borders on trivial. You might’ve been right about the spin not having an effect after all.

  2. Fernando for me. Maximised everything, held back cars that were clearly faster, 1st of all the 4 that were screwed by the SC, in arguably the 4th, more likely the 3rd fastest car of the lot. What a drive. Close behind are Ricciardo and Hamilton. Top 3 of the race were the top 3 drivers of the race.

  3. Now prepare yourself for this. Because this doesn’t happen often.

    I have gone for Fernando Alonso.

    I could have easily gone for Daniel Ricciardo, but he was massively helped by the safety car, and was outqualified by his team mate.

    I could have easily gone for Lewis Hamilton, but I’m unsure how much that spin cost him, he spent quite a long time behind slower cars too, like his team mate.

    Instead, I went for a driver who not only outperformed the car in qualifying, but was the highest placed car out of those who were caught out by the safety car. While Vettel, Bottas and Rosberg were seventh, eighth, and fourth respectively, Alonso made it onto the podium.

    An absolutely phenomenal drive all weekend.

    1. And an honourable shout to Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen for their drives in the race, their qualifying was terrible but fifth and sixth respectively are important results for them at this stage of the season.

    2. I agree completely.

      1. I don’t think there’s any doubt on who I will vote for in the DotW poll. Alonso was phenomenal today. He nearly won today, despite driving the 3rd-4th best car and being screwed over by the early safety car.

        His opening laps after the SC with slick tyres on a damp circuit were incredible, he overtook Vettel, Rosberg, Button and Vergne in 2 laps! Shame he couldn’t quite hold on in the end, what would arguably have been his finest win to date.

        He even beat Rosberg in a straight fight, F14T vs WO5, and the F14T in the hands of Alonso won.

        What a driver, really.

        1. ^ this. Alonso showed, yet again, why he is the class of the field.

  4. If this were ‘driver of the race’, I really would not be able to choose between Ricciardo, Alonso and Hamilton. Those three guys made the race and did pretty much everything right (apart from Lewis spinning on lap 1).

    However, looking at the weekend, Ricciardo was pretty much where one would expect him but didn’t beat his teammate. Hamilton’s qualifying can’t really be classified because of what happened.

    Fernando put his pile of rubbish on a respectable 5th during qualifying and lead in a car that only took one podium so far this season. As far as relative performance goes this weekend, I have to give it to Fernando.

    1. @npf1 And have you voted for Bottas the previous two weekends?

      1. @beejis60 Not sure what you’re asking or implying, but Bottas for Germany, Button for Britain.

      2. I voted for Alonso this weekend, and Bottas for the last 3. What’s wrong with that, B.J.?

  5. Fernando. No question about it.

    1. Fe-no-me-na-le.

  6. Smoked HAM 4 sure.
    Aced all practice Sessions, unlucky quali, and drove a fantastic race. Only thing let me down was his Grumpy Cat impression on the podium. Smile mate. Not all that bad.

    1. Yeah it’s really frustrating, he probably earnt more this past week than most of us would earn in our lives, yet he still can’t acknowledge his fans properly on the podium. I’m a Hamilton fan, but I wish he was more like other drivers in this respect.

  7. I would go for either ricciardo or Alonso – both delivered more then the car can expect. with the 2 safety cars, and the car advantage, Hamilton was always on for a podium, even when he made 2 driving mistakes on the way, and declined team orders, which might have cost Mercedes the team a win. Rosberg was driving there abouts, the safety cars hurt him against his teammate, and then his teammate hurt him more, he might have won if it was only 1 safety. Both merc drivers do not deserve driver of the race, after the safety car periods, either of them should have won but did not – Hamilton was not good enough to pass Alonso on inferior tyres, and Rosberg lost out from not being able 2 (or allowed to) pass Hamilton, which cost him his chance in the end. I actually liked Vergnes drive today also, 3rd best for me.

    1. Hamilton indeed had the inferior tyres versus Alonso. At least Alonso understood this when he gave his interview on Sky.

      Comical how a podium was supposedly always on for Hamilton. On a track where overtaking is as impossible as it is at Monaco.

    2. and declined team orders, which might have cost Mercedes the team a win

      It’s worth mentioning that at the time they only gave the orders because they thought Rosberg was guaranteed to finish behind Hamilton anyway. ignoring those orders might have cost the team a win (although Rosberg beating Ricciardo would have still been very tough and quite unlikely, seeing as he showed that he didn’t have the pace to actually get far ahead of Hamilton anyway), but even they can only say that in hindsight.

      1. but any team in the modern era makes this call, a driver catches up to a teammate on a different strategy, it is only fair to let the driver past, so many teams and drivers adhere to this, but Hamilton did not. Hamilton used the excuse that rosberg was not close enough, but he was close enough at first when the order was given, then rosberg sat behind Hamilton, either through dirty air or because he expected Hamilton to let him past. it is a team sport. in terms of luck, Hamilton had none in qualifying, but rosberg lost out heaps in safety cars while Hamilton made up heaps. Rosberg could have passed Ricciardo at the end, newer tyres and a much faster car.

        1. but he was close enough

          Not really. He never got to a point where Hamilton could have given him the place with an easy lift. It would have still cost Hamilton 2 precious seconds when his own eventual finishing position was far from certain.

          then rosberg sat behind Hamilton, either through dirty air

          He couldn’t sit behind him for long so dropped back. Besides the fact that doing your only championship rival a favour (and hindering yourself in the process) is a bit silly when both the constructors and drivers titles are only going to your team anyway, if he didn’t have the pace to stay in the DRS zone for more than a lap or two then I don’t believe he had a significant pace advantage which warranted moving over for anyway.

          Rosberg could have passed Ricciardo at the end, newer tyres and a much faster car.

          He might have been able to. But as I said, even Mercedes didn’t think that would happen if Hamilton complied. They just thought it would guarantee he finished behind Hamilton rather than behind the drivers who eventually came 5th and 6th. And if Rosberg could have done that, so could Hamilton had they given him the correct, faster strategy- even if they only put him on that strategy once he’d already been hindered by using mediums for a bit.

          1. and declined team orders, which might have cost Mercedes the team a win

            @kpcart surely you don’t believe at this stage if the season, in such a tight title battle, that Hamilton should surrender points to his teammate just to allow mercedes to “get a win” through rosberg, when he at the time was in contention for the win (and importantly a reduction in the points deficit to his main championship rival)? What you smoking?!

    3. lol this again,no they cost Ham the win my friend, Alo wold have been absoloute toast with Ham on Softs, if Ric can do him on them Ham would have. Clearly Primes were bad idea, they always are if a track has been wet, Softs are the grippy tyres. When Mag went off in qually if their were guys on primes they would have struggled much more. Vergne cost Ros win not Hamilton, Ham did not get helped by saftey car in comparison to his teammate, his teammate was still ahead, it is like you discreditng his pass on Vergne for bad tryes did you see the pass? It was bestpass of season

      1. he past vergne when vergnes tyres were coming to an end compared to rosberg sitting behing him many laps before that. if they put softs on hamiltons car, he would have finished last, he would not have lasted long on them.

        1. You don’t get it. They could have given Hamilton 2 sets of softs instead of 1 set of primes. Just like Ricciardo did. Hamilton would have had a pretty decent chance to win the race on that strategy.

        2. Rosberg couldn’t pass Vergne when his tyres were fresh though. Hamilton’s tyres would have also been pretty close to being finished considering he was stuck behind Vergne, Vettel and Rosberg for 19 laps. Also, how would he have finished last if he had softs on? In the practice sessions the options were better on pace and pretty even in terms of tyre life. We saw that with Alonso, in a Ferrari that isn’t as easy on its tyres as the Merc, so even if he only stopped once, Hamilton could have made it to the end on softs rather than mediums.

      2. are you joking, safety car did not help Hamilton compared to his teammate??????

      3. Luth (@soulofaetherym)
        28th July 2014, 17:51

        ‘Ham did not get helped by saftey car in comparison to his teammate’ this man loses crredibility x]

    4. Hahaha ludicrous.

  8. It’s a very difficult decision between Ricciardo, Alonso and Hamilton. Hamilton had that spin, but given that he was desperate to catch the pack and had (I believe) never driven a lap in that car nor had a warm-up lap to test the conditions, he might be forgiven. Ricciardo had the good fortune of the safety car, but used that fortune brilliantly. Alonso raced wonderfully, with a particularly impressive defence against Hamilton given that his tyres were presumably in a worse state. Hamilton could perhaps be accused of failure to pass Alonso given his fresher and supposedly more durable rubber. If wear heavily affected his traction, it isn’t surprising that Hamilton struggled to get in a position to pass, but then again Alonso seemed better on the brakes anyway.

    I genuinely don’t know which way to go at the moment, but I think Raikkonen- 4 places behind his team mate wasn’t so bad considering where he came from- and Vergne also deserve special mentions.

    1. I think the Mercs and Totto Rosso’s might also have suffered from that tape still being on the front brakes.

  9. Alonso was great of course BUT he did not start from the pitlane AND he had the right tyre at the end (medium tire proved too conservative choice). Had Hamilton the soft compound would even give him the chance to victory (considering he managed equivalent -to the soft compound- lap times)

    1. But on the other hand he drove a Ferrari

      1. and did not gain 30 seconds on first safety car, and did not have the best car by mile

    2. Yeah… and the race wasn’t fully dry and with 2 SC periods… which obviously helped HAM a lot too. In a dry race and w/o SC, HAM’s chances to get to the podium were minimal.

      1. Agreed .Too much being made of Hams drive.

  10. This is a no-brainer for me. Alonso. He didn’t do anything wrong this weekend, and it’s really something of him to put the Ferrari on a podium!

  11. Alonso mastered his race, what a lesson, what a tension! Pure talent.

  12. It’s a shame that a driver of the calibre of Fernando has only 2 championships against his name. He deserves many many more. All he needs a half decent car

  13. I’d say all the drivers in the top 3 deserve DOTW, but I agree with the pundits at Sky who gave it to Hamilton. Epic drive from pitlane to P3 on a track where overtaking is supposedly impossible. Brilliant overtakes on Raikkonen and Vergne and good blocking of Rosberg in the final lap.

    He was only let down by the team and their odd strategy call to put him on medium tyres when he had fresh soft tyres available in abundance. With the right srategy (like Ricciardo used) he could have even won the race.

    Ricciardo should have performed better in qualifying. He should have been faster than Vettel, although in the end it didn’t matter for the result. His qualifying mishap was corrected for by the first safety car. The safety car actually also cost both Alonso and Hamilton a lot of positions. But then those two overcame that slight setback when many others failed to do so (Rosberg, Bottas, Vettel) and others failed to capitalize on their advantage (Button and Massa).

  14. With so many excellent drives to choose from, it’s perhaps a pity that Jean-Eric Vergne may not get many votes for his excellent qualifying and race performances. I also did not vote for him. I also considered voting for Hamilton and Ricciardo, who also had great races.

    Ricciardo was quick and faultless, and also patient when he needed to. Importantly, he passed two tough defenders in the closing laps to clinch a great victory. As for Hamilton, if only his team had fitted soft tyres at his final stop, he might have passed Alonso and scored a fairy-tale win starting from the pitlane.

    I voted for Alonso, though. Fernando is often uncanny in the way he gets a slow car onto the podium, and yesterday he was at his uncanniest. A shame for him he could not hold on to the lead, but an amazing second place nonetheless.

  15. Alonso has become a consummate professional. His ability to drive and develop the car has been on display for the past two seasons, as he keeps showing up on the podium in machinery that his teammates struggle to even score points with. His post quali and post race comments show a clear understanding of every mechanical, tactical, and strategic factor that has had to be managed to achieve his results. And when it is clear that good fortune has helped him, he notes that too. He has learned to keep a cool head and go about his business, putting in a Herculean effort while flying under the radar for most of the weekend, and he drives with grit and elegance week in and week out. He would be excused for overdriving given how far below his skill his machinery has been for the past several years, but never seems to make the mistakes that result from that kind of frustration, ie pushing the car beyond its limits and either breaking it or putting it in the wall. He has become a master at knowing exactly what his car and team are realistically capable of at every weekend and getting the maximum out of every opportunity without making such errors. If he is not given a worthy car in the next couple of years while he still has his skills, it will be a crying shame, not only for him but for the sport.

    1. I voted for Alonso, but am thrilled with the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo as a new star, and would give him equal billing as DOTW. The guy can RACE. And the pure joy he brings with him is a welcome tonic, and reminds us all why people get into racing in the first place.

  16. Ricciardo for me. Honourable mentions to Hamilton and Räikkönen.

  17. zoom (@zoomracing)
    28th July 2014, 15:29

    If you put in a balance the driver performance and the quality of the car, there is only one person qualify for Dotd, that’s Alonso.

    P.d: RIC and HAM did great. The 3 of them drove great but only one of them did it in inferior machinery.

  18. Got to give it to Fred. This was a hard choice. Ricciardo was phenomenal. But he won in the 2nd fastest car, and the fastest cars had trouble and/or unfortunate strategy. Hamilton almost gets it. I will overlook his spin on lap 1—no warm up lap, slick conditions, ice-cold brakes, and many others hit the wall on their own. And let’s not forget he started from pit lane. But the Mercedes is the best car in the field by far. The Ferrari had no business being where it was at all. Alonso dealt with massive pressure from Hamilton in the end to keep that position and kept those soft tires on forever.

  19. Alonso. decent qualy, got dealt with that rubbish card thanks to Ericsson, and managed 2nd (perhaps his car was better for overtaking compared to those around him at the 1st SC? But anyway……).

  20. It´s impossible to look past Alonso on this one. After the safety-car, he started behind Rosberg, both the same new options, and finished ahead of him. He has beaten a Merc on track, and it wasn´t the safety car helping or a major problem at Merc, Alonso was just better.

    Honourable mention to Ricciardo

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