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
Sebastian 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.
Nico 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 – 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 – 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.
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.
Adrian 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.
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 – 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|
|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|
Review the race data
- 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps
- 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix lap charts
- 2014 Hungarian GP tyre strategies and pit stops
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