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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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 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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177 comments on “Vote for your Hungarian GP Driver of the Weekend”

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  1. I dont like him, but he deserves it –> ALO

  2. Magic Alonso

  3. This sounds like a forum for the Anti-Hamilton lot …. looks like a whole 22000 of them …. LOL …. I doubt this comment will ever see the light of day ….

    1. happy Hamilton bashing ….

  4. The delusional Alonso fans predictably out in their numbers here. All of Alonso’s votes should be for Vergne.

    1. You should go to a pub and show your disrespect and insolence there.

    2. He got some votes from people who don´t even like him, though. Like mine. Acknowledging someone´s performance isn´t the same as being a fan or supporter, it´s possible to differentiate between who one likes most and who does his work best.

      But I have to admit: If there was a possibility to vote Alesi, I would, even if he isn´t even participating anymore and probably never was the best. ;)

    3. @surface Usually it’s me who will make a comment like that, but this week even I voted for him. The Ferrari is probably the fourth fastest car in qualifying trim, so to place it P5 certainly is not bad. Also, in the race, he was the only one of the front four before the safety car to finish on the podium, and beat the Mighty Mercedes on merit. I very rarely give Alonso credit, because at times he and Ferrari tend to make out that the car is far worse than what it is, but the fact is that it is not the best car, and on the day he finished ahead of the fastest cars despite being compromised by the safety car.

      1. +1
        I think Alonso’s performances are often exaggerated, but this time he was without a doubt the DotW.

    4. I’m not an Alonso fan, Never was. But this time, he truly deserves it.

  5. Alonso for me. A stellar drive by him. I was reminded of bits of 2012 shade in him during the race.
    JEV was also brilliant throughout, funny how people forget his post SC overtaking and defending. Driver of the race maybe, but Alonso pips him by showing his best throughout the weekend.

  6. DOTD should be bestowed on Alonso.
    First of all, he was very good in qualifying managing to overtake one Williams car, which is definitely faster. Secondly, he had great start and terrific race pace. He made only two little mistake – cutting the chicane and went off wide in the first corner. He did not lose a position due to those faults. Moreover, somehow he was able to keep Hamilton. I do not know the answer how it can be.
    Alonso was even more impressive given the fact that his Ferrari was terrible on exit of corners.

    Second in this poll should be Ricciardo. Yes, he has won the race, but he lost to Vettel in qualifying, and lost places on the start. After that he was flawless. Great drive, great person.

    Third should go to Hamilton. Excellent drive from pit lane to the 3d place. But, that funny mistake in the very first lap after the 1st corner… And he broke the front wing compromising his race pace. Third and no higher.

    1. The Ferrari was a faster car and had faster race pace here than the Williams, it will be different for the next two circuits. Kimi had a better race than Fernando today and didn’t make any driver errors. Alonso should thank Vergne and Rosberg for holding up VET HAM and RIC. The Ferrari is not a bad car for race pace but nando talks bad about it to make himself look better.

      1. Luth (@soulofaetherym)
        28th July 2014, 17:54

        Kimi should thank all those that crashed giving him places, or those who brought out the SC’s x]

      2. If Ferrrari was faster than the Williams and Kimi had better race, then how is that Kimi on fresh tyres could not get past Massa???

  7. No question; Fernando Alonso, for the myriad of reasons already discussed. He continues to punch above the F14T’s weight, and his on-track battles have been an absolute blast to watch for several races now.

    Ferrari is really going to be in bad shape if he leaves.

  8. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    28th July 2014, 15:53

    This was a tough one but I have to give it to Lewis. He held up Ricciardo the 1st time. He made the right call to disobey team orders at a difficult stage in the race. He held up Nico on tyres that were 3.5+ seconds faster.

    As for Alonso, a close second although Lewis would have passed him if they had put him on new softs. Ricciardo was stellar too.

    1. held him up by driving him off the road. he also made 2 driving errors at the start of the race which he wouldn’t have been able to make up if he wasn’t in the fastest car, and didn’t gain about 45 seconds to the front with 2 safety cars. disobeying teammorders is a moral right or wrong you choose. Alonso and Ricciardo did nothing wrong, and made the best of their givien cars with no errors, so they did better.

      1. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
        28th July 2014, 20:15

        @kpcart – he did not drive him off the road. He went wide. Nico does that ALL the time on the 1st corner when Lewis and Nico are side by side and Lewis loses more positions as a result.

        The spin was the result of trying to make up ground that he normally would not have had to. Obviously Lewis’ car was set up for race conditions so of course it would have been the fastest car.

        As for the team orders – Mercedes was asking him to give up the WDC so that’s all on Mercedes. They are trying to justify them.

  9. gave it to alonso, didn’t think he would be able to fight for a win but hey, he did it. in that dog of a car.

    splendid performance by ricciardo and hamilton aswell.

  10. Voted for Alonso, the only one of the top 4 from the start who managed to recover from the first safety car by 3 overtaking manouvers in 2 laps. He was still behind the big gainer from that safety car, Ricciardo, but came close to out-strategy him by doing one stop less.

    Honorable mention to Esteban Gutierrez who was running quite safely ahead of Raikkonen before his car broke down.

  11. Ricciardo for me. Did a pretty good job in qualifying before beating BOTH Mercedes in the race fair and square (passing two former world champions in the process).

    Honourable mention to Vettel for save of the year for surviving that spin.

  12. I vote Alo too but you cannot deny he sort of plays on it, i mean the guy bigs himeself up like no other, he was calling himself a superhero last year i think or some gladiator he sure like too blow his own trumpet. He is great driver but to me he seems to be too settled he is all smiley these days like he just accepts the car, he should be far more bullish about talking of the dog he as been given and actually call his team out.You will say he istrying to bind the team by being nice, how as that worked for him so far?.

    Im sorry but Alo window is almost certainly over it is stating the obvious, the guy 33 nearly, since 2010 the guy been on a mega peak, it will be the Hamilton era now.

    Can we honestly see Ferrari fighting for title in 2015? As i said their is no way his level will be this high in 2 years it is just not possible, Rai and Button all peaked, same will happen wtih Alo you cannot beat father time.

    1. To me, the lack of drama and hot-headedness are examples of how professional Alonso has become. There is no benefit of calling your team out in public– that is for internal discussions. It is clear to me from the quotes that have been made public that Ferrari know that Alonso deserves a better car and they are desperate to give him one in order to hold on to his services. If Alonso were truly “too settled” as you say, he would be content to cruise around and only finish ahead of his teammate. But no, any time it is possible for him to take an opportunity and overachieve, there he is, standing on the podium and yesterday, unbelievably, nearly WINNING. A true professional lets his actions do the talking. Being at peace with one’s life and the situation one finds oneself in is a true gift that is too rarely seen among celebrities and sports stars. Yes, he accepts the reality of what he cannot change, which is that Ferrari did not maximize engine development under the new regs, but since there can be no engine development is frozen until the season ends, there is absolutely nothing anyone can do about that. That ability to accept, to be at peace with life, while still working hard to maximize one’s opportunities, is a Zen skill that too few achieve or even recognize. Time does catch up with everyone, but Alonso out of everyone will achieve as much as possible for as long as possible.

    2. And the guy calling himself the Ayrton Senna incarnate is humble? Thanks!

  13. Ricciardo, Alonso and Hamilton all put in performances that could be considered worthy candidates for drive of the season. Ricciardo put in a spirited drive, and on any other weekend going from 3rd to first in one lap would have made him my driver on the weekend. But then you have Hamilton, putting in one of the all-time great recovery drives, very comparable to Button in Canada 2011 and Vettel in Abu Dhabi 2012.

    But for me, the driver of the weekend has to be Alonso. Suffered the same safety car delay as Vettel and Rosberg, but left both of them behind on the restart. And when Hamilton was struggling with a loss of grip on the medium tyres, Alonso ploughed on despite spending almost as much time on the softer tyre. Once again Alonso reminds us that he’s one of the best there is.

  14. 5th in the qualifying and 2nd in the race with 4th best car. Has to be Alonso. Honorable mentions to Ricciardo and Vergne.

  15. Ricciardo was very lucky in this race. He did his first pit stop under the safety car. Second was also just when it seemed that safety car would come out. With a fast car and luck, he did what he was supposed to.

    For me, Alonso gets the DOTW. Did very well qualifying P5. Even though he got disadvantaged by the first SC, he overtook 4 cars in the first two laps (VET and ROS and Vergne!) which set him up for the race.

  16. Who voted for Marcus Ericsson?
    Anyways, has to be Alonso for defending superbly in a slow, bad handling red vacuum cleaner on dead tyres against a much faster Mercedes and an RBR with very good handling for 10 laps and still beats the Merc.
    Honorable mentions to Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vergne.

    1. “slow, bad handling red vacuum cleaner on dead tyres”: what a wonderful description!!

  17. This poll is kind of the correct reflection of the driver’s standings for the weekend. The other one at JF1 is a bit skewed. Voted for Alonso BTW. Favorite driver but his driving made the choice a whole lot easier.

    Keep it Fernando, your reward is near.

    1. Have to agree the JF1 poll is odd

  18. Alonso. That car has no right to be anywhere close to the podium, yet he was only a few laps away from winning in it. Didn’t put a foot wrong while chaos broke out around him and made all the right moves at the right time. An absolutely epic drive.

  19. Only one sensible option here: Sergio Perez.
    Had a smashing race.

  20. Yes indeed Alonso. He was actually one of the cars that missed out when the first safety car came out while others such as Riccardo and Hamilton took advantage. But whereas Rosberg and Vettel got stuck in traffic Alonso overtook the championship leader and a very annoyingly well driven Torro Rosso to get his chance of winning the race. Riccardo and Hamilton were great. But luck helped them get on the podium, it couldn’t stop Fernando.

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