Vote for your Hungarian GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

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

  1. totocaster (@totocaster) said on 28th July 2014, 17:47

    Voted for Hamilton this time. Few of his overtakes were super-scary and impressive. To be honest, if not those overtakes, Hamilton, Alonso, Ricciardo and JEV, all were very good.

  2. Brian Frank (@brianfrank302) said on 28th July 2014, 17:53

    Voted for Alonso. Great drive holding off faster cars,though couldn’t manage to win. Nice driving by Ricciardo too. perhaps the first race of the season where the Mercedes dominance wasn’t so evident.

  3. John H (@john-h) said on 28th July 2014, 18:22

    JEV, Alonso, Hamilton in that order. Had Hamilton not been put on prime, might have been different as he surely would have got 2nd, maybe the win.

  4. sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 28th July 2014, 19:12

    I voted for Alonso , good drive in an inferior car.

  5. sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 28th July 2014, 19:12

    I voted for Alonso , good drive in an inferior car.

  6. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 28th July 2014, 19:16

    Surprised I’m the only one going for Jean-Eric Vergne. He hold off 2 Mercedes and 2 Red Bulls.

  7. sandra said on 28th July 2014, 19:21

    Driver of the weekend has to be Lewis , we all watched the race to see if he could get on the podium, from the practice sessions to the car on fire,to the pit stop start, he’s been the one we’ve all been talking about . He never let us down it as a thrilling race, shout at the screen race, hide behind the cushion race. If only Mercedes had thrown the strategy book out the window and given Lewis a 3rd stop with the soft tyres too .We might have been watching a fifth win for Lewis at the Hungarian GP. Its not like he used any of his soft tyres during qualifying, heck he could have put all 3 on that he didn’t use and have won the race. Thrills ,spins and fighting talk a race to watch over and over again.

  8. Boxcar Racer (@mojopixel) said on 28th July 2014, 19:40

    Daniel Ricciardo. Drove a great race and was smart enough to switch to three stops, which got him the win.

    • Lou (@l-ciamp) said on 28th July 2014, 23:56

      You can’t really give the driver credit for the three stop strategy. That is a team decision, and the fact he past 2 cars with spent tires doesn’t really impress me. He did have a great drive, but you can’t even compare it to ALO and HAM.

  9. Jennifer (@jlynch10) said on 28th July 2014, 20:10

    A podium finish from starting from the pits! Without doubt my vote goes to Hamilton for his sheer determination, and resilience when all odds seem to be against him.

  10. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 28th July 2014, 20:50

    Can I change my vote? I accidentally pressed the button too early and went for Bianchi when I wanted to vote for Vergne. He was bossing that Toro Rosso up in P2 for so long.

    • Sven (@crammond) said on 28th July 2014, 21:19

      Bianchi had a great quali, 1.1 seconds faster than his teammate and making it to Q2, and he was ahead of e.g. Button who went on to score a point when he (Bianchi) was maldonadoed. So he may have had a slight chance to score again (after Monaco), a vote or two isn´t wrong, even if it´s accidental ones.

  11. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 28th July 2014, 21:02

    Alonso gets my vote by a country mile. It’s almost trite to say it at this stage as we’ve had to say it so many times before, but Alonso really is a remarkable driver. He’s able to consistently battle with cars which on paper appear to be far superior to his own machinery.

    He qualified a fantastic 5th in his F14T, but that was nothing compared to what he gave us on Sunday.
    Whether it was tyre management, wheel-to-wheel racing, putting in impressive laps in the damp on slick tyres, consistency, defensive driving or just being able to coax all he could from what he had, Alonso’s drive was a true masterclass. He had to be inch perfect on each lap of his 32 lap stint to fend off the faster cars behind him, and in the end he simply didn’t have the tools to resist Ricciardo. That should take nothing away from his performance. I loved watching him race and fight. It’s a pity he didn’t get the win his drive deserved but we’ve become accustomed to seeing Alonso drive his heart out with little reward for a long time now.

  12. Breno (@austus) said on 28th July 2014, 21:24

    I voted Alonso. That performance, near win, second place, holding back the Mercedes and staying in the track with completely dead tyres. A close second for me is Ricciardo, the only reason I wont vote for him is because the top four was unable to pit when the SC came out. Big congratulations to Hamilton as well, awesome result after a near race ending collision with the barrier in the first lap.

  13. Mcquiz (@mcquiz) said on 28th July 2014, 21:27

    My vote goes for Räikkönen. He wasn’t helped by the safety car unlike the top three and made a fantastic recovery all the while driving a boat. In fairness Alonso drives that boat as well but the boat was made for him and rented for Kimi.

    • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 28th July 2014, 21:52

      OK, I’ve seen the race too and I do not agree much with you. RAI did pretty well, but lots of stuff that happened in front helped him: Vettel spinning, DNFs for both Force Indias etc. Also, the 1st SC did not help any drivers until Button! That’s because the digital SC warning placed before entering the garages started to blip right after Vettel passed, so the 1st driver to notice the SC warning and that could take advantage of that was… Button ! And he did, he entered to change the tyres, followed by Ricciardo, who was right behind him. Only that McLaren made a move that did not work out, as we’ve seen some laps later. So, after the 1st SC period, the order was Ricciardo 1st, Button 2nd, ……. ,ALO 8th etc, so RIC definately benefited from the 1st SC period, and not really ALO, HAM.

  14. lawrence said on 28th July 2014, 21:35

    I’m struggling to see how people can vote for Hamilton over Alonso and Ricciardo. He had a decent race, but far from anything Alo and Ric have shown. Firstly he binned it all on his own and damaged his front wing slightly. Then he massively benefited from safety cars and traffic that engulfed his teammate after the safety car. He was humbled by Alonso and Ricciardo.
    Which is making me sad to see that Ric is getting so few votes for such a drive.
    I’m voting Alonso, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but these are not shades or details, Hamilton was considerably less impressive than Alo and Ric.

    • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 28th July 2014, 21:58


      Went for Alonso. RIC was great too, but the 1st SC period helped him a lot too. From 6th, RIC found himself 1st, Button 2nd while ALO (4th previously) dropped to 8th. So, the SC definately helped RIC and Button, not at all ALO.

  15. Nimba (@nimba) said on 28th July 2014, 21:58

    Many were doing a good job …. but my vote goes out to JEV for this one… simply loved his drive.

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