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. Has to be ALO. With that car, 3rd fastest car at best this race, he managed… a 2nd ! Considering that none of the main competition (Mercedes, RBR, Williams) retired and that the 1st SC period did not help him (from 4th dropped to 8th), his result is even more impressive.

  2. Alonso. Best driver in the field by far, best driver since Schumacher in his prime. Days like Sunday showed this, it was a 2012 style drive.
    Shame the British media are so biased and don’t even mention Alonso or Ricciardo’s great drives……

    1. @ourkid89 Are they not both mentioned above?

      And were both not also mentioned in the race review? (Ricciardo seizes chance for second victory as Hamilton stands firm against Rosberg)

      1. Sorry Keith, I didn’t directly mean you. But 99% of the rest are biased. We don’t all support Mercedes. It’d just be nice if Ricciardo, the race winner, was in the papers, on sports news, not ‘Hamilton ignores team orders.’

      2. @keithcollantine
        I don’t think he is referring to you. Obviously, Alo is leading in this pole. I think he is referring more to the TV stations and online newspapers publications.

  3. Fred gets proper credit here

  4. Tough one.
    Hamilton, Alonso and Ricciardo were simply brilliant.

  5. Toughest choice ever for DOTW. The quality of the racing by Alonso, Hamilton, Ricciardo made it such a difficult decision. In the end I chose Hamilton for his drive from the pit lane to the podium. This is one vote I truly wish could be split 3 ways because each driver deserved it.

    More of a Ricciardo fan than a Hamilton fan or Alonso fan, but my decision is not based on personal bias. Hamilton had the odds stacked against since Saturday through no fault of his own. In the race he overcame huge obstacles including his own driving error early in the race. He also made one of the wiser choices I’ve seen him make as a driver to not just slow down and let Rosberg pass. He is a racer. I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories, however it seems that even his own team did not give him a chance to win.

    Mercedes have the enviable position to come under such heavy scrutiny for their pit wall decisions because they have such a superior car and two world class drivers with nearly equal talents. Mercedes made a bad call with the team orders and possibly tire choices too. Good thing Lewis ignored the orders and we a fantastic race at the end for the win by several great drivers.

    1. I have to echo @bullmello sentiments , Im an Aussie so by council law and my allegiance to James Squire Brewery I’m required to be A Dan Ricciardo supporter , And I am, Go!!!! Dan the Man, Oi Oi Oi!

      So with a great weight on my shoulders ,

      I vote Fred,

      1. @greg-c – I really wanted to vote for Ricciardo and his wonderful second win and I can see how Alonso got your vote. Nice to have tough choices like that.

  6. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    29th July 2014, 0:29

    I voted for Hamilton on this one.

    – Fastest through all three practice sessions.
    – Taken out of qualifying through no fault of his own.
    – Started from the pit-lane and finished on the podium.

    1. – Taken out of qualifying through no fault of his own.

      In the same way, you could say that he ended up on the podium through no fault of his own either. He was massively helped by the safety car. Fair enough, that’s part of racing, but if we are talking about good and bad luck, being let down by your own team is surely more of your own undoing as a team, than simply losing out when someone completely unrelated crashes at a time which is the worst possible for your race.
      So, all in all, with what we know now, compared to Rosberg who is his main rival, Hamilton benefited from SC more than he suffered from the quali mishap.

      1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        29th July 2014, 2:13

        By that logic, Vettel shouldn’t have won DOTW for Abu Dhabi 2012.

        During the early stages of the race Lewis overtook 4 people in one lap. He was pretty determined regardless of safety cars.
        Yes they helped him, but they also helped Ricciardo, so I guess that rules him out of contention as well huh?

        1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
          29th July 2014, 2:14

          Vettel came a close second in DOTW for Abu Dhabi 2012.

  7. Alonso and Lewis, They’re total class. I give it to Lewis though cos he had to start from pitlane. Fantastic drive from Ricciardo to. Would happily watch those three slugg it out all the time!

  8. Neil (@neilosjames)
    29th July 2014, 3:46

    Another race with a lot of possible choices. Alonso was awesome in the closing laps and at the first restart (and the whole race, really)… Ricciardo called his strategy beautifully, drove well throughout and nailed two impressive overtakes to win… and a guy who doesn’t have many votes but is worth a mention, Jean-Eric Vergne, drove a great race too and defended very well against quicker cars.

    Went with Hamilton in the end – for the recovery, the move on Vergne, ignoring those absurd team orders and holding off Rosberg, all in a car that the team had only built overnight. And partly because I’m a sucker for recovery drives.

  9. World Champion leader Nico Rosberg: 0% Votes

    1. That is a bit ironic. He shouldn’t feel bad though. Even Max Chilton isn’t voting for himself any more. ;-)

  10. Definitely Alonso! Hamilton is good too.

  11. So many great performances, it’s very hard to pick one over another.

    Also, interesting how Rosberg hung back from Hamilton and requested to be let through.. I think if that was Hamilton he’d be barging his wy through there.. Might be the difference this year for the WDC!

  12. Easily Hamilton, Alonso lucked into that position and taking into account the whole weekend – I didnt see him top any sessions.

    1. Alonso lucked into that position ?!?! You must be kidding… ! Probably you did not watch the race, but the facts are like this: ALO started the race from P5 (and it’s not the worst position for him to start a race this season, the best being P4 !), was P4 after the 1st corner on merit (merit = no one crashed, made some big mistake etc), then passed Vettel for P3 on merit again, lost the position again to Vettel… then SC period occured and he dropped to P8 ! The biggest winners of the 1st SC period were Ricciardo, Button, Massa and Magnussen. They were fighting for P5 to P8 before the SC ! It’s also worth mentioning that none of the main competitors (Mercedes, RBR, Williams) DNF this race, so again no luck for ALO ! Last thing, HAM was ~1second behind ALO and couldn’t overtake him for many laps (more than 10 laps!), so I don’t see that luck anywhere. My opinion, you’re definately subjective and exagerrating. ALO did perform brilliantly again given that Mercedes, RBR and even Williams were significantly faster.

    2. If you like to talk about drivers who lucked into the final positions, Raikkonen qualifies here in my opinion. He started P13, then he obviously benefited from the DNFs of both Force Indias, Vettel’ spin and McLaren’s bad tyre call. Also, any SC period is good news for a driver starting P13. Last thing, the cars starting around P13 are definately slower than cars starting P5 ! If it wasn’t for all these, I highly doubt RAI would have finished higher than P9.

  13. Pit lane to podium – has to be Lewis for me, easily.

  14. Alonso, Ricciardo and Hamilton had awesome drives. Hamilton recovered well and had a good strategy, Ricciardo had to do all the work by passing the pair for the win and Alonso demonstrated how defensive driving is done, in an inferior car. Vergne drove brilliantly as well and handled his tyres, but today it is Alonso’s turn to win this vote.

  15. antonyob (@)
    29th July 2014, 11:29

    I think you need 3 drivers of the weekend this time but Ricciardo won and showed aggression, skill and intelligence. Lewis was at his memorising best and Alonso, well if he isn’t in the top 3 drivers of any weekend he probably isn’t racing. Ricciardo by a err nose ….ahem

  16. Bring on the conspiracies .

    Merc sabotaged Nicos race but blamed it on Lewis ,

    Lewis say’s “Why did you ask me to pull over , I thought Nico was the No.2 Driver”

    Nico is negotiating with Ron for a Lewis Honda deal.

    just a few to get started,

  17. The decision was to be decided between him and Alonso. Facts:
    Ricciardo started in 6th and finished 1st, with an amazing performance.
    Alonso started 5th and finished 2nd, with an amazing performance too.
    The safety car entrances were good for both.
    With that said, there’s no doubt for me. Ricciardo is the DOTW. He deserves it.
    For many, Alonso was the driver, but, let’s be honest, he was not that good. Not this weekend.

    1. Don’t forget that the timing of the first safety car actually put Alonso a few places back and the time he lost by this was not recovered anywhere. It might cost him the victory as well.

    2. Did you watch the race ?!? I don’t think so. The 1st SC period resulted in ALO dropping from P4 to P8, while RIC was boosted from P6 to P1. Hope you know how to make some comparisons !

    3. And I’ll tell you how that happened too: there was a digital warning sign placed right before the pit entry. It started to blip “SC” right after Alonso passed the pit entry and before Button got there. There was a difference (4-5seconds) between ALO and BUT. Button saw the SC warning blip and entered the pits. Ricciardo, who was right behind him, followed Button. So, Button should have been luckiest, but McLaren put him on Inters again (which proved wrong later) and also had a worse pit stop. After the pit stop, RIC was 1st, Button 2nd, Massa 3rd (who was behind RIC initially)…., Alonso 8th. Tell me RIC wasn’t a lucky lad…….

    4. @atticus-2, @corrado-dub, Hold on, Alonso fans. I’ve watched the race, and IMO, Alonso and Ric had the same beneficts with the SC entrances.

      First time SC entered, Ric was the lucky one, we all know that. But, second time SC entered, Alonso was promoted to the 1st position, and turned out to be the lucky one, as he drove away from Vergne like a mad man, which in the end made him earn a place in the podium.

      So, putting aside the “fanship” factor, Ric was superb this weekend. Alonso was not that good, bu he did what he always does, which is driving like very few.

      1. @yes-master Hold on, Ricciardo fans. I’ve watched the race, and IMO, Ricciardo had more benefit from the SC.

        It wasn’t the SC that promoted Alonso to 1st position, it was rather Ricciardo’s commitment to a 3-stop strategy. He would have pitted in a few laps anyway.

        So, putting aside the “fanship” factor, Ricciardo was still more lucky with the SC than Alonso.

        1. @atticus-2, we have different perspectives of what happen last weekend. I was just responding to your previous comment, as you seemed to forget that Alonso was promoted to the first position with the second SC entrance. I realize now, that you haven’t. You just tend to create a different story on your mind, with the argument that they had different pit strategies, etc. They have a strategy, but that changes with the development of the race. Ric adapt very well. With luck and know-how. If it was Ric in Alonso position, would you vote for him as DOTW? Or would you still vote for Alonso, as he managed to win the race? Think about that.
          But, hey, for me Ric was superb this weekend, and he deserves the DOTW. And, look, I’m not a Ric fan. Not yet. But, if he maintains this quality, I’m going to become one. As most of us will, probably.

          1. Dude, no offense, but your logic has some faults and/or you’re missing some facts. Ricciardo also distanced from Button&rest when he was PROMOTED to 1st place. Another fact is that he distanced more than ALO did when he was 1st ! I’m mentioning THIS because this advantage helped him a lot in switching to a 3-stop strategy. Also, in racing in general, a driver is good mostly as his car is allows him. More exactly, RBR was obviously better than Ferrari. From the German GP people started to predict that RBR might win this race OR at least give Mercedes’ a run for the money. Guess what… it happened ! But, the same people, didn’t see Ferrari having a good race at Hungaroring. Another thing is that ALO WASN’T PROMOTED to 1st place, like RIC, but he gained that place fairly. How’s that ? Well, because they opted for a 2-stop strategy !! And also because they made the right call, unlike McLaren and Williams, both drivers of each team being in front of ALO after the 1st SC period pit-stops !!! ALO also didn’t do any mistake who costed him quite some time and places, like Vettel ! So, very sorry, but there wasn’t any luck for ALO in this race, just the team making the right tyre choices, keeping him on track for +30laps on Softs and also a strong drive with some minor mistakes !!

          2. @corrado-dub, so in the end you’re assuming that my logic’s fault is due to the fact that I don’t share your perspective or value some facts as you do. Ok. And, btw, no offence taken.

  18. tgu (@thegrapeunwashed)
    29th July 2014, 13:57

    Clearly Lewis for me: his decisive move on Vergne was the best of the race, essential to his finishing position, and in stark contrast to Rosberg’s faffing.

    Fernando gets the nod for second – for hanging in on shot tyres, but it was a lot less spectacular than Lewis’ race.

    Daniel was brilliant again, but his team put him on clearly the best strategy – I’m surprised more drivers didn’t follow suit on lap 23 and the second safety car, it seemed obviously the right thing to do.

  19. Yet another tough choice for driver of the weekend, my shortlist is the obvious contenders of the podium finishers Ricciardo, Alonso and Hamilton.

    Because of the circumstances of the Grand Prix I am sure you could easily argue that most of the field owe their final result to the wet dry nature of the race and the two safety car periods, and that if it had been a normal dry race the finishing order would look very different.

    That may be the case but I still think those three all drove superbly.

    I think the state of each driver’s tyres determined the finishing order when they met in the final laps with. When Hamilton caught Alonso I initially thought he would get past as Alonso had been on the softs for quite a while but it seemed Hamilton’s tyres weren’t much better either. Then Ricciardo seemed to get past Hamilton and Alonso and build a gap relatively easily on his much fresher softs.

    In the end my vote went to Alonso with Hamilton second and Ricciardo third.

    If Hamilton hadn’t spun on the first lap or if he had managed to get past Alonso at the end I would have voted for him instead.

  20. I think Daniel deserves this vote.

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