Vote for your 2014 Belgian GP Driver of the Weekend

2014 Belgian Grand Prix

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

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

Belgian Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Sebastian Vettel – Despite missing second practice due to an engine problem Vettel qualified ‘best of the rest’ behind the Mercedes pair in third place. He got ahead of Rosberg at the start but his optimistic attempt to pass Hamilton at La Source didn’t pay off and dropped him behind Rosberg. He then made another mistake at Pouhon which allowed Ricciardo past. Dropping behind Raikkonen at the first round of pit stops did more damage to his race, but he emerged from a hectic battle with Alonso and the McLarens to take fifth.

Daniel Ricciardo – Had to settle for fifth in qualifying after almost losing control at Blanchimont as the track dried in Q3. He was on it in the race, however, slipstreaming past Alonso early on then taking advantage of his team mate’s mistake to claim second. Rosberg’s front wing change handed him the lead, but he made full use of the opportunity and treated his tyres carefully in the final stint to claim his third win.

Mercedes

Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Nico Rosberg – Pole position number seven counted for little as he made a poor start, falling to third behind Hamilton and Vettel. He swiftly regained second place and attacked his team mate for the lead on lap two – rather too literally as it turned out. He then had to cope for a damaged front wing for his first stint, but after having it replaced at his first pit stop he was still in with a chance of winning. However a lock-up while battling Vettel proved costly – Bottas took the opportunity to overtake him and Rosberg had to make an early second pit stop, forcing him onto a three-stop strategy which left him three seconds shy of Ricciardo at the flag.

Lewis Hamilton – Was in contention for pole position but a glazed brake in Q3 meant he had to settle for second behind Rosberg. He was immediately into the lead at the start, but Rosberg was quicker around the end of the first lap and made his now-infamous bid to get past. Hamilton was blameless in the incident and came off by far the worst. But though his chances of gaining any points that afternoon were remote from that point on, he seemed a little too eager to throw in the towel.

Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Fernando Alonso – Took an excellent fourth on the grid in the rain-hit qualifying session, splitting the Red Bulls. But it seemed his team had wrecked his efforts as several of them were still attending to his car after the 15-second signal was given at the start of the race. A five-second pit lane penalty was a surprisingly light sanction, though it dropped him behind Raikkonen, Bottas and Magnussen at the first round of pit stops. Was clearly ‘fouled’ by Magnussen on the run to Kemmel, though his attempts to pass the McLaren around the outside of Bruxelles assumed a level of co-operation Magnussen clearly wasn’t willing to extend, which ultimately cost him a place to Button.

Kimi Raikkonen – Said he made mistakes on his last run in Q3 which left him eighth on the grid. With Alonso needing to take his penalty and therefore better served by running long at his first pit stop, Raikkonen came in early as part of an aggressive two-stop strategy. He reaped the dividends, running quickly while out of traffic and only losing third place to Bottas with five laps to go.

Lotus

Romain Grosjean – The pace of the Lotus was “much better than expected” according to Grosjean, but he lost part of his front wing when he was squeezed between Bianchi and Hulkenberg on the first lap, forcing him to pit. He got back into the race and was running 17th when he stopped for good. “We picked up some damage later on from debris on the track,” he explained. “We lost a lot of downforce as a result so we retired the car.”

Pastor Maldonado – Continues to exacerbate Lotus’s persistent technical problems with failures of his own. This time he at least confined it to practice, but needlessly driving with two wheels off the track for as long as he did clearly invited a crash. His engine failed shortly after the start.

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McLaren

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Jenson Button – Locked up on his Q3 lap which left him tenth on the grid. Overtook Massa soon after the start, but never looked like getting ahead of his team mate. He had a chance in the closing stages, but Magnussen firmly shut the door. However Button re-passed Alonso on the final lap for seventh, which became sixth after his team mate’s penalty.

Kevin Magnussen – Out-qualified his team mate and raced well against a trio of world champions. The only blot was an overly strong move against Alonso on the Kemmel straight, which deserved a penalty. The 20-second sanction had a strong effect, dropped him from sixth to twelfth.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg – Tried to get through Q1 with one set of intermediate tyres but admitted he made mistakes on his final run which meant he failed to get to Q2 for the first time this year. However a strong start brought him within two places of Perez, which was where he finished. Having been 11th at the flag he was promoted into the points by Magnussen’s penalty.

Sergio PerezOut-qualified Hulkenberg for only the third time this year. He raced with the McLarens but felt he took too much life out of his tyres doing so, and had to fend off Kvyat in the closing stages.

Sauber

Adrian Sutil, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Adrian Sutil – Believed 14th was the bet his car was capable of after spending much of the race stuck behind Massa’s Williams, which the Ferrari-powered car was no match for on the straights.

Esteban GutierrezWas very unhappy on Saturday after his qualifying was ended by yet another technical problem. He made it to the chequered flag, however, one place behind his team mate.

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne – Said he could have qualified in the top ten but for a problem with his exhaust in Q2 – a frequent problem for Toro Rosso this year. In the race he felt his car was out-gunned on the straights – both Force India and Sutil passed him at the start. However he regained places from Sutil and Massa in the final stint, and Magnussen’s penalty left him one place short of the points. Needed more from his first race since Toro Rosso confirmed he won’t be driving for them next year.

Daniil Kvyat – Wasn’t happy with his car’s handling after qualifying but nonetheless started in front of Vergne. Spent much of the race trying to attack one Force India while fending off the other – Hulkenberg was less than four-tenths of a second behind him at the flag.

Williams

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Felipe Massa – Blamed traffic in Q3 for an indifferent lap which left him behind his team mate. He was badly compromised in the first first half of the race after picking up debris from the Rosberg/Hamilton collision, which the team did not remove until the second pit stop. Once they did he was much quicker, but it was too late for him to salvage any points.

Valtteri Bottas – Passed Alonso on lap eight and led a lap before his first pit stop. Took advantage of Rosberg’s struggles with Vettel to demote the Mercedes driver during his second stint, though Rosberg ultimately got back ahead once more via the pits. The Williams’ strong straight-line speed helped him pass Vettel and Raikkonen easily in the final stint to take third – his fourth podium finish this year.

Marussia

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014Jules Bianchi – When conditions are tricky in Q1, Bianchi is the driver you look out for, and once again he did not disappoint, putting his Marussia in Q2 for the third time this year. But he picked up a puncture in his first-lap contact with Grosjean which ruined his race. He was classified despite stopping with a gearbox problem five laps from home, prior to which he had inevitably been lapping quite a bit quicker than Chilton.

Max Chilton – With Bianchi falling by the wayside, Chilton upheld team honours by passing Ericsson two laps from home. But he very nearly wasn’t in the car at all – Marussia announced on Thursday he would be replaced by Alexander Rossi. They then reversed their position during the first practice session, by which time Chilton had already issued a contradictory statement claiming he had voluntarily given up the seat so allow them to sell it. Not a shining moment for him or the team.

Caterham

Andre Lotterer – Parachuted in to take over Kamui Kobayashi’s seat despite not having driven an F1 car in over a decade. However his World Endurance Championship and Japanese Super Formula experience stood him in good stead, and he duly out-qualified Ericsson by almost a full second, although he had the benefit of some new parts. His race lasted just one lap however before the car came to a stop – possibly because he had hit a kerb too hard at Blanchimont.

Marcus Ericsson – “We were in the wrong place on track all the time so I didn’t get a single clean lap,” he said after qualifying last. Managed to get ahead of Chilton at the start and nearly stayed there until the end, but the Marussia driver eventually slipped by.

Qualifying and race results summary

Driver Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.194s 4/44 3 5th +52.196s
Daniel Ricciardo 5th +0.194s 40/44 2 1st -52.196s
Lewis Hamilton 2nd +0.228s 1/38 3
Nico Rosberg 1st -0.228s 37/38 3 2nd
Fernando Alonso 4th -0.994s 15/44 2 7th +24.347s
Kimi Raikkonen 8th +0.994s 29/44 2 4th -24.347s
Romain Grosjean 15th -0.363s 0/1 3
Pastor Maldonado 17th +0.363s 1/1 0
Jenson Button 10th +1.097s 10/44 2 6th -19.682s
Kevin Magnussen 7th -1.097s 34/44 2 12th +19.682s
Nico Hulkenberg 18th +0.601s 9/44 2 10th +1.404s
Sergio Perez 13th -0.601s 35/44 2 8th -1.404s
Adrian Sutil 14th -2.363s 28/44 3 14th -8.378s
Esteban Gutierrez 20th +2.363s 16/44 2 15th +8.378s
Jean-Eric Vergne 12th +0.428s 6/44 2 11th +6.573s
Daniil Kvyat 11th -0.428s 38/44 2 9th -6.573s
Felipe Massa 9th +1.129s 0/44 3 13th +47.943s
Valtteri Bottas 6th -1.129s 44/44 2 3rd -47.943s
Jules Bianchi 16th -1.515s 0/39 2 18th Not on same lap
Max Chilton 19th +1.515s 39/39 2 16th Not on same lap
Marcus Ericsson 22nd +0.969s 0/1 2 17th
Andre Lotterer 21st -0.969s 1/1 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 Belgian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (2%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (48%)
  • Nico Rosberg (7%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (17%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Jenson Button (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (6%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (1%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (12%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)
  • Andre Lotterer (3%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (0%)

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85 comments on Vote for your 2014 Belgian GP Driver of the Weekend

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  1. Diceman (@diceman) said on 25th August 2014, 14:16

    Went for Kvyat this time. Quietly impressive all the weekend.

  2. darkenforca (@darkenforca) said on 25th August 2014, 14:16

    Went for Vettel on this one.

    Given that he missed FP2, where most of the race setup work is done, for him to qualify P3, in front of his Team-mate and race to finish P5 was a fantastic job.

    • kpcart said on 25th August 2014, 15:56

      he missed fp2, but didn’t do enough to get driver of the race, he made mistakes, and was 50 seconds behind his teammate…

  3. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 25th August 2014, 14:18

    Daniel Ricciardo, of course. No one really shone this weekend apart him. Didn’t qualify very well, but more than made up in the race grabbing opportunity to win.

    Looks like he is turning into race-monster-type driver like Alonso.

  4. Oli Peacock (@olliekart) said on 25th August 2014, 14:19

    Lotterer – Didn’t make a single mistake all weekend and duly shone when it mattered. Furthermore, when was the last time a driver with such limited F1 experience beat his teammate? Experienced drivers like Fisichella and Kovalainen couldn’t.

    • jon snow said on 25th August 2014, 14:21

      Beating rookie Ericsson is not really worth the comparison against challenge on Raikkonen and Grosjean, though…

    • kpcart said on 25th August 2014, 15:57

      he did well to beat his teammate in qualifying, but his performance over the whole weekend is not worthy of driver of the weekend surely.

    • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 27th August 2014, 13:41

      Given how little attention the backmarkers get, I can understand if you think “wow, a rookie beat Ericsson with one second!” but really unless we look closely we seldom get the real picture of things. Look at Ericsson’s comments, he said he was on the same piece of track as Alonso, Ricciardo, Rosberg etc. so on almost every lap he had to let someone through. I think he set two laps, the first which was faster than both Marussia drivers’ first lap and then he improved it somewhere in the middle of the session. And that on a drying track. It was Lotterer’s debut so surely it was impressive not to be miles off, unfortunately we never saw what he could do in the race, but I think you can’t really talk about that “1 sec faster” because it’s not really relevant.

  5. Palle (@palle) said on 25th August 2014, 14:19

    Kevin for defending superbly against Alonso most of the race. He deserved a penalty however, but he showed what he is capable of and he showed that he has the willpower and ability to defend and fight. And he qualified faster than Button.
    Also thumbs up for Ricciardo, Bottas and Kimi, who also did well.

    • kpcart said on 25th August 2014, 15:58

      driver of the weekend for defending?? defending which went too far and landed him in 12th position? well done Kevin!

      • Roland said on 25th August 2014, 23:54

        Everyone who is anyone knows that penalty is a joke and further proof Ferrari get unfair advantages.

        • Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 26th August 2014, 8:23

          You can’t be serious?! Alonso had to go onto the grass on the Kemmel straight at like 320km/h because of Magnussen pushing him wide, penalty totally deserved. However at other times his defending was great.

      • Palle (@palle) said on 27th August 2014, 23:31

        @kpcart: If You don’t consider defending against faster cars is a skill needed by a great driver, then You haven’t understood what racing is about. And as a spectator trackside at Spa I found the duel between Magnussen and Alonso the most exciting of the race. Even if I used the F1 App to great effect to maintain the full overview of the race.

  6. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 25th August 2014, 14:22

    Magnussen was going to get it, but his penalty which was rightfully given pushed it away from me. I went for Bottas again. Outqualified Massa and starred yet again in the race. Him and Ricciardo (who I would have gone with if he outqualified Vettel, same with Raikkonen/Alonso) were truly exceptional in the race. I would have gone with Rosberg too but he had his share of the blame in costing Mercedes a 1-2.

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 25th August 2014, 14:24

      Oh, honourable shout to Bianchi also for that mega Q1 performance.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th August 2014, 16:25

      YEah, I guess for me its Bottas as well @craig-o. Ricciardo didn’t manage to outqualify Vettel this time, although his race was another one right up there. Kimi finally did show why he should be in a good car, but its still too little for a champion IMO, and he started behind Alonso, might have been ahead at the flag too if not for Alonso getting that drive through. Rosberg did a very good job in qualifying and the race as well, but that incident (guess not many votes are going to him this time) …
      Shame about the push on Alonso from KMag, apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him in the thick of the battle

  7. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 25th August 2014, 14:23

    Not alot of really outstanding performances. Many drivers made some sort of error at least once this weekend. Voted Ricciardo in the end.

    • Alex Brown (@splittimes) said on 26th August 2014, 11:19

      I agree. I went with Kvyatt, because he managed well with a car unsuited to the track and didn’t have any big slip-ups. Would have been Ricciardo except I feel others made it a bit easy for for him. Probably unfair of me, but credit for saving that huge moment through Blanchimont.

  8. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 25th August 2014, 14:28

    No one really shone throughout the whole weekend. Went for Bottas, outqualified Massa and did what he needed to get on the podium. Perhaps if he’d qualified better he may have had a shout for the win.

  9. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 25th August 2014, 14:31

    Ricciardo all the way, AGAIN he was the one who capitalised when Mercedes dropped the ball.

    Relatively unspectacular in practice/quali, and his Q3 mistake arguably cost him 3rd on the grid but his sublime race outshone everyone else by a mile.

    Also he’s now being talked about in whispers as a potentially realistic title challenger….

  10. Gideon Hadi (@) said on 25th August 2014, 14:55

    i rethink about what I said yesterday that Ricciardo and Flying Finns deserved DOTW top 3. but I went for Magnussen, he really don’t deserve the penalty and I think his defence on Alonso was superb, considering McLaren was quite slower than Ferrari. and you know how good Alonso is

    • Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 26th August 2014, 8:29

      His defending was superb, but the incident from which he got the penalty was on the Kemmel straight where he pushed Alonso onto the grass at very high speeds, most find that quite dangerous so hence the penalty. Deserved IMO…

  11. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 25th August 2014, 15:05

    Bottas the only choice for me. The only one who got the maximum out of his package over both qualy and race. Some say qualifying 6th was poor but they forget that the Williams always is less competitive in the wet, and he was faster than his team-mate too. Something Ricciardo hasn’t managed to do. In the race Bottas did all the overtaking required to get the maximum result possible without any mistakes whatsoever. the only 10/10 performance of the weekend

    9/10 include Ricciardo, Alonso, Kimi, Magnussen and Andre Lotterer

  12. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 25th August 2014, 15:10

    Ricciardo for mine. Yet again showing why the pundits rate him the best driver on the grid.

  13. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 25th August 2014, 15:15

    Bottas impressed me this weekend.

    Riccardo, yes very good win again but out qualified by Vettel.

  14. Breno (@austus) said on 25th August 2014, 15:17

    I voted Ricciardo, once again showed how to steal it from Mercedes. I dont understand why Raikkonen is receiving so many votes, he had a lacking qualifying and finished in an average position, considering Alonso’s performance. Maybe this is a reaction to him finally doing a decent job, I dont know.

    • kpcart said on 25th August 2014, 16:02

      yeh, Raikonnen is driving like a has been. throws in 1 decent performance, but that is not enough 1 in 10 races, you have to do it every week like Alonso. Raikonnen only finished ahead of Alonso because of Alonsos penalty. Alonso wouldn’t have been driven off the road by rookies not for the penalty as he would have been ahead.

      • Mcquiz (@mcquiz) said on 25th August 2014, 20:03

        First of all Raikkonen had a fantastic race in Hungary climbing 10 positions. Second of all Kimi jumped ahead of everyone but Ricciardo who were ahead of him. So clearly he would’ve jumped ahead of Alonso as well and don’t forget that Alonso’s penalty was only 5 seconds yet he was nearly 25 seconds behind Kimi at the end of the race. Nothing to show here that Alonso would’ve been ahead.

  15. Kimi? Really? Had it not been for alonso’s penalty, he would have definitely lost out to his teammate.
    Bottas. But no standout performances though.
    Except Ricciardo who got outqualified, so…

    • Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 26th August 2014, 8:34

      Didn’t you notice Kimi was second after the first pitstops, he would have jumped Alonso too even without the penalty… Hah Alonso would have been ahead by team orders perhaps.

      • I think Kimi was given the better startegy by Ferrari because Alonso was anyway going to get the penalty… Kimi drove very well but I doubt He would’ve beaten Alonso if not for the penalty .. ( I think alonso would’ve boxed before Kimi if there was no penalty)…

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