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    he drew level on pace with Grosjean last year, after all.

    that is not true. also please note that pastor has never had to sit out an fp1 session all year, whereas grosjean had to do so on many occasions. it doesn’t matter how you twist things, grosjean was always quicker and more consistent.

    maldonado is only quick on 3-4 occasions per year, that simply isn’t enough, along with all the mistakes he makes.

    i still have my doubts over this whole debate though, i refuse to believe this is true until it gets confirmation from renault themselves. however i will celebrate, if it happens.



    I think for the rest of the year Conor Daly (who drivers SPM’s third car in the Indy 500) has probably got the best chance of replacing Hinch. I know they’re both friends and i think Hinchcliffe would support that (well, depends on how much he’s got to say in it). Daly will have gotten to know the team and i think it’s about time he’s got a chance to prove himself.



    seeing as i know the city of zurich (not too well, but i did walk over one of those bridges the track is on) i belive this looks like a good track. the pit lane might be a bit too short, but other than that i think this would be a great thing if it ever happens. as far as the heidfeld-kurve goes, maybe the people from the newspaper this was published on know that he had so much bad luck this season. also he lives in switzerland, and drives for a swiss team in the WEC.

    at the moment though, it’s still unknown if the swiss gouvernment will make an exception for formula e. since the horrble le mans-accident from 1955 all races on circuits have been banned permanently, but a certain man called Uli Giezendanner, who is a minor politician, proposed to make an exception for formula e, because it’s “the future”. So far all 256 members of the national and cantonal councils have agreed on it, now it’s only the federal council, which consists of seven people, which has to allow it to make it official. to be honest, this is very exciting for me, as motorsport seems to be not so interesting for most people in this country. i would love to go to the race, should it ever happen. if there’s a place to apply for being a track marshall i would apply immediately.



    @fastiesty what? magnussen won the formula renault 3.5 title, vandoorne did not. clearly mclaren chose magnussen because he beat vandoorne in 2013! and it’s not like the year in gp2 hasn’t done vandoorne any good, he’s learned a lot.



    Ok here we go. Won’t be ranking Will Stevens and Andre Lotterer due to their one-off racing debut. However I will say they both did well.

    22. Esteban Gutierrez
    Showed some promise by beating Sutil from time to time in the first half, but ultimately he was the worse driver at Sauber. Although he did have some bad luck with technical failures, it’s not hard to see why he has only scored points once in 38 races. Worst drive was definately Monaco where he threw away a points finish with a mistake not even a rookie should make.

    21. Max Chilton
    Did improve from last year, however it became apparent in Spa, why he had the drive at Marussia. There’s no other way of saying that he’s the slowest driver in the field, but he is consistent (however not as consistent as last year).

    20. Adrian Sutil
    Not much was expected from Sauber when they started the season with thier uninspired driver line-up, but was expected to beat Gutierrez due to his experience. He did beat him eventually, but not as excessively as many expected. Worst performance was, again, Monaco. Having driven the course many times now, you’d expect him to know the bumpy road after the tunnel (after all, it’s where Raikkonen once crashed into him due to those bumps) but he still threw away a possible points finsih with a driver error, like Gutierrez. Also making spiteful comments about Sauber’s future after he got sacked made the ever so slight repect i had for him vanish completely.

    19. Marcus Ericsson
    Generally slower than Kobayashi, but that was to be expected. Has good performances in Singapore, Japan and Russia, that weren’t down to new parts only, like many seem to know. After Italy Ericsson urged his engineers to alter his brake-by-wire settings, which were his main problem during the season. He made a few silly errors (Monaco qualifying springs to mind), but many technical failures lessend his time in practice seassions and so on. I reckon he’ll be doing a better job at Sauber next year.

    18. Pastor Maldonado
    Generally not as quick as Grosjean and also forgetting how to drive a F1 car during practice in China gave me the confirmation that Maldonado is simply not F1 material. With a big roll of cash under his arms it’s doubtful that we’ll see him leave the sport soon.

    17. Kamui Kobayashi
    Did what he could in his Caterham, but ultimately I believe it was the last we ever saw from him in F1. The last lap overtake on Bianchi in China was brilliant, but it proved to be unnecessary anyway.

    16. Kimi Raikkonen
    It’s quite incredible how low I have to place him, but 2014 was a year to forget for the Iceman. Many considered the fight at Ferrari was going to be close, but ultimately it wasn’t close at all. Raikkonen couldn’t get to grips with his car all year and it will be interesting to see how he fares against Vettel next year.

    15. Romain Grosjean
    From being a contender for wins last year he went to being a lower midfielder, most of the time due to his car and it’s terrible engine. Things can only get better next year.

    14. Jules Bianchi
    Scoring points in Monaco was probably the highlight of his carrer, and let’s not forget that he outqualified Raikkonen several times this year. Bianchi was supposed to be Ferraris future, and he showed us why. Such a shame about his accident.

    13. Sergio Perez
    Put up a good fight against Hulkenberg, but he was generally a bit slower than him. Kudos to his podium in Bahrain, probably his best drive since Monza 2012. Deserved his second season with Force India.

    12. Daniil Kvyat
    Has been very close to Vergne in race pace, and was better in Qualifying. In the end I don’t think he should’ve been promoted to Red Bull yet, but maybe he’ll prove me wrong in 2015.

    11. Jean-Eric Vergne
    Better than Kvyat in the races, slower in qualifying. Same as with Ricciardo in 2013 really (and I still say that Vergne deserved the seat at Red Bull more than Ricciardo). Again he had a lot of retirements due to technical issues, but still managed to score 22 points. He didn’t deserve to be dropped.

    10. Kevin Magnussen
    After the impressive debut in Austalia he was never really a contender again. A few silly mistakes in Malaysia and China. His defending at Spa was top notch driving though, the penalty he got was ridiculous in my opinion, same in Monza. Has a future ahead of him and I believe McLaren would be better off in keeping him instead of Button.

    9. Nico Hülkenberg
    Didn’t completely obliterate Perez as many expected, but still beat him in the end. Consistent. Not much else to say.

    8. Felipe Massa
    Terrible first half of the season, lots of crashes and not really making himself any friends with his comments about “GP2 drivers”. After Monza though he was constantly ahead of Bottas and looked more like his 2008 self.

    7. Sebastian Vettel
    A huge disappointment the 2014 season was for the world champion. Never got to grips with the car and the pressure from Ricciardo was higher than most expected. Looking forward to see him in a Ferrari next year.

    6. Jenson Button
    Did a good Job this year, was always quick and never looked in doubt of finishing ahead of Magnussen in the championship. Was it enough to secure his future at McLaren? He’s not the youngest anymore and Magnussen is still very young. It’s a tough call.

    5. Nico Rosberg
    Just wasn’t as quick as Hamilton when it really mattered, so runner-up was the best he could do. With the best car on the grid it wasn’t a very hard year, but he still did good.

    4. Lewis Hamilton
    The world champion had a few rocks thrown in his path, but speed and determination lead to him securing the championship. Deserved it, but in the best car on the grid, it was never hard to see Hamltion as world champion at the end of the year.

    3. Fernando Alonso
    Once again he proved himself to be one of the best drivers in the field. After the Ferrari had been declared useless by many fans, Alonso still pulled masterful drives out of it (Hungary especially).

    2. Daniel Ricciardo
    Ricciardo has been a big surprise this year. He had quite a bit of pressure on him, since Vettel was a world champion and Ricciardo had barely any experience driving at the front of the field. Still he fought hard for his three victories this year and proved himself and Red Bull a force to be reckoned with in the future.

    1. Valtteri Bottas
    To me, there’s only one true winner for the top rank this year. Bottas has been such a consistent driver and truly showed his ability to race. Even though his second half of the season wasn’t as good as the first, he’s proved himself to be one of the fastest drivers in F1, in the third best car on the grid. Bottas is a name we will often hear in the future.

    Been writing this at 3 am, any spelling or grammar errors may be forgiven.



    i watch alpine skiing during the winter. or i go ski myself ;)



    Thank you for the explanation, Keith. Shows that you’re a professional.



    As for highlights, Austrian television had their two commentators talking about the accident first and then a cut version of the race after sutils accident (just the normal race footage). they talked about the driver safety, since alex wurz is the chairman of the gpda since two days (and he’s a commentator). the rest of the race they didn’t even show, just that last bit, but i’m not sure wether it was supposed to be highlights of the race or an unscheduled information for the f1 viewers. it lasted 15 minutes i think.



    good. spices up the championship a bit.



    i’d ask chilton if his cheque for belgium was big enough to secure his seat for the rest of the season.

    magnussen on his future at mclaren.

    hamilton and rosberg if they’re still friends.

    bottas on how big his chances for winning in monza are.



    what a race that was. never would’ve thought evans could get that win, i already thought it was gonna be vandoorne or palmer, but evans prved me wrong. great drive and well deserved. glad to see him doing so well. such a shame about pic and marciello and also daly. especially daly. he always gets one hell of a start but it just doesn’t come together for him. if you look where berthon ended up, daly could’ve easily got there aswell, as he was side-by-side with him before he got hit by that idiot canamasas. i know i sound like a biased fanboy, and i will admit that he is one of my favourite young drivers at the moment (if you’ve seen the second gp3 race at monza last year you know why i’m a fan) but it’s so terrible to see an exciting prospect do so bad. being at lazarus doesn’t help and i hope he can do what evans did and get to a better team next year.



    oh god, why lancaster? why not other talented people? lancaster is just another one of those experienced gp2 drivers, whose single-seater career should’ve been finshed by now. hopefully it’s only for the british grand prix, because it’s his home race.



    ellinas is probably the best bet. i’d hope for dalys sake that he’d move up, but i think he’s staying with lazarus for now, as he spent the two weeks between austria and silverstone in italy with the team. martsenko could also be possible, or perhaps one of their other gp3 drivers like mason for example.

    btw, don’t think i’ll be missing regalia too much. he didn’t do anything outstanding really.



    right, i’ll just go through every driver.

    evans – adopted pretty well from a not so good start to gp2. needs more time, and has it, as he’s still young.
    markelov – promising in german f3, but pretty useless so far in gp2.
    nasr – definately ready for f1. hopefully he’ll replace massa next year.
    leal – so far had a good season, but made a silly mistake in monaco. not sure what to make of him.
    marciello – looked rubbish before austria, we’ll have to wait and see if it was just a one-off result or the start of a better performance.
    coletti – after last year, looked like he was just cracking under pressure from leading the championship. but has too much experience, gonna be difficult to step up from gp2.
    palmer – one of the rich kids whose families pay for their drive. could be another chilton in the making but i don’t rate him very highly, seeing as he has a lot of experience which gives him an advantage.
    richelmi – not what you’d call f1 material, same boat as palmer but less sucessful.
    izawa – don’t know what to make of him. never expected him to finish in the points in austria but he was there all of the sudden. he’s much too old for any f1 future though.
    vandoorne – a bit inconsistent, but all in all very good driver. hopefully buttons replacement when he retires.
    abt – possibly the most overrated driver of the whole grid. really not impressed in any way by him. there’s the door to formula e over there, mate.
    regalia – needs more time to adapt but still seems lost in gp2.
    quaife-hobbs – looked good last year but not really this year. possibly his car that’s slowing him down.
    trummer – got a podium due to tyre strategy in bahrain but didn’t look like he’s gonna repeat it anytime soon.
    binder – not a very good driver. looked good in bahrain, but after that he was terrible, especially monaco.
    negrao – similar to his team mate. no promising talent has been spotted yet.
    haryanto – bad start to the season, mostly due to bad luck. good performance and a well-earned podium finish in monaco.
    rossi – very unlucky, just like like his team mate but looked better in austria. disappointed with him so far but the season is still long.
    de jong – usually at the back. can’t do better i’m afraid.
    ellinas – good performances from him so far, but needs to step his game up if he wants to keep that seat.
    canamasas – impressive start to his campaign. but still i don’t rate him highly. he was rubbish at caterham.
    cecotto – showed lots of maturity this season. but he’s got too much experience. not sure if any f1 teams are looking into him.
    berthon – never showed much pace, both in race and quali.
    daly – i’m a big fan of this guy. but unfortunately he’s got quite a dog of a car. did manage to overtake a lot of other cars in races though. once he fixes qualifying he’s on for better results, i’m sure of it. i hope a better team picks him up for the next season, or maybe even mid-season.
    pic – very very consistent. might do it like his brother and get to f1.
    sato – not really all that impressive.

    people who aren’t acing at the moment
    dillman – good. shame he couldn’t get a seat.
    lancaster – he should stick to endurance racing.
    jeffries – haven’t seen enough to rate him honestly.



    please no palmer in f1. don’t know why but i dislike him massively.

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