2014 Malaysian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

There were plenty of strong performances up and down the field over the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, but just how well did each driver do? Here are Richland F1’s ratings:40949128-45183032014

Sebastian Vettel

Overall it was a strong weekend for the four-time world champion, performing well throughout free practice, qualifying and the race. His only real mistake was missing out on a final lap in the Q3. Rating: 8

Daniel Ricciardo

The Aussie wasn’t able to match the pace of his team-mate during qualifying and the race but overall he put in a good performance, despite a team error during his final pit stop ruining his race. Rating: 7

Nico Rosberg

He struggled a little in the early stages of the 56-lap race and couldn’t match his team-mate in qualifying, but it was a solid weekend for the Australian Grand Prix winner as he extended his lead in the drivers’ championship.
Rating: 8

Lewis Hamilton

It was a perfect weekend for the Brit after a difficult season opener. He looked fast in both the wet and the dry, storming to pole, setting the fastest lap in the race and winning by a country mile. A faultless drive. Rating: 10

Fernando Alonso

With the car that he was driving, fourth place was a good result and probably the maximum that Alonso could have achieved. He may have clashed with Kvyat in qualifying but he put a car with far from ideal handling in the top four on the grid. Rating: 8

Kimi Raikkonen

It was a relatively quiet weekend for the Finn. He felt far more comfortable with the car but couldn’t match his team-mate’s pace when it mattered in qualifying. Could have been much better had he not been hit on lap two and his recovery drive wasn’t as strong as expected. Rating: 7

Romain Grosjean

It was a difficult race but the Frenchman managed to get the Lotus E22 to the chequered flag in 11th place, showing the progress that the team is making. He drove well when he was on track, particularly in qualifying. Rating: 7

Pastor Maldonado

After barely any running on Friday, it was no surprise that Maldonado was some way off Grosjean’s pace in qualifying. We didn’t see much of him in the race after a crash and then a Turbo issue. Rating: 5

Jenson Button

Not a particularly strong weekend for the McLaren driver, particularly when compared to his third place in Melbourne. He took a gamble that didn’t pay off in qualifying but recovered well to finish sixth after a quiet race. The Brit finished 80 seconds off the leader but couldn’t really achieve much more. Rating: 7Kevin Magnussen on track.

Kevin Magnussen

Out-qualified his team-mate and recovered well in the race but he made a number of errors over the race weekend. He could have obviously finished much higher had he not hit Raikkonen on lap two, which he admitted was his own fault. Rating: 6

Nico Hulkenberg

It was a stunning drive from the German, yet again, to finish in the top five. He battled well and raced fairly with some of the top drivers on the grid and managed to pull off a two-stop strategy. Rating: 8

Sergio Perez

He failed to start the race due to a mechanical problem but, judging from qualifying and practice, he never looked likely to match his team-mate’s performance. Rating: 5

Adrian Sutil

It was another difficult weekend for Sauber with Sutil retiring mid-way through the race. He had a poor qualifying in wet conditions and spent most of the race behind his team-mate. Another rather underwhelming weekend. Rating: 5

Esteban Gutierrez

The Mexican had a positive qualifying session, by Sauber’s current standards, and made it into Q2 in tricky conditions. He looked in better form in the rain but the race was dry. He spent most of it ahead of his team-mate before retiring. Rating: 6

Jean-Eric Vergne

He had a difficult race, collided with a Marussia on lap one and eventually retired. However, he performed well in qualifying (making it into the top 10 shoot-out) and practice. Rating: 6

Daniil Kvyat

The Russian rookie just missed out on a spot in Q3 after an impressive performance in qualifying. He had a quiet race but managed to score one point after benefitting from others problems. Rating: 7

Felipe Massa

The wet weather in qualifying didn’t suit the Williams FW36. After a disappointing Saturday, he did well to make up ground in the race but spent the final few laps unable to pass Button’s McLaren despite having a higher top speed on the straights. Rating: 6

Valtteri Bottas

He didn’t qualify too well and picked up a penalty for blocking. It was always going to be tough from 18th on the grid, but he moved through the field to score four points. He couldn’t get close enough to pass Massa late in the race despite quickly catching up to him. Rating: 6Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Malaysian Grand Prix - Race Day - Sepang, Malaysia

Jules Bianchi

The Marussia driver out-qualified his team-mate by almost two seconds but a puncture after he was hit by Vergne and a crash with Maldonado on lap one put him out of the race. Rating: 5

Max Chilton

A disappointing qualifying session meant he started on the back row of the grid. He got a poor start and finished in last place, failing to pass Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham despite being just one tenth behind him by the chequered flag. Rating: 5

Kamui Kobayashi

It was a promising end to the weekend for Kobayashi after a disastrous Friday. With little running and the wet weather, qualifying was always going to be tricky. The race went smoothly and he finished in 13th. Rating: 6

Marcus Ericsson

After retiring on his debut, the Swede managed to pick up the first race finish of his career. A quiet and underwhelming race, finishing some way off his team-mate, but he brought the car home. Rating: 6

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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