2014 Bahrain Grand Prix Driver Ratings

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix Driver Ratings

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

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It wasn’t the best weekend for the four-time world champion. He wasn’t fast enough for Q3 in qualifying and was out-paced by his team-mate in the race, although he recovered well from his poor grid position. Rating: 7

Daniel Ricciardo

He was faster than Vettel throughout the weekend and completed a brilliant drive through the field after a grid penalty for his unsafe pit release in Malaysia. The Aussie was best of the rest in qualifying and made some great overtakes. Rating: 9

Nico Rosberg

It was a fantastic drive from the German despite missing out on the top spot. He battled closely and cleanly with his team-mate and looked to have the faster package overall, but couldn’t make his way through. Rating: 9

Lewis Hamilton

Following his faultless and dominant drive in Malaysia, Hamilton had to work incredibly hard for his second consecutive win of the season. The Brit defended incredibly to hold off Rosberg despite being on the slower tyre compound for the final stint and put in a hugely impressive and completely unsurprising performance. His only real error was mucking up his final lap in Q3, which cost him the chance of pole position. Rating: 9

Fernando Alonso

It was a disappointing weekend overall for Alonso. He suffered a loss of power in qualifying and started the race from 10th. The Spaniard struggled with straight line speed but got the maximum from a car that wasn’t capable of challenging those ahead. Rating: 7

Kimi Raikkonen

The Finn qualified well but failed to maintain his position in the race. Like Alonso, he had poor speed along the straights but managed to match the pace of his team-mate. However, it wasn’t enough to finish ahead of him. Rating: 7

Romain Grosjean

He out-performed his team-mate once again and got the Lotus E22 to the chequered flag. It was a decent performance but he was, yet again, stuck battling the Caterham and Marussia drivers. Rating: 6

Pastor Maldonado

It was a terrible race from the Venezuelan, who was handed some well-deserved penalties. He missed out on Q2 and tangled with several drivers on Sunday. He hit Vergne’s Toro Rosso before pitching Gutierrez into a scary barrel-roll after he exited the pits. Rating: 2

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It was a disappointing 250th race for the 34-year-old. He put in a good qualifying lap, but the car was faster in race trim. The Brit completed some strong overtakes during the Bahrain Grand Prix and looked set for a top five result before a clutch problem caused his retirement. Rating: 8

Kevin Magnussen

Everything went wrong for the rookie in Bahrain. He couldn’t match his team-mate in qualifying and tangled with Raikkonen in the race, which was clearly his fault. He failed to make much progress before exiting the race with an almost identical problem to Button. Rating: 6

Nico Hulkenberg

The German put in another strong performance, but ultimately missed out on his first podium finish by a few seconds. He battled cleanly and fairly throughout the race but dropped behind Ricciardo in the closing stages. Rating: 8

Sergio Perez

Following a disappointing start to his time at Force India, the Mexican put in a stand-out performance to score his first podium since the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. It was a strong and faultless race from Perez, out-performing his highly-rated team-mate. Rating: 9

Adrian Sutil

He was out-performed by his less experienced team-mate in qualifying and was handed a grid penalty after bizarrely pushing Grosjean off track in the first session. The German driver failed to make up much ground in the race before being hit by Bianchi and retiring. Rating: 5

Esteban Gutierrez

Fortunately the Mexican emerged unscathed from a scary crash after he was hit by Maldonado. He was the fastest Sauber driver all weekend but the team registered another double-DNF. Rating: 6

Jean-Eric Vergne

The Frenchman was out-qualified by Kvyat and had a disappointing and messy race after being hit by Maldonado. He eventually retired due to the damage sustained. Rating: 5

Daniil Kvyat

It was another rather quiet and trouble-free race for the Russian driver, who didn’t have the car to challenge for points. Still, it was a decent drive under the lights and he out-performed his team-mate yet again. Rating: 6

Felipe Massa

The safety car cost the Williams team a potential podium and a bigger haul of points, but it was a positive result overall. Massa had a perfect start to move up to third and battled brilliantly during the race. Rating: 8

Valtteri Bottas

Bottas put in a fantastic performance in qualifying and started third on the grid. However, a poor start meant he lost three positions and he dropped back further due to the safety car. However, he showed strong pace. Rating: 7

Jules BianchiMotor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Bahrain Grand Prix - Race Day - Sakhir, Bahrain

Bianchi performed well in qualifying but had a disastrous race. He collided with Sutil after an aggressive and clumsy move, which damaged his car, and finished some way behind his team-mate.  Rating: 4

Max Chilton

Chilton’s run of consecutive race finishes continued after another respectable drive. He made up for a poor qualifying but stayed out of trouble to cross the line well clear of Kobayashi’s Caterham and the second Marussia of Bianchi. Rating: 6

Kamui Kobayashi

It was a disappointing race for the Caterham driver. He battled back from a poor first lap but finished quite some way behind Chilton after he was forced to save fuel, which masked his pace. Rating: 6

Marcus Ericsson

He was eight tenths slower than his team-mate in qualifying but had a good start and opening stint. However, he couldn’t stay ahead of Chilton and Kobayashi. He eventually retired with an oil leak. Rating: 5

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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