2014 Monaco Grand Prix Driver Ratings

2014 Monaco Grand Prix Driver Ratings

There were some spectacular performances up and down the grid during the thrilling 2014 Monaco Grand Prix, but just how well did each driver do? Here are Richland F1’s ratings:0970LB1DX8625

Sebastian Vettel

The four-time world champion did well to qualify fourth despite ERS problems in qualifying, although he never looked as confident as his team-mate around the Monte Carlo streets. He looked set to score a top five result in the race but he was forced to retire. Rating: 6

Daniel Ricciardo

The Aussie put in a brilliant qualifying lap to secure third on the grid. A poor start dropped him to fifth, but he moved up to third as others hit trouble. He admitted after the Monaco Grand Prix that he inherited third, but his pace at the end of the race was very impressive, so you have to think that he could have managed a podium even if his rivals had not suffered problems. Rating: 8

Nico Rosberg

It was a faultless drive from the German in the race, holding off his team-mate in the early stages and pulling away in the final laps. He was cleared of any wrong-doing in qualifying after controversially taking to the escape road at Mirabeau. Everyone has their theories, but it was still a fantastic and very important weekend for Rosberg. Rating: 9

Lewis Hamilton

It was always going to be very close between the two Mercedes drivers in Monaco. Hamilton failed to produce a good enough lap to take pole position on his first attempt in Q3, before he was forced to back out of his second. The Brit matched his team-mate’s pace for most of the race but a vision problem meant his challenge faded. Rating: 8

Fernando Alonso

It was a rather quiet weekend for the Spaniard in Monaco. He qualified fifth but lost a place to his fast-starting team-mate at turn one. He had a trouble-free race but didn’t have the car to challenge those ahead, finishing a distant fourth. Rating: 7

Kimi Raikkonen

The Finn’s race started very well, after he stormed from a slightly disappointing sixth on the grid to fourth at Ste Devote. He moved up to third and was pulling away from Ricciardo when the second safety car emerged. A puncture dropped him down the field and after steadily moving up the order, he then completed an over-ambitious move on Kevin Magnussen, had to pit for a front wing and finished 12th. Rating: 6

Romain Grosjean

The Frenchman scored his second consecutive points finish after a rather chaotic race at the back of the pack. He took the chequered flag in ninth but was promoted a position due to a time penalty for another driver. He was faster than his team-mate all weekend and put in a decent drive, but it was a disappointing weekend overall for Lotus. Rating: 6

Pastor Maldonado

With so much going on in the final stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, a point’s finish could have been possible for the Venezuelan driver had he managed to start the race. A fuel pump problem left him stranded on the formation lap and he was unable to compete. One positive was the fact that he managed to complete all three practice sessions and qualifying without finding the wall. Rating: 5

Jenson Button

McLaren returned to the points in Monaco, with the pace of the MP4-29 looking much better in comparison to the last three races. A poor qualifying left Button with plenty to do from 12th, but he made good progress through the field and eventually finished sixth, right behind Nico Hulkenberg. Rating: 7

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The result could have been so much better for the Danish rookie in Monaco. After a strong effort in qualifying, he had a good, clean first lap and looked set to score a good haul of points. However, a slow pit stop and Raikkonen’s clumsy dive up the inside at the Fairmont hairpin dropped him to 10th. Rating: 8

Nico Hulkenberg

The Force India driver put in another impressive performance to continue his run of top 10 finishes. The German was not happy with qualifying, but picked off places to rise from 11th to fifth by the chequered flag. Tyre problems in the closing stages meant he dropped off the pace, but he just managed to hold on to his position. His pass on Magnussen at Portier was also one of the overtakes of the race. Rating: 8

Sergio Perez

He did well to make it through to Q3 but a mistake on his hot lap cost him a higher grid position. His race ended pretty abruptly, after he collided with Button at Mirabeau. The Mexican, who blamed Button, was pitched into a spin and hit the wall, bringing out the safety car. Rating: 6

Adrian Sutil

This race could have been a great opportunity for Sauber to score its first points of the year. Sutil qualified poorly, behind his team-mate, but he pulled off some great overtakes in the early stages of the race after an early pit stop. However, he threw all of his hard work away after a crash at the Nouvelle chicane. Rating: 6

Esteban Gutierrez

He out-qualified Sutil and looked set to score a good result in the race. He was running in eighth place when he retired in rather clumsy style, clipping the inside barrier at La Rascasse. It was another weekend to forget for the Mexican. Rating: 5

Jean-Eric Vergne

Vergne put in a brilliant lap time in qualifying to secure seventh on the grid. He was running well within the top 10 when he was given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe pit release, which was clear, and then retired with an exhaust problem. It was his fourth DNF of the season and cost Toro Rosso what could have been a good result. Rating: 7

Daniil Kvyat

The Russian driver had never even been to Monaco prior to the race weekend, so qualifying ninth – despite a crash in Q1 – and racing in the top 10 early on was very impressive. Unfortunately he was, like his team-mate, forced to retire with an exhaust issue. Rating: 7

Felipe Massa

The Brazilian qualified 16th through no fault of his own, after he was hit by Marcus Ericsson in Q1, and completed an impressive 46-lap opening stint on the super-soft tyre. With fresh prime tyres, he managed to move up to seventh – benefitting from other driver’s troubles – by the chequered flag to salvage something from what was a relatively poor weekend for Williams. Rating: 7

Valtteri Bottas

The Finn’s run of consecutive top 10 results came to an end in Monaco. Despite a poor qualifying session, more down to the car than the driver, he was running in the top 10 when a power-unit issue cut his race short. Rating: 6

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What an achievement for Marussia and Bianchi. Both scored their first points in Monaco, benefitting from a rather crazy end to the race. The French driver actually took the chequered flag in eighth but he dropped to ninth thanks to a time penalty. Still, he put in a great drive – including a fantastic and bold overtake on Kamui Kobayashi at La Rascasse – to finally secure a top 10 result. Rating: 9

Max Chilton

Chilton recorded his 25th finish in 25 races at the Monaco Grand Prix, but everything went wrong for the Brit. A poor start meant he dropped to the back and he then collided with Raikkonen as he attempted to un-lap himself behind the safety car, which caused an unscheduled extra pit stop and dropped him further behind. Rating: 5

Kamui Kobayashi

The Japanese driver was rightfully disappointed with 13th, as Caterham’s rivals Marussia scored points. He made a strong start but slipped back and was not happy with Bianchi’s overtake, saying it damaged the car and made it “undriveable”. Rating: 5

Marcus Ericsson

The Swedish rookie collided with Massa in Q1 and hit the wall thanks to a silly error. He started from the pit lane after being penalised and had a rather quiet race, keeping out of trouble. He just managed to hold off the much-faster Ferrari of Raikkonen in the closing stages to finish 11th. Rating: 5

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.



  • Criss

    Surprised by the low rating of Ericsson. Did you know he put in the 10 fastest laptime during the race? With a Caterham!