2014 Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

2014 Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

There were some spectacular performances up and down the grid during the dramatic 2014 Canadian Grand Prix, but just how well did each driver do? Here are Richland F1’s ratings:0987LB1D8907

Sebastian Vettel

The four-time world champion put in a stunning final qualifying lap to secure third on the grid, above Red Bull Racing’s own expectations. Despite the Renault-powered RB10′s lack of straight-line speed hampering his efforts to overtake, it was a strong drive to the final place on the podium. Rating: 9

Daniel Ricciardo

The Aussie put in a faultless drive to secure his maiden F1 victory. He just missed out on a better grid position, admitting that his lap – which was good enough for sixth, 0.041 seconds slower than Vettel’s – was a little scruffy. After a steady start, he completed some brave overtakes and made his strategy work brilliantly. Rating: 10

Nico Rosberg

With his team-mate’s strong track record at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, many expected Rosberg to start second and finish in the runner-up spot. However, The German put in a great lap to secure first on the grid and had a strong opening stint. It wasn’t a faultless drive – he narrowly avoided hitting the wall after a moment at turn four and also straight-lined the final chicane – but considering the mechanical problems that he had en route to second place, it was still a very impressive one nonetheless. Rating: 9

Lewis Hamilton

As mentioned above, Hamilton was expected to dominate the weekend and re-take the lead in the drivers’ championship. It looked like he would do just that after practice and the first two qualifying sessions, but when it mattered he failed to put together a good enough lap to take pole after a few small errors. A turn one error meant he dropped behind Vettel, but he quickly disposed of the Red Bull. He kept with Rosberg, but just as he took the lead, his brakes failed. Rating: 8

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari’s pace had looked more promising in practice, but seventh was the maximum possible in qualifying, according to Alonso. He struggled with the balance of his F14 T in the race and looked on course for a disappointing eighth place finish, before he was promoted to sixth following the last lap drama. Once again, a good but rather quiet performance by the Spaniard. Rating: 7

Kimi Raikkonen

The Finn was out-paced by his team-mate throughout the race weekend and took home just one point. Following a poor qualifying session, which wasn’t helped by the fact that he only completed one run, he finished where he started after a difficult race. Raikkonen felt the car’s handling was inconsistent and also lost time due to a clumsy spin at turn 10. Rating: 4

Romain Grosjean

The Lotus team knew it was in for a tough weekend due to the characteristics of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which largely consists of slow corners and long straights. 14th in qualifying was decent, particularly considering the gap to the top 10, but his race was cut short due to rear wing damage, although he didn’t look set to score points anyway. Rating: 6

Pastor Maldonado0986LB1D0498

It was a troublesome weekend for the Venezuelan. A power-unit issue in qualifying meant he started the race from 17th, and also gave him his first reprimand of the year as he failed to re-attach his steering wheel after pulling off track. The problems re-appeared on Sunday and he failed to finish. Rating: 5

Jenson Button

The Brit managed to make it through to the top 10 shoot-out in qualifying and started the race from ninth place, although McLaren expected the Canadian Grand Prix to be tough due to the long-run pace of those behind. After a slow start, he found that the MP4-29 worked much better on the prime tyre and recovered well to finish fourth, completing late overtakes on Nico Hulkenberg and Alonso. Rating: 8

Kevin Magnussen

The Danish rookie did quite well on his first trip to the tricky 2.709 mile circuit, finishing just within the top 10. He was slightly frustrated to qualify 12th but had a good race, moving up two positions following the last-lap contact to score two points thanks to ninth. Rating: 6

Nico Hulkenberg

He was a little disappointed to just miss out on a space in the top 10 shoot-out on Saturday, qualifying in 11th place. However, the Force India cars had always looked stronger in race trim. He started on the prime tyre but the early safety car didn’t help his strategy. The German spent most of the race defending and was a little way behind his team-mate before the late drama, but it was still another good drive to fifth as his run of points finishes continues. Rating: 7

Sergio Perez

A spin in Q1 meant he narrowly avoided the drop-zone. He eventually qualified in 13th and attempted a one-stop strategy, completing an impressive 34-lap stint on the option tyre. He was running well in the closing stages but was unable to close in on Rosberg in the first two sectors. Despite losing out to the two Red Bull drivers in the final laps, he was on course for a strong result before he collided with Felipe Massa at turn one. He was deemed responsible for changing his line and was given a grid penalty for the next race. Rating: 8

Adrian Sutil

Maldonado’s Q1 issue helped Sutil to make it through to Q2, but he was way off the pace of those ahead of him. 16th was a mild improvement in comparison to recent races, but it was another disappointing race. He ended up one lap down in 13th, as his difficult first season with Sauber continued. Rating: 5

Esteban Gutierrez

The Mexican had proved to be a good match for Sutil yet again, but his relatively small error in third practice caused him to miss qualifying, as Sauber had to replace his chassis. After starting from the pit lane, he failed to make up too much progress and had a rather anonymous race before retiring with six laps remaining with energy store issues. Rating: 5

Jean-Eric Vergne

The Frenchman was faster than his rookie team-mate throughout the weekend, qualifying in a fine eighth place at the wheel of his Toro Rosso STR9. He had a good start to displace Alonso, but lost the position during the first round of pit stops. He eventually finished just ahead of Magnussen in eighth. Rating: 8

Daniil Kvyat

It wasn’t a good weekend for the Russian rookie, who started the race in 15th place after a disappointing qualifying session. A spin at turn two early in the race dropped him back and he then retired with a transmission problem. Rating: 5

Felipe Massa

Williams had a great opportunity to score its best result of the season in Canada, following a strong showing in qualifying and impressive race pace. Massa missed out on third on the grid by the smallest of margins and had to settle for fifth. The Brazilian retained his position early on before a slow pit stop dropped him down the order. He then charged to the back of the lead pack but collided with Perez on the final lap, heavily hitting the barrier. Fortunately both drivers were okay. Rating: 8

Valtteri Bottas0986LB1D0580

He just – and I mean just – had the edge over his team-mate in qualifying, lining up fourth for the race. It looked very promising early on but a poorly timed second stop meant he exited the pits in traffic, which overheated his engine and brakes. He was forced to back off and conserve the car in the final laps and also suffered a vibration following a lock-up just after his stop, which meant he dropped to seventh. Rating: 7

Jules Bianchi

Following such a strong Monaco Grand Prix, his qualifying performance was rather underwhelming. He was 19th fastest behind his team-mate, but he did miss out on a second run and had very limited running in the car following a crash in first practice and a mechanical issue in the second session. He was the lead Marussia as the field headed to turn three, but Max Chilton lost the rear of his car and hit Bianchi, pitching him into the wall. Rating: 5

Max Chilton

A good first lap in Q1 saw him get very close to progressing to the second segment, but the red flags meant he was unable to improve. He lost a position off the line and then hit his team-mate at turn three after a slide. With front suspension damage, he registered the first retirement of his F1 career. Rating: 4

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham was way off the pace of Marussia throughout the weekend, so it was no surprise that he qualified in 20th. A five-place gearbox change penalty dropped him one place and he was having a rather quiet race before a suspension failure pitched him into a spin and caused his retirement. Rating: 6

Marcus Ericsson

The CT05 looked very difficult to drive at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, so it wasn’t particularly surprising when he crashed at turn nine in Q1. A power-unit problem from the formation lap meant he was eventually forced to retire just after the safety car period. Rating: 5

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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