2014 Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

There were some spectacular performances up and down the grid during the thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix, but just how well did each driver do? Here are Richland F1’s ratings from Hungaroring.

Sebastian Vettel

The four-time champion had a strong first half of the weekend and seemed much more comfortable in the RB10 than his team-mate at the Hungaroring. He did well to qualify on the front row but the timing of the first safety car and a clumsy final corner spin dropped him back to seventh. Rating: 7

Daniel Ricciardo

The Aussie was beaten by Vettel in qualifying but drove a fantastic race to take his second F1 victory. The first safety car gave him the lead and he completed some brave overtakes to climb up the order, take the lead and make his strategy work. A fine win and performance. Rating: 9 (Driver of the Day)

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The German lagged behind his team-mate in practice and was helped by Lewis Hamilton’s Q1 fire to take an unchallenged and relatively easy pole position. The first safety car dropped him back and he lost crucial time behind slower cars. He failed to pull off the three-stop strategy and eventually finished fourth. Rating: 8

Lewis Hamilton

After his brake disc failure in qualifying at the Hockenheimring, Hamilton suffered another reliability in Hungary – this time a fuel leak caused the back of his car to set fire. A pit lane start left him with plenty of work to do and a lap one spin didn’t help his recovery, but the safety car periods helped him move up the order and he put in another strong and aggressive drive through the field. Rating: 9

Fernando Alonso

The two-time champion once again got the maximum from the machinery at his disposal. The cooler conditions suited the F14 T more and made his two-stop strategy work. He did well to defend from Hamilton and Rosberg on worn tyres, but couldn’t keep Ricciardo behind. Rating: 9

Kimi Raikkonen

A qualifying strategy error caused Raikkonen to drop out of the first segment of qualifying. He lined up in 16th and put in a good recovery drive to finish sixth – his best result of the season so far. He felt much more comfortable in the F14 T at the Hungaroring and it showed during the race. Rating: 7

Romain Grosjean

Lotus expected a bit more from the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, but Grosjean lost track time in practice due to problems and only lined up 15th on the grid. A clumsy spin while warming up his tyres behind the safety car caused him to crash and retire from the race. Rating: 5

Pastor Maldonado

More power-unit problems meant Maldonado didn’t even set a time in Q1 and started from the back of the grid. It wasn’t a trouble-free race, he made contact with Jules Bianchi after an over-ambitious overtake at turn one, but he made it home in 13th. Rating: 5

Jenson Button

The Brit always excels in changeable conditions and it showed on the first lap of the race, after he jumped from seventh to fifth. However, McLaren opted to fit a new set of intermediates at his first stop, while everyone else went onto slicks, and it proved to be the wrong move. He dropped back with another pit stop and only recovered to 10th. Rating: 7

Kevin Magnussen

He was caught out by the rain in qualifying, resulting in a crash and a pit lane start on Sunday. He stayed out on intermediates during the first safety car but it proved to be a poor decision by McLaren, as the rain expected by the team failed to arrive. Overall it was a disappointing weekend for the Dane after showing promise in practice. Rating: 6

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India failed to feature in practice, but Hulkenberg did well to qualify ninth on Saturday. However, he had a poor first lap and a clumsy crash with his team-mate put him out of the race, ending his run of consecutive points finishes. Rating: 5

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After being hit by Hulkenberg, Force India’s hopes then rested on Perez bringing the car home in the points. However, a spin at the final corner caused him to crash heavily into the pit wall, which also put an end to the Silverstone-based outfit’s points run. Rating: 5

Adrian Sutil

Sauber was slightly more competitive in Hungary and Sutil took advantage of Hamilton, Maldonado and Raikkonen’s problems to qualifying 12th. He started 11th, thanks to Magnussen’s pit lane start, and finished in the same position after a quiet but problem-free race. Rating: 6

Esteban Gutierrez

His team-mate looked to have the upper hand on Friday and Saturday, but Gutierrez moved into the top 10 with a well-timed first pit stop. Unfortunately what could have been a promising race ended early thanks to an ERS issue. Rating: 6

Jean-Eric Vergne

The Frenchman finally out-performed his rookie team-mate all weekend and performed well early on in the tricky conditions. He was running in second place at one point but ultimately didn’t have the pace in the dry to maintain the position, dropping to ninth. Rating: 8

Daniil Kvyat

Kvyat had a rather low-key and quiet run to 14th place, having lined up for the formation lap in 10th. However, a lack of power caused a pit lane start and he failed to recover much ground. Rating: 6

Felipe Massa

The Brazilian, once again, looked slightly less comfortable at the wheel of the FW36 in comparison to his team-mate, but a good strategy and the timings of the safety cars helped him move up to fifth place by the chequered flag. Rating: 7

Valtteri Bottas

The Finn put in a great qualifying lap to secure third on the grid and ran second early on after a strong start. However, a slow stop and the timing of the safety car dropped him down the field and cost him a better result. Rating: 7

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He improved considerably on his final Q1 lap to move into the second segment of qualifying and started in 15th. He didn’t have the pace to keep the likes of Hamilton and Raikkonen behind, but did well to maintain his position and finish ahead of his team-mate despite competing with a damaged car following an over-ambitious move at turn one by Maldonado. Rating: 7

Max Chilton

It was a rather anonymous weekend for Chilton. Problems in practice meant he lost track time, and he was always a few tenths slower than his team-mate. He finished just behind Bianchi in the race, but partly thanks to the Frenchman’s damaged car. Rating: 5

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham looked closer to Marussia in Hungary and Kobayashi enjoyed a strong lead up to the race, lining up in 17th. He was involved in a few battles but was forced to retire with a fuel system issue. Rating: 6

Marcus Ericsson

The Swede couldn’t match the pace of his team-mate once again and made an early exit from the race after losing control of his car in the slippery conditions on lap seven. He failed to catch the slide at turn three and hit the wall hard, but was uninjured after the 2oG impact. Rating: 4

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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.