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Malaysian Grand Prix: driver of the day

So many drivers performed well but in the end, there could only be one.
Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 30, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - It would be easy for me to say my driver of the day is Lewis Hamilton, he did dominate the race after all.

For me, the driver of the day should be someone who performed better than expected. Which is hard two races into a season with major rule changes.

It wasn’t an easy decision. There are a few drivers that did a great job throughout the race.

Daniil Kvyat found himself finishing in the points again. It’s easy to forget the Malaysian Grand Prix is only his second race.

Kamui Kobayashi managed to get up to 11th place at one point during the race and battled with Romain Grosjean.

11th place for a Caterham is brilliant, especially when you consider this is the first full race Kobayashi has completed since returning to the sport.

Before things went horribly wrong for him, Daniel Ricciardo was having a great race and doing a good job of showing us why he’s behind the wheel of the Red Bull.

The team order-disliker in me really wants to give Felipe Massa the ‘driver of the day title’. He was right; if Valtteri Bottas couldn’t catch him, he couldn’t catch Jenson Button.

Massa fought and defended hard for his seventh place. He deserved it.

After much thinking, I decided that my Malaysian Grand Prix driver of the day title goes to Nico Hulkenberg.

The German driver outperformed teammate Sergio Perez during practice and qualifying, proving that he is getting the best out of that VMJ07. (Note that Perez did not start the race.)

It seems that at long last Hulkenberg finally has a car he can perform well in.

He was at the sharp end of the points for most of the race and defended well against Fernando Alonso.

With a handful of laps to go though Hulkenberg was unable to stave off the Ferrari of Alonso which was on fresher tyres and he crossed the line fifth.

Who was your driver of the day?

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