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Hungarian Grand Prix: driver by driver review

We look at how each driver did at round 11 of the 2014 season.
Monday, July 28, 2014

 

28th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Sorry Bahrain, I think Hungary one-upped you yesterday.

What a thriller the Hungarian Grand Prix was and we didn’t even need that extra rain shower to spice things up.

There was plenty of action going on all over the field so let’s take a look at how each driver did at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

1. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing-Renault - 25 points

The Australian driver is the only man who’s been able to oust the Mercedes duo from the top step all season and his last minute charge was perfectly timed.

On fresher tyres he was able to cut through the front runners and hunted down Fernando Alonso for first place.

This is Ricciardo’s second win of the season and on the podium he said it felt just as good as the first.

 

2. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 18 points

You’ve got to feel for Alonso. He almost took his first win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix but with tyres with little grip left, he was no match for Ricciardo.


Second place is Alonso and Ferrari’s highest finish of the year and goes to show that they have got a fairly decent car, especially in the more than capable hands of the two-time world champion.

 

3. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 15 points

For the second race in a row the British driver started from the back and still managed to finish on the podium.

A fire during Q1 meant Hamilton had to start from the pit lane. He made light work of working his way through the field to the front of the pack.

Towards the end he was fighting off the advances of teammate Nico Rosberg who was on slightly fresher tyres. Hamilton held him off to take his ninth podium finish of the year.

 

4. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 12 points

After starting on pole and opening a gap up at the start of the race it seemed another win was in the bag for Rosberg.

When the first safety car came out Rosberg missed the pit entry and couldn’t pit, he then suffered braking issues and trouble with handling.

He began closing in on Hamilton towards the end of the race but was unable to find a way past and finished off the podium for the first time this year.

 

5. Felipe Massa - Williams-Mercedes - 10 points

For the first time in a few races Massa was the fastest Williams on track. He was unable to challenge for a podium finish and blamed the team’s tyre strategy for his fifth place.

Massa’s fifth place finish and Bottas’ eighth place means that Williams are now fourth in the constructors’ title and Ferrari move up to third.

 

6. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari - 8 points

Ferrari were in better shape in Hungary than they’ve been all year. Raikkonen’s sixth place is his highest finishing position so far this year.

Again it shows that the F14 T can be competitive, though team principal Matteo Mattiacci was cautious after the race and said: “We already know the strengths and weaknesses within the tea; it is not a weekend that is going to change this.”

 

7. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing-Renault - 6 points

The quadruple world champion didn’t have a great start, losing out to Valtteri Bottas at the first corner.

On lap 33 he almost repeated Perez’s spin into the pit wall but somehow managed to save it and drive off without any damage, which lost him a couple of positions

 

8. Valtteri Bottas - Williams - 4 points

The Finn had a very strong start and was able to pass Vettel on the opening lap. He lost out under the safety car and dropped back to outside the top 10.

He managed to recover to finish eighth place.

 

9. Jean-Eric Vergne - 2 points

Thanks to tyre strategies the Frenchman was able to run in second place and was battling against the race leaders at one point.

He crossed the line ninth in the end and described the race as ‘perfect’.

 

10. Jenson Button - McLaren-Mercedes - 1 point

While most of the field were ditching intermediate tyres for dry tyres McLaren kept their boys on the inters as their radar showed more rain was to come.


The rain didn’t materialise in the end and Button said their decision to hold out on inters cost him.

McLaren are sixth in the constructors’ title, just one point below Force India. With a double retirement for Force India, McLaren could have had the opportunity to retake fifth place.

 

11. Adrian Sutil - Sauber-Ferrari

A strong day’s running for the German driver saw him in the points at one point during the race.

11th is Sutil’s equal-highest finishing position of the year as he also finished 11th in Australia.

After the race Sutil said that finishing just outside the points was encouraging.

 

12. Kevin Magnussen - McLaren-Mercedes

Following a crash during Q3 Magnussen had to start from the pit lane and then had to set about fighting his way through the pack.

McLaren’s weather forecast showed more rain was to come so they opted to keep their drivers on the intermediate tyres longer than the rest of the field.

Post-race Magnussen said he didn’t feel it really impeded him and wouldn’t have made much difference if he’d switched to dry tyres sooner.

 

13. Pastor Maldonado - Lotus-Renault

Maldonado had a tricky Hungarian Grand Prix. Post-race the Lotus driver said he struggled with grip and ‘didn’t always have full power’.

He was unable to challenge the cars ahead of him and came home 13th.

 

14. Daniil Kvyat - STR-Ferrari

As the grid got away on the warm-up lap Kvyat’s Toro Rosso stalled on the grid, forcing him to start from the pit lane behind Hamilton and Magnussen.

The Russian spent the rest of the race working his way through the field but was had trouble looking after the tyres and came home 14th.

 

15. Jules Bianchi - Marussia-Ferrari

On lap 17 the Frenchman was hit by Maldonado going into the first corner. Bianchi pitted straight away and suffered damage to his car which affected his balance.


For the rest of the race Bianchi had to deal with serious balance issues which meant he was unable to challenge the cars in front of him.

 

16. Max Chilton - Marussia-Ferrari

The Brit had a fairly quiet race and enjoyed a battle with teammate Bianchi towards the end of the race.

Chilton crossed the line last in 16th place.

 

DNF - Marcus Ericsson - Caterham-Renault

On lap seven the Swede brought out the first safety car of the race after crashing at Turn Three.

Ericsson got out of the car safely and headed to the medical centre as a precaution. He later said that he felt fine and that the impact measured 20g.

 

DNF - Romain Grosjean - Lotus-Renault

Just as the marshalls finished clearing up the wreckage of Ericsson’s car and the safety car was about to go back in, Grosjean also crashed at Turn Three.

 

DNF - Nico Hulkenberg - Force India

The German driver was the third retirement of the day after making contact with teammate Perez going into the final corner.

The crash ended Hulkenberg’s neat record of scoring points at every race so far this season.

 

DNF - Sergio Perez - Force India-Mercedes

The Mexican was having quite a good race until he ran wide at the final turn and spun across the track and crashed into the pit wall.

Perez’s Force India took a lot of damage and brought out the safety car while marshalls cleared away the damage.

 

DNF - Kamui Kobayashi - Caterham-Renault

A fuel pressure issue forced Kobayashi to retire from the race on lap x and resulted in a double retirement for Caterham.

 

DNF - Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber-Ferrari

Like his teammate Sutil, Gutierrez was running well and was in the top ten at one point.

He suffered from an MGU-K issue which meant he began dropping back through the field and Sauber took the decision to retire the car.  

 

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