#F1 Polls: 2014 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX – Driver of the Weekend

Jenson Button qualifying British Grand Prix

Taking into account the whole weekend, who was your driver of the weekend? This takes into account not just the race but also Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying. Please use the comments section to to tell us why you voted the way you did.

 

 

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104 responses to “#F1 Polls: 2014 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX – Driver of the Weekend

  1. Well there is the Australia GP DNF that Hamilton suffered now offset. It’s ‘even-Steven’ now between Lewis and Nico in relation to the ‘bad luck’ impact on the World Drivers Championship. I know Lewis DNF’d in Canada, but Rosberg had the exact same issue that could have caused him a DNF, but he made it work, he solved the acute issue and he salvaged points. So ultimately, no one can cry foul on having had more bad luck now at this midway stage. Both have had a maximum pts win where the other was on track for that very win and had it taken away.

    So with Nico at 165pts and Lewis at 161pts, and both equal on pole positions (but Nico higher quali avg.), it seems Nico has simply done the better job overall (and been faster overall on Saturday’s) as his highly paid and lauded team mate. Certainly, many peoples paradigms about Lewis grand abilities, his one lap pace and his ‘I’m hungrier’ fighting strength in comparison to Nico’s have certainly been revised if not entirely smashed this season.

    • ***Please Delete Above Duplicate. Double Post on Error Msg***

          • Oh oh oh oh, can’t touch this!!!..

            Lewis’s penis ?

          • Living up to your name Manky.

            Should consider calling yourself Degenerate.

            Pity you feel the need to constantly lower the tone and bully / harass others as you make some very valuable contributions on occasion.

            You only let yourself down.

          • @ Colin

            I’m not bullying or harassing anyone

            only pointing out the continual pathetic whining bullshit of deluded fanboys

            who are the ONLY one’s lowering the tone – not me

            so – I’d be letting myself down if I didn’t continue to point out their drivel …..

            P.S. – I’m not living up to my name

            just because you have no appreciation of what it means – shows your ignorance

          • Your language is appalling.

            You constantly provoke with swearing, when not provoked yourself.

            And its never your fault.

            I rest my case.

          • I’m in the –

            not a sad cunt called Colin dragging up some worthless webpage that nobody but a sad cunt would ever know about category !

          • Not the best response, but I’ll give you an A+ for consistency.

            Will leave it there so.

          • really Colin ?

            not off to burn some dictionaries because they contain words you don’t like ?

            maybe go to some fundamentalist meeting for those against using the language of their birth ?

            or maybe just socialising at some other narrow minded bigoted lying fraternity the you obviously have a penchant for ?

          • Why isn’t this crap moderated? Come on TJ13, I don’t come here to watch pissing contests…………

          • Why isn’t this crap being moderated? I come here to read well informed comments not watch a pissing contest…….

    • Do you think Ferrari could replace Kimi before the season is over?

      Looking at his crash today, that probably could’ve been avoided by just being a bit more caution whilst trying to rejoin the track. I don’t know if he thought he was still in the tractor race with Johnny and the rest of the Sky sports team.

      • Lol, that looked proper good fun in that field. Kimi had no practice apparently and still handed the others their backsides. Shame about his racing this year. When he spoke to Brundle after the mower race, he said he needed something specific from the car and that it wasn’t giving him what he needed. No mention of what exactly but I saw elsewhere that he said he needed a good front end on a car for him to be happy. It’s sad really as it makes him look a second rate driver from stats alone, you have to take your hat off to Fernando for the things he can make the same car do, it certainly extends the level of respect I already had for him even further.

        • but the car is developed and has the characteristics that Alonso wants

          so that’s not a fair comparison

          so no respect for Fernando in that respect from me

  2. Well there is the Australia GP DNF that Hamilton suffered now offset. It’s ‘even-Steven’ now between Lewis and Nico in relation to the ‘bad luck’ impact on the World Drivers Championship. I know Lewis DNF’d in Canada, but Rosberg had the exact same issue that could have caused him a DNF, but he made it work, he solved the acute issue and he salvaged points. So ultimately, no one can cry foul on having had more bad luck now at this midway stage. Both have had a maximum pts win where the other was on track for that very win and had it taken away.

    So with Nico at 165pts and Lewis at 161pts, and both equal on pole positions (but Nico higher quali avg.), it seems Nico has simply done the better job overall (and been faster overall on Saturdays) as his highly paid and lauded team mate. Certainly, many peoples paradigms about Lewis grand abilities, his one lap pace and his ‘I’m hungrier’ fighting strength in comparison to Nico’s have certainly been revised if not entirely smashed this season.

    • ” I know Lewis DNF’d in Canada, but Rosberg had the exact same issue that could have caused him a DNF, but he made it work, he solved the acute issue and he salvaged points.”

      That’s bollocks mate! It’s still a DNF, there’s no grey area involved. Listen to what Paddy said, “luckily Nico’s issue was salvageable and in Lewis’s case it wasn’t”…

      But let’s not get into that, he won the race today and probably would’ve won it even if Nico didn’t have his DNF, because even before the first round of pitstops, Lewis reduced his 5.5sec lead down to 2.8, even when he has a bit if luck goes his way, there’s always the need to add a “but” to it.

      All in all, it was a very good race, that battle between Alonso and Seb was epic! No quarters asked, no quarters given.

      Driver of the day for me goes to Bottas.

        • Yea a very happy FANBOY,

          But I’m use to you bitching, so nothing new there.

          You must have felt sick as a parrot when you saw Nico pulling over, because there went your opportunity to come and hammer Lewis!!!😂😂😂😂

          • nope – shows how insightful you are ( NOT )

            my Finnish Blue Parrot

            was definitely not an EX parrot

          • just because you have no appreciation of what it means – shows your ignorance

          • Definition of manky in English:
            manky
            Line breaks: manky
            Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋki /
            ADJECTIVE (mankier, mankiest)

            British INFORMAL
            1Inferior; worthless:
            he wanted recruits for his manky bee-keeping society

          • and you also

            have no appreciation of what it means

            showing your ignorance

            AGAIN ….

            jeez – you really are pathetic

            can’t even get a definition right

          • Through French? You’ll have to explain 🙂 There might be a newer slang meaning north of the border (or is that north of the south east hehe).

      • “…and probably would’ve won it even if Nico didn’t have his DNF”

        Lol. Whatever you say mate. Track position is king and that’s been proven over many races this year. Nico had it easily in hand.

        • @ Still

          how many times do I have to tell you –

          never let facts get in the way of a deluded belief system …. 😉

        • I thought Hamilton was going to do one less stop than Rosberg?
          Which would have given him track position after the final stops anyway. Unless Rosberg was going to alter his strategy but that would have been tricky as Hamilton would have had alot fresher tyres in the final stint (about 7 laps?).

          I know Fortis has a target on his back but no need to talk nonsense in the process.

          • I guessed. I figured your response was directed at me though. Which is why I said what I said.

          • Pitting for hards in lap 22? An insurance pitstop at the end, hard again for 10 laps, which would make for a one stop if Rosberg had been still been racing. Rosberg however went into the pits at lap 15? went for the Option tyre which meant he would have to two stop.
            Im pretty sure im not overlooking anything.

          • @ Alex

            I think that had Nico not stopped

            Mercedes were going for the alternative strategy as they have done in the past when Lewis was leading and Nico second

            i.e.

            soft – hard – soft

            Nico would have been soft – soft – hard

            when Nico retired – no need – just keep the gap to Bottas

          • It seemed to me Hamilton could have pulled of a one stop as he said his tyres still had life in them. And going hard for that final stop just tells me they went for the really safe option. If Rosberg was racing, I assume Hamilton could have taken the risk by staying out and do a 1 stop as he had to win this race. In the end we’ll never know though.

          • @ Alex

            before Nico stopped

            I think the BBC commentators thought the same

            i.e. – Lewis would have track position with a one stop

            Nico on newer but hard tyres would have to overtake Lewis

        • But the difference with this track is, you can actually overtake and given that before today, only once has the person on pole won the race in the last 3 years.

          • @ Fortis

            so you’re saying – that had Lewis stayed on a one stop strategy

            Nico ( if he hadn’t retired ) would have overtaken Lewis to win ?

          • @ Fortis

            ” …. only once has the person on pole won the race in the last 3 years. !

            And only twice before had anyone starting 6th or lower won the race

            showing your stupidity again ?

            dice have no memory – DOH

        • Hmm, not sure track position is king at Silverstone. Hungaroring, Monaco, for sure.

          Nico thinks he would’ve won; Lewis believes he was catching him at 1s/lap (he did, on lap 26, but other than that no). Drivers see their race in the best light.

          Autosport has a subscriber feature up at the moment, entitled “Would Hamilton have won the GP anyway?” If anyone knows its conclusions, I’d love to hear them. Coulthard in his column stated his belief that Lewis would’ve won no matter what happened to Nico. Fact is (isn’t it manky who’s obsessed with FACTs? I forget) we will never know. Rosberg’s DNF in GBR cancels out Lewis’ in AUS. Sorry, but I won’t consider the DNF stakes even. Rosberg still has one more race finish than Lewis. I’d rather they evened themselves out fully.

          Hmm, I guess it was you who wrote that shoddy and disjointed OTD Lite piece on Rosberg’s b-day, about Hamilton’s abilities being reassessed? Did Alonso’s abilities get the reassessment treatment 8 races into 2007, when his teammate was 14 pts ahead of him (equivalent to 35 pts today)? I guess it was even worse for Fernando back then, as he didn’t have any DNF’s to point to, to explain the gap to his rookie teammate.

          It’s all just silly throwaway talk. If any driver’s abilities are being reassessed this year, it is (in order) Vettel’s, Webber’s, Raikkonen’s, and Grosjean’s. To pretend otherwise is just silly. Of course, those that matter know that Vettel wasn’t the driving god he was made out to be these last 4 years, and that he hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to drive this season. He’s having a tough spell, and he’s not getting on with the car at the moment. It happens. It’s obvious now that that’s what was happening with Webber and his RB chassis (sounds like “cheese”) ever since Pirelli came back into the sport. Fine differences can lead to a wide variance in results in F1. ‘Twas ever thus …

    • Ha… Lewis won, get over it. Quite sad that you felt the need to write 2 paragraphs to prove your point. You may not like Lewis, but he’s certainly got your attention eh?….

      • I have no issue with Lewis.

        I was the one defending him re: Austria quali mistake. I know he didn’t make one.

        I just saying that it’s even-Steven now. No crying about bad luck. Game on.

        And also I made note that after half a season, maybe some peoples perceptions, certainly mine, of Lewis’s strengths are certainly challenged. Nico is doing a damn good job to be ahead on pts and ahead on quali avg.

        Is that so wrong?

        • @ Still

          mate –

          it’s a waste of time trying to reason with people who have mental health problems

          • Seems that way… Oh while I’m here, what does Manky mean?

          • sorry I missed this earlier Still –

            there’s a rather cute and cuddly semi-amphibious creature that occasionally abides here – that should be able to tell you ?

        • I think Nico is only ahead on quali average though because Lewis’ time in Austria was wiped out, even though he lost time for going wide.

          • You might be right there, but ultimately my point is this…

            Did you think, after an equal amount if bad luck, that Nico would be leading Lewis in the world title, and equal on poles, at near the half way point?

            I didn’t. And I certainly didn’t if both got their hands on a top title winning car.

            That’s all. Nico’s stock has jumped maybe 3 spots this season. Lewis’s perhaps is the same (at best) or fallen 1-2 spots.

          • @ Still

            I don’t believe in luck – good or bad

            they have both had issues – which are explainable

            either or both of them could still have problems as the season progresses

            it is what it is

          • Well, Rosberg has been there or thereabouts for the last few seasons in a row.. he beat Schumi with consistency, so he can’t be that bad.. I’d say he’s been just outside the top 5 drivers since about 2007, or especially since 2010 in a faster car.

            People that thought Lewis would ‘blow Button away’ didn’t realise that Button isn’t that bad either, and as pointed out, Alonso was adapting to Bridgestone rubber in 2007 but still finished equal.

    • I am sorry, I must be thick, I don’t understand what you are saying. Or my maths is not up to scratch these days. Hamilton has had 2 DNF and Rosberg has now had 1 DNF. But they equal each other out? Since when has 2 been equal to 1?? I must have missed that lesson at school. 🙂

      • Maybe read my original post.

        It explains it.

        If you are still having trouble, I am happy to help. I’ll give you my private email and we’ll start with the basics of English.

        • That is terribly kind of you, but I think my grasp of the English language is quite adequate thank you very much. Which is more than can be said for your grasp of mathematics. Hamilton has had 2 DNF, Rosberg has had 1. But according to your ideas they equal each other out.
          It doesn’t matter why Hamilton had a DNF in Canada, it still counts as a DNF. It was not Hamilton’s fault either, not that it makes any difference. Neither the drivers nor the team could predict the failures of the cars. The only reason it was Hamilton who DNF instead of Rosberg was that he was driving behind in the hot air, and had his brake balance set further rearward as a consequence. He wanted to out brake Rosberg so he could overtake. If the cars had been the other way round it would have been Rosberg who DNF that time.
          If you notice, at Silverstone, Hamilton kept a 5 second gap behind Rosberg for a number of laps, so that it would not happen again. Later in the race he “reeled” him in.
          So, by your theory, if it had been Rosberg behind in Canada, and he hadn’t finished, instead of Hamilton, then Rosberg’s DNF would not have counted?
          What planet are you on? 🙂

          • Hmmm, it’s worse than I suspected. TJ13 will give you my email.

            But in the meantime, maybe we need to start with some ‘sight words’.

            Of, Cat, The, Can, To, Him, It, As, Run, Win,

            Research these please and we’ll go from there. I think with a lot of effort and determination, we’ll get there.

          • 2 minus 1 = 1. Not 0. Please read your basic maths book again, or get a child to explain it to you. 🙂

          • SIS, your DNF logic is just poor rationalizing.

            I would gladly take Lewis having one more DNF through the season (I’ll qualify that and say not one in the double-pointer!), if that could be guaranteed right here and now. But seeing as it can’t, I’d much rather it get back to (truly) even terms.

            Wolff himself has said that Nico finishing in CAN was a miracle, while Lewis bore no fault for his DNF there. It’s the same with Rosberg’s gearbox failure. I am quite sure that had it been Lewis’ gearbox, that the old “he’s harder on his equipment” chestnut would be dusted off, and reappear on these pages. It’s all so tiresome.

            Rosberg could do nothing about his gearbox, it was a mechanical failure. On the bright side for him, it means his next gearboxes will do a run of 6, then 4 races, while Lewis’ gearboxes have to go 6 and 6. Do they get a joker for the gearbox in Abu Dhabi? Can’t remember.

  3. At first I wanted to chose alonso. But the constant whining and bitching of him (and vettel) annoyed the hell out of me. The whole real men racing part that both had with each other got turned around to little boys who tattle on each other. A real shame. So i chose bottas. For doing an amazing job.

    • LOL

      although it was handbags at dawn with Seb vs Fred during the race –

      at least in the post race interviews they both were having a laugh and taking it in good spirit

    • Bottas had a reasonably easy race. He gained plenty of positions after the crash at the start and his car had plenty of pace + an amazing straight line speed. People say DRS’ing is too easy but what about Bottas’ overtakes?

      • Yeah but hamilton has athe best car and still can do a good race. Just like vettel had the best car last year and still could have a good car. Bottas did it and that matters. Can’t say he did a bad job

  4. Alonso put on a masterclass in defending today. Perfect placement of his car on the apex in the slow stuff where he was slowest.

    Awesome racing. More please sir.

    • That was disgusting. Even the commentators for latin America were talking about the times when Formula 1 drivers behaved like men and not like teen girls.

      • @ Juan

        maybe they’ve been watching the behaviour of too many footballers ( soccerers ) ?

  5. I’ll say that two drivers deserve it – Alonso and Vettel. Without them battling this race would have been a total dud.

  6. Got to go for Alonso.
    Great drive in a car with issues, and impressive desire from a veteran driver fighting for minor points.

    And I was amused by the banter between the two champions – if only because it was ignored by the officials.

    Hamilton pretty close, though. Not a bad drive from someone whose ‘mentality is broken’….

    🙂

  7. Hahahahahaha. The bottom falls off Hamilton’s trophy. They probably bought them at a pound shop.

    • Fortis96 was the official supplier ….

      he thought Nico was going to win

      so …..

    • Well there had to be something for you to have a gripe about after watching him picking up the winners trophy, so what better way to do it, than to find something as trivial and meaningless than that, to amuse you.

      True to form.

  8. The good news is Raikonnen is alright. 47G crash apparently.

    • 47G? Man, he’ll be sore after that.

      I was a little worried seeing him limping back to the medical car, he looked to be in considerable pain.

      Wish him a speedy recovery.

  9. Driver of the day has to go to Bottas. Didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the race, but the way he worked his way up into 3rd was brilliant. It was close between him and Alonso, but he edged it marginally. Seb and Alonso’s battle were the standout performance of the race.

  10. The race itself was a 3 – 4. Without the Alonso – Vettel battle – a 2-3. Unless you get a wet race Silverstone isn’t much of a GP circuit. They should consider moving it to Brands.

    • @Cav. Disagree. Its a great track. Fantastic challenge for drivers.

      Race itself wasnt brilliant, but around a 6 in my book. Great dice between the champs. Bottas used some unusual lines to overtake. Some very good drives up through the grid. Hamilton was starting to get a move on when Nico had his problems. And the drama of a crash (including absolutely incredible reactions from Massa).

      Not a bad race imo.

    • @ Cav

      totally agree

      it’s a shitty disused airfield

      Brands is a brilliant track

      😀

  11. Actually, after looking at some data a bit more closely, my DotD is Daniel Ricciardo.

    He really made that 1 stop work.

    He’s really smashing Vettel this season.

    • He doesn’t seem to be making many mistakes and manages to beam from ear to ear no matter what.

  12. I gave it to Bottas, some great overtaking on a “processional” track, followed closely by Alonso. That F14T is still a pig in a red coat.
    Anyone who says that Hamilton either drove fantastically or didn’t drive well is clouded by irrational emotions (being a hater is just as bad as being a fanboy). On the same tyres he was consistently closing on Rosberg (who has improved immensely this season) in the early stages of the race.

    • @ Mitcy

      ” … being a hater is just as bad as being a fanboy …. ”

      that is a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with

  13. I’m just happy Hamilton won. Rosberg not finishing is very good for Hamilton’s title chase but bad for the future races as that issue could very well happen to him.

    Hamilton had better get his act together in qualifying because today, for once, he had the luck of not running into mechanical issues. Track position is everything, and if he is serious about winning the title then he has to be on pole all the time and do Vettel-style races. That minimizes everything and hopefully he just focuses on the driving and leaves all the verbal nonsense on the side.

    Driver of the day goes to Bottas, but the Vettel – Alonso fight was good for the neutrals, bar the silly tattling but I expect that between 2 WCs.

    • one thing

      the DNF’s they have both suffered have nothing to do with luck or probability

      they have both had technical failures

      neither has made any driving mistakes to cause these DNF’s

      the only worry for both of them is Mercedes seem to be having more and more problems

      is that due to regulation ?

      i.e. – the PU’s are still underdeveloped and fragile

      or

      is there something more fundamental behind the issues they are having ?

      like Ross Brawn’s departure ?

      so whether Lewis or Nico have any problems in the future – has more to do with the Mercedes infrastructure than anything else …..

  14. I voted for Alonso, even if it was a close call with Bottas, who drove superbly today. But I am a fan of Alonso and cannot resist to find greatness in his defence of track position with Vettel during several laps, in what seemed like inferior machinery (as soon as he got past Vettel shown a 1,5 seconds pace advantage).

    Regarding the radio messages, I was very annoyed with Vettel but I only heard one complaint by Alonso after he was passed. It is probably related to the fact that the Spanish broadcasting is an utterly mess. They took advantage of the barrier repairing time to head up to commercials and “save time to watch the race later” (sic) but still they managed to put 40% of actual racing time under advertising (in which we can see the race in a corner but without audio).

    I was paying attention at corners in which both drivers missed the black and went 4 wheels out of the circuit, and I thought that Vettel was culprit about 3x times than Alonso. And to me, the only driver who gained position while putting the four wheels out of the black was Vettel (in the corner in which he got past Alonso). I admit that I am biased towards Alonso, and that might explain it. It was a good fight, nevertheless.

    • ” I was very annoyed with Vettel but I only heard one complaint by Alonso after he was passed. ”

      Regis – on BBC we heard loads – from both of them – both as guilty

      on the point of inferior machinery

      Fred kept Seb behind for a long time – because both cars had strengths and weaknesses that cancelled each other out over a lap

      so I’d say they both had fairly equal machinery – overall

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