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Posted By: James Allen  |  09 Jun 2014   |  2:11 am GMT  |  86 comments

The Canadian Grand Prix was another classic race, with some great drives, high drama, strategy intrigues and good and bad luck for various drivers. But who stood out for you?

Who was your Driver of the Day?

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Daniel Ricciardo
From 6th on the grid, the Aussie held position in the opening stint, behind Vettel and Bottas. When the Finn stopped on lap 35 and Vettel a lap later, Ricciardo went another lap longer and got ahead of both. This brought him up behind the one stopping Perez and he was eventually able to pass him, to set himself up for the challenge on Rosberg when the Mercedes hit trouble. A very popular maiden win.

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Nico Rosberg
Losing a win with three laps to go counts as a disappointment on one level, but the fact that Rosberg was able to finish at all, let alone second, is down to some cool headed management of an ailing car. The ERS on both Mercedes went haywire, leading to overheating of the rear brakes and Rosberg managed that and fuel saving while maintaining enough pace to make the podium. He was fortunate not to be penalised for cutting the chicane when defending from Hamilton, as he broke the DRS by doing so.

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Jenson Button
Button got a very strong result from a very unpromising weekend. After Friday McLaren didn’t look strong on race pace and qualifying was a bit uneven with Button 9th and Magnussen 12th. Button lost a place at the start, then pitted relatively early for the first stop. He trailed Raikkonen for the second stint, pitting one lap earlier and making the undercut. With 12 laps to go he was 9th; he was 8th with three laps to go and then with the chaos of the final laps he passed Alonso and Hulkenberg to steal 4th.

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Nico Hulkenberg
Another strong drive from the German; from 11th on the grid to 5th at the finish. Force India had set the car up for the race, rather than qualifying, knowing that they had the straight-line speed and the tyre management to mount a challenge with a one stop strategy. Hulkenberg started on the soft tyre and managed to get 41 laps out of it, at a good pace. Retirements of Perez and Massa boosted his finishing position, but he was there to pick up the pieces.

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Felipe Massa
A vintage performance from the Brazilian who led the race on lap 48 and was challenging for a podium thanks to a strategy which gave him fresher tyres for a late race attack. It didn’t look promising after losing four seconds in his first stop, which cost him two places to Alonso and Vergne. But he fought his way back up. It all went badly wrong when he crashed with Perez and suffered a 32g impact into the tyre barriers. But the stewards said he was blameless and it was good to see Massa back on form, even if his day did end in the hospital.

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  1. Kramgp says:

    A vintage performance by Massa alright. He passed Bottas only because he had a failing car and then failed to pass either of the Red Bulls even though he had greater too speed and fresher tires. And finally ran into the back of Peres. Yep classic Massa.
    Nice guy none the less and glad to hear he is ok after the shunt.
    Before you say how unfair I’m being to Massa, ask yourself if that was Alonso or Vettal or any other number of drivers, would they have made the passes.

    1. AuraF1 says:

      Fair comment I guess – but it was Vettel and Alonso in the vicinity and they didn’t seem to be doing much overtaking. And you could argue Daniel Ricciardo only overtook Rosberg because of his opponents technical troubles too. In fact if you are going to go off simple overtakes without technical malfunction then Button would be the driver of the day by default.

      I think its fair to criticise Massa but I think you’d also have to hold everyone to the same standard.

      And given Perez was punished for the accident I think its unfair to hold Massa up for the ignominious end to his race.

      1. Lohani says:

        + 1

    2. scuderia21 says:

      Seemed like massa did not use his DRS during his attempted pass on Vettel, can anyone shed some light on this?

  2. Connor says:

    Why isn’t Perez up here? He was driving spectacularly up until the last lap, and before that he was defending very well with failing brakes…

    As much as I was an anti-fan of his last year, he’s been driving extremely well and I think it’s kind of weird that Hulkenberg is recognized as a better drive than Perez despite losing out at the start and being unable to catch Perez despite having better tires and not being able to catch up to Perez and his groupies :|

    1. saffa says:

      Maybe as another post says – ‘there is a perez conspiracy.’ After rosberg i would have perez then button on my list. The first two just for racing ailing cars. Luvly race.

  3. james Encore says:

    (What’s with the all caps for name and Email in the revamped comment form).

    This is one of the hardest to call for ages. Ricciardo for getting the Win ? Massa for a storming drive where at one point it looked like he might get the win ? Rosberg for somehow getting a car which didn’t have proper brakes, and was down by 160 horsepower to the finish anywhere near the front. Christian Horner has been saying Red Bull’s problem is being down up to 60HP. So if the they had 100 HP on Rosberg – whose brakes were marginal. Why didn’t Perez pass him ? And if Perez couldn’t pass Rosberg what did the Red Bulls have so much trouble getting past both ? I think there is more wrong at Red Bull than the engine and the reduced rear grip giving Seb a car he doesn’t like. Surely Rosberg ? But how can you not vote for Riccardo ? Or Massa ?

  4. Kenneth m'boY says:

    It would have to be DTM, Dan the Man! Awesome move on Perez that his 4xWDC team mate couldn’t do prior and grabbed a victory when it was there for the taking. Can’t wait to see his confidence at the next race. Great drive from Rosberg too, that’s what wins championships. Felt sorry for Perez even though it was deemed his fault. I don’t respect Massa to be honest. He was lame behind a less powerful Vettel (which i think is due to an inferiority complex that he has evolved into) but as soon as he has someone in front of him he deems lesser a driver than him than he gets all racey. I know that sounds a bit harsh but Dan Ricciardo is doing something that Massa sold his soul not to do and that is prove you are better than the number one driver in the team.

    1. peter says:

      Massa overtook Alonso too, so by your theory Massa deems Alonso “a lesser driver.”

  5. BW says:

    No hesitation: Ricciardo.
    As a winner.
    As a first-time winner.
    As an overtaking driver.
    As a driver who gained five places.
    Any more reasons necessary?

    1. Clarks4WheelDrift says:

      Agree.

      …As a guy who nailed his pitstop laps so well he passed his on form teammate when Seb had the undercut.
      …As a guy not driving a Merc!
      …As a guy who doesn’t raise his no.1 index finger to the camera when he wins ;)

      Rosberg was very good as well, to improve his laptimes with dodgy brake balance, no K and to pull away from Perez before the DRS line each lap. Lucky he didn’t hit the wall when his soft tyres were getting up to temp though.

  6. GAZ BOY says:

    Hmm, I can’t decide between the Honey Badger and Frome Flyer – but they’re are both worthy of Driver of the Day.
    Also, kudos to Rosberg Junior for driving an F1 car competitively for 30 odd laps with a rear brake issue and down on power by 160 BHP! Seriously impressive Nico, but like Michael at Barcelona 1994 when he was stuck in 5th gear.

  7. PAige says:

    This one is easy:

    Ricciardo.

    He rebounded from a week qualifying and drove a faultless race. The move on Perez was perfectly calculated and executed. This is the type of win that the top class of drivers (Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Raikkonen) can pull off.

    Ricciardo is showing he’s got more than just pace. He has the race craft and mental ability to be one of the very top drivers in the sport. This was a World Champion-like win, and that’s what he’ll be one day.

  8. Brett says:

    I don’t know how anyone could vote for any other option than Ricciardo. Certainly it was taking advantage of an opportunity however he put himself in the position to capitalise. Can’t wait to read the UBS race report to see how he managed to get ahead of Vettel & Bottas at the second round of pit stops.

    1. Cee says:

      When Williams called in Bottas he exited behind a train which i think they were banking on them to pit and he made a mistake which caused him to lose some time. Williams pretty much Botched any chance of Bottas getting a higher finish with that horrible call.

      As for Vettel, Ricciardo put in an epic in lap after Vettel stopped and got himself in front. If Vettel got past Hulk he would be on the top step. But great job from both of them for bagging 1st and 3rd on a track they basically had no chance on.

  9. F Zero says:

    Dan was the Man.

    Was great to see him win. I didn’t think he’d get a win all year, it looked like a MERC wipe out.

    Even though he had a bit of luck he thoroughly deserves a win for the way he’s driven all year. And he was there to capitalise on the situation without making silly mistakes.

    Pass on Perez was nail biting.

  10. darren says:

    The fan in me wants to say Ricciardo, he did drive very well and took his chance well. It has to be Rosberg though, how he managed to come 2nd after losing 160bhp I don’t know. I think Perez had an issue with DRS but even so he had the same Mercedes engine but with 160bhp more and still couldn’t pass him.

    As much of a Hamilton fan as I am, that was a bit of champions luck there for Rosberg, looking ominous!

    Honourable mention to Massa for a fiesty drive but IMO as has always been the case with him he seems to lack the killer instinct to make a pass. He needed to have passed Vettel quickly to have any chance of taking the lead, had he done so (and Perez behaved) I believe he would have won, he was faster than Ricciardo who caught and passed Rosberg with ease.

    1. gaz Boy says:

      Lewis will be back. I don’t think there is anything sinister going on at Merc F1 with reliability. This is motor sport: things can, and do break (ask Sebastian).
      The points situation for Lewis looks a little bleak, but it’s a long, long season and don’t forget double points at UAE! Lewis knows he has to get his qualifying mojo back, and control the race from the front.
      As this weekend just gone proved, it ain’t over until the bloke with the chequered flag waves that two-tone cloth!

      1. OldOzzie says:

        It was interesting that on ONEHD Coverage here in OZ, Rosberg asked his team “why Hamilton was coming up on him, what different settings did Hamilton have”

        The radio response was that Hamilton had more rear bias – I assume rear braking bias.

        As Hamilton said, running hard behind Rosberg made for higher temperature for his car and I would imagine that as Hamilton went off first with rear brake failure, Rosberg would have adjusted his driving style to reduce effort on rear brakes, and Rosberg did a great job working around his problems.

        James, your thoughts on this?

      2. James Allen says:

        Yes, as the ERS failed, it meant that the brake by wire system on rears wasn’t working correctly so the rear brakes were overheating on both cars, due to doing a workload they weren’t designed for on the toughest track of the year on brakes.

        So both drivers threw brake bias forward to use mainly front wheels to slow down, difficult to handle. Rosberg performed miracles to keep that car running 20+ laps to the end at a reasonable pace. Also with no ERS the fuel consumption goes up, so he had to manage that too.

    2. **Paul** says:

      I agree with this, my heart his Ricciardo, but my head says Rosberg. In this instance as I’ve had some time to mull it over I’m going with Nico.

      I think when I’ve re-looked at things Ricciardo got a damn good strategy, that’s what got him ahead of Vettel in terms of track position, as neither Vettel on Hulk nor Ricciardo on the Williams boys could make a pass stick. Not letting Vettel do a couple of hot laps once the Force India of Hulk pitted cost Red Bull a 1-2 in Canada. Don’t get me wrong I really like Ricciardo, but his win was more to do with strategy than anything else, his on track overtakes were on an ERS less Merc and a Force India with shot brakes. For me, even as a fan of Ricciardo – he’s a great guy to have in F1, I think I’ve got to say that what Nico managed to do was amazing, and as others have mentioned, it brought back memories of Schumacher stuck in 5th gear. People would be absolutely going crazy with their praise if Alonso or Hamilton had done what Nico managed to achieve.

      Delighted for Daniel, but Nico was driver of the day.

  11. Grant H says:

    Surprised lewis does not get a mention above, thought he was driving a good race and massa gets a mention though did not finish

    Anyway spoilt for choice driver of day is for me is a tie between

    Ricciardo/rosberg/ham/massa

    All world class

    1. Sebastian says:

      I agree, had Lewis not been forced off the track at the start he would have won (and perhaps also if Rosberg hadn’t cut the chicane). Running in hot air behind Rosberg killed his race and from what I understand it was not expected so he wasn’t told to back off. Supreme drive!

  12. Grant H says:

    James are you having problems with new site, wont let me post, keeps saying “stop posting too fast” ???? How do u post too fast lol

    1. James Allen says:

      It’s a teething issue. Please stick with it. They get through

      1. gaz Boy says:

        You’re not using that new Ferrari hybrid website technology are you James??? It’s reliable, but a bit slow!
        Sorry, couldn’t resist………..Ferrari have gone nearly 14 months without a win, a record in the New Millennium. Can they turn it around so that dubious record isn’t extended further????

  13. kenneth chapman says:

    really no need to even go to a vote as the DOD is as obvious as………

    1. gaz Boy says:

      …………..between a bloke with champagne soaked wooly hair or a bloke in his mid 30s who was supposedly going to be put out to pasture by his young team-mate and is apparently, according to posters on this website a WDC who just got lucky in his white car????
      PS On his BBC commentary, DC has said it takes ages to wash out champagne from the overalls (and smells) and causes the hair to go frizzy if it isn’t washed out quickly……………….

  14. Andrew M says:

    Pretty clear Ricciardo gets it, he made it happen by getting ahead of Vettel when it mattered and then making a bold move on Perez.

    On a side note, in spite of his finish today, Hulk seems to have gone off the boil a little bit, he’s been put in the shade by Perez quite a few times recently.

  15. richb says:

    danny for me, massa 2nd roseburg a close 3rd.

    good job by jb

  16. Xxx says:

    I love how the poll has drivers in 1, 2, 4, 5, and DNF position, but no mention of one who was 3rd and would be first if not for his team botching pit stop. Biased much?

    1. Tomas Shecter says:

      Assume your a Vettel fan. Botching his stop? RIC and VET Both had 2.5 second stops. Vettel should have had him covered pitting first and getting the undercut(as the leader gets) but Ricciardo’s in-lap was amazing(9 tenths quicker than vettel’s in-lap on fairly old tires!). Christian Horner said: “We pitted Dan a lap later and his in-lap was massively impressive”

      1. ROHIND says:

        This was expected as Ricciardo was running in free air for most of the time after first round of pit stops where as Vettel was stuck right behind Hulkenberg in DRS zone. Only towards the end, had Dan caught up with the cars in the front.
        So itz safer to assume Dan had slightly more healthier tyres than Vettel to put in a faster in lap.

        Vettel’s side of garage should have covered him against Dan as well, which they didnt do. They were caught up in the moment with Perez and had to pay the price for it.
        So Vettel has a genuine reason to be aggrieved with the team

      2. **Paul** says:

        Assume you’re not a Vettel fan….

        Why was Ricciardo 9 tenths faster on his in lap than Vettel ? Answer:

        Because Vettel was tucked under the rear wing of Hulk, whilst Ricciardo was given a bit of clean air as first Bottas (Lap 36), then Vettel (Lap 37) pitted. So yes, Ricciardo was 9 tenths faster on his in lap, but one RBR had fairly clean air, the other did not on their in laps. That’s why Ricciardo was so much quicker on his in lap. In addition to that Vettel had traffic on his out lap, which is how Ricciardo was able to get out ahead of his team mate.

        Had Bottas, who was in front of Ricciardo not pitted for a couple more laps Vettel would have won on Sunday, a prime demonstration of just how tight margins are in F1.

    2. littleredkelpie says:

      Vettel got slapped by his ‘rookie’ teammate. pure and simple.

  17. glennb says:

    Why isn’t Lewis’ name there James? That DRS overtake on Vettel was legendary. and worthy of DotD.

    1. Alastair Purves says:

      I assume this is meant to be ironic?

    2. kenneth chapman says:

      @ glennb….surely you are joking? DOD?

      @ james….not only am i getting the ‘posting too fast’ but i am having to sign in every time i log on?

  18. Manuel says:

    James, how is Sergio Perez not on this list? He went from 14th to second and was almost giving Rosberg something to sweat about for quite a few laps towards the end of the race. And held off both Red Bulls for a number of laps, until the brakes started to fail. Plus, he made the super softs last on his first stint for an ungodly number of laps. Is it because he didn’t finish? If so, then why is Massa on this list? As I feel that both were to blame in the last lap incident. I feel that it was very unfair to leave him out of consideration, especially in light of what he did for 69.1 laps and from where he started on the grid.I feel that you will have several others argue the same thing. Also, Button and Hulkenberg on the list? Both of these guys would likely not be mentioned if the crash had not happened. Come on, James. At least give Perez some sort of consideration.

    -Manuel

    1. James Allen says:

      Because of the penalty

      1. Excellent coverage with your articles on the Canadian GP, James. Thank you very much.

        FWIW, 5 places isn’t enough penalty – stronger messages need to be sent. The younger drivers, unfortunately and like so many of our youth today, do not respect others and act with the expectation of impunity. Perez, Maldonado and Grosjean come to mind from the current grid, even the latter has managed to clean up his copybook he left a trail of unsupportable damage to others. Too many teams are paying the price for these indiscretions having to repair their equipment.

        Thankfully, the safety measures at tracks and the car design have removed much of the personal physical penalties and we can thank Stewart, Lauda and others (even Bernie) for their roles in generating momentum for those improvements. For the time being, though, the appearance remains that the message isn’t getting through with the approach being used today.

      2. Text which emphasizes the inability to accept responsibility for an unacceptable act:

        “. . . Perez hit back at suggestions he was to blame for his accident with Felipe Massa at the Canadian Grand Prix and denies his car should have been retired before the collision.”

        “. . .he claims he did not change his line from the previous laps when he was defending against the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel and believes Massa should have given him more space.”

      3. aveli says:

        did you see how hamilton acted when rosberg turned into him on lap 1 at turn 2?
        massa was behind, had a clear view of perez and drove into perez. this has nothing to do with age. everyone should be respected regardless. the stewards only penalised perez because smedley conned them and force india didn’t make a representation. all the evidence put the blame squarely on massa’s front door.

      4. aveli says:

        to be fair james none of the same drivers attempted to overtake in turn one. the only crazy attempt was from massa and the stewards penalised perez because smedley conned them.

      5. Mr Ed says:

        Bainchi got DOTD despite picking up 3 penalties along the way.

    2. Steve Zodiac says:

      Yep it’s Perez for me, he very nearly won and would have deserved it. Also he has totally kicked Hulkenbergs Butt this year, personally not sure why everyone is raving about “The Hulk”

    3. Andy James says:

      Button would have been sixth without the Perez and Massa incident, overtaking Alonso and Hulkenberg right at the end. Given that he’s driving a car that is far from the class of the field, that he did some actual overtaking too (of cars which weren’t being nursed home), and finished five places above Magnussen in the other McLaren, I reckon he makes the shortlist.

      That said, even as a Button fan I wouldn’t vote for him as DotD – Ricciardo gets that as far as I’m concerned – fantastic to see him win his first race and particularly to be so regularly getting the better of his team-mate. Yes, he benefitted from the Mercedes team’s woes but that is motor racing.

  19. JB says:

    I like Dan so much that he is the DOTD. Taking the win when given the opportunity.
    Compare that to Perez, The lead was just in front of him waiting for him to grab it and he was busy “saving tyres”.

    Nico also showed an outstanding achievement! He dare to put the gauntlet down and challenge Lewis on his favourite track. He then manage to hang on to the lead as much as possible, albeit cutting the chicane big time and got a warning off it. Finally, he manage to nurse the car till the end while Lewis only manage to destroy his brakes.
    Psychological win Nico 1, Lewis 0. LOL…

    This is what Prost had said, intelligent driver will have advantage.

    1. Kev says:

      Perez was not busy saving tyres he did a great job on a one stop strategy moving from 13th to 2nd. He then lost position to the quicker red bulls on fresher tyres mainly because of brake problems. Personally i think his punishment was harsh as you could see how early he was braking when he was passed by Ricciardo.If it was anyone other than Massa then there wouldnt have been a crash

  20. Ben says:

    A great performance from Ricciardo, he did a great job to capitalise on the problems that Mercedes experience – it shows that they are not unbeatable but the fact that Rosberg was still able to hold on to 2nd even though they lost the hybrid part of their power unit shows the performance advantage that they still have.

    Also an amazing job by Button to steal 4th place right at the end – he does run well at Montreal!

    It was unfortunate for both Perez and Massa that they came together because they were both doing a very good job, I have not properly seen the footage but the stewards found Perez at fault but it shows what small margins they are working to.

    I am looking forward to the technical article on the problems that Mercedes experienced. I am guessing that the extreme heat at Montreal was the cause and that Mercedes went for straight line speed and sacrificed on cooling…. The title race is now wide open but I would not count against Hamilton clawing back the advantage that Rosberg now has. Will the double points come into save Hamilton at the end? It would be a shame that Hamilton loses the WDC due to DNF’s. Will it even out? Is it because Hamilton drives the car harder?!?

  21. M Wishart says:

    There wasn’t just one out standing driver at this GP, but it has to go to Daniel because he did drive a good race, handled the pressure from Vettel and earned the win in the end passing Rosberg.

    BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ADD…….Director of the Day, was not the TV director, what a complete [mod]..!! What race was he watching? because he missed the pass with Hamilton and Rosberg and we only just managed to see the final part of the pass from Daniel to take the race win, seriously whoever was directing that race wants a good talking to, and on a final note what the hell was it with panning to the crowd??? And holding that shot longer than was needed!!!

    “O look, it looks like there is some juicy overtaking”, think I will pan a little and see a car flash pass and then we can show the crowds reaction to what they have just seen, BUT NOT THE PEOPLE WATCHING THE TV………..!!!!!

    1. Lockster says:

      Agreed, I was shouting at the tv several times over that.

      I have no issue with showing the crowd from time to time but the specific moments that critical passes are happening on the track is not the time to do a “happy crowd” shot.

  22. Harshad Pavagi says:

    Rosberg gets my vote!
    I don’t think it was any easy for him to drive a car which was down on power and down on brakes!
    Still to finish P2 was a great effort, and might be crucial for the championship.

  23. fursteyferret says:

    Give it to the young aussie, rosberg no way,3 mistakes misses his breaking point at the start, and only thanks to his teamate there was no collision, coming out of pits on cold tyres makes a rookie mistake and nearly puts it in the wall, totally outbreaks himself cuts the chicane and breaks drs, destroys all his teamates good work, and bringing the car home, thats down to the merc pitwall, having peres the mobile chicane behind another slice of luck, means he can hang onto 2nd, anyway rant over, im becoming a paranoid lewis fan, this sport just gets to you..

    1. Voodoopunk says:

      “m becoming a paranoid lewis fan”

      Is there any other sort?

  24. Alex Butters says:

    It has to be Rosberg surely? I say this despite being a Hamilton fan! I thought he was lucky not to get a penalty for naughtily cutting the chicane…

    But the 2nd half of the race Nico was so much slower on the straights, and to come 2nd with such a power deficit, driving around serious (dangerous?) brake problems deserves credit.

    1. Bearforce1 says:

      Nice comment.

      Agreed. I think Rosberg was amazing with no rear brakes and 160 hp down. I was really cheering for Rosberg today to hang in there. What a race.

      If it wasn’t for Rosberg I would love to say Ricciardo but I think its mostly because its his first win. I say this as an Aussie.

  25. Dick Dixon says:

    Ricciardo took his opportunity and made his passes count, great drive. Even better was the genuine joy that Vettel displayed for him in parc ferme getting out of the car.
    Can’t agree with Massa being back on form – fresher tyres and best engine, but forgets DRS and can’t pass lower cars in front at the end. Thought the crash looked like a racing incident and harsh onPerez to get penalised

  26. Phil Glass says:

    RITCHIE ARDO

    who else?

    honourables to Massa for spice
    ..how does perez get the flack for this one??

    1. Random 79 says:

      I think you’re confusing Richie with Rick ;)

      1. Phil Glass says:

        Random:
        the driver is Ritchie Ardo
        Rickardo is an impostor

        Andrea stella let the cat out the bag

  27. Elie says:

    Very tough to pick a winner in such an eventful race.But I would give it to Daniel Ricciardo for his tenacity and consistency. If we thought Mark Webber was AussieGrit..’I think Dan has just as much !. That RB10 was sadly disadvantaged in a straight line and what I really liked is he never gave up to make a move stick – he had to work twice as hard to get by FI but he did so with real class- Well done Dan very well deserved first win & you’ve surprised me this year!

    Jenson Button :- as usual the coverage was focused at the front and we missed what must have been a great last 3 laps!. That MP4-29 must be the real “jekle and hyde” of the paddock- it looked like going nowhere early on- it must be very sensitive to temp and set up. It was a geat call by the team to undercut Kimi on the 2nd stop- I dont know what the hell happened to Ferrari- went to sleep there again!

    Nico Hulkenberg was out driven by Perez until his incident with Massa. I dislike Perez very much but I beginning to think Hulk- whos likeable and talented is starting to become the most over rated driver in the paddock after Alonso.Sorry but its true – Ive always like the guy but its becoming habitual in the press now.

    Finally, sorry James but Felipe Massa does not deserve to be here today. Plainly he did not finish the race- be it his fault or not. Many times drivers have driven outstandingly and not got a mentilon when they did not finish. What goes on in that crazy head of Perez !!- I was absolutely filthy last year with Perez & the Stewards for not reacting when he a) Blindly moved left on Raikkonen in China & b) Desperate dive at Monaco rear ending Kimi.! This incident with Massa was very similar as the China incident last year- in fact last years was worse because Kimi was alongside his floor only Great reflexes and car control from Kimi saved a massive spin that day. Felipe did not jump on the brakes- if he did , it certainly didn’t show. Whilst Im glad as anything Perez has Finally been served a penalty I believe this was as much Felipes fault as his. Felipe still had a cars width on the inside and Felipe was behind before Perez moved over. For me sorry it was a case of dumb & dumber and im just glad noone was seriously hurt.
    Im really becoming disenchanted with the Stewards because they have been very inconsistent with their rulings. Had Perez been penalised last year maybe he would not be doing similar stuff this year. Further I cannot for the life of me understand how a Mercedes can plainly lead foot it in the run off zone and not get at least caution. Seems to me they are reacting to “effect” on the show rather than the “cause” as stated in the rule book. Classic last race at Monaco when Kimi was before the stewards for the Magnussen incident and not turning up for the drivers parade. Yet not a single person raised the Chilton colliding into his rear tyre that effectively cost him a podium- its getting beyond ridiculous and something needs to be resolved immediately !

    1. Phil Glass says:

      @ Elie

      You are so right about the malaise with A) Ferrari , and B) FIA stewards.

      I’m fearing very much that something could be done to fix B, but A looks to be terminal.
      After so many races, they decide to provide Kimi with an “assistant engineer” who can understand english!!
      There seems to be every possible glitch in KR’s car, including unpredictable power surges which can occur in the middle of turning and put the car out of control. remember they took several races to detect a cracked chassis. I reckon they should do what Vettel did and build a brand new car from scratch, and bin this one in the local municipal dump where it belongs …. along with half the crew on Kimi’s side of the garage.
      In a bit of a bad mood, forgive. :)

  28. luqa says:

    Vacillating between DR and NR with an honorable mention to JB.

    But when push comes to shove, I have to give it to NR for nursing home a severely wounded car to the finish line by adjusting his driving style and coping extremely well with the challenges this represented. Ok, he was lucky he had a mobile chicane behind him in the form of SP holding up the pack, but similarly, had the AMG-MB not failed, DR would not have had the opportunity to take advantage of the opportunity presented to him with a healthy, albeit underpowered Infinity, make that Renault powered Red Bull

  29. falonso says:

    With some 12 laps to go Massa was on fresher tyres and about one second per lap quicker than those in front of him. What did he make out of that? Nothing!
    Massa DOTD? Come on, must be a joke!!!

  30. Random 79 says:

    Of course I have to say Ricciardo, but I also have to give credit to Rosberg and Vettel – Rosberg for a good result despite the problems he had with the car and Vettel for his genuine celebration of Ricciardo’s victory.

  31. AlexD says:

    Not sure who should be the driver of the day….there wasn’t one person standing above the rest.
    But, I want to comment on Hamilton vs Rosberg.

    I think Hamilton is going to lose the title this year. Part of it is reliability of the car. As the season progresses, reliability will be less of a concern. Cars will be more reliable. I would not count on Rosberg having DNF.

    Rosberg got me thinking. Hamilton came to F1 as the biggest and most natural talent and he started believing it. His weakness was consistency and the lack of ability to see the season as a marathon. Rosberg doesn’t have the talent of Hamilton, but he was working on his weakness every year and it seems that by now he is more complete than Hamilton. I really see Rosberg having an upper hand. He is constantly improving whereas Hamilton has ups and downs and continues to be very irrational, emotional and inconsistent.

    Sorry Hamilton fans, but I do not think he will win the title and that is the only thing that matters.

    1. aveli says:

      i will find out come november, i’ve noticed that you have already found out the outcome.
      rosberg has certainly improved tremendously with the arrival of hamilton. he even moved his seating position higher, like hamilton has his. things are certainly looking good for rosberg, he has lost so much weight that his facial bones are exposed. i think he drove incredibly well to hold on to that second place finish. I hope he keeps putting in performances like this and the championship will be a lot more exciting to watch.

    2. Random 79 says:

      I’m actually pleased to hear you say that Alex.

      After all, there’s plenty of Hamilton fans who say that Rosberg won’t win the title, so if Hamilton won’t win the title and Rosberg won’t win the title then that leaves it open for Ricciardo :D

      Being serious now, both Hamilton and Rosberg have their strengths and weaknesses and that is what makes their championship fight so interesting. I do think one of them will win it but I’m not too fussed who it is except to say that Hamilton already has a WDC and Rosberg hasn’t so I’m kind of going for Rosberg.

    3. KRB says:

      You could very well be right. I’m still sticking to what I’ve said since the start … if the DNF’s are close (just plus/minus 1, either way), then I think Hamilton will win out.

      Rosberg is doing very well … 7 podiums in a row, 16 point finishes in a row. I think Hamilton has driven better than him through the season so far, but the DNF’s are quite debilitating when you and your main competitor are in cars that are always fighting for the win.

      Lewis has spotted him 43 pts now … surely that’s enough for the season? Lewis has to get back in the groove, bang out the poles, and then drive away. He’s been quicker in the race at both Monaco and Canada, but was held back by track position.

      1. flesh says:

        @KRB I totally agree with you. but I think lewis is suffering from the data sharing policy Mercedes have. rosberg is benefiting far more from Lewis’s data than lewis is his. through no fault of his own lewis is teaching rosberg how to drive a car faster than he could of ever imagined I bet rosberg cant believe his luck he driving one the best cars ever produced and he has got one of the fastest drivers in history showing him how to drive it

  32. Tom says:

    Off the topic slightly, but how bizarre is it that both Mercedes developed the exact same problem almost simultaneously? Never seen anything like that before.

    On the subject… big fan of Ricciardo (who isn’t? :D) and sure enough he showed Vettel the way again – in-lap before his 2nd stop was blistering and the move on Perez was bold and opportunistic. However…

    I know I’ve been a bit biased against Hamilton in the past, but I think it’s fair to say he had the legs on Nico, especially in the second stint. It was very unlucky that his brakes failed, in hindsight I dare say he would have ducked out of Nico’s tow every now and then to cool the car a bit.

    That being said, Nico’s final stint was outstanding. Absolutely metronomic consistency (lap times within hundredths of each other) and bringing a crippled car, 160bhp down, home in 2nd place. It’s drives like that that win championships. Reminiscent of Michael Schumacher at his peak. Has to be DotD for me based on that.

  33. franed says:

    I watched online via the new BBC live page and chose your/Alan’s commentary. Which I still find better than DC/Ben.
    However I must ask this….did the BBC fire all it’s sound engineers? I have noticed the mixing is now seemingly amateur at best, with different sound levels from different mics. Some mic channels left open, blasting engine noise after a piece has finished, some silence. This is falling technical standard is noticeable throughout BBC tv. Fortunately Luscious Louise has now given up her search for the noisiest place in the pits or paddock. It was nice that the entire Sky team came into shot during the forum, we also noticed Ted K earlier during the race.

    So if you can, would you let them know that they need to send proper sound engineers like we used to have. If in fact, t it is mixed back in the UK then they are even more guilty. Quality of production falling, fortunately commentary standards are not.

  34. Bobbyf1 says:

    Hamilton or Ricciardo.

  35. Feral says:

    Dan for a good race and being there ready to take the advantage of the Merc failure.
    Nico for bringing a broken car home with big points.
    Seb for putting the second bull on the podium.

    Nico just lost out, I can imagine how hard it was for him in the ending stages to get the Merc home and that shouldn’t be forgotten.
    But being an Aussie and Dan’s first F1 he deserved it but just :)

  36. Marco says:

    James, what’s your take on the accident between Massa and Perez??… You excluded Perez from your list because of his penalty, but the real question is if the penalty is fair or not…

    By the way, Perez couldn’t pass Rosberg because his DRS was stuck, and then the problem with the breaks prevent him from putting a good defense against the Red Bull’s, Ricciardo only managed to pass him when Perez was troubleshooting his breaks… after the problem was solve, Perez was still faster even without DRS…

    Cheers

    Marco

  37. Steve Zodiac says:

    The most marked thing this year is how you can hear the crowd gasp when something occurs. Why does this new and improved site not work very well, it keeps telling me I’m posting comments too fast, whatever that means. I’m only adding this bit to take time then maybe my comment will be accepted.

  38. DJ Illusive says:

    no question its Smiling Dan. Even before the season started, besides the Silver Arrows(namely Lewis), I was rooting for Ricciardo, more to outshine Vettel(whi he has been doing), but also to get his first win. So glad he got it this early and he’s pretty much put a stamp on his F1 talent with this victory.
    Again, he stood above his 4x champion teammate in the standings, but this time on the top step of the podium! Cheers to him and its just the first of many in his young career. Gotta give props to Vettel for being so gracious in the shadow of his young teammate. I didn’t think he had it in him to be so humbled. That was as jaw dropping to me as Danny’s victory over the Silver Arrows!

  39. John in sd says:

    Danny boy for me. Shame for both Massa and Perez. Perez’ punishment was harsh in my view, but I want to watch footage again, so please correct me if I’m wrong. Great car management from Rosberg to salvage 2nd. Good run from Hulkenberg on the super softs at the end. And Button’s drive into 4th just amazing being there to take every opportunity available in a sub par car.

  40. MrF1 says:

    Perez was found guilty by the ruling body by his fault or not.
    The FIA have far more information to hand then the viewers. I dont mind Checo and appreciate a solid drive he pulled off.
    But id also stand by his conviction.

    DOTD: DANIEL RICCIARDO

    great race craft, was patient with his tires and energy. Used the tools to hand well, as he worked with race engineers to find the best passing point on Perez and customize his power use around it.

    He used his tires well, nursing the wear and pulling the trigger against Vettel on his in lap. Phenomenal drive.

    An honourable mention to JB, patience prevailing.

    Massa drove well, but I think his greed to succeed got the best of him.

    Id love to see heart rate monitors on these guys. Would be interesting to observe during battles.

    MrF1

  41. ROHIND says:

    I like Ricciardo and i’m happy for his victory. But I wouldn’t put him as DOD because I thought he took longer time to clear Perez who without his DRS and older lyres.
    His window of opportunity came when Perez had a braking problem, which he immediately corrected within next 2 laps
    Had he done it sooner, Red bull would have probably ended up with a 1-2, with Vettel also getting a chance to pass Rosberg and maybe attack Ricciardo as well.

    1. Andrew H says:

      ^ Vettel fan?

      Had Perez not crashed into Massa, I’m not entirely sure Vettel would have even made it onto the podium?
      Vettel quite possibly would have lost out to Massa.
      Vettel only managed to pass Perez on Lap 69 of 70 (3 laps later than RIC) because as you mentioned Perez’s tyres, brakes and failed DRS which by then were even worse.

      Don’t forget, Vettel lost track position to Ricciardo’s superior ‘In Lap’ during his final pit stop on Lap 39.

      So who exactly was you DOD……………Vettel?

      1. ROHIND says:

        If Massa couldnt get past Vettel earlier, i doubt he was going to do that in the last lap of the race.If you notice Perez’s comments, you’d see that he corrected his brake problems with some setting adjustments soon after the overtake by Ricciardo, which explains why Vettel took another couple of laps to get past Perez.

        As for Vettel losing track position to Ricicardo. I believe James have explained sufficiently in the further articles, the reason for the same.

        The DOD for me was Rosberg, who still managed to finish 2nd with failed MGU-H

    2. hotshoe says:

      Wow, what a tough crowd. Regardless of how long it took to pass Perez, Ricciardo got his first win, and is my DOD.

  42. flesh says:

    I understand having a DOD is a good talking point and under normal circumstances I would be chomping at the bit to give my DOD and the reasons why. but lets be honest how can we even consider having a driver of the day lets take ricciardo the man who over took a car that was almost broken to the point it could not go any slower and he achived this monumental feat on the penultimate lap because he did not have the skill to do it earlier or was it because he was been held up by a car that had no rear breaks. Now there is rosberg who only achieved getting his really broken very slow car to the end of the race because he was been coached and guided by his team on the pit wall without whom he most probably would of missed another chicane and ended the race with his car in pieces. Now lets talk about perez who drove not a bad race until the end who’s only claim for DOD is he drove a car without any rear brakes quite well for a number of laps without cutting a chicane. we wont talk about vettel beacause nobody has even mentioned him for DOD so that leaves massa who needs a crash course in elementary maths to establish 2 into1 does not go. forgive me I have forgotten jenson well that in itself tells a story you cant really seriously consider jenson as a legitimate DOD because until the last couple of laps we all had forgotten he was actually in the race. the real driver of the day if there has to be one is Fernando Alonso for driving the single worst f1 car Ferrari has ever produced. and he manage to do this for 70 laps and resist the overwhelming urge to dump it in the river what a man what a driver

  43. Steve Rogers says:

    I wouldn’t expose myself to well-deserved ridicule by trying to blag up Jenson as DotD, but he was a cheeky chappy to grab 4th at the last moment wasn’t he? And those 12 points have put McLaren level with Williams, which is amazing considering that the Mac has been consistently winning the Even Worse Value For Money Than Ferrari prize for well over a year now.

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