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Hungarian GP 2014
Posted By: James Allen  |  27 Jul 2014   |  7:18 pm GMT  |  400 comments

The Hungarian GP was one of the best races of the season, with huge swings of fortune, five different race leaders and a grandstand finish – the three leading cars were separated by less than a second, with a few laps to go.

There were a number of standout performances, but who caught your eye the most? Who was your Driver of the Day?

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo took his second win of the season and a very satisfying one too. He dropped two places at the start but then benefited from the first safety car – and the mistake of staying on intermediate tyres by McLaren – to lead. From here he always had a good chance to win. He was on a three stop strategy that wasn’t helped by the second safety car, nor by an ERS malfunction around lap 44, but he fixed it and attacked on new tyres at the end and caught and passed Hamilton and Alonso for the win.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
The Spaniard was two laps away from winning a Grand Prix for Ferrari in an otherwise depressing season for the ‘Reds. Alonso’s start was spectacular as always, making up for the lack of qualifying pace in the car. He maintained a strong pace and then took a huge gamble to run 32 laps to the finish on a set of soft tyres, without stopping again. He held off the Mercedes for second place.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
From the pit lane start to the podium, a stunning result, but once again the fastest car in the field didn’t win the race and Hamilton knows that reliability issues again hurt his chances of a win. He progressed quickly, after an initial off due to cold brakes. He was able to pass cars more aggressively than Rosberg – Vergne for example, whom Rosberg could not pass. he went for a long stint on mediums and gave something away on pace as a result, but did get longevity with a 31 lap final stint.

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg
Had it all under control at the start, but got on the wrong side of the first safety car and from there it was a struggle. Still had a chance to come back and win the race on a 3 stop strategy, but lost places due to stopping after the second safety car when the field was bunched up and also not being able to pass Hamilton, despite a team order.

Kimi Raikkonen F1

Kimi Raikkonen

Seventeeth to sixth at the flag – another classic Raikkonen recovery, after a howler by Ferrari in qualifying which cost him massively.

Jean Eric Vergne F1

Jean Eric Vergne
The final result of 9th will be a minor footnote in history, but Vergne was mighty today, running at the front after the first safety car and resisting Rosberg, who could not pass him. On a similar strategy to Alonso, he was second behind the Spaniard at mid distance, but stopped earlier into traffic and didn’t have the pace to get back.


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1

Hamilton was mighty today. He is showing repeatedly that he is the fastest driver and is only 2nd in the championship due to misfortune. Mercedes request for him to let Rosberg past was misguided and plainly wrong. This from the team who are happy to let their drivers race. I think the fact they have a favourite is becoming increasingly obvious but I can see talent rising to the top come the season end.

2

I'm assuming that the GB user name refers to Great Britain right?

Unfortunately I think too many parochial Brits are voting on your site James. I'm an Aussie and while Dan drove brilliantly executing two nice moves on former world champions, both HAM and RIC benefited form the safety car. Alonso was past the pit entry with Vettel Rosberg and Bottas when the first safety car merged yet he still managed to get 2nd. Only bias would prevent a true F! fan from voting Alonso.

3

Thanks for the mods James re GB

I'm not sure Pem, what country do you come from?

I'm amazed that a driver who ends up backwards with his left front against the wall at turn 2 is considered Driver of the day (seriously?). Alonso's Ferrari is much slower that Hamilton's and Alonso did not benefit from a safety car.

After the safety car Hamilton was two positions behind Rosberg (who couldn't pass a Toro Rosso). Hamilton clearly benefited massively from the safety car.

My bias would put Ricciardo as driver of the day, unbiased I think it has to be Alonso, not a great car, on old tyres, no benefit from the safety car, could have pitted and guaranteed fourth but rolled the dice and got past in the last two laps by a car on fresher rubber.

4

From pit lane to 3rd is not just a safety car is it and which country do I come from?

5

Wrong. The GB user name does not refer to Great Britain, [mod]

A lot of drivers benefited from the safety car above the front runners. The SC helped Hamilton but it certainly didn't give him 3rd position - he had to earn that by making some crucial overtakes. As did Alonso. As did Ricciardo.

This blog asks for our driver of the day. For me it was Lewis Hamilton.

YOUR driver of the day is Alonso who did amazingly well to make his strategy work [mod]

6

There is no need for that tone with other posters -Mod

7

Agree with you. Incredible that Mercedes would ask that so early in the race when anyone of the top 5 could've won the race with another SC or some rain.

James, how can you give Rosberg a mention at the DOTD??? He is driving the fastest car on track and started on pole. He was struggling big time when Alonso and Vergne overtook him.

Where would Alonso or Hamilton been if they swapped cars and start places with Rosberg? I'll tell you, miles away. All he did was complain over the radio "Why is he not letting me through?".

Cannot believe these drivers which drive the fastest cars around and still need favours, especially from the title contender. Incredible!

8

Erm when exactly did the safety car last rescue HAM. He was due some fortune at some point this season.

9

Helping Bernie spice up the show!

10

Hamilton would be driver of the day if and only if he pays the money the mechanics lost from his own pocket.

Disobeying team orders and preventing more points for the team is kind of stealing from the mechanics. Or at least it used to be that they get bonuses for every team point.

11

Don't you think the mechanics might 'owe' Hamilton a few points with all the mechanical gremlins he has had to put up with this season 😉

12

When you say 'came to his rescue yet again' you mean like it did in Germany right?

13

Haha, you are so funny.

Spin recovery makes you driver of the day these days apparently?!?

I was happy for him not to damage his car but honestly you can't credit somebody for a "save". I also think he himself considered himself lucky. You just can't control a car that is so much out of control. There a just too many variables at play. But I guess you are a Vettel fan. The guy that get's constantly beaten by his new team mate right?

About Hamilton, (yes I am a Hamilton fan) this safety car came at the exact right time for him, just as the fire did the day earlier. Please don't make this particular single occasion look like he has luck. Because frankly he doesn't,

14

so Hams spin did not count? [mod]
22cars on a track that is hard to pass and Ham comes Third,
what do's a driver have to do to win your respect,
oh that's right there is only one driver in your race, the rest don't exist, [mod]

15

Please be respectful to other posters -Mod

16

Umm... I think that was more to do with luck then skill...

If it spun at a different angle, his input would have made no difference. Besides, it was his own fault for spinning in the first place...

17

That's because of all the doughnuts he's been practising last season ... 😉

18

Are you saying that the safety car was not needed? Today was the luck of the draw as was yesterdays fire. Lewis simply made the best of a bad situation and Nico was a bit unlucky, it happens. Despite all my gripes about the way F1 is going, todays race was action packed and delivered the goods (except I can still hear the crowd and tyre squal over the cars).

19
Tornillo Amarillo

Freak team, a good team should put 2 winner Cars there and let the drivers decide alone on track who will be the Drivers' Champion, and not to try to decide for itself!!!

20

Are you serious? Surely it was a lack of car control that caused him to run wide onto the astro-turn. From there he was a passenger and it was only luck that kept him off the wall.

21

Of course the real skill is in avoiding the circumstances to put in the spin in the first place.

22

The safety car in 2008 Singapore was engineered. The safety car(s) today wasn't. Big difference.

23

Sorry. Good recovery for Lewis today but not DoD. The massive car advantage those guys enjoy makes anyone finishing ahead deserving the gong, regardless of circumstance.

DoD is a split decision between Alonso or Ricciardo.

24

Ryan, you've nailed it on the head. I'm not disputing Hamilton's talent, but the car is clearly a class above what everyone else in the field has. I'm a happy Australian fan as Dan won, but DoD has to go to Alonso.

25
littleredkelpie

Alonso by a country mile. His 2nd position in that dog of a car had no peers today.

26

Imagine Alonso in a half decent car. He's easily a class above the rest!

27

Mercedes was mighty! Without that first safety car rosberg would of walked it and hamilton would of finished further back!

28

And that's the difference between Rosberg and Hamilton. Plenty of drivers can drive a quick quickly when they are out in front on their own - I remember Hill was a bit like that - but when they find themselves in traffic and having to compete with other cars/drivers it's a different story. Rosberg, from memory, only fell to 4th or 5th with the first safety car and yet that was him done, and everything unravelled from there. Hamilton started from the pit lane and undoubtedly was the beneficiary of lucky timing with the safety car. However he was still only 13th (I think) when the first safety car came in. Yet he still finished the race in front of Rosberg. Alonso was also unlucky with the first safety car and yet he managed to finish in front of Rosberg. That's the difference between ordinary drivers and champions .

29
Drgraham lewis

You should check you facts.

The strategy report will point out your errors.

30

without the engine fire.....

31

* would HAVE or would've. Would OF makes no sense.

32

Nico should have passed Vern within a couple of laps but while Ham was behind him he was just thinking of limiting the damage,

so Nico deserved to loose...

33

Whilst true, Rosberg was still ahead of Hamilton and Alonso after that first safety car with the same options open to him. Relatively poor pace in the middle of the race, where he was passed by other cars and couldn't overtake the Torro Rosso, is what cost him.

34

You do not know that until the end

35

Yep and without the engine fire on Saturday Hamilton would have had walked pole .

36

would HAVE;

or

would've

Ok, grammar lesson over.

37

But then at the same time:

1. You can also easily say without the engine fire, Hamilton would've most probably taken pole or at the very least, started on the front row. Had the engine fire not happened Hamilton might also have walked it.

2. As a result of the safety car, we were about to witness the differences in race craft between the two Mercedes drivers.

38

Just saw that Hamilton's podium today (#63) puts him past Coulthard (62) on the all-time list, so Lewis now has the most podiums of any British driver. Didn't hear any mention of it in the BBC broadcast.

He passed Clark in poles back in China, and tied Jackie Stewart's win total at Silverstone. Only Mansell lies ahead with 31 wins, in terms of British drivers. Lewis will have to at least match Big Nige, if not beat his win tally, to take the DWC this year.

39

Driver of the day...it's almost a no brainer. Lewis Hamilton was immense. To come from the pit lane to the podium..and making it to position 13 before the first safety car came out. AMAZING. NOBODY DOES IT BETTER! However, like I said, it was "almost" a no brainer. Alonso was outrageously good. To keep LH behind him when LH had a massive car advantage over him was sublime. So from that perspective FA was easily the driver of the day. All three drivers that made it to the podium were superb.

40

@C63, in Canada we get the BBC broadcast on our TSN. FP2, qualifyiing, and the race. JA and McNish for the FP2 session, Ben Edwards and DC for quali and the race.

41

As anyone one else noticed the latest trend to call yourself a fan of so and so etc......when you are just plainly a WUM. 🙂

42

Blues Paul, Hamilton is far from intimidated by Alonso. There is literally no reason why he should be. In case you hadn't noticed, his tyres were shot - just look at how Rosberg closed in.

43

Didn’t hear any mention of it in the BBC broadcast....

They mentioned this on Sky - maybe DC had his nose put out of joint and thats why he said nothing.

Incidentally, do you get the BBC feed in Canada or are you watching via the website?

44

Hi KRB

This was one race that Lewis should have won with his eyes shut. He and Mercedes binned it.

Why? The stars are aligning against. That cycling w/end disaster was a bad omen. I hope they win again this year ….. it won’t be that easy again though.

Lewis and the rain …….. where’s the rainmeister? making the same mistake as our two scandinavian rookies, but just keeping it off the wall.

Lewis and Alonso …. where’s the great overtaker? slamming on the brakes 3 secs earlier than Alonso into turn one lap after lap. Yes he had the meds on when he should have had softs, that didn’t help. But I think mentally he is hugely intimidated by FA. It’s a skillful campaign that Alonso has worked on over the years, and Lewis is cowed.

“OMG .. it’s Alonso …I’ll never do it”.

Even when he saw Dan power past, still didn’t push Lewis into brave mode.

While I’m at it I may as well moan to you about Lewis’s saturdays. Oh dear when a quali goes wrong and the car breaks. Lewis loves nothing more than to “ham” for the cameras..

Up go the shoulders, down comes the head, and I’m going to walk as slow as I can towards the garage, with my head near my waist. Then I’ll ask Toto and Lauda to let me go home now so I can have a good cry..!

LH needs to grow out of all this, and put a spring in his step, esp when things go wrong, otherwise someone else will take this wdc like candy from a baby

I’m talking Dan not Nico.

Sorry about the rant. It’s a frustrated Ham fan here!

45

It does make you think if Lewis had started in his normal grid position then a couple of wins in the last week could have been his......................

However, he didn't start in his natural grid position because of sloppy preparation and discipline from his team. Merc need to get their act together when it comes to Quality Control - I think everyone will agree with that.

46

Alonso.

Very difficult decision. There is a lot of talk about who was luckier than who in adjudicating the deserving DOTD, but the truth is most of the drivers encountered some form of "luck" today. That is part and parcel of racing and what spices things up. I am a massive RIC fan and was jumping on the couch in the early hours of Monday morning down here in AUS as he made the final pass for the lead, but I went with Alonso for one reason only;

He was the only driver of the leading group that missed the benefit of the first safety car incident (others being ROS,BOT,VET) and yet still made it to the podium.

HAM has to be mentioned also, but the superiority of the Mercs this year, seem to sway peoples votes away from them. Same thing was occurring with Red Bull and VET the last few years. The hard fought performance in an under performing team always trumps a dominant performance by a dominant team in the punters' eyes.

47

Mentioned in the Sky F1 broadscast however

48

Mansell and Jones are my all time favorite drivers because of their aggressive driving styles.

I hope the stewards continue to let the drivers race and pass, make for a great spectacle.

Both were Williams driver in their prime, Bottas should be watching some the old footage for inspiration.

49

Any one who doubt Lewis's Hamilton"s driving ability as a racing driver after his performance in Germany and now in Hungary after starting from the back of the pack and from the pit lane due to mechanical failure need their head examined!

What a driver what a result.

50

Befor the safety car came out I think Ham was 13/14th when it went in he was 13th

51

Lewis spins off the road and is driver of the day? For what? Benefitting from safety cars and from disregarding his teammate's different strategy? Lewis is a stunning driver but this shows how the fanbase distorts reality. It's great to see him at the sharp end and battling with Nico for a podium but this is the fastest car by some

margin, please let's not forget that.

52

Hear, hear. Heart of a champion.

53

I don't see it that way as Lewis could have won if he had overtaken Alonso. Instead he was passed by Ricc and was lucky Ros didn't catch him at the last lap of the race.

Dotd surely Alonso who did everything right frolm start to finish. Not fighting Ricc in turn 1 was a mighty decision as it would have distroyed his tyres completely with more places to lose as a consequence.

54

Put him in a Ferrari and if he repeats this, he must be the greatest driver ever born.

55

I would say what you said is true! I am not a fan but I appreciate talent. However, having said that, Rosberg is not an average driver as most of the people here think.

Lewis Hamilton is not going to have a walk in the park to win this championship. So yeah, good thing, he has the talent to deal with a much more difficult situation than he originally thought.

56

IMHO, Merc compromised HAM's strategy by putting all their focus on ROS's.

If HAM was on 2 BRAND NEW option tyre stints at the end, will he finish on a higher step in the podium given how well he was able to carve his way thru traffic?

57

He was helped by safety car which also brought Ros to him. Nothing in his drive really. Sorry.

58

Not saying it wasn't a great recovery. There is room to doubt. He finished third in what is the best car on the grid by miles, while hugely advantaged by safety car interventions. Also, at at least three points in the race he struggled to overtake slower package cars.

It's a serious DOTD contender, but there are still some doubts.

59

Where will HAM finish if Merc pits HAM for another set of BRAND NEW options at lap 5x while he was ahead of ROS?

60

Here Here 🙂

Totally Agree

Lewis was awesome.

Great recovery & stunning drive.

A true Racer

61

Very hard to split the top 3.

Maybe a 10/10 for both Alonso and Hamilton and a 9.9 for Ricciardo because his slower pace in the opening stint meant he lucked into the race lead thanks to the safety car.

Alonso - stunning job in the first half of the race. His pace on the damp track after the SC was phenomenal. Great consistency in the final stint. Wonderful job at the end bar a little mishap at the chicane.

Hamilton - untidy spin at the start of the race, but can be forgiven. Cut through the field very fast. His pass on Vergne was race defining and at that point I believed he could've won. Bad call by Mercedes to put him on the mediums (on a green track) for 30 laps. Probably threw away a potential victory with that strategy call. Did well to hound Alonso and fend off Rosberg.

Ricciardo - shabby first stint but as soon as the switch to slicks came on, he flew. Excellent second stint to limit the gap he had to recuperate in the final laps. Wonderful pace and overtakes. This boy will only get better.

Superb race.

62

"Bad call by Mercedes to put him on the mediums (on a green track) for 30 laps."

Absolutely, especially considering Lewis must have had so many new sets of soft tyres after not doing any qualifying runs on them. I don't know why Mercedes split the strategies, Rosberg and Hamilton only stopped a few laps apart, so surely what was good for one driver was good for the other. Even with Rosberg being behind Hamilton after that stop, being held up by Hamilton and having to fight his way past Bottas/Raikkonen/Massa he was on the same piece of race track as Hamilton at the end, so if Hamilton had gone onto that strategy he would certainly have gotten second and probably would have won. Rosberg probably would have followed him home too. Bad day for the Merc strategists definitely.

63
Drgraham lewis

Agreed but I had to give it to LH.

Brand new brakes, no warm up lap and pit lane start make it the drive of the year even if he is not happy with it.

The ridiculous thing is Mercs refusal to reconsider strategy mid race. NR is not lets just say Mr Overtake and they really should have considered bringing in LH (who had a pile of brand new soft tyres compared to used one single set left on the other side) when NR was behind and seeing what he could do.

Political correctness gone crazy - Toto!

Do you think this would have occurred under Brawn?

Not a chance...

64

Trust me guys, James puts the guy who deserves it most as the first option. 😉

65

Purple Helmet; I saw two safety cars and smoke coming off the back of Rosberg's brakes.

66

Are we calling it 2 safety cars, or 2 1/2? I was actually thinking there were 3. It was declared the SC was coming in end of the lap. Just because SC didn't pass through the pitlane....

67

U think everybody vote fair??

Some of the Alonso/Hamilton fans would vote for their drivers even if they finish outside top 10.

68

@ Rohind

You forget a stuff mate

If Lewis or Alonso finish outside top ten irrespective of the circumstances, They will not even qualify for the DOTD

I believe you are too annoyed with Dan Ricciardo performaces as he completely chastened vettel. whereas the so called quirk 4X WDC can only make a novice mistake and spin the car rather than win the race which his new unknown team-mate have achieved

Lewis and Alonso are head and shoulders above the rest of the field, that includes a quirk 4X WDC whose name is vettel

69

Truth,

If you think Rosberg is winning DOTD here ever you must be new here. For that result please head over to Jens Allenbach on F1 blog url: JAonF1.de 🙂

70

To Andrew C, settle down mate. It's people's opinions, feelings & individual race analysis, not personal. Comment on the race, not on posts. There's no right or wrong opinions unless it's personal attack on posts.

71

I think this is supposed to your opinion, not James's, otherwise what is the point of a vote. Hamilton for me, what a drive with a totally new chasis and the rest. Showed he can overtake where Rosberg cant'.

72

I can't disagree that the DOTD vote is more of a popularity contest than a representative poll. However, I am struggling with the notion that Nicoo was somehow a contender for DOTD . Are you able to shed any light on this ? (I know you like a theory 😉 )

73

That safety car carfuffle really caused him to lose out. He came back to 4th and that makes him a contender for DOTD. But agreed that he's just filling a seat in this contest and there was no way he was going to win unless he was driving a Marussia.

74

@Sebee, I am surprised too. I voted for RIC. His pass on HAM was brilliant. He's a true racer. HAM's pass on VER into Turn 4 was also a great move, and crucial to his final position.

Each of RIC, ALO, and HAM had great races. Very hard to separate them, but for me there is a clear winner. If RIC scores a 100, then ALO is a 98 and HAM is a 95. Next back from that is under 80.

75

The boy won. Has to count for something a little extra under the circumstances. Glad the Canadian chapter is in agreement.

76
kenneth chapman

@ KRB that makes sense. you are quite right.

77

OMG...I just voted and Ricciardo is third. You guys did see him pass Alonso and beat Mercedes, right? You do remember that's "mighty" Renault power back there.

There is no pleasing this crowd. If Lewis doesn't win the WDC lock your doors and windows. Riots are coming.

78
Drgraham lewis

Errr - you did note he started fourth did you not?

79

Hah! I'm with you, Sebee.

Hamilton dropped it on the first lap and was lucky to not hit anything.

Alonso also went wide, but certainly drove his usual dogged best to defend at the end.

But Riciardo never put a wheel wrong, whether in the wet or the dry, and those overtakes, especially on Hamilton, were just sensational.

I guess with James being British, and this being a British website, there are a lot Hamilton supporters on here, but, you gotta give credit where it's due.

Cheers, from a "two eyed" Aussie 🙂

80

Although i like Lewis and think he did well today, I have to agree Ricciardo was best driver and, it looks, something special, a future World champ for sure. It is time for the Mercedes team to have a good look at themselves as they are indanger of shooting themselves in the foot!

81
Tornillo Amarillo

Sebee I voted Ric too, not HAMILTON. I know I've made a mistake.

82

Sebee I agree!

Is this DOD or a popularity contest? Looking at the poll results I would say the later. The fan-boy-dom of the LH fans seems to override logic.

People gave LH DOD last week, when he raced like a pin ball bouncing off the other drivers on, I think no less than 3 separate occasions. This week he spins on the 3rd corner of the race. Granted he made it to third, an impressive drive, but he is in the best car in the paddock. But, Alonso and DR didn't put a wheel wrong, whilst LH did.

I just think LH is making too many mistakes to be considered DOD.. or perhaps I am just a DR fan-boy 😉

83

With all the rest that had to be said in response to this comment already being said, the only thing I'd like to add is that I'm glad to see some hardcore fanboys potentially coming around to switch loyalties based on where genuine talent lies...or am I just being too optimistic here!

84
kenneth chapman

what does ricciardo need to do to convince people that he was the DOTD by far and away? he is all class and excitement.

85

+1. That's exactly how I feel. But I am not surprised, it's a British blog after all. The arrogance (grumpiness in Martin Brundle's words), ignoring team orders, both Merc drivers are toe to toe, just about every race being so chaotic, Ricciardo's Vettel bashing on track, Alonso's out of the skin drive, SC drama, this race had it all. Did not expect to enjoy this season so much with the fuel restriction & all the technical changes. Particularly witnessing how fast the Mercs are compare to the rest of the field. This has been the best season in at least 5 years. Would've made things better if the Ferraris & Bulls were in the championship mix. 4 weeks wait until the next race seems eternity!!

86

I thought the same thing! Dan is DOTD for sure, amazing moves on Hami and Alonso, must be plenty of one eyed Lewis and Ferrari fans here! 😉

87

It's all opinion I suppose Sebee, but at the time of posting this Rosberg has 4 votes for driver of the day, work that one out,taking nothing away from Nico but he doesn't belong on the list this time.The top 3 in the race all deserve the most credit in my opinion, it's a tough call who deserves it most, also I thought Kimi did well this week from 17th to recover to 6th.

88
Rodrigo Luiz Martins

You're right! Lewis couldn't pass Rosberg when they were stuck behind Vern. The best car can't overtake a Toro Rosso. Ricciardo overtook F. Alonso and L. Hamilton, and what a move overtaking Lewis.

89

Clearly you missed Lewis pass Vergne around the outside of turn 4 yeh? Watching a different sport at the time were you? Go back and watch the whole race and put some thought into the driver who came from the back - regardless of his name.

90

Yes, Daniel drove well, a future champion that one. But the passes on Lewis and Fernando just weren't that special considering the tire advantage at the time.

91

You did see Hamilton start from the pit lane didn't you? And somehow end up in front of Rosberg at the end, despite Rosberg apparently having no car issues whatsoever? Yes, Ricciardo blew his teammate away too, but Vettel has been found out long ago, and it's routine for Ricciardo these days, whereas Rosberg has at least looked competitive and reliable, if not brilliant.

I would give all the top three full marks for their performances and giving us a cracking race.

92

The Red Bull car has better top speed than the Ferrari, believe it or not. Plus the difference in tyres at that moment and chasis. Fernando also overtook (and he did it in equal conditions) a Mercedes, and beat them two in the end. With the F14T. Lewis takes it because this site, even beeing the most international F1 web all over the internet, has around 40% of british readers and voters (at least those were the numbers one or two years ago), and that's reflected in the poll.

93

Ham was really good today. I haven't voted for him all year, but he was obviously driving like a WDC today. Clean, fair and fast.

94

What are you on about? Compounding the fact that is a chassis and aero led circuit, it was wet and for the majority of the race no car was able to put down full power, evidenced by that almighty Merc engine unable to make ground on Renault power on the straights. Ricciardo had as good a chance as anyone and it was a phenomenally well deserved victory with 2 risky and decisive overtakes at the end wholly deserving a race win.

That said, if some feel that a pitlane to podium race in what was effectively a brand new car which hadn't been optimised and simply had the settings from yesterday's barbecued chassis copy pasted onto it, who are you to discount that feat?

But then again anybody who could possibly beat the might Seb in equal machinery through the year simply must be Ayrton reincarnated right? No mere mortal could dismiss him so flippantly... 😉

95

Yeah. Lewis result was a given. A bit surprising for rosberg not to win but Ricciardo was superb today.

96

Lewis and Fernando were sitting ducks to a fast car with new tires.

Ricciardo was the lucky driver of the day as the first Safety Car gave him a huge advantage when it allowed the first 4 cars to pass pit entrance, Rosberg, Vettel, Bottas and Fernando. Without that gift, it's doubtful that he'd even be on the list.

97

Undoubtedly it was the podium trio who were all electric today. F1 doesn't need gimmicks; it needs these 3 drivers pushing hard on fantastic circuits.

98

Too right. The main reason that this race was so good was that the tricky conditions negated, to some extent, the effects of the DRS and ridiculous tyres.

99

"Tricky conditions negated, to some extent, the effects of the DRS and ridiculous tyres..." It also negated Mercedes' outrageous PU advantage - amen to that.

While we are, rightly, slagging off the GIMMICKS (good with you Colm? :)), I think F1 should also recognise that the PU freeze immediately after a huge regulation change can completely skew the championship. I think teams should be given a chance to develop their PU during the first yr post such a massive change to bunch up the competition more - doing so, we won't need to rely on mother nature (aka rain) to make races as interesting as the one from this past WE.

100
Matthew Cheshire

I definitely agree to that. Its very hard to separate the top three for DOTD, without playing favorites.

Driving and surviving was the order of the day. No need for gimmicks. Old fashioned rain and concrete separated the men from the boys (we'll find a new metaphor if Suzy gets a drive).

101

Thank you for using the word "gimmicks". It should all be capitalised for emphasis, though. GIMMICKS. You are absolutely right, they are not necessary at all and are very annoying. The double points thing, hanging over this season like a dark cloud, is a huge GIMMICK.

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Hmm...................I'm tempted to say one of the drivers from the English speaking Nations and say either Lewis or Danny Boy................

................but I'll say Nando. That Ferrari had no right to finish in the Top 4, let alone 2nd and leading the race for a while. The Bullfighter is the most complete driver in present day competitive motoring, and to say him relegated to playing Guildernstern and Rosencratz for most of this year when he should be playing the part of Hamlet is a waste!

While we're on Shakespearian analogies, Danny Boy was King (of the Hungaroring) Lear and Lewis was Philip the Bold.

As old Will Shakespeare would say for the rest of the season, in regards to Lewis: "To be a WDC or not to be a WDC? That is the question.................."

PS The fact that the majority of European and English speaking countries dont get free to air live TV coverage is a Shakespearian tragedy worth of Hamlet...............I'll let you decide who Mr E would be cast as.............

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I have to disagree with the Ferrari comment. The Ferrari didn't look too bad in the race. You have to look at Kimi's race to see that. If Kimi had not been caught out in Q1, I wonder if he would have finished ahead of Alonso this time.

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@ Dren

"I wonder if he would have finished ahead of Alonso this time" - Joke of the Millennium

Kimi could not even beat bianchi with much faster car on saturday than marussia. Kimi to beat Alonso on sunday? Complete charade

What Alonso achieved is Imperious and only the greatest pilot in the history of F1 (Fernando Alonso) can produce results of that magnitude

Please take out your insular view and because you deride Alonso do not claim that ferrari are faster. Beyond this kimi raced with Force India's, STR and sauber / Mclaren's. so it is easier to finish P6 from P16. Whereas Alonso fought with Williams RBR and Mercedes which are easily miles faster than Ferrari.

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If Ferrari don't win this season Daniel's pass on Fernando will sting extra.

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Voted Ricci by a hair; Alo and Rai close runners up.

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Wow. "The bullfighter". Brilliant. I think it's the very first time that I see any Spanish sportsman being called with such an imaginative nickname. Maybe you could call him "Matador" instead.

Actually it surprises me that you don't mention Flamenco or Paella.

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I call him 'El Hombre'........

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It's a compliment squire - it's not a pejorative. If it was, why would I give Fernando the DOD award? If you read, I mentioned he is the most "complete driver" in racing today - praise doesn't come higher than that.

As for Paella or Flamenco, I don't know about Mr Alonso's personal life, so I can't comment..............being a racing driver, I guess he sticks to salads and pasta on race weekends.

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Actually, on second thoughts, can I nominate Bernd Maylander for DOD? He earns his money's worth, doesn't he!

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Not at Hockenheim he didn't. Should have been on half wages!

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The podium in the order they finished.

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Yes, Alonso and Ricci drove fantastic races. But. If the guy who started in the pit lane and finished third, beating his pole sitter team mate despite idiotic 'orders' coming in from the pits, doesn't win today's DotD, then JA will have confirmation the majority of his blogosphere audience is comprised of carpet-chewing mental cases...

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Drgraham lewis

Let alone a pit lane behind someone start!

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Drgraham lewis

+1

Obviously people here do not realise how much of a handicap no warm up lap is during a wet race!

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Nice...

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Lewie was helped by the safety car, issues with Rosberg's brakes and the Merc Multi 21 "misunderstanding", so a good drive, but not DotD

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"carpet-chewing mental cases…" wow nice insult. I voted Dan

As some of the above argue that Dan doesn't get DotD because of the 1st safety car them maybe Lewis shouldn't get if because he benefitted the most by the compression of the field twice....... and to boot, driving the fastest car.

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So who's left with nothing coming his way? The great, great Alonso 🙂

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If you take away Merc`s superiority OR two lucky SC to his advantage, then we could talk about fantastic recovery. With those two, I don`t think so.. even Seb Vettel would have won in that situation.. 😉

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Darrin from Canada

...and nevermind that he has had the same "Lucky" things happen for 2 races in a row...

hmmm...

In the interest of fairness I was also very impressed with both Alonso (whom I am not personally fond of, but respect) and Dan R (Who, by kicking the butt of his 4 time WDC teammate, is shaping up to be the future of F1) as well.

But c'mon, what does Lewis have to do to impress some of you guys! (Not be British - obviously - says the Canadian of German heritage with no dog in the fight)

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One of Ricciardo, Alonso, or Hamilton.

And most certainly not Rosberg, who was very ordinary today.

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ROS was ordinary...or less than. It was disappointing to hear him crying about the team-ordered "pass" that he wanted spoonfed. What was HAM supposed to do, pull over and wait? I think ROS is showing his inner sense of entitlement more and more as time goes on.

ALO got my vote, for doing the most with the least. Those last 10 laps...maybe add "magician" to the list of nicknames. He's one of the greats.

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Agree. I just couldn't decide between the top 3.

Rosberg works very hard to find out how to beat his team mate, definitely. However, to me I've always felt his skills and racecraft are quite ordinary compared to Hamilton. I'm not saying he's bad, Rosberg is better than Button in my opinion, a little less than Kimi in speed but definitely not on Alonso / Hamilton level. I'd say even Dan Ric is better than Rosberg.

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With no brakes at one point Ros did OK. But not DoTD

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Rosberg has been pretty ordinary throughout the entire season thus far. I can't remember a stand-out performace by him yet. Can you? (and don't mention any races where Lewis has been handicapped)

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Any of the top 3 but definitely not Rosberg. He ruined his own race by not being able to overtake Vergne

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Difficult, Hamilton's drive from the pit lane to third should be enough, but even he wasn't that thrilled - maybe if he'd passed Alonso. Also, he needs to remain a bit more up, even though everything seems against him just now. Had he been more positive in his comments during the race, maybe Mercedes (or he) would have thought about a more aggressive strategy with soft tyres in the final half of the race. Could have even won. So that leaves Alonso or Ricciardo for driver of the day - Ricciardo given he won with two neat moves over Hamilton and Alonso.

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Drgraham lewis

I suspect his demeanour was down to the crazy team orders and the fact he knows he had a pile of soft tyres all nice and shiny sitting in the pits. While Rosberg did not.

And that's if they were equal in ability during a racing scenario where overtaking is required...

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devilsadvocate

Probably could have passed Alonso if he had not pushed so hard earlier trying to open the gap on rosberg when the team told him to let him through. Once Rocciardo caught them he was done though, hard to pass while also defending.

No one gave vettel any credit when he did the exact same thing two years ago at a worse track for overtaking and with fewer (or none) safety cars. So Hamilton gets none from me today. Ricciardo's sound handling of Hamilton and Alonso at the Ed had me standing on the couch shouting and clapping. No one else was in the running in my mind today.

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To all the people who says its easier to overtake in Abu dhabi, Wasnt it the place where Alonso in a Ferrari lost 2010 championship coz he could not overtake Petrov in a Renault

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Lots of people gave Vettel credit for that drive, but Abu Dhabi is easier to overtake on than Hungary. There are two mega straights to do so. Also, there were two safety cars at that race which had a greater impact than the safety cars today.

Ham didn't once get defensive with Rosberg today (until the last lap or so), he didn't need to.

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I assume you mean Abu Dhabi, where there were two safety cars, one of which fell at an amazingly fortuitous time for Vettel as he'd just pitted after clattering his front wing against Bruno Senna? Plus Lewis retired from the lead of that race, Vettel wouldn't have been on the podium otherwise.

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Are you talking about Abu Dhabi 2012? That was an even sloppier race than Hamilton had today. Vettel damaged his front wing on two occasion, one of which was behind the safety car. His car was also set up for overtaking, so it was really easy passing everybody that day.

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What race was it where Vettel came for pitlane start to podium with any SC help?

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Oh come on, wake up. If he let Rosberg through, he would have ended up behind him towards the end, regardless of whether he would have passed Alonso or not. So in the end he would have been at least 3rd anyway.....

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Except that you're wrong, it's easier to overtake with the DRS in Abu Dhabi than in Budapest, which is the main and justified reason why Vettel's race in Abu Dhabi 2012 can't be compared with Hamilton's brilliant drive today.

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Lewis was my driver of the day amazing to be on podium when he started from pit lane. Glad he ignored team orders !

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He didn't cry so much when Ross Brawn protected him from Rosberg...

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Very tricky between the top two, but Ricciardo got the job done so he gets my vote. I think driver of the day is the podium in podium order - Ricciardo, Alonso, Hamilton.

I see Hamilton is winning at the moment, that should be good for some drama 🙂

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I really do not know who was the driver of the day. Essentially, it is between 3 people for me:

1. Ricciardo - he won the race, he did not make any mistakes and had a very matured, measured drive. he was patient and also aggressive when it was required and managed to overtake both Hamilton and Alonso for the win, but.....he wad fresh tyres and a perfect strategy for every phase of the race

2. Alonso - he did not have the pace of Williams, Merc or even Red Bull. He had a great start and never made a single mistake. He was taking risks and had to drive on softs for 31 (or more) laps. He did not let Hamilton get passed him and kept the second position. It was impossible to hold Ricciardo, but he was exceptional...he always is

3.Hamilton was battling psychologically with the situation. He has the most to lose and for the second weekend in a row he is starting from the back of the grid due to no fault of his own, while his team mate has it super easy from P1. He only made a small mistake with cold breaks, but was very inspiring all the way through the race

I just do not know who did a better job.....you have to put it in perspective. I would say all 3 are equally good today. Maybe I will pick Alonso...

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AlexD you make an excellent point about HAM and the psychology of the race.

I realise that both Ricciardo and Alonso had great drives, but they had very little to lose and everything to gain from an aggressive attack after some good fortune in the race. Both spectacular drives, nonetheless.

But it was a HUGE drive from Lewis, not least because, against all the odds, the momentum has now shifted back to him in the most extraordinary way,

Drive of a true champion.

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I have to agree with most of what you write.... except about Hamilton.

I had to read twice "for the second weekend in a row he is starting from the back of the grid due to no fault of his" to come to understand "for the second weekend in a row he is starting from the back of the grid. In this occasion, due to no fault of his" (I hope I got it right).

Their drives were all fantastic though I'd say that "small mistake" is something other drivers didn't do or, in the cases of Ericsson, Grosjean or Pérez had slightly more significant consequences.

To me, a reckless and lucky driver is less worthy of DotD than others.

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What did Lewis do in Hockenheim quali that was his fault? His brand new brake disc disintegrated, for heaven's sake.

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Totally agree.

I think I will pick Alonso out of the three, just because he had the worst car of the three and also was not aided by the Safety Car. Other than that very marginal between them though.

Note 1: Where is Vettel? Ricciardo has blown him away time after time...

Note 2: What is Rosberg doing as a candidate for DoD? Very mediocre performance in my opinion. Perhaps he was thinking of the bigger picture and being too cautious but certainly nothing extraordinary done.

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Agreed.

Though Alonso did make a mistake tho in the final stages of the race where he he to cut across the chicane as he overshot the braking zone.

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Agree 100% with your views. All three were right up there, but Alonso gets my vote by the tiniest of margins for the fact that he didn't put a foot wrong all race, ran on softs for 34 (?) odd laps and nearly won the race in that horrible car.

Daniel gets my vote for number 2 because he overtook the other podium finishers and we know it takes a mighty effort to pass Hamilton even in a slightly faster car - so well done to Daniel.

Hamilton is number 3 for me in this race. Of course he came from the back to finish second, but the other two just did enough!

On a slightly different note, not sure why James has even bothered to list Rosberg in this list for this race?? Did he do anything at all on raceday worthy of being listed here? Everything noted in the paragraph above providing the background for his inclusion sounds like he was a big loser!

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Im gonna say

1.alonso

2.lewis

3.ricciardo

Alonso is batting above what that car is capable of getting p2

Id say ricciardo drove a good race but lucked in on the timming of safety car just as rosberg lost out, from then on red bull gave him the best strategy and im kind of surprised others did not go for it.

Lewis nuff said p3 from pitlane

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Kimi finished P6 in that same "dog" of a car from starting P17. I don't think the car was such a dog at this track in the given conditions.

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The car is crap, Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams are faster.- SIX cars.

A few things in the race - SC, etc - came Kimi's way.

Not one thing came Alonso's way.

2nd on dead tyres is a ridiculous result.

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Brilliant drive by Hamilton. Only a dozen drivers have ever come from 20th or worse to finish on the podium On he and John Watson have done it twice - and he's done it twice in the space of a week. If he wins the championship it will be probably be down to those two performances.

On any other day Ricciardo's drive - and getting past Hamilton and Alonso in particular would have earned it, and Alonso got a much better result that the car deserved. Even Kimi's comeback - 16th to 6th is a heck of drive. But pitlane start, podium finish , that's outstanding.

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Merc is outstanding car. Lewis has THAT car AND a three times luck: 1st survived his own fault incident, 2nd Ros got unlucky with SC, 3rd Ham got lucky with SC.

Nice drive, but take any of those away and he would be lucky to end up in points.

So not only good driving but a massive ammount of LUCK.

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Hahaha Hamilton Fire Brigade to the rescue :-).

I think it`s obvious that DOTD means race day, Sunday, not FP or qually, or any other past performance. So yes, LH was extremly lucky on race day.

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Yes, he was extremely lucky to have his car go up in flames in Q1 as well.

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same can be said of Ricciardo; take away the 1st SC and he would have been no where near the podium, let alone a win!

BTW, Lewis didn't benefit from the SCs anymore than the rest; he was 13th when the 1st SC came out and when it pulled in, he was still 13th!!!

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100% agreed

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If Hamilton didn't have fire yesterday, he would have smoked the pack... his pace is unquestionable...

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Nico also has THAT car and had a massive amount of luck in qualifying and how did he go?

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Don't forget to mention all the luck he had being quickest in all FP and the fuel fire......

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Nothing lucky about Hamilton's pass on Vergne and nothing unlucky about Rosberg's failure to get past the same quickly enough. That's down to a difference in talent and audacity.

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...don't you think he was UNLUCKY to have caught fire in qualifying which forced him to start in the pits? I can't belive you actually called Lewis LUCKY. haha

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Saturday luck you mean?

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I completely agree with you. Lewis is Lewis and Ayrton Senna was Ayrton Senna, but since the Brazilian genius passed away, no driver has ever reminded me the latter's raw aggressive spirit more than Hamilton.

He deserves the DOD and the Championship !!!

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Some people on here think Senna never made a mistake. He made plenty.

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I agree - Lewis can win the WDC on merit . One with proviso - Merc get their technical discipline together!

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+1 on that.

In the past we only see one, maybe probably two greats to be in F1 at anyone time. In our time, we see Alonso, Hamilton and now Dan Ric all in the same field together.

Fantastic stuff! I'm glad I'm living through this time to witness the great driving from these drivers.

(despite being a fan of Kimi, kinda hurts a little I can't really fool myself in to adding him to the list of names above, imo Kimi is not in that category).

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You've got to be a joke. Yes I think you're a joke. Your comparing Ayrton to a guy who crashed into cars and barriers during both recent races and luckily escaped? If this is what F1 fans are nowadays then I'm glad the sport is in decline. Who crashes into things every weekend and gets compared to greatness?

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Had to be Hamilton. Pit lane to 3rd was real ballsy driving.

Rosberg, pole to 4th, was mediocre.

Ricciardo shows great class; definitely a future WDC.

An excellent drive from never-give-up Alonso, though his corner-cutting when under pressure is starting to look like a game-play tactic.

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exactly! imagine if it had been Lewis that cut the corner???

so those of you saying Alonso didn't make a mistake, go back and watch the race again!!!

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I personally think he did it on purpose to gain some meters.

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I doubted between the podium trio, but can't forget the mistake Lewis did at the second corner that could have costed him the race, and revising a lap by lap chart I saw Ricciardo's race wasn't THAT impressive (not a the Fernando and Lewis level), he gained 16 seconds thanks to the first safety car with the other cars trapped behind vergne (huge racing by the frenchman I must say) and a bit also behind Felipe. After that it was almost like a 2 stop strategy with a 3 stop strategy benefits.

So, for the amazing start, 7 overtakes on track, for fighting over his weight again, keeping the Mercedes behind and for making a set of soft tyres last for 32 laps, DOTD has to be Fernando Alonso.

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Drgraham lewis

Just remember a brand new car and no warm up lap. His brakes did not work properly for four laps...

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Do you mean drivers who do a formation lap need 3 laps for their brakes to work?

I believed it was a driver's task to understand that starting from the pits meant starting with cold brakes...

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Finally someone with common sense and impartiality. I compelling agree. That is the most sound representation of what happened in this race. Daniel did great but had a huge slice of luck. Hamilton had a huge slice of luck from his spin and safety car. Nico had misfortune with the safety car as did the other 3 drivers in the leading four including Alonso.

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Alonso in that Ferrari, again and again. Any comparison seems laughable.

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Agree, he is the most complete and rounded driver in Formula 1. Not to mention the most consistent.

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Toss up between Alonso & Ricciardo for me! Hamilton did a great job but was lucky on the first lap!

Was nice to see Jev up there too!

Think all the drivers that managed to keep it on track did a great job today since there were so many offs!!

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Driver of the day alonso for me. Exceeded the capability of the car on worn tyres. Hamilton good result but in far faster car as demonstrated by rosberg at start! Ricciardo great again but result was more down to safety car but great passes to make it work!

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Stephen Taylor

The podium finishers are joint DOTDs

Honourable mention to Kimi

Williams were too conservative again and Mclaren took too much of risk with their respective strategies.

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Stephen Taylor

of a risk

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Button- wet weather, changing condition maestro

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jajajjaa thumbs up!!

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Fantastic drive from Lewis to finish third, if Mercedes had pitted him at the same time as Ricciardo he may have won the race. As it turned out both Alonso's and Hamilton's tyres were gone and they were easy pickings for Ricciardo at the end. I think Mercedes were trying to maximise team points rather than protect any particularly driver. It just happened that Rosberg was on the better tyres at the end, however I don't blame Lewis for not making it easy for him. They are after all in a championship battle.

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Hammy, you are heroic! Likewise Alonso, Ricciardo Daniel & Iceman!! Vergne, too!

Speaking of Vergne, what will happen to him once he's inevitably non-renewed by STR?

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Why is Rosberg on this list?

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Because how many drivers can't overtake with a 3 sec a lap closing advantage...

The funniest part was his lie to the media after Mercedes burnt Hamilton's car - he said he wished for Hamilton's car was not set on fire, because he would enjoy a tight on track battle..

1st to 4th is quite an achievement...

It disgusts me that Mercedes did not give Hamilton the clearly super soft tire... he would have smoke the field.

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Well why not? Just to show even more how much others deserve it more more so than Rosberg 😀

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Why shouldn't he be, James at least has the ability to see the obvious. Rosberg was streaking away at the front when the safety car disadvantaged him and his strategy. Unlike Lewis he didn't slide off and crash into the barriers. He follows team orders unlike his team mate who decided to ignore them compromising both strategies and he still finished less than a second behind him. So why shouldn't he be nominated?

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Which team order did he follow in the race, that would disadvantage him? Pretty easy to do that, thanks.

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Really? ? In The poll above Jean Eric Vernge has managed to get 69 voted vs Nicos count of 19..Goes on to show that Nico did not deserve a mention in the DoD list here.

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I don't think Hamilton ignored team orders. He acknowledged them and disagreed! Rosberg didn't do anything extraordinary today, in fact he fell below expectation. That's why people are questioning his addition to the list. Also, you've undone yourself with your argument. If Rosberg should get driver of the day (or be in contention for it) for being in a far superior car and leading for 9 laps or so, then Hamilton should get a higher mention for his achievements today (something you are reluctant to credit him for because he was in a superior car!).

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@ Kris He is, where? Nico Rosberg is a fraud! Wanting to know why Hamilton didn't move over for him. His problem is he's had it too easy. Somebody needs to remind him he's in a battle for the WDC. If Hamilton's luck ever changes Rosberg won't win anything. Roseberg and Mercedes were exposed today!

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My thoughts too. He wasted that car today...

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Was just about to ask that!

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Indeed. JA should sub in Massa for him instead. Massa's had some pretty bad luck this season, and I was happy to see him net some decent points today.

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bad luck? there's not such a thing, apparently. There's only a "conspiracy" as the HamBoys seems to think...

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[mod]

Its clear hamilton is going to win this driver of the day vote for his 'heroic' comeback.
The last time someone went from the pit lane to third was Vettel at Abu dhabi in 2012.

Vettels car then, while dominant, was no where near as dominant as the merc at the moment. And raikonnen, while popular, only won because hamiltons car had a mechanical failure.

Yet in 2012, Raik won the driver of the day vote over Vettel. Today it will be Ham by some way.
Today I feel Ricciardos drive was far more impressive (than ham today or raik in 2012).

anyway... not much of a point to this post ...

other than I feel ricciardo should win DOTD.

oh, and I suppose its good to start a debate...

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Yes that was a great drive from Vettel @Abu Dhabi but I'm not sure if the advantage that Mercedes had at this track is much more than the advantage Red Bull had then. If you look at qualifying Rosberg was only 3 - 5 tenths in front of Vettel. Vettel had experienced good luck with SC's and if I remember correctly (I may be confusing this with another race) he also had several cars moving out of his way including Schumacher and both Toro Rosso's. No one was moving out the way for Hamilton today!

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No..You dont remember it correctly. In Abu Dhabi-12, Vettel had gained upto 13th before safety car and he pitted and came out at 18th after SC, which means he had to do all his overtakes twice. Safety car was not helpful to Vettel that day

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quote 'anyway… not much of a point to this post …'

+1

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You're forgetting that the Hungaroring is one of the most difficult circuits to overtake on. EVER

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I agree that, for me, Ricciardo just edges it for DOTD. If Lewis had won the race from the pits then I don't think there would any doubt, getting third was massively impressive, as was Alonso today but they are both proven world champions who both have performed those kind of feats before.

The reason Ricciardo would take DOTD for me is that he continually keeps exceeding everybody's expectations. The Red Bull is not where they want, especially with Renault, but he was consistently outperformed Vettel all season. According to logic it should be four time world champion who is scrapping for the best of the rest points against Mercedes, not the new boy.

It's great to see that even Ricciardo seems a bit surprised by the pace of his success at Red Bull and is seems to be enjoying every moment of it.

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Yes, Seb's drive in Abu dhabi was similar to Lewis's today in that neither would likely have done it without help from safety cars. Although Seb also benefited from a lot of attrition. Cars were dropping like flies in that race. I actually think the better drive up through the field was Lewis's last to eighth in Barcelona 2012. He did it without the benefit of safety cars or retirements, he carved through the field, never putting a wheel wrong, or clipping a wing, on a track that's hard to pass on.

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You should consider majority of vote are from Brits... Obviously there is some bias in favor to Hamilton.

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There is nothing wrong with that. I guess every nation cheers for his own drivers and this has always been the case.

When you see german polls, mostly Rosberg and Vettel get lots the praise, together with a certain Mr. Alonso who seems to pop up in every drivers poll after every race. I guess he is recognized as the most complete driver at the time by most.

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Germans, Italians, Spanish or even the Filipinos press can start a poll of their own.

Oh wait.. Germans aren't quite as interested in the sport as Brits...

Not a Brit here btw.

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totally agree. Is not that Ham have done a bad race -far from that- but with that car, you can't expect any less. As for Alonso.. what can be said about this guy that? he's driving a Fiat 500, and still get it to the podium, where certainly doesn't belong!

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devilsadvocate

Yeah it's useless to point out Vettels pit lane to third in Abu Dhabi to this crowd. Like a middle school research paper, for them the facts only ever support their conclusion. Leave me be I say, who cares if vettel Abu Dhabi 2012 had a less dominant car and no help from rain/ multiple safety cars. For these lot, that race was a shrine to Vettels mediocrity some even went so far allege that it was further proof redbull was cheating meanwhile Hamilton does the same exact thing this year at an easier track with a better car and they want to give him the wdc trophy already with the season only half over... Oh well

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Easier track? HAHA, 2014 cars are much more difficult to drive (compared to 2012), Hungaroring is more difficult to overtake on, Mercedes cars are VERY unreliable (especially NO44), and....oh I forgot, it was a wet track at the start, which doesn't help cars starting from the pitlane as their tyres and brakes are 'stone cold'.

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The two best cars Sebastien overtook in Abu dabi 2012 were a Williams (late 2012 Williams) and a McLaren with worn tyers. Lewis DNFed, Kimi and Fernando beat him, Nico had a problem with kartykeyan, Mark let him trough, Felipe spun out right on the moment when seb was coming... Oh and by the way, the difference on lap time between the Red Bull at that moment and the rest, wasn't that far from the advantage Mercedes has right now.

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"Today I feel Ricciardos drive was far more impressive (than ham today or raik in 2012)."

Ricciardo was the lucky driver of the day as the first safety car put him into the lead, when it let the first 4 cars pass pit entrance before coming out. Ricciardo would never have won without it, and we wouldn't be talking about him at all because there would have likely been 5 cars in front of him at the end.

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@KenC

Thank you for agreeing that LH had FOUR separate occasions of good fortune during the race that kept him in the event and brought him to the front of the pack. That was the entire point of my post.

Cheers

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@Peter W,

1.Was Lewis spin lucky? Sure. Doesn't make Ricciardo any less lucky.

2. Was having 2 safety cars lucky for Lewis? Sure, but not nearly as lucky as for Ricciardo. In fact, under the first safety car, in terms of track position, Lewis was 13th before and afterward. He gained no track position at all. Why? Because the 4 disadvantaged lead drivers, all shuffled in ahead of 13th. Unlike Ricciardo who went from 5th to 1st.

3; Was Lewis lucky to have Seb spin? I suppose, but how much of that was down to pressure from behind? We'll never know.

4. Isn't this the same as #2? As I pointed out, in fact, Lewis gained no track position due to the first safety car. Of course the field closed up, but EVERYONE behind gained from that.

You know, I've written several posts, and while I chose Lewis as DOTD, since starting from pit lane and finishing on the podium is a HISTORIC result, I've also written posts stating how hugely disadvantaged Nico and Alonso and Seb and Bottas were by the first safety car and how Nico would have walked it to the finish otherwise.

The question is who here has blinders and needs to look in the mirror. It's ironic that you seem to believe I'm the biased one, when I'm the one that was looking at the actual data of the race.

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@devilsadvocate,

I'm not sure what your point is, what does Lewis have to do with my post? It's about Ricciardo's luck.

As for your hypothetical, I completely agree, Rosberg would have driven away without the first SC. Nowhere in any of my posts have I disagreed. In fact, I have stated in another post, how disadvantaged the front 4 were, in particular, Nico.

As for Ricciardo's two passes, I was watching on T&S, and by that time, Alonso's tires were shot, and he was slowing to 1:29s when the race pace of Ricciardo was in the 1:27s, and Nico was in the 1:26s. The speed differential at that point in the race was no different than a Merc passing a Caterham. Do we applaud Nico when he passes Kobayashi? Of course it was exciting given it was towards the end of the race, but when you look at the actual circumstances, Ricciardo was on Softs with 12 laps less than Hamilton's Mediums, and 16 laps less than Alonso's Softs. Was it really a surprise to anyone? Surely, not "sublime" as one would expect any driver to be able to do it under those circumstances.

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@kenneth chapman,

How did the 2nd SC negate the early advantage? You think Ricciardo knows?

I saw the race with the T&S on my iPad app. In the first SC, Ricciardo was 5th in the order and 18 secs behind Rosberg. Afterwards, he didn't have to pass anyone to get to 1st and was 10 secs ahead of Rosberg when the 2nd SC came out. As you know, running on clear track is a huge advantage, particularly in changeable conditions.

When the second SC came out, Ricciardo, Massa and Bottas, of the leaders, popped into the pits. How did this disadvantage those two? As someone who has followed Indycar for decades, I can assure you the optimal pit strategy is to pit in your pit window just as a SC period occurs. First in, is an advantage. Instead of losing 18 secs, under a green flag stop, Ricciardo loses a trivial amount of time, as the field has packed up behind the SC, with Ricciardo in 6th behind Lewis.

The fact is, Ricciardo had the optimal SC strategy/luck you can imagine. Indycar strategists, who face SC situations far more often than in F1, would quickly recognize this as the optimal pitting strategy. You can't get any better than being first into the pits, in your pit window, with all the leaders in front of you already past the pit entrance. Rosberg came out 5th, Vettel 7th, Alonso 8th and Bottas 11th. That was luck as I described it originally. The good strategy was the 2nd SC and pitting, as pitting under a SC always saves you time and track position as long as it is in your pit window. Once again, he was first in the order to pit. That was a good strategy call.

Of course, that forced him onto a 3 stop, but the question for the strategists was whether 3 sets of slicks were better than 2 sets of slicks over the last 56 laps of the race, once you factor out the first 14 laps under inters. But, recall, one also has to factor that Ricciardo's 2nd SC stop doesn't lose as much time as a stop under green flag conditions. In terms of track position, Ricciardo's SC stop didn't cost him any more than would be expected under a green stop, as he slotted in right behind Lewis who was only 11 secs behind him before the SC. Truly, it was an optimal strategy.

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I'll give you he was lucky with the first SC, but he did have to drive a fantastic race for the remaining 55 or so laps, and pass two to get the win. He got lucky, but drove very well too.

Ricciardo or Alonso for me.

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T o all the LH fans out there dismissing DR's drive because "he got lucky":
1. LH was lucky to get away with spinning off the track - didn't hit anything and there are no sand traps.
2. LH was lucky that there were 2 safety cars (normally none at this track) that brought him closer to the pack.
3. LH was lucky that Vettel spun, because he couldn't get by him on the track.
4. LH was lucky that the first safety car so badly hurt Rosberg (and Bottas and Vettel) who otherwise would have driven off into the distance.
Maybe a bit of a reality check is required by some on this site.

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If it werent for the timing of that safety car we also wouldnt be talking about Hamilton either so what's your point? If the first safety car had come out giving those 4 drivers a chance to pit Rosberg would have comfortably cruised to the win unchallenged further widening his championship lead. Hamilton wouldnt have even come in the top 5.

You act like he just rolled out of the pits and then sauntered home unchallenged. His two passes in the last 5 laps of the race were sublime... gave a good driving lesson the Ham and Alo.

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@kenC ....not so as the second safety car negated that early advantage. read DR's comments and then think it through.

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HI james,

How come Nico Rosberg's name is there in the Driver of the day and 2 people have even voted for him. I would rather have Vettel at his place for the remarkable save without which there would have been a third safety car. Something seems to be wrong here, instead of Fighting it out with your closest rival and team mate you keep moaning on the radio ""Why is he not moving over"" again and again. This kind of Behaviour is not even worth F1 standards leave alone driver of the day.

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Agree with you.

Though at least the poll results can be used as a basis for a talk with Nico and tell him "Hey Nico, look, what you said on the radio weren't all that impressed by the fans, no more requests for favours, cool?" 😉

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Top 3 guys were all awesome, but Dan takes it. It's not like everyday you pass Hamilton AND Alonso in the closing stages to win a GP - especially on a circuit like this. Who did that before?

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@ Miha Bevc Lete's be honest here. I give Daniel a lot of credit but, he was on fresher tires than Alonso and Hamilton. Their tires were all but gone their was no way they were going to stop him from passing. The late tire change won him this race.

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Has to be Hamilton, with Alonso 2nd. To be honest, Ricciardo was massively advantaged by the first Safety Car, as it came out just as the first four drivers had passed, putting Ricciardo in the lead. I'm not quite clear how the 2nd safety car hindered Ricciardo.

Conversely, Rosberg was hugely disadvantaged by the first safety car, as well as the other 3 cars behind him at the time.

I thought the Safety Car deployment had learned from Indycar where you don't deploy immediately, but wait until you can pick up the lead car. That way you don't make it a crapshoot like we saw today. Rosberg, Vettel, Bottas and Alonso were hugely disadvantaged by the bad timing of the Safety Car deployment.

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ricciardo went from first to sixth after the second safety car. numerically speaking that is a 'disadvantage' despite how it sets him up for a 'possible' challenge. when one takes into account the randomness of F1 for ricciardo to actually pull it off is nothing short of superb driving and a sequence of events that he took advantage of. he was outstanding in all areas.

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Uhm, by that definition of "disadvantage"d, virtually everyone's stop is a disadvantage, which is of course nonsense.

Actually, the second SC, only a couple frontrunners stopped, Ricciardo and Massa. As you note, Ricciardo dropped from 1st to 6th. That was NO disadvantage. Why? Because if Ricciardo had stopped for fresh tires under green flag conditions, he would have come out 8th behind Bottas. When the safety car does out, Ricciardo is just about to pass the Sector 2 timing stripe, and is the first car to have a chance to enter pit lane. By the time he does so, the rest of the field has slowed. Bottas completes Sector 1, 6 secs slower than Ricciardo, as he has already slowed. So, rather than coming out behind Bottas, as he would have if everyone was on race pace, he comes out ahead of Bottas, under Safety Car speeds.

He was ADVANTAGED by the 2nd Safety Car, compared to what a normal pit stop would do to his track position. The ideal strategy when a Safety Car comes out and it's in your pit windows is to go in immediately, before the field is picked up by the Safety Car. Ricciardo was a huge beneficiary twice in the race, at the first Safety Car, since he was the first driver out of the pits afterward, and the second Safety Car, he was again the first driver out of the pits. The first was pure luck. The second was good strategy.

Usually, you'll find in NASCAR or Indycar, where there are lots of Safety Car situations where you can hone your strategy, the lead cars will all follow the strategy of the leader. It's the cars just outside of the leaders who typically gamble with the alternate strategy. While Massa who was in 2nd after Ricciardo followed him into the pits, none of the other lead cars followed, not Alonso, Vergne, Rosberg, or Vettel.

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Although I agree with you that the safety car did disadvantaged Rosberg in the race, it pales in comparison to the disadvantage Hamilton had after that disastrous fire in qualifying forcing him to start from pitlane. Both Mercedes drivers were presented with a challenge and forced to actually drive for their points in the race.

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All of the top three deserve credit for sure, but what Alonso did with a non-competitive car on tires that were many laps beyond optimal was amazing. He got more out of that car then he had any right to.

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For me, this GP runs Bahrain very close as being the Race of the Season so far (I'd put Canada 3rd). So many great drives as well. In the end, I went for Ricciardo because for me he really made his strategy work with his two late overtakes, despite the clear engine disadvantage. However, Alonso was also heroic in his efforts; Lewis's comeback was awesome after another difficult weekend; Raikkonen looked to have really solid race pace today; and, while Vergne faded late on, his performance in the slippery conditions was really impressive. I also want to mention Esteban Gutierrez because I feel that without his MGU-K failure he might well have got Sauber's first point(s) of the season today. It's weird because I didn't think he was doing that well until I recently saw that he's been outqualifying Adrian Sutil so far this season. Also he drove that good race in Monaco, but he may still rue throwing the hard work away with that mistake at La Rascasse.

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Alonso, Ricciardo, Hamilton and Kimi. Honorable mention Vergne

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Both Ricciardo and Alonso produced stellar drives, but Hamilton gets my DOTD vote for bouncing back against great adversity for 2 races in a row. It has to be said that Lewis won that 3rd position despite being disadvantaged by his team three times. The first time was the engine fire during qualifying. The second time was during the race itself when Mercedes put him on the more conservative tire strategy (compared to his teammate), which arguably cost Hamilton his best chance to win the race. The final, and potentially most costly blow, was the team order to move aside for Nico, which must have felt like rubbing salt in a wound for Lewis. Kudos to Lewis for ignoring that appalling team order, which flew in the face of Toto Wolf's pre-race declaration that Mercedes would allow both their drivers to race each other.

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Alonso, without a shadow of doubt. Ferrari is the slowest car in the top 4 by quite a margin

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HAM. Keeps pulling unbelievable results out of the bag. SC or no, to beat Rosberg from the pit lane should silence the doubters.

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Alonso to me but close with Ricciardo. Hamilton third. Reason to choose Alonso : At the first SC the top four at that time (Alonso in 4th) just missed the pitlane therefor giving them disadvantage to the rest of the field.

But while the others finished fourth (Rosberg), seventh (Vettel) and eight (Bottas),Alonso ended in second place !!

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In the slowest car of those 4 no less.

Alonso for me as well. What that guy pulls out of that Ferrari is amazing.

But Ricci, Ham and Jev were stellar as well yesterday. And finally a good race by Kimi as well.

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What is Rosberg doing as an voting option for DOTD? And what are those 11 people (as I type this) thinking voting for him!

The race today showed most clearly so far how the two Mercedes drivers compare. Lewis comes from a pit start to get 3rd; Nico comes from Pole to miss the podium despite being in the fastest car in the field and having no mechanical issues reported at all. He is clearly just a competent racing driver lucked into the best car. There are at least half a dozen other non-F1 WC in the field who would be doing just as well or better in the same car, not to mention every WC in the field who would be wiping the floor with him without breaking sweat.

DOTD is Lewis easily for that comeback from the start, especially as he had some kind of damage to the front wing right from the first/second corner on the first lap which must have had a handling effect of some kind.

Honourable mentions for Alonso, dragging his Ferrari aound very impressively as well and showing Kimi what he needs to be doing (iI'll not be surprised if KR is paid off by Ferrari AGAIN, and wouldn't bet against that happening before the end of the year). Sebastian Vettel is starting to get used to the new car I think and his spin and presence to be able to tear off again instantly was very impressive and showed a real natural racing ability. Maybe he's a bit like Jenson, where when the car is right, he is near unbeatable, but if the car is not quite there, he cannot drive around the problem in the same way like drivers like Alonso, Lewis or MS Mk1 are able to?

And Riccardio of course did a great job, and he may end up as the only non Mercedes-Petronas winning driver all year, which would be a massive achievement, considering his power-limited Renault PU. Wonder if he will be asking for a pay rise for next year??

Overall a great race - watched it on BBC and would have loved to see the whole race as I am sure there was lots happening that we didn't see as part of the highlights package (I'm guessing there is a limit to how much actual race time is allowed to be shown as part of the BBC/SKY deal?)

Championship standings .... Rosberg may be going into the summer break ahead on points, but after Hungary, Hamilton has romped ahead on the psychological race and I cannot imagine Rosberg can possibly believe he is the better drive of the two. Starting on pole, car working perfectly, but finishing behind your Pit-starting teammate and on a circuit that is renowned to be very hard to overtake on must be just about as big a kick in the teeth as it is possible to get.

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Damn right

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DOTD should know what cold brakes means. Lucky he didnt crash, also perfect timed SC, VET's spin was also an acceptable gift. Voting for HAM seems fake. ROS had the bad luck this time, but nobody seems to care. Lost a huge gap, 'perfect' timed SC, then brake issues, just another race where he needed that one lap more, or even a team order for the win.

The 'unlucky' 'teamconspiracy' 'heroic comeback' Hamilton deserves more votes than Rosberg, that's true, but this 50% gap is pathetic. Just saying, because i can't stand it.

For me it's ALO for DOTD.

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Seriously? You think Rosberg had bad luck? He lost what ?.....maybe 5 places as a result of the badly timed SC. Hamilton loses 24 places as a result of his badluck yet still managed to get in front of his team mate. Lets not forget Hamiltons even had a damaged front wing.

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It's such a tough one. Lewis was electric in the first half of the race and then he managed the last stint as best he could but you can't help but feel that the Harder tyres weren't the ones to be on to attack for victory. But I also think that once he got ahead of Rosberg on the road his priorities shifted from winning the race to beating his team mate. He was 100% right not to let him through. The split strategies was new for Mercedes and they gave the faster strategy to the slower driver today. In future they should just keep them in the same strategy and let them race it out. Imagine the fallout if Lewis had let him pass and then Nico overtook Lewis later in the race.

Alonso had no right being where he was and driving on those tyres and it's an absolute shame Ferrari aren't able to give him a car capable if racing at the front. He's spent so long surpassing expectations that it's become expected to see him driving supremely for a reasonable result. What we actually want to see is him driving like that and winning!

Rosberg was caught out today. He was poor behind Vergne and really that's what cost him positions. Clearly he was afraid to take risks and that's whAt allowed the others the opportunities to beat him. Despite a scintillating final stint, by then the damage was done.

Raikkoben was good but in terms of recovery drives, Lewis's was much more accomplished so it's difficult to make him driver of the day. Which leads is to my driver of the day...

Daniel Ricciardo! He got the opportunity and He was given a good strategy and used it to attack. The first stint on dry tyres was what forced Hamilton and Alonso to stay out and put himself in a position to attack at the end. And then he overtook the two top drivers in consecutive laps. So for beating two Mercedes, overtaking two world champions in two laps, and once again humbling his stumbling team mate. He worked incredibly hard and did everything he could to make it happen and considering the company he is up against so for me he edges it.

Any of the three on the podium could easily have it but it's those 2 overtakes that edge it for me

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No way should Mercedes insist the two drivers use the same strategy at each race. As I understand it, each side of the garage is free to choose their own strategy and that's exactly how it should be. Strategy is part of F1 - don't remove that part of the contest.

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That's the kind of setup they use at McLaren. At Mercedes they have a single strategist for the team and agreements over who gets preference in certain circumstances. Generally the lead car gets the optimum strategy, and the second car driver can choose between the same strategy, or a variant strategy( usually around which tyres go on when) the drivers don't make strategy calls, it's left up to the strategy man after that variant. Naturally, if the guy in front is getting choice on when to stop, using the same strategy means you have to pass him on circuit. That's why in nearly all instances, the second driver chooses the variant because it adds in a variable by which an advantage may be formed. At no point this season prior to Hungary have Mercedes run split strategies( ie different numbers of stops) As it's commonly accepted that only 1 strategy is the right one, therefore if you split strategies you definitely get it wrong once! At the beginning of the race, the strategist was clearly given two objectives, Make Rosberg win the race, and Lewis to get as high up as possible. He was still focussing on giving Rosberg the fastest route to the finish when the call was made to put him on the extra stop strategy and he was still hoping to give Lewis better track position. The reality was that once Lewis was 25 seconds ahead of Rosberg before his stop, they should have switched Lewis onto the same strategy. Not doing so meant the Rosberg couldn't run the optimum strategy and Lewis didn't have the tools to attack. Two strategists could still have made this error. What Merc needed really was the benefit of hindsight!

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Alonso was river of the day for me, he made that Ferrari a second quicker and a meter wider than it was designed.

Ricicardo was a close second with a flawless drive putting him the right place at the right time.

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I give my vote for river of the day to the Mississippi. (sorry, couldn't help it).

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Alonso is my choice as DOTD, incredible drive in the Ferrari and to hold position on worn tyres.

Lewis did a great job but was lucky with his near miss early in the race and Riccardo got a not so great start that put him in a lucky position with the first safety car.

Splinting hairs really as the top 3 were all superb in an excellent race.

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I am happy about two facts:

1. Riciardo exposed Vettel. Pointy was a mediocre pilot in super car.

2. Raikkonen exposed Alonso. Samurai is a super pilot in mediocre car.

What I would like to happen again is both Alonso and Hamilton in one team again.

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Ricciardo is one stellar driver but did he expose Vettel yesterday ????

What was the reason Ricciardo came in front of Vettel? Before the SC he was way behind Vettel.
If Button wouldn't had stayed on Inters he would have finished in the top 3-5 as well.

Nothing wrong with supporting a driver but don't bash the others. It's childish.

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Careful of what you wish for lol... might create another Big Bang.

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the best thing is that if ALO was the one winning the race, all this HamBoys will still put him as the driver of the day. I'm sure that is harder to drag that ferrari to a podium (let alone, WINNING!) than putting that amazing mercedes in the podium, from the pit lane..

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Hamilton's drive was amazing but the Merc is mega. Look at Rosberg in the final few laps, 3 seconds a lap faster than the leaders. For me, it has to be Alonso. Legend!

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He was 3s a lap faster (than ALO and HAM, not RIC) because he had new softs, Alonso had 20-odd lap old softs and Hamilton had 20-odd lap old mediums. RIC had disappeared up the road and ended up winning by 5 seconds (which he stretched out in 2.5 laps).

So ROS was 1 second faster than RIC (when RIC wasn't pushing to catch anyone as he was in the lead with 2 laps to go).

I'd have to disagree on the mega-ness of the Merc. All this talk of 3 seconds a lap faster is such rubbish. When you have tyres which are nearly gone (or being 'managed') you are going to be much slower than someone who is pushing.

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But as shown before (Bahrain), with newer tyres he still cannot over take Lewis who has much older tyres.

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where was that 3s a lap all race?

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Was it me only or somebody else noticed how Alonso hardly catched his car balance after the last turn before the finish?

I got impression he made four or more moves to balance it. His tyres were dead indeed. He could finish in the wall where Perez and Vettel did earlier.

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thats a hard one ! I truly believe the three best drivers finished in the top three, id give it to alonso ( again ) for having probally the 7th fastest car behind merc williams and redbull, keeping his cool driving well, not falling off and bringing it in second - awesome.

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Alonso for me- sad for Button as I am a fan. That Renault engine is up on power now is it not:-) and the Ferrari is no longer a slouch in a straight line so I think the racing is going to even closer second half.

It's been mentioned, but the only reason this ended up a great race was the safety car splitting the field- is that supposed to happen?

Best save of the day- Vettel, just could not believe he got the car to stop

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well... there aren't much straights to take full benefit for the amazing mercedes power in Hungaroring...

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D.O.D. must be HAM again.. mainly due to the EPIC comeback and equally EPIC pass on Verne - his complaining of a hot seat were probably his balls on fire after pulling off the most stunning pass of the year.

Epic is the only word to sum up this race.

It is increasingly turning out to not be the story at fault with this sport, but the way it is told that needs tweeking... bring on Spa

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I picked Ricciado because he chose the more aggressive strategy, but anyone of the three deserved best driver.

The real winner was F1.

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Alo, Ham and Ricciardo for me.

If it's driver of the day, while brilliant and I was genuinely happy for him, Hamilton still threw the car away at the start. 9.8/10

Ricciardo: sh!t start but brilliant there after, and those passes at the end!? So good to him doing well. 9.79/10

Alonso will be ruing only every winning 2 world championships asa direct result of his decision to go to and stay at Ferrai. Genius driving again this week. Nearly made it work..9.78/10

Sure it sounds crappy but you don't get closer racing than this and where the podium is made up of grid positions 4, 5 and Pitlane.

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Would have to say.

1. Riccardo

1. Alonso

3. Vergne

Take away the first Safety Car and Hamilton does not get back in the race. 1st lap spin, 17th when safety car came out.

Yes he drove we from that point. Thought it was ridiculous that Merc were trying to get Lewis to move over, well in a way they want to win races, and if Lewis had let him through Rosberg may have won the race. Like to be behind the closed doors meeting on that one. Was a good last GP

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@Bo Amato: really interesting what you've just wrote! I'll tell you to be more objective in your analysis; without the 1st SC, Ricciardo, whom you chose as the DOD would have been no where near the podium! Out of the 3 on the podium, the one who benefited most from the 1st SC was Ricciardo!

And Lewis was 13th when the 1st SC came and he ended up 13th when it was pulled in; be objective and stay with the facts...

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@ Bo Amato Sorry, Rosberg would not have won this race. Ricciardo still would've won. There wasn't enough laps left in the race to make up the difference. Rosberg losted this race when he couldn't get pass Jean Eric Vergne. I think it took him 17 laps. That was pathetic!

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Hamilton had made it to 13th on lap 8 when the safety car was called out, not 17th, despite the spin.

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Each of the three drivers on the podium deserves Driver of the Day. Any of those drives in any other race then the vote would have been a no-brainer. Since we had all three in the same race, and you can only pick one, then it has to be Ricciardo - and that's because it's only the win that differentiates their achievements.

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I dont understand HAM merits. He did costly mistakes at the begining and SC was his real friend in a Mercedes that is able to lap almost all the rest of the cars but Red Bull in this track in normal conditions. I think ALO is by very, very far, the best of the show. He drove the best in wet & also he was masterful managing his tyres. No one in this era are able to do same result with this car. ALO and the rest....

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@Sergio: why do you single out Lewis to have gain more under the SC? what about Ricciardo? please watch the race again; without the 1st SC, he would have been no where near the podium!!!

And Alonso wasn't without mistakes either; he cut a corner whilst under pressure from Lewis!!!

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ALO was saving tyres in front of HAM and he didn't lose time with his mistake, HAM did (NP thnks SC). I agree with you about SC gain with Ricciardo, in fact I dont understand the merits (in comparison) of both drivers: HAM & RIC.

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So you conveniently forgot Alonso cutting the chicane? All drivers make mistakes...Hamilton 1st lap spin, Vettel spin, Alonso cutting the chicane,

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Yes 1 mistake of Alonso = 10 of any other driver to compensate his greatness. Charlie stay alert!

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With Alonso beeing how he is, I would say he cut that chicane on purpose to gain some meters. He didn't attack or overtake anyone, and had worn tyres, stewards wouldn't act there, and he knew it.

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why attack hamilton on this? he started from the pit lane and his teammate started on pole. he finished 3rd and his teammate finished 4th. where is your logic about the speed of the car? did rosberg lap he field with his speed advantage?

submit your driver of the day and leave others alone.

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well sergio, I am one of those who think hamilton is man of the race or driver of the day. he started in the pit lane for the first time in his career and didn't realise how cold the brakes were and went spinning. From then on, he chased with the help of other crashing to invite the safety car into play. he kept his cool, overtook cars in spectacular while other drivers couldn't overtake and sat behind until the end of the stint. he finished ahead of his teammate who was on pole and nearly got am assist from the team. is that not enough to earn him man of the race? have a look at all the f1 sites around the world and you will notice that they are all writing about hamilton. the driver who won the race is hardly written about in comparison. we cannot be wrong unless you can point out reasons why another driver should be driver of the day. there are 21 other drivers but you also chose to write about hamilton and didn't mention any other driver. hamilton is the boss of f1.

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I'm not attacking HAM I'm disagree with the people who say he deserves to be the Best of Race.

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It is between Lewis for coming from last to the podium on a track no one overtakes on, Dan for the win or Alonso for putting a rubbish car on the podium. I voted for Alonso. That car beat two Mercs, one Red Bull and destroyed his world champion flying Finn teammate.

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@Jason: One of the Mercs started from the PL without the preparation lap and with cold brakes and Alonso started from p5....for a track so difficult to overtake, it's Lewis that's supposed to receive merit for finishing just one place behind Alonso!!!

And why do people continue to say the Ferrari was rubbish? It was quite good in race trim.

And he didn't destroy the Finn; the Finn started from 16th and ended at p6; 10 places gained!

Alonso started from p5 and ended up p2; 3 places gained....so go figure why you say he destroyed the Finn!

If it's about quali, the Finn started 16th because of a wrong call from the team not to allow him to do another run in Q1

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Alonso destroyed Kimi the way he has done all year. You can break down minute details but the fact is in a race with no safety car to bunch the pack, Alonso would have been a minute up the road. I call it destroying. When someone in the same car as you cannot get near you, it is being destroyed.

Kimi may have finished sixth but how many cars took themselves out of contention? McLaren, Williams, they screwed up. Vettel spun, the Force India cars took themselves out.

Ferrari in the hands of Alonso was making life difficult for Mercs that were clearly over a second faster per lap than him in any race trim any weather on any tires. Merc is the car to be in. Alonso put that car there because of race craft.

You can't always be lucky but Alonso makes a lot of his own luck by pushing to the maximum every single lap.

Kimi finished 25+ seconds behind Alonso at the end despite the fact Alonso was being pressurised by much faster cars and despite the fact Alonso had dead tires.

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@Krischar: sorry mate, if you think that I hate Alonso or any other driver for that matter, then you are mistaking. What I'm saying is that when people are making comments they should try and maintain the facts as facts.

for example: for this particular race due the weather conditions and the nature of the track, you can have a faster car but if you are in traffic that pace will not show!

When Ricciardo was in front and the Mercs were in traffic, he was going about 0.2 secs faster!

When Alonso was in free air and on fresher tyres, he was the fastest man on track for about 10 laps.

When Rosberg was in front, he was about 1.2 secs faster than anyone else but no where near that when he was in traffic!

Ask James to confirm these facts if you don't believe me or better still, go watch the race again and pay closer attention this time!!!

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@ Don

The finn is not good enough to keep Bianchi at bay with his medium tyre run despite the two failures handed the initative to ferrari and allowed the team to save soft tyres for rest of the quali and race. Who is the flying Finn? The one who ended up 8 tenths slower than Alonso on the medium tyre run. Ferrari have made the correct call it was never a mistake on the part of Ferrari Kimi's was not good enough. Bianchi did the impossible whereas kimi was miserable to watch on saturday

Ferrari are indeed a rubbish and produced another sub-standard car mate, OK what documentation and evidence do you have to suggest otherwise? Do not try to despise ALonso with False assertion like Ferrari are faster. Enough is enough plenty of Savants in F1 have confessed and confirmed the fact that Ferrari are not just behind Mercedes, however they are behind RBR, and Williams when it comes to the pure pace difference anamoly

What Alonso did in the race was simply unbelivable, He beat one of the bulls both williams and both Mercedes with much slower car than the other three teams. Alonso is a Fable and their is no one like him ever born or will never be born again. We are really honoured to watch such a talent in the cock-pit this generation.

I am Amazed by many of the posts and comments which appear hear. The hatred comments towards Alonso have never ever reduced here despite the wonderful performances which Fernando puts week-in & week-out. Instead People suggest Ferrari are quick and pilots (Notably Alonso) have under performed which is diamaterically hilarious and Delusional to read

Fernando you are treat to watch and we live here to watch you all the time.

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1-Lewis should know his brakes were cold, his first lap incident is all his fault, he was really lucky there.

2-Alonso was 5th at the start and made another position in the first lap, but with the first safety car he dropped some places. Still, he overtook Vettel, Rosber and Vergne in two laps to hunt Daniel, the most benefited driver there.

3-The Ferrari wasn'r rubbish, nobody said that, but the Red Bull was faster, and the Mercedes way faster, and both with better top speed.

4-Kimi had a nice race, and still finished 26 seconds behind Fernando after only 44 around one of the shortest tracks of the year. That's 0.6 seconds per lap faster, I call it destroying.

5-If its about qualy, Fernando beats Kimi 9-2 and this 2 beeing one power failure in Bahrain and a diferent set up in Spain.

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The Finn started 17 because he was 7 tenths slower on the mediums than Alonso... That's pretty much destroying the Finn.

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You mean THAT DRIVER, not that car.

Alonso`s adjustability, consistancy and focus are amazing, the best I can remember in my 25+ years watching and loving formula one.

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Alonso is the best I've ever seen probably. The passion inside me would say Senna but Schumacher was troubling him and Alonso was much better than Schumacher. While others like Lewis, Mika and the old Kimi may have more one lap outright peak speed, Alonso is the best all rounder I think.

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This is one of the toughest 'driver of the day' polls for a while for me. As soon as i voted for Ricciardo, i wanted to change my mind to Hamilton then Alonso for all the reasons mentioned above.

With a welcome of Williams return to form this year and action at the front like today, I'm quite enjoying this season.. you just know there are more great races ahead. If Mercedes stlll dominate then there will be some great Lewis vs Nico battles. If others catch up then there are going to be some great Mercedes vs The Rest races like today...

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Agree. Hamilton wouldn't of done that without Mercedes and he made two mistakes definitely not the driver of the day and by his comment he knows that. Rosberg was brilliant in the rain but had issues and again with that car he should be able to do what he did on the last stint. It's between Ric and Alo . Ric because he beat mercedes with second and out raced 4 time world champion again has third best car(Williams or Redbull) and Alonso beating Mercedes with the 4th best car. It's a toss up. Alonso's car is by far the most unstable of the top group and always seems on edge.

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Agreed its very tough this week

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Taugh because Driver of the day is like to compare drivers in the same strategy, but today the top 3 were in different strategy or compounds. Anyway was very funny and a new twist in the Pirelli zaga. But it could be just about rain.

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Ricciardo.

The last few laps were amazing.

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Great drives by the podium finishers, each in their own way. After this weekend's unfortunate Mercedes team events, perhaps it is time for Lewis to think about returning home to McLaren. He would almost certainly lose a season but together, McLaren and Honda have seen greatness. It would be a mistake for anyone to think that Honda does not know how to make a winning F1 engine or that McLaren cannot build a competitive car.

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I don't see Alonso in a Mercedes or Red Bull neither finishing 2nd nor lower in this race. It means all other drivers in the top teams did too many errors having a really good car, like Rosberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vettel... That's all, period.

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I'm an Aussie & a Ricciardo fan. But his win came down to excellent strategy & great driving. Alonso's strategy was gone for 32 laps and was just pure driving. I went Alonso, but Honarable mention to all of the above. Great race, well done Dan!

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Appreciate the race analysis thread will appear in a day or so but why didn't Mercedes switch Hamilton onto the faster finishing strategy once he had established a full pit stop buffer ahead of Rosberg?

Also later when he maintained position against Rosberg (not ceding to team orders) he was clearly the lead driver why didn't Mercedes offer him the change of tyre to soft first?

Hamilton would have then been racing for the win or at least second and Ros then 3rd. If team points are all that counts to. Mercedes - why did they buckle and not implement this when it was obvious? I think this is what Hamilton and Brundle inferred post race by their behaviour and answers.

Many questionable decisions that require explanation. No one here can answer them but can they gather momentum to make Mercedes answer?

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Pit lane to podium says it all.

How is Rosberg even mentioned for DOTD?

Fantastic race by Ricciardo and Alonso to.

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Hard to split the top three, probably Ricciardo based on his lack of experience against a couple of champs,not to mention his champ team mate.

Sure Dan had the bounce of the ball but he grabbed it and ran with it, again.

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Ricciardo is definitely the driver of the day to capitalise on those conditions. To pass a Merc and Ferrari even with fresher tyres is great when you compare with Rosberg that couldn't pass Hamilton with fresher tyres. Enough said.

Starting from pit lane in a car that is up to a second per lap quicker than anything else is not that great of a drive but in saying that to recover from a tank slapper bodes well for Hamilton. Maybe his luck is turning around, maybe not.

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If you look at Rosberg's qualifying times the Mercedes only had 3-5 tenths advantage at this track... Maybe more if Hamilton had been able to get some times on the board but we will never know. It's hard to judge race pace from this race as there were so many contrasting strategies and conditions so from the evidence I have seen I don't Mercedes had a second advantage not at Hungary anyway.

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Ricciardo.... no mistakes and overtook 2 X World Champs in his first year in a main game car.

Of course Alo and Ham deserve credit especially Alo when you look at how Kimmi is performing, but really if Dan is driving like this in his first year with a main game car, what's he going to be like in 2 seasons from now?

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Definitely Ricciardo. Robust overtaking, fast pace while managing issues, all in the 2nd/3rd fastest car. Bit unfair that only his summary says he benefited from the safety car when clearly this played a huge part in Hamilton's and others races.

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Hamilton's race could have ended as early as the third corner? Helped massively by the safety cars and obviously the fastest car on track. I don't think he is the DOTW.

Alonso for DOTW. Barring that one incident where he straightened the corner, he didn't put a wheel wrong. That man is massive and gave a lesson in defensive driving. Salute to Kimi as well. Silent progress to 6th.

Dan was showing all the qualities of a future champion. Well Dan 🙂

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It seems for about 50% of the followers of this fine site, all Lewis has to do to get DOD is successfully get into his car without falling over and he is the DOTD.

He is a fine driver, but is it not possible that every Sunday jaunt is a master class in keeping the car on the road (except for the bit where poor lane markings caused him to take an alternate route encompassing a tuning of his front wing on the wall).

Perhaps allow that Fernando did a great job in a car, that in certain parts of the track, is not quite the equal of the Mercedes. Also, Daniel, after a poor start, rode his good fortune with the safety car, managed do pass both Fernando and Lewis and not put a foot wrong.

And while I am on it, would it kill Lewis to smile and pretend to be interested in post race presentations. Daniel smiles, jinx's around, he and Fernando chat, Lewis looks unapproachable, and then recounts his tales of woe. ENOUGH I SAY. Stick the miserable SOB in a Caterham for a season, and then see if he can crack a smile when he beats his team mate and come third.

Here ended the rave.

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Has to be LEWIS as driver of day.

That pass on Vergne encapsulated a British Bulldog Spirit.

Where Rosberg had a half hearted lunge at Vergne , Lewis showed a true Racer spirit & hurtled past Vergne in a stella overtake.

Unbelievable heart from Lewis to come back from Saturdays Quali fire. Hats of tp Mercedes for the rebuild. But an odd decision to ask Lewis to Rosberg pass Lewis. Glad Lewis held station with some stunning defensive driving. Rosberg likes to win from the front when its a parade woth no tussles....but cannot take Lewis on a one to one Dog fight. Reminds me of his Dad who did the same sneaking in to a World Championship.

So Lewis is Driver of The Day 🙂 🙂

Alonso amazing drive.

Riccardo well done.

Honourable mention to Vergne ( I do hope he gets another bite of the cherry next season maybe with another team)

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DofD to me is Alonso!

Vergne is close next, then Lewis and Ricciardo!

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Got to be Ricciardo. To pass here is almost impossible and he did it at key moments. Alonso drove well, but I do not think he passed a single car on track today. Rosberg had brand new softs and seemed unable to do anything.

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"Alonso drove well, but I do not think he passed a single car on track today"

From 8th to 3th after the safety car, that's passing 5 cars in a row... Not to mention his start. Maybe you were focused in other drivers...

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I voted for Ricciardo. That's twice now he's seen a win for the taking and got the job done. Brilliant racing.

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after watching the high lights hamilton is my driver of the day, spectacularly overtaking vergne and pushing vettel into that spin,. he didn't only provide the best drive but had the balls to give team orders a single finger salute. i don't understand how rosberg lost the lead.

i think for the rest of the races, rosberg should start 10th and hamilton 22nd. it will make a thrilling race each race weekend.

ricciardo and alonso also drove well but strategy played a major role for them. vettel's recovery from that spin was quite impressive and vergne held up so many cars for so long.

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What a suprise that you think lewis is driver off the day... About that team order he ignored, you also think then that vettel did the right thing last year right? or is that different?

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i have always said "any driver who helps his teammate to beat him is idiotic."

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Ricciardo: Unleashing the Beast

That'll be the book. DOTD by a huge margin, for me. Not as simple as it might have appeared.

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some think hamilton cost rosberg the win but I think mercedes cost hamilton the win today because he dominated all three practice sessions only for the car to catch fire during qualifying. hamilton would have won from pole and did well to salvage third from the pit lane.

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On the subject of overtakes, a lot of people here apparently forgetting that of the top 4 drivers caught out by the first SC, only alonso battled back. He restarted EIGHTH and carved his way up to 3rd, while hamilton, rosberg, vettel and bottas were all languishing around the midfield.

Ricc had a great drive, beautiful passes at the end, but really really benefited from the first SC, gaining 7 positions for free.

Ham had a nice drive, spectacular pass on JEV, but also a massive beneficiary of the SCs and restarts. also a naughty move at the end running nico clean off the track. (kimi showed us how to properly defend there earlier against seb)......

so alonso for DOTD imo. (also, did i forget to mention he did 32 laps on a set of options?) and finished 2nd in that junk heap ferrarri?

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Torchwood Five

Hamilton, easily, my driver of the day.

But if one incident could put someone into my DOTD, it would be Sebastian Vettel for that awesome recovery out of that spin in the same area that saw to Perez.

If tv producers need a scene to take from this year's campaign to add to your regular compilations next year, that one has to be there.