Hungaroring Driver Ratings

1 Aug

Sebastian Vettel: 7/10

Not a bad performance but after an amazing start to the season you have to rate him by what you expect of him and although he did manage his standard pole position he didn’t manage to win. The Hungaroring showed us all what Vettel’s weakness is, it’s when the track is changing from wet to dry on corners which are at least 90 degrees, that’s what lost him the Montreal GP and caused him to spin yesterday, losing the lead to Hamilton.

Mark Webber 7/10

Lost the race in qualifying when the lack of DRS and KERS ruined his Q3 time but he still managed to qualify 6th. But a good race where he kept out of trouble gave him a good result of 5th. Didn’t really see much of him during the race.

Lewis Hamilton 8/10

Had a very good race up to the point where the rain returned and the car started to spin, which let Button take the lead and gained him a drive thru for forcing Di Resta off the track. After that he had a great fight with Button which showed just how team principles should let their drivers race.

Jenson Button 10/10

Only really qualifies for a 10 as he scored his 11th victory in his 11 seasons, and exactly 5 years after his initial victory, on his 200th GP. But despite that he drove a great race especially being behind Hamilton when the rain started allowing him to be on the right strategy managing to do what he does best and handle the rain situations as he’s never won a GP for McLaren where it never rained during the race.

Fernando Alonso 8/10

Looked all weekend like the Ferrari was the weaker car of the top 3 and still managed to finish 3rd – with a bit of help from Webbers poor start and Hamilton’s drive thru/ pitstop problems – with a race that – apart from the start where he was off the track more than he was on it – he rarely showed up at all due to his lack of spinning and overtaking from the middle of the race onwards.

Felipe Massa 9/10

If we were measuring perseverance he would get a 10. After an amazing qualifying performance where he managed to out perform his team mate for the first time since Spa last year, Massa had a good start despite ending up behind both Mercedes up to the point where he spun the car at turn 2 leaving him in the wall and with damage to the back of the car, but did this stop him, no. Instead he carried on and went all the way from 13th to 6th before the end of the race, and he was on for 4th until his tyres gave way and let both Webber and Hamilton through.

Michael Schumacher 6/10

He was actually leading the race for a whole 3/4 of a lap  before pitting. Had a good start getting ahead of both Ferrari’s, but after taking the lead things went downhill with the car spinning and stalling ruling him out of the race.

Nico Rosberg 5/10

After a strong start where he was up to 4th, Nico had a poor middle ending up in a 5 way race for 8th just losing out to Buemi to finish 9th. After this race Mercedes should give up on the 2011 car and start just working on the 2012 as the car clearly isn’t quick enough to challenge for anything this year.

Vitaly Petrov 3/10

I don’t have a clue what’s happened to Renault after a great start to the season, the only thing I can imagine it is, is that their innovative  forward facing exhaust is stopping them do other aerodynamic things which are now worth more than the exhaust in the races. As well as this though the car should be finishing at most 10th and for Vitaly to finish it 12th in a race without any major problems for the driver is a poor performance.

Nick Heidfeld 6/10

Had one of the worst fires in recent history for motorsport with the car starting to explode at one point probably because some parts were rapidly cooling (and shrinking) due to the fire hydrant and other parts still expanded due to the heat. But back to the driving, another poor qualifying performance had ruined his chances of a good race and things started to go wrong when he tried an overtaking move at turn 1 instead managing to lose a place as he ran wide.

Rubens Barrichello 5/10

Williams like Mercedes just need to start concentrating on the 2012 car as neither driver is doing any good with this car (although you do have to wonder weather Nico Hulkenburg could get the car to a respectable  position). Looked at one point like he was going to get points but then things didn’t go his way and he started to slip down the order.

Pastor Maldanado 4/10

Not a good race at all for the Venezuelan somehow managing to end up back in 16th only ahead of the ‘new’ teams, Pastor is going to have to show the selectors that he can perform in the race as well as in qualifying otherwise he may be looking at the exit.

Adrian Sutil 4/10

Has no excuse for finishing 14th as his team mate managed a great 7th place, especially after a very strong performance at the Nurburgring and a more than respectable qualifying performance.

Paul Di Resta 7/10

At last he managing to prove the massive potential everyone’s placed on him by finishing 7th, only behind the top 3 teams. It was very good race by Paul made even more exciting by having Hamilton trying to have a head on collision, (an incident that made me think of the joke about the man driving down the motoway when his wife hears that there’s a driver driving down the wrong side so she rings him and tells him “Be careful there’s someone driving down the wrong side” to which the man replys “1, there’s hundreds of them”) that joke is better when told by someone funny.

Kamui Kobayashi 6/10

Average at best from Kobayashi who actually found himself having to defend and not just attack at the end of the race. Tyre strategy probably ruined him as he could have finished about 8th if the 2nd pit stop had been a few laps later, but all in all not a bad performance.

Sergio Perez 4/10

Had a very good qualifying performance starting 10th, but I think the rain at the start is what ruined his race as a few laps in to the race he was 20th. But as the track got dry he started to rack up positions to finish a decent 15th. To help his driving Sauber should rig up a skip pan track and send Sergio out on it in cars not worth as much as F1 cars but also having less grip so that Sergio can improve his driving in the rain, which at the moment seems to be his biggest problem.

Sebastian Buemi 10/10

After having to start 24th Buemi must have thought that a points finish was impossible but, it wasn’t as he proved not only finishing 8th but also finishing ahead of team mate Alguersuari who started 16th. I think he was helped by the rain as the drivers just ahead of him probably struggled more due to them having less grip.

Jaime Alguersuari 7/10

Another points finish is just going to make the Toro Rosso selectors with a close to impossible decision as Buemi Alguersuari and Ricciardo are all performing exceptionally. Not only that but also Jaime managed to again qualify ahead of Buemi, which has always been Jaime’s weak point.

Heikki Kovalainen 6/10

An uneventful race except when he was under investigation (a crime he was later cleared of). But after that it wasn’t long till he had to retire after a water leak.

Jarno Trulli  5/10

Coincidentally also had a water leak which left him out of the race on lap 17 not really long enough to make any judgement on him.

Timo Glock 6/10

Was the fastest of the ‘new’ teams although that could be because of the Lotus cars retiring. Having said that was he was leading both Lotus cars during the rain, mainly because Glock is a rain specialist.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 3/10

A poor race, qualifying at the back  and then being beaten by a HRT being driver by a driver in only his second race, after this season I’m still not sure why Virgin dropped Di Grassi as he had more potential and was better for developing the car.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 5/10

Not a good race although in a HRT will you ever have a good race. Sadly for Vitantonio he was beaten by Ricciardo which is not a good performance as far as Liuzzi’s concerned.

Daniel Ricciardo 10/10

A very impressive performance shows why he’s the next big thing for Red Bull as the HRT should not be worth beating Virgin especially when his more experienced team mate finished 2 places behind.

CONSPIRACY

When Heidfleds car exploded not safety car was sent out something that should always happen in a situation like that. So why wasn’t it, lets first of all think about the consequences if they had sent one out, all the cars would have become bunched up including Sebastian Vettel who id the safety car had come out could have had another chance to win the race as he’d already lost the race by that time, and so by not sending the safety car out Hamilton maintained his lead over Vettel. Surely this could mean that the reason the stewards didn’t send the safety car out was to help Hamilton or Button win and liven up the season.

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