Driver Ratings Bahrain 12, Pt. 2 HRT, Lotus and Marussia

22 Apr

Pedro De La Rosa: 7/10 Q22 (S20) F20

Did the impossible in qualifying and managed to get a HRT to a row which wasn’t the last one, even managing to qualify ahead of Timo Glock on time alone. But the HRT wasn’t up to the hype in the race and until the last few laps he was never higher than 21st.

Narain Karthikeyan: 4/10 Q24 F21

Another race another opportunity to start from the back of the grid. He spent a vast majority of his race running in last and only was relieved of that ‘duty’ when Heikki Kovalainen, Daniel Ricciardo and Pedro De La Rosa pitted.

Kimi Raikkonen: 10/10 Q11 F2 #DriverOfTheDay

After going out in Q2 I doubt anyone even thought for a moment we’d see Kimi on the podium and even then it was only a few seconds behind first. It was a stunning race for Kimi and Michael Schumacher should have watched because that’s how you return to F1. Rose to 7th on lap one but it took a good overtake to regain the place from Massa a few laps later. A fantastic strategy for the first pit meant he only fell to 6th after pitting and then it was just the small job for Kimi to overtake team mate Grosjean to claim a stunning 2nd place.

Romain Grosjean: 9/10 Q7 F3

Made the move of the weekend overtaking Lewis Hamilton at turn 1 and has picked up on average 13 points a finish. Romain had a strong start to move up to 2nd in the first 10 laps and be it not for the loss of 2nd position to team mate Kimi he could have picked up 2nd. Despite that this is Romain’s first ever podium in F1 and this shows a maturity Romain has gained since his last time in F1 in 2009.

Timo Glock: 5/10 Q23 F19

Benefitted from Kovalainen’s puncture on lap 1 to move up to 21st but the Marussia clearly isn’t a car that is going to contend for points in the next few seasons, it’s slow and always seems destined to be between Caterham and HRT but Timo couldn’t even manage that, qualifying behind the HRT of Pedro De La Rosa.

Charles Pic: 8/10 Q21 (S19) DNF

It was Charles’ welcome to Marrusia this weekend showing his true speed at the first track this year where he’s raced before. Qualifying was superb, he out qualified Timo Glock for the first time this season, and so far he’s been the best Marusia rookie in qualifying. Even better than that Charles picked up Marussia’s best starting place this season starting 19th. the race was equally good and before he retired on the 24th lap due to a engine problem he had never been behind Timo Glock.

 

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