Driver Ratings Bahrain Pt.4, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Williams

22 Apr

Kamui Kobayashi: 7/10 Q12 F13

Took a risky strategy starting on the medium tyres and sadly on this occasion it didn’t pay off his first stint wasn’t any longer than drivers who started on softs and after that point he was always on the back foot. In Kamui’s defence though the last 8 laps were by far his best, he rose from 17th to 13th to save some dignity today.

Sergio Perez: 6/10 Q8 F11

Yet again the young Mexican made it to Q3 and out-qualified his slightly more experienced team mate. But the race wasn’t up to the same scratch he fell to 11th before the first pit stop and although he did move up the order before having to pit again he wasn’t good enough to pick up any points.

Daniel Ricciardo: 6/10 Q6 F15

A-Ma-Zing in qualifying and to take a Toro Rosso to 6th on the grid is a super human effort. Sadly points aren’t given for qualifying and he started the race particularly poorly, after colliding with Kovalainen he was running 17th after only 1 lap. I believe that Daniel should have seriously considered pitting for a new wing at this point because he was never on the pace afterwards and it was probably the damage from that incident that caused that loss of speed.

Jean-Eric Vergne: 7/10 Q19 (S17) F14

Jean-Eric has come out of the weekend again looking better than Daniel but really Jean-Eric was just lucky for Daniel to have had his problems at the start. More importantly for J.E. he’s going to have to seriously improve on his qualifying pace as this was the second weekend in a row where he was knocked out in Q1.

Pastor Maldonado: 7/10 Q17 (S21) DNF

Pastor was unlucky not to finish but can I just say his spin that cause his retirement showed fantastic skill. To do a spin that is exactly 360 degrees with a wheel that’s punctured is an amazing feet of driver ability, and although it was the resultant puncture that caused his retirement the execution of the spin was equal to Torville and Dean. Pastor had had an amazing race up to that point he rose 6 places on the first lap and was probably a serious contender for points before the retirement.

Bruno Senna: 6/10 Q15 DNF

Not a good weekend for Williams, neither car was good enough to make Q3 and neither car made it to the end of the race. Bruno had a very strong start rising from 15th to 11th on the first lap but things didn’t carry on that well and before the retirement he was only expected to finish 14th.

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