Driver Ratings, Pt.1, Monaco 12. Caterham, Ferrari and Force India

27 May

Heikki Kovalainen: 10/10 Q18 S17 F13#DriverOfTheDay

What a drive by Heikki! He was fantastic! Heikki has gained a reputation as a good starter this year which is very important for Monaco and saw him rise to 13th from the start, ahead of Jenson Button, and once he was ahead he never let him past. Sadly his last ten laps weren’t good, he had an incident with Perez that saw him lose his front wing and 11th place.

Vitaly Petrov: 5/10 Q19 S18 F ret.

It wasn’t Vitaly’s race, he lost 3 places in the first 10 laps and then he was forced to retire with an electrical fault.

Fernando Alonso: 9/10 Q6 S5 F3

After a lacklustre start to the season the Ferrari is suddenly looking quick and Fernando is currently leading the championship. He benefited from Grosjean’s retirement on lap one to move up to 4th and then a sublime pit stop brought him out ahead of Lewis Hamilton and into the top 3. Maybe he could have caught Nico Rosberg but Ferrari and Fernando are moving from strength to strength.

Felipe Massa: 10/10 Q7 S7 F6

Maybe not your standard performance to deserve a 10 but it was a weekend of dreams for Felipe. He was very quick in practice and he was fastest in Q2 meaning he qualified for Q3 – the first time he’s managed that this year. Felipe had a great first 20 laps and was driving quicker than Alonso for a lot of it but he couldn’t keep the momentum for the whole race and 6th place is another step in the right direction for Massa.

Nico Hulkenburg: 7/10 Q11 S10 F8

He was quickest in Q1 and was so close to qualifying for Q3, only o.1 seconds off the time required. Nico did drive a good race as well especially as he had never completed a race lap of Monaco having crashed on the first lap in 2010. Maybe Hulkenburg will be upset to have finished behind Di Resta but it’s a well earned 4 points for Nico.

Paul Di Resta: 7/10 Q15 S14 F7

Qualifying didn’t go well for Paul but he came alive come race day. Last year he needed 3 noses to finish the race, this year he was fantastic. He gained 3 places on the first lap and it was a sign of things to come as he kept on moving up the places to pick up 6 points.

 

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