Fernando turns P11 into P1 with a supreme drive

24 Jun

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

Heikki Kovalainen: 8/10 Q16 F14

What a lap Heikki drove on saturday to make it to Q2 and then he impressed further to start from 16th on the grid. Heikki’s race wasn’t so good, he had a rare bad start and then lost more time when Vergne collided with him. But a strong post safety car performance gave Heikki 14th place.

Vitaly Petrov: 8/10 Q20 F13

Qualifying wasn’t as impressive as Heikki, but it was a very impressive race by the Russian. He put in some great laps post safety car to find himself in 10th, but Caterham couldn’t pick up their first points as he was swiftly overtaken by Schumacher and Webber. Petrov was later swiped by Ricciardo which left Petrov needing to pit, but some quick last few laps saw Vitaly finish an impressive 13th place.

Fernando Alonso: 10/10 Q11 F1 #DriverOfTheDay

May have been dreadful in qualifying not making it to Q2 but Alonso was phenomenal in the race. He moved up to 8th at the start, but it was the charge after his first pit stop that  got people interested as he overtook for fun. He overtook Hamilton in the pits then was sublime overtaking Grosjean before profiting from Vettel’s retirement to finish first. Inspirational.

Felipe Massa: 6/10 Q13 F16

Really unlucky, only just behind Alonso in qualifying, and was running 10th early on, but after receiving a big hit from Kobayashi just after the safety car he was destined to run low down.

Nico Hulkenburg: 9/10 Q8 F5

What a drive from such a young driver, he looked promising early on but found himself down in 11th when the safety car came out. Hulkenburg then profited from drivers retiring and other pitting to find himself up in 5th. From there he looked set to finish 7th when Schumacher and Webber passed him, but Hamilton and Maldonado’s clash on the same lap saw him reinstated as 5th. Great job.

Paul Di Resta: 8/10 Q10 F7

Set great pace early on in the race, even finding himself up in 2nd at one point. He then put his one stop strategy to good use, to storm up to 6th. Like Hulkenburg he was passed by Schumacher and Webber but profited from Hamilton and Maldonado, Paul was very unlucky to lose 6th to Rosberg on the final lap to leave Di Resta to pick up 6 points for P7.

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