British Grand Prix: Driver ratings

By on Monday, July 6, 2015

Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead with a third British Grand Prix victory at his home circuit. F1Zone.net gives a run down of the field at Silverstone.

44 | Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | G: 1st | R: 1st | 9/10

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Hamilton was in sub-par form and mood after practice but made his lap count in qualifying to secure pole position. He dropped to second at the start and his over-exuberance demoted him to third, though an earlier stop allowed him back into the lead. An inspired call for Intermediate tyres secured him the victory which he was delighted to savour in front of the home crowds.

6 | Nico Rosberg | Mercedes | G: 2nd | R: 2nd | 8/10

Rosberg appeared to hold the advantage within Mercedes but an issue with his tyre cost him in qualifying, a situation which was exacerbated by dropping behind both Williams, where he remained after the stops. Wet weather sunk the Williams charge and aided Rosberg’s progress, though he couldn’t do anything about Hamilton.

3 | Daniel Ricciardo | Red Bull | G: 10th | R: Ret | 5/10

Ricciardo’s malaise continues as he was bested by Daniil Kvyat across the weekend before an electrical problem forced him to retire. For one of 2014’s stars, he’s now collected just one point from the last three races.

26 | Daniil Kvyat | Red Bull | G: 7th | R: 6th | 8/10

Whereas Ricciardo is in the midst of a slump, Kvyat’s revival continues as he mixed it among the second group of runners and eventually came home in sixth, within touching distance of Bottas. It was a strong weekend for Kvyat, who is now just nine points behind Ricciardo.

19 | Felipe Massa | Williams | G: 3rd | R: 4th | 9/10

Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Massa’s start was as stunning as it was surprising as he rocketed into the lead and duly held on in the first stint, flying through Maggotts/Becketts to ensure he had an advantage along the Hangar Straight. He should have been on the podium but a mixture of strategy and Williams’ woeful wet weather pace ended such aspirations.

77 | Valtteri Bottas | Williams | G: 4th | R: 5th | 8/10

Bottas was narrowly adrift of Massa in qualifying and in the race he made a similarly good start, but was never able to make a move, though believed he had half a second per lap in hand over Massa on Options. Awful pace in the wet meant he almost dropped behind Kvyat.

5 | Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | G: 6th | R: 3rd | 8/10

To turn sixth into third, via ninth, can go down as an excellent recovery job on a weekend when Ferrari was comparatively lacklustre. Vettel recovered from a poor start, passed team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and stopped at the right time to return to the podium positions for the first time since Monaco.

7 | Kimi Räikkönen | Ferrari | G: 5th | R: 8th | 8/10

This was one of Räikkönen’s better weekends but circumstance meant it didn’t show in the result. He got stuck behind Nico Hülkenberg early on and he pitted a few laps too early for Intermediates, which meant he had to stop once more before the end of the race.

14 | Fernando Alonso | McLaren | G: 17th | R: 10th | 7/10

McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

It’s taken nine whole races but Alonso finally returned to the points courtesy of a 10th place finish, albeit ahead of only three other cars. Alonso had to swerve to avoid rivals on the first lap and that put out Jenson Button, but at least he finished a race – and in the top 10 as well.

22 | Jenson Button | McLaren | G: 18th | R: Ret | 6/10

The one crumb of comfort for Button was that his sub-par Silverstone record wasn’t going to improve this year, even before he was nerfed by team-mate Alonso. Neither driver was to blame, but it was disappointing for the Briton to retire so prematurely.

27 | Nico Hülkenberg | Force India | G: 9th | R: 7th | 9/10

Hülkenberg’s hot streak continued at Silverstone as he utilised the upgraded VJM08 to score a fine seventh place. He made what he called one of his best ever starts to surge into fifth, but was ultimately unable to prevent the Ferrari drivers from getting ahead.

11 | Sergio Pérez | Force India | G: 11th | R: 9th | 7/10

Pérez was always lacking a bit of pace compared to Hülkenberg across the weekend and his course wasn’t helped by getting stuck behind Carlos Sainz for much of the race. That compromised his strategy but Pérez remained focused and helped Force India’s course with more points.

33 | Max Verstappen | Toro Rosso | G: 13th | R: Ret | 6/10

Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

Verstappen had pace in practice but an issue compromised his qualifying effort and he was lucky to avoid the collisions on the opening lap of the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, a combination of the Prime tyre – and the gusts – spat him off the circuit and into retirement.

55 | Carlos Sainz | Toro Rosso | G: 8th | R: Ret | 7/10

Sainz performed strongly in qualifying as he posted the eighth best time and was hanging on in the battle for points in the race until the car packed up with an electrical problem.

8 | Romain Grosjean | Lotus | G: 12th | R: Ret | 6/10

Grosjean’s British Grand Prix misfortune continued although this time he was partly to blame; he was forced slightly wide by Ricciardo before whacking into Pastor Maldonado, meaning he had to retire on the spot.

13 | Pastor Maldonado | Lotus | G: 14th | R: Ret | 6/10

See above, except for the retiring on the spot bit. He at least limped to the pit entry.

28 | Will Stevens | Manor Marussia | G: 19th | R: 13th | 6/10

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Britain’s ‘other’ home driver had a strong weekend until a few laps from the end of the race. Stevens slithered wide on the exit of Brooklands and had a seemingly slow motion ding into the barriers, though he was at least able to finish.

98 | Roberto Merhi | Manor Marussia | G: 20th | R: 12th | 7/10

Merhi occupied his usual slot at the rear of the grid as he spent much of the weekend significantly adrift of Stevens. He was behind his team-mate in the race but stayed out of trouble to collect the team’s best result of the year with 12th.

9 | Marcus Ericsson | Sauber | G: 15th | R: 11th | 6/10

Ericsson unusually held the pace advantage over Nasr across the weekend but his race was one of frustration as he was on course for a point until too many pit stops when the rain struck dropped him to 11th.

12 | Felipe Nasr | Sauber | G: N/A | R: DNS | N/A

Sauber expected a struggle at Silverstone and it duly materialised as Nasr spent much of the weekend in no-man’s land, before dropping out of qualifying in Q1. Then he got stuck in sixth gear on the way to the grid and was unable to start the race


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