Canadian Grand Prix: Driver Ratings

By on Monday, June 8, 2015

Lewis Hamilton took his fourth win of the campaign in Canada to stretch his title advantage over Nico Rosberg to 17 points. Here, rates the drivers up and down the grid.

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

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Hamilton had a messy time in practice as he went wide several times and dinged the nose into the barrier in the wet. He returned to form in qualifying by storming to pole and didn’t put a foot wrong in the race as he collected a fourth victory in Canada.

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

Rosberg cut a frustrated figure after qualifying as he overcompensated for the rear tyres on his first run, sending the car from understeer to oversteer for his second lap. In the race he was always a couple of seconds behind Hamilton and never able to make a dice out of the battle.

3 | Daniel Ricciardo | Red Bull | G: 9th | R: 13th | 4/10

Ricciardo appeared lost all weekend as absent practice pace was hindered by a few off-track moments. He qualified in ninth but slipped back through the order and could offer little resistance to rivals as he stumbled home in a lowly 13th position.

26 | Daniil Kvyat | Red Bull | G: 8th | R: 9th | 8/10

Kvyat endured a difficult start to his Red Bull career but despite the ongoing problems at the team the Russian driver got the better of Ricciardo for the second successive weekend. Ninth place was nothing to shout home about but it was the best possible in the circumstances.

19 | Felipe Massa | Williams | G: 15th | R: 6th | 7/10

Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Massa’s weekend was significantly compromised by the engine problem which left him out of Q1. He fought back in the race as he utilised the straight line speed of the Williams – and had a good scrap with Marcus Ericsson – to bag sixth place. Little more was achievable considering his starting position.

77 | Valtteri Bottas | Williams | G: 4th | R: 3rd | 9/10

After his initial back problems at the start of the campaign, Bottas is back to his 2014-levels. A stellar qualifying lap placed him fourth and he hung a few seconds behind Kimi Räikkönen and profited when his compatriot spun at the chicane. Podium was a boost for Williams but the 40 second deficit to Mercedes won’t go unnoticed.

5 | Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | G: 18th | R: 5th | 7/10

Vettel had one of those uncharacteristically scrappy weekends. Power unit problems knocked him out of qualifying while a penalty followed for a silly error under red flags earlier in the day. His race recovery was decent enough and it was difficult to see how he could have finished higher than fifth.

7 | Kimi Räikkönen | Ferrari | G: 3rd | R: 4th | 8/10

Räikkönen finally sorted out his qualifying woes by clocking the third best time but his race came undone at the hairpin. It was a repeat of his 2014 error and the Finn attributed it to incorrect settings following his pit stop. A podium went begging.

14 | Fernando Alonso | McLaren | G: 13th | R: Ret | 7/10

McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Woeful pace and poor reliability – is it any wonder Alonso is getting twitchy fingers. He put up a strong fight initially, especially against Ferrari replacement Vettel, but inherent lack of pace in the car was soon exploited, while its lack of reliability was demonstrated thereafter.

22 | Jenson Button | McLaren | G: 20th | R: Ret | 7/10

If it was any consolation for Alonso, it’s that his weekend was marginally better than the one endured by Button. He missed qualifying, copped an engine penalty and then had to serve a drive through in the race. This left him mired at the back before pulling into the pits to retire.

27 | Nico Hülkenberg | Force India | G: 7th | R: 8th | 8/10

Hülkenberg recovered from a few difficult weekends to finish in the points for the first time since Australia. He stayed in the top 10 throughout and while he made an error while defending from Vettel, he at least stayed out of the Wall of Champions.

11 | Sergio Pérez | Force India | G: 10th | R: 11th | 6/10

Pérez had held hopes of making progress in the race but understeer thwarted his prospects in the opening stages, by which time he was adrift of the main pack and had to save fuel, tyres and brakes. Not his finest weekend.

33 | Max Verstappen | Toro Rosso | G: 19th | R: 15th | 6/10

Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

Verstappen’s weekend was ultimately over before it begun as Toro Rosso knew it’d required 10 place engine drop to add to his five from Monaco. The consequent time penalty cost him more time in the race and a lack of straight line speed nullified any hope of a recovery.

55 | Carlos Sainz | Toro Rosso | G: 11th | R: 12th | 7/10

Sainz knew this weekend would be a tough one for Toro Rosso and such predictions proved to be true. Aside from a spin in practice the Spaniard did little wrong, but it won’t live long in the memory.

8 | Romain Grosjean | Lotus | G: 5th | R: 10th | 7/10

Lotus displayed strong pace all weekend but Grosjean’s day was undone when he clipped Will Stevens under braking for the chicane. That triggered an extra stop and meant Grosjean dropped from fifth position to 10th – a silly mistake to make.

13 | Pastor Maldonado | Lotus | G: 6th | R: 7th | 8/10

This was the most highly unusual of weekends as Maldonado used his often unseen sensible head to take home a solid result for Lotus. He was clean in battle and demonstrated good pace to take seventh – his best finish since Abu Dhabi in 2012.

28 | Will Stevens | Manor Marussia | G: 17th | R: 17th | 6/10

Manor Marussia

Manor Marussia

Stevens had been marginally behind Roberto Merhi for much of the weekend but his race was compromised when Grosjean tripped over his front wing. That error required an extra stop and while Merhi subsequently retire, it didn’t appease the young Briton.

98 | Roberto Merhi | Manor Marussia | G: 16th | R: Ret | 6/10

Merhi enjoyed one of his strongest performances of the campaign as he was narrowly edging the battle with team-mate Stevens. Unfortunately the driveshaft packed up, leading to his first retirement of the season.

9 | Marcus Ericsson | Sauber | G: 12th | R: 14th | 6/10

Ericsson had held hopes of scoring points but aside from his early dice with Massa, the Swiss team was anonymous in the race. Ericsson couldn’t attribute the reasons for its lack of pace to any one aspect and admitted work needs to be done before Austria.

12 | Felipe Nasr | Sauber | G: 14th | R: 16th | 5/10

Nasr suffered an embarrassing accident in practice when he crashed along the back straight while attempting to warm his tyres. That was the most attention the Brazilian received all weekend as he and the team struggled in the race, with the situation exacerbated by a power unit issue.

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