Hungarian Grand Prix: Driver Ratings

By on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Webber raced to eighth place. Photo credit: Red Bull GEPA

Lewis Hamilton may have won the Hungarian Grand Prix, but there were plenty of other heroes further down the field - as well as those who probably regret bothering to take part. Here's a run-down of how each racer fared.

Sebastian Vettel | 8/10

From the beginning of the weekend it was difficult to envisage Red Bull fighting for victory and Vettel eventually ended up fourth. The German was vocal to his team over the radio about being stuck behind Button; the pressure is beginning to show.

Mark Webber | 7/10

Webber moved up three places from his starting position but it was a frustrating race as the team had to revert him to a three stop strategy, costing him a shot at fifth place.

Hamilton was superb all weekend

Lewis Hamilton | 10/10

He was on it from the word ‘go’, beaten in only one session by under a tenth of a second and fended off the challenge from both Lotus drivers. Hauls himself back into title contention and gives everyone at McLaren a huge boost ahead of the summer break.

Jenson Button | 7/10

He battled with Vettel during the early stages of the race but by pitting early he was left stranded behind Bruno Senna and eventually finished sixth. Questioning of the strategy when his tyres were still good is justifiable.

Fernando Alonso | 8/10

On a weekend where he stressed the importance of picking up points, he had a rather subdued race but nonetheless emerged with an increased championship lead. Never appeared to be in the comfort zone, but he’s another step closer to that elusive third crown.

Felipe Massa | 7/10

Massa-bashing appears to be a popular sport to play nowadays, but he seemed more settled in Budapest. Qualified just a position behind Alonso and raced well despite only a ninth place finish. He is improving but it may be too little, too late.

Schumacher had a disastrous weekend. Photo credit: Mercedes AMG F1

Michael Schumacher | 0/10

He lined up incorrectly, had an overheating engine, picked up a puncture and was then penalised for speeding in the pit lane, all by the end of Lap 2. Add on a Friday crash, a measly seventeenth on the grid and eventual retirement and it was possibly Schumacher’s worst race weekend since his return.

Nico Rosberg | 6/10

On a weekend where Mercedes’s pace was woeful, Rosberg at least salvaged a point after qualifying only thirteenth. Much of his progress was made courtesy of a forceful first lap. Nevertheless, victory in China and Monaco podium must seem a distant memory.

Kimi Raikkonen | 9/10

Raikkonen dropped to sixth at the start but a ferociously fast finale to his second stint saw him just edge clear of team mate Grosjean, but he couldn’t find a way past Hamilton. Lotus has a big upgrade coming to the next race, which happens to take place in a forest in Belgium…

Romain Grosjean | 8/10

Battled hard to retain second place at the start but eventually lost out to Raikkonen after the second round of stops. A podium was a just reward after a difficult German Grand Prix.

There was a healthy points haul for Lotus. Photo credit: Lotus F1 Team

Paul di Resta | 4/10

Not a brilliant event for the Scot. He said the car came alive after the fourth lap, but by then a bad start had consigned him to a race meandering in the midfield and was unceremoniously dispensed with by Pastor Maldonado en route to twelfth.

Nico Hulkenberg | 6/10

A couple of mistakes in Q3 left him at the tail end of the top ten but that was as good as his weekend got. Largely anonymous in the race as he struggled with the balance of the VJM05 and was hindered by rear tyre degradation but still beat his team mate. Continues to improve.

Kamui Kobayashi | 3/10

A weekend to forget for Kobayashi as the pace was never there from the outset. The team struggled with the medium compound tyre while the Japanese driver was shoved wide on the entry to Turn One. Battled with Caterham for much of the race but called it a day following a hydraulic leak.

Sergio Perez | 4/10

Fared little better than his more experienced team-mate in a race where there was little to be extracted from the C31. Perez ran deep in his first stint as Sauber attempted a different strategy, but it ultimately failed to pay off.

Daniel Ricciardo | 5/10

Made a good start but couldn’t hang on to the back of di Resta and slipped back into a fairly lonely race. Pace on the Option tyres was promising but the Prime tyres took too long to get into a good groove.

Jean-Eric Vergne | 5/10

Vergne was forced wide on the opening lap and as a result he lost a little bit of time. From there it was a difficult day because his pit stop dropped him directly behind the slow Kobayashi. He also had to make a fourth stop due to debris causing the car to overheat.

Petrov didn't have the greatest weekend. Photo credit: Caterham F1

Pastor Maldonado | 3/10

Race was compromised by a poor start which dropped him down to twelfth. He attempted to pass di Resta but the move was clumsy and resulted in a drive through penalty. For all of his pace, he has finished in the points just twice.

Bruno Senna | 9/10

Arguably Senna’s best performance across a weekend so far. He has come under pressure courtesy of Maldonado’s superior pace, but Senna is starting to deliver the results. If Bottas is coming in next season, Senna is putting himself in the shop window.

Heikki Kovalainen | 7/10

Once again the Finnish driver was faster than his team-mate in qualifying by a significant margin and batted hard in the race. It’s difficult to see the team scoring a point, but Kovalainen is edging closer to the Toro Rosso drivers.

Vitaly Petrov | 4/10

A rather disappointing race for Petrov, who struggled with a car that felt different in the race than in qualifying. He has been more of a match for Kovalainen than Jarno Trulli, but those final few tenths were lacking in Hungary.

Charles Pic starred for Marussia

Pedro De La Rosa | 7/10

Has been one of the understated stars of the season considering his age and the car he has to lumber around the track! Pace was strong (relatively) and he was within sight of Timo Glock at the chequered flag.

Narain Karthikeyan | 2/10

His first Hungarian Grand Prix since 2005 was not a successful one. Way off of De La Rosa’s time in qualifying and retired with suspension failure. At least he was spared the ignominy of finishing last again.

Timo Glock | 4/10

A very poor race on a circuit where he excelled in his Toyota days; nevertheless he was testing a new package for Marussia so his race was always likely to be compromised. Spin was the nadir of a desultory race.

Charles Pic | 9/10

Too frequently this season, Pic’s stellar drives have gone unnoticed. The GP2 graduate is going about his business with aplomb and this was his best race so far. Outqualified and outraced Glock as well as taking the fight to Petrov. He is a star in the making.

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