US Grand Prix: Driver Ratings

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

Lewis Hamilton collected his third world title with his 10th victory of 2015 at the United States Grand Prix. Here, we present our driver ratings from a stunning race.

44 | Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | G: 2nd | R: 1st | 9/10

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Hamilton’s performance at the US Grand Prix wasn’t his most comfortable of the year but he persevered and took full advantage of Nico Rosberg’s error. His approach at Turn 1 was forceful – though just about on the limit – and he duly won a third world title to elevate his standing further.

6 | Nico Rosberg | Mercedes | G: 1st | R: 2nd | 8/10

Rosberg took pole position in the delayed-then-abandoned qualifying session but lost the lead at the start. However, he battled back, passing Daniil Kvyat, Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo to take the lead. The timing of the Safety Car didn’t aid him but he still would have won without an error.

3 | Daniel Ricciardo | Red Bull | G: 3rd | R: 10th | 7/10

Ricciardo trailed Kvyat across the first laps of the race but he battled his way forwards, nabbing his team-mate and Rosberg in the space of two corners, before breezing past Hamilton. Unfortunately, Red Bull lacked pace in the dry and allied to contact with Sainz, he dropped down the order.

26 | Daniil Kvyat | Red Bull | G: 4th | R: Ret | 5/10

From almost hero to pretty much zero. Kvyat needed a big performance in the United States and having battled Hamilton for the lead he looked assured. He then made a couple of mistakes, struggled in the dry and put the RB11 into the wall.

19 | Felipe Massa | Williams | G: 7th | R: Ret | 5/10

Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

Massa’s pace in wet conditions was surprisingly strong but he was involved in a collision at the start, not for the first time, and subsequently suffered a damper problem which put him out.

77 | Valtteri Bottas | Williams | G: 16th | R: Ret | 4/10

At the venue of his first points finish two years ago, this was a desperately dismal weekend for Bottas. A rear suspension problem in qualifying hindered progress while front wing damage at the start scuppered his prospects and he retired soon after with a recurrence of the suspension woe.

5 | Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | G: 13th | R: 3rd | 9/10

Ferrari was braced for an engine penalty grid drop but Vettel made light work of the demotion, rising to seventh on the first lap and lighting up the timing screens when he fitted slicks. He almost finished second, but Rosberg hung on at the end.

7 | Kimi Räikkönen | Ferrari | G: 18th | R: Ret | 4/10

However abject Räikkönen’s season has been, his successful attempt at getting himself dislodged from the advertising hoarding video-game style has to be admired. Unfortunately his brakes had overheated and his SF15-T had to be retired.

14 | Fernando Alonso | McLaren | G: 9th | R: 11th | 9/10

Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

Alonso was spun around at the first corner but fought back despite the limitations of the Honda engine and began the final stint in fifth position. Unfortunately a sensor issue nullified his progress but this was a superb drive.

22 | Jenson Button | McLaren | G: 11th | R: 6th | 8/10

Button and McLaren have had a challenging campaign but sixth place at least provided them with some points, even if the Briton was understandably unhappy with dry weather pace. Button switched to slicks at the right time and used his experience in battle to emerge with a fine result.

27 | Nico Hülkenberg | Force India | G: 6th | R: Ret | 6/10

Hülkenberg’s woeful run of results continues as he crashed out for the third time in four races. Hülkenberg was on course for a strong result but a front wing failure contributed to his collision with Ricciardo and he exited proceedings.

11 | Sergio Pérez | Force India | G: 5th | R: 5th | 9/10

As Hülkenberg’s difficult sequence of races goes on, Pérez continues to thrive. He was in the mix throughout the race and stayed out of trouble to bag fifth position and now sits significantly clear of Hülkenberg in the championship.

33 | Max Verstappen | Toro Rosso | G: 8th | R: 4th | 10/10

Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

Verstappen has lit up Formula 1 since his debut and this was another example of his talent. Verstappen battled cleanly with the Ferrari drivers before switching to Options and managing them expertly throughout the remainder of the race to secure fourth spot.

55 | Carlos Sainz | Toro Rosso | G: 20th | R: 7th | 8/10

Sainz was caught out by the conditions in qualifying and took the front off of his Toro Rosso, but he rewarded his mechanic with a fine drive to sixth position. Unfortunately, a five second penalty for pit speeding dropped him to seventh.

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

Grosjean’s farewell to Lotus has currently consisted of two accidents though at least his exit in Austin didn’t destroy the car! Grosjean was caught up in the first lap collision and retired soon after due to the damage.

13 | Pastor Maldonado | Lotus | G: 12th | R: 8th | 7/10

In a race with so much action it was almost surprising that Maldonado had a relatively quiet time. The Venezuelan was surprised not to have brilliant race pace but nonetheless netted eighth place, his third successive time in the top 10.

28 | Will Stevens | Manor Marussia | G: 19th | R: Ret | 5/10

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Stevens had the opportunity to upset the home fans by beating Alexander Rossi though his race unravelled at the start. In trying to get around the melee he was tagged by Rossi and that caused terminal damage to his Manor.

53 | Alexander Rossi | Manor Marussia | G: 17th | R: 12th | 8/10

As drivers dropped like fries there was a brief hope that Rossi might just sneak into the points and create a fairy-tale story. However, it wasn’t to be, but 12th position was still a fine result at his home event, in only his third Formula 1 race.

9 | Marcus Ericsson | Sauber | G: 14th | R: Ret | 7/10

Ericsson had the measure of Nasr throughout running and his pace during the early stages was encouraging. Unfortunately his first experience of the circuit came to an end when his C34 suffered an electrical failure.

12 | Felipe Nasr | Sauber | G: 15th | R: 9th | 5/10

Nasr lacked pace all weekend and blotted his copybook further by running into Ericsson early on, damaging his front wing. He tried to switch to slicks early but it failed and from thereon he was adrift of the pack, moving into the points at the end.


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