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British Grand Prix driver ratings

  • Published on 15 Jul 2019 15:44
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  • By: Fergal Walsh & Harry Mattocks

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton failed to claim pole by the smallest margin seen in the turbo hybrid era, but came out on top in the race. Engaged in a fierce battle with teammate Bottas, Hamilton showed racing respect and had strong pace on the hard compound to take an unprecedented sixth win at Silverstone.

Rating: 9.5
 

Valtteri Bottas

Beating Hamilton to pole position is no easy feat, but for the fourth time this year, Bottas managed it on a Saturday. On Sunday, Bottas wouldn't give up his lead easy and retook the first spot after Hamilton momentarily moved up to the head of the pack. However in the second half of the race, Bottas had no answer for his teammate and had to settle for second.

Rating: 9.0


Charles Leclerc

After a strong qualifying, Leclerc showed some sturdy race craft following on from his Austria heartbreak and had fun with both Red Bulls on his way to the podium. Although he was hurt by his safety car pit stop, the crash between teammate Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen promoted him back into the final podium spot.

Rating: 9.5


Pierre Gasly

Gasly enjoyed by far what was his best weekend of the season. The Frenchman was battling with the Ferraris during the race and achieved his best result following the aforementioned collision between Verstappen and Vettel. 

Rating: 7.5


Max Verstappen

It was quite surprising to see how close Verstappen got in qualifying. A podium looked to be on the cards for the Dutchman before his clash with Vettel, and was luckily able to continue to limp home in fifth place.

Rating: 9.5


Carlos Sainz

Sainz lacked pace in qualifying while teammate Norris starred, but he benefitted from the timing of a safety car to get inside the top. In the latter stages, he fended out the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo to secure another strong result for McLaren. 

Rating: 8.5


Daniel Ricciardo

Renault bounced back strongly from its misery in Austria, with Ricciardo topping the midfield in qualifying. After making his final stop, he was out of the points, but recovered strongly to cross the line in seventh.

Rating: 8.5


Kimi Raikkonen

Once again Giovinazzi managed to get the better of Raikkonen in qualifying but Raikkonen's experience showed in the race as he pulled his way into the points to score his seventh top ten finish of the season.

Rating: 8.0


Daniil Kvyat

A bitterly disappointing qualifying saw Kvyat drop out of Q1, but in the race the Russian recovered well, stopping under the safety car to take home points for Toro Rosso. 

Rating: 7.5


Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg once again lost out to teammate Ricciardo in qualifying but hit a couple of issues in the race, such as a power unit issue and contact with Sergio Perez at the safety car restart. 

Rating: 7.0


Lando Norris

Norris had a good qualifying, where he narrowly missed out on 7th place in a session where his teammate finished down in 13th. After a good start and battling superbly with Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap, the Brit lost out due to the timing of the safety car and just missed out on the points.

Rating: 9.0


Alexander Albon

Albon had an amazing qualifying session, as he somehow managed to get his Toro Rosso into the final stage to start from 9th. However after being caught out by the safety car, he was forced to complete 39 laps on the medium tyres. A "high voltage issue" meant that it was advised that the Anglo-Thai driver shouldn't make a second stop, and due to excessive tyre wear lost his points finish in the closing stages.  

Rating: 8.0


Lance Stroll

Stroll could not end his unwanted streak of not getting out of Q1, but this is mostly due to his Racing Point car. He was only a tenth slower than Perez, but in the race was in contention for points until he made a second stop towards the end of the race.

Rating: 6.5


George Russell

There isn't much that can be said about Russell's performance this weekend that hasn't already been said. Yet again he was comfortably ahead of teammate Kubica, but could not race anybody else due to the pace (or lack of) in his Williams car.

Rating: 7.0


Robert Kubica 

In comparison to Austria, it was a much better performance this weekend from Kubica. The Pole was much closer to his teammate Russell, but still failed to beat the young Brit. He'll need to improve if he wants to keep his seat next year.

Rating: 6.0


Sebastian Vettel

Britain was almost certainly Vettel's worst weekend of the year, as the German qualified behind the two Red Bull's in qualifying, a full half a second behind his teammate. Then after benefitting from the safety car he had a chance at a podium, but when fighting with Max Verstappen he rear-ended the Red Bull. There was no excuse for this crash, on a weekend where teammate Leclerc excelled.

Rating: 4.0


Sergio Perez

Perez had a good qualifying, where he was able to just squeeze into Q2 by a tenth of a second. However, in the race he collided with Nico Hulkenberg due to a brake balance and steering wheel issues, which ruined his chances of scoring any points in the team's home race.

Rating: 6.5


Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi was having a good weekend until the incident in the race, as he out-qualified his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and was running well in the early stages of the race. He was unlucky to pick up a puncture which caused the incident, and up untill then he had a good chance at scoring points for only the second time in his career.

Rating: 7.5


Romain Grosjean

Grosjean did well to get into Q2 in the Haas, a car which had been reverted to Australia-spec as the team try to understand their VF-19. However, the Frenchman made a few crucial mistakes during the weekend, where he crashed in the pitlane and then into his teammate.

Rating: 5.0


Kevin Magnussen

It was a weekend to forget for Kevin Magnussen, as a poor showing in qualifying saw him exit in Q1. Then, after a good start he collided with his teammate Grosjean and had to retire from the race.

Rating: 4.5

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  • f1ski

    Posts: 539

    Lewis was brilliant. Couldn't believe how his car didn't lose its tires or over heat . I thought Bottas did a great job till the safety car then he was dejected. The best was the verstappen leclerc battle

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    • Jul 16 2019 - 02:49
  • First of all may I say, what a fantastic race. So many battles, so much brilliance and foolishness. Here are my top drivers of the day in no particular order

    Verstappen, Hamilton, Leclerc, Sainz, Kvyat. The last two barely got noticed.

    Max is just finally at a level of maturity where I could actually see him fighting a championship over a season. Still very aggressive, but in a more measured fashion. Any other year he would have crashed into Charles while fighting that hard.

    Charles was also brilliant in defense, and kudos to the stewards for letting it all happen. There was one move that if repeated would have been questionable, but single marginal incident shouldn't even be investigated. I feel as though we turned a corner we stewarding.

    Sainz... He was just Alonso-like yesterday. The safety car helped, but he would have been at least 7th or 8th without it. I say that because without the safety car Norris would have been 6th

    Norris... I just love that kid. No doubt he's a rising super star. He is a bit better each weekend and he's Baseline is already up there with Sainz (at least)

    Kvyat... Just a solid race. That STR had some serious race pace and he maximized it while many others faded

    Bottas... A tale of what might have been. I sti don't think he would have endured Lewis in the final stint, but it woukx have been amazing to see them fight it out again. Bottas is definitely better this year, but so is Lewis. With this kind of performances Valteri might actually land another top drive when Mercedes inevitably replaces for 2020

    Hamilton... He was really in the zone yesterday. It's really a shame that Mercedes are so fast that they are not mixing it up, with Ferrari and RBR. Also that final fastest lap was just very impressive. Big miss from Bottas

    Gasly... He made sure to praise himself, but I'd argue that this was just the first race where he was an adequate #2 driver. He was average. He was what any average drive should be while driving a Red Bull. So no... I don't think this was a great performance. Not even close. The fact that Max almost caught up with him after being crashed into by Seb and having a damaged car says it all

    Seb... No words. Simply sad. Reminds me of the feeling I got after Michael got back and Rosberg blitzed him every weekend

    • + 2
    • Jul 16 2019 - 03:48
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,162

      I pretty much agree with you on all drivers. Gasly looked better but still got out-qualified.

      Since RBH did their latest car update it seems like they have move forward and they are very close in qualifying but even closer or better than Ferrari in race mode. Mercedes is still ahead in the hands of Hamilton.

      When Honda bring their specification 4 update it could mean that they have closed the gap enough for Verstappen seriously go for straight race wins. The first pole also looks on the cards for this year.

      Considering the increase in performance over the season I'd see no reason for Verstappen to switch teams in 2020 if anything RBH could be the car to be in.

      Great grandprix in the UK, looking forward to may more in Silverstone.

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      • Jul 16 2019 - 11:53
    • I also agree, pretty good assessment there ajpp. Max threatened to have a couple of clean races earlier but this time he actually managed to pull it off. Not sure I would give out those 9.5s above so easily. And once again, what does a guy that isn't Max have to do to get a 10 here? Another weekend where he didn't put a foot wrong and still gets a 9.5? The rankings seem a bit too subjective to me. In order to be meaningful they would need to be more objective and use some sort of scoring system that justifies the rankings other than, because I'm a fan so my driver gets a 9.5 or 10 every week. Maybe they all deserve 9.5s but with some sort of scoring tally it's hard to say for sure.

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      • Jul 16 2019 - 15:45

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