Australian GP- Race Ratings

21 Mar

Yes, yes, I know, it’s Friday, the race happened on Sunday etc etc. Well unfortunately i’m always quite busy on Mondays and Tuesdays with college work so Wednesday is the first time I get to do anything like this. I was too busy watching Robot Wars on Youtube on Wednesday though. I actually have no excuse for Thursday. Allow it.

If anyone is wondering about how I actually come up with the ratings, I don’t just pluck random numbers out of the air. Infact, I have a very sophisticated system based on 4 factors- much like Robot Wars, except these 4 aren’t Style, Control, Damage and Agression or Pastor Maldonado would get a 10 every race for the last two. No, these 4 factors are:
Overall Race Performance
Comparitive Performance To Teammate
Comapritive Performance To Race Pace Of Car
How Much I Like The Driver (And you wondered why Pastor got -2 for Quali ratings?)

Anyway, enough of my incessant ramblings, let’s get on with the not at all biased ratings.

1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)- 10/10

We all knew that Mercedes had a good car underneath them, but what a drive this was from Nico Rosberg. Starting 3rd, Nico managed to jump everyone at the start, and from then on it was easy going for the German. If it carries on like this, then Nico is going to be in a very good position indeed.

2. Kevin Magnussen (Mclaren)- 10/10

What a drive from the Danish Rookie! Mclaren took a leap of faith bringing young Magnussen straight into the team, but he has proved himself to be a very capable driver indeed. A faultless race from 4th sees him finish 2nd, and if Mclaren can match the pace of Mercedes, then Magnussen should be more than capable of going for the win.

3. Jenson Button (Mclaren)- 9/10

If Magnussen’s drive was impressive, then Jenson Button’s was pretty damn impressive too. Starting all the way down in 10th (I know, how terrifying), Button and Mclaren worked almost perfectly to boost the Brit up the grid, culminating in a fantastic podium finish (Once Ricciardo had been disqualified of course). The only thing I would say is Button had a good opportunity to overtake Magnussen during the race, but he just didn’t take it. Maybe he was just being nice.

4. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)- 7.5/10

I guess you could call this an average race for Nando. 4th, no doubt, is a good place to finish the first race of the season, but it’s not what Alonso, or Ferrari, want. They want to be right at the front; they want to be where Mercedes and Mclaren are this season, and Fernando just couldn’t deliver that. Not yet.

5. Nico Hülkenberg (Force India)- 9/10

Compared to his teammate, Sergio Perez, Nico here should probably be getting a 10. 5th place is a good finish for the German, who is almost certainly relieved he rejected the chance to join Lotus, and he looks like he’s going to have a good season, should things stay this way. Of course, the Force India is not the world’s greatest car, but Hülk did well, very well indeed.

6. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)- 8/10

Australia will be a case of what could have been for Valtteri Bottas. After doing so well fighting his way up the grid from 15th, he decided it would be a good idea to whack his rear wheel on the side wall, just to give the others a chance. I mean, the guy still finished 6th, think what he could have done had he not got a puncture.

7. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari)- 6.5/10

It was hardly the most enthusing performance from the Iceman on his return to Ferrari. After ditching it in the wall on Saturday, he seemed less than happy in the car on Sunday. The fact that he struggled (And eventually failed) to keep Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hülkenberg behind him, tells you pretty much everything you need to know about his race weekend.

8. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)- 8/10

It was a solid drive from JEV, but given the circumstances during the race, it could be seen as something he maybe should have capitalised on slightly more. JEV started 8th, yet despite the retirement of Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo’s DSQ, he still finished 8th. Take nothing away from the drive though, it was still impressive.

9. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)- 8.5/10

Another driver who performed above expectation in Australia was Dani Kvyat. Bearing in mind the fact the guy came straight from GP3, the fact he managed to finish was impressive in itself, yet here we are with Kvyat breaking Sebastian Vettel’s record for youngest points –scorer. Watch this space.

10. Sergio Perez (Force India)- 6/10

Let’s be honest here, Sergio Perez really didn’t do very much during the race. His one solitary point comes from the culmination of retirements and DSQ’s, and has nothing on his teammate’s 5th place finish. The only people who actually finished behind Sergio are drivers he would expect to obliterate (2 Saubers and ½ Marussias). It was hardly the world’s most inspiring drive.

11. Adrian Sutil (Sauber)- 5.5/10

I’ll give credit to Sauber here, at least they managed to get both of their cars to the finish, something that high flyers Mercedes couldn’t do, nor Red Bull or Williams.

That, however, is where the credit ends.

Sutil did virtually nothing all race except get in everybody’s way. The way his race went makes me think that 14th was exceeding the car’s capabilities, because that car is truly appalling. I could build a car better than that.

12. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber)- 4.5/10

If Esteban Gutierrez’ qualifying performance wasn’t bad enough, then his race was even worse. Along with teammate Sutil, he finished a whole lap down on Nico Rosberg despite there being a safety car, and the only person he finished ahead of (Technically), was Max Chilton, who started the race in the pits!

13. Max Chilton (Marussia)- 6.5/10

I’m going to be quite kind here to Max. I could have sent his race rating the way of Gutierrez above, but we must bear in mind that Chilton’s race was ruined before it began when his car pretty much died on the grid. It may have been a race to forget, but at least Chilton got the car to the end of the race.

14/NC. Jules Bianchi (Marussia)- 6/10

6 is the default rating for a driver when I start doing these ratings, and I can’t really give Jules anything else, considering his race was practically a test session for Marussia. He was still running at the end of the race, but the fact that he finished 8 laps down due to all his problems meant he wasn’t classified.

R. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)- 7/10

Romain, in fairness, drove a solid race. Having started in the pitlane, then had an almost instant drive through penalty, he still managed to fight his way back up the field to overtake his somewhat lacklustre teammate before his car once again died on him, this time from an ERS failure

R. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus)- (1)3/10

So quali saw Sebastian Vettel get the unlucky 13 Black comparison, now it’s Pastor Maldonado’s turn- He should be happy with this though, considering he got -2 on Saturday. Pastor drove a rather unassuming race in Australia, but it really does say something when your teammate, who not only started in the pitlane, but also had an instant drive-thru, overtakes you.
Talking of 13 Black, I think Pastor took a bit too much inspiration from their compatriot Hypno-Disc’s motto ‘Spin to Win’. It won’t get you very far in F1 mate.

R. Marcus Ericsson- 7/10

Having heavily criticised Marcus Ericsson’s first ever qualifying session; I was largely more impressed with his race. Although never the most impressive person out there, he did manage to get the Caterham all the way up to 12th position, and before most of the drivers retired too. I know he would probably not have got points, but he did better than arch rivals Marussia before his car failed from an oil pressure catastrophe.

R. Seb Vettel (Red Bull)- 5/10

Seems our favourite Mr Pointy is so pointy anymore. We all knew that his car was a little bit broken, but the guy just went on and on and on and on…… Even when he eventually retire he carried on complaining. Give it a rest for god’s sake, we don’t care.

R. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)- 6/10

Let’s face it, there’s not really too much that you can do when your car is running on 5 cylinders, but at least LewLew gave it his best shot before retiring. When you retire after only a few laps though, You can’t really get a rating any different from 6 (Well, in this situation anyway)

R. Felipe Massa (Williams)- 5/10

It wasn’t the world’s greatest quail session from Felipe on Saturday, but there wasn’t much he could do on the Sunday after being bulldozed by Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham at the first corner. That was then superceded by a lovely outburst berating Kobayashi for the incident, despite the fact KK had a car with no brakes. As funny as Felipe’s outburst was, it does lose him a point here.

R. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham)- 7.5/10

Who knows what the race could have held for Kamui Kobayashi had it all gone to plan. He had a very good start, getting all the way into the top 10 area, but unfortunately a ‘brake-by-wire’ failure meant that his race came to an end after just 1 corner. He looked good though, very good.

DSQ. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)- 10/10

A 10/10 and a DSQ? How can this be? Well, for anyone with half a brain that actually watched the race, you’ll no doubt have been impressed by Daniel Ricicardo’s performance on both Saturday and Sunday. Just because Red Bull messed up and gave him an illegal car, doesn’t mean he isn’t fully deserving of a 10 for a fantastic performance.

And on that bombshell……

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