Driver Performance Analysis: Great Britain
Published 13th July 2012 - Written by Craig Norman
Hot Rod or Hot Dog is a fixture in Badger’s post-race coverage. We select drivers who deserve recognition for strong performances and those who, quite frankly, should be ashamed of themselves.
We’ve already done him – read it here.
One more black mark against the name of Pastor Maldonado. Cold tyres or no cold tyres, the way he misjudged the apex and simply understeered into the fast-charging Perez wasn’t on. If the Williams had retired on the spot too we’ve had a repeat of Trulli vs. Sutil in Brazil 2009. Drats.
Ban him, fine him, warn him. Do what it takes to curb the reckless streak in the Venezuelan, because ultimately Pastor is a very fast racing driver. Fact.
Felipe Massa continued his mini-resurgance at Silverstone with a solid qualy effort (starting fifth, albeit a whopping 1.3 seconds shy of pole-sitting team-mate Fernando Alonso) and enjoying strong race pace to take the chequered flag fourth. In truth he probably should have beaten Vettel’s Red Bull, but this was still Felipe’s best result since Korea 2010. Enough to secure him a further year at the Scuderia? With Webber’s future now sorted this sort of form can only help Massa’s prospects.
Another case of Jekyl and Hyde for, in our eyes, the best young driver on the grid right now.
The good – he was lapping a consistently higher pace than team-mate Raikkonen on older tyres. By the time he was within a couple of tenths, the team made the call to hold position. It stimulated the Finn to set the fastest lap of the race, which might show how much Romain’s getting under his skin.
The bad – dumping it in the gravel cost him a real shot of better grid slot. It would have kept him out of the Force India handbags which cost him a new nose.
The potential is there. It’s a case of sooner, rather than later.
Fresh from his Valencia podium, Michael Schumacher delivered a mighty Q3 effort to totally out-perform the Mercedes and place it third on the grid. In truth it wasn’t up to this and his decline in the race – where he held P3 initially but slipped back as the laps progressed – was inevitable. Still, a late-ish pass on Hamilton’s McLaren secure him seventh, the best he could hace hoped for given the Merc’s pace.