Hot Rod or Hot Dog – our regular feature looking at notable driver performances, both the good and the bad.  Sometimes the ugly too.  Points are awarded to each entry with a scale of -10 for the worst through to 10 for the best and everything in-between.  -10 and 10 points are rare.


So the good, well we’ve already awarded our TOP DOG accolade to Kimi Raikkonen for his awesome performance and he’s bagged 7 points for that – 5 for being Top Dog and 2 for his impressive recovery drive through the field, nice one Kimi, +7.

On another positive note, there’s Sebastian Vettel who bags 5 points for winning the race and out-racing the Mercedes pair.  He gains another bonus point for being open and fun on the podium interviews, but loses 2 points for saying he’ll be “getting pissed” – that’s not cool, well not from Seb anyway.  If Kimi said it, it would have been different.  So overall Seb has a +4points from Malaysia.

Marcus Ericsson gained 2points for getting into Q3 for Sauber, but loses 7 points for his silly mistake at turn one, bringing out the safety car for a mistake a rookie in his first year wouldn’t make.  You get what you pay for Sauber, oh hang on.  Marcus is -5 from the Malaysian weekend.

*BUT_22_01Jenson Button hasn’t done much to earn points in Formula 1 this year as yet, but his ridiculous facial hair is making up for that and we’re awarding him 2 points for race he continues to groom it, so that’s +2 for Malaysia.

Valtteri Bottas must be frustrated – Williams could have won last year and were clearly the second fastest car for most races, in 2015 though it’s more of a battle.  He’s keeping himself ahead of Felipe Massa though and his last lap move on the Brazilian gives him 2 points.

*MAL_13_01Pastor Maldonado loses 1 point for failing to finish yet again, this time leaving it for most of the race before maintaining his run of not finishing races.

Roberto Mehri on the other hand gains 2 points for making to the finish for Manor F1 Team – no mean feat, well done that man.

Max Verstappen bags 3 points for his impressive finish up in 6th place for Toro Rosso, equaling his father’s career best in only his second race.

Felipe Nasr also bags 1 point for setting the 4th fastest lap of the race in his Sauber, only behind the two Mercedes drivers and Vettel’s Ferrari.

You can keep track of Badger’s 2015 Rankings and even vote for your own points for a driver on the Badger Rankings page (coming soon)