Driver grades GP Europe: Kobayashi surprised

Formula 1: Driver grades GP Europe
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Sebastian Vettel: Grade 9/10

P ole position, all laps in the lead, second win of the season. Is there anything wrong with that? At most the not quite optimal start and the almost spinning at the restart, where he got himself a brake plate.

Lewis Hamilton: Grade 6/10

Hamilton got that in training Maximum out of the McLaren. The aggressive start was typical of Hamilton. When overtaking the safety car, one could speak of shrewdness. Or for unfairness. We choose the second. Therefore point deduction for Lewis.

Jenson Button: Grade 7/10

In practice he wasted fourth place on the grid due to a brake in the finish curve. That cost three tenths. In the race, Button initially drove cautiously, later setting the fastest lap. We think: a too passive race, Mr. World Champion.

Rubens Barrichello: Grade 8/10

Barrichello saves Williams. With twelve World Cup points. And ideas on how to make the car better. The modifications to the aerodynamics concept and gear ratio to help the engine have grown on Barrichello's crap. Very strong performance, Rubens!

Robert Kubica: Grade 7/10

The Renault driver looked like a candidate for pole position, but then fell victim to the tires. 'Suddenly there was no grip at the crucial moment.' The race saw the typical Kubica: strong and flawless. It's great how he tricked Webber and Button in the first round.

Adrian Sutil: Grade 7/10

The team robbed Sutil of a starting place in the top ten. The front wing was incorrectly adjusted. In the race, the Force India once again showed a very strong performance. Alonso gritted his teeth on him. The fifth finish in the points in a row consolidates his tenth World Championship position.

Kamui Kobayashi: Grade 9/10

The secret hero of the race. There is one point deduction for his weak 18th place on the grid. But then the Japanese exploded and implemented the alternative tactic with hard tires excellently at the start. He defended third place for 42 laps against Button and mixed up Buemi and Alonso in the final. Great cinema!

Fernando Alonso: Grade 7/10

Like Massa, Alonso was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The safety car robbed him of a podium place. Otherwise, Alonso would have fought for second place with Hamilton. Instead, the Spaniard found himself in the middle of the field, ruined his tires in traffic and was ultimately defenseless against Buemi andKobayashi.

Sebastien Buemi: Grade 7/10

The Swiss drove the second strong race in a row after Montreal. Starting position 11 was an improvement on the previous training sessions. In the race, the Toro Rosso driver Alonso showed the exhaust for a long time. The only point of criticism: He let himself be taken by surprise by Kobayashi in the last corner.

Nico Rosberg: Grade 6/10

Whenever the tires cause problems, Nico Rosberg gets along better than his colleague Schumacher . He was faster than the superstar all weekend. In the race he lost his 12th place on the grid. Then the brakes quickly went slack. Tenth place was a gift from the race management.

Felipe Massa: Grade 6/10

The start of the Brazilian Ferrari was excellent. Massa couldn't quite keep Alonso's pace in the early stages and lost 2.2 seconds to his teammate in nine laps. Because he had to line up behind Alonso for the pit stop, he fell even deeper into the field. There nothing worked for Ferrari's number two.

Pedro de la Rosa: Grade 7/10

The Spaniard was the undeserved victim of the wave of penalties that cost nine drivers five seconds each. De la Rosa slipped from tenth place to twelve. The Spaniard had bravely defended a point place against Rosberg and Massa throughout the race.

Jaime Alguersuari: Grade 4/10

Poor in training, mediocre in the race. The Spaniard admitted that he made friends with the track way too late. In the race he met his old friend Schumacher again, whom he was able to keep behind him as in Melbourne. This time to the finish.

Vitaly Petrov: Grade 5/10

Anyone who starts from tenth place should be at least tenth at the finish. Petrov suffered a bad start from which he returned in 15th place. After that, the Russian drove a good race. Biggest plus point. He finally stayed flawless.

Michael Schumacher: Grade 5/10

Michael Schumacher didn't really wake up until the race. His lap times showed that he only needed a few run-up laps to get the tires into their working window. A strategy error stole a possible seventh place from Schumacher. The dream of third place was unrealistic.

Tonio Liuzzi: Grade 3/10

Sutil showed what was possible with the Force India. You ask yourself: where was Liuzzi? In practice, despite the intact car, he was slower than his team-mate, whom a wrongly adjusted front wing cost half a second. Liuzzi did not exist in the race.

Lucas di Grassi: Grade 5/10

Lucas di Grassi was on the grid for the first time in front of Timo Glock. And in the race, too, he was ranked ahead of his team-mate. The Brazilian performed well for the first time. That had a lot to do with the fact that the new suspensions made the Virgin a more good-natured car.

Karun Chandhok: Grade 5/10

The Indian showed his best Formula 1 weekend and left both imTraining as well as in the race team-mate Senna behind him. Rank 18 at the finish was the reward for this. Chandhok benefited from Glock's five-second penalty.

Timo Glock: Grade 5/10

Bad luck in the series, that's how you could describe Timo Glock's weekend. And it always had to do with the tires. In training he first used the soft rubbers, on which the Virgin was slower than with the hard compound. In the race, tire problems twice forced him to pit at the wrong time.

Bruno Senna: Grade 3/10

Bruno Senna didn't make it in practice, his three best sector times on one lap to clamp together. The collision with Glock in the race was unnecessary and more Senna's fault than the German's. The front wing repair took 40 seconds.

Jarno Trulli: Grade 4/10

Jarno Trulli crossed the finish line. At least, because there wasn't much to see of the Italian. Two early pit stops threw him far back. It went better in training. Trulli increased to 5: 4 in the training duel with Kovalainen.

Nico Hülkenberg: Grade 6/10

Hülkenberg was exactly as fast as Barrichello in training. Despite doing without the F-slot. That is a compliment. A broken exhaust cost him championship points in the race. Hülkenberg earned it after an almost flawless Grand Prix.

Heikki Kovalainen: Grade 4/10

The Finn was comfortably in the best place of the newcomers, as Mark Webber's Red Bull like a bomb hit his lotus. Kovalainen is not to blame for the collision. He braked where he always brakes. And why shouldn't he defend his position?

Mark Webber: Grade 4/10

On his fear stretch, Webber was only 0.075 seconds behind Valencia specialist Vettel in training. The Australian's starting lap was a disaster and the crash with Kovalainen was clearly his mistake. Only the stable Red Bull chassis gets 10 points.


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