Grading Every Driver in the 1st Half of the 2014 Formula 1 Season

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Grading Every Driver in the 1st Half of the 2014 Formula 1 Season
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There is little doubt that the first half of the 2014 Formula One season has been exciting—but not in the conventional sense.

The early stages of this year have not been a repeat of the free-for-all we saw at the beginning of 2012, for instance, when any number of drivers arrived at the circuit targeting the race victory.

Instead, the real thrill of 2014 has been found in the assumption that every single grand prix, every single mistake and every single overtake could prove crucial when the chequered flag waves at the end of the season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in November.

This has created a unique tension and an urgency in racing, which has been fronted by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes drivers who have recorded nine victories between them in the opening 11 races.

But the battle behind the title protagonists has been just as, if not more, compelling.

We have seen the emergence of future stars such as Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Jules Bianchi coincide with the fall of fading stars including the likes of Kimi Raikkonen.

We have seen world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso come to terms with the demands of making up the numbers rather than being in the thick of the fight for the crown.

And we have seen how this season's rookies, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson, have adjusted to life in motorsport's premier category.

Here, we grade each and every driver who has played a part in making the first half of the 2014 F1 campaign so memorable.

 

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