2014 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Date 16 March 2014 (2014-03-16)
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
5.303 km (3.295 mi)
Distance 57 laps, 302.271 km (187.822 mi)
Scheduled Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.118 mi)
Weather Overcast
Attendance 100,500[1]
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:44.231
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Time 1:32.478 on lap 19
Podium
First Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Second Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes

The 2014 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix)[2] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 16 March 2014 in Melbourne.[3] The race was contested over 58 laps of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and was the first round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. It marked the début of new Formula One regulations which introduced 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines to the sport;[4] the first such instance, since the 1988 Australian Grand Prix, that turbocharged engines have been used in Formula One.[citation needed] It was the seventy-ninth race in the combined history of the Australian Grand Prix—which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928—and the nineteenth time the event was held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.[5] The race also marked the thirtieth year that the Australian Grand Prix was run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.[citation needed]

The race was won by German driver Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes F1 W05.[citation needed] It was Rosberg's fourth Grand Prix victory and completed a rare double in the Australian Grand Prix, winning a race his father Keke had won in Adelaide in 1985, the first time the AGP was a World Championship race.[citation needed] This feat had previously been achieved by Stan and Alan Jones and Graham and Damon Hill. Rosberg had earlier achieved the same feat in the Monaco Grand Prix as well.[6] Kevin Magnussen finished second in a McLaren MP4-29 on his Formula One debut, the first podium finish in a World Championship Grand Prix by a Danish driver. Third was Jenson Button in the second McLaren, who recorded his 50th Formula One podium with the result. Daniil Kvyat, aged 19, was classified in ninth, becoming the youngest points-scorer in Formula One.[7] Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo originally finished in second place for Red Bull Racing, but was later disqualified due to illegal fuel flow throughout the race.[8][9]

The race was also notable for ending Sebastian Vettel's streak of nine race wins in a row.[citation needed]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Tyre supplier Pirelli brought its white-banded medium compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the yellow-banded soft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre, as opposed to the previous year where medium and super-soft selections were provided.[10]

Qualifying[edit]

The opening eighteen-minute session started in clear conditions, but was run under the threat of rain, with reports of storms over Avalon Airport and the Mornington Peninsula moving east towards the circuit.[citation needed]

Daniel Ricciardo set the early pace in his début for Red Bull Racing, while Lotus struggled horribly, with Pastor Maldonado failing to set a time and Romain Grosjean qualifying a lowly twenty-first, which became twentieth when Esteban Gutiérrez was given a penalty for a gearbox change in his Sauber. Max Chilton out-qualified his Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi, but missed out on a place in Q2 by one hundredth of a second. Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson was the final driver eliminated in Q1, with his team-mate Kamui Kobayashi overcoming a lack of running in Free Practice to advance to the next period.[citation needed]

The weather made good on its threat in Q2, with the slippery conditions claiming their first victim in Kimi Räikkönen, who spun his Ferrari late in the period. Räikkönen's accident interrupted the laps of several drivers, with Jenson Button and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel both reporting that Räikkönen's accident prevented them from advancing to Q3. It was later found that Vettel was also hindered by engine problems, which had plagued him since FP3 that morning.[11] Sauber's Adrian Sutil finished the period in fourteenth, with Kamui Kobayashi fifteenth after Sergio Pérez spun his Force India on his final flying lap.

The rain intensified in the final period, with several drivers venturing out on full wet tyres. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and Ricciardo, started a three-way battle for pole that came down to their final laps. Hamilton prevailed, with Ricciardo qualifying a career-best second in his home race. Rosberg started from third, alongside Kevin Magnussen, who qualified his McLaren fourth in his Formula One début. After Räikkönen's Q2 accident had left him twelfth, Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari a decent result when he recovered to fifth after making the wrong tyre choice early in the period and started next to the Toro Rosso of Jean-Éric Vergne. Force India's Nico Hülkenberg and debutant Daniil Kvyat filled the next row of the grid, ahead of the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who, like Gutiérrez, was demoted five places for a gearbox change. [12] For Williams, it was the first time since the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix that both cars made it into Q3.[citation needed]

Post-qualifying[edit]

Kevin Magnussen and Sebastian Vettel were referred to the stewards for speeding under yellow flags following Kimi Räikkönen's accident, but they were cleared of any wrongdoing. [13][14]

Fernando Alonso was also called to the stewards for impeding Esteban Gutiérrez in Q1, but also escaped a penalty.[15][16]

Pastor Maldonado failed to post a lap time during qualifying. He was allowed to start the race on the stewards' discretion, who judged that he was capable of lapping within the 107% limit based on his free practice times.[17]

Race[edit]

The race began at 17:00 local time. Marussia drivers Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi stalled on the grid, with Bianchi having problem after the formation lap and Chilton stalling at the beginning of the formation lap. Romain Grosjean started the race from the pit lane due to car modifications under parc fermé conditions[18] and received a drive-through penalty for leaving the garage before the 15-minute signal. Seconds after the lights had gone out, Felipe Massa, Kamui Kobayashi and Kimi Räikkönen were involved in a first-lap collision, putting Kobayashi and Massa out of the race whilst Räikkönen's Ferrari did not suffer any major damage and was able to continue the race without further problems. It was later confirmed Kobayashi had suffered a loss of rear brakes.

Nico Rosberg led from the first corner despite Lewis Hamilton starting from pole. During the first five laps of the race, Hamilton, as well as the defending world champion Sebastian Vettel, retired, with both having issues with the engine. Rosberg dominantly won the race by almost twenty-five seconds, picking up his fourth career win, and his first since the previous year's British Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo snatched second in front of his home crowd, making him the first Australian Formula One driver to finish on the podium in his home race as a world championship round. John Smith finished on the podium in 1983, but at the time, it was not yet an official Formula One world championship round. Kevin Magnussen finished third, two seconds behind Ricciardo. This made him the first Formula One debutant since Lewis Hamilton at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix seven years earlier to finish on the podium. Coincidentally, Hamilton and Magnussen both started from fourth on the grid and crossed the line third, driving for McLaren.

Fourth was Magnussen's team mate Jenson Button, finishing half a minute behind Rosberg, followed by Fernando Alonso in fifth. Valtteri Bottas finished in sixth despite clipping the wall and causing a puncture on the right rear tire on lap 11. Nico Hülkenberg finished seventh, Kimi Räikkönen a disappointing eighth despite winning the race a year before and driving for Ferrari instead of the now struggling Lotus-Renault, Jean-Éric Vergne in ninth and debutant Daniil Kvyat in an impressive tenth, becoming the youngest points-scorer in Formula One.[7] The Ferrari's suffered some electrical problems in the race, according to the team.

With Rosberg winning the race and Vettel retiring, this was the first time since the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix in July 2013 that Vettel failed to win. This was also the first time since the 2013 British Grand Prix that he failed to make it to the podium, was not classified and did not score any point.[citation needed]

Post race[edit]

Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from the results of the Australian GP. Kevin Magnussen was promoted to second with Jenson Button up to third. Ricciardo was excluded from the race result for a breach of Article 5.1.4 of the Formula One Technical Regulations, which govern the maximum allowable rate at which fuel may flow into the engine. The team were also referred to the stewards for using an unauthorised method of measuring the fuel flow. However, the team immediately announced their intention to appeal the Stewards' decision claiming that the sensors provided by the FIA to measure the Fuel flow are unreliable.[8] The appeal was heard by the FIA on 14 April, but it was rejected and the disqualification was upheld.[19]

Kamui Kobayashi was referred to the stewards as well for his involvement in the first-lap collision with Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen. The stewards decided not to take any further action against the Japanese driver after they determined the accident was triggered by a mechanical failure on Kobayashi's Caterham.[20]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.699 1:42.890 1:44.231 1
2 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:30.775 1:42.295 1:44.548 2
3 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.564 1:42.264 1:44.595 3
4 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.949 1:43.247 1:45.745 4
5 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:31.388 1:42.805 1:45.819 5
6 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:33.488 1:43.849 1:45.864 6
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:33.893 1:43.658 1:46.030 7
8 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:33.777 1:44.331 1:47.368 8
9 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:31.228 1:44.242 1:48.079 9
10 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:31.601 1:43.852 1:48.147 151
11 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.396 1:44.437 10
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:32.439 1:44.494 11
13 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:31.931 1:44.688 12
14 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.673 1:45.655 13
15 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:34.274 1:45.867 14
16 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:34.141 1:47.293 16
17 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:34.293 PL2
18 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:34.794 PL2
19 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.117 203
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:35.157 19
21 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:36.993 PL2
107% time: 1:37.129
NC4 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault No time4 21
Source:[18][21][22]

Notes:

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 1:32:58.710 3 25
2 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 57 +26.777 4 18
3 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 57 +30.027 10 15
4 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +35.284 5 12
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 57 +47.639 15 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +50.718 7 8
7 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 57 +57.675 11 6
8 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 57 +1:00.441 6 4
9 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 57 +1:03.585 8 2
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 57 +1:25.916 16 1
11 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 13
12 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 20
13 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 55 +2 Laps 17
NC1 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 49 +8 Laps 18
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 43 Power unit 22
Ret 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 29 Power unit 21
Ret 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 27 Oil pressure 19
Ret 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3 Engine 12
Ret 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 Engine 1
Ret 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 Collision 9
Ret 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0 Collision 14
DSQ 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 57 Disqualified2 2
Source:[24][25]

Notes:

  • ^1Jules Bianchi did not complete 90% of the race distance, and therefore is not classified as a finisher in the official results.
  • ^2Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified for breaching the maximum fuel limit and using an unauthorised method of measuring fuel consumption.[8]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

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