2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Malaysia  2014 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details[1]
Race 2 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
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Date 30 March 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.879 mi)
Weather Dry, 32°C
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:59.431
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:43.066 on lap 53
Podium
First United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault

The 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix,[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 30 March 2014 at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Like the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli brought its orange-banded hard compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the white-banded medium compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.[2]

Prior to the race, there was a minute's silence as a mark of respect to the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean three weeks prior. Drivers also carried messages on their cars and helmets.[3]

Qualifying[edit]

Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes on pole position, the 33rd of his career. He thus equalled Jim Clark for most poles of a British Formula One driver. Behind him was Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg.

Race[edit]

Lewis Hamilton dominated the race, flying away at the start. Nico Hülkenberg also had a good start from seventh place, briefly battling with Kimi Räikkönen before getting stuck up behind Fernando Alonso. Sergio Pérez did not start the race due to a gearbox issue.

There was a first lap incident when Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi collided with one another, effectively ending the race for both of the drivers when they received mechanical complications. Bianchi would later receive a penalty for his actions despite Marussia officials' claims that the incident was due to a collision with Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne hitting the back of the Marussia. At the end of the first lap, the top four – Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo – had effectively escaped the rest of the pack and the grid was unchanged until the last ten laps of the race.[4]

Hülkenberg fought a lengthy battle with Alonso for fourth place, ultimately losing it due to Alonso's fresh tyres, as Force India were the only team in the top five to have successfully executed a two-stop pit strategy, while the others stuck to three stops. Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Jenson Button battled for sixth place, during which Massa received the radio message, "Felipe, Valtteri is faster than you," reminding him of his years as a number-two driver for Ferrari.[5]

Both the Saubers of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez had retired after Sutil experienced an electrical failure and Gutiérrez experienced a gearbox failure, preventing him from getting out of neutral gear. Ricciardo was having a good race until his third pit-stop, when he was released before his left-front tyre was correctly fastened. He then had to be pushed back into the pits. He then experienced the failure of his front wing, leading him to make the decision to retire.[6]

Räikkönen had a terrible race from the start after Kevin Magnussen's McLaren clipped his right rear tyre going into the first corner on lap 2, causing a puncture. He ultimately finished twelfth, 0.1 seconds behind the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Hamilton led every lap of the race and set the fastest lap and thus took the first Grand Chelem of his career, giving Mercedes their first 1-2 finish since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, after Rosberg finished second and Vettel third. Alonso came in fourth after a last-lap battle with Hülkenberg who finished fifth, almost forty seconds ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, who was able to hold off both of Williams' drivers, Massa and Bottas, who finished seventh and eighth respectively giving Williams a one point lead over Force India. Magnussen finished ninth for McLaren and the top ten was completed by Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso. Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson finished thirteenth and fourteenth for Caterham, effectively putting them ahead of Marussia in the Constructors' Championship standings.[7]

Post-race[edit]

Daniel Ricciardo was given a 10-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Red Bull team released his car in an unsafe manner from his pit box.[8] Kevin Magnussen and Jules Bianchi both received two penalty points each, along with Valtteri Bottas after Bottas was accused of impeding Ricciardo during qualifying.[9][10]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:57.202 1:59.041 1:59.431 1
2 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:57.654 1:59.399 1:59.486 2
3 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:57.183 1:59.445 2:00.050 3
4 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:58.889 2:01.356 2:00.175 4
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:58.913 2:00.147 2:00.541 5
6 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:59.257 2:01.532 2:01.218 6
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:58.883 2:00.839 2:01.712 7
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 2:00.356 2:02.094 2:02.213 8
9 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 2:01.689 2:02.096 2:03.078 9
10 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2:00.889 2:01.810 2:04.053 10
11 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 2:01.175 2:02.351 11
12 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 2:01.134 2:02.369 12
13 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 2:00.047 2:02.460 13
14 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 2:00.076 2:02.511 14
15 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:59.709 2:02.756 181
16 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2:00.202 2:02.885 15
17 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 2:02.074 16
18 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 2:02.131 17
19 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 2:02.702 19
20 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 2:03.595 20
21 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2:04.388 21
22 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2:04.407 22
107% time: 2:05.385
Source: [11]
Notes

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1:40:25.974 1 25
2 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +17.313 3 18
3 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 56 +24.534 2 15
4 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +35.992 4 12
5 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +47.199 7 10
6 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1:23.691 10 8
7 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 56 +1:25.076 13 6
8 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 56 +1:25.537 18 4
9 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 8 2
10 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 55 +1 Lap 11 1
11 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +1 Lap 15
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 6
13 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 20
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 54 +2 Laps 22
15 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 54 +2 Laps 21
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 49 Wing 5
Ret 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 35 Gearbox 12
Ret 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 32 Power unit 17
Ret 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 18 Turbo 9
Ret 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 8 Brakes 19
Ret 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 7 Power unit 16
DNS 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 0 Gearbox 14
Source:[12]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pirelli reveal tyre choices for first four races". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 3 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Formula 1 to honour MH370 passengers". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lewis Hamilton wins Malaysian GP". ESPN.com (ESPN, Inc.). Associated Press. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (30 March 2014). "Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: as it happened". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Clancy, Rebecca (30 March 2014). "Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Weaver, Paul (30 March 2014). "Lewis Hamilton leads from the front to win his first Malaysian Grand Prix". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Daniel Ricciardo gets Bahrain grid penalty". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Gill, Pete (29 March 2014). "Malaysia GP grid demotion for Williams' Valtteri Bottas after Daniel Ricciardo clash". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Magnussen and Bianchi get penalty points". ESPN F1 (ESPN Sports Media Ltd.). 30 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix — Results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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