2014 Spanish Grand Prix

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Spain  2014 Spanish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
A track map of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The track has 16 corners, which range in sharpness from hairpins to gentle, sweeping turns. There are two long straights that link the corners together. The pit lane splits off from the track on the inside of Turn 16, and rejoins the track after the start-finish straight.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Date 11 May 2014
Official name Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2014[1]
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Montmeló, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.655 km (2.892 mi)
Distance 66 laps, 307.024 km (190.826 mi)
Weather Overcast
Attendance 150,000
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:25.232
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:28.918 on lap 55[2]
Podium
First United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault

The 2014 Spanish Grand Prix, formally known as the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2014, was a Formula One motor race that was held on 11 May 2014 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain.[1] The race was the fifth round of the 2014 season, and marked the forty-fourth running of the Spanish Grand Prix as a round of the Formula One World Championship, and the twenty-fourth running at Catalunya.[citation needed]

The Mercedes team continued to dominate the 2014 Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton winning the race after holding off a late challenge from his team mate Nico Rosberg. Daniel Ricciardo secured his first Formula One podium by finishing third (he had previously been disqualified after finishing second in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix). Sebastian Vettel's fastest lap on lap 55 in his RB10 marked the first time in the 2014 season that a car aside from a Mercedes accomplished the feat.[3]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Grand Prix was contested by eleven teams, each of two drivers. The teams, also known as constructors, were Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia and Caterham. Tyre supplier Pirelli brought four different tyre compounds for the race; two dry compounds, the hard "primes" and the soft "options" and two wet-weather compounds, the intermediate and full wet.[4] The drag reduction system (DRS) had two activation zones for the race; one was on the start/finish straight from the final to first corners, and the second on the straight between turns 9 and 10.[5]

Going into the race, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led the Drivers' Championship with 79 points, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton with 75 points and Fernando Alonso on 41. Nico Hülkenberg was fourth with 36 while Sebastian Vettel was fifth with 33 points.[5] In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes were leading with 154 points and Red Bull were second with 57 points. Force India with 54 points and Ferrari with 52 points contended for third place, with McLaren fifth on 43 points.[5] Mercedes had so far dominated the championship, winning the season's first four races; Rosberg won the opening race in Australia, while Hamilton won three successive races in Malaysia, Bahrain and China. Rosberg (with three) and Kevin Magnussen had each gained second place finishes, while Jenson Button, Vettel, Sergio Pérez and Alonso had all achieved third place podium finishes.[5]

Several teams made technical changes to their cars for the Grand Prix. Red Bull introduced a duct near their car's rear tyres to allow the airflow redirected.[6] Ferrari reverted to using a single pillar rear wing support, aimed at increasing the amount of downforce, and therefore grip, produced by the bodywork.[7] Sauber had introduced a revised version of its C33 chassis. The revised aerodynamic package included a modified front wing, new side-pod fins and deflectors which reduced the weight of the car.[8]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Sebastian Vettel completed minimal running during the Friday practice sessions due to a reoccuring problem with his Red Bull's electrical system.

Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday, and a third on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted 90 minutes. The third session was held on Saturday morning and lasted an hour.[9] The first practice session took place in dry conditions. The ambient and track temperature were 19 °C (66 °F).[10] Hamilton set the session's fastest time with a lap of 1:27.023, eight-tenths of a second ahead of Button. Daniel Ricciardo was the third-fastest driver. The two Ferrari drivers were fourth and sixth, Alonso ahead of Kimi Räikkönen and were separated by Rosberg. Magnussen, Pastor Maldonado, Perez and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten.[11] The Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde's car suffered from an brake failure, and Adrian Sutil lost control of his Sauber car at turn nine. Vettel's car was afflicted with an electrical problem; this restricted him to completing only four timed laps, and he was 20th overall.[12]

The second practice session was held in similar conditions to the first; the difference was a higher peak air temperature of 23 °C (73 °F) and track temperature of 44 °C (111 °F).[10] During the session, Hamilton set the fastest time of the day, a 1:25.524; Rosberg finished with the second fastest time. Ricciardo remained the third fastest driver. Alonso and Räikkönen were fourth and fifth fastest respectively.[13] The two McLaren cars were running quicker—Button in sixth and Magnussen seventh—although Button struggled with the higher temperatures.[14] Massa, Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten. The session was disrupted by an incident as Max Chilton spun off in the gravel at turn four causing an yellow flag and Romain Grosjean's Lotus car was affected by an braking problem, limiting his running.[13] Vettel's car was still suffering the same electrical problem and his team discovered the wiring loom became damaged, thus he was forced to miss the second practice session.[15]

Saturday's weather was again dry or the third and final practice session, with ambient temperature of 22 °C (72 °F) and track temperature of 23 °C (73 °F).[16] Rosberg set the quickest time of the session, a 1:25.887, quicker than his best on Friday. Hamilton was second fastest, less than nine-tenths of a second slower. Alonso was third fastest, despite struggling with grip in his rear tyres. Vettel had a trouble-free session and set the tenth-fastest time, three positions behind team-mate Ricciardo.[17] A spin by Chilton in the final ten minutes brought out a yellow flag, forcing several drivers to abandon their fast laps.

The qualifying session on Saturday afternoon was split into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes and eliminated the cars from qualifying that finished the session 17th or lower. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. The second part of qualifying lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 16. The final part of qualifying determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position.[9] The session was held in dry weather slightly hotter than any of the three practice sessions; the ambient temperature was 26 °C (79 °F) and the track temperature 42 °C (108 °F).[18]

Hamilton clinched his fifth pole position of the season, and his first at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with a time of 1:25.232. He was joined on the front row by Rosberg, who was less than two-tenths of a second behind.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.238 1:26.210 1:25.232 1
2 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.764 1:26.088 1:25.400 2
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:28.053 1:26.613 1:26.285 3
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.198 1:27.563 1:26.632 4
5 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.472 1:27.258 1:26.960 5
6 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.308 1:27.335 1:27.104 6
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.329 1:27.602 1:27.140 7
8 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.279 1:27.570 1:27.335 8
9 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:28.061 1:27.016 1:27.402 9
10 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:27.958 1:27.052 no time 151
11 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.155 1:27.685 10
12 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:28.469 1:28.002 11
13 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.074 1:28.039 12
14 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.374 1:28.280 13
15 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.389 no time 14
16 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.194 no time 212
17 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.563 16
18 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.586 17
19 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:30.177 18
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:30.312 19
21 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:30.375 20
107% time: 1:32.837
NC3 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault no time3 22
Source:[19][20]

Notes:

  • ^1  — Sebastian Vettel was given a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change after qualifying.
  • ^2  — Jean-Éric Vergne was given a ten place grid penalty for an unsafe pit release in second free practice.
  • ^3  — Pastor Maldonado failed to set a lap time during qualifying. He was allowed to participate in the race after a dispensation from the race stewards.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 66 1:41:05.155 1 25
2 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 66 +0.636 2 18
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 66 +49.014 3 15
4 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 66 +1:16.702 15 12
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 66 +1:19.293 4 10
6 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 66 +1:27.743 7 8
7 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 6 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 65 +1 Lap 5 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 11 2
10 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 10 1
11 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 8
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 14
13 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 9
14 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 65 +1 Lap 12
15 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 65 +1 Lap 22
16 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 13
17 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 16
18 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 64 +2 Laps 18
19 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 64 +2 Laps 17
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 64 +2 Laps 19
Ret 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 34 Brakes 20
Ret 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 24 Exhaust 21
Source:[21]

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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  2. ^ http://statsf1.com/en/2014/espagne/meilleur-tour.aspx
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  6. ^ "Red Bull RB10 - rear floor duct". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ferrari F14 T - new rear wing mounting package". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
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  9. ^ a b "2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
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  12. ^ "FP1 - Hamilton denies Button top spot in Spain". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Straw, Edd (9 May 2014). "Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in FP2". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes". Formula1.com (Formula One Management). 9 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  15. ^ ESPN Staff (9 May 2014). "Vettel to miss FP2". ESPN.co.uk (ESPN Sports Media Ltd.). Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
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  17. ^ Roberts, James (10 May 2014). "Spanish GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in final practice". Autosport (Haymarket Publishing). Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
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  20. ^ Qualifying session official classification (Report). Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. 10 May 2014. http://184.106.145.74/f1-championship/f1-2014/f1-2014-05/Formula%20One%20Spanish%20Grand%20Prix%202014%20Document%20-%20Q%20OF.pdf. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
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