2014 Japanese Grand Prix
|Race 15 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season|
|Date||5 October 2014|
|Official name||2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.807 km (3.608 mi)|
|Distance||44 laps, 255.508 km (158.752 mi)|
|Scheduled Distance||53 laps, 307.771 km (191.224 mi)|
|Weather||Rainy periods with occasional dry spells. Maximum temperatures reaching 22 degrees during the day.|
|Time||1:51.600 on lap 39|
|Third||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
The 2014 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 5 October 2014 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. The race was the fifteenth round of the 2014 season, and marked the forty-first running of the Japanese Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg started the race from pole position, but after an attempt was made to start the race behind the safety car due to torrential rain, a red flag was shown on lap 2 as the weather conditions were deemed to be unsuitable for racing. The race was resumed 20 minutes later with Rosberg leading until he was overtaken by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The race was red flagged for a second time on lap 46 following a serious accident three laps prior involving Jules Bianchi, in which he sustained severe head injuries from which he would later die. Race direction chose not to resume the race for a second time and the official positions were taken from the running order at the end of lap 44 with Lewis Hamilton being awarded victory. The race marked only the third time that two red flags have been shown in a single Formula One race after the 1987 Austrian Grand Prix and the 1990 Belgian Grand Prix.
The event resulted in the first driver fatality since the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, as Bianchi died of his injuries on 17 July 2015 after spending nine months in a coma. It is the most recent Formula One Grand Prix in which a competitor has been fatally injured.
Typhoon Phanfone, classified as a category one storm, was forecasted to make landfall over the eastern Japanese coast on the Sunday of the Grand Prix, accompanied by heavy rain and winds of up to 240 km/h. Although the storm was predicted to miss Suzuka, the rain from the northern edge of the storm was expected to drench the circuit with steadily increasing heavy rain.
Heavy rain meant that the race was initially started behind the safety car, but the race was red flagged on lap 2, when it became clear that the track was far too wet for racing. Unconventionally, instead of requiring all participants to stop on the grid, they were permitted to line-up in the pitlane (which was reportedly done to cater for the possibility of the event being cancelled altogether and allowing easier access by the each team to their cars). Nearly 20 minutes later, the rain had eased up and the race was restarted, once again behind the safety car. Fernando Alonso had to retire from the race due to electrical issues with his car shortly after the restart.
The safety car pulled in and the race was green flagged on lap 9. Jenson Button benefited greatly by immediately following the safety car into the pits for intermediate tyres, moving up to third position after the remaining drivers followed suit shortly after. Lewis Hamilton, having started the race behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg, managed to overtake him for the race lead at the first turn on lap 29, with Rosberg struggling with oversteer.
Red Bull had elected to run a set-up more suitable for wet conditions in this race, sacrificing qualifying performance. This gamble paid off for them in the race, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth, from ninth and sixth on the grid respectively.
Jules Bianchi's crash
The race was ended under the safety car, with the red flag shown on lap 46 and the final race results accordingly taken from the running order at the end of lap 44. This premature ending was due to Jules Bianchi, on lap 43, colliding at high speed with a marshal's crane tractor that was tending to the removal of Adrian Sutil's Sauber car, which had spun and crashed on lap 42 in the run-off area on the outside of the Dunlop Curve (turn 7) of the circuit. Bianchi was unconscious after the crash. He was taken by road ambulance to the Mie University hospital under police escort as the FIA stated that the medical helicopter was unable to fly due to the precarious weather conditions.
Bianchi underwent an operation to reduce severe bruising to his head that same day. The FIA subsequently released a statement that CT scans revealed Bianchi suffered a "severe head injury" in the crash, and he would be transferred to intensive care following surgery. Bianchi's family subsequently reported that he had a diffuse axonal injury, which is a common traumatic brain injury in vehicle accidents involving high deceleration. Bianchi succumbed to his injuries on 17 July 2015, nine months after the accident occurred.
With Kimi Räikkönen finishing 12th and Fernando Alonso retiring, this marked the first Grand Prix that Scuderia Ferrari failed to score a point since the 2010 British Grand Prix (81 races), as well as the first time since the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix (94 races) that a Ferrari-powered car failed to score.
After the race Adrian Sutil told reporters: "I had aquaplaning in Turn Eight. The rain was increasing and the tyres were going down, the light was going down. It was hard to see." Sutil added: "our tires were closer to the end, so the resistance to aquaplaning was not so good any more. I saw quite a few cars shaking around even when the safety car came out." Kimi Raikkonen stated: "Behind the safety car we drive 100kph and you could aquaplane, so even if you slow down you might get into trouble. If there's too much water you can go off, simple."
Felipe Massa stated: "I was already screaming on the radio five laps before the safety car that there was too much water on the track, but they took a bit too long and it was dangerous. So we saw that there were some crashes at the end."
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:35.593||1:34.466||1:34.075||6|
|9||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:35.517||1:34.784||1:34.432||9|
|11||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:35.155||1:34.984||201|
|12||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:35.439||1:35.089||11|
|13||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:35.210||1:35.092||12|
|14||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:35.000||1:35.099||13|
|107% time: 1:40.163|
- ^1 — Pastor Maldonado and Jean-Éric Vergne both received a ten-place grid penalty for exceeding their quota of five engine components for the season.
- ^1 — Pastor Maldonado had 20 seconds added to race time for pit-lane speeding.
- ^2 — Jules Bianchi died on 17 July 2015 from injuries sustained during the accident.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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