2014 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  2014 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Circuit de Monaco
Circuit de Monaco
Date 25 May 2014
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.340 km (2.075 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.520 km (161.880 mi)
Weather Overcast, Air: 20–21 °C (68–70 °F), Track: 28–30 °C (82–86 °F).
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:15.989
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Time 1:18.479 on lap 75
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Red Bull Racing-Renault

The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014) was a Formula One motor race held on 25 May at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo. It was the sixth race of the 2014 Formula One season and the 61st running of the event as part of the Formula One World Championship. The 78-lap race was won by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg after starting from pole position. His teammate Lewis Hamilton finished second and Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo came in third. It was Rosberg's second victory of the season, his second consecutive win at Monaco, and the fifth of his career.

Rosberg won the pole position by posting the fastest lap in qualifying under controversial circumstances and maintained his advantage going into the first corner. The race was neutralised on the first lap with the deployment of the safety car following an accident between Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button, and when the race, restarted Rosberg remained the leader. Adrian Sutil further caused disruption when he crashed his Sauber on lap 24th lap and Rosberg kept the lead after the field made pit stops. He maintained an varying advantage over Hamilton as the two drivers pulled away from the rest of the field. Rosberg was instructed to conserve fuel while Hamilton was told he was not required to do so. Hamilton later got dirt in his eye in the race's closing stages, allowing Rosberg to pull way and held the lead for the remainder of the race to secure the victory.

The result meant Rosberg regained the lead of the Drivers' Championship with a four-point advantage over Hamilton. Fernando Alonso remained in third while Ricciardo's third-place finish enabled him to move ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes further increased their advantage in the Constructors' Championship to be 141 points ahead of Red Bull while Ferrari maintained third position. Force India kept fourth while McLaren overtook Williams for fifth with thirteen races left in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Circuit de Monaco being prepared for the race

The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix was the sixth of 19 scheduled rounds of the 2014 Formula One season, and the 61st running of the race as part of the Formula One World Championship. It was held on 25 May 2014 at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo.[1] The Grand Prix was contested by eleven teams of two drivers each. The teams (also known as constructors) were Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia and Caterham.[2] The Circuit de Monaco was 3.340 kilometres (2.075 mi) long and consisted of 19 turns.[1] The event's official name was the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014.[3] Tyre supplier Pirelli brought two types of tyre to the race: two dry compounds (supersoft "options" and soft "primes"). The supersoft tyres were identified by a yellow stripe on their side-walls, and the soft tyres were similarly identified in red.[4] The drag reduction system (DRS) had one activation zone for the race which was on the straight linking the final and first turns.[1]

Before the race Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton led the Drivers' Championship with 100 points, ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in second and Fernando Alonso in third place. Sebastian Vettel was fourth on 45 points, seven ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo in fifth.[5] Mercedes were leading the Constructors' Championship with 197 points, and Red Bull were second on 84 points. Ferrari (66 points) and Force India (57) contended for third place and Williams rounded out the top five on 46 points.[5] Mercedes had dominated the championship with Rosberg securing the victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and Hamilton won the preceding four races. Rosberg (four times) and Kevin Magnussen had finished in second, and Jenson Button, Vettel, Sergio Pérez, Alonso and Ricciardo had all finished in third once.[5]

The tension was high between the two Mercedes teammates going into the weekend when Hamilton was found to have altered his car settings during the latter stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, using a higher-powered engine setting than the team had previously allowed in order to stay ahead of teammate Rosberg. Rosberg was then discovered to have done the same while chasing down Hamilton at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix, though he failed to get past.[6] Despite losing the Drivers' Championship lead to teammate Hamilton in Spain, Rosberg stated he would not be changing his approach and was not heavily focused on the championship but expected the battle to remain tight.[7] Hamilton reckoned his increased comfort with the F1 W05 Hybrid would put Rosberg under pressure in Monaco, saying it was a track where he performed well but the 2013 race was where he was unable to extract the most amount of performance from his car although he hoped to get more out of his Mercedes and wanted to have the Ferrari and Red Bull cars battling him for the victory.[8]

The circuit underwent changes following the previous year's event. The track underwent a resurfacing from exit of Casino corner until the start of the tunnel with small areas before the Novelle chicane and Tabac undergoing a similar change. The pit lane barrier and the debris fencing was renewed and the turn 12 TecPro barrier was made more efficiently constrained.[1] Work on the track was carried out during nighttime conditions so that disruption to roadside traffic was minimised.[9] It was predicted by Button that the changes would create a situation similar to the 2012 United States Grand Prix where grip was low for all cars and felt the soft compound tyres would be difficult to get working properly. Pérez said the experience around Monaco would be "difficult" but that "It will be a new Monaco - very, very interesting". Alonso stated the race weekend would be "a question mark for everybody" and that the sport needed to see which team would adapt their car better for the track.[10]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions—two on Thursday and a third on Saturday—were held before the Sunday race. The Thursday morning and afternoon sessions lasted ninety minutes each; the third, one-hour session was held on Saturday morning.[11] Hamilton was fastest in the first practice session,[12] which took place in dry weather conditions,[13] with a lap of one minute and 18.271 seconds, 0.032 seconds faster than teammate Rosberg in second.[14] The two Red Bull cars were third and fifth (with Ricciardo ahead of Vettel); they were separated by Alonso's Ferrari. Ricciardo was set to improve his time but was delayed by slower traffic. Kimi Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas, Pérez, Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the session's top-ten drivers.[12] Max Chilton stranded his Marussia after spinning at Mirabeau corner early in the session,[14] and his session ended prematurely. Esteban Gutiérrez went straight on at Saite Devote corner. Alonso locked his left front tyre at Mirabeau corner but avoided damaging his car.[12] His teammate Räikkönen spun at Sainte Devote corner but was able to continue.[14]

Marcus Ericsson twice went off the track in practice and was penalised for colliding with Felipe Massa in qualifying.

Clouds moved into Monaco after the end of the first practice session and a heavy hailstorm fell on the track but had ended before the start of the second session. The track was saturated with water and teams opted to keep their drivers in their garages for the 90-minute period's first half. The first cars that ventured onto the track had intermediate tyres installed although the surface dried quickly.[13] Drivers used dry slick tyres in the session's final ten minutes which saw Alonso set the fastest time at one minute and 18.482 seconds.[15] His time meant Hamilton remained the fastest overall driver on Friday.[16] Alonso was four-tenths of a second quicker than Hamilton in second and Vettel was third. Jean-Éric Vergne was fourth-fastest ahead of Bottas and Pérez. Hülkenberg, Button, Ricciardo and Felipe Massa followed in the top-ten. Marcus Ericsson crashed into the barriers leaving Portier corner but reversed away from the area and drove his damaged car back to the pit lane.[15]

After taking Friday off—a feature of the event timetable unique to Monaco—[13] the drivers returned to action on Saturday in bright weather conditions.[17] All of the leading drivers had trouble getting clear air as they fought for clear space around the narrow circuit which had been made worse by them taking longer than usual to get optium tyre temperature.[18] Despite having difficulties with his car's handling and narrowly avoiding an accident at Tabac corner,[17] Hamilton set the fastest lap of the weekend so far with a late lap of one minute and 16.758 seconds, half of a tenth of a second quicker than the second-placed Ricciardo. Rosberg was third-fastest; Vettel in the other Red Bull was fourth, with the two Ferrari drivers in fifth and sixth (with Alonso faster than Räikkönen). Pérez was seventh-fastest, Hülkenberg eighth, Vergne ninth and Daniil Kvyat completed the top ten ahead of qualifying.[19] Vergne ran off the track at Sainte Devote and Mirabeau corners. Ericsson went into the Sainte Devote run-off area and reversed to rejoin the track.[19]

Nico Rosberg had the sixth pole position of his career despite being investigated for potentially impeding teammate Lewis Hamilton's lap.

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes, eliminating cars that finished the session 17th or below. The 107% rule was in effect, requiring drivers to reach a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify. The second part of the qualifying session lasted 15 minutes, eliminating cars that finished 11th to 16th. The final part of the qualifying session determined the positions from first to tenth, deciding the pole position. Cars in the final qualifying session were not allowed to change tyres, using the tyres with which they set their quickest lap times.[11] After the first runs in the final qualifying session, Rosberg had provisional pole position with a time of one minute and 15.989 seconds, 0.039 seconds ahead of Hamilton. During his second and final quick lap, the German locked his tyres, ran deep at Mirabeau corner and had to abort his lap, before then reversing back onto the race track. The yellow flags that were brought out as a result of the incident forced Hamilton to slow, ruining his final qualifying lap (after he had set a personal best first sector), which stopped him from challenging Rosberg's earlier time.[20] After qualifying ended, Rosberg was investigated by the stewards under suspicion of deliberately spoiling Hamilton's lap.[21] The stewards examined video evidence as well as telemetry data from the team and the sport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), eventually concluding that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing by Rosberg.[22][n 1] It was Rosberg's second pole position of the season, his second at Monaco, and the sixth of his career.[24]

Ricciardo qualified in third, and was unable to improve on his fastest time after sliding on his final timed lap. His teammate Vettel could not use his energy recovery system in the first part of qualifying; he ran in a different mode and the yellow flags meant he was restricted to fourth. The two Ferrari cars of Alonso and Räikkönen were fifth and sixth; both had tyre warming problems. Despite his final lap being affected by the yellow flags, Vergne took seventh and his teammate Kvyat secured ninth after struggling with rear-end control and hit the barriers lining the circuit. He drove to the pit lane for a replacement nose cone. They were separated by Magnussen in eighth and Pérez rounded out the top ten after locking his tyres driving into the Novelle chicane.[25] Hülkenberg was the fastest driver not to advance into the final session; his best lap time of one minute and 17.846 second was nearly two seconds slower than Hamilton's pace in the second session.[26] Button was delayed by a Toro Rosso on his final lap at the Swimming Pool complex and was restricted to 12th. Bottas had front tyre heating problems and was only able to qualify 13th.[25] Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado in the two Lotus cars took 14th and 15th with Massa unable to record a lap time.[26] Ericsson locked his rear tyres going into Mirabeau corner and glanced Massa's car heading into the turn, causing both drivers to hit the barriers. The stewards investigated the incident and Ericsson was handed two penalty points on his super licence and was required to start from the pit lane.[27] Gutiérrez failed to advance beyond the first qualifying session, and was followed by Sauber teammate Adrian Sutil.[26] Jules Bianchi lost half a second because of slower traffic and yellow flags and took 19th.[25] He received a five-place grid penalty, because his team changed a problematic gearbox overnight.[28] As a result, his Marussia teammate Chilton inherited 19th.[26] Kamui Kobayashi used super soft compound tyres on his first two timed laps and made a front wing adjustment but was unable to improve and qualified in 20th.[25]

Race[edit]

The race started at 14:00 Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).[29] Weather conditions at the start of the race were dry and overcast with an air temperature between 20–21 °C (68–70 °F) and a track temperature ranging from 28–30 °C (82–86 °F).[4][29] with a 20% chance of rain forecast.[30] Rosberg's hand clutch was replaced when the one he used in qualifying burned out following his error at Mirabeau corner.[20] After the problems with his car in qualifying, Red Bull changed parts of Vettel's energy recovery system. He did not incur a starting position penalty but was not allowed to use the parts again until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[31] Maldonado was unable to take the start because of a fuel pump failure while stationary on the grid.[32] When the race began from its standing start, Rosberg maintained his pole position advantage heading into the first corner with teammate Hamilton in second.[33] Vettel remained in third while Räikkönen advanced from sixth to fourth, ahead of Ricciardo and Alonso who had been boxed in by the Red Bull driver.[31] Pérez spun leaving Mirabeau corner, after hitting Button's McLaren, and the Force India's suspension was damaged, and had further contact with Sutil, ending his race.[20] The incident created a blockage which forced drivers to reduce their speed in order for them to get past Pérez's stranded car.[33]

Kevin Magnussen scored one point in tenth place.

The safety car was deployed to allow marshals to remove Pérez's car from the track and into the run-off area.[30] Grosjean's tyre was punctured from contact by Sutil and both drivers made pit stops.[32] Swift work from the marshals allowed the safety car to be withdrawn at the end of the third lap and Rosberg led the field back up to speed.[33] Vettel slowed with a mechanical problem which caused his turbocharger to stop working and was overtaken by the rest of the field in quick succession.[20] He made a pit stop and came out among the leaders and complained he was stuck in first gear.[31] Both Mercedes drivers pulled away from the rest of the field,[34] and Hamilton went two-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg,[35] to be 0.6 seconds behind his teammate.[33] Vettel's turbocharger restarted on lap six but was instructed by his team to retire from the event on the following lap.[31][35] It was announced that the stewards were investigating the first lap incident between Pérez and Button.[34] On lap nine,[36] Sutil went up the inside of Grosjean, mounted his car on the hairpin kerbs, and passed him for 17th.[33] Kvyat's car developed an exhaust issue and managed to limp his ailing Toro Rosso back to the pit lane to retire on lap 11.[20][34]

Sutil dived past Ericsson at the Loews hairpin to move into 16th on lap 13,[33] as drivers struggled to keep heat in their tyres. The time deficit between Rosberg and Hamilton varied but held a larger advantage over the rest of the field.[20] Sutil continued to move up the field after passing Chilton at the Novelle chicane to take over 15th on the 17th lap.[30] Rosberg locked his tyres heavily driving into Mirabeau corner but the German driver avoided going into the turn's escape road on lap 18.[36] Shortly afterwards, the stewards issued five-second stop-and-go penalties to Chilton, Ericsson and Gutiérrez for being out of position on the starting grid.[35] Hamilton started to lap faster than teammate Rosberg before the latter responded by going two-tenths of a second quicker than Hamilton to extend his lead.[31] Ricciardo closed to within 1.1 seconds of Räikkönen by lap 22 after going one second faster than the Ferrari driver.[33] Cresting a rise leaving the tunnel on the 24th lap, Sutil's car became light under braking from 170 miles per hour (270 km/h),[20] speared into the inside barrier, and slid down the escape road at the Novelle chicane.[31] A marshal ducked under the barrier to avoid getting struck by debris.[33] Sutil was unhurt but the safety car was deployed to allow marshals to remove debris from the track.[34]

Hamilton asked his team on the radio whether he should make a pit stop to which they responded that he should remain on the track.[20] All drivers (except for Massa) elected to make pit stops for new tyres.[31] Hamilton was annoyed and asked why he was not allowed to make a pit stop on the previous lap and dropped back from Rosberg so that he would not to wait behind his teammate. Vergne was released directly in front of Magnussen, causing the McLaren driver to swerve to prevent contact, and the incident prompted the stewards to investigate Vergne.[33] On lap 28,[35] Räikkönen had to make a pit stop for a second time after he was hit at Mirabeau corner by Chilton's front wing, who had been unlapping himself, and sustained a left-rear puncture, which resulted in him dropping to the back of the field.[20] The result meant Ricciardo and Alonso moved into third and fourth.[31] The safety car drove into the pit lane at the end of lap 30 and racing resumed with Rosberg leading Hamilton.[35] As the race restarted, Magnussen passed Vergne going into Rasacasse corner but handed the position back because it had occurred before crossing the second safety car line.[20][31] Hülkenberg took advantage and drove aggressively by going down the inside of Magnussen at Portier corner and passed him before entering the tunnel to claim seventh.[34]

Räikkönen passed Kobayashi at the Novelle chicane for 12th place on lap 33 but ran wide and handed the position back to the Caterham driver.[33][35] Vergne was handed a drive-through penalty for his unsafe pit stop release on the following lap and served it four laps later.[30] After Räikkönen got past Kobayashi, Bianchi made contact with the Japanese driver three times en route to overtaking him around the outside at Rasacasse corner for 13th on lap 36.[33][34] Upfront, Rosberg continued to lead Hamilton and the two drivers pulled away from the rest of the field.[31] Grosjean started to pressure Kobayashi for 14th but had difficulty passing the driver. He was able to get ahead of Kobayashi by braking late for the Novelle chicane on lap 40.[34] Rosberg was instructed by his team over the radio that he should use longer gears at Sainte Devote and Casino Square corners to save fuel.[31] This meant Rosberg defended from Hamilton over the next few laps because of him having to lift and coast.[20] Hamilton closed up to Rosberg but was unable to affect an overtaking manoeuvre on his teammate who had faster acceleration entering the tunnel.[34] Massa made his only pit stop of the race on lap 45 and emerged in 11th place behind Räikkönen but ahead of Bianchi.[33]

Daniel Ricciardo finished in third position.

While Rosberg was instructed to continue conserving fuel, Hamilton was told on his radio that he was not required to do the same. Rosberg was then reassured that his fuel consumption levels were back on target and began to lap faster than his teammate.[31] Vergne caught Bianchi and made minor contact with the Marussia driver at the Loews hairpin.[34] Leaving the tunnel, smoke bellowed out of the rear of Vergne's Toro Rosso but was able to limp back to the pit lane to retire on lap 52.[33] Bottas was caught by Gutiérrez, Räikkönen and Massa – who was on fresh tyres – and Gutiérrez attacked Bottas at the Novelle chicane but the Williams driver kept eighth by cutting the corner.[31] With smoke bellowing from his car on lap 55, Bottas drove to the side of the track at the Loews hairpin to retire. The need for a safety car was avoided when his car was removed from the track by a crane and yellow flags were waved in the area.[33] Gutiérrez hit the inside guardrail at La Rascasse on lap 59, damaging the rear suspension of his Sauber and causing him to retire while running in eighth and on course for his first points of the season.[30] This promoted Bianchi into tenth, which put him in position to score Marussia's first and only points in Formula One, but he also earned a five-second time penalty for illegally taking his earlier, five-second time penalty under the safety car.[31]

After running closely behind teammate Rosberg and feeling the wind penetrating his visor, Hamilton got some dirt in his left eye on lap 66 and slowed down in the circuit's low-speed turns as a result, allowing Ricciardo to close up to the Mercedes driver.[35][37] Hülkenberg had heavily worn rear super soft tyres,[20] and by the 69th lap, was caught by McLaren drivers Button and Magnussen.[34] Bianchi was told that he needed a five-second advantage over Grosjean to negate the time penalty.[31] Five laps later, Button overtook teammate Magnussen on the main straight for sixth,[33] Räikkönen then attempted to do the same around the inside at the Loews hairpin on lap 74 but ran too deep, leaving both himself and Magnussen in the barrier.[20][35] Both Räikkönen and Magnussen managed to reverse out of the barrier but lost a large amount of time, thus promoting Bianchi to eighth and Grosjean to ninth. Räikkönen had to make a third pit stop for a new front wing and had super soft tyres fitted.[20]

Rosberg opened the gap to 8.8 seconds, and won the race after completing 78 laps to secure the victory. Hamilton finished second, 9.2 seconds behind and held off the hard-charging Ricciardo at the start/finish line.[31] Alonso took fourth, Hülkenberg was fifth and Button sixth. He was followed by Massa in seventh, Grosjean in eighth, Bianchi took ninth after his five-second time penalty was applied and Magnussen rounded out the points-scoring finishers in tenth. Ericsson missed out on Caterham's first points in eleventh, and Räikkönen, Kobayashi and Chilton were the last of the classified finishers.[2] Rosberg's victory was his second of the season, his second consecutive win at Monaco, and the fifth of his career. The Mercedes team continued their dominance of the season with their fifth consecutive one-two finish.[38] Rosberg led every lap of the race from pole position but was denied his first career Grand Slam when Räikkönen set the fastest lap of the race on the 75th lap with a time of one minute and 18.479 seconds.[2]

Post-race[edit]

At the podium interviews, conducted by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosberg described the day as "very, very special" and praised his car and his team. Hamilton said that despite the problem with his eye it was "a good day" and that it was "really good" that the team achieved a first and second-place finish. Ricciardo stated that it was "really nice" to be standing on the podium in Monaco and said third-place was the best his team could achieve.[39] In the subsequent press conference, Rosberg said the victory was made more "special" because Hamilton had the momentum heading into the race and revealed that he was not surprised that he was not called into the pit lane following Sutil's crash. Hamilton revealed that he remained in a certain engine mode and that there was a tight battle between himself and teammate Rosberg of which he felt certain would continue until the late stage of the season. When asked if Red Bull would have the pace to challenge Mercedes, Ricciardo replied that he felt the team closed slightly in Monaco and the circuit favoured the car slightly better than at other tracks.[39]

Jules Bianchi (pictured in 2012) scored his and Marussia's first points in Formula One.

Bianchi's ninth-place finish earned him his first career points and his team's first in Formula One in their 83rd Grand Prix start since entering under the name Virgin Racing in 2010.[40] He told Sky Sports F1 that Marussia had been awaiting the result for a long period and since it had been achieved, he stated that he was "so proud" for his team: "They did a really good job and I am really happy to give them the result."[40] Marussia team principal John Booth was delighted at Bianchi's overtake on Kobayashi, describing it as "stunning", and despite the five-second time penalty, his team were "absolutely over the moon" with the achievement.[40] Graeme Lowdon, the team's chief executive officer, was pleased at the sign of progress, saying: "It is tough and I would be lying if I didn't reflect that", and the result was a "direct reward for people who have worked very hard."[41] Alonso expressed his huge satisfaction for Bianchi, stating: "I am extremely happy for him, [and] very proud for what this result will mean for his career. I have no doubts it will be a good career, but hopefully with this result he can have a more competitive car next year and show his talents even more."[42] Former driver Allan McNish wrote in his BBC F1 column that the result was like "a Grand Prix victory" for Marussia and that it was "a deserved reward for their dogged determination and never-say-die attitude."[43] Following Bianchi's death nine months after sustaining severe head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix, Will Dale of Fox Sports Australia wrote: "Monaco 2014 will be remembered as his day in the sun, the high watermark of a career — a life — ended far too soon."[44]

Tensions at Mercedes increased following the qualifying session in which Hamilton felt Rosberg had deliberately driven off the track in a bid to disrupt his effort of taking pole position which caused their relationship to break down. Hamilton refused to accept Rosberg's apology for the incident and the two did not communicate with each other on the podium.[45] The incident upset the team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda who stated that while Hamilton was not happy finishing second, he had to accept that Rosberg was quicker, and did not like the lack of communication between the two drivers on the podium. Lauda revealed that he would speak to the drivers before Canada and felt the situation would be resolved.[46] Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, stated the incident between Rosberg and Hamilton would not be allowed to occur again in the future and affirmed the drivers would be allowed to do what they wished as long it was not performed in a deceitful manner.[47] Hamilton said he did not have an answer and was surprised on how quickly the situation escalated but was now aware of it and remain as such for the future.[45] After Hamilton spoke with Rosberg, he posted a picture on Twitter with him and Rosberg in their youth, saying: "We've been friends a long time, and as friends we have our ups and downs. "Today we spoke and we're cool, still friends, no problem."[48] FIA race director Charlie Whiting suggested that qualifying be extended by one minute to allow any drivers affected by yellow flags another attempt at a timed lap to prevent similar incidents in the future.[49]

Räikkönen was handed a reprimand from the stewards over his late race contact with Magnussen while they elected not to take any action over the first lap incident between Button and Pérez.[50] Magnussen was adamant that Räikkönen was to blame for the incident, saying that he drove defensively but that the driver made an overtaking attempt, while Räikkönen admitted following his contact with Chilton earlier in the race, he was willing to attempt aggressive manoeuvres.[50] Pérez blamed Button for his retirement, saying that he was battling his teammate Hülkenberg and did not expect Button to be in the position he placed himself in because of the lack of space for another car. Button made no comment on the incident.[50] Red Bull team principal Christian Horner reckoned that despite Vettel's turbocharger failing, the driver would not allow his frustrations to get the better of him, and stated Ricciardo's challenge on Hamilton in the event's closing period was an indication that the approach the team used was correct but noted a realistic overtake was not possible unless the challenged driver made an error.[51]

The result meant Rosberg retook the lead of the Drivers' Championship with 122 points, four ahead of Hamilton. Alonso maintained third place on 61 points, while Ricciardo's third-place finish enabled him to move ahead of Vettel in fourth and was seven points in front of his teammate.[5] Mercedes's one-two finish allowed him to further increase their advantage at the top of the Constructors' Championship to be 141 points ahead of second-placed Red Bull. Ferrari remained in third position with 78 points. Force India likewise kept fourth and McLaren moved in front of Williams to take over fifth place with thirteen races left in the season.[5]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.678 1:16.465 1:15.989 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.823 1:16.354 1:16.048 2
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.900 1:17.233 1:16.384 3
4 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.383 1:17.074 1:16.547 4
5 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:17.853 1:17.200 1:16.686 5
6 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.902 1:17.398 1:17.389 6
7 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:17.557 1:17.657 1:17.540 7
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.978 1:17.609 1:17.555 8
9 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:18.616 1:17.594 1:18.090 9
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:18.108 1:17.755 1:18.327 10
11 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:18.432 1:17.846 11
12 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.890 1:17.988 12
13 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:18.407 1:18.082 13
14 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:18.335 1:18.196 14
15 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:18.585 1:18.356 15
16 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:18.209 no time2 16
17 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.741 17
18 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.745 18
19 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:19.332 211
20 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:19.928 19
21 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:20.133 20
22 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:21.732 PL2
107% time: 1:22.985
Source:[26]
Notes
  • ^1  — Jules Bianchi was given a five-place grid penalty, for an unscheduled gearbox change.[28]
  • ^2  — Marcus Ericsson started from the pit lane after causing a collision with Felipe Massa in the first part of qualifying, preventing Massa from participating in the second qualifying session.[27]

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 78 1:49:27.661 1 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 +9.210 2 18
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 78 +9.614 3 15
4 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 78 +32.452 5 12
5 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 11 10
6 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 12 8
7 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 16 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 77 +1 Lap 14 4
93 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 21 2
10 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 8 1
11 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 77 +1 Lap PL
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 6
13 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 75 +3 Laps 20
14 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 75 +3 Laps 19
Ret 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 59 Accident 17
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 55 Engine 13
Ret 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 50 Exhaust 7
Ret 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 23 Accident 18
Ret 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 10 Exhaust 9
Ret 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 5 Turbo 4
Ret 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 10
DNS 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 0 Fuel pump 15
Source:[4]
Notes

^3  — Jules Bianchi finished eighth, but five seconds was added to his race time for serving a penalty under the safety car, and he dropped one finish position to ninth.[4]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The incident drew comparisons with Michael Schumacher's blocking of Rascasse corner in qualifying for the 2006 race which prevented Alonso from improving his time.[23]

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