Oct 12

Easy win for Hamilton in Russia

Lewis Hamilton earns an easy victory at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, after Nico Rosberg ruins his own race by locking up into the first corner, attempting an overtake at the start of the race. The German driver had to come in for new tyres, as vibrations from the flat spot were too severe, and then had to drive a recovery race, using the same set of medium tyres for 52 laps. The dominance of his Mercedes allowed him to secure the podium position, and with the point difference to their competitors, Mercedes becomes the 2014 World Constructors Champion.

Third place was for Valteri Bottas, who couldn’t capitalize on Rosberg’s worn tyres.

The much expected safety car never made an appearance, while teams stretched their first stints to try and cover the possible window created by it, possibly meant the drivers didn’t push as hard as they could have, resulting in an uneventful race.

Oct 11

Lewis Hamilton is quickest in final practice at the Sochi Autodrom

Lewis Hamilton was blistering quick with a 1:38.726 on the soft tyres despite locking up at Turn 13. Nico Rosberg was second (1:39.016) with Valtteri Bottas third and being the closest challenger to the two Mercedes in his Williams (1:39.097).

Kevin Magnussen brought out the red flags at the Sochi Autodrom. The rear end of the car seemed to get away from his control but he managed to keep it out of the barriers. He brought the car to a stop on the track. McLaren looked strong in the two practice sessions yesterday but today seemed to be off the pace.

The Red Bulls are struggling on this circuit.

Many drivers were struggling for grip. There were instances such as that of Felipe Massa almost oversteering but managing not to at Turn 15.

Qualifying simulations were the order of the last 15 minutes of the session. Cars bolted on the P Zero Yellow soft tyres.

Max Chilton’s car had a driveshaft problem and Marussia said that they were working hard to fix it in order to get their only car out for qualifying in 2 hours time.

Pastor Maldonado’s car was on the jacks while the team changed the battery. The Venezuelan did not get any running done.

The rest of the times were as follows: 4. Daniel Ricciardo (1:39.755) 5. Felipe Massa (1:39.954) 6. Daniil Kvyat (1:40.009) 7. Kimi Raikkonen (1:40.011) 8. Fernando Alonso (1:40.151) 9. Jean-Eric Vergne (1:40.205) 10. Sebastian Vettel (1:40.338) 11. Jenson Button (1:40.355) 12. Nico Hulkenberg (1:40.669) 13. Sergio Perez (1:40.699) 14. Adrian Sutil (1:41.146) 15. Esteban Gutierrez (1:41.520) 16. Romain Grosjean (1:41.915) 17. Magnussen (1:42.436) 18. Marcus Ericsson (1:43.109) 19. Kamui Kobayashi (1:43.975) 20. Chilton (1:44.737) 21. Pastor Maldonado (DNS)

Oct 10

Hamilton ahead in Russian FP2

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton blew the field away with his time during FP2 in Sochi, eight tenths faster than Kevin Magnussen and almost a second faster than Rosberg, who was fourth, behind Alonso’s Ferrari. The times in the track evolved after the first practice and Hamilton was able to go under the 1 minute 40th second mark.

McLaren keeps showing some pace as the early fastest times were traded between Button and Rosberg, albeit the former couldn’t do best than sixth at the end of the session.

It would seem Red Bull is struggling to make things work in Russia. After an earlier session with both cars out of the top 10 best times, only Sebastian Vettel could break through this second time around, at 9th.

 

Oct 10

Rosberg first to be fastest in Russia

Cars took to the track for the first time ever in Russian soil and Rosberg was the first one to come out, eventually setting the fastest lap of the session ahead of Hamilton and Button, who was very close to the Mercedes but unable to break through their usual dominance.

Alonso posted the fourth best time for Ferrari, and Magnussen completed the top 5 for McLaren, which could show that the Woking team found some performance somewhere, or are just well suited for the street circuit around Sochi.

Local boy Sergey Sirotkin completed the session for Sauber and posted a very respectable time, just under half a second slower than his infinitely more experienced team mate Sutil, and 17th overall.

Roberto Merhi was on duty for Caterham, and posted a lap two tenths faster than Ericsson.

After the unfortunate incident last week end, Marussia only ran one car. Max Chilton posted the slowest time of the session.

Oct 05

Hamilton wins halted Japanese GP/ Jules Bianchi injured in crash

Lewis Hamilton won the very tragically eventful 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, under the unfavorable conditions of Typhoon Phanfone. The extreme weather forced a start under the Safety Car, and later, the event had to be red flagged and called off with a few laps remaining, following the crash of Marussia’s Jules Bianchi, who slid off the circuit and collided with a recovery vehicle, at the time retrieving the Sauber of Adrian Sutil.

Jules Bianchi was evacuated by ambulance, as conditions were unfavorable for a helicopter flight, and later underwent surgery, following a diagnostic of severe head trauma. He was unconscious the whole time and no further updates on his condition have been released by press, family or hospital.

 

Oct 04

Nico Rosberg takes his eighth pole of the season at Suzuka

Nico Rosberg took pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the Suzuka circuit. The German was 0.197 seconds ahead of the Briton, who locked up heavily on his last lap at the hairpin.

Felipe Massa was ahead of former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, who finished 5th. The Spaniard outqualified Kimi Raikkonen, who only did one run on the used options. He starts in 10th place.

Daniel Ricciardo (6th) outqualified Sebastian Vettel (9th) and Kevin Magnussen (7th) upstaged Jenson Button (8th). The Briton’s seat at McLaren is threatened after news that Vettel will move to Ferrari next year and Alonso will move to the Woking based team.

Red Bull Racing played with a wet-weather setup in anticipation for tomorrow’s forecast of Typhoon Phanfone hitting the prefecture. That meant adding some extra weight to the front wing and hence being slower on the circuit.

Jean-Eric Vergne outqualified Daniil Kvyat who is set to move to Red Bull next year. Sandwiched between them in 12th place was Sergio Perez. Nico Hulkenberg finished in 14th place after locking up in the final chicane followed by the Saubers of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez in 15th and 16th places respectively.

Both the Lotuses exited Q1. Pastor Maldonado will start in 17th place tomorrow, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson, Jules Bianchi, Kamui Kobayashi and Max Chilton.

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