Oct 31

Hamilton leads the way at Austin, FP1

After the long break following the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, Formula One flew to North America for the second Grand Prix to be held in the Circuit of the Americas.

Lewis Hamilton was on top of the time sheets for the first practice session. His team mate Rosberg, trailing in the Drivers championship, was closely behind. The Mercedes team, already constructors champions, was well clear of the competition yet again.

Jenson Button was third fastest for McLaren. The Woking team have been more competitive as of late, Magnussen was fifth. The two were split by Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso.

A few incidents to make mention of include spins by Sutil and Maldonado, and a tyre failure suffered by Romain Grosjean.

Both Marussia and Caterham were absent from practice. Economic problems for the teams put in question their participation in what remains of the season, and in the future of Formula One.

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.

 

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