2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition

Drafting the Circuits

Week 19

Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds      

Grand Prix of Monaco       May 22-25         Supersoft/Soft

Grand Prix of Canada        June 6-8            Supersoft/Soft

Grand Prix of Austria        June 20-22

Drivers’ championship:

1.  Lewis Hamilton            100

2.  Nico Rosberg                  97

3.  Fernando Alonso           49

4.  Sebastian Vettel             45

5. Daniel Ricciardo             39

6.  Nico Hulkenberg           37

7.  Valtteri Bottas                34

8.  Jenson Button               23

9.  Kevin Magnussen         20

10.  Sergio Perez                 20

11.  Kimi Raikkonen           17

12. Felipe Massa                 12

13.  Romain Grosjean          4

14.  Jean-Eric Vergne          4

15.  Daniil Kvyat                   4


Constructors’ championship:

1.  Mercedes                       197

2.  Red Bull                         84

3.  Ferrari                            66

4.  Force India                    57

5.  Williams                         46

6.  McLaren                        43

7.  Toro Rosso                      8

8.  Lotus                                4


Grand Prix of Spain

Mercedes are on a roll and have taken the 2014 Formula Championship by the neck and are shaking the stuffing out of everyone in the paddock.  Literally it’s like racing a KTM 450 Sf-X against a Honda QA-50.

Lather, rinse, repeat!

For the forth-straight race, Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious with Nico Rosberg trailing in second place.  After 8 attempts, Hamilton won in Catalunya for the first time and took the top position in the Drivers Championship.


Although Hamilton emerged the victor, he was not entirely pleased with his car throughout the weekend and acknowledged that teammate Nico Rosberg was faster.

“Nico drove a fantastic race and I struggled to keep him behind, but I just managed it at the end.  I couldn’t attack the corners properly because of snap oversteer and that’s where Nico was catching me. I’m just so proud of this team: we are looking very strong and I’m enjoying every moment and every step of the way. There’s still a long way to go this season, though, so we are staying humble, getting our heads down and working hard. I still have a bit more time to find from the car because it’s very, very close with Nico, so I have to keep working on that. But it’s a great feeling to be leading the championship.”

Rosberg, on the other hand, needed about 1 more lap to really take the battle to Hamilton…But getting there and making the pass are two totally separate things as we saw in Bahrain.  Although Mercedes are waves ahead in the Constructors Championship, the drivers title is up for grabs between the Mercedes duo.  At this point the question is who will make a mistake or suffer a failure.

Spain checkers

 Daniel Ricciardo joined the Silver Arrows pair on the podium with another solid and impressive weekend.  Sebastian Vettel put in the drive of the day working his way through the field from 15th position to finish 4th.  Vettel started in 15th due to a gearbox change resulting in a 5-place grid penalty.

Ricciardo podium

 Vettel recorded the fastest race lap, which is a small victory for the Red Bull team.  Considering how poorly Red Bull started the season, to see them solidly in second position of the Constructors Championship is impressive.  We will hear from Red Bull throughout the rest of the season but it is unlikely they will unseat the juggernaut Mercedes squad.


 Romain Grosjean scored the first points for the troubled Lotus team from Enstone.  Had it not been for an issue with a sensor that brought forth a loss of power, he might have tallied a higher final result than the 8th place as in the initial stages of the race, Grosjean was able to hold court with the Ferraris.

And speaking of the prancing horse, Ferrari had its strongest finish of the season recording a 6th and 7th place.

Not enough for the Scuderia!

Although Alonso sits in third position in the drivers table and Ferrari is 3rd in the constructors, they just do not have the pace to hold onto the Mercedes or Red Bull entry.

Ironic that Mr. Ross Brawn vistined Maranello this week!

Grand Prix of Spain Results

66 Laps

Pos  Driver             Team/Car      Time/Gap

1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes      1h41m05.155s

2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes      +0.636s

3.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull        +49.014s

4.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull        +1m16.702s

5.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams       +1m19.293s

6.  Fernando Alonso  Ferrari          +1m27.743s

7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari         +1 lap

8.  Romain Grosjean  Lotus            +1 lap

9.  Sergio Perez           Force India  +1 lap

10.  Nico Hulkenberg Force India   +1 lap

11.  Jenson Button       McLaren       +1 lap

12.  Kevin Magnussen  McLaren      +1 lap

13.  Felipe Massa          Williams      +1 lap

14.  Daniil Kvyat           Toro Rosso   +1 lap

15.  Pastor Maldonado Lotus            +1 lap

16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber         +1 lap

17.  Adrian Sutil             Sauber        +1 lap

18.  Jules Bianchi          Marussia     +2 laps

19.  Max Chilton            Marussia      +2 laps

20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham     +2 laps


Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham           34 laps

Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso         24 laps

 Three things to keep an eye out for in F1

  1. Mercedes will be the first to test a new exhaust that will amplify the noise procdcued by the v6 turbocharged engine.
  2. Gene Haas has denied rumors that he is looking to purchase an existing team such as Lotus or Caterham.  A spokesman for the team repeated that Haas intends to build and center his team in the USA.
  3. Monaco is coming! Greatest day of racing for the entire year!

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