2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition

Drafting the Circuits

Week 27

Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds      

German Grand Prix          July 18-20        Supersoft/Soft

Hungary Grand Prix        July 25-27         Medium/Soft

Belgian Grand Prix          August 22-24


Drivers’ championship:

1.  Nico Rosberg                  165

2.  Lewis Hamilton            161

3. Daniel Ricciardo            98

4.  Fernando Alonso          87

5.  Valtteri Bottas               73

6.  Sebastian Vettel            70

7.  Nico Hulkenberg          63

8.  Jenson Button               55

9.  Kevin Magnussen         35


10.  Felipe Massa                30

11.  Sergio Perez                 28

12.  Kimi Raikkonen           19

13.  Jean-Eric Vergne          9

14.  Romain Grosjean          8

15.  Daniil Kvyat                   6

16.  Jules Bianchi                 2

Constructors’ championship:

1.  Mercedes                       326

2.  Red Bull                         168

3.  Ferrari                           106

4.  Williams                       103

5.  Force India                   91

6.  McLaren                       90

7. Toro Rosso                    15

8.  Lotus                             8

9.Marussia                         2

British Grand Prix


Well Lewis did it!

As was mentioned in last week’s F1 report, Lewis Hamilton needed to stamp his mark on the drivering championship race.  By winning the British Grand Prix, he did his part.  With Nico Rosberg falling victim to a gearbox issue and securing zero points for the first time this season, Hamilton smacked his way back in the battle.

Game On!


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It is only fitting that Hamilton won the 50th British Grand Prix, as he was certainly the hometown favorite.  Notable also was Felipe Massa who participated in his 200th Grand Prix.

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Unfortunately, while Lewis wound up on top, Massa wound up at the back due to unfortunately incident with Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari on the opening lap.

Disaster struck the Scuderia as Raikkonen ran wide at Aintree while scuffling with the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.  As he reentered the Wellington Straight, he lost control of the car, collided with Massa’s Williams and harpooned the barrier with a force of 48 g’s.


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Raikkonen limped away to the care center and fortunately escaped only with bruising to his knee and ankle. The opening lap melee caused a red flag for barrier repair. Kimi is questionable for this weeks Silverstone test.

Once under way, the Mercedes as expected staged their own little coup as the gapped the field showcasing the delicate balance between engine performance and aero efficiency.  Right now, Mercedes is combining these factors better than anyone.

Nico experienced a gearbox problem, which he thought he could handle by altering settings and not pressing Hamilton.  Unfortunately, it worsened and Rosberg was forced to stop the car ending his Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s win placed him right back in the title fight as he now trails Nico by only 4 points.  Two weeks brings about the German grand Prix which will put Rosberg on home ground (although he truly lives in Monaco).

Velterri Bottas in the 77 Williams had another impressive performance delivering a second place run after starting 14th place on the grid.  Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo joined the pair on the podium.

Jenson Button was close to battling Ricciardo for that final podium spot with the famous battle cry of…one more lap and I would have had him.

Perhaps the most spirited racing involved champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso who battled for 5th place.  Both complained about the other leaving the track to gain advantage.  In the end, Vettel was simply faster and secured 5th place.


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Two more races before the August break.  We will guide you through it!


Pos Driver                Team/Car                

1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes

2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes

3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault

4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes

5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault

6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari

7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes

8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes

9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault

10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault

11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes

12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault

13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari

14. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari

15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault

16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari

17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault




Nico Rosberg          Mercedes

Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari

Felipe Massa          Williams

Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari

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