2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition

Drafting the Circuits

Week 29

Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds      

Hungarian Grand prix     July 25-27       Medium/Soft

Belgium Grand Prix         August 22-24

Italian Grand Prix            September 5-7


Drivers’ Championship:

1.  Nico Rosberg               190

2.  Lewis Hamilton          176

3. Daniel Ricciardo         106

4.  Fernando Alonso         97

5.  Valtteri Bottas              91

6.  Sebastian Vettel          82

7.  Nico Hulkenberg        69

8.  Jenson Button            59

9.  Kevin Magnussen      37

10.  Felipe Massa            30

11.  Sergio Perez              29

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                       366

2.  Red Bull                        188

3.  Williams                       121

4.  Ferrari                           116

5.  Force India                   98

6.  McLaren                       96

7. Toro Rosso                    15

8.  Lotus                             8

10.Marussia                       2

German Grand Prix



The German Grand Prix was a cruise for Nico Rosberg as he notched his 4th victory of the year in convincing fashion.  Never challenged, Rosberg had quite the week.  Not only did he win and extend his points lead over Lewis Hamilton, he got married and celebrated the German World Cup soccer victory.

nico win

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Mercedes again brought the dominant machines, however a Lewis Hamilton brake lock up in Q1 led to a nosedive into the tires, a damaged W05 and a 20th place on the grid (5 place penalty due to a gearbox change).  This allowed Rosberg an easy run, and set Hamilton up for a charge through the field.

hamilton crash

Hamilton made contact with a few other drivers throughout his run sustaining damage to his left front wing.  He barged through Sutil, Raikkonen and Button impacting each and provoking Button to say that he thought Hamilton “expected me to let him past”.

Either way, Hamilton managed an excellent run eventually finishing in 3rd and on the podium.  Lewis needs to close the gap going into the August break and given his 4 wins in Hungary, he will likely welcome the short week between races.

Williams, Valtteri Bottas again proved the Williams’ prowess with his third straight podium.  Bottas had a solid run and held off a charging Hamilton at race end.  Hamilton noted that Bottas just had too much straight line speed and was unable to close enough to make an attack.

The middle of the pack was instantly shuffled on the first lap when Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen collided fighting for Turn 1 rights.  Neither driver back off and Magnussen’s front left tire impacted Massa’s left rear.  Massa, unlucky again, wound up tipped over and upside down.  Daniel Ricciardo ran very wide to avoid to collision and lost track position dropping back in the pack.

massa 2 massa

Adrian Sutil provided perhaps the scariest moment of the day, when a slow and easy slide in turn 16 killed his Sauber which he then left in the middle of the track.  Surprisingly, the safety car was not deployed leaving a dangerous situation for track marshals who needed to enter the track to remove the damaged Sauber.  Both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso mentioned that a safety car should have been called to insure marshal safety.  Strange decision.  It will be interested to see the response of Charlie Whiting.


So, on the Hungary and then the summer break!.  Here are some things to consider with one week remaining before the break.

Pos Driver                                        Team                         

1. Nico Rosberg                                  Mercedes

2. Valtteri Bottas                               Williams-Mercedes

3. Lewis Hamilton                             Mercedes

4. Sebastian Vettel                             Red Bull-Renault

5. Fernando Alonso                           Ferrari

6. Daniel Ricciardo                           Red Bull-Renault

7. Nico Hulkenberg                          Force India-Mercedes

8. Jenson Button                              McLaren-Mercedes

9. Kevin Magnussen                        McLaren-Mercedes

10. Sergio Perez                                Force India-Mercedes

11. Kimi Raikkonen                         Ferrari

12. Pastor Maldonado                    Lotus-Renault

13. Jean-Eric Vergne                     Toro Rosso-Renault

14. Esteban Gutierrez                    Sauber-Ferrari

15. Jules Bianchi                             Marussia-Ferrari

16. Kamui Kobayashi                     Caterham-Renault

17. Max Chilton                               Marussia-Ferrari

18. Marcus Ericsson                       Caterham-Renault


Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         47 laps

Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     44 laps

Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          26 laps

Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       0 laps


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