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22px-Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Race details[1]
Race 19 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Circuit Yas-Island.svg
Date 23 November 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Course Permanent racing facility
5.554 km (3.451 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 55 laps, 305.355 km (189.739 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Clear with maximum temperatures reaching 30 degrees during the day.
Attendance 60,000[2][3]
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Time 1:40.480
Fastest lap
Driver 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:44.496 on lap 50
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes
Third 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)[1] is a Formula One motor race that was held at the Yas Marina Circuit on 23 November 2014. The race was the nineteenth and final round of the 2014 season, the 916th World Championship race, and marked the sixth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Double points were awarded for the first time at this race. This change to the points system was not well received in the months leading up to the race, and the implementation of this system turned out to be a one-off. The series will revert to the 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system in use since 2010 for all races, beginning with the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

The race determined the World Drivers' Championship between Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, with the latter winning both the race and the title.[4][5]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Changes to points structureEdit

For the first time in the history of Formula One, teams and drivers scored double the amount of points awarded for race finish positions.[6] The FIA implemented this in order to maximise focus on the championship until the end of the season. Originally Bernie Ecclestone wanted double points for the last three races of the season,[7] but the teams ultimately decided to have double points for only the last race of the season. The rule change was negatively received by teams and drivers.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Team changesEdit

Marussia did not contest the Grand Prix as a bid to save the team from collapsing failed in the week before the Brazilian Grand Prix, forcing the team to close down.[14] They had made a last-minute attempt to race in Abu Dhabi, with rumours that they were being sought after by a potential investor. However, those negotiations fell through, ending their chances of making a return to the grid.[15]

Facing a similar financial situation, Caterham launched a crowdsourcing campaign to attend the race, which ultimately proved successful and the team returned for the season-ending race, bringing the grid up to 20 cars.[16][17] Although Caterham retained Kamui Kobayashi for the race,[18] Marcus Ericsson had terminated his contract with Caterham a week and a half before the race, forcing Caterham to hire another driver.[19] 24 Hours of Le Mans winner André Lotterer, who also drove for Caterham in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, was originally linked towards the role, but he turned down the offer.[20] Will Stevens, a former Marussia test driver, took the drive instead and made his Formula One debut.[21]

TyresEdit

For the first time since Pirelli became the sole tyre provider, they supplied the yellow-banded soft tyre as the prime compound, while the red-banded supersoft was the option selection for the event. The previous three seasons saw the medium and soft selections used.

Virtual Safety Car (VSC)Edit

The FIA again tested its Virtual Safety Car system, proposed for the 2015 season, to better deal with race track emergencies following the incident suffered by Jules Bianchi during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. The version tested in Abu Dhabi, however, was not preferred to that tested at the preceding United States and Brazilian Grands Prix.[22]

QualifyingEdit

Post-qualifyingEdit

Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were excluded from qualifying after their cars were found to have front wings that flexed under an aerodynamic load in contravention of the sporting regulations which prohibit movable aerodynamic devices. With their times disallowed, both drivers were relegated to the back of the grid.[23] The team was then forced to change their front wings so as to make their cars legal for the race – a parc fermé violation – and were further penalised, having to start the race from pit lane.

Romain Grosjean received a cumulative series of penalties for exceeding his quota of power unit components, totalling a twenty-place grid penalty. With Grosjean qualifying sixteenth—before Red Bull were excluded—he was unable to serve the full penalty. However, as the race marked the final Grand Prix of the 2014 season, the stewards were unable to carry the penalty over to the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, and so Grosjean was given a pit lane drive-through penalty in lieu of the remaining grid penalty.[23]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.308 1:41.459 1:40.480 1
2 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.207 1:40.920 1:40.866 2
3 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:42.346 1:41.376 1:41.025 3
4 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:41.475 1:41.144 1:41.119 4
5 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:42.302 1:42.082 1:41.908 5
6 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.137 1:41.875 1:41.964 6
7 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:42.439 1:42.168 1:42.236 7
8 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.467 1:41.940 1:42.866 8
9 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.104 1:42.198 9
10 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:42.413 1:42.207 10
11 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:42.654 1:42.239 11
12 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:42.444 1:42.384 12
13 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.746 1:43.074 13
14 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.768 18Template:Ref
15 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.819 14
16 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:42.860 15
17 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:44.540 16
18 46 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Will Stevens Caterham-Renault 1:45.095 17
EX 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:42.495 1:42.147 1:41.893 19Template:Ref
EX 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:42.204 1:41.692 1:41.267 20Template:Ref
107% time: 1:48.291
Source:[24]

Notes:

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 1:39:02.619 2 50
2 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 55 +2.576 4 36
3 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 55 +28.880 3 30
4 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 55 +37.237 PL 24
5 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1:00.334 6 20
6 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 55 +1:02.148 12 16
7 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 55 +1:11.060 11 12
8 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 55 +1:12.045 PL 8
9 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +1:25.813 8 4
10 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +1:27.820 7 2
11 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1:30.376 9
12 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 55 +1:31.947 10
13 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 54 +1 Lap 18
14 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 54 +1 Lap 1
15 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 14
16 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 13
17 46 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Will Stevens Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap 17
Ret 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 42 Vibration 16
Ret 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 26 Power unit 15
Ret 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 14 Power unit 5
Source:[25]

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 384
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 317
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo 238
1uparrow green.svg 2 4 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas 186
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 167
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 701
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 405
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 320
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 216
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 181

ReferencesEdit

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