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22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)  2014 Belgian Grand Prix
Race details[1][2]
Race 12 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Spa-Francorchamps of Belgium.svg
Layout of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit
Date 24 August 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Stavelot, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
7.004 km (4.352 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 44 laps, 308.052 km (191.415 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Time 2:05.591
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Time 1:50.511 on lap 36
Podium
First 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
Second Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes

The 2014 Belgian Grand Prix (formally the 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race held on 24 August 2014 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium.[2] It was the twelfth round of the 2014 Formula One season, and the 70th Belgian Grand Prix. The race, contested over 44 laps, was won by Daniel Ricciardo for the Red Bull team, after starting from fifth position. Nico Rosberg finished second in a Mercedes, with Valtteri Bottas third for the Williams team.

The victory was Ricciardo's second consective win; he started from 4th on the grid to win the Hungarian Grand Prix four weeks prior. Rosberg's second place increased his gap to Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship to 29 points. Mercedes established an 157 point lead over Red Bull team in the Constructors' Championship, with seven races of the season remaining.[3]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Grand Prix was contesed by eleven teams, each of two drivers. The teams, also known as constructors, were Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia and Caterham. Tyre supplier Pirelli brought four different tyre compounds for the race; two dry compounds, the medium "primes" and the soft "options" and two wet-weather compounds, the intermediate and full wet. The drag reduction system (DRS) had two activation zones for the race; one was on the start/finish straight from the final to first corners, and the second on the straight between turns four and five.[4]

Going into the race, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led the Drivers' Championship with 202 points, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton with 191 points and Daniel Ricciardo with 131. Fernando Alonso was fourth with 115 points while Valtteri Bottas was fifth with 95 points.[4] In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes were leading with 393 points and Red Bull were second with 219 points. Ferrari with 142 points and Williams with 135 points contended for third place, with Force India fifth with 98 points.[4] Mercedes had so far dominated the championship, winning nine out of the eleven previous races, with Ricciardo winning the Canadian and Hungarian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen, Bottas and Alonso had each gained second place finishes, and Vettel, Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez had achieved third place podium finishes.[4]

There were two driver changes heading into the race. Having been in one of the two Caterham cars since the first race of the season in Australia, Kamui Kobayashi was replaced by three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner André Lotterer.[5] The second driver change was Alexander Rossi who was drafted into Marussia to replace Max Chilton. Chilton had part of the team since the first round and was sidelined for Belgium, as a result of "contractual issues".[6] Marussia later announced on August 22 that Chilton's race seat was reinstated, and Rossi only took part in the event's first practice session.[7]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Three practice sessions were held before the race; two 90 minute sessions on Friday and one lasting an hour on Saturday.[8] Rosberg was the fastest driver in the first practice session, ahead of Hamilton and Alonso.[9] Hamilton was fastest in the second session, ahead of Rosberg, Alonso and Felipe Massa – although the Mercedes driver had run wide during the practice session. The session was disrupted by incidents as Pastor Maldonado struck the barriers and Esteban Gutiérrez spun off – both incidents requiring a suspension as marshals needed to clear the track of both cars.[10]

The qualifying session on Saturday afternoon was split into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes and eliminated the cars from qualifying that finished 17th or lower. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver to set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. The second part of qualifying lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars in positions 11 to 16. The final part of qualifying determined positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position.[8]

Rosberg took his seventh pole positions of the season, and his first at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with a time of 2:05.591.[11]

RaceEdit

The race started at 14:00 local time (UTC+1). The conditions on the grid were dry before the race. Alonso's car stalled on the grid, and later got off the grid to retake his starting position. The race was made controversial when on lap 2 the two Mercedes drivers collided going into Les Combes, puncturing Hamilton's tire and damaging Rosberg's front wing.[12] The incident was later deemed Rosberg's fault by the Mercedes team.[13]

Post-raceEdit

The race result left Rosberg leading the Drivers' Championship with 220 points. Hamilton, who failed to score in Belgium, was second with 191 points, 35 points ahead of Ricciardo and 70 ahead of Alonso. Bottas was fifth with 110 points. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes maintained their lead with 411 points, Red Bull retained second with 254 points, and Ferrari remained in third with 160 points, with seven races of the season remaining.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2:07.130 2:06.723 2:05.591 1
2 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2:07.280 2:06.609 2:05.819 2
3 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red BullRenault 2:10.105 2:08.868 2:07.717 3
4 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2:10.197 2:08.450 2:07.786 4
5 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red BullRenault 2:10.089 2:08.989 2:07.911 5
6 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas WilliamsMercedes 2:09.250 2:08.451 2:08.049 6
7 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLarenMercedes 2:11.081 2:08.901 2:08.679 7
8 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 2:09.885 2:08.646 2:08.780 8
9 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa WilliamsMercedes 2:08.403 2:08.833 2:09.178 9
10 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLarenMercedes 2:10.529 2:09.272 2:09.776 10
11 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 2:10.445 2:09.377 11
12 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 2:09.811 2:09.805 12
13 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 2:10.666 2:10.084 13
14 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 2:11.051 2:10.238 14
15 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2:10.898 2:11.087 15
16 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 2:11.051 2:12.470 16
17 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 2:11.261 17
18 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2:11.267 18
19 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2:12.566 19
20 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 2:13.414 20
21 45 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Caterham-Renault 2:13.469 21
22 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2:14.438 22
107% time: 2:16.029
Source:[14]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 44 1:24:36.556 5 25
2 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 +3.383 1 18
3 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 44 +28.032 6 15
4 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 44 +36.815 8 12
5 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 44 +52.196 3 10
6 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 44 +54.580 10 8
7 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 44 +1:01.162 4 6
8 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 44 +1:04.293 13 4
9 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 44 +1:05.347 11 2
10 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 44 +1:05.697 18 1
11 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 44 +1:11.920 12
12 1 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 44 +1:14.262 7
13 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 44 +1:15.975 9
14 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 44 +1:22.447 14
15 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 44 +1:30.825 20
16 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 43 +1 lap 19
17 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 43 +1 lap 22
18 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 39 Gearbox 16
Ret 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 38 Collision damage 2
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 33 Power unit 15
Ret 45 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1 Electrical 21
Ret 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1 Exhaust 17
Source:[15]

1 — Kevin Magnussen originally finished sixth but had 20s added to race time for forcing Fernando Alonso off track.[15]

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 220
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 191
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo 156
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 121
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas 110
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 411
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 254
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 160
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 150
1uparrow green.svg 1 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 105
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "World Motor Sports Council". FIA. 4 December 2013. http://www.fia.com/news/world-motor-sport-council-3. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  3. "Daniel Ricciardo wins Belgian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton is forced to retire after collision with team-mate Nico Rosberg". Daily Mail. 24 August 2014. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2733116/Daniel-Ricciardo-wins-Belgian-Grand-Prix-Lewis-Hamilton-forced-retire-collision-team-mate-Nico-Rosberg.html. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
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  7. Galloway, James (22 August 2014). "Max Chilton to race in Belgian GP after all as Marussia U-turn on Alex Rossi decision". Sky Sports F1. BSkyB. http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/17581/9432885/max-chilton-replaced-by-alexander-rossi-at-marussia-for-the-belgian-gp. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 12 March 2014. http://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/regulation/file/1-2014%20SPORTING%20REGULATIONS%202014-02-28.pdf. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  9. Codling, Stuart (22 August 2014). "Belgian GP: Nico Rosberg quickest in opening practice session". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115482. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. Benson, Andrew (22 August 2014). "Belgian GP: Hamilton dominant in second practice at Spa". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/28901447. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  11. Benson, Andrew (23 August 2014). "Lewis Hamilton beaten to pole by Nico Rosberg at Belgian GP". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/28912696. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  12. "Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg crashed into him on purpose in Belgian Grand Prix". Daily Telegraph. 24 August 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/11054124/Lewis-Hamilton-says-Mercedes-team-mate-Nico-Rosberg-crashed-into-him-on-purpose-in-Belgian-Grand-Prix.html. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  13. "Daniel Ricciardo wins F1's Belgian GP as Hamilton-Rosberg spat reignites". Guardian. 24 August 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/24/daniel-ricciardo-lewis-hamilton-nico-rosberg-grand-prix. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  14. "Belgian Grand Prix 2014 Qualifying Results". formula1.com. 23 August 2014. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/927/7382/. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
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