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22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  2014 Chinese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Shanghai International Racing Circuit track map
Layout of the Shanghai International Circuit
Date 20 April 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix[1]
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Shanghai, China
Course Permanent racing facility
5.451 km (3.387 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 54 laps, 294.164 km (182.785 mi)</td></tr>

<tr> <td>Scheduled Distance</td><td colspan="2">56 laps, 305.066 km (189.559 mi)</td></tr>

Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:53.860
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Time 1:40.402 on lap 39
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari

The 2014 Chinese Grand Prix (formally the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 20 April 2014 at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China. The race was the fourth round of the 2014 Formula One season, and marked the eleventh time that the Chinese Grand Prix was held as a round for the Formula One World Championship.

Lewis Hamilton won the race comfortably after starting from pole position, leading from start to finish driving for the Mercedes team. Nico Rosberg finished second in the other Mercedes with Fernando Alonso third in a Ferrari. Although contested over 56 laps, the race result was declared after 54 laps, as the chequered flag was erroneously shown one lap early. The leading positions were not affected by this error.

As a consquence of the race, Rosberg's lead in the Drivers' Championship was reduced to four points, with Alonso a further thirty-four behind. In the World Constructors Championship, Red Bull passed Force India for second position, ninety-six points behind Mercedes.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Heading into the third round of the season, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was leading the Drivers' Championship with 61 points; Rosberg's team-mate Lewis Hamilton was second on 50 points, 11 points behind Rosberg. Behind Rosberg and Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship, Nico Hülkenberg was third on 28 points, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button on 26 and 23 points respectively. In the Constructors Championship, Mercedes were leading with 111 points and Force India were second on 44 points, with McLaren third on 43 points.

Prior to the race weekend, Stefano Domenicali resigned from position as Ferrari team principal citing the team's poor start to the season and their longest winless streak for 18 years.[2] Domenicali was replaced by the President and CEO of Ferrari North America Marco Mattiacci.[3]

Like the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli brought its white-banded medium compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the yellow-banded soft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.[4]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Three practice sessions were held before the race; the first on Friday morning and the second on Friday afternoon. Both sessions lasted one and a half hours. The third session was held on Saturday morning and lasted an hour.[5]

The qualifying session held on Saturday afternoon was split into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes and eliminated the cars from qualifying that finished the session 16th or lower. The second part of qualifying lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 16. The final part of qualifying determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position. Cars which completed in the final session of qualifying were not allowed to change tyres before the race, and as such started the race on the tyres they set their quickest lap on.[5]

Qualifying took place under wet conditions, with all drivers using either intermediate or full wet tyres. Hamilton clinched his third pole positon for the season, with a time of 1:53.860. As a result, Hamilton became the all-time pole position driver for Britain, surpassing Jim Clark's record of 33 pole positions.[6] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Riccardo with team-mate Vettel qualifying third. Rosberg qualified fourth, 1.2 seconds behind Hamilton and Alonso qualified fifth. Massa, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten. Räikkönen only managed 11th - missing out on the top ten for the second time in 2014 having struggled with the balance and handling of his car during the session.[7] Jenson Button was the best placed McLaren in 12th, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, Adrian Sutil, Button's team-mate Kevin Magnussen, with Sergio Pérez qualifying 16th. Pérez's team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez was 17th, with the rest of the field consisting of the Caterham and Marussia cars. Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado did not take part in the qualifying sessions,[8] but was allowed to start the race.

RaceEdit

The race was raced over 56 laps, however the chequered flag was shown to Lewis Hamilton at end of lap 55 by mistake. According to Article 43.2 of the FIA Sporting Regulations this meant that the race officially finished at the end of lap 54.[5] This meant that Kamui Kobayashi's overtake of Jules Bianchi on the final lap did not stand.[9]

Post-raceEdit

As a consquence of the race, Hamilton reduced Rosberg's lead over him in the Drivers' Championship to four points. Alonso moved up to third position passing Hülkenberg with Vettel maintaining fifth place and Ricciardo moved from 10th to 6th. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes increased their lead, with Red Bull jumping ahead of Force India for second position and Ferrari moving to fourth, ahead of McLaren who fell from third to fifth position.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:55.516 1:54.029 1:53.860 1
2 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:56.641 1:55.302 1:54.455 2
3 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:55.926 1:54.499 1:54.960 3
4 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:56.058 1:55.294 1:55.143 4
5 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:56.961 1:55.765 1:55.637 5
6 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:56.850 1:56.757 1:56.147 6
7 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:56.501 1:56.253 1:56.282 7
8 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:55.913 1:56.847 1:56.366 8
9 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:57.477 1:56.584 1:56.773 9
10 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:58.411 1:56.407 1:57.079 10
11 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:58.279 1:56.860 11
12 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.783 1:56.963 12
13 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:57.261 1:57.289 13
14 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:58.138 1:57.393 14
15 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.369 1:57.675 15
16 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:58.362 1:58.264 16
17 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:58.988 17
18 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:59.260 18
19 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:59.326 19
20 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2:00.646 20
21 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2:00.865 21
107% time: 2:03.602
22 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault no time 22
Source:[8]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 54 1:33:28.338 1 25
2 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 54 +18.686 4 18
3 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 54 +25.765 5 15
4 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 54 +26.978 2 12
5 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 54 +51.012 3 10
6 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 54 +57.581 8 8
7 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 54 +58.145 7 6
8 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 54 +1:23.990 11 4
9 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 54 +1:26.489 16 2
10 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 53 +1 lap 13 1
11 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1 lap 12
12 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 53 +1 lap 9
13 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1 lap 15
14 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 53 +1 lap 22
15 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 53 +1 lap 6
16 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 53 +1 lap 17
17 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 53 +1 lap 19
18 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 53 +1 lap 18
19 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 52 +2 laps 21
20 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 52 +2 laps 20
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 28 Gearbox 10
Ret 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 5 Engine 14
Source:[10]

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 79
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 75
3 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 41
4 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg 36
5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 33
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 154
2 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 57
3 22px-Flag of India Force India-Mercedes 54
4 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 52
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 43
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Johnson, Daniel (14 April 2014). "Stefano Domenicali quits as Ferrari team principal after poor start to new Formula One season". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/ferrari/10765073/Stefano-Domenicali-quits-as-Ferrari-team-principal-after-poor-start-to-new-Formula-One-season.html. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. Noble, Jonathan (14 April 2014). "Stefano Domenicali steps down as Ferrari F1 team boss". Autosport (Haymarket Consumer Media). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/113446. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  4. "Pirelli reveal tyre choices for first four races". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 3 March 2014. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2014/3/15524.html. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF). FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 February 2014. http://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/regulation/file/1-2014%20SPORTING%20REGULATIONS%202014-02-28.pdf. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  6. Duncan, Phil (19 April 2014). "CHINESE GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING: Hamilton seals record pole in Shanghai". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2607876/LIVE-CHINESE-GRAND-PRIX-QUALIFYING-follow-drama-Shanghai-Hamilton-bids-record-pole.html. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  7. "Qualifying analysis - Hamilton and Red Bull shine in Shanghai rain". formula1.com (Formula One Adminstration). 19 April 2014. http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2014/4/15750.html. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix". formula1.com. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/917/7334/. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  9. Gill, Pete (20 April 2014). "Chinese GP race result rewound after chequered flag is waved prematurely!". Sky Sports (BSkyB). http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/9274835/chinese-gp-race-result-rewinded-after-chequered-flag-is-waved-prematurely. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  10. "2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Results". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 20 April 2014. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/917/7335/. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

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