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22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg  2014 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details[1]
Race 2 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Sepang.svg
Date 30 March 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.543 km (3.444 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.879 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Dry, 32°C
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:59.431
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:43.066 on lap 53
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault

The 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix,[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 30 March 2014 at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Like the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli brought its orange-banded hard compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the white-banded medium compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.[2]

Prior to the race, there was a minute's silence as a mark of respect to the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean three weeks prior. Drivers also carried messages on their cars and helmets.[3]

QualifyingEdit

Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes on pole position, the 33rd of his career. He thus equalled Jim Clark for most poles of a British Formula One driver. Behind him was Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg.

RaceEdit

Lewis Hamilton dominated the race, flying away at the start. Nico Hülkenberg also had a good start from seventh place, briefly battling with Kimi Räikkönen before getting stuck up behind Fernando Alonso. Sergio Pérez did not start the race due to a gearbox issue.

There was a first lap incident when Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi collided with one another, effectively ending the race for both of the drivers. Bianchi would later receive a penalty for his actions despite Marussia officials' claims that the incident was due to a collision with Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne hitting the back of the Marussia. At the end of the first lap, the top four – Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo – had effectively escaped the rest of the pack and the grid was unchanged until the last ten laps of the race.[4]

Hülkenberg fought a lengthy battle with Alonso for fourth place, ultimately losing it due to Alonso's fresh tyres, as Force India were the only team in the top five to have successfully executed a two-stop pit strategy, while the others stuck to three stops. Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Jenson Button battled for sixth place, during which Massa received the radio message, "Felipe, Valtteri is faster than you," reminding him of his years as a number-two driver for Ferrari.[5]

Both the Saubers of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez had retired after Sutil experienced an electrical failure and Gutiérrez experienced a gearbox failure, preventing him from getting out of neutral gear. Ricciardo was having a good race until his third pit-stop, when he was released before his left-front tyre was correctly fastened. He then had to be pushed back into the pits. He then experienced the failure of his front wing, leading him to make the decision to retire.[6]

Räikkönen had a terrible race from the start after Kevin Magnussen's McLaren clipped his right rear tyre going into the first corner on lap 2, causing a puncture. He ultimately finished twelfth, 0.1 seconds behind the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Hamilton led every lap of the race and set the fastest lap and thus took the first Grand Chelem of his career, giving Mercedes their first 1-2 finish since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, after Rosberg finished second and Vettel third. Alonso came in fourth after a last-lap battle with Hülkenberg who finished fifth, almost forty seconds ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, who was able to hold off both of Williams' drivers, Massa and Bottas, who finished seventh and eighth respectively giving Williams a one point lead over Force India. Magnussen finshed ninth for McLaren and the top ten was completed by Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso. Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson finished thirteenth and fourteenth for Caterham, effectively putting them ahead of Marussia in the Constructors' Championship standings.[7]

Post-raceEdit

Daniel Ricciardo was given a 10-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Red Bull team released his car in an unsafe manner from his pit box.[8] Kevin Magnussen and Jules Bianchi both received two penalty points each, along with Valtteri Bottas after Bottas was accused of impeding Ricciardo during qualifying.[9][10]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:57.202 1:59.041 1:59.431 1
2 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:57.654 1:59.399 1:59.486 2
3 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:57.183 1:59.445 2:00.050 3
4 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:58.889 2:01.356 2:00.175 4
5 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:58.913 2:00.147 2:00.541 5
6 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:59.257 2:01.532 2:01.218 6
7 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:58.883 2:00.839 2:01.712 7
8 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 2:00.356 2:02.094 2:02.213 8
9 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 2:01.689 2:02.096 2:03.078 9
10 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2:00.889 2:01.810 2:04.053 10
11 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 2:01.175 2:02.351 11
12 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 2:01.134 2:02.369 12
13 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 2:00.047 2:02.460 13
14 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 2:00.076 2:02.511 14
15 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:59.709 2:02.756 18 1
16 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2:00.202 2:02.885 15
17 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 2:02.074 16
18 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 2:02.131 17
19 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 2:02.702 19
20 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 2:03.595 20
21 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2:04.388 21
22 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2:04.407 22
107% time: 2:05.385
Source: [11]
Notes

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1:40:25.974 1 25
2 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +17.313 3 18
3 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 56 +24.534 2 15
4 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +35.992 4 12
5 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +47.199 7 10
6 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1:23.691 10 8
7 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 56 +1:25.076 13 6
8 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 56 +1:25.537 18 4
9 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1 lap 8 2
10 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 55 +1 lap 11 1
11 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +1 lap 15
12 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +1 lap 6
13 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 55 +1 lap 20
14 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 54 +2 laps 22
15 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 54 +2 laps 21
Ret 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 49 Technical 5
Ret 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 35 Gearbox 12
Ret 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 32 Electrics 17
Ret 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 18 Power unit 9
Ret 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 8 Brakes 19
Ret 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 7 Engine 16
DNS 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 0 Gearbox 14
Source:[12]

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 43
1uparrow green.svg 17 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 25
1uparrow green.svg 1 3 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 24
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 23
1downarrow red.svg 3 5 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen 20
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1uparrow green.svg 1 1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 68
1downarrow red.svg 1 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 43
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 30
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 20
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 22px-Flag of India Force India-Mercedes 19
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/malaysia_915/circuit_diagram.html. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. "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. 
  3. "Formula 1 to honour MH370 passengers". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 March 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/26766623. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. "Lewis Hamilton wins Malaysian GP". ESPN.com. Associated Press (ESPN, Inc.). 30 March 2014. http://espn.go.com/racing/f1/story/_/id/10697778/lewis-hamilton-leads-mercedes-1-2-malaysian-grand-prix. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. Barretto, Lawrence (30 March 2014). "Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: as it happened". BBC Sport. BBC. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/26800835. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. Clancy, Rebecca (30 March 2014). "Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/10732429/Malaysian-Grand-Prix-2014-as-it-happened-March-30-2014.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. Weaver, Paul (30 March 2014). "Lewis Hamilton leads from the front to win his first Malaysian Grand Prix". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/mar/30/lewis-hamilton-wins-f1-malaysia-gp. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  8. "Daniel Ricciardo gets Bahrain grid penalty". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 30 March 2014. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/113189. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gill, Pete (29 March 2014). "Malaysia GP grid demotion for Williams' Valtteri Bottas after Daniel Ricciardo clash". Sky Sports (BSkyB). http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/27993/9238064/malaysia-gp-grid-demotion-for-williams-valtteri-bottas-after-daniel-ricciardo-clash. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  10. "Magnussen and Bianchi get penalty points". ESPN F1 (ESPN Sports Media Ltd.). 30 March 2014. http://www.espn.co.uk/malaysia/motorsport/story/151697.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  11. "2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 29 March 2014. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/915/7322/. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  12. "2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix — Results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 30 March 2014. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/915/7323/. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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