|Race 16 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season|
Layout of the Sochi Autodrom
|Date||12 October 2014|
|Official name||2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix|
|Location|| Sochi Autodrom, |
Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
|Course|| Semi-permanent racing facility |
5.853 km (3.637 mi)</td></tr>
|Distance||53 laps, 310.209 km (192.791 mi)</td></tr>|
|Time||1:40.896 on lap 53|
The 2014 Russian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix; ) was a Formula One motor race held on 12 October 2014. The race, contested over fifty-three laps, was held at the Sochi Autodrom, a brand new circuit built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. It was won by Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes.
The race was the sixteenth round of the 2014 season, following on from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka one week previously, and preceding the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. The race marked the first time that the Russian Grand Prix has been held in a century, and will also be the first time the Russian Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the championship was formed in 1950.
Lewis Hamilton won the race after starting from pole position. His team-mate Nico Rosberg finished second, after coming back from a botched overtaking manoeuvre on the first lap. The result assured the Mercedes team of winning the constructors' championship.
With the circuit being built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee voiced concerns that construction of the circuit would interrupt preparations for the Olympics, and so were given the power to delay the race until 2015 if preparations for the race interfered with the Winter Olympics; the first time a sporting federation outside the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile had such power over a Grand Prix. However, the Olympic Games started without interruption, and the IOC did not exercise their power. FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting inspected the circuit in the week before the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix and gave it the FIA's final seal of approval, allowing the race to go ahead.
Following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, allegations of Russian involvement in the incident and the Russian military intervention in the country, there were calls from the British Conservative Party for Formula One to abandon the race as part of sanctions placed on the Russian government, as the race was established with financial support from the government. Similar suggestions were made from British and German parliamentarians over Russia's hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
When responding to questions about the race—and humanitarian concerns over the revival of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan given the country's human rights record—Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner refused to offer any kind of judgement, pointing out that it was the responsibility of the FIA to monitor the situation and act accordingly; a position supported by Mercedes director Toto Wolff. Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the sport's commercial rights holder, publicly stated that he had "no doubts" about the race taking place in the wake of the crash, and distanced the sport from ongoing political debates. With Russia facing increased economic sanctions from the European Union and United States, deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak noted that the Grand Prix would not be affected in the event such sanctions were implemented.
- Main article: 2014 Sochi GP2 and GP3 Series rounds
The GP2 and GP3 Series—a pair of feeder championships for drivers preparing for Formula One—will also make their début at the circuit, racing in support of the Grand Prix as the penultimate round of the 2014 GP2 and GP3 championships.
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffered serious head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix when he crashed into a tractor trying to recover Adrian Sutil's Sauber under yellow-flag conditions, ruling him out of the Russian Grand Prix. Per FIA regulations, the team entered two cars, with Alexander Rossi, their testing and reserve driver, being named as Bianchi's replacement for the event. However, before Friday's practice sessions and with FIA approval, the team opted not to run the second car and Max Chilton was the their sole representative, leaving the grid at twenty-one cars. As a sign of respect to Bianchi and his family, the team built up and placed his car in his side of the paddock and had his livery placed on the walls for duration of the weekend.
Pastor Maldonado incurred a ten-place penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix for exceeding his quota of five engine components for the season. However, as he qualified seventeenth, he was unable to take the full penalty as doing so would move him past twenty-second and last place on the grid. Under new rules introduced for the 2014 season, the remainder of the penalty was carried over to the Russian Grand Prix, automatically giving him a five-place penalty.
Tyre supplier Pirelli announced that they would be providing teams with their medium-compound tyre as a "prime" tyre and the soft-compound as the "option" tyre for the Grand Prix to cope with the brand-new surface and to tolerate the high lateral loads placed on the tyre, particularly through Turn 4, an elongated constant-radius corner with estimated speeds of 200 kph (124 mph) that stands out as the longest corner on the Formula One calendar.
Drag Reduction SystemEdit
Two Drag Reduction System (DRS) zones were introduced for the race. The detection point for the first was located on the entry to Turn 1, with the activation zone placed on the apex of the corner. The second detection point was positioned along the circuit's back straight, with the activation zone encompassing Turns 12 and 13.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the first Free Practice session, seven hundredths of a second ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, and two tenths of a second faster than McLaren's Jenson Button. Elsewhere, Williams' Valtteri Bottas carried out limited running after the tyre blankets designed to keep his tyres at the optimal operating temperature were found to have failed, damaging his tyres. Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin made his Formula One début, driving for Sauber in the place of Esteban Gutiérrez. He finished the session seventeenth overall, two and a half seconds slower than Rosberg and four tenths of a second behind Sauber compatriot Adrian Sutil. Roberto Merhi also took part, driving in the place of Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi in his third appearance of the season for the team.
Mercedes once again led the way in the second free practice session, finishing eight tenths of a second ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Rosberg finished fourth, though his time was not representative after he made a mistake on his final flying lap. Hamilton was again fastest in the third practice session, three tenths of a second quicker than Rosberg, with Bottas in third. Several drivers encountered trouble whilst simulating a qualifying lap, most notably Magnussen, who damaged his suspension after running wide over a kerb; and Hamilton, who spun at the penultimate corner, narrowly avoiding the wall. Pastor Maldonado was unable to set a lap time after his Energy Recovery System failed. Aided by practice and qualifying sessions from the GP2 and GP3 Series support categories, the track evolved to the point where drivers were setting lap times three and a half seconds quicker ahead of qualifying than they had been at the start of the weekend.
Following the first day's running, officials made several changes to the circuit, including the installation of speed bumps in the Turn 2-3 run-off area to discourage drivers from deliberately running wide to carry more speed into Turn 4. The pit lane speed was also revised from 80 kph (50 mph) to 60 kph (37 mph) to address concerns over the narrow pit entry and its tight corners.
Lewis Hamilton topped the first period, going under 1:39.000 for the first time all weekend. Nico Rosberg was a close second, with Valtteri Bottas the only other driver within a second of Hamilton's lap time. Marcus Ericsson was eliminated in seventeenth place, once again out-qualifying team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, who finished nineteenth. After struggling with another engine fault, Pastor Maldonado could only set a time good enough for twentieth, out-qualifying the sole Marussia of Max Chilton. Williams driver Felipe Massa proved to be a shock elimination, struggling with a fuel flow issue that left him down on power; he was recorded going through the speed trap on the approach to Turn 2 some 23 kph (15 mph) slower than Bottas, the fastest driver through the speed trap, and qualified eighteenth for his first Q1 elimination since the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton, Rosberg and Bottas once again led the way in Q2, which saw several drivers in a close fight to avoid elimination. Having struggled with a lack of pace over the course of the weekend, Sebastian Vettel missed out on a Q3 berth by a tenth of a second. He was followed by the Force Indias of Nico Hülkenberg in twelfth and Sergio Pérez in thirteenth, while Esteban Gutiérrez out-qualified Adrian Sutil to give the Saubers fourteenth and fifteenth. Romain Grosjean was the final driver eliminated in Q2 despite having improved upon his Q1 time.
The Mercedes drivers continued to dominate in the final ten-minute period, but the rapid evolution of the circuit came to an abrupt halt after the first timed laps, and neither Hamilton nor Rosberg were able to improve their times, leaving Hamilton with provisional pole. Despite the lap times dropping off, Valtteri Bottas was able to best Hamilton's time through the first two sectors, and maintained a pace that sugggested he could steal a maiden pole position until he made an unforced error in the final corner. Jenson Button finished fourth, with Kevin Magnussen proving McLaren's newfound performance was no accident in sixth. Daniil Kvyat secured a career-best fifth place in his home Grand Prix, while Daniel Ricciardo out-qualified team-mate Vettel for the eleventh time in 2014 with seventh. Ferrari endured their most difficult qualifying session since the British Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen closely matched, but over two seconds behind Hamilton. Jean-Éric Vergne finished tenth overall, ensuring two Toro Rossos in the top ten.
Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg received five-place grid penalties for gearbox changes, demoting them to eleventh and seventeenth places respectively. Pastor Maldonado qualified in twentieth which became twenty-first once his carry-over penalty was applied. Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton also received a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.Template:Refn
|5||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:40.074||1:39.296||1:39.277||5|
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||1:40.519||1:39.666||1:39.635||6|
|10||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:40.354||1:39.929||1:40.020||9|
|11||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:40.382||1:40.052||10|
|12||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:40.273||1:40.058||171|
|13||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:40.723||1:40.163||12|
|107% time: 1:45.672|
- — Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hülkenberg, Max Chilton, and Pastor Maldonado received a five-place grid penalty for changing their gearboxes.
- — Pastor Maldonado received a five-place grid penalty to complete the penalty he received for exceeding his quota of five engine components for the season at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Bold text shows Drivers and Teams still with a mathematical change of winning the championship.
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- ↑ "GP2 Series 2014 season calendar unveiled". GP2Series.com (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 6 December 2013. http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2013/12_December/GP2-Series-2014-season-calendar-unveiled/. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- ↑ "2014 Calendar". GP3Series.com. GP3 Motorsport Limited. http://www.gp3series.com/Calendar/. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- ↑ "Jules Bianchi undergoes surgery in hospital after suffering 'severe' head injuries". skysportsf1.com (BSkyB). 5 October 2014. http://www1.skysports.com/f1/report/28593/9504602/jules-bianchi-undergoes-surgery-in-hospital-after-suffering-severe-head-injuries. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
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- ↑ Collantine, Keith (3 October 2014). "Maldonado set for ten-place grid penalty". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2014/10/03/maldonado-set-ten-place-grid-penalty/. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
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- ↑ 31.0 31.1 "2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix — Free Practice 1 results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 October 2014. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/930/7397/. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- ↑ "2014 Russian Grand PrixView". caterhamf1.com (Caterham F1 Team). 8 October 2014. http://www.caterhamf1.com/news/2014/2014-russian-grand-prixview. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
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- ↑ 34.0 34.1 "2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix — Free Practice 3 results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 11 October 2014. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/930/7399/. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
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- ↑ http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/930/7400/speed_trap.html
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