July 7, 2014

2014 British GP: the fans win!

Lewis Hamilton won the British GP to the delight of the home crowd but it's F1 fans the world over who really won. Sunday's race had almost all you could ask for in a race. Surprise, drama, fights and redemption. The only thing that could have made it better was if the Mercedes were not quite so dominant and you had one race rather than two separate ones.

In race #1, I'm not convinced Hamilton would have caught Rosberg despite the certainty British commentators seem to have. Hamilton only started making ground up when Rosberg's gearbox started acting up. In the end it had to be that the German's reliability streak would end and Hamilton inherited a win. He was so far ahead of the field Mercedes made an extra pit stop for safety, even with the extra stop, he finished 30 seconds ahead of second place Bottas.
Comparisons with Mohammed Ali aside, the championship is now reset which is more fun than if one of the two ran away with it and redemption for Hamilton after a string of unforced errors.

But the real treat was what happened in race #2 after the crazy qualifying and the nasty first lap accident for Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi's annus horribilis continues with no sign of respite. That was a 47G hit, head on into the guard rail. It took an hour for the British track workers to replace the piece of armco he bent.  Not sure why he decided to go on the grass, perhaps he was thinking he was still on the lawnmower?

Great races from Bottas and Ricciardo, both going long on their tires, Bottas came from 14, while Daniel from 8th on the grid. fantastic drives from both.

Everyone would have loved to have seen Button on the podium, if anything just to see the expression on Ron Dennis' face after his somewhat harsh remarks before the race. But, that was not to be.

Arguably the best show of the race were the Vettel- Alonso battles.

Alonso, after shooting himself in the foot twice, first in qualifying and then at the start of the race where he had a senior moment and overshot his grid spot, had just an epic drive.  The sheer determination in dragging a car that was clearly nervous and twitchy from 16th on the grid all the way to fourth before his pit+ 5 sec. penalty stop.
 He passed people in every possible place and in every possible way. His pass on Vettel, on the outside of Copse was epic.  Interesting to watch the onboard and see how we was taking some very different lines in the slower corners to help with Ferrari's traction issues.

Vettel, on a two stopper, chased down Alonso who was on older tires and their dogfight was one of the best in many years.  Alonso knew he did not have the speed but man did he make Vettel work for it.

What a show, fans won!

Enjoy this driving master class

Pos Driver                Team/Car                 Time/Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 2h26m52.094s
 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        +30.135s
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         +46.495s
 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +47.390s
 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         +53.864s
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  +59.946s
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         +1m02.563s
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     +1m28.692s
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       +1m29.340s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       -1 lap
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     -1 lap
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           -1 lap
14. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         -1 lap
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         -2 laps
16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         -2 laps
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            -3 laps


    Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 28 laps
    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         11 laps
    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            9 laps
    Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1  laps
    Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   0  laps

Drivers' championship          Constructors' championship
 1. Nico Rosberg      165      1. Mercedes             326   
 2. Lewis Hamilton    161      2. Red Bull-Renault     168   
 3. Daniel Ricciardo  98       3. Ferrari              106
 4. Fernando Alonso   87       4. Williams-Mercedes    103
 5. Valtteri Bottas   73       5. Force India-Mercedes 91 
 6. Sebastian Vettel  70       6. McLaren-Mercedes     90 
 7. Nico Hulkenberg   63       7. Toro Rosso-Renault   15 
 8. Jenson Button     55       8. Lotus-Renault        8  
 9. Kevin Magnussen   35       9. Marussia-Ferrari     2  
10. Felipe Massa      30      10. Sauber-Ferrari       0  
11. Sergio Perez      28      11. Caterham-Renault     0  
12. Kimi Raikkonen    19                                    
13. Jean-Eric Vergne  9                                     
14. Romain Grosjean   8    
15. Daniil Kvyat      6    
16. Jules Bianchi     2    

(via Autosport)


  1. Well, I for one put most of the "blame" on Nigel Mansell. Even off the track he still contributes to the show.

  2. what about the radio messages of Vettel and Alonso?
    First Vettel whining about Alsonso not leaving him space, then Alonso about Vettel leaving the course with all four wheels.. then Vettel again about space and Alonso leaving the course..
    And at the end Alonso complaining about Vettel using DRS outside the zone..

    Great Racing, but what a bunch of whiners..
    But i blame F1.. they are no longer used to Racing...

  3. meh, yeah they complained but they raced hard too and in the end that was what mattered. Imagine finding the time to bitch while interlocking wheels at 200km/h?

  4. but vettel was still whining in post-race interview, but yeah alonso had legitimate point esp on the lap where vettel overtook him.

    Love kmag going off-track after alonso's overtake, hes probably stunned lol

  5. Fangio, Clark, Alonso are all equal in my eyes.

  6. I fully believe that Alonso is the best driver on the circuit currently, but the amount of hype surrounding these laps is a bit much. This ain't no Arnoux vs Villeneuve.

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  8. Interesting the see Alonso implement the old "dive-bomber" technique. When you're under attack in a fairly quick succession of tight turns, you swing wide to protect the outside, then dive sharply into the turn to protect the the inside. This way the following corner doesn't come back in your opponents favor. Its unfortunate that Alonso's talent is being wasted at Ferrari. It reminds me of Jean Alesi in the early 90's. When he decided to leave Tyrrrel he had the option to go to either Williams or Ferrari. Of course he chose Ferrari and only won one race. If he had been at Williams during the early to mid 90's he would have undoubtedly been World Champ several times over. ***ATTENTION ALL DRIVERS THINKING OF GOING TO FERRARI- BEFORE YOU GET ALL GIDDY TO WORK AT MARANELLO, MAKE SURE THERE'S AERO AND TECHNICAL TALENT IN THE TEAM, BEFORE YOU GET THERE, OTHERWISE....YOU'RE SCREWED!!!!*** If you don't believe me, give Fernando Alonso call. He'll tell you all about it.


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