Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 Formula 1 : Lewis Hamilton took three consecutive wins with a comfortable victory in China

2014 F1 Chinese GP winner : N0.44 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

  • Beats team-mate Rosberg by 18.6s
  • Rosberg retains championship lead by just four points
  • Alonso takes first podium of 2014 ahead of Ricciardo

Lewis Hamilton took three consecutive wins for the first time in his F1 career with a comfortable victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Leading away from pole position, Hamilton eased clear of the field and eventually won by 18.6 seconds from team-mate Nico Rosberg, who recovered from a poor start to take second place and retain a slender four-point championship lead. Rosberg had to pass Fernando Alonso in the final stint – which he did with ease – but Alonso had enough pace to hold on to third.

Daniel Ricciardo was closing down the Ferrari in the closing laps having pit later for the final time, but was unable to get within striking distance and had to settle for fourth. Ricciardo was perhaps not helped by two laps stuck behind Sebastian Vettel despite his team-mate having been ordered to move aside. Vettel himself came home fifth as he appeared to struggle more with his tyres than Ricciardo.

Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth – his fourth consecutive top-six finish this season – ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat.

Hamilton's victory was never in doubt once he got away well off the line ahead of the fast-starting Vettel and Alonso. Felipe Massa made a flying start but touched wheels with Alonso on the run to Turn 1, momentarily being launched in to the air, while Vettel had to defend from Alonso in to Turn 5.

Rosberg dropped as far as seventh place after contact with Bottas but recovered his first position from Hulkenberg in to the final corner at the end of the opening lap. He soon made more progress as he passed Massa at the Turn 14 hairpin, and Massa's day soon went from bad to worse.

Pitting for the first time from sixth place, Massa was delayed in the pits as Williams initially fit the wrong wheels at the rear of the car. Having attempted to replace them, there were further problems with the left rear and Massa was dropped to the back of the field, with only Adrian Sutil having retired early on.

Alonso got the jump on Vettel in the first round of pit stops, while Rosberg also managed to get ahead of Ricciardo at the same time. A few laps after the stops, Rosberg passed Vettel in to Turn 14 and then held off the Red Bull through the opening two corners, allowing Ricciardo to close up. Vettel was told to allow his team-mate through, but after asking what strategy he was on, replied “tough luck”, before relenting at Turn 1 two laps later.

Romain Grosjean had been running competitively in the top ten but ran in to fourth gear issues and after a few laps ran off at Turn 11, limping back to the pits and in to retirement at the halfway stage.

Rosberg closed on Alonso for second place, but the Ferrari was first of the front runners to pit for a second time at the end of lap 33 and made use of the undercut to extend his lead. Two laps later Vettel pitted having been passed by Kamui Kobayashi unlapping himself, and he rejoined well adrift of team-mate Ricciardo.

After the two Mercedes' pit, Rosberg eased up to the back of Alonso and cruised past in to Turn 14, but by now Hamilton was already around 15 seconds up the road and managing his pace. While Ricciardo threatened to close in on the Ferrari for the final podium spot, Alonso responded and eventually crossed the line 1.2s clear.

While the majority of the final stint saw comfortable gaps between cars, Bottas provided some late interest by catching the back of Hulkenberg but couldn't find a way past the Red Bull.

Hamilton's only moment of slight concern came at the start of his final lap, when he believed he may already have finished – radioing in to the team to say “I just saw the chequered flag” – but he maintained pace to make certain of victory.

2014 Formula 1 : UBS Chinese Grand Prix - Race Result

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 54 1:33:28.338 1 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 54 +18.0 secs 4 18
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 54 +23.6 secs 5 15
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 54 +27.1 secs 2 12
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 54 +47.8 secs 3 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 54 +54.3 secs 8 8
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 54 +55.7 secs 7 6
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 54 +76.3 secs 11 4
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 54 +82.6 secs 16 2
10 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 53 +1 Lap 13 1
11 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1 Lap 12
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 53 +1 Lap 9
13 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1 Lap 15
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 53 +1 Lap 22
15 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 53 +1 Lap 6
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 53 +1 Lap 17
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 53 +1 Lap 19
18 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 53 +1 Lap 18
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 52 +2 Laps 21
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 52 +2 Laps 20
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 28 Gearbox 10
Ret 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 5 Engine 14

2014 Formula 1 : Drivers Championship Standing

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 79
2 Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 75
3 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 41
4 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 36
5 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 33
6 Daniel Ricciardo Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 24
7 Valtteri Bottas Finnish Williams-Mercedes 24
8 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 23
9 Kevin Magnussen Danish McLaren-Mercedes 20
10 Sergio Perez Mexican Force India-Mercedes 18
11 Felipe Massa Brazilian Williams-Mercedes 12
12 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Ferrari 11
13 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Renault 4
14 Daniil Kvyat Russian STR-Renault 4
15 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 0
16 Adrian Sutil German Sauber-Ferrari 0
17 Esteban Gutierrez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 0
18 Max Chilton British Marussia-Ferrari 0
19 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Caterham-Renault 0
20 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Lotus-Renault 0
21 Marcus Ericsson Swedish Caterham-Renault 0
22 Jules Bianchi French Marussia-Ferrari 0

2014 Formula 1 : Teams Championship Standing

Pos Team Points
1 Mercedes 154
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 57
3 Force India-Mercedes 54
4 Ferrari 52
5 McLaren-Mercedes 43
6 Williams-Mercedes 36
7 STR-Renault 8
8 Lotus-Renault 0
9 Sauber-Ferrari 0
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

 [Source : F1, DAIMLER, CRASH.NET]


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