Russian Grand Prix 2014 – Race Report
Race broadcast rank: Okay – Since every driver got by with a single pit-stop and there were no yellow flags, there wasn’t much reason to penalize the broadcast director for the missed pit-stops. There was also at least some focus on the middle-pack thanks to Perez and Massa.
- Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton drove a flawless race which makes his championship victory all the more closer.
- Nico Rosberg – Rosberg went wide and destroyed his tyres in the first corner, but despite this and a flubbed pit-stop dropping him all the way to the back, Nico regained his position by the end. I’d congratulate him on an excellent drive, but we lost all changes of a good battle for race victory because of this.
- Valtteri Bottas – The Finn returns to the podium once again, despite going wide at one point in the race. Bottas was on top of his game today, though couldn’t catch up to Hamilton.
McLaren had probably their best race since the Australian Grand Prix, with Button sticking to the front and finishing 4th. His team-mate Magnussen passed several drivers at the start and came home 5th.
Conversely, Ferrari had a rather lukewarm performance. Fernando Alonso seemed to be on his way to challenge the top-drivers but a flubbed pit-stop dropped him further back than was necessary. He did finish 6th, so not a complete lost but probably not the result Ferrari wanted. Kimi Räikkönen drove a rather invisible race and came hom 9th.
The Red Bulls also had a hard time and it seems Daniel Ricciardo just couldn’t make head-way, having to settle for 7th place. Sebastian Vettel also couldn’t rise much and came 8th behind his team-mate.
Force India started the race with rather lowly expectations, but towards the end, Perez began pushing aggressively and over-took the Toro Rossos to claim 10th and the final point for his team.
Golden Pineapple Award: Felipe Massa – Following on Perez’s rise, Felipe Massa was also able to rise a little bit (as he started from the back after a surprisingly weak qualifying). However, the points eluded him this round.
Drop-out Count: 2
Max Chilton and Kamui Kobayashi both bowed out early on, presumably for technical difficulties.
Back of the Lot News
Nico The Hülk could have probably challenged other drivers for points, but also went wide while he was battling the Toro Rossos.
Speaking of the Toro Rossos, they completely flubbed this round. Both started in the top-10 but fell at the start and as the race wore on. Vergne and Kvyat wound up 13th and 14th respectively.
Sauber continues in the 0-points club, though Esteban Gutierrez was 9th at one point (but this was probably before he did his pit-stop). Adrian Sutil was bumped into a spin by Romain Grosjean. Gutierrez and Sutil finished back-to-back as 15th and 16th.
It was also a terrible day for Lotus. Despite a Stop-N-Go penalty, Grosjean still beat his team-mate Maldonado with the Lotus cars coming in 17th and 18th.
Dead Last: Marcus Ericsson – Thanks to the penalties of Hülkenberg and Maldonado, Ericsson had probably his best starting position to the season, but still couldn’t stay in the game.