Monday, July 7, 2014


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his 27th career victory at the British Grand Prix after his team mate, Nico Rosberg, retired due to a gearbox problems. Hamilton has closed to within just four points of the championship lead.

The race was red-flagged following an accident on the opening lap, with an hour’s delay for barrier repairs. Kimi Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari heavily on the Wellington Straight. The Finn lost control of his F14 T over a bump as he rejoined the circuit after running wide at Aintree, striking the barrier on the right-hand side and spinning back across the track.

Felipe Massa's Williams was also damaged heavily when it clipped the Ferrari as Massa tried to take avoiding action. Raikkonen reported ankle pain as he climbed from his car, while Massa retired his Williams back to the pits with suspension damage. Raikkonen's F14 T also damaged Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham, which ran just ahead of Massa after the Brazilian bogged down at the start.

As the re-start was a continuation of the race that had already started, drivers were allowed to change their tyres on the grid. Providing both compounds were at some point used, any driver switching compounds during that period would theoretically not be obliged to change tyres again during the race. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso switched from hard to medium, while the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Sergio Perez (Force India) made the opposite move from medium to hard. A two-stop strategy was used by Hamilton to win the race, but the rest of the podium – and seven out of the top 10 – was made up of one-stoppers, at one of the toughest circuits of the season. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third, made his final set of medium tyres last for 37 laps.

The teams will now remain in Silverstone for a two-day in-season test on Tuesday and Wednesday. Under the 2014 regulations, each team has to devote one of in-season testing throughout the year to Pirelli, as the Italian firm develops future products. Ferrari and Marussia will test for Pirelli on Tuesday, while Red Bull and Lotus F1 Team will undertake Pirelli testing duties on Wednesday. Lotus F1 Team will run a new 18-inch wheel concept in a demonstration on Wednesday, designed to provide an insight into what Formula One might look like in the future.
52 laps, 306.198km., Weather: Sunny.
 P.   DRIVER              TEAM            TIME     
 1. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG    2h26:52.094
 2. Valtteri Bottas     Williams         +   30.135
 3. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull         +   46.495
 4. Jenson Button       McLaren          +   47.390
 5. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull         +   53.864
 6. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari          +   59.946
 7. Kevin Magnussen     McLaren          + 1:02.563
 8. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India      + 1:28.692
 9. Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso       + 1:29.340
10. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso       +    1 lap
11. Sergio Perez        Force India      +    1 lap
12. Romain Grosjean     Lotus            +    1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil        Sauber           +    1 lap
14. Jules Bianchi       Marussia         +    1 lap
15. Kamui Kobayashi     Caterham         +   2 laps
16. Max Chilton         Marussia         +   2 laps
17. Pastor Maldonado    Lotus            +   3 laps

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton - 1:37.136               

Driver            Team         On lap              
Nico Rosberg       Mercedes AMG   29
Marcus Ericsson    Caterham       12
Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber         10
Felipe Massa       Williams        2
Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari         1

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