Post Race Analysis - British Grand Prix

This is an open discussion, summary, and statistics listing following the 2014 British Grand Prix. Obvious spoilers below...

The race began with Lewis Hamilton on the back foot, starting 6th after calling off going on a second run in the third qualifying session, and Nico looking onwards to an almost guaranteed Silverstone victory starting from pole.

Felipe Massa's Williams was bogged on the start due to an under-cooled clutch, trailing the back of the field after the lights went out.

Coming on to the Brooklands straight, Kimi Raikkonen went wide. The Fin then pulled his Ferrari F14T back on to the track but snagged the rear on the edge of the track, causing his suspension to fail and slinging a uncontrollable Ferrari into traffic. Luckily disaster was averted (for the most part), and Kimi's Ferrari slung back into the armco barrier for impact.

But again, the Ferrari reentered the track, but this time strewn about as the shards of carbon and Maranello glory sprayed evenly across the asphalt. Felipe Massa was the unlucky driver here following the grid from his bad start. Massa quickly reacted to avoid the wheelless Ferrari chassis, but got caught up in all of the debris and slid the back of his Williams FW36 around.

Felipe was able to get his limping Williams back to the pits, but in the end it was terminal for Silverstone.

...and that was only the first lap.

Post Race Analysis - British Grand Prix

After an hour of stoppage, the race restarted behind the safety car. Nico somehow managed a gap over 5 seconds on the restart after Lewis's more advanced W05 finally slid around the Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen's McLarens.

Lewis Hamilton made catching Rosberg seem easy, almost too easy at first. Lewis reduced the 6 second gap to around 2 or 3 seconds by the first pit stop, but after Rosberg's pitstop, Nico started stealing back the fast laps from Lewis as the English driver waited to pit himself.

After Lewis finally pitted back onto the harder tires, he began reeling in Nico Rosberg and brought the gap down to less than 2 seconds. The race lead was about to be fought over.

But then Nico's gearbox gave up the ghost and had the German driver crawling over the grass to keep off track and out of the way of much faster traffic. Nico Rosberg then retired the W05, and Lewis stormed ahead.

Post Race Analysis - British Grand Prix

And let's not forget about the fantastic Sebastian Vettel versus Fernando Alonso battle!

Oh, and Lewis finally got that gold trophy.

What great stories did you see unfold at Silverstone?

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Post Race Analysis - British Grand Prix


2014 Formula 1 British Grand Prix

PositionConstructorDriverGapGrid
1.MercedesLewis Hamilton-6
2.WilliamsValtteri Bottas+30.1 secs14
3.Red BullDaniel Ricciardo+46.4 secs8
4.McLarenJenson Button+47.3 secs3
5.Red BullSebastian Vettel+53.8 secs2
6.FerrariFernando Alonso+59.9 secs16
7.McLarenKevin Magnussen+62.5 secs5
8.Force IndiaNico Hulkenberg+88.6 secs4
9.Toro RossoDaniil Kvyat+89.3 secs9
10.Toro RossoJean-Eric Vergne+1 Lap10
11.Force IndiaSergio Perez+1 Lap7
12.LotusRomain Grosjean+1 Lap11
13.SauberAdrian Sutil+1 Lap13
14.MarussiaJules Bianchi+1 Lap12
15.CaterhamKamui Kobayashi+2 Laps22
16.MarussiaMax Chilton+2 Laps17
17.LotusPastor Maldonado+3 Laps20
18.MercedesNico RosbergRetired Lap 291
19.CaterhamMarcus EricssonRetired Lap 1221
20.SauberEsteban GutierrezRetired Lap 1019
21.WilliamsFelipe MassaRetired Lap 115
22.FerrariKimi RaikkonenRetired Lap 118

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Drivers' Championship Standings

PositionDriverNationalityTeamPoints
1Nico RosbergGermanMercedes165
2Lewis HamiltonBritishMercedes161
3Daniel RicciardoAustralianRed Bull98
4Fernando AlonsoSpanishFerrari87
5Valtteri BottasFinnishWilliams73
6Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull70
7Nico HulkenbergGermanForce India63
8Jenson ButtonBritishMcLaren55
9Kevin MagnussenDanishMcLaren35
10Felipe MassaBrazilianWilliams30
11Sergio PerezMexicanForce India28
12Kimi RäikkönenFinnishFerrari19
13Jean-Eric VergneFrenchToro Rosso9
14Romain GrosjeanFrenchLotus8
15Daniil KvyatRussianToro Rosso6
16Jules BianchiFrenchMarussia2
17Adrian SutilGermanSauber0
18Marcus EricssonSwedishCaterham0
19Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelanLotus0
20Esteban GutierrezMexicanSauber0
21Max ChiltonBritishMarussia0
22Kamui KobayashiJapaneseCaterham0

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Constructors' Championship Standings

PositionConstructorPoints
1.Mercedes326
2.Red Bull168
3.Ferrari106
4.Williams103
5.Force India91
6.McLaren90
7.Toro Rosso15
8.Lotus8
9.Marussia2
10.Sauber0
11.Caterham0

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