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2014 United States Grand Prix - Practice Sessions
Austin, October 31, 2014 – The Circuit of the Americas is all about variety: both in terms of the demands placed upon the tyres throughout the lap and the weather conditions expected during the course of each day, as well as the weekend as a whole.
Plenty of laps and data on first day of running in Austin
Strong winds made the west wild at the Circuit of the Americas ahead of the 2014 United States Grand Prix today, however the weather didn’t derail Romain and Pastor who racked up 122 laps across both sessions in the usual evaluation programme for the team.
US GP 2014 - FP: TEAM REACTION
October 31, 2014
Busy day for us in Austin! Today we had Daniil, Jev and Max on track: here their and team's reaction after FP1&2...
United States Grand Prix – Practice
Weather: sunny and dry, 18-24°C air, 21-39°C track
The free practice sessions for the United States Grand Prix in Austin went smoothly for both drivers. In the morning Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil tested several set-ups on the car, whereas in the afternoon they concentrated on tyre allocation and long-runs.
2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India began its preparations today for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.
Nico Hülkenberg VJM07-04
FP1: 1:41.722 (P9) 24 laps
FP2: 1:40.800 (P10) 25 laps
2014 United States Grand Prix - Practice
Austin - 31/10/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicked off the United States Grand Prix weekend at the top of the timesheets, with Lewis Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg by the narrowest of margins at the Circuit of the Americas.
Lewis finished the first session in P1 with Nico two-tenths further back in P2
That result was echoed in the second session but with the drivers separated by just three- thousandths
United States Grand Prix Practice Report
Key practice points:
Sunny and clear skies for FP1 and FP2 at Circuit of The Americas ahead of Sunday’s United States Grand Prix
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo bounces back to finish fourth in the second session, while a delay hinders Sebastian Vettel’s progress after finishing seventh in FP1
United States Grand Prix Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: On the whole a good day for us – we completed our programme and looked strong on both high and low fuel runs which is encouraging. Having said that we can expect different conditions over the weekend because the track always evolves the more running we do and we’re also expecting different wind strengths and directions alongside slightly cooler conditions. I think we have a competitive package so a prime target is to make sure that we stay on top of the track evolution.
UNITED STATES GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
31 October 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 17, Best Time: 1:42.598, Laps: 5
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:40.390, Laps: 30
“It was tricky out there today, the wind makes it difficult; it’s quite an open circuit, so any form of cross wind or tail wind upsets the car a lot – we saw a few spins in FP2 from a few guys. We got the car in a good window to work with and hopefully tomorrow we can find a bit more speed. We didn’t run much this morning but in FP2 we ended up in the top five and the long run looked reasonable, so I think we had a pretty good afternoon.”
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - RACE PREVIEW
THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER
AUSTIN, UNITED STATES
The Circuit of the Americas is the track that Formula One has been waiting for in America. Its eclectic mix of corners, both fast and slow, makes it technically demanding for the drivers and provides the American fans with a fantastic opportunity to see F1 cars driven at the limit. The circuit’s design takes inspiration from many of the great corners around the world. In sector one there is a sequence of fast corners reminiscent of Maggotts and Becketts at Silverstone, and the 180-degree right-hander towards the end of the lap is similar to Turn 8 at Istanbul Park. The track’s signature bend, however, is Turn 1. It’s approached up a 133-foot incline, not dissimilar in steepness to Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps, and the apex is blind. It’s a tricky corner and a great overtaking spot. Valtteri Bottas scored his first World Championship points at this race last year and he’ll be hoping for more this season!
USA Grand Prix Preview
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
The Circuit of the Americas has already established itself as a classic track, featuring exciting corners, high speed sections and tight, technical hairpins. It’s actually a very challenging circuit and will give every component of the Power Unit a good workout. The PU will operate in the mid to high range throughout sectors one and two, but the final sector will focus on energy recovery and stability under braking.
Preview – 2014 United States Grand Prix
17th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 31st October to 2nd November 2014
Hinwil, 27th October 2014 – The United States Grand Prix is another highlight of this year’s Formula One calendar, and both Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, as well as the rest of the Sauber F1 Team, are looking forward to travelling to Texas. From 31st October to 2nd November, the 17th of 19 rounds of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship will take place on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
2014 United States Grand Prix – preview
Following a three-week break, the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship bursts back into action this weekend in Austin, Texas. The United States Grand Prix is a hugely popular event; the Circuit of the Americas is a challenging racetrack and the vibrant city of Austin provides plenty of entertainment away from the main event.
2014 United States Grand Prix - Preview
Brackley - 27/10/2014
Round 17 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Austin for the United States Grand Prix, held at the Circuit of the Americas.
2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix: Preview
Vijay Mallya sums up the mood ahead of the United States Grand Prix.
UNITED STATES GP – MINDS ON AUSTIN, HEARTS IN SUZUKA
Minds on Austin, hearts in Suzuka
Maranello, 28 October – After a three week break since Formula 1 made its debut on Russian soil, the circus now heads west for the United States, a country that, over the years has been the backdrop to any number of motor sport highlights for Ferrari, in Formula 1 and sports car racing. It is also the biggest market for Prancing Horse road cars in the world and in terms of market presence Ferrari this year celebrates its 60th anniversary.
AHEAD OF THE US GRAND PRIX
Hand on heart, this is probably the date on the calendar I look forward to the most. I’ve loved every minute of being in Austin: when they picked this place for the US Grand Prix, they absolutely nailed it. The city is awesome. I love listening to live music and this is a great place for that, plus Texas feels like real America, and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed just sinking into the last two seasons. And then, there’s the important bit. The Circuit of the Americas, in my opinion, is the best of the new breed of circuits. The nature of the corners is interesting. It’s also a very busy track where you don’t get much respite. The first sector is very special and that first turn, blind up the big hill is like nothing else in F1. It’s also a good example of the excitement a late-apex can create: you can have a really good lunge there. They’ve done a very good job.
Q&A WITH TEAM PRINCIPAL MANFREDI RAVETTO
Leafield Technical Centre, UK – 15 October 2014
We’ve just got back from the Russian Grand Prix, what did you think of it?
Manfredi Ravetto: Sochi was definitely the place to be: we enjoyed racing there and contributing to bring F1 to Russia; the event was fantastic, the atmosphere was breathtaking and the circuit is at the highest of standards.
2014 Russian Grand Prix – Race
MERCEDES SEALS FIRST CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP WITH PIRELLI
Sochi, October 12, 2014 – Victory for Lewis Hamilton and second place for Nico Rosberg at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix has given Mercedes its first constructors’ championship with Pirelli. Juan Manuel Fangio drove a Mercedes during his 1954 driver championship-winning season, during which he also used a Pirelli-equipped Maserati, but this is the first time that Mercedes have claimed the title in their own right since the constructors’ championship was established in 1958.
RUSSIAN GP 2014 TEAM REACTION
October 12, 2014
After a very promising Qualifying, we had a tough race here in Sochi. Our team now looks back at today's action on track.
RUSSIAN GP – A RACE FOR JULES
Marco Mattiacci: “Once again, we find ourselves confronting a result that is a long way off our goals, but today, we must congratulate Mercedes who, after five years of hard work, have taken a well deserved Constructors’ title. The back-to-back Japan-Russia trip has been a difficult one for our team, both on and off the track. In both races, we have learned a lot that will be useful for the future, in terms of how to improve on a technical level, but also when it comes to safety. I’m sure the final three races will provide an opportunity to try and get the most out of the team and the car, in order to end the season achieving better results. While my thoughts and those of everyone are still with Jules, today I would like to thank Luca di Montezemolo, at what has been the final Grand Prix under his Presidency at Ferrari. I think we have been fortunate to work with a great manager like him and it will be exactly the same with a successor of the calibre of Sergio Marchionne.”
RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE REPORT
Infiniti Red Bull Racing experienced a low-key Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom this afternoon where Daniel Ricciardo came home seventh and team-mate Sebastian Vettel eighth. Further back, Scuderia Toro Rosso struggled to translate their strong qualifying form into race pace after Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat finished 13th and 14th respectively.
2014 Russian Grand Prix - Race
Russia - 12/10/2014
Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix today at the Sochi Autodrom, with teammate Nico Rosberg finishing second after a strong recovery drive from a first lap pit-stop.
The 1-2 victory is the team's ninth in 2014 and sealed the F1 Constructors' Championship for Mercedes-Benz
This is the first time in 120 years of motorsport that Mercedes-Benz has won the World Championship as a constructor
Lewis' win means he equals the record number of wins for a British driver, set by Nigel Mansell (31)
All of today's top 5 finishers were powered by Mercedes-Benz, a fitting result to seal the company's first Constructors' title
Russian Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas finished third and Felipe Massa 11th in today’s Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri drove a clean race and showed consistent pace to secure his fifth podium of the season.
Felipe pitted early and quickly fought his way into the top ten, but traffic in his final stint meant that he was not able to take advantage of his fresher tyres and finish in the points.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has extended its advantage over Ferrari for third in the Constructors Championship to 28 points.
Congratulations to Mercedes AMG on becoming the 2014 Constructors’ Champions.
2014 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
“We got the maximum out of our car today, and our race pace was good”
Sochi, Sunday October 12
A perfectly executed drive from Jenson Button to fourth place, backed up by a superbly combative run from Kevin Magnussen to fifth place, netted a valuable 22 World Championship points that moved McLaren back up to fifth place in the Constructors’ World Championship.
Russian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 12.10.2014
Weather: sunny and dry, 22-24°C air, 29-32°C track
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix on the newly built Sochi track didn’t deliver too much action. Almost all the drivers were on a one stop strategy, and, as a result, there were no real surprises. The Sauber F1 Team drivers came home in P15 (Esteban Gutiérrez) and P16 (Adrian Sutil).
RUSSIAN GP – RACE
Sunday 12 October 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 7th, Start Position: 6th
“The first few laps were pretty hectic and we lost a few places at the start. We will have to have a look at that, it’s nearly the end of the season now, but we haven’t had many good starts so that’s a bit frustrating. Starting the race the tyre was already blistered, it had quite a bit from qualifying, so it wasn’t looking too healthy and the first stint made it worse; I could see it starting to come apart, so we had to pit quiet early. Then on the prime the tyre lasted well and we had good pace and could match Alonso, but couldn’t get past. Congrats to Mercedes – it’s been a dominant season by them, so hats off to them.”
2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored a hard-earned point in Sochi this afternoon as Sergio Perez raced to tenth place in the Russian Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg battled his way to P12 from P17 after incurring a five-place grid penalty.
2014 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Sochi Autodrom, Russia – 12 October 2014
Marcus Ericsson, P19
Kamui Kobayashi, RET
Weather: Dry, sunny. Track temp 27°, air temp 22°
2014 Formula 1 Russian GP
Sochi Autodrom, Russia
Sunday 12 October 2014
CHILTON MR03-02 DNF 1:48.268 9 laps
RUSSIAN GP 2014 QUALI: TEAM REACTION
October 11, 2014
It was a fantastic day here in Sochi! Best result of the season with Daniil's 5th place and both cars in top ten with Jev starting from 9th position on the grid because of Magnussen's gearbox penalty. Here our team's reaction at the end of today's Qualifying at Sochi Autodrom.
2014 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying
Sochi, October 11, 2014 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the first Russian Grand Prix using the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, nominated along with the P Zero White medium tyre at Sochi. The Englishman set a time of 1m38.513s using the soft tyre in Q3, ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg. This was the ninth Mercedes one-two in qualifying this season.
RUSSIAN GP – HARDER THAN USUAL
Fernando Alonso: “Today’s qualifying was more difficult than usual, or at least more complicated compared to the last two race weekends, when we had been able to fight with the front runners. So far here, we have not been competitive, even though the car seems okay and on the set-up front, we’ve changed almost nothing. We can’t single out any particular bad point because we are losing in all the sectors. The truth is just that the cars ahead of us were quicker. Here, the grip seems to improve with every lap and on top of that, reducing the pit lane speed to 60 km/h all points to a one-stop strategy. Even if the Safety Car could mix things up a bit, I think tomorrow, the start and the first corner could define the outcome of the race, and so we must prepare to tackle the early stages as well as possible.”
2014 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“P4 and P6 amount to our best cumulative qualifying performance of the year, but we’re nonetheless left feeling somewhat frustrated”
Sochi, Saturday October 11
Today was a day of mixed fortunes. The team made some imperfect decisions in FP3 this morning, eventuating in suboptimised car-development ahead of qualifying, but a reasonably successful recovery was achieved. The result was P4 for Jenson Button and P6 for Kevin Magnussen, which will unfortunately become P11 following a five-place grid penalty imposed in respect of a gearbox failure in FP3.
2014 Russian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Russia - 11/10/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished first and second in qualifying this afternoon for the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
The team scored a fifth consecutive front-row lockout - and its ninth in all in 2014 - this afternoon in Sochi
Lewis' 38th career pole position marks the team's 15th pole from 16 races during the 2014 season
Both drivers completed just three runs in qualifying, using one set of option tyres in each part of the session
This marks the fifth time in 2014 that Mercedes-powered cars have secured the top four qualifying positions
Russian Grand Prix Qualifying
Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa eighteenth for tomorrow’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri showed strong pace and pushed the Mercedes cars hard for a front row position, but ultimately his tyres went away in the final corners on his final run.
A problem with Felipe’s car in Q1 led to a loss of power which meant that he had to settle for 18th on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 11.10.2014
Weather: sunny and dry, 21-23°C air, 15-33°C track
The Sauber F1 Team drivers finished qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix in 14th (Esteban Gutiérrez) and 15th (Adrian Sutil) on the new track in Sochi. These are the results which could realistically be expected. For the race the goal is to put in a flawless performance.
2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Qualifying for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix saw Nico Hulkenberg set the twelfth fastest time of the afternoon ahead of Sergio Perez in P13.
2014 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX: FP3 & QF
Sochi Autodrom, Russia – 11 October 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: ERI 1:43.109, P18 / KOB 1:43.975, P19
QF: ERI 1:42.648, P17 / KOB 1:43.166, P19
RUSSIAN GP – QUALIFYING
Saturday 11 October 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 7th, (3rd Practice – P4, 1:39.755)
”It’s tough to get a lap together around here, for a new track it’s really high in grip but at the same time it’s hard to read the grip; it’s not such a natural feeling that it gives us behind the wheel, but it’s fun and a new challenge. We were trying to get the fronts in and get grip out of them and on the last lap I lost the rear. We’re better off than we were yesterday, but I was hoping for more than seventh.”
RUSSIAN GP 2014 - FP: TEAM REACTION
October 10, 2014
After FP1 and FP2 of this first Russian Grand Prix here in Russia, here our Team's reaction.
2014 F1 Russian GP - Marussia F1 Team to race on with a single car in Sochi
Sochi Autodrom, Russia
Friday 10 October 2014, 09.30hrs Sochi/06.30hrs BST
The Marussia F1 Team will run a single car for the duration of the forthcoming grand prix weekend in Sochi, out of respect for their driver Jules Bianchi, who remains in hospital in Yokkaichi, Japan, in a critical but stable condition.
2014 Russian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions
Sochi, October 10, 2014 – The latest track to join the Formula One calendar had its debut day of action with free practice for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, where Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set fastest time on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre: 1m39.630s in FP2.
RUSSIAN GP – DISCOVERING SOCHI
Fernando Alonso: “The track is very unusual and I didn’t think that Formula 1 had already got such a large following here. Also surprising today was the good level of grip from the track surface, which is unusual on a brand new circuit. From this point of view, I felt comfortable right from the first lap and that helped a lot when it came to today’s most important job, namely learning the track. We worked a lot on set-up and found the two compounds had behaved in similar fashion and tyre performance improved as the laps went by. The track is very hard on brakes, but that is a specific thing we can work on this evening to be well prepared for qualifying.”
RUSSIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
10 October 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 14, Best Time: 1:44.506, Laps: 30
Second Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:41.396, Laps: 30
“Does getting back in the car help us after what’s happened? It does and it doesn’t. It helps to get your head elsewhere and focus on the day job – looking after the best possible set up and comparing the tyres and learning the new track, it keeps you occupied. But on the other hand it’s only been a couple of days, so it’s quite fresh and difficult. It looks like we will struggle here; it’s a nice track, but maybe not made for us.”
2014 Russian Grand Prix - Practice
Russia - 10/10/2014
The Russian Grand Prix weekend began with Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets on the first day's running at the Sochi Autodrom.
Nico and Lewis ended the first session in P1 and P2 respectively, separated by less than a tenth of a second
Lewis ended the day with the fastest time set in the second session, 0.864 seconds clear of second place; Nico was fourth fastest
The Pirelli medium tyre was used during the first session, the medium and soft in the afternoon
The team completed a total of 113 laps today, equivalent to more than two complete race distances
Russian Grand Prix Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: This is an interesting circuit and we’ve had a positive practice today. It’s very much a low speed track, with no real high speed corners and our primary focus was to get the set-up of the cars right and to get the drivers honed in to the right trajectory. We still have a bit more to find on this but that was always going to be the case given this is a new circuit. The car balance is looking good for the first day and the car performance has looked good on both low and high fuel runs. Valtteri had a problem with his tyre blankets this morning which hindered his run time in FP1 but this didn’t affect the overall run programme in the end. The compounds are looking very hard for this track but this is the same for everyone and we need to analyse how this will affect the race weekend. The tyre performance might change quickly so we need to be open minded with our strategy and react to this when needed.
2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India made the most of today’s free practice sessions to get acquainted with the new Sochi Autodrome ahead of Sunday’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
2014 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“It was a pretty decent day for us today, and the car feels good”
Sochi, Friday October 10
The first day’s running at the brand-new Sochi Autodrom passed without mishap for the McLaren team, and both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button declared themselves reasonably satisfied with their day’s work.
RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE REPORT
FP1 and FP2 sees F1 make first appearance at all-new Sochi Autodrom ahead of inaugural Russian Grand Prix
Quiet day for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, with Sebastian Vettel ninth in FP2 after Daniel Ricciardo stopped on track to avoid a Power Unit issue
Scuderia Toro Rosso best of the Renault-powered teams, with Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne ending both sessions inside the top-10
Roberto Merhi makes third FP1 outing of the year for Caterham F1 Team, while Lotus F1 Team gain valuable mileage
Russian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 10.10.2014
Weather: sunny and dry, 19-22°C air, 18-33°C track
Today it was the first time since Jules Bianchi’s serious accident last weekend in Suzuka, that the engines have been started again. On the new circuit built in the Olympic park in Sochi, the Formula One teams prepared for the Russian Grand Prix, which is a new round on the Formula One calendar. Alongside regular driver Adrian Sutil, Sauber F1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin was taking part for the first time in the morning practice session during a Grand Prix weekend. The 18-year-old Russian drove without making any mistakes and was able to improve consistently. In the afternoon, Esteban Gutiérrez was back in the cockpit of the C33 and he focused on learning the new track as quickly as possible. With stickers on the cars and helmets, the teams were remembering the seriously injured Jules Bianchi. Our thoughts are with him and his family.
Russian Grand Prix Preview: Sochi, 9-12 October 2014
Milan, October 6, 2014 – Formula One heads into new territory with the brand new Sochi circuit near the Black Sea in Russia: the home of the 2014 Winter Olympic games. This will be the first new circuit introduced to the grand prix calendar since Austin in 2012.
2014 Japanese GP - Race
Suzuka Circuit, Japan - 5 October 2014
Marcus Ericsson, P17
Kamui Kobayashi, P19
JAPANESE GP 2014: TEAM REACTION
October 5, 2014
A tough race for everybody: here our Team's reaction at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix.
JAPANESE GP – A SAD SUNDAY IN SUZUKA
Marco Mattiacci: “For our team, this weekend was unfortunately characterized by reliability problems, yesterday on Kimi’s car and today on Fernando’s. With Kimi, we paid the price for not having been able to get his car configured as well as possible in the third free practice session. That meant he suffered with balance problems throughout the race. Today, with Fernando, we had a bit more of a chance and what happened today just underlines the fact that we must improve the car. However, at the moment, all this is of secondary importance and all our thoughts are only with Jules Bianchi.”
2014 Japanese Grand Prix – Race
Suzuka, October 5, 2014 – Lewis Hamilton won a prematurely-ended Japanese Grand Prix to extend his championship lead, using the Cinturato Blue wet tyres and Cinturato Green intermediate. The rainy conditions, as a result of the Phanfone typhoon, meant that the hard and medium slick tyres nominated for the weekend were not used at all. The race was stopped, following an accident involving the Marussia of Jules Bianchi, at the end of lap 46.
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT
Infiniti Red Bull Racing secured a podium in the rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel finished in third position, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo fourth. Jean-Eric Vergne put a third Renault-powered car into the points in ninth position, however all results were overshadowed by an incident involving Jules Bianchi.
All at Renault Sport F1 send Jules our best wishes and our thoughts are with him, his family and the team.
Japanese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 5.10.2014
Weather: wet, 19-20°C air, 22-24°C track
The Japanese Grand Prix was overshadowed by a big accident involving Jules Bianchi. The Marussia driver went off the track on lap 41 and crashed into a trackside vehicle which was in the run off area. As a result, the race was stopped on lap 45. Everybody in the Sauber F1 Team wishes Jules the best. Esteban Gutiérrez finished the race, which took place in wet conditions and was stopped twice, in 13th place, while Adrian Sutil crashed on lap 40.
2014 Japanese Grand Prix - Race
Suzuka - 05/10/2014
Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg second, scoring the team's eighth 1-2 finish of the year.
The race began behind the Safety Car in wet conditions, then was suspended at the end of lap two.
The race resumed at 15:25, once again behind the Safety Car, which then pitted at the end of lap 9.
From this point, the race ran uninterrupted on a wet track in mixed weather conditions.
Both drivers made two pit-stops (HAM: L14, L35; ROS: L13, L33) and ran wet/intermediate/intermediate tyres.
The race was brought to a premature end by a red flag on lap 44 after an accident for Jules Bianchi at Turn 7.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire team are with Jules and our colleagues at the Marussia F1 Team at this time.
2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored five points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg finished in eighth place ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth.
JAPANESE GP – RACE
Sunday 5 October 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 9th
“Everything that happened with the racing on track is secondary today, one of us is in a bad shape and we don’t yet know how he is. Jules had a bad accident and we hope to have some very good news, very soon. Not knowing what’s going on feels terrible, I think all the drivers really feel with him, as we know how difficult and slippery it was today; we hope for the very best.”
2014 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
“For me, the race doesn’t really matter today.”
Suzuka, Sunday October 5
The entire McLaren team’s thoughts are with Jules Bianchi, Jules’ family and the Marussia team after today’s accident.
For McLaren, it was a disappointing race.
At the start, Jenson Button quickly capitalised on the mixed conditions – he was the first driver to make the jump to Intermediate tyres after the Safety Car peeled in, a move that elevated him to third place, a position he was able to hold for most of the race, until he was delayed by the need to elongate a pit-stop in order to accommodate a steering wheel change.
Japanese Grand Prix
· Valtteri Bottas finished sixth and Felipe Massa seventh as the Japanese Grand Prix started, and ended, behind the safety car.
· As the track conditions improved the race began but both drivers struggled on the intermediate tyres in tricky conditions.
· The race ended early due to an accident involving Jules Bianchi, and the team’s thoughts and hopes are with him and the Marussia team.
JAPANESE GP 2014 - QUALI: TEAM REACTION
October 4, 2014
Our Team looks back at today's Qualifying here in Japan.
2014 Japanese GP - Qualifying
Suzuka Circuit, Japan
Saturday 4 October 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 Q1 P20 1:36.943 8 laps
CHILTON MR03-02 Q1 P22 1:37.481 8 laps
2014 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“We’ll take whatever the weather brings tomorrow”
Suzuka, Saturday October 4
Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button will line up seventh and eighth respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Both drivers consistently set lap-times inside the top 10 throughout all the weekend’s practice and qualifying sessions, underlining the positive developmental momentum that the team has been able to establish into the second half of the season.
With the heavy rains and high winds of Super Typhoon Phanfone expected to hit the region tonight, it remains to be seen whether the running of Sunday’s race will be affected by the anticipated extreme conditions.
Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying
· Valtteri Bottas qualified third for the sixth time this season with Felipe Massa fourth after a strong qualifying session for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING.
· Valtteri and Felipe were third and fourth throughout all three sessions, closing the gap to the Mercedes pair ahead.
2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Qualifying for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez qualify in P12 ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P14.
P12 Sergio Perez VJM07-02
Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 4.10.2014
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 23-25°C air, 35-41°C track
In qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, both Sauber F1 Team drivers managed to make it into Q2. However, there they finished in P15 (Adrian Sutil) and P16 (Esteban Gutiérrez). Things could look very different tomorrow, if the current weather forecast is correct and there will be rain during the race.
2014 Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying
Suzuka - 04/10/2014
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton second, to complete a front-row lockout for the team.
The team secured a fourth consecutive front-row lockout this afternoon in Suzuka
Nico Rosberg's 12th career F1 pole position puts him level with David Coulthard and Gerhard Berger on the all-time list
Lewis Hamilton's 2nd place is his 68th career front-row start and his 11th in 2014
This marks the team's 14th pole position of 2014 and the eighth front-row lockout of the year so far
Tyre usage during qualifying was as follows for both drivers: Q1, Prime; Q2, Option; Q3, Option/Option
JAPANESE GP – QUALIFYING
Saturday 4 October 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 6th, (3rd Practice – P6, 1:35.086)
”I was quite surprised by Sebastian’s news, I didn’t know before this morning; it’s two pretty big changes for the team, Sebastian leaving and Daniil coming in, but Seb’s done his work here at Red Bull and he feels it’s time to move on. I’m glad I got one year to race with him and see how he works, I heard a lot about his work ethic before the season and it was good to see that this year and to go against him. Daniil’s coming in and I expect him to be quick – I know him pretty well and it should be good fun working with him. I’m happy with how we bounced back in qualifying after my mistake yesterday, I thought we would be better here, but I think sixth is realistically what we could do today. If it rains tomorrow then we should be looking a bit better”
2014 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - FP3 & QF
Suzuka Circuit, Japan – 4 October 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1:38.784, P22 / ERI 1:37.367, P19
QF: KOB 1:37.015, P21 / ERI 1:36.813, P19
NEW TEAM DRIVER LINE UP FOR 2015
Saturday 4 October, 2014
Sebastian Vettel has advised us that he will be leaving Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2014 season.
We want to warmly thank Sebastian for the incredible role he has played at Infiniti Red Bull Racing for the last six years.
JAPANESE GP 2014 - FP: TEAM REACTION
October 3, 2014
With our three driver Free Practice day coming to an end... here our team's reaction on today's action here in Suzuka.
2014 JAPANESE GRAND PRIXVIEW
Suzuka Circuit, Japan – 1 October 2014
2014 Japanese Grand Prix
Venue: Suzuka Circuit
Race Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.807 km
Race Distance: 307.471 km
Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson to race in Japan; Roberto Merhi to drive in FP1
Roberto Merhi will take part in his second official Formula 1 session with the team during Friday morning practice in Japan. Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson will race for Caterham F1 Team at the Japanese Grand Prix.