Australian Grand Prix 2014

Fastest Lap Rosberg
Best Race Team McLaren
Best Quali Team Mercedes

9 DNF's of 22 starters
Pole: Lewis Hamilton
Lights to flag? Nope!
15th to 5th10Most Places Gained:
Valtteri Bottas
Female/Male Ratio 0:22, Nationalities: 13, Main Nationalities: Germany with 4 drivers, Average Driver Age: 26, Oldest Driver: 34, Youngest Driver: 19

Race Results

21stN. Rosberg25 ()
22ndK. Magnussen18
73rdJ. Button15
14thF. Alonso12
105thV. Bottas10
16thN. Hulkenberg8
47thK. Räikkönen6
28thJ. Vergne4
19thD. Kvyat2
610thS. Perez1
211thA. Sutil+1 Lap
1012thE. Gutiérrez+1 Lap
413thM. Chilton+2 Laps
4DNFJ. Bianchi+8 Laps
5DNFR. GrosjeanMechanical Fault
5DNFP. MaldonadoMechanical Fault
2DNFM. EricssonMechanical Fault
6DNFS. VettelMechanical Fault
18DNFL. HamiltonMechanical Fault
11DNFF. MassaAccident
7DNFK. KobayashiAccident
20DSQD. RicciardoFuel Irregularities

* indicates fastest lap

Australian Grand Prix – Post-Race Report

Heading into this race all of the teams had huge concerns about reliability so a cautious approach was required. After a difficult wet qualifying in cars packed to bursting with new technology some drivers faced a difficult race out of their expected positions.

The start highlighted some inexperiences from McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen as he spun up the wheels flicking the car to face the wall, Magnussen did however manage to straighten up the car.

Vettel qualified down in 13th with technical issues and struggled from the start with power issues. The defending champion had to retire the car after only a couple of laps.

Further back the first crash of the season was Kamui Kobayashi locking up into the first corner colliding with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

As the race rolled on technical issues started to show, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton experienced technical issues from the start, dropping back through the field before finally retiring from the back of the grid.

The rest of the race rolled on with solid driving from all drivers. The oversteer and understeer shown in practice and qualifying made way for precision and consistency. There were a few mistakes as Valtteri Bottas hit the wall causing a puncture bringing out the safety car to clean up the debris. Lockups were seen (and heard) from several drivers, most notably Kimi Raikkonen who allowed Bottas to pass.

As the race turned to a battle of attrition dictated by the fast paced and reliably running Mercedes of Nico Rosberg the reliability concerns started the shine through. Ferrari reported electrical issues with both cars whilst Lotus were forced to retire both cars. The remaining Caterham of rookie Marcus Ericsson also retired.

In the closing stage of the race the McLarens came out strong with rookie Kevin Magnussen hunting down the Australian Daniel Ricciardo for 2nd place. The charge eventually amounted to nothing as Ricciardo started to pull away in the final laps.

Edit: In a shock twist, Ricciardo was stripped of his podium finish and disqualified from the race due to fuel-flow irregularities.

Australian Grand Prix – Pre-Race Report

Australia always proves to be a true test of the Formula One teams preparation for the season. Teams face a tricky decision of whether to go for utmost pace or aiming for a solid reliable finish.

Last year saw Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen take the win from seventh on the grid after tyre efficiency and reliability triumphed over the outright speed of pole sitter Sebastian Vettel.

In 2014 it’s looking like Mercedes are the clear favourites with fellow mercedes powered car McLaren and Ferrari running close behind. Red Bull look to have dropped off in performance after several major setbacks in pre-season testing at both Jerez and Barcelona.

The Australian Grand Prix won’t give us a clear indication of the actual standings on pace, but it will give us a good idea on reliability and also allow a potentially slower car to pick up some key points before the major players get back on the scene.