Russian Grand Prix 2014
Formula One, 12 Oct, 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Best Race Team Mercedes
Best Quali Team Mercedes
2 DNF's of 21 starters
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* indicates fastest lap
Qualifying - The Grid
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix will primarily be remembered for Mercedes picking up their first constructors championship win – the constructors championship only started in 1958 – in Formula One.
The race itself took on a processional form as the cars generally ran in their own space clear from other cars. Whether it was the track design or the heavy fuel saving required to get the cars home but the whole field took extra caution to get to the end.
Nico Rosberg blew any chance of a first place fight after locking up into the second corner heavily flat-spotting his tyres forcing a pit-stop. The conservative tyre choice from Pirelli allowed Rosberg to run the whole of the race on a single set of tyres to return to second place.
Only Kobayashi and Chilton failed to finish the race. Both cars retiring for mechanical reasons whilst the Marussia of Jules Bianchi remained in the garage as a mark of support and respect.