The 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
Race results and statistics for the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, held at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan on Sunday, 05 October 2014. The race was the fifteenth round of the 2014 season, and marked the forty-first running of the Japanese Grand Prix.
|Circuit||Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka|
|Fastest Lap||Lewis Hamilton|
|Podium||1ˢᵗ Lewis Hamilton, 2ⁿᵈ Nico Rosberg, 3ʳᵈ Sebastian Vettel|
|Prev race||Singapore Grand Prix 21 September|
|Next race||Russian Grand Prix 12 October|
|1||44|| Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||01:51:43.021||44||2||25|
|2||6|| Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||+9.100||44||1||18|
|3||1|| Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+29.100||44||9||15|
|4||3|| Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||+38.800||44||6||12|
|5||22|| Jenson Button||McLaren||+1:07.500||44||8||10|
|6||77|| Valtteri Bottas||Williams||+1:53.700||44||3||8|
|7||19|| Felipe Massa||Williams||+1:55.100||44||4||6|
|8||27|| Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||+1:55.900||44||13||4|
|9||25|| Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||+2:07.600||44||20||2|
|10||11|| Sergio Pérez||Force India||+1 lap||43||11||1|
|11||26|| Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||43||12||0|
|12||7|| Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||+1 lap||43||10||0|
|13||21|| Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber||+1 lap||43||15||0|
|14||20|| Kevin Magnussen||McLaren||+1 lap||43||7||0|
|15||8|| Romain Grosjean||Lotus||+1 lap||43||16||0|
|16||13|| Pastor Maldonado||Lotus||+1 lap||43||22||0|
|17||9|| Marcus Ericsson||Caterham||+1 lap||43||17||0|
|18||4|| Max Chilton||Marussia||+1 lap||43||21||0|
|19||10|| Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham||+1 lap||43||19||0|
|20||17|| Jules Bianchi||Marussia||Accident||41||18||0|
|21||99|| Adrian Sutil||Sauber||Accident||40||14||0|
|Ret||14|| Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||Electronics||2||5||0|
Vergne qualified P11, Maldonado P17; both dropped 10 grid places for engine change.
Maldonado had 20s added to race time for pit-lane speeding
Nico Rosberg started the race from pole position, but was overtaken by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who won the race after it was called off due to heavy rain and a serious accident suffered by Marussia driver Jules Bianchi. The race marked only the third time two red flags have been shown in a single Formula One race after the 1987 Austrian Grand Prix and the 1990 Belgian Grand Prix.
The race was ended prematurely under the Safety Car, with the final race results taken from the running order at the end of lap 44, which is a lap less than those covered as per FIA race regulation. This premature ending was due to Jules Bianchi, on lap 43, colliding at high speed with a marshal's crane tractor that was tending to the removal of Adrian Sutil's Sauber car, which had spun and crashed on lap 42 in the run-off area on the outside of the Dunlop Curve (Turn 7) of the circuit.
Bianchi was reported as being unconscious after the crash, following his failure to respond to a radio call from Marussia at the time and the marshals that went to his rescue. He was taken by road ambulance to the Mie University hospital under police escort as the FIA stated that the medical helicopter was unable to fly due to the precarious weather conditions.
According to his father later that same day, Bianchi then underwent an operation to reduce severe bruising to his head. The FIA subsequently released a statement that CT scans have shown Bianchi suffered a "severe head injury" in the crash, and he would be transferred to intensive care following surgery. Bianchi's family subsequently reported that he had a diffuse axonal injury, which is a common traumatic brain injury in vehicle accidents involving high deceleration.
With Kimi Räikkönen finishing 12th and Fernando Alonso retiring, this marked the first Grand Prix that Scuderia Ferrari failed to score a point since the 2010 British Grand Prix (81 races), as well as the first time since the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix (94 races) that a Ferrari-powered car failed to score.
With a maximum potential of 125 points remaining following the race and being 127 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel officially conceded the World Drivers' Championship, ending a consecutive run of four titles.
(all times local at venue)
Fri 03 October 2014 Practice 1 @ 10:00 - 11:30 Practice 2 @ 14:00 - 15:30 Sat 04 October 2014 Practice 3 @ 11:00 - 12:00 Qualifying @ 14:00 Sun 05 October 2014 Race @ 15:00