2014 Japanese Grand Prix

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The 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

Japanese flagRace 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.

Official Artwork: 2014 Japanese Grand Prix

Official Artwork: 2014 Japanese Grand Prix

Race Summary

CircuitSuzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
Date05 October
Fastest LapLewis Hamilton
PoleNico Rosberg
Podium1ˢᵗ Lewis Hamilton, 2ⁿᵈ Nico Rosberg, 3ʳᵈ Sebastian Vettel
Prev raceSingapore Grand Prix 21 September
Next raceRussian Grand Prix 12 October

Race Results

PosNoDriverTeamTimeLapsGridPts
144United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes01:51:43.02144
2
25
26Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes+9.10044
1
18
31Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull+29.10044
9
15
43Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Austria Red Bull+38.80044
6
12
522United Kingdom Jenson Button
United Kingdom McLaren+1:07.50044
8
10
677Finland Valtteri Bottas
United Kingdom Williams+1:53.70044
3
8
719Brazil Felipe Massa
United Kingdom Williams+1:55.10044
4
6
827Germany Nico Hulkenberg
India Force India+1:55.90044
13
4
925France Jean-Eric Vergne
Italy Toro Rosso+2:07.60044
20
2
1011Mexico Sergio Pérez
India Force India+1 lap43
11
1
1126Russia Daniil Kvyat
Italy Toro Rosso+1 lap43
12
0
127Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari+1 lap43
10
0
1321Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez
Switzerland Sauber+1 lap43
15
0
1420Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United Kingdom McLaren+1 lap43
7
0
158France Romain Grosjean
United Kingdom Lotus+1 lap43
16
0
1613Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
United Kingdom Lotus+1 lap43
22
0
179Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United Kingdom Caterham+1 lap43
17
0
184United Kingdom Max Chilton
United Kingdom Marussia+1 lap43
21
0
1910Japan Kamui Kobayashi
United Kingdom Caterham+1 lap43
19
0
2017France Jules Bianchi
United Kingdom MarussiaAccident41
18
0
2199Germany Adrian Sutil
Switzerland SauberAccident40
14
0
Ret14Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy FerrariElectronics2
5
0

Race Notes

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.

Event Timetable

(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

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