Winners and Losers at the British Grand Prix

Winners and Losers at the British Grand Prix

7 July 2014 – The 2014 edition of the British Grand Prix entertained from start to finish as Lewis Hamilton claimed victory while Nico Rosberg retired for the first time this year. GPUpdate.net presents its winners and losers...

Winners

Monaco was troublesome, Canada was dismal and Austria was little better for Lewis Hamilton. And after qualifying, his mood was bleak. He'd aborted his final flying lap, little realising conditions had improved, and he tumbled to sixth. Worse still, it was team-mate Nico Rosberg on pole. But spurred on by the British fans he rocketed up to fourth at the start and quickly got rid of the McLaren drivers to sit five seconds or so behind Rosberg. He preserved his tyres in the first stint before pushing after his stop and the gap to Rosberg rapidly reduced. The German encountered gearbox trouble and subsequently retired, but even without those gremlins it was unlikely that he would have repelled Hamilton's advances. The result was that Hamilton closed to within four points of Rosberg following his second victory at his home event.

After qualifying, Fernando Alonso's mood was sour to say the least. He joked with Spanish TV that his grid position made little difference and in his open press session he ruled out fighting for the title. So unused to lining up at the back he overshot his grid position and copped a five-second stop/go penalty. Nonetheless, he drove like a man possessed. His move on Daniel Ricciardo around the outside of Vale was incisive while opting to go around Sebastian Vettel at Copse was bold and it worked out beautifully. Vettel struck back, but spent several laps stuck behind Alonso as the Spaniard defended brilliantly despite inferior machinery and problems with his F14 T. It was perhaps one of the best sixth places in the sport's history.

This season has been trying for Jenson Button. Not only has he been lumbered with a difficult car for a second consecutive year, he has done so without the presence of his father, John, who was such a huge influence on the 2009 World Champion. John's life was celebrated at Silverstone, with the 'Pink for Papa' shirts being worn in honour of Button Sr. Jenson went on to put in a strong performance on track as he nailed his qualifying lap to line up third and extracted the maximum from the McLaren MP4-29. He fell agonisingly short of finishing on the podium for the first time at Silverstone, but this was a superb drive from a man who has faced criticism and doubts about his future in the run up to the event.

Losers

Kimi Räikkönen arrived at Silverstone having a season best described as thoroughly abysmal. Matters didn't improve in qualifying as Ferrari misread the conditions, consigning him to 20th position. Penalties for others elevated him to 17th place and he made a good start, running as high as 11th until he ran wide at Aintree. He took to the tarmac before bouncing across the grass at high speed as he attempted to re-join. A bump unsettled the car and he was pitched into the barriers before spearing across the circuit, where he was struck by Felipe Massa. He was fortunate to escape relatively uninjured but it was a silly mistake from an experienced driver. The consequences could have been far worse.

For Felipe Massa it was supposed to be a weekend to celebrate as he commemorated his 200th race. Williams held a gathering for Massa in their swish new three-story motorhome but on-track it was a complete disaster. The Brazilian dropped it on the exit of Stowe in first practice, causing a headache for his mechanics. In qualifying the team, like Ferrari, erred in the changeable conditions which resulted in Massa being eliminated in Q1, while off the line he barely moved and dropped to the back. He was then helpless in avoiding Räikkönen, although he at least managed to rotate the car to lessen the impact. One to forget.

Caterham's tumultuous few events show no signs of abating. After Tony Fernandes departed the Formula 1 operation it was announced that a mysterious group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors had purchased the team, with Christijan Albers installed at the helm. On track, the CT05 was typically woeful with Marcus Ericsson in particular struggling. An ERS issue struck Kamui Kobayashi in qualifying and both drivers ended up outside the 107 per cent mark. They were allowed to race, but Kobayashi damaged his car while avoiding Räikkönen and Ericsson's suspension broke when he struck a kerb. There was little reason for immediate optimism for the new owners.

Phillip Horton
Twitter: @PHortonF1

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Thursday 30 October 2014

  2. 21:32

    Latest F1 photos: Thursday in Austin

    F1
  3. Qualifying revised due to smaller field 21:31

    Qualifying revised due to smaller field

    Formula 1 will adopt a revised qualifying format for this weekend's United States Grand Prix, due to the absence of the...

    F1
  4. Alonso excited by 'very ambitious' plan 19:44

    Alonso excited by 'very ambitious' plan

    Fernando Alonso remained coy over his future ahead of the United States Grand Prix, describing his plans for 2015 and beyond...

    F1
  5. Button to take five-place gearbox penalty 17:58

    Button to take five-place gearbox penalty

    Jenson Button will take a gearbox penalty at this weekend's United States Grand Prix. Under Formula 1's current...

    F1
  6. Vergne says he is 'best option' for Toro Rosso 17:45

    Vergne says he is 'best option' for Toro Rosso

    Jean-Éric Vergne reckons he is the "best option" out of the drivers vying to race alongside Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso...

    F1
  7. Drivers open to three-car F1 teams 17:12

    Drivers open to three-car F1 teams

    Formula 1 drivers say they are open to being a part of three-car teams, as the debate over grid size continues. With...

    F1
  8. Domenicali to start work at Audi this week 15:28

    Domenicali to start work at Audi this week

    Stefano Domenicali will begin work at Audi on November 1, the German manufacturer has confirmed to...

    Misc
  9. IndyCar announces 2015 calendar 14:51

    IndyCar announces 2015 calendar

    IndyCar officials presented a 17-race calendar for the 2015 season on Thursday. As previously confirmed, the campaign...

    Indy
  10. Family: Bianchi remains critical but stable 14:23

    Family: Bianchi remains critical but stable

    Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition at the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi following his...

    F1
  11. Vettel: Red Bull blocked early release 13:32

    Vettel: Red Bull blocked early release

    Quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that Red Bull has prevented him from exiting his contract early...

    F1
  12. Video: Haas F1 factory build time-lapse 11:14

    Video: Haas F1 factory build time-lapse

    Relive the 339-day construction of Haas F1 Team's new facility in Kannapolis in this time-lapse video.

    F1
  13. 10:32

    MotoGP photos: Stoner in action at Motegi

    MotoGP
  14. Stoner describes 'very positive' Motegi test 10:31

    Stoner describes 'very positive' Motegi test

    Casey Stoner has described his two-day test with Honda's 2015 bike at Motegi as "very positive". The two-time MotoGP...

    MotoGP
  15. 09:56

    F1 photos: Ocon tests F10 at Fiorano

    F1
  16. Ferrari praises Ocon after F1 test 09:51

    Ferrari praises Ocon after F1 test

    Ferrari has heaped praise on Esteban Ocon after the French teenager's prize Formula 1 test at Fiorano on Wednesday. Ocon,...

    F1
  17. Warwick confirmed as Austin steward 08:59

    Warwick confirmed as Austin steward

    Derek Warwick has been confirmed as the FIA's driver representative steward for this weekend's United States Grand...

    F1
  18. USGP memories: Hamilton wins, 2012 05:02

    USGP memories: Hamilton wins, 2012

    Relive the inaugural USGP at the Circuit of The Americas, where Lewis Hamilton overcame Sebastian Vettel.

    F1
  19. Wednesday 29 October 2014

  20. Hawksworth joins Sato at Foyt for 2015 20:02

    Hawksworth joins Sato at Foyt for 2015

    British driver Jack Hawksworth will join Takuma Sato at AJ Foyt Racing in IndyCar next season as the squad expands to a...

    Indy
  21. Vettel set to sit out qualifying for USGP 18:00

    Vettel set to sit out qualifying for USGP

    Sebastian Vettel says he will probably sit out qualifying for the United States Grand Prix as Red Bull is likely to make a...

    F1
  22. Mercedes awarded the Dewar Trophy 14:18

    Mercedes awarded the Dewar Trophy

    Mercedes has been awarded the Dewar Trophy for producing the best power unit under Formula 1's new technical...

    F1
  23. Video: Pirelli's guide to the United States GP 13:30

    Video: Pirelli's guide to the United States GP

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli previews this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

    F1
  24. Stoner begins test with 2015 Honda 11:48

    Stoner begins test with 2015 Honda

    Double MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has commenced a two-day test with the 2015 Honda RC213V at Twin Ring Motegi in...

    MotoGP
  25. Fernandes says big teams as much at fault 11:10

    Fernandes says big teams as much at fault

    Tony Fernandes says Formula 1 needs to examine itself in the wake of the collapse of the Caterham and Marussia...

    F1
  26. Bottas targeting podium finish in Austin 10:23

    Bottas targeting podium finish in Austin

    Valtteri Bottas is hoping to secure his sixth podium of the season at the United States Grand Prix. The Williams driver...

    F1
  27. Prost: Renault will find it hard to catch Mercedes 09:54

    Prost: Renault will find it hard to catch Mercedes

    Four-time World Champion Alain Prost believes that Renault will find it "hard" to reduce its power unit deficit to rivals...

    F1
  28. Mario Andretti's most memorable US races 07:28

    Mario Andretti's most memorable US races

    Austin hosts the United States Grand Prix for a third time this weekend. Ahead of the event, GPUpdate.net asked 1978 F1...

    F1
  29. USGP memories: Battle for the lead, 1977 05:06

    USGP memories: Battle for the lead, 1977

    Relive the lead battle between Jody Scheckter, Mario Andretti and Niki Lauda during the 1977 United States Grand Prix West...

    F1
  30. Tuesday 28 October 2014

  31. Video: Ferrari on the challenge of COTA 16:46

    Video: Ferrari on the challenge of COTA

    Ferrari previews this weekend's United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas.

    F1
  32. Fry says Ferrari needs to improve in 'all areas' 16:13

    Fry says Ferrari needs to improve in 'all areas'

    Ferrari Engineering Director Pat Fry says the team needs to improve in "all areas" with the design of its 2015 Formula 1...

    F1
  33. Ericsson in talks with three teams for 2015 14:30

    Ericsson in talks with three teams for 2015

    Marcus Ericsson's manager, Eje Elgh, has confirmed that he is in talks with three teams regarding a potential race seat for...

    F1
  34. Swiss firm wants helicopter to recover cars 13:06

    Swiss firm wants helicopter to recover cars

    Swiss helicopter firm Air Zermatt has proposed that F1 cars should be recovered by a helicopter, to avoid a repeat of...

    F1
  35. Video: Force India duo look ahead to Austin 11:13

    Video: Force India duo look ahead to Austin

    Force India drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez look ahead to the United States Grand Prix.

    F1
  36. Parry completes prize McLaren F1 test 09:20

    Parry completes prize McLaren F1 test

    Matt Parry completed his reward for winning the 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award on Monday, getting his first taste of...

    F1
  37. Background: Low grids are nothing new to F1 07:23

    Background: Low grids are nothing new to F1

    This weekend's United States Grand Prix will feature the fewest entrants in almost a decade of Formula 1 competition, with...

    F1
  38. USGP memories: Six-car race start, 2005 05:12

    USGP memories: Six-car race start, 2005

    Relive the start to the 2005 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, where only the six Bridgestone-shod drivers took to...

    F1
  39. Monday 27 October 2014

  40. Sainz Jr. says he 'deserves' Toro Rosso seat 19:51

    Sainz Jr. says he 'deserves' Toro Rosso seat

    Carlos Sainz Jr. says he deserves to be given the vacant seat at Toro Rosso for the 2015 campaign, after claiming this...

    F1
  41. Mosley warns F1 could lose more teams 16:51

    Mosley warns F1 could lose more teams

    Former FIA President Max Mosley has warned that Marussia and Caterham "may not be the last" teams to fall off the Formula 1...

    F1
  42. Timeline: How Caterham's troubles developed 15:20

    Timeline: How Caterham's troubles developed

    Following a week in which the situation at Caterham has deteriorated, the team is set to drop off the grid after 93 races in...

    F1
  43. Kobayashi feels 'very sorry' for F1 fans 14:44

    Kobayashi feels 'very sorry' for F1 fans

    Kamui Kobayashi says he feels "very sorry" for fans ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix, which will take place...

    F1
  44. Hamilton sets sights on fifth-straight win 14:26

    Hamilton sets sights on fifth-straight win

    Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on claiming a fifth successive Formula 1 victory at this weekend's United States Grand...

    F1
more news