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Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore, September 21st 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2:0:04.795s

  • 2nd: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2
    +13.534s

  • 3rd: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2
    +14.273s

  • 4th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3
    +15.389s

  • 5th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 2
    +42.161s

  • 6th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 3
    +56.801s

  • 7th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 4
    +59.038s

  • 8th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3
    1:00.641

  • 9th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1:01.661

  • 10th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3
    1:02.230

  • 11th: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 2
    1:05.065

  • 12th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 4
    1:06.915

  • 13th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1:08.029

  • 14th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 3
    1:12.008

  • 15th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1:34.188

  • 16th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1:34.543

  • 17th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 18th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 2
    +8 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 4
    +20 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +43 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +47 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +60 LAP(s)s

Report

Race report

Lewis Hamilton chalked up win number 29 of his Formula One career to finally regain the lead of this year's world title fight after Nico Rosberg suffered only his second retirement of the season.

 

Rosberg's Mercedes encountered an electronics issue before the start of the Singapore Grand Prix and he was ultimately forced out of the race after 14 laps.

Hamilton drove faultlessly from pole position around the Marina Bay Street Circuit to take the chequered flag for the seventh time this campaign and eke out a slender three-point gap lead over Rosberg with five races remaining.

It is only the second time this season Hamilton has led the way in his one-on-one feud with Rosberg, the other occasion after a win in Spain going into what proved to be a highly-controversial race in Monaco.

Behind Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel chalked up his best result of a troubled year with second in his Red Bull, followed by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the trio covered by 1.8 seconds at the line.

For Rosberg, this was a taste of the emotions Hamilton experienced in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary and Belgium.

Prior to this race Rosberg had suffered just one retirement, at Silverstone when his car suffered a gearbox failure.

On this occasion, Rosberg's race was virtually over before it had even started due to an electronics issue related to the gearbox.

Come the start of the formation lap, as Hamilton set off ahead of him and the rest of the field filed around him, Rosberg was sat on the grid doing all he could to engage the gears.

It was to no avail, resulting in his mechanics wheeling him off the grid and into the pit lane where they at least managed to get him going.

With Kamui Kobayashi pulling his Caterham off track on the formation lap due to a technical issue, it left Rosberg 21st and last.

Once in the race Rosberg's problems were highlighted further as he was told at one stage the only thing working on his dashboard were the gearshift paddles.

Rosberg was also without fourth gear, all of which resulted in him failing to close the gap on Marussia's Max Chilton and then Marcus Ericsson in his Caterham over the opening laps.

At the end of lap 13, and with a 75-second gap to Rosberg, Hamilton pitted from the lead, with the Briton in cruise control.

A lap later, and with no read-out on his dash, Rosberg coasted into his grid slot where he had to stall the car in order for his crew to fit new tyres.

Ordinarily, the engine would still be running to keep the revs high to allow a driver to pull away at speed, but with gear issues that was not possible on this occasion.

But after the team fired up his car again, Rosberg was unable to find any gear, the German flicking the paddles furiously, but again it was fruitless, with retirement following moments later.

After a consoling hug from Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff in the garage, Rosberg said: "Sitting on the grid, seeing everybody go by was a horrible feeling.

"There was no power, no gears, no nothing. The car was not working at all.

"I was hoping the team would fix it once the race started as it was sometimes working, sometimes not, but in the end there was no point in continuing. A tough day.

"Reliability has again proven a weakness, which is something we must improve on."

As for the championship, Rosberg added: "I make the most of it for the future, we try and understand today and then full attack for Suzuka (venue for the Japanese Grand Prix in a fortnight)."

There was more drama to come, however, with Sergio Perez losing his front wing un derneath his Force India after colliding with Sauber's Adrian Sutil, bringing out the safety car for the seventh successive race at this venue.

After six laps to clear the debris, Hamilton was left running on the supersoft tyre - but needing to make a final stop - whilst those behind were running to the end on soft rubber.

Hamilton then wrung the life out of his car in a bid to clear as many cars as possible through to the end of lap 52, with nine remaining.

It was a breathtaking drive from Hamilton as he came out in between Vettel and Ricciardo, with Alonso on the heels of the Australian.

On fresh tyres it took Hamilton only one and a half laps to clear Vettel, from which point he stormed on to victory, with the race reaching its two-hour limit after 60 of the planned 61 laps.

Behind the leading quartet were Williams' Felipe Massa and Jean-Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso, followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg for Force India and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.

Jenson Button retired for the first time in two years and 36 races in his McLaren, whilst Chilton was 17th and last for Marussia.

Following his second victory under the lights at Singapore, Hamilton said: "I was dreaming about this last night, but you never think it's going to happen.

"But thanks to my team, knowing we have a car we can fight with and the way it felt on track, it's incredible.

"I was looking for that clean wekeend, and this has been it, but it has not been perfect as Nico didn't finish, so there are things we can still work on."

Vettel, winner of the last four races at this venue, said: "It's a circuit I really love, really enjoy. It's a tough one, two hours.

"I had a good start, a decent race, played with strategy, but then the safety car came at the worst possible time.

"It was then borderline on the tyres, there was a lot of pressure from behind, but in the end P2. Delighted."

 

 

 

Qualification - Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore, September 20th 2014

POSDriverNationalityTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:45.681
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.007s
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.173s
4Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.221s
5Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+0.226s
6Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+0.319s
7Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+0.489s
8Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+0.506s
9Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+0.569s
10Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1.681s
11Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1.262s
12Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1.308s
13Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1.627s
14Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+1.652s
15Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1.894s
16Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+2.131s
17Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+2.643s
18Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+3.382s
19Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+3.759s
20Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+4.724s
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+4.792s
22Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+6.606s

Driver Standings

POSDriverNationalityTeamPTS
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team334
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing214
4Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing159
5Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari157
6Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing156
7Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes106
8Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing98
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team80
10Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
11Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari53
12Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team47
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0

Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore, September 21st 2014

POSDriverNationalityTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team2:0:04.795
2Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing13.534
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing14.273
4Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari15.389
5Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing42.161
6Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso56.801
7Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59.038
8Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1:00.641
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1:01.661
10Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1:02.230
11Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+1:05.065
12Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+1:06.915
13Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+1:08.029
14Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1:12.008
15Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+1:34.188
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+1:34.543
17Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
18Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes8 lap(s)
19Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team20 lap(s)
20Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team43 lap(s)
21Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team47 lap(s)
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team60 lap(s)