2014 Canadian Grand Prix
The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014) was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec on 8 June. It was the seventh race of the 2014 Formula One World Championship and the 45th time the event formed part of the series. The 70-lap race was won by Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo from a sixth position start. Nico Rosberg finished in the second position for Mercedes and Ricciardo's teammate Sebastian Vettel took third.
|2014 Canadian Grand Prix|
|Race 7 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
|Date||8 June 2014|
|Official name||Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014|
|Location||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec Canada|
|Course length||4.361 km (2.710 mi)|
|Distance||70 laps, 305.270 km (189.700 mi)|
|Weather||Sunny and hot|
|Time||1:18.504 on lap 58|
Rosberg took the pole position by setting the fastest lap in qualifying and he held off his teammate Lewis Hamilton to lead the field into the first corner. The race was neutralised with the safety car on the same lap due to a crash between Marussia teammates Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi. Rosberg retained the lead for the lap eight restart and he maintained it until his first pit stop on the 17th lap. Rosberg retook it from his teammate Hamilton on lap 19 but kinetic motor–generator unit failures with both Mercedes on lap 35 reduced their pace. He retained it by responding to the pace of Force India's Sergio Pérez as a preventive measure to stop Pérez using his drag reduction system. Ricciardo overtook Pérez for second on lap 66, and he got ahead of Rosberg two laps later, maintaining the lead for the rest of the race to clinch the first victory of his career.
The result of the race meant Rosberg increased his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship to 22 points over his teammate Hamilton who retired due to overheating rear brakes. Ricciardo's victory advanced him to third, demoting Fernando Alonso of Ferrari to fourth. Vettel's third-place result put him into fifth. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes maintained its lead over Red Bull in second. Ferrari, McLaren and Force India all maintained third to fifth positions with twelve races left in the season.
The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix was the seventh of nineteen scheduled single seater races of the 2014 Formula One World Championship, and the 45th running of the event as part of the series. It was held at the 14-turn 4.361 km (2.710 mi) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec on 8 June. Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the yellow-banded soft "prime" compound and the red-banded supersoft "option" compound tyres to the race. The drag reduction system (DRS) had two activation zones for the race: one was on the Casino Straight linking turns 11 and 12 and the second was positioned on the straight between the final and first corners. After the 2013 round, gravel to the outside of the L'Epingle hairpin and turn 13 was replaced by an asphalt surface. A barrier at the outside of turn 13 was moved further back and its debris fence was updated. Furthermore, new guardrail posts were built to ensure there was no space more than 2 m (6.6 ft).
After winning the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks earlier, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led the Drivers' Championship with 122 points, four ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton in second. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was in third with 61 points, and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was seven points behind him in the battle for the position. Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top five with 47 points. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes led with 240 points, and Red Bull were second with 99 points. Ferrari (78 points) and Force India (67 points) contended for the third position and McLaren completed the top five with 52 points.
Rosberg regained the Drivers' Championship lead with his win at Monaco but the relationship with his teammate Hamilton had diminished when he felt Rosberg had wilfully went off the track in qualifying to prevent him taking pole position. Both drivers later spoke to each other four days before the event and Hamilton declared their relationship restored. Rosberg acknowledged contact between him and Hamilton would harm his team's interests and was un-surprised that tensions emerged early in the season, "We're fighting every single race weekend, it's me against him and there's nobody else. So that definitely makes it more difficult and there's more at stake. There is the opportunity of winning the championship this year - that is the ultimate goal in racing - so there's a lot at stake." Hamilton had won in Canada three times (in 2007, 2010 and 2012) and said that the track's long straights would help Mercedes, "We have a very good power curve on our engine, Mercedes have done the best job with the engines. Renault and Ferrari would have to have done an exceptional job coming into this weekend, in terms of that area, to be able to keep up with us on the straights."
There was one change of driver for the first practice session. GP2 Series participant and Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi drove the CT05 for the first time in the 2014 season in place of its regular driver Kamui Kobayashi. In technical developments, Mercedes installed fins and turning vanes to the F1 W05 Hybrid's front wishbone on its lower front suspension and the rear section of its frontal brake ducts for better airflow to the inside of the front wheel and reduced overall drag. Toro Rosso manufactured new exhaust systems for their two STR9s following the development of fractures from possible overheating that led to their retirements in Monaco. Williams mounted a duct over the top of its brake discs to divert airflow from the main duct to the outside of the caliper. Ferrari tested a tighter-mounted engine cover that went to the inside of the rear tyres and featured longer sidepods to better cool the F14 T but removed downforce. During practice, McLaren used a rear suspension element to improve the diffuser's performance and replaced some downforce lost with the lower rear wing's removal but this added drag.
Per the regulations for the 2014 season, three practice sessions were held, two 90-minute sessions on Friday and another 60-minute session before qualifying on Saturday. In the first practice session, which was held under heavy cloud cover that threatened a heavy rain shower later on, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was fastest with a benchmark lap of 1 minute and 17.238 seconds, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg. The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Ricciardo were fourth and sixth; they were separated by Valtteri Bottas' Williams. Jenson Button, his McLaren teammate Kevin Magnussen, the second Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne rounded out the session's top ten drivers. During the session, where several drivers went off the circuit because of a low amount of grip from not getting the optimum tyre temperature, Jules Bianchi damaged the right-front track rod on his Marussia from contact with the wall at the exit of turn four and Hülkenberg spun by putting one of his car's wheels in the grass at the turn eight chicane.
After the session, Ricciardo was summoned to the steward's office and was reprimanded for the first time in the season because he was judged to have passed Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado in "a manner that was potentially dangerous to others in the pit lane" at the conclusion of practice. Hamilton recorded the fastest lap of the day with a time of 1 minute and 16.118 seconds in the second practice session. His teammate Rosberg was in second and Vettel was third. The two Ferraris of Räikkönen and Alonso were fourth and fifth, Felipe Massa came fifth for Williams and his teammate Bottas was sixth. Mangussen, Button and Vergne followed in the top ten. Several drivers again ran off the circuit during the session as Bianchi was restricted to three out-laps because of a engine problem that led to Marussia making a change of power unit overnight.
In the third practice session, held in warmer weather conditions, Hamilton used the soft compound tyres to record the fastest time, a lap of 1 minute and 15.610 seconds. Massa was running faster than the day before and he placed second, ahead of the second Mercedes of Rosberg in third. Alonso was fourth and his teammate Räikkönen was sixth; Ricciardo separated the pair in fifth. Bottas, Daniil Kvyat, Vergne and Vettel completed the top ten drivers entering qualifying. The session was red flagged after 15 minutes for a crash involving Esteban Gutiérrez, who lost control of the rear of his Sauber under braking through the turn three and four chicane, and clattered into the outside barrier at its exit, causing extensive damage to his car's left-rear corner. Sauber subsequently discovered that the front of Gutiérrez's car was too heavily damaged and that meant he missed qualifying because the team's spare chassis had to be constructed for the race on Sunday.
Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes, eliminating cars that finished the session 17th or below. The 107% rule was in effect, requiring drivers to reach a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify. The second part of the qualifying session lasted 15 minutes, eliminating cars that finished 11th to 16th. The final part of the qualifying session determined the positions from first to tenth, deciding the pole position. Cars who progressed to the final qualifying session were not allowed to change tyres for the race's start, using the tyres with which they set their quickest lap times. The weather conditions were sunny and hot with an asphalt temperature of 47 °C (117 °F). Rosberg paced the third qualifying session to take his second consecutive pole position, his third of the season, and the seventh of his career with a time of 1 minute and 14.874 seconds. He was joined on the grid's front row by his teammate Hamilton who recorded a lap 0.079 seconds slower after he made driving errors at turns six and eight and was delayed by slower traffic. Vettel adjusted his driving style and took more risks to qualify third. Bottas in the faster Williams car could not improve his best time due to traffic that compromised his front tyre warming, restricting him to fourth. His teammate Massa had a fluctuating front-left brake temperature problem that caused his front wheel to lock in turn one and he qualified fifth. Sixth-placed Ricciardo ran too quickly on the super soft compound tyre and lost time.
The Ferraris of Alonso and Räikkönen had a lack of grip and took seventh and tenth; they were separated by Vergne and Button after the latter altered his car's balance. Hülkenberg was the fastest driver not to qualify in the top ten; his fastest time of 1 minute and 16.300 seconds was 1.246 seconds slower than Hamilton in the second session. He was joined by Magnussen in 12th and the second Force India of Sergio Pérez took 13th. Romain Grosjean could not better his lap because he crossed the start/finish line one second after the second session ended and he began from 14th. Brake problems and handling difficulties meant Kvyat began from no better than the 15th position. Sauber's Adrian Sutil used two sets of super soft compound tyres in the first session and made only one timed lap in the second session to qualify in 16th. Maldonado failed to advance beyond the first qualifying session as a turbocharger intake problem meant he was asked by his engineer to stop his Lotus at the exit of turn three and was prevented from improving his lap on his final attempt. 18th placed Max Chilton relied on the lap he established on his first attempt because of separate incidents in the first session and his teammate Bianchi could not emerge on track for a second try because his car failed to start. Kobayashi's balance on his Caterham was improved and went faster on his final attempt to take 20th; Marcus Ericsson in the second Caterham took 21st and triggered a stoppage in the first session with a crash at the exit of the turn eight and nine chicane with 16 seconds remaining.
Maldonado was given his first reprimand of the season from the stewards because he failed to reattach his steering wheel after vacating his car as required by the Formula One Sporting Regulations at the exit of turn three. Although Gutiérrez did not take part in qualifying, he was allowed to take the start by the stewards who judged that he was capable to compete in a sufficient pace based on his free practice times. He was later ordered to begin from the pit lane because Sauber changed the gearbox and the survival cell of his car as a result of his third practice accident. Kobayashi incurred a five-place grid penalty for changing his car's gearbox.
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:17.470||1:16.109||1:15.548||3|
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:17.113||1:15.897||1:15.589||6|
|8||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:17.178||1:16.255||1:16.162||8|
|11||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.897||1:16.300||11|
|13||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:18.235||1:16.472||13|
|15||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:16.938||1:16.713||15|
|107% time: 1:21.052|
|NC2||21||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber-Ferrari||No time2||PL3|
- ^1 — Kamui Kobayashi was given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
- ^2 — Esteban Gutiérrez did not take part in qualifying because his team was unable to repair damage on his car, sustained as a result of a crash during the third practice session in time. He was allowed to start the race on the stewards' discretion, who judged that he was capable of lapping with the 107% limit based on his free practice times.
- ^3 — Gutiérrez was further penalised with a pit lane start because his car's gearbox and a survival cell were changed as a result of his accident during free practice.
Weather conditions at the start of the race were hot and clear. The air temperature was between 27 to 28 °C (81 to 82 °F) and the track temperature ranged from 44 to 49 °C (111 to 120 °F); forecasts expected the weather to remain consistent throughout the Grand Prix. All drivers starting in the top ten began on the soft compound tyres. When the race began from its standing start at 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00), Hamilton made a better getaway than his teammate Rosberg. The latter locked his brakes entering the first corner and drifted wide in front of Hamilton as he fended off the former to the inside. That caused Hamilton to run wide onto some grass and allowed Vettel into second. At turn three, Chilton lost control of the rear of his Marussia on the entry to the corner, and he oversteered into the side of his teammate Bianchi's car. Bianchi was launched airborne as the two driver's wheels interlocked and he spun into the outside barrier beside the track. Bianchi was unhurt but he and Chilton retired. The accident prompted the safety car's deployment because track marshals were needed to clear oil and debris laid on the circuit.
The field conserved fuel under the safety car, which was withdrawn at the end of lap seven. Rosberg immediately pulled away from Vettel whose Red Bull had a straight-line speed disadvantage of about 10 km/h (6.2 mph) and Hamilton pressured him. On lap eight, Pérez passed Button for tenth on the approach to the turn 13 and 14 chicane. That lap, Ericsson's Caterham developed a turbocharger connector pipe failure that prompted his retirement in the pit lane to prevent engine damage. Kvyat oversteered and he spun at turn one from 15th on the tenth lap and he fell to the rear of the field. On the lap, Hamilton achieved a fast exit out of the L'Epingle hairpin and he used DRS to get ahead of Vettel into the turn 13 and 14 chicane to retake second. Sixth-placed Ricciardo was delayed by the Williams pair of Bottas and Massa but he could not pass him as his car lacked the straight-line speed to affect an overtake. Behind him, Vergne later delayed the Ferraris of Alonso and Räikkönen, Pérez and Button. Pérez's super soft compound tyres began degrading by around laps 13 and 14. Ricciardo was the first of the leading drivers to make a pit stop at the end of lap 13 in an attempt by Red Bull to move past both of the Williams drivers.
Williams responded by calling Bottas into the pit lane for the soft compound tyres on the next lap and they did the same with his teammate Massa on the 15th lap. Massa was delayed by a faulty front-left wheel gun failure and he fell to 13th. Vettel was about five seconds behind Hamilton by his own pit stop on that lap for the soft compound tyres. On the 16th lap, Alonso made his pit stop and his speed advantage over Vergne moved him ahead of the latter. Rosberg was more than two seconds ahead of Hamilton when he entered the pit lane a lap later. He clipped the kerb on the inside of turn four and he lost control at the rear but he narrowly avoided hitting the barrier and continued. Hamilton took the lead on lap 18 and he maintained it before his own pit stop. Afterwards, Rosberg led with Hamilton second and the yet-to-stop Force Indias of Pérez and Hülkenberg. Vettel's slower pace enabled Bottas and Ricciardo to draw closer. On the 21st lap, Räikkönen attempted to overtake Kvyat into the turn 13 and 14 chicane but he was unsuccessful as Kvyat drove across the run-off area. Maldonado retired on the following lap with a loss of engine power.
During the 23rd lap, Vettel attempted to out-brake Hülkenberg for fourth at the hairpin but he ran wide from a loss of rear car control and Hülkenberg retook the position. Hamilton gained on his teammate Rosberg and was less than a second adrift by the same lap and he could use DRS. On lap 24, Kobayashi retired at the exit of Virage Senna corner with a rear suspension failure. As Hamilton slipstreamed Rosberg on the Casino Straight a lap later, his teammate locked his tyres from braking too late for the turn 13 and 14 chicane and cut the corner. Rosberg was investigated by the stewards although he was not penalised and Hamilton was advised by his race engineer Peter Bonnington not to take any risks. Further down the field, Massa passed Alonso on the outside through the first turn and Virage Senna for eighth on the 27th lap. In the meantime, Button overtook Kvyat around the outside at the L'Epingle hairpin for 12th and Vettel held off Bottas at the turn 13 and 14 chicane. Third-placed Pérez's stint on the super soft compound tyres was extended to lap 34's conclusion by Force India because of better tyre management. He rejoined on the soft compound tyres in 11th.
Hamilton caught his teammate Rosberg (who had used 2 kg (4.4 lb) of more fuel) but his repeated attempts to pass did not succeed. Mercedes observed the temperatures with both car's engine control systems on the kinetic motor–generator units; their warmth caused Rosberg's to shut down on the approach to the L'Epingle hairpin on lap 36 and Hamilton's failed in turn seven during the next lap, causing the engines to lose 160 hp (120 kW) and tightened their steering ability. That lowered the two car's top speed on the straights by 32 km/h (20 mph) and were four seconds a lap slower than before after instructions for a restart of the engine control systems was unsuccessful. Bottas entered the pit lane from fifth on lap 35 in Williams' attempt to get past Vettel and Red Bull responded by bringing Vettel in on the next lap. A slow in-lap by Vettel put him behind his teammate Ricciardo and Bottas and both Force Indias. Hülkenberg made his pit stop on lap 41 and Williams put the third-placed Massa on a one-stop strategy due to Mercedes' reduced pace. Rosberg entered the pit lane at the end of lap 43 and a delay with the installation of the left-front tyre put Hamilton in front and into second the lap after.
Hamilton's time in his pit stall overheated his rear brake discs and he ran wide at the L'Epingle hairpin on lap 46. That encouraged Rosberg to draw alongside Hamilton and took second from him. Hamilton then slipstreamed back past on the outside with DRS but he ran into the turn 13 and 14 chicane run-off area and relinquished the position to Rosberg. He ran off the track twice more and slowed en route to retire in the pit lane on lap 47. In the meantime, Massa led for two laps before an increase in tyre wear prompted Williams to revert to a two-stop strategy; he entered the pit lane at the end of the 47th lap. Rosberg retook the lead on the following lap. He was told by Mercedes to increase his pace in the first sector to stop Pérez from using DRS on the Casino Straight. On that lap, Kvyat retired with a drive shaft failure. Bottas' tyres were 12 laps older than those on his teammate Massa's car. Williams then invoked team orders to allow Massa through past Bottas and mount a challenge to Hülkenberg in fifth. However, Bottas locked his heavily flat-spotted tyres at the L'Epingle hairpin while trying to overtake Hülkenberg and Massa passed him on the inside on lap 57.
Massa immediately got ahead of Hülkenberg for fifth before entering the turn 13 and 14 chicane on that lap. He then the race's fastest lap on the following lap, at 1 minute and 18.504 seconds, as he drew closer to Vettel and Ricciardo, who were delayed by Pérez. On lap 60, Alonso overtook Bottas for seventh by driving on the inside line between turns one and Virage Senna. Bottas lost eighth to Button soon after. Grosjean joined the list of retirees with a broken rear wing on the following lap. On lap 64, Vettel narrowly avoided ramming into the rear of his teammate Ricciardo under braking for the L'Epingle hairpin. Vettel ran wide to avoid contact, which allowed Massa to turn onto the inside line as Vettel jerked in turn 11. Massa gained on Vettel on the Casino Straight but he did not pass him because he forgot to deploy his DRS. In the meantime, Pérez had rear brake problems and Ricciardo challenged him for second. On the 66th lap, Ricciardo used DRS and he steered to the outside of Pérez on the approach to turn one to make the pass for second, despite running wide onto the grass and maintained the inside line at Virage Senna corner. That caused Vettel to nearly hit Pérez's car in the subsequent concertina effect.
Gutiérrez retired on the 67th lap with a energy storage system failure. Ricciardo lowered Rosberg's lead to seven-tenths of a second over the next two laps. Approaching the turn 13 and 14 chicane on lap 68, Ricciardo used DRS to pass Rosberg for the lead. During the next lap, Pérez turned off the racing line and Vettel found space to overtake him for third at the end of the Casino Straight. Pérez was slower on the start/finish straight from having an untidy exit out of the final corner and Massa turned to the inside line. He went slightly to his left as Massa steered right in anticipation of holding the former to the outside entering the first turn and braked 10 m (33 ft) earlier than on the lap before. In doing so, Massa's front right tyre and the back of Pérez's left-rear wheel collided, which caused both drivers to career out of control. Pérez rammed into a barrier to his right, while Massa narrowly avoided collecting Vettel en route into the outside tyre barrier and had an heavy impact of 27 g0 (260 m/s2). The safety car was deployed to neutralise the race and Ricciardo took his first career victory, the first for an Australian since Mark Webber at the 2012 British Grand Prix. Rosberg finished second and Vettel third. Off the podium, Button took fourth, Hülkenberg fifth and Alonso sixth. Bottas, Vergne, Magnussen and Räikkönen completed the top ten. Pérez and Massa were classified 11th and 12th despite their crash as Sutil and Guttiérrez were the final finishers.
At the podium interviews, conducted the 1995 winner of the race Jean Alesi, Ricciardo said he was in shock over his first career win, "This is ridiculous! Lots of Aussie flags, that’s nice. It’s just an amazing feeling right now, I’m really grateful for this. Thanks everyone." Rosberg stated he had no knowledge of his surroundings as he was too focused on his horsepower disadvantage. His fellow compatriot Vettel congratulated his teammate Ricciardo on winning and commended his team's effort. In the subsequent press conference, Ricciardo said he believed that having more confidence and familiarity with the Formula One community helped him triumph but vowed not to temporarily look into the long-term. Rosberg revealed he had to cool his brakes after his kinetic motor–generator unit failed and said that it had been a difficult Grand Prix for Mercedes, "It was a very, very difficult day out there today and then to come home second – and I didn’t even know that I was second, I only found out afterwards – so that was positive." Vettel said he felt Red Bull had been fortunate after overcoming several inter-team issues during pre-season testing and finishing the race ahead of both of the Mercedes, "I think that’s a very, very positive day for us."
Although Pérez and Massa were unhurt, they were transported to the circuit's medical centre before being airlifted to the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal for a pre-cautionary check-up because their crashes registered enough of a G-force to activate the car's medical alarm. The collision was referred to the stewards and Pérez was issued a five place grid penalty for the season's next race in Austria because they deemed him to have made an illegal manoevure that resulted in the crash. At the medical centre, Massa told Pérez of his disappointment with his driving and added that he "needs to learn". He criticised the stewards' penalty because of the severity of the accident that nearly saw him collect Vettel. Pérez said in response that he held the same line and braking patterns in the laps prior to the crash,
"There was plenty of space on the left of my car to attempt a clean overtake, and I cannot understand why he had to scrape by. I watched several replays of the incident and I can’t help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me. I can only think he must have changed his mind and wanted to rejoin the racing line. His misjudgment cost us a big amount of points.”
Force India team manager Andy Stevenson suspected a conspiracy against the team as one of the stewards was Pérez's former manager and IndyCar Series driver Adrián Fernández, who acrimoniously ended his partnership with Pérez in 2012. FIA Race Director and Permanent Starter Charlie Whiting dismissed the idea of a conspiracy as "nonsense" and noted that for the Russian Grand Prix, Fernández would serve as the driver representative. On 20 June, the stewards convened a meeting to review driver testimony and telemetry.from Force India.The FIA upheld the stewards' decision by reiterating their view that Pérez had illegally changed his direction entering turn one.
The stewards also reviewed the accident between Marussia teammates Chilton and Bianchi on the first lap, with Chilton being issued a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix for being deemed at fault for the accident. Chilton believed Bianchi caused the crash by out-braking him on the outside and argued for the release additional television footage to prove if his teammate was responsible. Bianchi argued his belief that he did not brake too late and felt that he provided Chilton with adequate space to drive past. Both drivers spoke to each other on the morning of 19 June and they agreed to move on from the crash.
Regarding the manoevure by Rosberg to drive into the turn 13 and 14 chicane run-off area on lap 25, the driver believed that the regulations concerning minor driver errors needed to be clarified so that the stewards' work load could be reduced, "It is worth discussing, because it going to the stewards is a bit strange. It is something that we all agreed among ourselves, and especially that the first time you can maybe get a warning, but you cannot do it three times in a row." Sky Sports F1 pundits Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundle believed Rosberg was fortunate that he did not receive a penalty, while their colleague Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, agreed that a warning was justified.
The result of the Grand Prix meant Rosberg increased his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship to 22 points over his teammate Hamilton in second. Ricciardo's victory enabled him to move into third, while Alonso's seventh-place finish dropped him to fourth. Vettel's third-place result meant he rounded out the top five. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes maintained its lead with 258 points. Red Bull remained in second with 139 points. Ferrari moved a further point clear from Force India in the battle for third place as McLaren drew closer to Force India by four points with twelve races remaining in the season. Despite his retirement from the race, Hamilton admitted that to reclaim the advantage in the championship contest, he required a form that was similar to his four wins in a row earlier in the season, "It is going to take a lot, four wins. I just can’t believe that my car stops and the other doesn’t. Two DNFs is not easy but I have caught up before and I will catch up again."
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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