Lewis Hamilton recorded his fourth straight Formula 1 victory of 2014, after narrowly defeating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrilling conclusion to the Spanish Grand Prix.
Spanish home hero Fernando Alonso used a three-stop strategy to beat Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to sixth.
Raikkonen delivered his strongest performance of the season relative to his team-mate, but was powerless to prevent Alonso passing on fresher tyres in the late stages of the race, despite making it as difficult as he reasonably could. (Read report at ferrari.com)
- Autosport Live: Kimi Raikkonen isn’t happy with being jumped by Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. After the race he quizzes his engineer about “who is making the calls? We seem to get second choice.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a complicated race for me, with the main problem being a lack of grip and in general, it was very difficult to find the right balance on the car. Going for a two stop strategy proved to be the wrong choice because tyre degradation meant I couldn’t push all the way to the end. Overall here, we went better than in the last race, maybe because the characteristics of this track are very different to those we have raced on so far, but we cannot be happy with sixth and seventh places, because we are a long way off where we want to be. It will take time, but we will do our utmost, because we know where we must keep pushing if we want to improve.”
Pat Fry: “This weekend, which was difficult for the team and the drivers ended with a less than spectacular race in which we unfortunately lacked the pace to make up places from our grid positions. Considering how difficult it is to overtake at this track, the start could have made the difference, but the positions remained more or less the same throughout the order. If fuel consumption wasn’t much of a problem, tyre degradation affected the race from start to finish. Apart from the two Mercedes, the lap times of the various teams were very similar, which meant the chances of being able to carry out or be subjected to an undercut, along with managing the traffic, took priority over the strategy choices. The gap to the leaders is certainly not a surprise and will not discourage us as we tackle the work we must do to improve our car. Now we will try and make the most of the two test days this coming week here in Montmelò to move forward on the development of the F14 T. The aim is to give our drivers a more competitive package.”
Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 13. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault Retirements: Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault
Drivers' championship: Pos Driver Points 1. Lewis Hamilton 100 2. Nico Rosberg 97 3. Fernando Alonso 49 4. Sebastian Vettel 45 5. Daniel Ricciardo 39 6. Nico Hulkenberg 37 7. Valtteri Bottas 34 8. Jenson Button 23 9. Kevin Magnussen 20 10. Sergio Perez 20 11. Kimi Raikkonen 17 12. Felipe Massa 12 13. Romain Grosjean 4 14. Jean-Eric Vergne 4 15. Daniil Kvyat 4 Constructors' championship: Pos Team Points 1. Mercedes 197 2. Red Bull-Renault 84 3. Ferrari 66 4. Force India-Mercedes 57 5. Williams-Mercedes 46 6. McLaren-Mercedes 43 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 8 8. Lotus-Renault 4 9. Sauber-Ferrari 0 10. Marussia-Ferrari 0 11. Caterham-Renault 0