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JAPAN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Lewis Hamilton extended his narrow Formula 1 world championship lead by defeating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory in a Japanese Grand Prix shortened by an accident for Jules Bianchi.

Having lost out to Rosberg in an all-silver battle for pole in the dry on Saturday, Hamilton turned the tables in the wet Suzuka weather of Sunday with a brilliant round-the-outside passing move on his bitter F1 title rival.

Red Bull deliberately compromised its dry qualifying pace by setting the RB10 up for the wet, and its drivers used this to good effect to finish third and fourth.

Ferrari-bound reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel completed the podium, despite a trip through the gravel at the Esses, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo overcame Jenson Button’s McLaren to finish fourth.

Button held third spot for most of the first half of the race, after being the first driver to pit for inters, but he lost time to a steering wheel change at his second stop, which dropped him behind Vettel, before Ricciardo further demoted the Brit with a firm pass on the inside of the hairpin on lap 43 – a lap before the result was taken.

Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa started third and fourth, but both struggled badly in wet conditions and trailed home sixth and seventh.

Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India stopped at the end of the pitlane as the race was red-flagged for the final time, but he finished eighth on countback, while Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne charged from the back of the grid to claim two points for ninth.

Ferrari took zero points from the race. Kimi Raikkonen finished 12th, while Fernando Alonso retired with a mechanical problem under the safety car before the race began properly.

Final Results: 44 Laps – Red Flagged

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h51m43.021s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h51m52.201s 9.180s
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1h52m12.143s 29.122s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1h52m21.839s 38.818s
5 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1h52m50.571s 1m07.550s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1h53m36.794s 1m53.773s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1h53m38.147s 1m55.126s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1h53m38.969s 1m55.948s
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1h53m50.659s 2m07.638s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1 Lap
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1 Lap
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1 Lap
17 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1 Lap
18 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1 Lap
19 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1 Lap
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari Spun off
21 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari Spun off
Fernando Alonso Ferrari Retirement

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 266
2 Nico Rosberg 256
3 Daniel Ricciardo 193
4 Sebastian Vettel 139
5 Fernando Alonso 133
6 Valtteri Bottas 130
7 Jenson Button 82
8 Nico Hulkenberg 76
9 Felipe Massa 71
10 Sergio Perez 46
11 Kimi Raikkonen 45
12 Kevin Magnussen 39
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 21
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kvyat 8
16 Jules Bianchi 2
17 Adrian Sutil 0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Pastor Maldonado 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Max Chilton 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi 0

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 522
2 Red Bull/Renault 332
3 Williams/Mercedes 201
4 Ferrari 178
5 Force India/Mercedes 122
6 McLaren/Mercedes 121
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 29
8 Lotus/Renault 8
9 Marussia/Ferrari 2
10 Sauber/Ferrari 0
11 Caterham/Renault 0

NEWS & QUOTES

Bianchi taken to hospital after crash – Marussia Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has been taken to hospital unconscious following an accident during the Japanese Grand Prix, when he went off at the scene of a previous crash for Adrian Sutil.

Drivers | Team Quotes

Kimi Raikkonen“Overall, this was a very disappointing weekend. I had set-up problems right from the first day and again today in the race I didn’t manage to drive the way I would have liked. After the start behind the safety car, the track conditions were pretty atrocious and visibility was very poor, but my car was handling okay. Then, when the rain eased, I fitted the intermediate tyres, but after a few laps, they were no longer up to temperature and they began to give me problems at the front end, which meant I had to slow down. Now, we will try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible and aim to improve, starting with the very next race, but more importantly right now, let’s hope we get some good news about Jules Bianchi soon.”

Marco Mattiacci, Ferrari team principal – “For our team, this weekend was unfortunately characterised by reliability problems, yesterday on Kimi’s car and today on Fernando’s. With Kimi, we paid the price for not having been able to get his car configured as well as possible in the third free practice session. That meant he suffered with balance problems throughout the race. Today, with Fernando, we had a bit more of a chance and what happened today just underlines the fact that we must improve the car. However, at the moment, all this is of secondary importance and all our thoughts are only with Jules Bianchi.”

Pat Fry, Ferrari chassis director “It’s disappointing to finish the weekend without scoring points, but our biggest concern tonight is what happened to Jules Bianchi. We still don’t know much but it looked very serious. As for our race, Fernando’s only lasted a couple of laps, probably because of a problem with the electrical system, however we will need to wait until we have the car back for confirmation. Kimi’s main problem was graining on the front tyres. At the pit stop he lost valuable time because of a problem with the front right, but even without that, I think his finishing position wouldn’t have been that much different. Today’s conditions were definitely not easy and what happened here highlights just how important it is to work on the reliability of the car.”

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5 responses

  1. Leonardo

    Always a ‘set-up’ problem or something. Perhaps the problem is Kimi himself trying to get the car to adapt to his driving style and not the other way round.

    The old Iceman magic has long passed, unfortunately. Now it’s just ‘old Kimi’

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

    • JB

      There are enough places on the net where you can join other people criticising Kimi, but this place here is not one of them. You’ve said what you think already so many times here. That’s enough. Please do it somewhere else.

      It just takes 1 bad race and people like you start all over again with these talks. Forgetting a fortnight ago he was fastest on track during quali and a good result blown away just because of mechanical fault..

      Kimi fans will be waiting for 2015 where a new car is ready, one that has been built taking into account Kimi’s wishes as well. Until then, we patiently wait, hoping for at least clean weekends on the remaining races of this year.

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      October 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

      • Leonardo

        So what happened to freedom of expression? BTW, I have written the TRUTH here, something your biased eyes are clearly unable to adjust to. Kimi has not had one podium this year and he falls way down in the points. Enough said.

        Perhaps it’s YOU should leave this site if you cant handle the truth. I certainly will not lament.

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        October 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

  2. Sigh…

    Leonardo please try and keep it positive. Yes you can express your opinion but as this is a fansite it’s probably not the best place to be so negative and discouraging.

    I completely disagree with you btw… He isn’t ‘old’. As for him changing his driving style… he said it best himself! http://www.espn.co.uk/ferrari/motorsport/story/177315.html

    “No, I don’t see the point of me changing my driving style,” Raikkonen said when asked if he had considered changing it to suit the Ferrari. “I couldn’t drive differently any faster. The issue is not with how I drive but how we fix the issue, then we will have a good result.

    “I can drive around some issues but I hope we can fix the main issue and drive as I always do. I’ve been driving in Formula One for quite a few years and have never changed it and will never change it. It’s not the right way of fixing the problems.”

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    • Leonardo

      I know and appreciate that this is a fansite dedicated to Kimi. But it should not only be about the highs in his career, but also the lows. This year we have seen 90% low and only 10% high, by default or not. Next year it could be totally different.

      I still truly believe that, even though Fernando is favored unfairly over his teammate, they both drove the same equipment and the Spaniard was able to pull off some pretty amazing results considering. Unfortunately Kimi did not, be it for setup reasons or even his back problems.

      Next year will be the deciding factor whether he stays in F1 or 2015 will be his last year in the driver’s seat.

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      October 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

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