Top ten pictures from the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Marco Mattiacci, Fernando Alonso, Friday practice

Four days before practice started for the Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari’s CEO of its North American operation Marco Mattiacci was appointed the new leader of its racing team following Stefano Domenicali’s resignation.

Having jetted back and forth between New York, Maranello and Shanghai he donned a pair sunglasses during the overcast first day of practice to shield his weary eyes as he surveyed the situation in the Ferrari garage.

Felipe Massa, Saturday

Williams mechanics hard at work. Unfortunately they dropped the ball during the race itself after mixing up Felipe Massa’s left and right rear tyres, leading to a lengthy and race-ruining pit stop.

Lewis Hamilton, Saturday

Lewis Hamilton took pole position during the third wet qualifying session of the year so far.

Toro Rosso garage, Saturday

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne keep an eye on the track in their Toro Rosso STR9s.

Start, Chinese Grand Prix

Massa bounced off Fernando Alonso on the sprint to the first corner but both kept going. Then other Williams of Valtteri Bottas tangled with Nico Rosberg’s slow-starting Mercedes but again both were able to continue.

Nico Rosberg, Chinese Grand Prix

Rosberg was fortunate to make it to the end following the impact, which scrubbed the markings off his left-front tyre.

Esteban Gutierrez, Chinese Grand Prix

Esteban Gutierrez heads towards the enormous Shanghai grandstand one more time one his way to another point-less result for Sauber.

Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Chinese Grand Prix

Tense times between the two Red Bull drivers – Sebastian Vettel took his time over letting Daniel Ricciardo past when he was asked to. He covered the inside line at the hairpin on lap 25 but two corners later Ricciardo was through. Vettel later said he decided to make way after being told Ricciardo was on a different strategy.

Fernando Alonso, Chinese Grand Prix

Had it not been for that delay Ricciardo would surely have ended the race closer to third-placed Alonso than this. But it might not have mattered anyway – the chequered flag had appeared a lap too early, meaning the results were declared with two laps to go.

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Chinese Grand Prix

One double champion congratulates the next? Hamilton has won every race he’s finished so far this year, and his latest victory moved him within four points of the championship lead.

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26 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix”

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    22nd April 2014, 12:19

    That picture of Lewis in the garage is just epic!

    Hello new background :)

    1. Easily the most film-poster-like photograph I’ve ever seen on this site. Also couldn’t help but notice, and do forgive me for pointing it out Keith @keithcollantine, Marco Mattiacci’s name being misspelled twice up there.

    2. Agreed. The two lights looks like speedlights.

    3. Just an amazing picture

    4. Pretty awesome picture. Too Bad is Ham on the pic and not Kimi. That would be poster like. This one is just a cool picture.

    5. MLuqman (@)
      26th April 2014, 9:17

      best ever!!

  2. That is Bottas in the garage , nor Massa (car 77…)

  3. Rear wheels of those Red Bulls look like almost in the air under braking.

    1. it’s because of the corner, the other three(3) lift the load

      1. lift/bear

      2. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        23rd April 2014, 5:37

        Also because Red Bull use a massive amount of rake on their car.

  4. I loved Mattiacci’s answer when a daft journalist asked him,

    Why were you wearing the sunglasses?

    He replied

    Good question!!

    Haha! Something the journalist deserved for such a daft question.

  5. That picture of Marco Mattiacci is just haters gonna hate.

    So stylish ! xD

  6. Maranello and Shanghai he donned a pair sunglasses

    Grammar Nazi here! The above line needs re-phrasing.

    1. ohh.. I am wrong. Sorry. I got Maranello and Mattiacci mixed up.

  7. Mattiacci looks like a Mr. Bean in red suit.

  8. That’s a very good selection of pictures, thanks!
    Those show different photo techniques like slow shutter (Williams garage), wide angle (Toro Roso garage), zoom and shallow dept of field (Hamilton and Alonso), panning (Rosberg with the scrubbed tyre) and silhouette (Mercedes garage).

    1. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
      23rd April 2014, 6:23

      @lubhz – I agree. It’s really the first Top 10 pictures thread that I can remember which had some focus on composition rather than purely subject.

  9. Love this section. Great photos.

  10. Sorry for putting this question in the wrong place…
    How can Gene Haas run a Dallara chassis next year? Does he not have to build the chassis himself or have the intellectual property…?

    1. Since it is a collabaritve effort and the chassis is not being supplied to any other team, I believe it can fall under the requirement of producing one’s own chassis. Though it would surely have to remain an exclusive supply – currently, that is.

      1. Thanks for filling me in Max.

  11. Good pictures! :)

  12. That must be one of the easiest runs to the first corner for Lewis Hamilton there, or in fact, for anyone.

  13. I liked Nico’s shot with the faded grandstands in the background…

  14. Bottas, not Massa Keith

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