Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2014

2014 Russian Grand Prix grid

2014 Russian Grand Prix

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Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’38.513
2. Nico Rosberg 1’38.713
Row 2 3. Valtteri Bottas 1’38.920
4. Jenson Button 1’39.121
Row 3 5. Daniil Kvyat 1’39.277
Toro Rosso
6. Daniel Ricciardo 1’39.635
Red Bull
Row 4 7. Fernando Alonso 1’39.709
8. Kimi Raikkonen 1’39.771
Row 5 9. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’40.020
Toro Rosso
10. Sebastian Vettel 1’40.052
Red Bull
Row 6 11. Kevin Magnussen* 1’39.629
12. Sergio Perez 1’40.163
Force India
Row 7 13. Esteban Gutierrez 1’40.536
14. Adrian Sutil 1’40.984
Row 8 15. Romain Grosjean 1’41.397
16. Marcus Ericsson 1’42.648
Row 9 17. Nico Hulkenberg* 1’40.058
Force India
18. Felipe Massa 1’43.064
Row 10 19. Kamui Kobayashi 1’43.166
20. Max Chilton* 1’43.649
Row 11 21. Pastor Maldonado** 1’43.205

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Five-place penalty left over from ten-place penalty in Japan and five-place penalty for gearbox change

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14 comments on “2014 Russian Grand Prix grid”

  1. Looks like Bottas will be giving Rosberg some trouble tomorrow.

  2. Hopefully Bottas’ race pace will be up there and he can challenge Rosberg. It probably requires him to jump ahead of him right from the start, though.

    1. @markf1
      I think its possible which is what Lewis needs Extending the Championship lead by 20 points instead of 17
      rosberg is always a slow starter and i think Bottas with his flying start can easily jump Nico on long run down to T2

      1. Agreed. With the track being so new and the run to the first breaking point so long I think I’d rather be 3rd than 2nd. If Rosberg does get away well he’ll have to be very aggressive against Hamilton.

  3. Hamilton and Rosberg will have to be careful tomorrow if Bottas is that quick. Long straight will help guys behind at start. Considering 1 stop race there is not much chance to pass.

    Other that that looks like Mclaren will finally over haul Force India in Constructors. And Mercedes could win tomorrow

    1. Yeah I agree, The Williams is very slippery in a straight line and could be a threat for both the Mercs off the line.

  4. Is the Grid side on P2 is dirtier like Austin ??

    1. Absolutely. As a general rule, the off-pole side of the track tends to be dirtier and slower than the pole side. Pole typically sits on the driving line, so it has a lot more rubber and dirt tends to get pushed away by the displaced air.

      So, odds are that pole will be much cleaner. The grip off of pole side might actual be pretty dreadful; it’s a new track, so there’s likely going to be a fair bit of grease from the new asphalt and a general lack of grip. Rosberg may be in for some chop tomorrow.

  5. I’m seeing three wide into t2. With the tow ROS and BOT may be all over Hamilton by the end of the straight. Rosberg will be desperate to get ahead in any case.

    1. Unfortunately, you can’t fit three drivers into T2 so at least one of them will have to cut T2 and it looks like Rosberg, considering he is a slow starter this year and is starting on the dirty side of the track.

  6. Will be interesting to see they way HUL and MAS make way through the grid. Many possibilities ….

  7. Button’s clearly passed his prime; he should be fired right now!

    … Oh wait.

  8. I wonder if Kamui have lost his spark due to the lack of loyalty from Caterham or if Marcus have woken up. The last couple of races they have switched places. Or is it just that the changes on the car really suited Marcus.

    1. Looks like changes on the car, because Ericsson has generally been ahead of Chilton lately as well. He is justifying his spot in F1 based on current form.

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