Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2014

2014 United States Grand Prix grid

2014 United States Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2014

Row 11. Nico Rosberg 1’36.067
Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’36.443
Mercedes
Row 23. Valtteri Bottas 1’36.906
Williams
4. Felipe Massa 1’37.205
Williams
Row 35. Daniel Ricciardo 1’37.244
Red Bull
6. Fernando Alonso 1’37.610
Ferrari
Row 47. Kevin Magnussen 1’37.706
McLaren
8. Kimi Raikkonen 1’37.804
Ferrari
Row 59. Adrian Sutil 1’38.810
Sauber
10. Pastor Maldonado 1’38.467
Lotus
Row 611. Sergio Perez 1’38.554
Force India
12. Jenson Button* 1’37.655
McLaren
Row 713. Nico Hulkenberg 1’38.598
Force India
14. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’39.250
Toro Rosso
Row 815. Esteban Gutierrez 1’39.555
Sauber
16. Romain Grosjean 1’39.679
Lotus
Row 917. Daniil Kvyat** 1’38.699
Toro Rosso
18. Sebastian Vettel*** 1’39.621
Red Bull

*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
**Ten-place grid penalty for power unit component change
***Pit-lane start for complete power unit change

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36 comments on “2014 United States Grand Prix grid”

  1. Rosberg is an immense qualifier. You can criticize his racecraft all day long, but dare I say it, over one lap he is almost unmatched.

    1. You mean apart from the last few races?

    2. @kingshark very true! Criticize him for allegedly cheating and lacking racecraft, but my god that man can drive a race car over 1 lap!

      1. Isn’t it a pitty that you don’t get points for that?

        1. it is actually…

    3. I just said this on the live discussion, His pole in Suzuka was epic as well.

    4. @kingshark – I think Rosberg is the more consistently immense qualifier, but a happy Hamilton is unquestionably fastest racing driver in the world in my opinion at least. The remarkable level that Hamilton operates on during a qualifying lap is difficult to sustain when the car is marginally different every time you drive it, so yes, Rosberg is the better qualifier, but Hamilton is the faster.

      1. I think it’s too difficult to call they are both similarly fast and consistent in quali, don’t forget we have Monaco this year and Hamilton’s engine fire in Hungary the margins are so slender.

      2. @william-brierty what do you mean by ‘fastest’ and ‘best’ qualifier? What is the difference supposed to be? :)

    5. Yes, it seems like everyone has reversed his opinion. Rosberg and Hamilton are pretty much equal in quali but in race pace Hamilton is the better of the two.

  2. Prior to today’s pole position, Nico has only converted 2 of his 8 poles into race wins, let’s wait until tomorrow and see what happens.

  3. Is this the first time, where the 2014 pole time was faster than in 2013?

    1. @bag0 Looks like it. Hilarious to think people were complaining about the cars being too slow only a few months ago!

      1. It’s also nice to see nobody’s complaining on the noise anymore.

        1. Paul Sainsbury
          1st November 2014, 21:48

          A lot of people are still complaining, for example those who heard a ‘real’ F1 car in the demo in Austin on Thursday.

      2. @ciaran they are. The soft tyre was used for pole today. last year it was the medium.

        1. And also knowing the fact that this year’s tyres are a step harder than last year’s tyres, it means they are same and hence we can say that we are finally getting at par with last year’s pace. @sato113

          1. @mjf1fan if this years tyres are slightly harder, then the softer choice for austin this year is probably quite closer to the compounds of last year. so maybe we are wrong and the cars are finally close to last year

  4. Yep. Happy with 2nd. After Lewis reported the brake issue I was almost expecting Bottas to sneak in there. Always a chance from 2nd :)

    1. Excuses. Rosberg was on fire today, the only brake issue was in hamiltons head, it is related to.his setup and driving

      1. Guess Paddy is a liar as well….

        But as lewis said, even if he didn’t have those problems, Nico would’ve gotten pole anyways….

        But here’s food for thought, Nico has only converted 25% of his pole position (2 out of 8).

        How about this, what if Lewis knowing barring a miracle, the worse he’d qualify would be 2nd, he chose to focus on a race setup rather than qualifying? Remember Suzuka? He knew it was going to be wet, so adopted his setup for the conditions, Nico didn’t, hence why he had so much understeer during the race. Lewis is playing the long game, because he knows he has the race pace to easily beat Nico and he has shown that on more than one occasion this season.

      2. kpcart, ok if you say so!

      3. Yes, Nico would have got pole position after a great lap, but we all know that his racecraft is definitely not the best. I think Lewis doesn’t care about pole position to be honest, and is focused entirely on the race. Lewis generally has had better race pace than Rosberg this season, and I think Lewis knows it. Besides, points don’t come from qualifying, they come from the race. Lewis knows what he’s doing. He wants to play the safe game and make sure that he wins the championship, without risking too much. Nico pushed the car too hard today, and while he got a great lap out of it, I think he put more pressure on the car than Hamilton.

  5. That was probably one of the greatest lap Rosberg has done all season. Not a single mistake made, well deserved

    1. Agree it was immense.

    2. Interestingly, this matches the ‘average speed analysis’ prediction that Rosberg would get pole position here. Same for Brazil (but more 50-50), with Abu Dhabi being Hamilton territory (lower average speed). This also shows Monaco to be ultimate Hamilton territory…

      1. @fastiesty

        This also shows Monaco to be ultimate Hamilton territory…

        Then I’m not sure how reliable this average speed analysis really is. Rosberg is at least as fast as Hamilton around Monaco. However, Hungary, now that is a true Hamilton specialist circuit.

        I think that Nico will take pole around Brazil and Lewis will edge it in Abu Dhabi. Although I doubt the gap between the two around these two circuits will be more than a tenth or so.

        1. @kingshark True, although Monaco is also somewhat a special case. It’s Rosberg’s ‘home circuit’ (literally), along with the added layer of barriers so close.

          PS. I don’t remember Rosberg beating Michael Schumacher to pole in 2012….

          1. @fastiesty

            PS. I don’t remember Rosberg beating Michael Schumacher to pole in 2012….

            That’s because he is the Michael. Even at the age of 43, he was just as fast in equal machinery as one of the top drivers today. ;-)

          2. @kingshark True.. there were times in 2011 or 2012 that he was outpacing Rosberg on pure pace… if Mercedes had this year’s car in 2010-12, then Schumacher would definitely have won again multiple times, even if Rosberg would ultimately take the titles. Maybe Michael would have used some tricks to get himself into contention? :P

  6. Hmm
    Sector times and total time did not match for KMag in Q3 on official F1 app. Anyone else noticed this, or have explanation? Quite big difference

  7. Did Maldonado’s lap time not get removed then? He went miles off at the penultimate corner

    1. @george FIA probably forgot about that now, they have bigger things on their mind, same for Charlie. That said, they put some yellow strips on the outside of the last corner to stop the astro being used as track.

  8. I could fit all of the grid in one screen on my phone.

  9. Probably I think Alonso would consider a pit-lane start behind Vettel.

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