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Hamilton Cruises To Malaysian Grand Prix Victory, Heading a Mercedes One-two
Posted By:   |  30 Mar 2014   |  11:23 am GMT  |  628 comments

Lewis Hamilton made up for the ground lost last time out in Australia, dominating the Malaysian Grand Prix from lights to flag, heading a Mercedes one-two with Nico Rosberg in second and Sebastian Vettel in third.

It was the first Mercedes 1-2 of the modern F1 era.

It is his first win in Malaysia and the 23rd win of Hamilton’s career, joining Nelson Piquet with the eleventh most victories in Formula One.

And after claiming pole position only for his Mercedes car to suffer engine issues and a subsequent retirement in Melbourne, there were no such troubles today with the Briton establishing a ten second lead in the opening stint of the race and from there controlling his pace. He gave a brief reminder of Mercedes’ single-lap superiority to post the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap using the hard tyre.

“I’m incredibly happy today,” said Hamilton. “This is my first win in Malaysia after eight attempts and to do it. The race was tougher than it perhaps looked today and the conditions here always make it a great challenge. But I was able to look after the car, the tyres and the fuel and still keep a bit of pace in hand which made my job that little bit easier.

“This is an important result for us. One-two finishes don’t happen very often and this is a real achievement for the team.

With tyre degradation on the high side and therefore three-stops turning out to be the order of the day, the leading three cars left the switch to the hard compound until the final laps, partly due to the speed difference between the two compounds and also due to the threat of rain that pesters the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg had a closer race than his team-mate. Having used the power of his Mercedes power-unit to take second place from Vettel in to the first corner on lap one, Rosberg had a snap of oversteer at turn three and was under pressure from the Red Bull pair, now headed by Daniel Ricciardo who had overtaken Vettel around the outside of turn two.

Blocking up the hill to turn four Rosberg was able to hold second place and open up a gap to the following cars prior to the first set of pit stops.

As Vettel pitted a lap earlier and with use of the fresher medium tyres he was able to close on Rosberg but not pressure his countryman. However, during the second phase of stops Vettel posted the fastest lap of the race to put himself within the DRS-zone of the car ahead. A lap of close following for Vettel was the only chance he had as Rosberg quickly stretched out the gap between the two, putting eight seconds between them in the next fifteen laps and giving Mercedes their first one-two since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

The sister Red Bull of Ricciardo was having another strong performance at the wheel of the RB 10, initially taking third from Vettel only for DRS to allow the German back through. He sat comfortably in fourth place until his final pit-stop, in which he left the pit-box without his front-left wheel fully attached and was forced to stop in the pit-lane.

After being rolled back and having all necessary nuts tightened the Australian made his way back out on track, only for his front-wing to dismantle over a kerb and necessitate a further pit-stop. A ten-second stop/go penalty would follow following the safe release with a loose wheel and the team eventually retired the race in the closing laps. He was also penalised 10 grid places for the next race in Bahrain.

That gave Nico Hulkenberg fourth place, in the short-term at least. The Force India driver was running on old, hard Pirelli tyres and had a closing Ferrari of Fernando Alonso in his wing mirrors. With a high speed differential between the two, as Alonso had recently switched to the medium tyre, there was little struggle from Hulkenberg when Alonso challenged with three laps remaining.

Hulkenberg had, however, opened up a fourty-five second gap to the cars behind, completing another stellar drive for Force India. His distant pursuers were headed by Jenson Button, the McLaren driver holding off a late charge for a Williams duo that between them could have lost their team points.

Felipe Massa was told to let Valtteri Bottas past as the Finn had stronger pace and could challenge Button. But Massa has been subject to such demands before and opted to hold ground this time, keeping Bottas at bay with the two coming close numerous times in the final two laps. Williams were unhappy with the driver, as he had been told his engine was running hot, hence the need to ease off and let Bottas past. In ignoring that, the suggestion is that he may have damaged it. With only 5 engines for the season, that could prove a problem.

The second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen took ninth place after a collision with Kimi Riakkonen required a front-wing change and a five second stop/go penalty. The Dane headed Danii Kvyat, who maintains his 100% record of points finishes in Formula One for Toro Rosso.

Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Race, 56 Laps

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40m25.974s
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +17.313s
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +24.534s
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +35.992s
5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India +47.199s
6. Jenson Button McLaren +1m23.691s
7. Felipe Massa Williams +1m25.076s
8. Valtteri Bottas Williams +1m25.537s
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren +1 lap
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso +1 lap
11. Romain Grosjean Lotus +1 lap
12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1 lap
13. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham +1 lap
14. Marcus Ericsson Caterham +2 laps
15. Max Chilton Marussia +2 laps

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Dull dull dull dull dull................


Yes, watchig paint dry is more entertaining. The powers that be had better realise that all this clever tech has actually retarded the basic reason/rationallity of the sport...TO RACE!

No wonder Toyota are getting back into WRC. The more manufacturers that follow suit, the better.

All hail Robert Kubica!!


you should follow Toyota's lead and watch WRC instead.


Yes, we continue to lament the passing of Formula 1 (Racing) and the advent of Formula Conservation (a technical gambit). WRC, WEC...with pleasure!


Not so certain people were asking you for advise...


The start to new regs is always usually not that competive, what ever the series, I remember when moto gp went to 990s from the old 500s in 2002, same thing honda just walked it. End of this year start of next will be better


Disagree. This isn't "Wacky Races" and I wonder if the quality (or lack of it) of your broadcaster is contributing to the 'dull' comments?

I watched it on NBC-Sports and David Hobbes/Steve Matchett always make it entertaining.


@ Lee 100% Agree.

So much for new F1, better closer racing, less aero, less grip, better overtaking etc...

I can handle the above, what i can't stand is the onboard shots sound so dull, its hard to distinguish when a car is pushing flat out or just cruising...

Mercedes dominance Vs Red Bull dominance. Even in the past 4 years of Red Bulls championship success, they never had such a dominant car, Mercedes is qualifying (in dry) with 1+ sec advantage, and race pace is 1+ sec advantage. Red Bull on average qualified 2-3 tenths ahead of rivals, and Vettel at times qualified on pole with a last ditch effort with 1 or 2 tenths in hand. Yes he often ran away at the front and pulled away in clean air, however when they qualified further down, it proved that Red Bull did not have such a pace advantage over competitors. Hypothetical, would anyone doubt a Mercedes 1-2, even if they qualifed further down the grid?

Well done to Mercedes, but this will be a very one sided championship. They have such a big margin, and can literally play with the field, increase the gap at will, turn down engine settings and still stroll to the finish line in a 1 2 formation, something that Red Bull could only manage a handful of times in 4 and a half years. Mercedes should have had two 1st & 2nd finishes, and will be the same again at Bahrain. The power advantage was clear off the start line, with Hamilton & Rosberg slingshotting ahead once they got traction. very ominous, the 2014 title is done and dusted and only Mercedes can lose it from here...

Even if Red Bull/Ferrari catch up and close the gap, it will be another thing to actually convincingly beat them consistently. Mercedes will enjoy such a massive start to the season akin to Brawn 2009, and will still win the 2014 championship even with Podium placings and consistent points finishes.


It was an utter borefest! I actually said out loud to myself how dull it was.

No racing, no noise, this just doesn't seem like F1 any more.....


You mean you don't talk aloud to yourself all the time?


go and watch something else then


Why do you always send people somewhere? Do not like people expressing opinions? Go find another blog....


The annoying thing is I could've spent those 2 hours completing my tax return instead.

I really hope the other teams make up the big difference to Merc otherwise its going to be a walk in the park for rest of season.


Yep! Been following F1 since the early 80's and this is the first time I've wanted to go do something else. Driver skill? They spent the entire race "managing" the car....the fuel(what a joke), tyres, cooling, energy store........and my ride-on mower still sounds better, too.

If passionate F1 fans like me are losing interest, Bernie's millions he receives from TV are going to dwindle away, and he won't like that! Bernie, if you read this, take note!

End of rant 🙁 🙁 🙁


No offence to you personally, but it seems every other week on here someone has 'finally had enough' of F1 and vows to stop watching. And that's been since this blog started.

I've been watching for about as long as you, have had my moments of more interest and less interest, but watch all the races regardless. Let's not forget, it's still F1 and it's still awesome in my mind! I don't mind F 1 2014 to be honest.


some people just love a good moan Trent, that has never changed in all the years I have been watching the sport. I thought the first 10 laps were very exciting then it settled and got a bit boring, but there have been races like that in every era.


totally agree, only saw the start, five minutes in the middle and the end three laps. I felt like i missed nothing. This is more time than F1 deserves i give it, these days...


+1 Massively boring race. Where was al the forecasted overtaking? "The long straights and wide turns offer plenty of overtake possibilities". Have not seen much in that department. Did I miss much? So F1 spin doctor: What will it be for the next one? More promises or do we get to see some real racing?

And then the table with fuel consumption, percentages that popped up from time to time. What use is that when you don't know the fuel load the cars start with. Of course that is kept massively secret by the teams.

No info on top speed by the way. Probably not relevant anymore.

Quite embarrassing by the way to hear Hamilton ask his engineer "What more can I do to save the engine?".

Mr. Horner should consider to set up a Formula Horner as he likes to set the rules himself. Complaining about Riccardio's penalty while acknowledging the clarity of the rules is just silly. Did you not notice Mr Horner that the guy with the wheel gun raised his hand frantically but your "perfect pit team" still let the car go? Thanks to your driver you could recover.

Quite dangerous by the way to push a car back through the pitlane while the race is on. What if another car came in? Perhaps a new rule Mr Horner: "When a car leaves the pitstop area it cannot be pushed back manually". Stop complaining Mr Horner and accept the rules or build a new race category with your Red Bully master.

Abdul Ahad Jajja

Yeah some races too long to watch. Malaysia one of them


Yes, it was to some extent. The commentators in Sky were trying their best to sell it. One of them said, "We don't want rain now what with pit-stops have set this to be an intriguing race". I was thinking, "No it wasn't".


Thank good for the WEC and sports cars.


17sec gap and used less fuel throughout. Yep, Hamilton is surely far too dim for these regs and Rosberg will hammer him in every way.


Haha. More proof that you can't believe any of the driver stereotypes coming from the press.

Although lets face it. All the drivers are just turning the dials on command from the pit wall.


Hamilton at ease with the car is simply faster than Rosberg. A happy Lewis will easily be the top dog in that team. It is just a miserable moody Lewis that will let Rosberg in. What happens this season outside reliability issues will be dictated by whatever mood Lewis happens to be in.

If I were Rosberg, I'd do whatever I could to upset Lewis. Insult the dog, I meant the four-legged one, say my dad is better than yours, eat his sandwich, tell Lewis a few lies about gears in the corner or just take it to Twitter. A cry baby Lewis is a crash-kid moody Lewis. A happy Lewis is the fastest man in F1. Not good for his team mate.


Sure your name is not Jenson?



Nope because if my parents had named me Jensen, I'd sue them! Never liked that name lol 🙂


That's what THEY all said and he'd be hard on the tyres. The irony. Rosberg today was spanked


+1000 hahaha...



He made his tyres last longer too, and ran the engine in a conservation mode / saved fuel.

And put in a lap 0.9 secs faster than Rosberg's just to let everyone know he go a second a lap faster if need be, but once he had done Rosberg the courtesy of letting him run in clean air ... won without really exerting himself.

Rosberg, I suspect, will be telling himself he had a good day in Oz, and Hamilton had a lousy one, and today Hamilton had a great day and his own was so-so but still netted 18 points. Whichever of them has most good Sundays will be champion.

Everyone else must look at the advantage Mercedes have and think "So... 2015 then"


Kudos to Ross Brawn for providing Mercedes with their apparent abilities this year.


I remember him saying there was a three year plan to win the wc from when they took over the brawn team, this is probably what they had in mind three years ago (for mercedes to win the wc this year and put all their development into this years car with the radical tech reg changes. williams probably did the same and red bull and ferrari the opposite (ferrari alot more opposite actually they went for consistency over peaks and troughs including a dwc and went instead for 2nd/3rd row consistency with solid finishes and lots of air time, clever when you think about it really, cars way out in front shooting fish in barrels dont exactly draw air time onto themselves

Mike from Colombia

Yep. Many in the media will be smarting of this, The ones that were trying to make out that Hamilton will have no idea how to drive these cars and that Rosberg is truly the fastest of the two.

Lauda said perfect drive by Lewis, perfect drive by Nico...what did he mean by that?


@ Ash


David in Sydney

Great drive by Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel!

Spunky drive by Massa!

Boring race. I was praying for rain.



I am increasingly getting dispirited with F1. After flimsy tyres, DRS gimmicks, double points and moped sounding engines we now have penalties for driving incidents...F1 is being ruined by the technocrats. Magnussen's penalty was absurd.

Bring back V12's !!!

Agreed, I am at loss of words on Ric's penalty? Yes Red Bull should cop a penalty of some sort but poor Daniel is turning into Webber 2.0 at the moment, his luck is just dismal.

I think I'll be following the rest of the season half heartidly over the internet from now on, we all live busy lives and the FIA/F1 management have the guile to put up performances like this and expect fans to happily accept it? I don't remember the last time the fans were this disenfranchised with the sport.


the penalties for releasing a car without the wheels properly attached are entirely justified on safety grounds, remember Rosberg's wheel bouncing down the pit lane and hitting a camera man? Nobody wants to see that, the idea of penalising teams is intended to force the teams to prioritise safety rather than speed in the stops.


That was Webber's wheel, in Germany last year. That was when he came into the pits leading the race, and likely to emerge out in front with a decent pit stop.

Fernando "150%" Alonso

Rai vs Mag, racing incident! Keep penalising them like that and we will no longer have wheel to wheel battles!


Magnussen's penalty was deserved even though he didn't intend harm; he admitted so himself.

The 5s penalty is a good thing. Punishes you without totally ruining your race and is far better than post race penalties.


Magnussens's race was ruined though was n't it when you added the 20 seconds or so to come and out of the pits plus the actual 5 second stop start penalty handed out....makes it a 25 second penalty!


No because he did that 5 second penalty during his scheduled pit stop. That's the whole point of it!


When its a 50:50 call between 2 drivers fighting for position - thats a racing incident. When a driver gets hit from behind and the other driver accepts responsibility - clearly someone's at fault. Teams earn millions on points they earn & magnussen almost certainly cost Kimi 5th place or better- its clear as day - for most anyway..


Penalties are for reckless driving....where Raikkonnen would have finished is irrelevant!


So in your rule book "not being a genius" qualifies as a sound justification for a penalty?


What do you call running into someone- genius


I have to agree with you. Rapidly loosing interest in the sport. It used to be about the fastest car and driver around a track. Instead it has become about fuel and tyre usage, DRS, KERS, regulations, and penalties. The sensor issue is just the latest example of how artificial the racing has become. In a sport that that will never be 'green' due to travel, tyres, production costs, etc, does a graphic during the race of fuel used really matter in the scheme of things?


It was about the fastest driver car combination. The regulations have always limited the max performance possible. It is up to the driver and engineer to get the max out of the package over a weekend. There was a bit of passing, just not at the front.


No one is forcing you to watch it, you're more than welcome to watch other forms of motor racing. Stop complaining, it is the way it is. You either like it or you don't. You clearly don't so you should take your toxic attitude away.


M Gray, I think my post was entirely about F1 and having read it again I can't find anything personal in it. I get tired of hearing people moan about the sport I love and feel duty bound when people attack it. Like I already said writing off the sport after 2 races is ridiculous but if you really don't like it anymore then I'm sure you would be happier watching something else. If I went into my local coffee shop for a latte everyday, and then they changed the recipe and I didn't like it, then I would simply go to another shop.


You have your opinions Alex but it is absurd to write off the new F1 after 2 races! There was no fuel saving in Malaysia they all had fuel to spare and the tyre saving is not even close to the last few years. There was also plenty of action in the first 10 laps, it did get a bit boring after that but I can't remember a really exciting dry Malaysian GP.


Rossco, thanks for the apology - all good...You are right in that the sport has always had and always will change. I just question the amount of change and the influence that the latest changes are having on the racing. It seems the cars are now so complicated and rule bound, that the result is becoming less dependent on the driver and more so on the technology and FIA stewards. I agree with you that we don't want one team dominating every single race, but I fear the expense of implementing rule changes year after year, will only help the big budget teams remain at the front of the pack.

Alx and AlexD, thanks for your support...you obviously understand my frustrations...

TimW, I have no problem with people taking issue with my posts. I just think posts should be kept to the subject of F1 and not be directed personally at others.


You do not allow other people to have different opinion? In my view the new version of F1 is absurd. I hinestly hope that FOM will see the financial impact and will do something about it. Saving tyres, saving fuel, nursing the car? So we now have nurses compiting?


Alx and M Gray, if you don't like people criticising your posts then don't post. F1 has always had an element of tyre and fuel management, this year is no different. You say it used to be about the fastest car and driver around the track, it still is, yesterday that was Lewis next week it could be someone else. I really don't see why your complaining, F1 2014 looks very similar to me to the way it has always been, I have been watching the sport since the 80s and there has always been dull races and exciting races, if you really can't find anything in the sport that you like then maybe you should look for another. I'm staying because for me f1 is atill what it has always been, the best drivers in the best cars.


Sorry if you took it personally, wasn't intended that way by any means. What happened when the cars went from the turbo days when the cars sounded quite low to the screaming V10 and V8 days. It's all personal preference really. My point is all this negativity in the sport that is being bandied around by fans doesnt help anything. It is still the pinnacle of motor racing and always will be. I would much prefer the days of 2014 than seeing Ferrari dominate every single race!

I just hope you don't lose your love for F1 as that would be a real shame.


I disagree with your attitude Rossco. M Gray like myself is voicing the opinions of a lot (a lot) of people who have been watching for decades and are now ready to leave. F1 should listen to its core fans. And when core fans who have put up with B***S**T for years telly you they are going, you should really listen.

Why not just leave, as you say? Because we are the ones who actually love this sport and have done so for decades. By leaving we will also leave it to "fans" who'll take any old crap and to the people who run and are systematically destroying the sport.

Will we have an impact by voicing our displeasure? Probably not. But it is always polite to tell someone WHY you are leaving them, before you do so...


Rossco, I am merely stating my thoughts on the technical changes in F1, the ramifications that they have on the on the racing result, and the influence that the new changes are now having on my enjoyment of the sport. If I didn't care about the sport then why would I bother commenting? The fact is I have watched or attended the majority of races since Mark Webber made his debut back in 2002, and like many others I am voicing my concerns about the future of the sport. Rossco, rather than getting personal, may I suggest that any future comments you wish to share should be about F1, and not personal attacks.


The penalties are absurd. As if Ricciardo didn't suffer enough today, a 10 spot penalty for Bahrain ?

For an unsafe release for which he already paid the price... Why not dock the team 10 ponits off their Constructors' total ? It was the teams fault, not the driver.

And the cars still sound like my lawnmower.


There was a good suggestion on another site ... apply a grid penalty to BOTH of the team's cars. Say a 5-place penalty to both.

There is always a suggestion that perhaps the mechanics on one side of the garage (say Vettel's) can screw over the other side (Ricciardo's) during the pit stops. It's doubtful that this is truly the case most times, but a penalty to both cars would surely remove any suggestion of it.

It would also slow down the pit stops as well, as accuracy would trump speed.


The event lacked colour to my mind. All that black and silver,and bugger all passing. I would watch anyway, but the casual observer would be hugely underwhelmed.......Daniel!!! By any chance, did Mark Webber give you his lucky rabbits foot?' If so, get rid of it pronto! Better still, give it to Seb, or possibly Nico or Lewis.


I think they sound like a motorised version of my neighbour's Staffy - you know, that deep bassy growl grrrrrr sound.


Same goes for the Bianchi penalty, are they all getting high while making these decisions?!


But he did go for a gap that was always going to close and ruined Kimi's race.

He's got to get a penalty..and 5 sec is a decent one compared to the drive-thru of last year.


It has been suggested that Red Bul gave Daniel Mark Webber's car or maybe Red Bull just does not like Australians when Vettel is still running.


As a born and bred Aussie and major Ricciardo supporter, I was almost in tears with what happened to him. But to suggest that it was some kind of conspiracy on the part of Red Bull is absurd......at least it is this early in the season. If it happens 10 races in, after Dan has kicked Seb's butt a few times........then I'll believe it! 🙂


When the fallout from Melbourne has blown over, and just as a fact-finding exercise, I would suggest that Daniel try not overtaking Seb; arguing with the team when they say to maintain two seconds behind Vettel; and not look at all challenging, and see if you complete the race without team-induced trouble, or penalties.

Literally the only reason I am thinking of this, is that recently, on being asked about the "Fernando is faster than you" incident, Massa, when asked if he thought about disobeying, he said, "I'm a professional. And if I didn't obey, the team would mess you up in some way, and you wouldn't know."

I was pleased to hear Daniel argue his case when the team radio told him to maintain two seconds behind Seb, but with everything that befell Webber, it is hard to give RBR the benefit of the doubt.


So basically, DR is driving 2013 car? Do you not apply even one bit of logic when listening to rumors? How can he drive MW's car when the cars are completely changed this year?


Yea, it's called Downunder-Karma!


That is absurd... how do you explain Australia where all the bad luck rolled Vettel's way?

Sometimes people will see only what they want to see.


If you are able to remember a few more races, than the last one, you will easily see his point.


Hehe, yea you are right...I was thinking that really RIC got WEBs car, hence that problems continue because of the car as such 🙂

Anyway, you are saying

"However, the bigger point is, Webber and Vettel had roughly the same amount of reliability problems over the 5 years they were teammates"

- I find that kind of hard to believe. Maybe (and that is a maybe, trusting your stats) the absolute number of the DNFs is the same/similar. That does however not translate directly to that the redbull team has not treated VETs car much better than WEBs, or even that rebbull has not deliberately introduced hickups in WEBs car only to make it a small bit more slow at the starts or produce less KERS output...

The NATURE of the problems and the TIMING of when they occur is KEY, not the number of them only. Cheers. That info is harder to find than just count the number of DNFs for prev seasons.


try as hard as I can, I can only remember one other race that RIC was VET's teammate. In their first race together, VET retired after a couple of laps or so, while RIC fought for a podium finish.

Depending how the appeal goes, you could say both drivers got bit in AUS.

However, the bigger point is, Webber and Vettel had roughly the same amount of reliability problems over the 5 years they were teammates. In fact, Vettel suffered more as he lost up to 6-7 race victories with his issues, while Mark's issues were never as severe (e.g., KOR 2012, Mark's KERS issues caused him a 2nd place, but he still got third. And USGP 2012, he lost a probable P3). And in those races, the last thing RBR wanted was for Mark to not finish, or finish behind ALO.

Yes, teams just love to get DNFs for their "2nd" driver. Not.


Vettel was already ahead when all the bad luck happenend.

+ Ric shouldn't have stopped that far in the pitlane. He said he knew it when he left. Then why drive so far?


Bloody dangerous to push a car back through the pits during the race. Mr Whiting should issue a directive that you can't touch the car anymore the moment is has pulled out of the pitstop area and passed other garages. At least gives Mr Horner something else to complain about.


Quite like the replies. Thanks. Perhaps they can invent a pit lane safety bike to be deployed when this happens again. And also give points for faultless pitstops. You are right Luke, anything than can spice this "show" up is welcome.


True, but what's the alternative?? Just leave the car where it is so it can block another teams pit entrance/exit?


Dangerous? Are you kidding? Have you seen how slow modern F1 cars have to drive through the pit lane due to safety? A crippled old lady with white cane and a poodle could safely cross the pit lane and not have anything to worry about these days. Like everything else in F1 the "danger" is fake and manufactured. The drivers are in danger of falling asleep going down the pit lane.


What just leave it stranded in the middle of the pit lane instead?


And what they were supposed to do? Park it in front of another teams pit? Or get the marshalls to push it down the end and yellow-flag the pit lane? He couldn't keep driving cause the wheel would have come of. What worries me, is that how could such a thing happen again after last years incident?


Great drive by Vettel and a super start from Ricciardo. Rosberg had no answer to Hamilton, be interesting to see if this is the start of a pattern. Very strong drive by Lewis.

Williams qualifying really hurt them today, should have been much higher placed in the race. Massa disappointed with his failure to pass Button especially when they were side by side and should have got the job done. I guess that led to the team orders issue. Nonethelss he out qualified Bottas for the second race running and was right to ignore the team order. Disappointed that Bottas chooses to call the pits for assistance rather than just getting the job done himself, time to man up and stop moaning.

Grojean drove exceptionally well to finish and keep Kimi at bay. Tough in fairness Raikkonen had a lot of bad luck. While Hulkenburg showed once again why he should be in a Ferrari. Nonetheless still a great effort by Force India.


Bottas did not call pit for assistance.

Early in the race, Massa, at least on the radio calls I heard, called the pits to complain, "Did you see that? He just attacked me!" referring to Bottas

Team calls Bottas, asking him to wait till Massa has passed the driver ahead of him, before trying to pass.

Bottas retorts, "Well, tell him to get on with it then, I have better pace."

The Williams' cars were in the same formation as the race closed, but I don't know if they both passed cars that were ahead of them, or what.


I would be surprised if Bottas called pits for any assistance, and he is not a moaning type of guy. Do you have better information? He hadn't really challenged Massa when the order came.

I guess the order came from pits as they saw already earlier in the race that Bottas will use every inch try to go past his team mate and they wanted to avoid unnecessary risks. And at that point of the race Bottas was clearly faster than Massa.

At the end, I think all went fine, Bottas couldn't overtake and that's it, with similar cars it is not that easy.

For team it didn't probably went so fine, with engines heating up, possible construction points to be lost or gained.

And this means that in future Massa should not expect teamwork the other way around either, so I'm not sure if he played it cleverly.

Maybe team should have phrased it differently, Valtteri is faster than you probably caused unnecessary tensions in Massa's mind.


My thoughts exactly, and I have to say that's typical of Massa. He should remember that when he was the driver in a position to get help from his team mate, Kimi graciously let him pass (even though he had a massive advantage) and never moaned a single word about it. But whenever Massa is requested to help a team mate, either he holds a grudge after doing it or, worse still, he refuses to do it and look even worse (remember last year when he refused to let Alonso pass only to see the spaniard overtake him anyway?). If this goes on, his honeymoon with Williams may end rather sooner than later.


Massa only ignored the Ferrari order after they had already announced Kimi as his replacement.

But you bring up an excellent point - Alonso passed MAS anyways. And earlier in the race (Lap 3), VET passed RIC. So if BOT was really faster than MAS, why not just pass him?

I'm reminded of BOT's quip earlier in the race that MAS should get on with passing MAG (when the team told him MAS was working on passing MAG).

Well, BOT, you should have just got on with passing MAS.


Good comment, just missing the bit about boring. Too bad it didn't rain. The sport seems to be having a Pastor Maldonado season.


it gave us a great idea of the cars relative performance though


rb +0.4

fer +0.5

FI +0.6 (and 1 less set of tyres!)

Mcl +1.3


clear pecking order for all to see, pretty much unchanged from last test b4 first race


feck, should be a large space under FI for the nearly 1 sec gap to mcl 😮


If Bottas was so much faster why couldn't he overtake Massa? Seeing as he couldn't pass Massa it's very unlikely he'd have challenged Button any more than Massa could.

I hate team orders. I want to see drivers race. Especially team mates because you know they have the same car.


Agree, especially at race two, when their pace wasn't much different, their strategies were the same. Let them race, stop interfering whether it be let him past or both hold station!

If Bottas was that much faster he would be beating Massa in qually the way Alonso is beating Kimi!

Unless they are cunningly attempting the "Incredble Hulk" strategy on Massa. Don't make him angry, you won't like it when he's angry... 😉


It was a wet quali'. The 2014 Williams' cars performance drops off when it is wet.

And didn't Bottas lose three grid places over the Ricciardo "blocking" incident?


Quali pace and racecraft does not always go together, and this is particularly true about Massa. He is, and always has been, much better in qualifying than during a race. It's no surprise his only wins were in a time he had a sufficiently good car that allowed him to start from the front row and cruise to the finish line with no problems. He doesn't have a car like that since 2009, and that's why his races are not very exciting since then (and also why he never really raised anyone's eyebrows while at Sauber), although he still surprises with a decent quali performance sometimes.


They had overheating issues on Massa's car I think, which might have caused some further issues.


Massa's car was running hot which is why they wanted him to let VB by as his wasn't

May have damaged it by pushing to the end. Team not happy


Ok that makes more sense but it begs the question, why did Massa's engineer use the phrase "Felipe, Valterri is faster than you?". I couldn't believe my ears! Did they inform Massa that his engine was overheating? I guess they did otherwise they would have no right to be upset. Put this one down to selective team radio broadcasting then.

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Yes, a very poor choice of phrase - no driver wants to hear someone suggest that their team mate is faster than them anyway, and to state that with the same words that brought back a certain incident to everyone who heard it (including the driver in question) was not clever.

The thing is, BOT possibly _was_ faster than MAS at that point in the race due to car setup discrepancies, tyre differences, fuel usage, heat levels etc etc (and that is what the engineer meant - _in this instance_ BOT is faster). But how do you get that across succinctly over the radio with such a few laps left to run?

I think the solution for the team (now that team orders are allowed again and we don't need the pre-rehearsed euphemisms) is clear - when a team mate is "in a better position" (which is what "is faster" means without such antagonistic language) then they should be allowed through on the understanding that they will let the one with the original track position (who could have held them back, as MAS did today) regain the position if it turns out that the team's points situation had not improved by the last corner. They just need to agree this prior to the race - go through all the scenarios and agree what happens.

I know they're still fighting for their own personal driver's championship position, but they all state they are working for the team so a little bit of discussion first in a calm environment can't hurt (and it means, with team orders allowed, the radio message could have been more like "Philipe, as discussed earlier, Valteri is currently in a better position than you, so please act as agreed.", so knowing he _should_ get the place back he would have complied).

Oh, on the other hand, "Multi-21" ... I guess it depends how trustworthy your team mate is ...


Yes, the exact same words of such an infamous incident, what the hell were they thinking... .


+1 Indeed, quite silly to stir up a very unpleasant memory for Massa. Bottas should just have overtaken him if he was that faster. If he could not take on Massa, he was never in the position to challenge Button.

The post race explanations of Williams did not do any good neither. Strange arrangements, unclear, and messy executed.


Yeah. Very poor wording from the engineer considering what has happened in the past.


You couldn't believe your ears? Massa must have blown him top or thought he was still receiving Ferrari team radio 😀

Seriously though, this out of context broadcast certainly made it appear that way.


Is that why the Williams were the lowest in terms of fuel consumption, b/c of overheating issues?

Did they explain the temp concerns to Massa? 'Cos we didn't hear that on team radio.


I don't know where temperature comes into it. Bottas was faster at that stage and had fresher tyres.

I don't know why folks are surprised at this. Remember that in 2010 after Massa was told "Fernando is faster than you" and Ferrari were asked to explain, Frank Williams wrote a letter to the FIA that supported Ferrari's actions. Not because he was particularly friendly with Ferrari, but because, and as he said, he thought that team orders should be allowed.


Thanks for that insight James.

However the messages sent to Massa, and I understand the tv feed only broadcasts a few, didn't portray it in that way. Instead it was a carbon copy of Germany 2010. So I guess the team should have explained it was a technical issue to both drivers.

Either way its extremely unlikely that Bottas would have gotten past Button, cleanly at least. I still think Felipe should have pushed Button a bit more, though on the other hand even the slightest touch can incur a penalty or a puncture.

In any case Williams did a great job of damaging team moral and portraying themselves as rank amateurs.


I did like Ted Kravitz's interview with Claire Williams, he started with "How could you do that to Felipe?" referring to the "Valterri is faster than you".

He really pressured her to with several follow up questions. A big h/t to Ted for that, real journo instincts there!


I know, very unfortunate wording


Congratulations Lewis!

Who would've thunk it... Took care of tires, saved fuel and still had the fastest lap. Adaptability.

Awesome job by Vettel, Hulk and Alonso! Gutted for Daniel and I cringed for Massa.

Race was boring, though, but what can you do? Even DRS couldn't have helped this procession.


you professor rosberg?


For years we have been told Jenson was the smoothest driver on fuel and tyre management and Lewis was the most aggressive driver out there.

The newest theory just recently is that Nico's maths intelligence makes him the favourite to win the title - after one race! Well the stats actually showed Lewis IS the smoothest and most efficient driver when it comes to fuel and tyre management, while Vettel, Jenson and Nico were among the worst of the top 10 drivers when it came to efficient driving.

When will the stereotype die?


Never. We were all born with certain fears, paranoias and prejudices. It is part and parcel of how our species became top dog in the evolutionary ladder. Divide and conquer and all that jazz. What you don't understand, you fear. And what you fear, you eradicate.

When races (humans and not, formula one) where first classified in the early 1900s, it wasn't through science but through prejudices. Research was carried out too prove stereotypes instead of disproving them, which is what real scientists do. Guess who was at lower rung of that ladder?

They say the same thing about black quarterbacks in American football, they are always referred to as "athletic" "gifted" or "talented". Never "intellegent", "smart" or a "true leader on the field" like their white counterparts.

When a black basketball player questions his coach's authority, he is deemed "uncoachable". When a white player does it, he shows "strength of character".

People even talk about Lewis' choice of hats for pete's sake, like it defines him as a racer. Have you seen Alonso and Kimi's hats lately? Same style as Hamilton's, obviously in homage to Lewis' style, but you would never see it mentioned in any forums.

When Kimi yells at his engineer, it's funny. When Lewis does it, he's "gangsta".

Fernando was married to a popstar once but is revered as grounded and dedicated. Lewis is ridiculed and thought of as chasing fame because his girlfriend was once a member of a famous and succesful US pop group.

Lewis can change his driving style, his demeanor or his hat, but the one thing he can't change is his skin color. And for some that is enough to label him as a talented, naturally gifted, instinctive, yet not-so-bright, hard-on-tires and can't-adapt driver.

When will the stereotypes end, you ask? Never.


ohh Damn....

I mean i did ask, but Damn....

So true, i have nothing to add to it.

Depressed now though



Great race by Hamilton and Rosberg, looks like Mercedes has may have cracked it. How close was Alonso and Ferrari and Good on Massa.

Not being cynical or anything but has Ricciardo inherited Webbers 'luck' at Red Bull?


Ricciardo can't win a trick at the moment.

Disqualified in Australia after a great performance all weekend. Shows some great skills to overtake Alonso and vettel in the first sequence of corners in this race. Has another fuel sensor issue and has to listen to beeps in his ear for when to lift off the gas so fuel flow doesn't go over, allowing Alonso to cut the gap. Eventually sitting reasonably comfortably in 4th still and then the team release him before tyre is on properly in final pit stop completely screwing his race. And to add insult to injury his front wing fails, cuts his tyre and then gets a 10 second stop and go for the earlier unsafe release.

Could be sitting 2nd in the championship on 30 points, instead he has a big fat 0.


@TJ On top of that he has a 10 place grid penalty in the coming race in Bahrain. Sorry for the poor boy. I hope this doesn't hurt his confidence.


When Alonso was closing on Ricciardo with hard tyres, he was not saving fuel. The team told him to push wiyhout reservations, it can be heared in the radio transmission. Riccierdo was having troubles with hard tyres in the firat sector, and right from free practice it could be seen Alonso was comfortable with hards.


The problem for Ricciardo isn't his bad luck, the loose wheel, the broken wing, or the disq points loss...

No, it's the worrying signs at such an early stage in the title that he will be forced into being number two, no matter how fast he can run. Seems crazy that Seb is catching close to Rosberg with Dan closing on Seb and RedBull come over the radio asking Dan to drop back! Quite right he says no, to that when any off line defending means he can have a go overtaking as well.

Was Dan not also put on to the slower tyre when conveniently Seb's strategy was to go with the faster tyre again. Nice way to get a gap between Seba and Dan but seemed the wrong strategy, especially when there was potential for rain. They were racing each other and with the Mercs here, not a fast Alonso in the slow Ferrari.

Keep up the pace Dan, nice pass on Seb at the start when he boxed himself behind Rosberg who ran wide. (Inexperience after running races out front for so many years 😉 ) Pity there wasn't a camera on Marko and Horner when Dan made that move!

Finally, are the working environments harsher or hotter for the fuel flow sensors in the Red Bull, or has Dan just taken over from Webber as Mr Unlucky?


"Was Dan not also put on to the slower tyre when conveniently Seb’s strategy was to go with the faster tyre again. Nice way to get a gap between Seba and Dan but seemed the wrong strategy, especially when there was potential for rain. They were racing each other and with the Mercs here, not a fast Alonso in the slow Ferrari."

I thought this during the race. Dan's best strategy was to take the mediums at this change, but instead he was put on the hards. Nice way to avoid the chance of the undercut on SV.


Yeah, like Vettel's car was bulletproof in the whole Melbourne weekend, whereas Ricciardo's car had all sorts of trouble!!!

When will you people stop the hate?

Don't you know that hate messes up with your IQ?Unbelievable!!!



Strange to tell a driver who has pace to pass in the DRS zone to drop back. RBR should have waited just a bit longer there.

Good thing is, it looks like quali and the race is gonna be interesting between these two.


+1 What was now the special code to keep Riccardio of Vettel's back? Triple 21, K44, F0. And when the fuel consumption table came on it was clear: Riccardio's consumption was higher than Vettel's. Mmm, was that because of the setting?

I noticed during practice that a frontwing was taken from Riccardio's car and walked over to the other garage. Could not see where it was taken, but it did the trick: Is Vettel in need of a piece of Riccardio's car; did they swap wings?

I really hope that Riccardio can beat Vettel a few times this year. At least he is a much better starter than Webber ever was.


@Sid: I thought my comment quite fitting with the state of racing as it is and Horner's attitude in general. As the racing does not grab my attention long enough anymore, I look for other spicy elements. Well, Red Bull is never short of providing some. Will keep posting "ridiculous" comments.



I love these Red Bull anti Ricciardo conspiracies they always make me laugh, they seem to get more and more elaborate


What a ridiculous comment! And an equally silly conspiracy theory that only lit up a smile on my face, imagining who'd be so ignorant to presume that. Yeah Ricciardo after consuming more fuel couldn't stay in touch with his 4 times world champion teammate. Deal with it!


Vettel was told to keep a 2 second gap to Rosberg, Ricciardo a 2 second gap to Vettel, and Alonso was maintaining a similar gap to Ricciardo just behind.
Running directly behind another car, in the hot and dirty air, is just asking for trouble, and given Red Bull's pre-season reliability woe's it is completely understandable that the drivers would be asked to drop back if they couldn't pass.


massa's engine was running hot while bottas' engine wasn't but bottas was right up behind him for the last stint and there were not issues. so ricciardo's call was political.


100% agree with your comment.


What do you mean Mr. Unlucky?

Compared to a Mr. Unlucky whose whole race was aborted in Melbourne?


And he could have won the first two races as well, and the lottery, and... and...


There is little doubt in my mine that the Red Bull is far superior to any other car in terms of aero, which only speaks of how good that Mercedes power unit must be!

Full marks to Hamilton for not putting a foot wrong all weekend. When they were showing the Constructors championship standings on TV, it took me a while to locate Red Bull as they were way down in the middle of the list!

On another note, kudos to Massa for not following team orders. Would could should (as Vettel says) but Bottas wouldn't have been able to get past Button. Very poor of Williams to have asked Massa to move over at this stage in the championship. Clare Williams interview at the end didn't help - she appeared ready to punch Ted Kravitz and would've probably done so had he asked one more question!

Finally, poor Riccardo - seems to have inherited Webber's luck along with his seat!


I agree. The red bull looks lightning quick if only the power weren't such an issue. I'd love to actually see the true power & torque curves of the three engines.


It should be said Claire Williams hasn't a clue. The idea that she is somehow part of the teams resurgence is laughable. She's there because of her name and the value that still has in Formula One. If she was really in a serious position she'd be on the pit wall, not in the back of the garage.

Of course Massa was right to ignore such an idiotic order during the second of 19 races. Bottas on the other hand needs to grow a pair and stop 'phoning a friend'


I think that's a little uncharitable.

You haven't been in the paddock, the Williams team area, the factory and seen her in action, I suspect?

She's backed up by a few very smart senior management people, like Mike O Driscoll who is doing a great job as COO, Chris Murray backs her up on marketing/sponsorship side.

But she's definitely playing her part in it. An F1 team isn't a one man (woman) show any more - look at Mercedes and McLaren with split CEO and Team Principal roles

Tornillo Amarillo

What a boring HAPPINESS!


Am I right in thinking Hamilton led every lap of the race? Assuming I am, then as Hamilton got pole, fastest lap, and the win as well - what is that called?

I remember both the Vetell fans were very excited about it last season. 🙂


Grand Chelum? Ugh, we have already one French language based phrase in "grand prix", let's not have another one!

Let's call it a grand slam. Let's stick with the English language version. And while we're at it, the FIA can be renamed the IAF (International Automobile Federation) and move to Britain, adopt the parliamentary democracy system, and have elections every 2 years.

I'm half joking of course..........but actually I believe part of the problem with F1's governing body is that it uses a presidential system where power is effectively vested in just one individual. Parliamentary democracy would encourage a more consensus based ruling body. If you look at the world's least corrupt countries, they all have parliamentary democracy as their democratic foundation, where as the presidential system used by the likes of even modern developed countries such as France, United States, Italy, South Africa and Brazil is full of despotic narcissistic ego-maniacs pushing their own agenda to the detriment of their country and country's foreign policy.

If you think I'm wrong, just think of all the complaints on this forum about the governance of Formula 1. The only way to change F1 positively is to change the actual governmental structure of Formula 1 itself.

Apologise for the rant, but I still think F1's structural governance could do with a radical overhaul.


in general turkeys dont vote for christmas 😉

so it probably wont ever dhange


change even!


Blimey! Thank you for your comprehensive reply 🙂



and thanks to all my other respondents.

Much appreciated 🙂


It's called a Grand Chelem, and although technically Lewis achieved it I personally don't think it should count, as he was clearly behind Hulkenberg for some of the race; similarly some of Vettel's in recent seasons have technically counted when I don't think they should have done for similar reasons.


Hamilton led every lap of the race. He overtook Hulk mid lap and crossed the start-finish line before Hulk.


Grand Chalem is what it is called.


Didn't Hulkenberg pass him in the pitstops?


No, I think the Hulk led for half a lap as he had not pitted..


Grand Chelem, and yes he did. Hulkenburg passed him after Lewis' first stop, but Lewis passed him again on the same lap, and crossed the start-finish line first. That's how it's measured, much as Vettel was considered to have led each lap at Korea '12, even though he started P2.

Alexander Supertramp

But I can't remember whether Lewis overtook Hulkenberg in his outlap, which would mean he has in fact led the field in every lap.

Alexander Supertramp

Hulkenberg had the lead for a very short period prior to his first pit stop..


Hulk led a lap or 2.


ah come on thats not leading thats just being in the natural position he would find himself in when he was on a different strategy which meant one less stop, basically he borrowed that position while the real leaders were juggling themselves with pit stops.

saying that, Im not taking away from hulkenberg, he drove a very impressive race and leading for a lap was still impressive to be in that position (heh) for to be able to take advantage of the other cars pitting around him briefly


...and it's going to be very dry in Bahrain. So, RB can expect the same butt whipping!

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Good news is Williams will be in the mix. Finally! Bottas could manage a podium, really looking forward to that!!!


Assuming he qualifies and stays in front of Massa that is. Ridiculous he didn't let him past, when he'd spent lap after lap not even looking like overtaking Button.


"OK Felipe, Valteri is faster than you!"

That made me laugh, poor Felipe. Imagine all those who have been whining for years about Ferrari "treating" ALO better than MAS or "forcing" MAS to let ALO by. LOL. I wonder if they will finally have gotten it now, or if they will go to Felipe's rescue again? Maybe backing MAS up is not interesting anymore, when Ferrari/Alonso are not involved?


Exactly, I don't see people complaning about it now...


One major difference:

That was done when the rules said it was not legal.


Teams have NEVER stopped using TOs, no matter if before, during or after that stupid, unpoliceable, unrealistic, stupid and anti-racing-rule. Ask Mclaren 2008 when HAM won the title, if they used it to let him by Kovalainen or not, despite "the rule" - PS. Negate their response to get the truth.

The reason people still choose to used it to attack Ferrari, is not because they dislike TOs so much, rather because they dislike Ferrari and will jump on any opportunity to discredit that team... And I have never been a fan of Ferrari, certainly I am not now - but that is really how I feel it is.


Re C63

I see what you mean, but I think it will not be pro-racing over time - for the simple reason that it cannot be policed. If 10 teams follow it 100% of the time and only one team only follows it 95% of the time, it will break down and become "anti-racing/unsporting". As racing IS a team sport, the probability that this (TO) scenario will happen is very big...

I do also feel that, in certain situations TOs are a necessary & completely fair option.


TOs, no matter if before, during or after that stupid, unpoliceable, unrealistic, stupid and anti-racing-rule..

Wouldn't banning team orders actually be pro-racing? Although I agree with you, it was ridiculous and completely impossible to police.

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I was disappointed in his overtaking ability. Definitely not agressive enough. The moment you lose that absolute will to compete , overtake and take absolutely no prisoners, you no longer belong in F1. I don't know whether it was his stint alongside Fernando or his accident, but he's no longer a racer, Felipe is a driver.


Felipe was never a racer, he's never been known for his passing abilities


I wonder if Williams would have reviewed their decision to hire Massa had they even had an incling of an idea how competitive they would be this season. He's never been that quick really - and from the second race he doesn't care about helping out his team-mate / team

Alexander Supertramp

You are basically asking whether Williams think they have the best driver pairing they can get to drive their current package? The answer must be no. There is 1 very intresting driver, the Hulk.


Come on! It doesn't change the fact that MAS is the greatest driver who's ever lived and ALO is a bum.

Ferrari and Williams just don't know enough about F1 racing otherwise MAS would win the WDC every year.


Well done to Lewis, Nico Ros and the Merc crew, but on a dry track to be expected really. You put all that effort in before pre-season, so you can just rewards. Well done Brackley lads and lasses.

Driver of the day? Hulky. Drove the Force India superbly, although it is a smart little car at this point, but netherless a very polished performance.

Ferrari were underwhelming, as usual. Not massively bad, but the ability to dominate the whole weekend from practice to chequered flag just isn't there at the moment.

Macca mildly disappointing, but Jenson was there to with a silky performance.

Red Bull - curate egg. Pretty strong performance from the Sebastian side of the team. Daniel - keep smiling, even though your team are wrecking your potential thus far, first with illegal fuel flow, and now with a botched pit stop. What is with it Bull and silly mistakes with an Australasian driver?

Also, potentially, set digging trenches for Vatty and Felipe Claire, you may need them! A fully dry weekend at Bahrain, I expect Frank's boys to be right up there - but is their relationship damaged already, or just a small tiff?

Alexander Supertramp

Not my style to jump on the bandwagon, but Hulkenberg was amazing yes. Clinical, top stuff.


Mind you, credit to Force India. OK, qualifying was skewed by the rain, but they beat Macca and Williams on pure pace. Well done to Eddie's former team. Keep up the good work!

Alexander Supertramp

Not sure Perez would have achieved the same though!


I'd just add that asking Felipe to move over is a can of worms that could get very, very messy..........having seen Vatty talking to the BBC afterwards, he didn't look best pleased. Yes, just after the race, emotions running high and all that, but still...........having said, team-mates having "banter" at Williams F1 is nothing new, but ignoring a strict team instruction is something else.


I would just like some feedback from all those who keep going on with the old trend that Lewis cannot look after his tyres and the new trend that Professor Nico is better at racing than Lewis. Anyone who just start viewing F1 would quickly pick up the above and without other evidence start to buy in to it.

Though Mercedes is dominant I ecpected the racing to be between both team mates. Can James tell us why that was not the case.


Well it is relatively easy to manage everything, tires, fuel, when your car is 1.5 sec superior to all other. Also the lap times are gone significantly down and V6 are lot easier on tires then V8's not to mention V10's Even thought team had to warn him that there is no need to push so much. We will see if he is really this good as some here believe he is, once he is under the real pressure. That is when he usually starts braking up. Ram into cars from behind (which are stationary), pushes wrong buttons on the steering, riding on the worn out tires, crashes into his opponents. Though I must admit he has matured a lot.


1.5seconds pmsl! more like 0.4 going by aggregate times from the race. they were however 1.3 sec ahead of mcl during the race though. perhaps you think there are only 2 teams in F1 mclaren and mercedes, :s


Where do you get that the V6 is easier on the tyres than the V10/V8? The biggest causes of tyre wear are overheating, wheelspin/sliding and high lateral loadings.

There is a lack of the latter this year, and as a result a lack of the former, but that is thanks to reduced aerodynamic levels, not the engine. The greater power and torque levels in the V6 means it alone would wear the tyres more than the V8, whether this is enough to offset the lower lateral loadings I don't know.


If you are referring to turbo era of '80 yes you are right they would shred those Pirellis in no time. On the other hand today you could map your throttle by wire to different responsiveness so that could be far less of an issue. Also cars today accelerate aided by the battery pack that is also monitoring wheel spin thus reducing torque when required. Brute force of turbo engines is control via fuel flow sensors. So those modern V6 turbos are far from a brute power of the '80. They even sound as electric shavers, couldn't you hear that by now


You know nothing about F1 kartrace, the huge torque increase and downforce reduction makes tyre wear harder to manage and the cars are not much slower round a lap than the previous v8 cars. The drivers throttle control has more to do with tyre wear than the past 4 years.

Your agenda is obvious, tut tut.


Thank you 4 telling me that. I am closely following F1 from the era that most probably you were not even on your parents agenda in 1965. So do not lecture me on something that I could have already forgotten and you never even had a chance to learn yet.


I was shocked by your comment. Some of those mistakes you mentioned that Lewis made were in his rookie years and have no bearing on hin today. Some of those mistakes were because his team was not managing him properly and others because he was being targeted such as the infamous "destroy Hamilton's race" saga. Anyway as you fairly added he has matured.

The comparison I was making was more in relation to his team mate in equal machinery rather than the v8 and v10 era.


Lexus and Oddz....the both of you are SPOT ON.


Fully agree. Rosberg was never even close to Hamilton and, indeed, his fuel consumption was much better. Rosberg complained about the rear tyres where Hamilton apparently had no problems.

Hamilton is a racer, his whining from the past did him no good, but that is over now. At least according to himself. Unfortunately the cars and engines have to be nursed back home, the fuel to be saved as prices might go up between today and Bahrain - so save as much as you can -, otherwise Hamilton would have hammered out a much larger margin. We don't see the full potential of the Merc.



I am with you on this topic mate.

A lot of people have been promoting this view that he is somehow less intelligent in race mode and hard on his tyres than most.

it is true that if you were new to F1 you would go away with this impression, i blame the media for this aswell.

Doubt James will answer though, i don't personally blame him, but a lot of his colleagues are to blame for this stereotype.


Lewis has always adapted to any driving style required. Yet I cannot understand why some people think he is not an intelligent racer. He is a world Champion for Christ sake. Alonso is one of the best driver if not the best on the grid, yet Hamilton was able to give him a run for his money in his rookie season and won the championship on his second attempt. Does that count for nothing? Each time Lewis is paired with a new team mate his team mate is tagged "intelligent". I am glad that the fuel usage of every driver is shown on the screen if not we would still be discussing about Lewis and fuel management.


Lewis has always been a great racer no matter the situation. He can adapt to any style of driving needed. He is possibly also the fastest out of any driver on any given day.

His only weak point in my opinion, is that his performances is related to his relationship with Nicole. At the moment, they are back together and happy which means he's in a great place mentally. However once they separate for the 44th time, his performance suffers drastically.


He did a very good job and showed he can 'manage' a car and tyres as well as anyone

Especially good on fuel management today it seems


@RevilO: Actually, that line has been demolished repeatedly over the last two years, for anyone who's been paying attention.


Hamilton proved this several times against every teamate he had so far , remember Barcelona 2012, as he had to start dead last ond overtook "tyre whisperer" Button in the race with a 1-stopper and finished ahead of him. Or Canada 2010 when even the bridgestones where fragile? How often has lewis to prove oit& how often can his alledgedly smarter temmates be allowed to fail until this nonsense comes to an end?


Good drive by Hamilton today, but one swallow does not make a summer. However the line of Hamilton not being able to mangage tyres and fuel, and being under threat from his more cerebral teammate in this "new" formula one does seem to have taken a hit today. Let's see what happens during the rest of the season.


What a boring race. One of the most boring start to an F1 season I have ever witnessed.

So much hype was made for this new rules and how it will be exciting, total letdown.

Anyway, good race by the Mercs and Redbull, Ferrari/Mclaren looks like it will have another average season. I can see the title being quite boring this year, I think the Mercedes have a lot more in hand that they are showing and Redbull will soon find them self too far behind to mount any title challenge.

I really don't know what Williams were thinking with that team call... Having team orders at the second race of the season for a lowly 6th place, just shows how bad Claira Williams is at managing a team. Nice way to get the team to work in harmony for the rest of the 17 races remaining. How the mighty have fallen, using team orders for 6th place....

Massa is right to be pissed, he has out qualified bottas twice in the rain now. Not to mention massa is not exactly a rain master is he. Beat him this race and would have also beat him in the first race, due to bottas mistakes most likely. Shocking decision by Williams and then Claira denial that team orders were issued on Sky, simply embarrassing....

Score for the race was 3/10. Poor race, poor season so far. F1 has taken a massive step back in my opinion with this new rules


The repeat of the infamous words is unfortunate.

However, I may be alone in seeing a difference between an implicit command to fall back (Ferarri), and the added instruction "Not to impede." (Williams).

However, as I posted above, this situation was brewing from much earlier in the race.


Did you not see the start of the 2010 season in Bahrain?!

While I agree the first two races haven't been classics, we've had far duller races in recent times (and that's ignoring many of the mid 2000s races). I like the new cars and there's certainly been some intriguing battles throughout the field.

I like the new fuel consumption graphic (even if we question it's veracity)!




It was entertaining when Red Bull was winning everything.. right?

Alexander Supertramp

I don't agree. Massa finished in front, but Bottas had the better pace. If anything, it's a shame Hulkenberg is not driving for Williams- I reckon Claire must be thinking the same.


True, Bottas had more pace. Having team orders at this point for such a position is still absurd.

If he genuinely had so much more pace that he could challenge Button, then Bottas should've tried overtaking Massa on merit rather than to rely on team orders, and the team should have recognised that, and let their drivers free to race. As Massa said, if Bottas don't succeed then it's the same points finish for the race anyway.


forceindia outracing williams for past 3 years . forceindia is a solid team compared to williams. they saved hulkenbergs career after he lost seat with williams. hulk is in safe nest no neeed to witch to williams and put his career again in danger i guess.

Alexander Supertramp

I agree, but it will be difficult to outrace them this year, they are really fast. And at this point Hulkenberg's career doesn't need much saving anymore I think, he should me higly credited. Anyway, I wish FI and 'the Hulk' the very best.


The new rules always cause a field spread, as some get it better than others. in 2009, Brawn dominated early on and in 2005 we had Alonso walking it. Go back to 1998 and Macca were seemingly invincible. The cars will get closer as the seasons go but for now, Merc have done an incredible job and are being rewarded for it.

Disagree about the Williams issue; Massa had cooling problems and may well have damaged his car by pushing. Here's hoping Williams have a good qualifying in Bahrain as they clearly have pace.

Alexander Supertramp

So much for experts claiming Rosberg has the upper hand when it comes down to race management (fuel, tyres). Hamilton was a class above him today.

I had a big laugh with the Williams radio message to Massa. But him ignoring the team order is not a good thing, it cost Bottas a chance at attacking Button. Massa should have given the spot and if Bottas had not been able to overtake Button then Massa could have gotten past him again. Anyhow, he may have hold onto his position, but he's still the loser.

Hulkenberg, wow! This guy is the real deal, amazing race with amazing pace. I feel he has that certain 'je ne sais quoi' that other top drivers have and he strikes me as extremely clinical in his driving. Imagine him in that Williams!


hulk in williams car?. how many times williams outraced forceindia?. australia doesnt suits to forceindia strengths where high downforce matters, malaysia is a proper track to determine pace of the car. hulk finished 35 sec ahead of mclaren and williams. as a hulk fan im very happy where hes now . forceindia will finish this season too ahead of williams by a country mile, watch out for forceindia in second half of season. i dont want to see hulk career in danger again with williams they almost ended his career, stupid williams and thanks to forceindia.


@Alex ST

This is how I see it: Massa valiantly tried to overtake Button, disappointingly didn't, but can we really blame him? McLaren seems to have a bit of an edge on Williams, especially on straights. Massa lost time in the process, which allowed Bottas to come close. And then of course Bottas was faster, he was using DRS, Massa couldn't. Had Massa let him thru and IF (yes, it's a big if) Bottas managed to get close enough to try a move on Button, he would probably only get the same problem Massa (allegedly) did: an overheated engine. No, Massa was no loser, au contraire mon frère, idiot of the day goes to Claire Williams.

Alexander Supertramp

Let's wait until after Bahrain. Dry weather on saturday and sunday, finally top conditions for Williams to shine.


How is he still the loser? He finished ahead. Comical radio transmission, what are Williams doing. Doubtful Bottas would have got past anyway as he couldn't even overtake Massa

Alexander Supertramp

I don't dislike Massa at all. I'm completely neutral about Massa and that's because he's anything but exciting to watch. I would love for him to take that Williams performance and storm to the front because that would be exciting. Bahrain will be a great chance for Williams/Massa to show us that he's still a racer but I doubt he will outrace Bottas. I'll ask you this, how does Massa still qualify as a real racer to you? He still has some saturday pace, but on sunday?Lackluster performances all over the place!

Trust me, I'll happily eat my words if Felipe proves me wrong, but I just call them as I see them and right now I don't rate Felipe..


bottas brought home the bacon. much better than going wheel to wheel with crazy massa. assess him at the end of the season.

Alexander Supertramp

He was asked to let his faster team mate pass. To me that qualifies as losing..


He didn't lose though did he, because he told Williams to stuff their absurd instruction. Funny how they've said afterwards that they would have reversed the positions again if Bottas couldn't overtake button, that wouldn't have happened. Can't quite see your logic that he's a loser by finishing ahead, you seem to have quite a few strange views, including an amusing one further up that 'Massa is a driver not a racer'. You clearly just personally dislike Massa

Alexander Supertramp

Annnnnd, Sherlock doing the podium interviews, how awesome was that!


Agreed, that was awesome. You see actors on the track or in the garages at several races, but this is the first time to my knowledge that one was allowed to do the podium interview.

Lewis looked a bit star-struck, which is nice to see.

Alexander Supertramp

well, it's frickin' Sherlock!


+1 I missed that unfortunately as the Fox Sport guys from Argentina cut away the broadcast as soon as the 2 hour mark comes up. Important football programs are waiting. Grr.


He did the interviews well, too. Great actor.


Well Sherlock seemed to have forgotten Nico Rosberg's name and called him good sir instead... hehehe


For more great acting see Vatty interview with the BBC - the look of a furious bloke trying to appear fine with the situation when in fact he wants to give his team-mate a shiner!


Bottas couldn't even get the place from Massa, he had no real chance to pass Button anyway.

Alexander Supertramp

That's the point, we will never know!


Seb and Alo seemed to be able to fight faster cars than theirs, but in the end machinery made the difference. I would have liked to see what would have been the Hulk-Kimi battle if not for that puncture the finn suffered. On the dry looks like there is half a second per lap between teams, but the Mercs were cruising and the Force india was helped by a nice strategy.


Great win for Hamilton and Mercedes...he totally had the measure of his teammate today...very impressive performances from Hulkenberg and also Riccardo until the pitstop incident

Massa incident was too funny - "Bottas is faster than u" He looks set to remain a No2 driver even for the remaining part of his career.

Alexander Supertramp

It's not Williams' fault that he was driving as a No.2. It's always potentially awkward when the slower team mate is in front.

Massa himself is not easy to pass, he's pretty good in defending position. Bottas couldn't overtake him, but he had better pace in clean air.


Until the disaster for Ricciardo at the end it looked very much like last year's result just Mercedes and RBR switched.

Very boring race up at the front but all the top 3 drove very controlled mature races shame thats not exciting for us viewers.

Hulkenberg made a good stab at a 2 stop but 5th is still a great result for him and FI.

Be interesting to see how Bottas and Williams react to Massa's defiance as Bottas probably could've got past Button netting the team more points overall.

Disappointing performance by the McLarens.

Great to see Grosjean make the race distance - one more retirement and he'd have taken a point home. Hopefully this marks Lotus having gotten on top of most of their reliability issues and can work on performance and get into the mix. I personally rate Grosjean highly and it would be a shame to see him languish at the bottom.


How could we assume that Bottas would get past Button if he couldn't even overcome Massa? As far as I know, Button knows how to defend his position at least as well as Felipe...


The Williams' strategists counted on Bottas' tyres being much fresher than Jenson's so thought if he was released to catch up to the MacLaren, they wanted to see if he could pass.

There was no comparison made between Bottas' and Massa's tyres, since they were supposedly on the same side.


Even with a comfortable cushion, he was inquiring what he could do to save the engine...who Lewis?! Not bad for a "non-thinking" driver doing his first race distance in this car, eh? As for Nico...not bad for a heavy driver, if you know who I'm talking about...he lets his driving do the talking too...and the thinkers will have to think some more...but most of all beware, the Bulls are coming ...an intriguing season in prospect...

Looking forward to the usual post-race technical analysis, James

Alexander Supertramp

Agree with everything you say. With regards to the Hulk: he might just land a Ferrari seat if Fernando leaves- which is looking more and more likely with each passing race. Remember the last time a German landed a seat with a struggling Italian team?


Yeah, he won at Monza in 2008!





Hi James

Was Ricciardo at fault with the wheel nut issue or was it his pit crew?




If there is a problem with pit stops with the Bulls, its usually an Australian driver who cops the worse of it.

Or is that just cynicism?


Sensor fault in the system apparently - pesky sensors!


Karma to RBR for criticizing another companies sensors, their own sensors fail... and their own wing fails.


I believe it was the FIA Gill sensor that failed. Red Bull then went off their fuel rail (same as in AUS). If that had failed, the car would probably stop...


Good point.


Double penalty now with the 10-place grid drop for Bahrain. RBR have really screwed up Ricciardo.

Alexander Supertramp

Well that smiley does NOT belong there, should have been an 8

Alexander Supertramp

I understand and respect the philosophy behind the unsafe release penalties, but I can't say the same about the implementation of that philosophy into the current rules. There is too much stress on the penalisation of the driver, who cannot be blamed for a loose wheel nut. Give the team a drive through but add it virtually. E.g., Ricciardo ends up 4th and takes 12 points. Add the virtual drive through and Ricciardo for instance is 6th , so Red Bull receive 8 points. And if the FIA feel this is not harsh enough they can still add a standard, virtual 5 (or 3) grid penalty for the next race which for exemple would give Red Bull 4 points (or 8) for a third place but the driver would take 15. And off course, add a huge fine! But please, stop penalising the drivers for team errors.


I thought the 10 place grid drop was pretty tough. I realise why they are doing it , but even so. Apparently there was also talk of a further punishment for the team, as not all the mechanics who recovered DR's car were wearing crash helmets (which is mandatory)! That would have been overly harsh, although as it was Red Bull it would have been funny 🙂


Yep, and it's weird coz they were penalized for unsafe release due to one of the pit crew not wearing head protection. Violation of Article 23.11 of sporting regs.

Can be clearly seen here:



Hi James,

I wonder whether the fuel saving of the Williams cars made the cars slower since they were heavier than the competition?

I know that they did not have the easiest of the first races so they could learn more from it to adjust the cars for the second race as well as they could have.

Still, it looks as though Williams left some performance on the table.

I know that Felipe Massa does not always fair well outside of the European tracks. All of those changing conditions may confuse him a little too much. And maybe it confused the team as a whole as well.

Williams need to use their fuel as well as the other teams. It was a nice comparison graphics. Sometimes we may wonder why drivers are so slow, and being able to tell that the problem may indeed be shared by the car helps to make the picture clearer.

Alexander Supertramp

Good observation, they seemed to struggle on the straights (even with DRS).


Good question! It seemed as if Williams had a lot of fuel left in the end.

Or maybe the fuel graphics assumes that everybody has 100kg of fuel, while Williams was carrying less. It would still make us wonder why they didn't carry and use more fuel anyway.


Boring race. But at least it wasn't a 1-2 for Red Bull!

Good drive by Hulk, was also pretty odd seeing a Ferrari car actually able to match a Red Bull. Are those pesky Italians finally learning the trick...?


And this is the pinnacle of motorsport!

cars look awful, sound awful and the racing is awful

Well done to the FIA, you've done a great job!!




Yeah, they really need to sort the microphones out. Why are they so far away from the track? The cars sound great at full speed but you can't hear them 🙁


cars look awful, sound awful and the racing is awful....

It's a funny thing isn't it - opinion?

I disagree with everything you have posted 🙂


This was easily the most boring race in a long time. Doesn't look too promising for modern F1 era.


I guess all those races last year with Vettel dominating wasn't boring enough for u? They were awful.


Huge rule changes always cause a field spread, just as they did in 98, 2005 and 2009. Mercedes are being rewarded for their incredible work but just as we saw in the latter half of 2009 and again in 2010, the cars will get much closer.


The most exciting thing I see during the "race" was basically the fuel usage table. Racing has turned into a race for who coasts, sorry i mean drives, the longest distance with the least amount of fuel and minimum amount of action.

And what is the deal with the Merc dominance? Probably Horner was right when talking about true Merc advantage. I am almost sure both Mercs could have lapped VET today... They were just holding back for two reasons. (1) to not bring disgrace over the new F1 formula/loosing spectators/fans (2) to save engines, even though not really needed when you are so dominant...

- Pit to ROS: Gap to VET is 3.5s. We would like it to increase to 5s, please.

He could as well have added - What do you want at the pit stop, softs with tea or hards with coffee? Or only a drink?

ZZZZzzzzzz. Goodbye racing.


Bye then. So sad to see you go (not really).


The least you can do is to READ properly m8. It is racing who has de facto left the place. I am going nowhere atm as you obviously are reading right now - probably it will happen at some point if matters do not change and wont be missing this either.

PS. I really care very much about you being sad (or not).


This is how all F1 fans felt for the past four years unless you are Vettel fan. For you guys (Vettel fans) then it was awesome and for his genuine masterclass that he was winning everything. I hope this Mercedes dominance last for a very very long time for you (Vettel fans) to feel exactly what we felt.


Also, unless ROS had a problem that they have not mentioned yet, it looks as Merc decides prior to the race who of the two drivers will take the win. No way ROS was racing HAM today...


If that was the case do you really think Rosberg would be trailing round 17 seconds behind Hamilton, which let's face it didn't really make him look great?


Rosberg had a 'moment' at the start, just after powering in front of Vettel to take 2nd, his car struggling for grip for a couple seconds, and Lewis just boosted off into the distance.

Laps later, Lewis later got a radio message saying "Nico is struggling with the rear tyres, make sure to look after yours."

Rosberg had no overt issue, but that was why he was 'best of the rest', today.


That's ridiculous

Alexander Supertramp

Yeah, so much for Rosberg aknowledging that Hamilton was just quicker today. Don't you think Rosberg would notice if his car was lacking performance?


@quattro, do you know what Occam's Razor is? The simplest explanation is usually the most accurate one. Those that put out controversial theories have the burden of producing evidence, instead of stupidly claiming that others have an obligation to provide evidence to disprove wrong-headed theories! You can't prove a negative, after all.

Why couldn't Rosberg just say "ok, you beat me here, but wait 'til next race". It happens. Maybe he set up expecting rain to hit, who knows. So then he can accept that having lost a battle, to concentrate on the war, and make sure of 2nd. Griping afterwards about wrong setup choices, etc. is just unseemly, so why do it? I guess he could get like Alonso in '07 and lose his head and blow his top, and then what? What would that gain him?

Do you remember when Sir Alex Ferguson needled Rafa Benitez in the press, in 2009? Finally Rafa cracked, went on a rant, and Sir Alex knew right at that point that he had him.

Are you saying that Rosberg would be best served griping and complaining at this stage?

Team orders are valid. They weren't necessary at all on Sunday, Hamilton could always match Rosberg's times.


After the race Toto Wolff mentioned in an interview that Rosberg had problems with oversteering. At first they thought it was because he burned his tires at the start. But the problem persisted after the first pit stop.

He didn't know what the probelm was but he mentioned twice that they have to look into that.



I suspect you were replying to me (?).

"You don’t think it’s possible that Rosberg might’ve just got it wrong on setup this particular weekend?"

Of course it is...everything is possible, the only question is about the probability.

I do find it very strange that ROS seemed so relaxed and happy with the final result (2nd). I would expect some blaming/complaining about balance/setup/etc if he was not happy with it, in order to explain to everyone why HAM was able to beat him. No such things...hence very fishy!

"I doubt very much that Rosberg would want to leave any hint – with the team or Lewis – that he is ok with playing second fiddle, at any point."

I never said he had agreed to such thing as playing 2nd fiddle! Any such agreement (to let the other win) would of course have been valid for all parts under certain circumstances. It commits not only ROS, but also HAM.

"There is a conspiracy any and everywhere if you have it in your mind to find one."

Very true. It is equally true that, when analyzing events without having complete facts, it is very easy for anyone (e g you) to reject unwanted conclusions as being...conspiratorial - without providing any kind of facts to support their view...

PS. You were here arguing for why it would be VALID for Merc to impose TOs at this stage - Basically they only took it a step further...



So Rosberg let him have this one? Don't be silly. You don't think it's possible that Rosberg might've just got it wrong on setup this particular weekend?

I doubt very much that Rosberg would want to leave any hint - with the team or Lewis - that he is ok with playing second fiddle, at any point.

There is a conspiracy any and everywhere if you have it in your mind to find one.


"Yeah, so much for Rosberg acknowledging that Hamilton was just quicker today."

Media talk, part of the game...

"Don’t you think Rosberg would notice if his car was lacking performance?"

I did nowhere say that ROS was unaware of the arrangement - that is the point. ROS could have catched HAM today and challenged him - I cannot imagine the time difference with same car and more or less equally matched drivers can be thaaat big!

Basically management have sit down with both drivers and all agreed - whoever leads the first lap gets the win, period. Such is the dominance of them atm.



You suggesting Merc told Ros to slow Vettel down and let Lewis win?



As I see it - VET could not, not even in fantasy land, have catched and even less so passed either ROS or HAM today. Both Merc drivers were literally playing games with the rest.


priceless 🙂


ROS trying to find an opening withing marketing? His Petronas advertisement at the podium was 100% ridiculous...on the clownish side of the scale.


C'mon, Nico is a classy guy. Lewis was probably thinking "Oh, shit. Forgot that."


Very true, but as a professional racing driver always remember who pays your salary. Also, the fuel companies are just as competitive as the chassis and engines brigade - perhaps even more so, the quest to find the ultimate combustion from fuel has to be a very competitive arena.

Alexander Supertramp

It's not his fault that drivers HAVE to do this. I thought Lewis was just as awkward, but it's part of the job.


He didn't *have* to do that. The guy doing the interviews had actually left Nico and was moving onto Vettel when Nico dragged him back to do his little bit of marketing.

Podium interviews have always been cheesy, but the cheese has never quite been *that* potent before!


Drivers have sponsor commitments and need to thank them in interviews now and then, but they do not HAVE to do THAT.

Alexander Supertramp

Well, we understand each other


completely agree.


Agreed, very NASCAR like 🙂

On the other hand Benedict Cumberbach was excellent as a post race interviewer. Please can we have Sherlock a few more times this year. Silverstone for sure ??


Bad luck for Vettel. When he managed to get himself within DRS range of Rosberg, yellow flags for a Sauber denied him the opportunity to make a move on him. Not sure he could have held 2nd place if he had managed to get through, but it would have been interesting fighting.


I could be wrong, but for a couple of the laps when Ricciardo was less than a second behind Vettel he didn't appear to use DRS. Is anyone in a position to confirm or refute this?


All I can say is that I say him use DRS on more than one occasion when trailing VET. He might have not used it for some reason on some lap, but I can tell you that it took so long for VET to leave RIC behind was because what VET managed to gain in the middle sector RIC made up for in the straights with DRS.


At least we would've seen Nico turn his engine up to 75 percent or something.


Before the incident, Vettel used DRS on ROS once but couldn't pass.


Very controlled race from Lewis, never threatened. Beat Rosberg pretty comprehensively, especially in the fuel-saving (if the stats shown on the FOM feed are accurate). That was a pretty easy win for Lewis, and I can't remember the last one that was as easy. I think it has to be China 2008! Geez that's a long time.

This was also Lewis' first Grand Chelem (pole, win, fastest lap, lead every lap), even though Hulkenburg did pass him on track after the first pit stop. But because Lewis was able to retake the lead within the same lap, Hulkenberg "officially" never led a lap.

Other random thoughts on MAL GP 2014:

- In the pre-podium room, noted Vettel speaking German with Rosberg

- Dunno about Lewis' hair ... quite the frizz going on in the Malaysia heat. If you're gonna play with it during the anthems, just shave it off!

- Who's the Mercedes mechanic/pitwall guy who drew the short straw and had to wear the teal overalls?

- Merc's chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin picked up the constructors trophy this time. Last time out it was Andy Cowell (head of Merc AMG HPP). Wolff and Lowe must be quite confident of further wins, as it's usually the TP who goes up for the first one

- Interesting to see that the Petronas Pres & CEO, and all the Malaysian officials, had at least 7-word names. Gonna have to look them up, along with the titles used.

- JA (not sure if you caught this on the FOM feed), but who was the McLaren guy who came to congratulate Paddy Lowe in the pitlane after the race?

- Saw Niki Lauda talkin' to someone on his phone after the race. Didn't look like a Blackberry though! Looked like a wider phablet too, though couldn't make it out.

- First 1-2 for Merc since 1955. Whatever you might think of them, it's good that such a marquee name in GP racing is having some success in F1 that they for various reasons have missed out on over the years. Obviously they had a lot of their success before the F1 World Championship came into being, and then of course their withdrawal after the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

- Good podium for Vettel, and another points-finish for Kvyat! Terrible luck for Perez, Raikkonen, and Ricciardo. Last year I advanced the idea of creating a new stat, to highlight when a car had finished, but had their race compromised by an incident (RCI = race compromising incident). Obviously Ricciardo didn't finish, although he likely would've in the absence of the RCI's he suffered. Raikkonen definitely had an RCI ... I think the FIA have to revisit the front wing endplates, to enforce some rounded edges on them. It takes away from the show when a top driver in a top team is punted to the back of the grid early in the race through no fault of their own. But back to Ricciardo ... I think we need another stat: PWC = pit-work calamity! Ricciardo was not under immediate threat from behind, so make 100% sure of fitting the tires properly! That PWC just cost him 12 points. The team to date have cost him 30 points! It's reminiscent of HAM @ McLaren in 2012.

Lastly, this race makes up for the utter implosion of my beloved Maple Leafs, or goes some ways to soothing that hurt a little. Hopefully Liverpool can get the 3 pts against Spurs to make it an all-around good Sunday. COME ON YOU REDS!


Fun fact: The German national anthem has been heard on the podium for the last 16 races in a row, a sequence that doesn't look like ending any time soon.


Interesting stat, goferet would be proud. As far as anthems go, the German national anthem is one of the best. Great melody.


You never know, the Mercs could break down, Sebastian could make a mistake, and perhaps Daniel's fortune will turn and we'll hear "Advance Australia Fair".


Don't know anything about the Maple Leafs (although perhaps I should as I am half Canadian), but at least the 'Reds' did as you requested - top of the table I believe, although I only know slightly more about football than I do about the Maple Leafs!


Yes, very good game by LFC. They put Spurs to the sword again. Yes, top of the table, though Man City have 2 games in hand that if won would see them top. Of course, Liverpool have Man City and Chelsea to come at Anfield, so if they win their remaining games, they will be champions.

Suarez is simply amazing, always a threat. He'll certainly beat the EPL's 38-match-season scoring record (he has 29 right now, behind Shearer/Ronaldo with 31).

It's a good thing you don't know anything about the Maple Leafs. All I've ever known from them in PAIN. 🙂


Of course that should read is PAIN. Agh.


I think Vetell was speaking in German to Nico as he didn't want Lewis to understand him . Apparently he was saying ' this guy [Lewis] is just too quick for us, we have no chance against him' . To which Nico replied, 'it's alright for you, at least you can blame the car'. 😎


HAHAHAHA!! Good one! And yes, Im a Lewis fan =)


Very amusing. You make me smile.


Brilliant drive!

But alas no room for curlers inside that helmet? Lewis seemed keen to keep his hair under wraps. He whipped on that cap in the refresh room even before he'd dried down with the towel....


I thought Lauda was using an iphone 4.


Niki Lauda was using an Apple iphone.

You can tell from the bottom earpiece location and speaker layout.

Hamilton didn't lead every lap, Hulkenberg led for one, I think.


Hamilton led every lap. @KRB was right. Hulk passed Lewis on his out lap, but Lewis overtook him on the same lap and crossed the start-finish line before him.


How about a grand prix around the streets of Merseyside? There was a grand prix at Aintree back in the late 50s, so Liverpool does have heritage in F1.

Mind you, the magic Mancunian Ross wouldn't be so happy...........mind you, I bet he is smiling at the moment with the team he put together before he left.

If anyone from Liverpool City Council is reading this, get in touch with FOM/Mr E and make it happen!


Have you seen the state of the roads?


I have James, I admit they need a bit of a refurbishment........but, let's face it F1 tracks are too smooth nowadays anyway! It would give the engineers and mechanics something to think about it terms of suspension compliance!

The sight and smell of grand prix cars blasting around the Albert Dock area is mouth-watering. We've got an Albert Park grand prix, so how about an Albert Dock grand prix?


Largely uneventful race.

F1 is kicking itself in the nuts enough with the general public without midfield teams starting to play the team orders game.

I'm proud of Massa for holding position when Williams told him to let Bottas through.

Surely the team could have chosen a different phrase! - I really hope Felipe got back on the radio and said "If he is, then he should have no problem getting past!"

It's a really dangerous thing to be saying to any driver so early into the season - Had there been the chance for a podium as a reward then perhaps, but for a max gain to 6th place I think the call was pretty unwarranted. It does nothing but stir bad blood between the drivers.

Either way I think it unlikely Bottas would have dealt with Button in the 2 laps that remained - I was surprised Williams were prepared to risk the points they salvaged from their incredibly poor qualifying efforts by letting the boys fight it out so late in the game.


It's a team sport. Team members are supposed to compete as a team, including following legal team orders. I would expect that this is discussed with the drivers beforehand, and that they agree to do what they're told. If they then disobey team orders I think it reflects badly on them. We'll never know now, but Massa may have cost his team valuable constructors points.

Having said all that, it was a poor choice of phrasing from the pit wall. And I have sympathy with Massa coming from years as Ferrari's number two driver.


If Nico Rosberg's car had no issues and Hamilton just beat him like that, then he will be having nightmares this week cause everyone was talking him up as being more than capable of beating Hamilton.


Fan of f1 but I'm not very technical but could Rosberg have set up for a bit of rain, hence, the slower lap times compared to Lewis.

Is this possible, James?


No, I think he was sliding around quite a bit which is not indicative of higher downforce for the wet


Nico had trouble with rear tires which allowed Lewis to open a gap. Then Lewis just coasted to victory. I hope Nico can outpace Lewis on other tracks. Otherwise where going to have pretty boring season.

Alexander Supertramp

Based on today Rosberg needs to find performance. But as James said, he can afford to bring the car home behind Lewis and still lead the championship. Look at the standing, finishing the race is very very important (obviously!). But if Paddy Lowe's post race interview is anything to go by, Mercedes are definitely not taking reliability for granted. It's really a 'sword of Damocles' type of thing.

Malcolm Smethurst

Good for Massa. Cards on the table from the get go. Sure, Bottas may have got JB, but it was stupid of the engineer to use that phrase. Must have known the significance of it and that it was guaranteed to wind up Felipe.

In other news, Ericsson was nicely feisty.


Agreed, as James has stated in a previous comment there was more to it than how it appeared on the world feed. Very bad choice of words, no wonder he ignored the order.


Did Massa staying ahead of Bottas in the last laps stop Williams from perhaps getting one car ahead of Button? I think if Massa had let through Bottas to attack Button as soon as Williams put out the order - I think there were still 6 laps to go - they very well might have.

There's a situation where I would a team could say to its drivers "ok driver A, following driver B is quicker on better tires ... you've tried to pass driver C, and can't ... let B through to attack C, and if he can't get by, we will switch back the positions before the flag".

Alexander Supertramp

I think it was 3/4 laps. But yeah, Jenson was right in front (1.3 seconds). To be fair to Massa, odds are Bottas would have encountered the same issues (lack of straight line speed?). But one thing is for sure, Bottas would have been way more aggressive in his attempt(s).


will mercedes issue a press release of thanks to ross brawn for having spearheaded the development of this car ?

personally I am already sick of some german fellow trying to get in from of the camera and act as though it was all his doing


And who is this German guy?


Paddy Lowe actually mentioned Ross Brawn as being a part of building what they had in an interview with the BBC after the race, Toto Wolff had said the same the same during FP2.

Alexander Supertramp

Paddy Lowe takes the time to thank Ross every chance he gets. He strikes me as a really nice, sincere and obviously intelligent man.


He is.

He's very competitive though!


Very interesting race, performance in the dry of Redbull and Mercedes not so far apart if you judge it on Vettel, Rosberg and Ricciardo, Hamilton's pace was superior but he has often shown superior pace. The new breed of cars seem to let the drivers skill count a bit more compared to the last 4 or 5 years of on rails engineering mastered by Newey in particular although Redbull will always take some beating in car performance and development.

P.s Hamilton should remember that Rosberg was quicker in parts of practice......touch paper lit.lol


Well done Lewis, superb dominant performance.


With reduced tyre degrad, Nico is really gonna have a hard time against Lewis.