|2014 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Race 6 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One World Championship|
Circuit de Monaco
|Date||25 May 2014|
|Official name||Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Course length||3.340 km (2.075 mi)|
|Distance||78 laps, 260.520 km (161.880 mi)|
|Weather||Overcast, Air: 20 to 21 °C (68 to 70 °F), Track: 28 to 30 °C (82 to 86 °F).|
|Time||1:18.479 on lap 75|
|Third||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014) was a Formula One motor race held on 25 May at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo. It was the sixth race of the 2014 Formula One World Championship and the 61st running of the event as part of the series. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the 78-lap race from pole position. His teammate Lewis Hamilton finished second and Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo was third. It was Rosberg's second victory of the season, his second in a row at Monaco, and the fifth of his career.
Rosberg won the pole position by posting the fastest lap in qualifying under controversial circumstances and maintained the lead at the start. The race was neutralised on the first lap with the safety car following an accident between Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button, and when it was restarted Rosberg kept the lead. Adrian Sutil further caused disruption when he crashed his Sauber car on lap 24 and Rosberg kept the lead after the field made pit stops. He maintained a varying advantage over Hamilton as the two pulled away from other drivers. Rosberg was instructed to conserve fuel while Hamilton was told he did not need to do so. Hamilton later got dirt in his eye in the final laps, allowing Rosberg to pull away and win the race.
The result saw Rosberg regain the lead of the Drivers' Championship by four points over Hamilton. Fernando Alonso remained in third while Ricciardo's third-place finish moved him past teammate Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes further increased their lead in the Constructors' Championship to 141 points ahead of Red Bull while Ferrari maintained third position. Force India kept fourth and McLaren overtook Williams for fifth with 13 races left in the season.
The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix was the sixth of the 19 rounds in the 2014 Formula One World Championship, and the 61st running of the race as part of the series. It was held on 25 May 2014 at the 3.340 km (2.075 mi) 19-turn Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo. It was officially called the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014. Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the red-banded super soft and yellow-banded soft dry compound tyres to the race. The drag reduction system (DRS) had one activation zone for the race which was on the straight linking the final and first turns.
Before the race Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton led the Drivers' Championship with 100 points, ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in second and Fernando Alonso in third. Sebastian Vettel was fourth on 45 points, seven ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo in fifth. Mercedes led the Constructors' Championship with 197 points, and Red Bull were second on 84 points. Ferrari (66 points) and Force India (57) were third and fourth and Williams were fifth on 46 points.
The tension between the two Mercedes teammates was high before the weekend when Hamilton was found to have altered his car settings in the final laps of the Spanish Grand Prix, using a forbidden higher-powered engine setting to keep Rosberg behind. Rosberg was found to have done the same while battling Hamilton at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Despite losing the lead of the Drivers' Championship to teammate Hamilton in Spain, Rosberg stated he would not be changing his approach and was not heavily focused on the title but expected it to remain tight. Hamilton reckoned his increased comfort with the F1 W05 Hybrid car would put Rosberg under pressure in Monaco, saying it was a track where he performed well and wanted Ferrari and Red Bull to battle him for the victory.
The circuit was altered following the 2013 race. The track was resurfaced from the exit of Casino corner until the entry to the tunnel with small areas before the Novelle chicane and Tabac undergoing a similar change. The pit lane barrier and the debris fencing was renewed and the turn 12 TecPro energy absorbing barrier was made more efficiently constrained. Work on the track was carried out at night to minimise roadside traffic disruption. Jenson Button for McLaren predicted the changes would create a situation similar to the 2012 United States Grand Prix where grip was low and felt the soft compound tyres would be difficult to get working properly. Pérez said the experience around Monaco would be "difficult" but that "It will be a new Monaco - very, very interesting". Alonso stated the event would be "a question mark for everybody" and that Formula One needed to see the team that would adapt their car better for Monaco.
Three practice sessions--two on Thursday and a third on Saturday--were held before the Sunday race. The Thursday morning and afternoon sessions lasted ninety minutes each; the third, one-hour session was held on Saturday morning. Hamilton was fastest in the first practice session, which took place in dry weather, with a lap of 1 minute, 18.271 seconds, 0.032 seconds faster than teammate Rosberg in second. The two Red Bull cars were third and fifth with Ricciardo ahead of Vettel; they were separated by Alonso's Ferrari. Ricciardo was set to go faster but slower traffic delayed him. Kimi Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Pérez, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the session's top-ten drivers. Max Chilton stranded his Marussia after spinning at Mirabeau corner early in the session, ending his session early. Esteban Gutiérrez went straight on at Sainte Dévote corner. Alonso locked his left front tyre at Mirabeau corner but avoided damaging his car. His teammate Räikkönen spun at Sainte Dévote corner but continued.
Clouds moved into Monaco in the first session and a heavy hailstorm fell but ended before the second session began. The track was saturated with water and teams opted to keep their drivers in their garages for 45 minutes. Drivers first drove on the intermediate tyres although the surface dried quickly. They used dry slick tyres in the final ten minutes which saw Alonso lap fastest with at 1 minute, 18.482 seconds, keeping Hamilton fastest overall for Thursday. Alonso was four-tenths of a second quicker than Hamilton in second. Vettel, Jean-Éric Vergne. Bottas, Pérez, Hülkenberg, Button, Ricciardo and Felipe Massa followed in the top ten. Marcus Ericsson hit the barriers leaving Portier corner but reversed away from the area and drove his damaged car to the pit lane.
After taking Friday off--a feature unique to the Monaco Grand Prix--[n 1] the drivers returned to action on Saturday in clear weather. All of the leading drivers had trouble getting clear air as they fought for clear space around the narrow circuit which had been made worse by them taking longer than usual to get optimum tyre temperature. Despite Hamilton having difficulties with his car's handling and narrowly avoiding an accident at Tabac corner, he set the fastest lap of the weekend so far of 1 minute, 16.758 seconds, 1⁄2 a tenth of a second quicker than Ricciardo in second. Rosberg, Vettel, Alonso, Räikkönen, Pérez, Hülkenberg, Vergne and Daniil Kvyat were third through tenth. Vergne ran off the track at Sainte Dévote and Mirabeau corners. Ericsson went onto the Dévote run-off area and reversed to rejoin the track.
Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes, eliminating cars that finished 17th or below. The 107% rule was in effect, requiring drivers to reach a time within 107 per cent of the quickest lap to qualify. The second session lasted 15 minutes, eliminating cars that finished 11th to 16th. The final part lasted 12 minutes and determined pole position to tenth. Cars who progressed to the final session were not allowed to change tyres for the race's start, using the tyres with which they set their quickest lap times in the second session. After the final session's first runs, Rosberg had provisional pole position with a lap of 1 minute, 15.989 seconds, 0.039 seconds faster than Hamilton. During his second and final quick lap, Rosberg locked his tyres, ran deep at Mirabeau corner and had to abort his lap, before reversing back onto the track. The resulting yellow flags forced Hamilton to slow, ruining his final qualifying lap (after he had set a personal best first sector), and stopped him from challenging Rosberg's earlier time. After qualifying, the stewards investigated Rosberg under suspicion of deliberately spoiling Hamilton's lap. The stewards examined video evidence and telemetry data from Mercedes, and racing governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Rosberg.[n 2] It was Rosberg's second pole position of 2014, his second at Monaco, and the sixth of his career.
Ricciardo qualified third; he could not improve his fastest time after sliding on his final timed lap. His teammate Vettel lost the use of his energy recovery system in the first session; he ran in a different mode and the yellow flags left him fourth. The Ferrari duo of Alonso and Räikkönen were fifth and sixth; both had tyre warming problems. Although the yellow flags affected Vergne's final lap, he took seventh and his teammate Kvyat ninth after struggling with rear control and hit a barrier. He drove to the pit lane for a replacement nose cone. They were separated by Magnussen in eighth and Pérez was tenth after locking his tyres into the Novelle chicane. Hülkenberg in 11th was the fastest driver not to qualify for the final session. A Toro Rosso car delayed Button in 12th on his final lap at the Swimming Pool complex. Front tyre heating problems put Bottas 13th. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado in the two Lotus cars took 14th and 15th with Massa unable to record a lap time. Ericsson locked his rear tyres going into Mirabeau corner and glanced Massa's car heading into the turn, causing both drivers to hit the barriers. The stewards investigated the incident and Ericsson incurred two penalty points on his super licence and was required to start from the pit lane. Gutiérrez failed to progress beyond the first session, and was followed by Sauber teammate Adrian Sutil. Jules Bianchi, 19th, lost 1⁄2 a second in slower traffic and yellow flags. He received a five-place grid penalty, because his team changed a problematic gearbox overnight. Hence, his Marussia teammate Chilton began 19th. Kamui Kobayashi in 20th used super soft compound tyres on his first two timed laps and adjusted his front wing but could not improve.
The fastest lap in each of the three sessions is denoted in bold .
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:17.900||1:17.233||1:16.384||3|
|4||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:18.383||1:17.074||1:16.547||4|
|7||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:17.557||1:17.657||1:17.540||7|
|9||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:18.616||1:17.594||1:18.090||9|
|10||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:18.108||1:17.755||1:18.327||10|
|11||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:18.432||1:17.846||11|
|16||19||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||1:18.209||no time2||16|
|107% time: 1:22.985|
The weather at the start was dry and overcast with an air temperature between 20 to 21 °C (68 to 70 °F) and a track temperature ranging from 28 to 30 °C (82 to 86 °F). A 20 percent chance of rain was forecast. Rosberg's hand clutch was replaced when the one he used in qualifying burned out following his error at Mirabeau corner. After the problems with his car in qualifying, Red Bull changed parts of Vettel's energy recovery system. He did not incur a penalty but was not allowed to use the parts again until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Maldonado was unable to take the start because of a fuel pump failure on the grid. When the race began at 14:00 Central European Summer Time (UTC+2), Rosberg led the field into the first corner with teammate Hamilton in second. Vettel remained in third while Räikkönen moved from sixth to fourth, ahead of Ricciardo and Alonso who had been boxed in by Ricciardo. After hitting Button, Pérez spun leaving Mirabeau corner, and his car's suspension was damaged, and had further contact with Sutil, ending his race. The incident blocked the track and forced drivers to slow to allow them to pass Pérez's stranded car.
The safety car was deployed to allow marshals to move Pérez's car onto the run-off area. Grosjean's tyre was punctured from contact by Sutil and both drivers made pit stops. Swift work from the marshals allowed the safety car to be withdrawn at the end of the third lap and Rosberg led. A mechanical problem stopped Vettel's turbocharger and the rest of the field overtook him. He made a pit stop and emerged among the leaders and complained he was stuck in first gear. Both Mercedes drivers pulled away from the rest of the field, and Hamilton was six-tenths of a second behind Rosberg by being faster. Vettel's turbocharger restarted on lap six but Red Bull instructed him to retire on the following lap. The stewards investigated the first lap incident between Pérez and Button. An exhaust issue forced Kvyat to retire in the pit lane on lap 11.
As drivers struggled to keep heat in their tyres, the time deficit between Rosberg and Hamilton varied but held a larger lead over the rest of the field. Rosberg locked his tyres into Mirabeau corner but avoided driving onto the turn's escape road on lap 18. Soon after, the stewards imposed five-second stop-and-go penalties on Chilton, Ericsson and Gutiérrez for being out of position on the grid. Hamilton began to lap faster than teammate Rosberg before the latter responded by going two-tenths of a second quicker than Hamilton to extend his lead. Ricciardo closed to within 1.1 seconds of Räikkönen by lap 22 by going one second faster than Räikkönen. Cresting a rise leaving the tunnel on lap 24, Sutil's car became light braking from 170 mph (270 km/h), speared into the inside wall, and slid down the escape road at the Novelle chicane. A marshal ducked under the barrier to avoid debris hitting him. Sutil was unhurt but the safety car was deployed for debris removal.
Every driver, except for Massa, elected to make pit stops for new tyres. Hamilton radioed his team on whether he should make a pit stop to which they responded no. He was annoyed, asking why he could not make a pit stop the lap before and fell back from Rosberg to avoid waiting behind his teammate. Vergne was released directly in front of Magnussen, causing him to swerve to prevent contact, prompting the stewards to investigate Vergne. On lap 28, Räikkönen had to make a second pit stop for a punctured tyre after Chilton's front wing hit his left-rear wheel at Mirabeau corner. Ricciardo and Alonso took over third and fourth. The safety car entered the pit lane at the end of lap 30 and racing resumed with Rosberg leading Hamilton. As the race restarted, Magnussen passed Vergne into Rasacasse corner but returned it because he had done it before the second safety car line. Hülkenberg aggressively overtook Magnussen on the inside at Portier corner for seventh.
Räikkönen passed Kobayashi at the Novelle chicane for 12th place on lap 33 but ran wide and gave the position back to Kobayashi. Vergne was imposed a drive-through penalty for his unsafe pit stop release on the following lap and served it four laps later. After Räikkönen passed Kobayashi, Bianchi and Kobayashi made contact three times and Bianchi overtook on the outside at Rasacasse corner for 13th on lap 36. At the front, Rosberg continued to lead Hamilton and the duo pulled away from the rest of the field. Mercedes instructed Rosberg by radio to use longer gears at Sainte Dévote and Casino Square corners as a fuel-saving measure, causing him to defend from Hamilton over the following laps after slowing. Hamilton closed up to Rosberg but was unable to pass his teammate who was faster into the tunnel. Massa made his only pit stop of the race on lap 45 and emerged in 11th place behind Räikkönen but ahead of Bianchi.
While Rosberg was instructed to continue conserving fuel, Hamilton was told by radio that he did not need to do so. Rosberg was reassured that his fuel consumption levels were back on target and began to lap faster than Hamilton. Vergne caught Bianchi and the two made minor contact at the Loews hairpin. Leaving the tunnel, smoke billowed from the rear of Vergne's car but he was able to enter the pit lane and retire on lap 52. Gutiérrez caught Bottas along with, Räikkönen and Massa - who was on new tyres - and Gutiérrez attacked Bottas at the Novelle chicane but Bottas kept eighth by cutting the corner. With smoke billowing from his car on lap 55, Bottas drove to the side of the track at the Loews hairpin to retire. The need for a safety car was avoided when a crane removed his car from the track and yellow flags were waved in the area. Gutiérrez in eighth was on course to score points when he hit the inside guardrail at La Rascasse on lap 59, damaging his car's rear suspension and necessitating his retirement. This promoted Bianchi into tenth, which put him in position to score Marussia's first points in Formula One, but he also had a five-second time penalty for illegally taking his earlier, five-second time penalty under the safety car.
After running closely behind teammate Rosberg and feeling the wind penetrating his visor, Hamilton got some dirt in his left eye on lap 66 and slowed in the circuit's low-speed turns as a result, allowing Ricciardo to close up to him. Hülkenberg had heavily worn rear super soft tyres, and by the 69th lap, was caught by McLaren drivers Button and Magnussen. Bianchi was told that he needed to be five seconds ahead of Grosjean to cancel out the time penalty. Five laps later, Button overtook teammate Magnussen on the main straight for sixth. Räikkönen ran too deep in doing the same on the inside at the Loews hairpin on lap 7, putting himself and Magnussen in the barrier. Both Räikkönen and Magnussen reversed out of the barrier but lost a large amount of time, promoting Bianchi to eighth and Grosjean to ninth. Räikkönen had to make a third pit stop for a new front wing and the super soft tyres.
Rosberg opened the gap to 8.8 seconds, and won the 78-lap race. Hamilton finished second, 9.2 seconds behind and held off the hard-charging Ricciardo at the start/finish line. Alonso took fourth, Hülkenberg fifth and Button sixth. He was followed by Massa in seventh, Grosjean eighth, Bianchi was ninth after his five-second time penalty was applied and Magnussen tenth. Ericsson missed out on scoring Caterham's first points in 11tth, and Räikkönen, Kobayashi and Chilton were the final classified finishers. Rosberg's victory was his second of the season, his second in a row at Monaco, and the fifth of his career. The Mercedes team continued their dominance of the season with their fifth consecutive one-two finish. Rosberg led every lap from pole position but was denied his first career Grand Slam when Räikkönen set the race's fastest lap of 1 minute, 18.479 seconds on lap 75.
At the podium interviews, conducted by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosberg described the day as "very, very special" and praised his car and team. Hamilton said that despite the eye problem it was "a good day" and "really good" Mercedes finished first and second. Ricciardo stated it was "really nice" to stand on the podium in Monaco and third was the best result his team could achieve. In the subsequent press conference, Rosberg said the victory was more "special" because Hamilton had pre-race momentum and was unsurprised he was not called into the pit lane following Sutil's crash. Hamilton said he remained in a particular engine mode and was certain the battle with his teammate Rosberg would continue until later in the season. When asked if Red Bull would have the pace to challenge Mercedes, Ricciardo replied he felt the team closed slightly in Monaco and the circuit favoured the car slightly better than at other tracks.
Bianchi's ninth-place finish earned him and Marussia's first career points since the team entered Formula One as Virgin Racing in 2010. He told Sky Sports F1 that Marussia had been awaiting a long time for the result and was "so proud" for his team: "They did a really good job and I am really happy to give them the result." Marussia team principal John Booth was delighted at Bianchi's overtake on Kobayashi, describing it as "stunning", and despite the five-second time penalty, his team were "absolutely over the moon" with the achievement. Graeme Lowdon, Marussia chief executive officer, was pleased at the sign of progress, saying: "It is tough and I would be lying if I didn't reflect that", and the result was a "direct reward for people who have worked very hard." Alonso said of Bianchi: "I am extremely happy for him, [and] very proud for what this result will mean for his career. I have no doubts it will be a good career, but hopefully with this result he can have a more competitive car next year and show his talents even more." Former driver Allan McNish wrote in his BBC F1 column the result was like "a Grand Prix victory" for Marussia and called it "a deserved reward for their dogged determination and never-say-die attitude." Following Bianchi's July 2015 death from severe head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix, Will Dale of Fox Sports Australia wrote: "Monaco 2014 will be remembered as his day in the sun, the high watermark of a career -- a life -- ended far too soon."
Tensions at Mercedes increased following qualifying in which Hamilton felt Rosberg had deliberately driven off the track in a bid to stop him taking pole position, which strained their relationship. Hamilton refused to accept Rosberg's apology for the incident and the two did not communicate with each other on the podium. Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, upset over the incident, said he disliked the lack of communication between the two drivers on the podium and that he would talk to them before Canada. Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, said the incident between Rosberg and Hamilton would not be allowed to reoccur in the future and that the drivers would be given autonomy as long as they did nothing deceitfully. Hamilton said he had no answer and was surprised on how quickly the situation escalated. After Hamilton spoke with Rosberg, he posted a picture on Twitter with him and Rosberg in their youth to ease anxiety over their relationship, saying: "We've been friends a long time, and as friends we have our ups and downs. "Today we spoke and we're cool, still friends, no problem." FIA race director Charlie Whiting suggested that qualifying be extended by one minute to give drivers affected by yellow flags another attempt at a timed lap to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
The stewards reprimanded Räikkönen for his late race contact with Magnussen but took no action on the first lap incident between Button and Pérez. Magnussen argued that Räikkönen was to blame for the incident, saying that he drove defensively, while Räikkönen admitted following his contact with Chilton earlier in the race, he was willing to attempt aggressive manoeuvres. Pérez blamed Button for his retirement, saying that he did not expect Button to be there because of a lack of space for another car. Button did not comment on the crash. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner opined that Vettel would not allow his frustrations to get the better of him after his turbocharger problem, and said Ricciardo's challenge on Hamilton in the final laps was an indication that the team's approach was correct but noted a realistic overtake was not possible unless there was an error.
The result saw Rosberg retake the Drivers' Championship lead with 122 points, four ahead of Hamilton. Alonso maintained third position on 61 points, while Ricciardo's third-place finish moved him seven points clear of Hülkenberg in fifth. Mercedes's one-two finish further increased their advantage at the top of the Constructors' Championship to 141 points ahead of second-placed Red Bull. Ferrari remained in third place with 78 points. Force India likewise kept fourth and McLaren passed Williams for fifth with thirteen races left in the season.
Drivers who scored championship points are denoted in bold.
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||78||+9.614||3||15|
|5||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||77||+1 Lap||11||10|
|6||22||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||77||+1 Lap||12||8|
|7||19||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||77||+1 Lap||16||6|
|8||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||77||+1 Lap||14||4|
|93||17||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari||77||+1 Lap||21||2|
|10||20||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||77||+1 Lap||8||1|
|11||9||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault||77||+1 Lap||PL|
|12||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||77||+1 Lap||6|
|13||10||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault||75||+3 Laps||20|
|14||4||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||75||+3 Laps||19|
|Ret||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||50||Exhaust||7|
|Ret||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||10||Exhaust||9|
|Ret||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||5||Turbo||4|
|Ret||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||0||Collision||10|
|DNS||13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||0||Fuel pump||15|