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2014 Canadian Grand Prix
Race 7 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Layout of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Race details
Date 8 June 2014
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014[1]
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec Canada
Course Street circuit
Course length 4.361 km (2.710 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 305.270 km (189.700 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:14.874
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes
Time 1:18.504 on lap 58
Podium
First Red Bull-Renault
Second Mercedes
Third Red Bull-Renault

The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014) was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, on 8 June. It was the seventh race of the 2014 Formula One World Championship and the 45th time the event formed part of the series. The 70-lap race was won by Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo from a sixth position start. Nico Rosberg finished in second position for Mercedes and Ricciardo's teammate Sebastian Vettel took third.

Rosberg took the pole position by setting the fastest lap in qualifying. He held off his teammate Lewis Hamilton to lead the field into the first corner. The race was neutralised with the safety car on the same lap due to a crash between Marussia teammates Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi. Rosberg retained the lead for the lap eight restart and he maintained it until his first pit stop on the 17th lap. Rosberg retook it from his teammate Hamilton on lap 19 until kinetic motor–generator unit failures slowed both Mercedes from lap 35. He retained it by responding to the pace of Force India's Sergio Pérez as a preventive measure to stop Pérez using his drag reduction system. Ricciardo overtook Pérez for second on lap 66, and Rosberg two laps later, maintaining the lead for the rest of the race to secure the first victory of his career.

The result increased Rosberg's lead in the Drivers' Championship to 22 points over his teammate Hamilton who retired with overheating rear brakes. Ricciardo's victory advanced him to third, demoting Fernando Alonso of Ferrari to fourth and Vettel was elevated to fifth. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes maintained its lead over Red Bull in second. Ferrari, McLaren and Force India all maintained third to fifth positions with twelve races left in the season.

Background[edit]

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (pictured in 2018), where the race was held.

The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix was the seventh of nineteen scheduled single seater races of the 2014 Formula One World Championship,[2] and the 45th running of the event as part of the series.[3] It was held at the 14-turn 4.361 km (2.710 mi) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec on 8 June.[2] Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the yellow-banded soft "prime" compound and the red-banded supersoft "option" compound tyres to the race.[4] The drag reduction system (DRS) had two activation zones for the race: one was on the Casino Straight linking turns 11 and 12 and the second was on the straight between the final and first corners.[5] After the 2013 round, gravel to the left of the L'Epingle hairpin and turn 13 was replaced by an asphalt surface. A barrier to the left of turn 13 was moved further back and its debris fence updated. New guardrail posts were built so that there was no space more than 2 m (6.6 ft).[2]

After winning the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks earlier, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led the Drivers' Championship with 122 points, four ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton in second. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was in third with 61 points, and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was seven points behind him in the battle for the position. Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top five with 47 points.[6] In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes led with 240 points, and Red Bull were second with 99 points. Ferrari (78 points) and Force India (67 points) contended for the third position and McLaren completed the top five with 52 points.[6]

Alexander Rossi (pictured in 2013) drove for Caterham for the first time in 2014 during the first practice session.

Rosberg regained the Drivers' Championship lead with a win at Monaco; his relationship with Hamilton diminished after the latter suspected Rosberg had wilfully went off the track in qualifying to prevent him taking pole position. Both drivers later spoke to each other four days before the event and Hamilton declared their relationship restored.[7] Rosberg acknowledged contact between him and Hamilton would harm his team's interests and was un-surprised tensions emerged early in the season, "We're fighting every single race weekend, it's me against him and there's nobody else. So that definitely makes it more difficult and there's more at stake. There is the opportunity of winning the championship this year - that is the ultimate goal in racing - so there's a lot at stake."[8] Hamilton had won in Canada three times (in 2007, 2010 and 2012) and said that the track's long straights would help Mercedes, "We have a very good power curve on our engine, Mercedes have done the best job with the engines. Renault and Ferrari would have to have done an exceptional job coming into this weekend, in terms of that area, to be able to keep up with us on the straights."[3]

There was one change of driver for the first practice session. GP2 Series participant and Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi drove the CT05 in lieu of Kamui Kobayashi for the first time in the 2014 season.[9] In technical developments, Mercedes installed fins and turning vanes to the F1 W05 Hybrid's front wishbone on its lower front suspension and the rear section of its frontal brake ducts for better airflow and less drag to the inside of the front wheel.[10] Toro Rosso manufactured new exhaust systems for their two STR9s following the development of fractures from possible overheating that led to their retirements in Monaco.[11] Williams mounted a duct over the top of its brake discs to divert airflow from the main duct to the outside of the caliper.[12] Ferrari tested a tighter-mounted engine cover that went to the inside of the rear tyres and featured longer sidepods to better cool the F14 T and removed downforce.[13] During practice, McLaren used a rear suspension element to improve the diffuser's performance. It replaced some downforce lost with the lower rear wing's removal and added drag.[14]

Practice[edit]

Esteban Gutiérrez missed qualifying after crashing in the third practice session.

Per the regulations for the 2014 season, three practice sessions were held, two 90-minute sessions on Friday and another 60-minute session on Saturday.[15] In the first practice session, which was held under heavy cloud cover that threatened a heavy rain shower, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was fastest with a benchmark lap of 1 minute and 17.238 seconds, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg. The Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Ricciardo were fourth and sixth; they were separated by Valtteri Bottas' Williams. Jenson Button, his McLaren teammate Kevin Magnussen, the second Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne rounded out the session's top ten drivers.[16] During the session, where several drivers went off the circuit because of a low amount of grip from not getting the optimum tyre temperature,[17] Jules Bianchi damaged the right-front track rod on his Marussia from contact against a wall at the exit of turn four. Hülkenberg spun by putting one of his car's wheels in the grass at the turn eight chicane.[16][17]

After the session, Ricciardo was summoned to the steward's office and was reprimanded for the first time in the season because he was judged to have passed Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado in "a manner that was potentially dangerous to others in the pit lane" at the conclusion of practice.[18] Hamilton recorded the day's fastest lap with a time of 1 minute and 16.118 seconds in the second practice session. His teammate Rosberg was second and Vettel third. The two Ferrari cars of Räikkönen and Alonso were fourth and fifth, Felipe Massa came sixth for Williams and his teammate Bottas was seventh. Mangussen, Button and Vergne followed in the top ten. Several drivers again ran off the circuit during the session. Bianchi was restricted to three out-laps because of an engine problem that led to an overnight change of engine.[19]

In the third practice session, held in warm weather conditions,[20] Hamilton used the soft compound tyres to record the fastest time of 1 minute and 15.610 seconds. Massa was faster than on Friday and was second, ahead of the second Mercedes of Rosberg in third. Alonso was fourth and his teammate Räikkönen sixth; Ricciardo separated the two in fifth. Bottas, Daniil Kvyat, Vergne and Vettel were in positions six to ten.[21] The session was red flagged after 15 minutes after Esteban Gutiérrez lost control of the rear of his Sauber under braking through the turn three and four chicane, and clattered into an outside barrier at its exit, causing extensive damage to his car's left-rear corner.[20][22] Sauber discovered the front of Gutiérrez's car was too heavily damaged and he missed the qualifying session because the team's spare chassis had to be constructed for the race on Sunday.[23]

Qualifying[edit]

Nico Rosberg secured the seventh pole position of his career.

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was divided into three parts. The first part ran for 18 minutes, eliminating cars that finished the session 17th or below. The 107% rule was in effect, requiring drivers to reach a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify. The second session lasted 15 minutes, eliminating cars that finished 11th to 16th. The final session 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.[15] The weather conditions were sunny and hot with the asphalt temperature at 47 °C (117 °F).[24] Rosberg paced the third session to take his second consecutive pole position, his third of the season, and the seventh of his career with a time of 1 minute and 14.874 seconds.[25] He was joined on the grid's front row by his teammate Hamilton who was 0.079 seconds slower after driver errors at turns six and eight and slower traffic delayed him.[26] Vettel adjusted his driving style to take more risks and qualified third.[27] Bottas in the faster Williams car could not improve his best time due to traffic that compromised his front tyre warming, restricting him to fourth.[28] His teammate Massa had a fluctuating front-left brake temperature problem that locked his front wheel at turn one and he qualified fifth.[29] Sixth-placed Ricciardo lost time by going too quickly on the super soft compound tyre.[27]

The Ferrari cars of Alonso and Räikkönen lacked grip and took seventh and tenth; they were separated by Vergne and Button after the latter altered his car's balance.[30] Hülkenberg was the fastest driver not to qualify in the top ten; his fastest time of 1 minute and 16.300 seconds was 1.246 seconds slower than Hamilton in the second session. He was joined by Magnussen in 12th and the second Force India of Sergio Pérez in 13th.[31] Romain Grosjean could not better his lap because he crossed the start/finish line one second after the second session ended and he began from 14th. Brake and handling difficulties left Kvyat in 15th position.[31] Sauber's Adrian Sutil used two sets of super soft compound tyres in the first session and set one timed lap in the second session to qualify 16th.[26] Maldonado failed to advance beyond the first session as a turbocharger intake problem prompted his engineer to ask the former to stop his car at the exit of turn three and was prevented from improving his lap on his final attempt.[30][32] 18th-placed Max Chilton relied on a lap he established on his first attempt because of separate incidents in the first session. His teammate Bianchi in 19th could not emerge on track for a second try because his car failed to start.[26] Kobayashi's balance on his Caterham was improved and went faster on his final attempt to take 20th;[30] Marcus Ericsson in the second Caterham took 21st and caused a stoppage in the first session with a crash at the exit of the turn eight and nine chicane with 16 seconds remaining.[26]

Post-qualifying[edit]

The stewards gave Maldonado his first reprimand of the season because he failed to reattach his steering wheel after vacating his car as required by the Formula One Sporting Regulations at the exit of turn three.[32] Gutiérrez was allowed to start the race by the stewards who judged him capable to compete at a sufficient pace based on his free practice times.[33] He was later ordered to begin from the pit lane because Sauber changed the gearbox and the survival cell of his car as a result of his third practice accident. Kobayashi incurred a five-place grid penalty for changing his car's gearbox.[34]

Qualifying classification[edit]

The fastest lap in each of the three sessions is denoted in bold and the winner of pole position is indicated by a double-dagger.

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.471 1:15.289 1:14.874 1double-dagger
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.750 1.15.054 1:14.953 2
3 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.470 1:16.109 1:15.548 3
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:16.772 1:15.806 1:15.550 4
5 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:16.666 1:15.773 1:15.578 5
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.113 1:15.897 1:15.589 6
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:17.010 1:16.131 1:15.814 7
8 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:17.178 1:16.255 1:16.162 8
9 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.631 1:16.214 1:16.182 9
10 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.013 1:16.245 1:16.214 10
11 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:16.897 1:16.300 11
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.446 1:16.310 12
13 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:18.235 1:16.472 13
14 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:17.732 1:16.687 14
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:16.938 1:16.713 15
16 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.519 1:17.314 16
17 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:18.328 17
18 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:18.348 18
19 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:18.359 19
20 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:19.278 211
21 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:19.820 20
107% time: 1:21.052
NC2 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari No time2 PL3
Source:[31]
Notes
  • ^1  — Kamui Kobayashi was given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[34]
  • ^2  — Esteban Gutiérrez did not take part in qualifying because his team was unable to repair damage sustained to his car during the third practice session in time.[23] He was allowed to start the race on the stewards' discretion, who deemed him capable of lapping with the 107% limit based on his free practice times.[33]
  • ^3  — Gutiérrez was further penalised with a pit lane start because his car's gearbox and a survival cell were changed as a result of his accident during free practice.[34]

Race[edit]

Weather conditions at the start were hot and clear. The air temperature was between 27 to 28 °C (81 to 82 °F) and the track temperature ranged from 44 to 49 °C (111 to 120 °F);[4][35] forecasts expected the weather to remain consistent.[36] All drivers in the top ten began on the soft compound tyres.[37] When the race commenced from its standing start at 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00),[2] Hamilton made a faster getaway than his teammate Rosberg. The latter locked his brakes entering the first corner and drifted wide in front of Hamilton as he fended off the former to the right.[37] That put Hamilton onto some grass and allowed Vettel into second.[38][39] At the entry to turn three, Chilton lost control of the rear of his Marussia,[37] and oversteered into the side of his teammate Bianchi's car.[40] Bianchi was launched airborne as his and Chilton's wheels interlocked. He spun into a right-hand side barrier beside the track.[41] Bianchi was unhurt and he and Chilton retired. The accident prompted the safety car's deployment since track marshals were needed to clear oil and debris laid on the circuit.[37]

Max Chilton (pictured in 2013) retired in a first-lap accident with his teammate Jules Bianchi.

The field conserved fuel under the safety car,[41] which was withdrawn at the end of lap seven.[40] Rosberg immediately pulled away from Vettel whose Red Bull car was slower by about 10 km/h (6.2 mph) on the straights and Hamilton pressured him.[41] On lap eight, Pérez passed Button on the approach to the turn 13 and 14 chicane for tenth.[38] That lap, a turbocharger connector pipe failure on Ericsson's car prompted his retirement in the pit lane to prevent engine damage.[42] Kvyat oversteered and spun at turn one from 15th on the tenth lap; he fell to the rear of the field.[37][40] On the same lap, Hamilton achieved a fast exit out of the L'Epingle hairpin and used DRS to pass Vettel into the turn 13 and 14 chicane to retake second.[38] Sixth-placed Ricciardo was delayed by the Williams pair of Bottas and Massa, whom he was unable to pass due to being slower on the straights. Behind him, Vergne later delayed the Ferrari pair of Alonso and Räikkönen, Pérez and Button. Pérez's super soft compound tyres began degrading by around laps 13 and 14. Ricciardo made a pit stop at the conclusion of lap 13 in an attempt by Red Bull to move past both of the Williams drivers.[41]

Williams responded by calling Bottas into the pit lane for the soft compound tyres on the next lap and same was undertaken with his teammate Massa on the 15th lap.[39][41] A faulty front-left wheel gun failure dropped Massa to 13th.[38] Vettel was about five seconds behind Hamilton by his own pit stop on the lap for the soft compound tyres. On the 16th lap, Alonso made a pit stop and his speed advantage moved him past Vergne.[41] Rosberg was more than two seconds ahead of Hamilton when he entered the pit lane one lap later. He clipped a kerb on the inside of turn four and lost control at the rear; he narrowly avoided contact with a barrier and continued.[38][40] Hamilton took the lead on lap 18 and he maintained it before his own pit stop.[37] Afterwards, Rosberg led with Hamilton second and the yet-to-stop Force India cars of Pérez and Hülkenberg third and fourth. Vettel's slower pace enabled Bottas and Ricciardo to draw closer.[41] On the 21st lap, Kvyat illegally drove across the turn 13 and 14 run-off area to avoid an overtake by Räikkönen.[38] Maldonado retired with a loss of engine power on the following lap.[42]

Lewis Hamilton (pictured in 2014) retired with overheating brakes after 47 laps.

During the 23rd lap, a loss of rear car control put Vettel wide during an attempted DRS.[41] On lap 24, a rear suspension failure caused Kobayashi to retire at the exit of Virage Senna turn.[42] As Hamilton slipstreamed Rosberg on the Casino Straight a lap later, his teammate locked his tyres by braking too late and cut the turn 13 and 14 chicane.[41] The stewards investigated Rosberg; he was not penalised and Hamilpass on Hülkenberg for fourth at the L'Epingle hairpin.[38][40] Hamilton drew closer to his teammate Rosberg. He was less than a second behind by the same lap and could use ton's race engineer Peter Bonnington advised him to be conservative.[4][37] Further down the field, Massa passed Alonso on the outside through the first turn and Virage Senna for eighth on the 27th lap.[38][41] In the meantime, Button overtook Kvyat around the outside at the L'Epingle hairpin for 12th and Vettel held off Bottas at the turn 13 and 14 chicane.[37] Better tyre management prompted Force India to extend third-placed Pérez's stint on the super soft compound tyres to lap 34. He rejoined on the soft compound tyres in 11th.[38]

Hamilton caught his teammate Rosberg (who used 2 kg (4.4 lb) more fuel), who repelled the former's repeated attempts to pass.[38] Mercedes observed warm temperatures on both car's engine control systems on the kinetic motor–generator units; Rosberg's shut down on the approach to the L'Epingle hairpin on lap 36 and Hamilton's failed in turn seven on the next lap,[4] losing the engines 160 hp (120 kW) and tightened their steering ability.[43] That lowered the two car's top speed on the straights by 32 km/h (20 mph) and were four seconds a lap slower than before after instructions to restart the engine control systems were unsuccessful. Bottas entered the pit lane from fifth on lap 35 in Williams' attempt to pass Vettel and Red Bull responded by bringing Vettel in on the next lap. A slow in-lap by Vettel put him behind his teammate Ricciardo, Bottas and both Force India cars. Hülkenberg made his pit stop on lap 41 and Williams put the third-placed Massa on a one-stop strategy due to Mercedes' reduced pace. Rosberg entered the pit lane at the end of lap 43 and a delay with the installation of the left-front tyre elevated Hamilton to the lead.[41][44]

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured in 2015) took his maiden career victory and the first for an Australian since Mark Webber in 2012.

Hamilton's time in his pit stall overheated his rear brake discs and he ran wide at the L'Epingle hairpin on lap 46. That encouraged Rosberg to draw alongside and took second from his teammate.[41] Hamilton then slipstreamed back past on the left with DRS; he ran onto the turn 13 and 14 chicane run-off area and relinquished second place to Rosberg.[39] He ran off the track twice more and slowed before he was retired in the pit lane on lap 47.[37] In the meantime, Massa led for two laps before an increase in tyre wear prompted Williams to revert to a two-stop strategy; he entered the pit lane at the end of the 47th lap.[41] Rosberg retook the lead on the following lap.[37] Mercedes told him to increase his pace in the first sector to prevent Pérez from using DRS on the Casino Straight.[41] On lap 48, Kvyat retired with a drive shaft fault.[42] Bottas' tyres were 12 laps older than those on his teammate Massa's car. Williams invoked team orders to allow Massa past Bottas and mount a challenge to Hülkenberg in fifth.[41] Bottas locked his heavily flat-spotted tyres at the L'Epingle hairpin in an attempt to overtake Hülkenberg and Massa passed him on the right on lap 57.[38][39]

Massa immediately got ahead of Hülkenberg for fifth before entering the turn 13 and 14 chicane on that lap.[38] He then the race's fastest lap on the following lap, at 1 minute and 18.504 seconds,[4] as he drew closer to Vettel and Ricciardo, whom Pérez delayed.[41] On lap 60, Alonso on the inside overtook Bottas for seventh between turn one and Virage Senna.[39] Bottas lost eighth to Button soon after.[37] Grosjean retired with a broken rear wing on the following lap.[40][42] On lap 64, Vettel narrowly avoided ramming into the rear of his teammate Ricciardo under braking for the L'Epingle hairpin. Vettel ran wide to avoid contact, which allowed Massa to turn onto the inside line as Vettel jerked in turn 11. Massa gained on Vettel on the Casino Straight; he did not pass him because he forgot to deploy his DRS. In the meantime, Pérez in second had rear brake problems and Ricciardo challenged him.[41] On the 66th lap, Ricciardo used DRS, and steered right to pass Pérez for second on the approach to turn one, before he drove onto the grass and maintained the left at Virage Senna corner. That caused Vettel to nearly hit Pérez's car in the subsequent concertina effect.[37][41]

Gutiérrez retired with an energy storage system failure on the 67th lap.[37][42] Ricciardo lowered Rosberg's lead to seven-tenths of a second over the next two laps.[38] On the approach to the turn 13 and 14 chicane on lap 68, Ricciardo used DRS to pass Rosberg for the lead.[39] On the next lap, Pérez went off the racing line and Vettel found space to overtake him for third at the end of the Casino Straight.[37][39][40] Pérez was slower on the start/finish straight from having an untidy exit out of the final corner. He went slightly to his left as Massa steered left in anticipation of holding the former to the right entering the first turn and braked 10 m (33 ft) earlier than on the lap before.[41] In doing so, Massa's front right tyre and the back of Pérez's left-rear wheel collided, which caused both drivers to career out of control.[37] Pérez rammed into a barrier to his right at 32 g0 (310 m/s2),[45] as Massa narrowly avoided collecting Vettel en route into the right-hand side tyre barrier and sustained an impact of 27 g0 (260 m/s2).[46] The safety car was deployed to neutralise the race and Ricciardo took his first career victory, the first for an Australian since Mark Webber at the 2012 British Grand Prix.[38] Rosberg finished second and Vettel third. Off the podium, Button, Hülkenberg, Alonso, Bottas, Vergne, Magnussen, Räikkönen, Pérez, Massa, Sutil and Guttiérrez were the final finishers.[38]

Post-race[edit]

At the podium interviews, conducted the 1995 winner of the race Jean Alesi, Ricciardo said he was in shock over his first career win, "This is ridiculous! Lots of Aussie flags, that’s nice. It’s just an amazing feeling right now, I’m really grateful for this. Thanks everyone."[47] Rosberg stated he had no knowledge of his surroundings as he was too focused on his horsepower disadvantage. His compatriot Vettel congratulated his teammate Ricciardo on winning and commended Red Bull's effort.[47] In the subsequent press conference, Ricciardo said he believed that more confidence and familiarity with the Formula One community helped him to win the Grand Prix.[47] Rosberg revealed he had to cool his brakes after his kinetic motor–generator unit failed, "It was a very, very difficult day out there today and then to come home second – and I didn’t even know that I was second, I only found out afterwards – so that was positive."[47] Vettel said he felt Red Bull had been fortunate after overcoming several inter-team issues during pre-season testing and finishing the race ahead of both the Mercedes, "I think that’s a very, very positive day for us."[47]

Sergio Pérez (pictured in 2016) was given a five-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix because he was deemed to have caused an accident with Felipe Massa on the final lap.

Pérez and Massa were unhurt; they were transported to the circuit's medical centre before being airlifted to the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal for a pre-cautionary check-up because their crashes registered enough of a G-force to activate their car's medical alarm.[48][49] The collision was referred to the stewards and Pérez incurred a five place grid penalty for the season's next race in Austria because they deemed him to have made an illegal manoeuvre that caused the crash.[49] At the medical centre, Massa told Pérez of his disappointment with his driving and added he "needs to learn".[46] He criticised the stewards' penalty because of the severity of the accident that nearly saw him collect Vettel. Pérez said he maintained the same line and braking patterns prior to the crash,

"There was plenty of space on the left of my car to attempt a clean overtake, and I cannot understand why he had to scrape by. I watched several replays of the incident and I can’t help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me. I can only think he must have changed his mind and wanted to rejoin the racing line. His misjudgment cost us a big amount of points.”[46]

Force India team manager Andy Stevenson suspected a conspiracy against the team as one of the stewards was Pérez's former manager and IndyCar Series driver Adrián Fernández, who acrimoniously ended his partnership with Pérez in 2012. FIA Race Director and Permanent Starter Charlie Whiting dismissed the idea of a conspiracy as "nonsense". He commented Fernández would serve as the driver representative at the Russian Grand Prix.[45] On 20 June, the stewards convened a meeting to review driver testimony and telemetry.from Force India.The FIA upheld the stewards' decision by reiterating their view Pérez had illegally changed his direction entering turn one.[50]

The stewards also reviewed the accident between Marussia teammates Chilton and Bianchi on the first lap. Chilton incurred a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix for being deemed at fault for the accident.[51] Chilton said he believed Bianchi caused the crash by braking later than him on the outside and argued for the release additional television footage to prove if his teammate was responsible. Bianchi stated his belief he did not brake too late and felt he provided Chilton with adequate space to drive past.[51] Both drivers spoke to each other on the morning of 19 June and they agreed to move on from the crash.[52]

Rosberg, who drove onto the turn 13 and 14 chicane run-off area on lap 25, stated his belief the regulations concerning minor driver errors needed to be clarified to lower the stewards' work load, "It is worth discussing, because it going to the stewards is a bit strange. It is something that we all agreed among ourselves, and especially that the first time you can maybe get a warning, but you cannot do it three times in a row."[53] Sky Sports F1 pundits Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundle believed Rosberg was fortunate he did not receive a penalty. Their colleague Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, agreed a warning was justified.[54]

Rosberg left Canada with an increased lead of 22 points over his teammate Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship. Ricciardo's victory elevated him to third. Alonso's seventh-place finish dropped him to fourth. Vettel rounded out the top five.[6] In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes maintained its lead with 258 points. Red Bull remained in second with 139 points. Ferrari moved a further point clear of Force India in the battle for third place as McLaren drew closer to Force India by four points with twelve races remaining in the season.[6] After his retirement from the race, Hamilton admitted he required a form similar to his four wins in a row earlier in the season to retake the lead in the Drivers' Championship, "It is going to take a lot, four wins. I just can’t believe that my car stops and the other doesn’t. Two DNFs is not easy but I have caught up before and I will catch up again."[55]

Race classification[edit]

Drivers who scored championship points are denoted in bold and by a double-dagger.

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 1:39:12.830 6 25double-dagger
2 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +4.236 1 18double-dagger
3 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 +5.247 3 15double-dagger
4 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 70 +11.755 9 12double-dagger
5 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 70 +12.843 11 10double-dagger
6 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +14.869 7 8double-dagger
7 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 70 +23.578 4 6double-dagger
8 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 70 +28.026 8 4double-dagger
9 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +29.254 12 2double-dagger
10 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +53.678 10 1double-dagger
114 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 69 Collision 13
124 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 69 Collision 5
13 99 Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 16
144 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 64 Power unit PL
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 59 Rear wing 14
Ret 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 47 Driveshaft 15
Ret 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 46 Brakes 2
Ret 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 23 Suspension 21
Ret 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 21 Power unit 17
Ret 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 7 Oil leak 20
Ret 4 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 0 Collision 18
Ret 17 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 0 Collision 19
Source:[56]
Notes
  • ^4  — Sergio Pérez, Felipe Massa and Esteban Gutiérrez did not finish the race but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.[56]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

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