After all the hype of the 2013 silly season, the 2014 running of the Brazilian GP delivered- finally!- on the promise of a titanic, inter-team battle of champions between Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Unfortunately, it was a battle for 6th, overall, because there was absolutely no catching the Mercedes-powered cars.
Up front, Lewis Hamilton had a lurid slide off track, gifting the win to Nico Rosberg who was, it must be said, well ahead of the Englishman throughout the weekend practice and qualifying sections. It was a nail-biter of a race, though, with lewis closing the gap, Nico responding, Lewis closing, and- in the end- a crucial win for Rosberg. With this win, Nico closes the points gap with Hamilton to 17, making next weekend’s double-points finale at Abu Dhabi very much a winner-take-all proposition for the two Mercedes drivers.
Behind them, Felipe Massa managed to drag his Mercedes-engined Williams to the 3rd step of the podium in front of a fanatical home crowd. His Brazilian GP was a comedy of errors, with the hometown favorite speeding through pit lane (forcing a 5 sec. penalty) before pulling into the McLaren pit box and wasting valuable seconds. Such is the power advantage of the Mercedes engine, though, that he still managed to make 3rd look easy … and it’s a good thing.
You really get the sense that, had Massa won the race, the rabid Sao Paolo fans would have ripped the track apart in a frenzy.
Behind the Mercedes cars, Sebastian Vettel managed to stay ahead of the tussling Ferrari boys- and, for those of you wondering, Alonso took 6th from Kimi, relegating the Finn to 7th. Here’s how the 2014 Brazilian GP played out for everyone else.
|FORMULA 1 2014: BRAZILIAN GP RESULTS – FINAL|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||5|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||8|
|26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||11|
|25||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||13|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India||15|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||Ret.|
Source | Images: Motorsport.