2014 Malaysian Grand Prix grid

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2014

Row 1 1. Lewis Hamilton 1’59.431
2. Sebastian Vettel 1’59.486
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Nico Rosberg 2’00.050
4. Fernando Alonso 2’00.175
Row 3 5. Daniel Ricciardo 2’00.541
Red Bull
6. Kimi Raikkonen 2’01.218
Row 4 7. Nico Hulkenberg 2’01.712
Force India
8. Kevin Magnussen 2’02.213
Row 5 9. Jean-Eric Vergne 2’03.078
Toro Rosso
10. Jenson Button 2’04.053
Row 6 11. Daniil Kvyat 2’02.351
Toro Rosso
12. Esteban Gutierrez 2’02.369
Row 7 13. Felipe Massa 2’02.460
14. Sergio Perez 2’02.511
Force India
Row 8 15. Romain Grosjean 2’02.885
16. Pastor Maldonado 2’02.074
Row 9 17. Adrian Sutil 2’02.131
18. Valtteri Bottas* 2’02.756
Row 10 19. Jules Bianchi 2’02.702
20. Kamui Kobayashi 2’03.595
Row 11 21. Max Chilton 2’04.388
22. Marcus Ericsson 2’04.407

*Three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo

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69 comments on 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix grid

  1. Bazza Spock (@bazza-spock) said on 29th March 2014, 10:28

    Almost felt painful to watch – it looked so hard to drive. I’m loving it! And Hulk continues to punch above his weight.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 29th March 2014, 10:35

      What exactly does Hulkenberg have to do to get a decent seat? Thank god he’s not at Lotus though I guess.

    • Rahul Sampath (@rahulsampath) said on 29th March 2014, 12:40

      I don’t think, hulk is punching above his weight or anything, I think Force India’s car is quite good in wet conditions..Being a FI fan, I have been closely observing Hulk’s and Perez’s time. If Perez hadn’t made a mistake in the last sector, he would have finished above or somewhere near Hulk. His sector times in his second last lap were: S1-29.342, S2-43.342 which were pretty decent. As his time was having improvement in those two sectors and assuming he would have at least matched his best sector time during Q2 (which is 47.586), his lap time would have been 2’02.431 which is better than Hulk. Lets say he had lost .6 sec on that sector, still he would have finished above Kev and got into Q3.

  2. Lance (@lancelot) said on 29th March 2014, 10:36

    That’s why Hamilton and Vettel are the tops. Though Red Bull is clearly inferior to Mercedes. I don’t believe Red Bulls would be as close on the dry track.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 29th March 2014, 10:46

      The Red Bull is inferior to Mercedes in terms of power that’s clear, but it seems that the chassis designed by Adrian Newey is the class of the field (sorry Aldo!!!), sector times proves it, in the Australian GP RBR was fastest as always in the last sector and i’m pretty confident that Seb time in sector 2 in Q3 is the fastest. In these tilkedromes where traction is everything Red Bull “faceva scuola” (in italian) which demonstrates how good their chassis is. Still a very good performance by Vettel in the rain and by a considerable margin over Roseberg giving the fact that even if RBR are second fastest he should have been third anyway.

      • Eric (@) said on 29th March 2014, 10:57


        The Red Bulls and Mercedes were trading fastest S2 times all throughout the session. The Red Bull is probably the fastest in terms of aero but I doubt the Mercedes are far behind in that department. And from what Brundle was saying while watching the cars go through some of the high speed corners the Ferrari isn’t too far behind either.

        • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 29th March 2014, 11:40

          I agree with you Ferrari themselves said that the car has downforce and is good on slow corners but it needs more top speed, Ferrari seems to be let down by the power, their solution to use the MGU-H for the downshifting to save fuel is still immature because it requires a lot from the electronics, this week a new power steering upgrade was deployed on Kimi’s car, a new software update and a new more aggressive fuel by Shell are brought

      • Lewisiabamf (@lewisisabamf) said on 29th March 2014, 13:15

        Correct me if i am wrong but i am sure i saw somewhere that Lewis has faster than seb in s1 and 2 but had a bad s3 compared to Sebastian.

  3. N C (@nickilism) said on 29th March 2014, 10:37

    Ultimate gap between Massa and Perez is .00510000000000001 seconds! ;)

  4. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 29th March 2014, 10:44

    Seems a great battle between Ferrari and Redbull is awaiting us. Merc will probably be a bit too quick.

  5. Loup Garou (@loup-garou) said on 29th March 2014, 11:04

    Even at its strongest, the Red Bull was never as dominant over the rest of the grid as the Mercedes is right now, at least in the dry. The Mercs are easily a second quicker than the RB10s in the straight but I cannot see many people complaining about that disproportion as they did when Vettel was winning.

  6. Yud (@yud77) said on 29th March 2014, 11:08


  7. Great runs by Lewis, Seb, Nico H, Esteban, Jules and Romain today!

  8. William (@william) said on 29th March 2014, 12:18

    Bottas has a 3 grid place penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying

  9. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 29th March 2014, 17:57

    I thought there was a new rule that any driver who was unable to serve a grid penalty (such as Gutierrez in Australia, who only served 2 places of his 5-place drop) had to serve the rest at the following race? I notice that Gutierrez hasn’t received any penalty – did the FIA get rid of this rule?

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