2014 Bahrain Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

F1F CSIn the first two races of the season Mercedes were far enough ahead of their rivals that they didn’t need to reveal the full capabilities of their car.

But the circumstances of the late-race Safety Car period in Bahrain meant the team had to show their hand. Once the race resumed Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg scorched away from their pursuers at over two-and-a-half seconds per lap.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014In Melbourne they set the fastest lap by less than a tenth of a second but it looked like they were as much as a full second quicker. In Sepang they realised that advantage.

But in Bahrain no one else lapped within 1.7 seconds of the Mercedes. That’s the kind of performance advantage we haven’t seen in a long time. If they were capable of sustaining that over a race distance they could have lapped the field.

Bahrain Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2014drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57
Nico Rosberg 103.487 100.938 100.566 100.872 100.978 100.985 100.888 100.823 100.989 100.994 101.306 101.336 101.398 101.851 101.671 101.494 101.455 102.587 103.965 101.442 104.439 121.019 99.886 100.178 100.227 100.367 100.285 100.325 100.443 100.262 100.412 100.487 100.17 100.367 100.288 100.536 100.356 100.446 100.12 100.535 107.842 152.295 146.05 153.717 141.868 141.446 98.104 97.808 97.02 97.374 97.808 99.494 99.526 98.125 97.898 97.822 98.458
Lewis Hamilton 102.467 100.928 100.627 100.544 100.78 101.025 100.839 100.945 100.842 101.182 101.174 101.377 101.421 101.751 102.002 101.775 101.802 102.621 106.545 119.311 99.765 99.666 100.357 99.743 99.809 100.042 100.045 100.098 100.25 100.141 100.176 99.793 100.25 99.93 99.915 100.267 100.185 100.341 100.12 100.796 103.783 164.955 145.687 153.582 142.046 142.278 98.037 97.306 97.108 97.656 97.855 99.481 99.277 97.941 97.923 97.794 98.387
Valtteri Bottas 106.24 101.493 101.676 101.538 101.738 102.197 102.543 102.847 102.835 108.066 121.274 100.421 101.039 100.831 101.984 101.172 101.256 100.679 101.138 101.32 101.145 101.409 101.611 101.918 105.469 121.154 100.343 100.035 100.323 100.03 102.82 101.713 101.598 100.653 101.014 101.347 100.713 100.569 100.759 103.949 140.344 122.601 112.206 143.091 141.455 137.76 101.287 100.394 100.001 99.762 100.221 101.187 100.096 100.578 100.773 101.294 100.71
Sergio Perez 105.657 101.131 101.549 101.512 101.43 102.072 102.452 102.255 102.432 102.61 102.789 103.598 103.53 103.018 102.953 106.155 121.025 100.186 100.292 100.105 100.4 100.582 100.734 101.548 102.253 102.401 101.915 101.796 101.321 101.138 101.203 101.491 101.448 104.586 119.773 99.32 99.597 99.894 99.82 100.484 118.32 125.145 118.486 152.962 140.454 141.864 100.741 100.06 99.8 99.809 100.035 100.112 100.032 99.927 100.097 100.166 100.345
Kimi Raikkonen 108.461 102.267 102.272 102.249 102.105 102.285 102.681 102.965 102.733 103.061 103.203 103.171 106.504 121.948 100.145 101.788 100.982 102.383 101.613 101.333 101.977 101.123 101.21 102.551 102.682 102.059 102.249 102.18 102.654 101.974 102.246 104.443 106.576 121.554 99.438 99.836 101.545 101.748 100.913 100.509 122.12 140.885 115.925 118.875 141.769 136.286 101.22 101.296 101.366 101.273 100.038 100.001 99.881 100.148 100.004 100.559 100.943
Jenson Button 106.612 101.953 101.754 101.585 101.797 102.017 102.371 102.677 102.752 102.6 102.569 103.2 103.402 103.482 103.507 103.846 105.97 120.999 100.69 100.614 100.689 101.063 101.023 101.124 100.91 101.71 100.767 101.38 101.275 101.242 101.08 101.336 101.408 101.518 104.279 120.104 99.565 100.035 99.97 100.569 118.573 123.447 115.919 152.57 140.098 140.524 102.323 102.354 101.175 101.766 101.73 100.709 100.131 100.27 140.85
Felipe Massa 104.407 101.241 101.384 101.507 101.902 102.071 102.334 102.322 102.446 102.653 103.089 105.072 106.713 120.788 100.86 101.191 101.074 100.656 100.643 101.018 100.81 101.159 101.673 101.827 102.668 102.477 102.118 106.906 120.775 99.665 100.211 99.857 100.118 100.695 100.471 100.845 100.41 103.376 119.057 99.272 119.661 123.726 114.117 143.308 141.023 138.299 101.248 99.897 100.04 100.136 100.384 100.891 100.367 100.513 100.54 101.527 100.57
Kevin Magnussen 109.266 102.533 102.391 102.465 102.213 102.475 103.052 103.017 103.376 103.378 104.985 104.676 104.501 107.608 122.298 101.624 101.527 101.543 101.387 101.003 100.774 100.954 101.391 102.31 104.566 120.521 100.298 100.578 100.757 101.115 100.806 101.013 102.322 101.075 101.329 102.589 102.019 104.917 120.414 100.108
Fernando Alonso 107.396 102.061 101.917 101.994 103.054 102.533 102.639 102.328 102.667 103.047 102.879 105.825 121.597 100.599 100.655 101.283 101.5 101.565 102.78 101.719 101.356 101.478 101.824 101.916 101.949 102.017 102.444 104.754 120.203 99.923 100.326 100.368 100.503 100.602 100.96 100.951 100.99 100.608 101.084 100.736 121.327 142.95 108.283 142.407 141.656 137.185 101.28 101.531 101.188 100.006 99.76 99.875 99.732 100.762 100.553 101.125 100.688
Sebastian Vettel 108.847 102.34 102.498 102.353 102.127 102.234 102.594 102.777 102.991 103.008 103.059 103.212 103.45 103.183 104.129 106.407 120.896 99.312 101.006 99.952 100.225 101.078 101.336 101.783 101.27 101.242 101.103 101.619 101.198 101.853 102.057 102.205 102.931 105.842 123.224 100.264 99.866 99.815 99.949 99.784 119.026 123.421 112.832 146.529 140.413 139.844 100.817 99.858 100.289 100.406 100.563 100.861 100.517 100.476 100.662 101.065 100.024
Nico Hulkenberg 107.757 102.12 102.081 101.92 101.449 101.993 101.97 102.415 102.657 102.712 102.545 103.045 103.403 103.554 106.353 119.745 99.468 100.59 100.28 99.84 100.416 100.54 100.727 101.86 102.332 103.312 102.066 102.326 101.046 101.173 101.139 101.869 101.833 101.703 104.978 119.617 98.785 99.516 99.552 99.924 116.666 125.655 118.99 152.717 140.402 140.924 101.05 100.35 99.92 100.302 100.529 100.79 101.042 100.222 100.368 100.545 100.314
Daniil Kvyat 110.277 102.624 102.381 102.711 102.445 102.634 102.929 102.857 103.797 106.071 121.863 100.16 101.191 101.806 101.718 101.976 103.083 102.384 104.254 102.595 102.877 102.489 102.768 104.998 123.019 101.648 101.716 101.57 102.103 101.691 101.915 102.39 102.089 101.902 101.569 101.26 101.409 101.777 104.2 127.457 124.016 115.083 108.29 114.236 141.598 136.01 101.472 101.112 101.306 101.764 101.119 101.026 101.085 101.349 101.221 101.19 101.605
Daniel Ricciardo 109.767 102.582 102.421 102.567 102.252 102.386 103.049 102.933 103.655 103.147 102.986 101.971 102.568 102.888 103.058 102.544 102.589 105.627 121.606 100.383 100.604 100.448 100.65 100.661 101.163 101.616 102.402 102.218 102.688 102.093 102.032 102.126 101.948 102.615 105.047 119.885 99.294 99.269 99.566 99.316 118.526 123.061 116.187 143.46 141.132 138.54 100.657 100.189 99.872 99.809 100.448 100.855 99.735 99.43 99.709 99.299 99.703
Jean-Eric Vergne 150.538 132.49 102.541 103.507 103.624 103.405 104.07 103.759 104.061 106.436 104.12 104.256 104.368 107.361 124.286 101.65 103.061 105.282
Esteban Gutierrez 110.522 103.23 102.893 102.889 103.249 104.414 103.461 103.319 103.553 103.825 104.28 108.755 122.167 100.99 102.033 101.762 101.959 102.083 103.342 102.339 102.48 102.756 102.847 103.424 103.308 104.147 106.65 122.52 101.014 103.156 101.124 100.698 101.203 101.431 103.696 101.283 101.488 101.828 102.682
Romain Grosjean 113.64 104.332 102.079 102.627 102.465 103.282 103.003 104.173 103.289 103.579 103.655 103.926 106.395 123.202 101.294 101.494 101.626 101.868 101.718 102.104 101.956 102.042 102.033 102.081 102.441 102.286 102.563 105.789 121.653 100.943 100.413 100.467 100.881 101.114 101.244 101.497 104.529 121.611 99.443 106.778 123.297 115.627 109.071 113.522 141.779 135.41 101.898 101.302 101.351 101.346 101.164 100.76 101.182 101.789 101.142 101.56 102.171
Pastor Maldonado 111.296 103.605 102.853 102.946 102.661 103.179 103.182 103.465 103.104 103.348 103.374 103.619 103.649 103.672 104.035 104.078 104.95 104.68 107.299 121.556 100.17 101.122 101.326 101.101 102.034 101.77 101.796 101.813 101.609 101.758 101.71 101.754 102.024 101.77 101.995 102.358 102.358 102.182 105.975 140.719 153.398 136.97 111.18 100.678 101.614 128.919 104.445 129.088 100.956 100.27 99.725 99.666 100.661 99.894 100.145 100.197 99.845
Kamui Kobayashi 113.503 105.236 103.724 103.833 103.191 103.261 103.407 103.553 103.94 104.057 104.277 104.843 105.069 105.998 108.056 125.956 101.246 102.003 102.575 102.375 102.495 102.722 102.677 103.418 103.186 103.441 103.419 103.487 104.305 103.879 103.623 103.979 103.776 104.13 107.179 126.166 101.844 102.417 102.376 116.262 127.597 126.723 114.946 106.376 104.706 115.964 104.077 103.444 106.384 105.769 104.268 105.331 104.877 104.624 106.054 106.725 107.894
Jules Bianchi 112.355 103.78 103.286 104.009 103.861 103.504 103.972 103.73 104.349 108.048 124.368 103.01 140.817 131.812 103.617 110.207 105.803 111.326 120.569 104.563 104.424 104.572 106.132 104.735 104.875 104.711 105.855 105.438 106.566 106.587 108.9 126.212 102.661 103.148 103.463 105.631 104.902 103.262 120.018 126.736 126.8 109.012 102.727 102.175 106.393 103.804 103.926 103.486 103.859 103.72 103.423 103.268 104.671 106.089 105.454 104.944
Marcus Ericsson 113.491 104.431 104.076 103.874 104.745 103.922 104.02 104.524 104.406 105.021 108.497 124.562 102.476 102.326 102.661 102.707 103.044 103.487 105.073 104.434 104.369 104.13 104.378 105.258 105.428 108.398 123.869 101.134 101.697 101.718 102.235 102.26 102.195
Max Chilton 114.381 105.549 104.414 103.675 103.988 105.005 104.776 103.906 104.116 104.385 107.946 123.837 102.627 102.305 102.63 102.806 103.008 103.402 103.362 103.489 104.586 103.786 103.886 103.974 104.422 104.567 104.449 108.259 125.439 101.831 102.13 103.075 102.882 102.926 103.015 103.922 102.506 102.549 103.01 119.645 144.624 109.686 109.945 107.474 104.377 115.246 102.169 101.825 102.168 102.38 102.257 102.579 102.237 102.829 102.582 101.945 107.863
Adrian Sutil 114.175 105.388 103.936 103.944 104.074 104.71 107.797 123.813 101.791 102.068 102.741 103.368 237.745 139.565 107.011 105.573 105.641

Bahrain Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.020 49
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.108 0.088 49
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’38.785 1.765 37
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’39.269 2.249 38
5 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’39.272 2.252 40
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.312 2.292 18
7 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’39.320 2.300 36
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’39.438 2.418 35
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.443 2.423 39
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.565 2.545 37
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’39.666 2.646 52
12 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.732 2.712 53
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’39.762 2.742 50
14 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.108 3.088 40
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’40.160 3.140 12
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.698 3.678 32
17 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’41.134 4.114 28
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’41.246 4.226 17
19 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’41.650 4.630 16
20 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.791 4.771 9
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’41.825 4.805 48
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’42.175 5.155 44

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56 comments on 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

  1. Jesus… that’s like Ferrari 2002/2004 pace advantage right there…

    Except this time around both drivers have equal status.

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 7th April 2014, 21:47

      I can’t believe nobody has noticed yet that Rosberg’s fastest lap of 1:37.020 is almost identical to Vettel’s fastest lap in 2013 of 1:36.961. That is only a difference of 0.059 seconds!

      Everyone keeps saying that the cars are 3-4 seconds a lap slower than last year….But that is no longer the case. At least on the power dominated tracks like Bahrain.

      Can’t wait to see what happens at Monza after they’ve had time to truly tune the cars. Even Monaco where the short bursts of acceleration with low speed corners….will be interesting to see.

      • m30 said on 8th April 2014, 1:38

        Softer tyres and cooler temps this year explains the closeness.

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 8th April 2014, 14:13

          The cooler temps helped, but I believe they had the same soft/med tyre selection in 2013. And the 2014 tires are not as fast as the 2013 tires…but they last more than 10 laps before exploding! :)

      • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 8th April 2014, 7:59

        Monza should be faster than last year, i would think anyway. I expect Monaco to be a fair bit slower though as the weight increase and aero reductions will make more of a difference than the engines. They also might struggle to use all that torque in the tight, twisty stuff, could lead to some barrier bashing too ;)

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 8th April 2014, 14:17

          @keiththedin Yeah, I think it will be fascinating to see the speed difference at Monaco this year. It’s such a low speed track with so many accelerations that the new power units will shine, but the heavier weight and the loss of traction will probably out weigh those advantages. Of course, they will get a LOT of regen through the KERS which will help reduce fuel consumption. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the teams start the race with only 80-85kg of fuel so that somewhat helps offset the weight…at least in the early part of the race.

          I’m betting that it will be overall slower at Monaco, but maybe the acceleration will close the gap??? Monza should be remarkable. I’m betting top speeds of 270kph.

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 9th April 2014, 16:23

          @keithedin Wow, I was on a role yesterday…I couldn’t even spell your name right to respond LOL

  2. sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 6th April 2014, 22:15

    I watched the whole grand prix with the timing screens, and make no bones about it … the w05 is just a rocket ship. Before the safety car they were a minute ahead of the entire field. After the safety car, they pulled out 24 seconds in 10 laps, wow.

    • 72defender (@72defender) said on 6th April 2014, 22:28

      That w05 is a beast. Guess most if the grid is already working in their 2015 cars.

      • atta said on 7th April 2014, 9:55

        Think all teams should skip 2015 and start working on 2016 instead. Submit that this year and next year trophies all belong to Merc.

    • TMF (@tmf42) said on 7th April 2014, 7:26

      Yeah it’s a rocket. I thought people were exaggerating when they said that Merc is 20-30 HPs ahead of Ferrari and 50-60 ahead of Renault – but seems the gaps are really that large.

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 7th April 2014, 9:34

      Yeah it was amazing to watch after the safety car restart, the two Mercs just blitzed the field and even after 2-3 corners you could see the gap stretching out. Strangely i actually found this cool to watch, even though usually you want to see close racing between evenly matched cars – i guess it matters less if the two drivers of those cars are evenly matched too.

      It makes you wonder what it is that gives them this huge advantage though, because it looks like it is a sheer power advantage even over the other Mercedes engineed teams. No doubt the car is good aerodynamically and well balanced with good traction and all that, but it looked like a big part of their advantage was in the early part of acceleration. Newey mentioned something about different fuels showing significant performance differences, could that be their main ‘secret’?

      • DaveW (@dmw) said on 7th April 2014, 16:39

        I think the secret is that their software better maximizes the relationship between harvesting, boosting torque, and boosting the turbo speed. Thus, they use less fuel and they can pour on some battery boost when necessary. Recall that after the SC, when Rosberg was on his back, the team told him he could start to use “overtake” at corner exits every single time. This was a telling sign to me as it meant that the car had a surfeit of harvested power and was not reliant on fuel to produce torque at the crankshaft or to spin the turbo to opitmal speed. I think both of them had the same message. This is why they left the field for dead after the SC. After every corner its like they were on nitrous.

      • tim said on 7th April 2014, 17:54

        Their advantage is their power unit. They have separated the compressor from the turbine on the turbo using a shaft running through the V of the engine. This keeps the intake charge cooler (it isn’t beside the hot-hot-hot exhaust) which creates huge knock-on effects. The engine makes more power, doesn’t knock as easily under boost and doesn’t require as large an intercooler, which allows for smaller sidepods and huge aerodynamic benefits. The Mercedes chassis was developed around this engine packaging, where the customer teams were given the engine later in their development. This really is a car built with near limitless resources and a game-changing innovation.

        My question: Honda will now be able to copy Mercedes’ idea on the turbo while Ferrari and Renault’s engines are homologated. Does this effectively mean only Mercedes or Honda-powered cars have any chance in the coming seasons? Will we lose Ferrari from F1 as a result of this?

        • DaveW (@dmw) said on 7th April 2014, 20:02

          Important points. Your last question is what deMontezemolo is going to threaten. But I think it’s too early to judge what will happen. Renault have only just begun running their cars in anger and are still working out software. Ferrari has more running but they can improve. But if Spain and Monaco are also Mercedes beat downs I think all bets are off. Luca will be moaning louder than the new engines.

          If I were Paddy Lowe I might be making sure that the true pace of the cars is not shown again. If HAM and ROS have another all-out pedal to the metal fight and lap up to the podium in China people will converge at the Mercedes garage with pitchforks and Luca himself will strap Paddy to a Catherine Wheel.

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 6th April 2014, 22:26

    Mercedes is magic, Ferrari is tragic.

    Without the safety car, both FIAT’s would have been lapped by the WO5′s.

  4. JKorz said on 6th April 2014, 22:38

    Does anyone know if Rosberg got fastest lap with double DRS ?
    Hamiltons fastest lap only 0.088 slower than that both set on lap 49.
    I’m watching BBC highlights now currently on lap 25 .

  5. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 6th April 2014, 22:43

    What an utterly fantastic car. I don’t believe anyone has held such a big advantage since McLaren at the begining of 1998.

  6. Damonw said on 6th April 2014, 22:44

    Obviously the ultimate performance of the Mercedes is nowhere near that much ahead as qualifying showed.

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 6th April 2014, 22:56

      Contrary to 2011-13, the WO5 is better in the race than in qualifying. They have better tyre wear + fuel management than RBR.

      • Damonw said on 6th April 2014, 23:42

        Yeah the race pace of the Mercedes is bigger than its ultimate pace, but don’t forget this is one of the biggest fuel saving circuits of the year.

        Who cares if they are this dominant anyway because I’d rather see two drivers evenly matched going at it hammer and tong than see Vettel run away with no challengers.

        • zippyone (@zippyone) said on 7th April 2014, 12:03

          Are they evenly matched though? Last race Lewis finished some 17 s head of Nico when Nico had the setup wrong, this race Lewis said he got the setup wrong and was slower than Nico, yet he held him off when we all thought Nico would just breeze past him.

          But obviously they have no real challenge so should finish 1st and 2nd barring no problems so in terms of points it should be close.

          • DeX said on 7th April 2014, 16:21

            I think Lewis was faster than Nico all weekend. P1,p2,p3, q1, just an error in Q3.
            Then he was ahead at both tyre changes and won the race!

  7. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 6th April 2014, 22:52

    This domination is bigger than brawn in early 2009 and williams in 92-93.
    In 2009 at least the double diffusers could be copied by the others to try to catch them.
    I can imagine anything closing that gap other than some freeing in engine development.
    In RBs (previous 4y) case the time dif was much closer, still FIA made the frong wing defflection test more strictly, banned blown diffusers and extreme engine mapings..etc which would weaken them.

  8. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 6th April 2014, 23:09

    Vettel’s fastest lap was on lap 18 already, and Kvyat’s on lap 12 – how did that happen?

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 7th April 2014, 10:16

      @mike-dee

      Some of the fastest laps have happened a bit earlier in the races this year, i can think of two possible reasons. 1) They are carrying less fuel at the start, so the weight penalty is reduced and times should be more consistent between the start and the end. 2) Because of the battery storage, and turbo boost, the difference between coasting speed and maximum speed is exaggerated. So it could be that the first pit stop window is where a lot of fastest laps occur, because the cars will be saving energy for it, then temporarily sprinting to gain track position. This didn’t happen during the second round of pit stops (for some runners) because of the safety car.

    • Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 7th April 2014, 10:18

      @mike-dee According to Ted Kravitz Vettel had problems with the MGU-H in the second half of the race, so maybe that’s why his fastest lap was so early in the race.

  9. Akin Aslan (@hamfanatic) said on 6th April 2014, 23:24

    I think Lewis is a bit harsh on his self here, I strongly believe that he was also the faster guy. He was matching rosberg on what they say was six and a half tenth slower tyre. Not mentioning his 10 sec lead before the safety car. I also saw a very very very bitter (cocky) rosberg in the interviews, he was verry arrogant and was more trying to convince himself that he was faster.

    • Dan said on 6th April 2014, 23:36

      Agree completely does Nico no why he is leading the WC? He makes me laugh saying im still in lead the only diff was maybe Nico had better life on tyres this weekend that was all.

    • JKorz said on 6th April 2014, 23:43

      Yes what a joke..
      Rosberg thinks he was faster because he got fastest lap and qualified 1st?!
      Nico had double DRS and the better tyre and was only 0.088 quicker.
      I like to think Lewis understands the advantage of letting your teammate think he is faster than you when he isn’t, but I’m not sure..

      Shame Maldonaldo put his ugly stamp on another race, might have been more interesting to see if Rosberg could get anyway near Hamilton after the pit stops, and how their times in fresh air compared either way Lewis reinforced his superiority in my opinion.

      I wonder how far into the season and what kind of advantage is required to give one of them the nod for team orders, today was classic exciting racing but also very risky and if you consider the consequences was it worth it? They can try and pretend that Paddy Lowes message wasn’t team orders but didn’t several people in Merc confirm they both defied the order?

    • OOliver said on 7th April 2014, 6:40

      Lewis was kind of right, Rosberg was constrained else he would have been faster especially in the latter stages of the race. I believe Hamilton had said he had a setup issue which they tried to fix before the race but didn’t quite work.

      • Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 7th April 2014, 9:48

        Rosberg was definitely the quicker during the race that’s why he was able to lap 1-1.5 secs behind Lewis in the first stint and wait to attack just before the first stops.

        Also there wasn’t as much a difference in lap time between the medium and soft tyres for most of the second stint Rosberg was lapping about 2-3 tenths slower than Hamilton, proving he had the quicker car.

        It would have been good to see how their different strategies had played out without the safety car but you have to think that if the roles had been reversed and Hamilton was behind Nico on quicker tires with 10 laps to go that Lewis would have won that one!

        I think therein lies the small difference between the drivers, Hamilton won a race he shouldn’t have yesterday.

        • Akin Aslan (@hamfanatic) said on 7th April 2014, 11:27

          Lewis was holding a 1-1.5 sec gap in the first stint untill his tyres went off. If it is as you say then rosberg should not have let Hamilton build a 10 sec gap with the soft tyre in the second stint, but Hamilton had him in the bag there and controlled degradation on the tyre which wears out quicker. The last ten laps where degradation is not any issue mere rosberg should have overtaken Hamilton but what did we see: brilliant defending and matching Rosberg s lap times. So it’s rubbish to say that he shouldn’t have won, he won for a reason

  10. Franz said on 6th April 2014, 23:37

    I think the name of the game here is efficiency. The W05 obviously has good aero efficiency, and their hybrid system seems more efficient so they can crank the boost up on the V6 & still get good economy. Clever design & packaging means efficient heat management, and they’ve obviously also solved their tire munching issues & have been running some of the longest stints between pit stops. The Mercedes power unit is certainly the class of the field, but as Williams, Force India & McLaren are finding out, there’s way more to it than having the best engine. Red Bull’s form backs that up. So Luca whining about engines & noise, & Horner/Dietrich whinging about fuel sensors does little to divert my attention from the fact that Mercedes are delivering on all counts. There is no silver bullet forthcoming for their rivals. There’s some serious engineering voodoo going on under that silver paint & they’d best get to the task of development & finding performance the old fashioned way instead of constant complaining and lobbying for rule changes two races into this brand new season. Chop chop lads! We want more races like today!!!

  11. I always support the underdogs and this time it paid off. Loving the HULK!!!!

  12. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 7th April 2014, 8:59

    Yes, the W05 is remarkable but the consistency of the lap times is interesting to note – and is entirely down to the drivers. There is much greater variation lap to lap and across stints in other driver/car combinations. It seems Merc has produced a car which is both superior to those of their competitors and ideally suited to their drivers – quite an accomplishment.

  13. timi (@timi) said on 7th April 2014, 12:24

    Phwoar, Ricciardo faster than Vettel through every stage of the race. Nice to see the new RBR Aus is adjusting nicely :)

  14. I was expecting Mercedes to be better in 2014 than they were in 2013. It’s not like the domination is coming out of nowhere, akin to Brawn in the first half of 2009. We knew they had somewhat abandoned their 2013 challenge to focus on this year. Though now that it’s arrived, the way they have shown their hand to obliterate all other challengers is astonishing.

  15. LexBlair (@lexblair) said on 7th April 2014, 16:48

    I hope that people are going to check out the McLarens’(especially Button‘s) times in comparison to the Force Indias’ and the Williams’……
    Yep, basically no difference at all. Sucks for Button’s technical issues.

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