2014 British Grand Prix grid

2014 British Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014

Row 1 1. Nico Rosberg 1’35.766
Mercedes
2. Sebastian Vettel 1’37.386
Red Bull
Row 2 3. Jenson Button 1’38.200
McLaren
4. Nico Hulkenberg 1’38.329
Force India
Row 3 5. Kevin Magnussen 1’38.417
McLaren
6. Lewis Hamilton 1’39.232
Mercedes
Row 4 7. Sergio Perez 1’40.457
Force India
8. Daniel Ricciardo 1’40.608
Red Bull
Row 5 9. Daniil Kvyat 1’40.707
Toro Rosso
10. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’40.855
Toro Rosso
Row 6 11. Romain Grosjean 1’38.496
Lotus
12. Jules Bianchi 1’38.700
Marussia
Row 7 13. Adrian Sutil No time
Sauber
14. Valtteri Bottas 1’45.318
Williams
Row 8 15. Felipe Massa 1’45.695
Williams
16. Fernando Alonso 1’45.935
Ferrari
Row 9 17. Max Chilton* 1’39.800
Marussia
18. Kimi Raikkonen 1’46.684
Ferrari
Row 10 19. Esteban Gutierrez** 1’40.912
Sauber
20. Pastor Maldonado*** 1’44.018
Lotus
Row 11 21. Marcus Ericsson**** 1’49.421
Caterham
22. Kamui Kobayashi**** 1’49.625
Caterham

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Ten-place grid penalty for unsafe release from the pits and five-place penalty for gearbox change
***Excluded from qualifying due to insufficient fuel to provide a sample
****Failed to set time within 107% of fastest Q1 time, given dispensation to start

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117 comments on 2014 British Grand Prix grid

  1. DaveD (@daved) said on 5th July 2014, 14:07

    Did Lewis have an issue at the end of Q3 or did he not even try a flying lap at the end? It looked like he didn’t even try…totally excusable.

    • He just went in the pits, nothing more. He must’ve seen the delta and thought it was impossible.

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 5th July 2014, 14:08

      He thought he had pole in the bag and pulled out on his lap, let Rosberg through. Huge mistake, the final sector was completely dry.

    • Pawel (@marik) said on 5th July 2014, 14:09

      Toto just said Lewis decided it was too wet and gave up.

    • Les (@lrb007) said on 5th July 2014, 14:22

      Was he told to come in? Again he ‘makes a mistake’ his body language says he is not happy!!!

    • Jason (@jason12) said on 5th July 2014, 14:35

      The last sector surprised everyone.
      I don’t blame Lewis for aborting the lap, seemed like unnecessary risk.

      The elements seem to be working in Nico’s favour, so far anyway.

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 5th July 2014, 14:59

      I meant to say “inexcusable”. Very disappointed as a HAM fan to see this sort of thing happening far too often with Lewis. There always seems to be *something* going on. I believe he’s the quickest driver on the grid, but we often don’t get to see it.

    • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 5th July 2014, 16:21

      At least he made a decision for himself – I never liked it when he waited for the team to decide things for him – and he’ll be past the McLarens and Force India in no time.

      And I think we’ll have a Williams in the top ten by turn 3.

      • DaveD (@daved) said on 5th July 2014, 18:04

        True. And I did like that he simply took responsibility for it himself and just moved on. But dang, I am so ready to see him get back on top.

  2. Silverstone never fails to deliver. That is it!

  3. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 5th July 2014, 14:07

    Hamilton should really stop screwing up his quali …

    Sauber proved again that their problem is not the car, it’s their drivers. Come on guys, you are behind Max Chilton …

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 5th July 2014, 14:18

      Yeah. I honestly don’t get why they chose to keep somebody who scored a 6 points compared to his team-mate who scored 51. Even for rookie standards that is absolutely dreadful.

      And Sutil, who is simply old-news and has nothing more to give now.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if even Caterham ended up beating them this year.

      • Sven (@crammond) said on 5th July 2014, 14:24

        I honestly don’t get why they chose to keep somebody who scored a 6 points compared to his team-mate who scored 51.

        I don´t think that was their choice. They just couldn´t pay Hülkenberg, as they were/are in financial trouble, and they just had to stick with Gutierrez due to sponsorship-deals. Keep in mind that Sutil is a pay-driver, too, though paying less than most other pay-drivers out there.

      • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 5th July 2014, 14:25

        Worse even, they could have hired Bianchi given that they are close to Ferrari. I’m pretty sure a Bianchi – Kobayashi line-up would have scored points this year.

        On Hamilton, the only thing that can save him tomorrow is rain

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 5th July 2014, 14:27

      Indeed. He’s compromising races on Saturdays. He will need a massive race tomorrow to win at home. I wish him luck.

  4. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 5th July 2014, 14:07

    What a stunning Q3!

  5. Liam (@) said on 5th July 2014, 14:08

    I don’t think Muhammad Ali was ever that cocky.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th July 2014, 8:59

      I liked Rosberg using a phrase from Magic Jordan to explain why he went on despite being slower in the first 2 sectors (Saw a picture of Hamilton with Jordan last week, certainly one of Hamilton’s heroes)

  6. greg-c (@greg-c) said on 5th July 2014, 14:08

    That was a crazy quali

    Great value

    Many drivers kicking themselves for not going out , ric thought he was safe ended up 8 th

  7. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 5th July 2014, 14:08

    Hamilton! Every single time…. Next time, just finish the quali… :-(

  8. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 5th July 2014, 14:09

    Wooooohooooooo, ROS is the chaaaaamp !!!!!!!

    What the heck happened to Ferrari ?!?! Stupid lads, they did not go out in FP3… and this is the result !! They copied Mercedes strategy, but forgot that the Mercedes car is a lot better !

  9. Yes (@come-on-kubica) said on 5th July 2014, 14:09

    The qualifying always seems be better than race when it comes to Silverstone, hopefully the race lives up to the hype, outstanding session.

  10. tino852 (@tino852) said on 5th July 2014, 14:09

    Hamilton should be fired. His championship is basically over now.

    • Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 5th July 2014, 14:14

      Fired for being the quickest driver on the grid but getting caught out with unbelievable track conditions in S3? Get real.

      • Dizzy said on 5th July 2014, 14:19

        Everyone else had the same track conditions & they decided not to give up & push to the end.

        Lewis made an idiotic mistake by bailing out of the lap after only 4 corners just because he felt it was too wet. Everyone else felt it was dry enough so carried on.

        Lewis still making rookie, stupid errors. he doesn’t deserve to win this championship because of that, Rosberg has been outsmarting Lewis all year while Lewis has been crumbling under the pressure just like 2011.

      • Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 5th July 2014, 14:24

        Caught out?
        He didn’t set the time when he should be and backed off thinking he and his team -mate couldn’t improve and he said its his fault,
        Fired may be exaggerated but he should be told to use be him self more which is what he was not doing for some time now

    • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 5th July 2014, 14:18

      Why to be fired ? Actually, I think Mercedes is happier now: the gap between their drivers is increasing, so a lot of pressure disappears. Both drivers are still 1-2 in the WDC, Mercedes no.1 in the WCC… so no problems for them.

    • SubSailorFl said on 5th July 2014, 14:18

      Huh? Half way thru the season and it’s over?

    • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 5th July 2014, 14:21

      That’s a ridiculous comment. We’re not even halfway through the season, and Hamilton could yet win tomorrow. This qualifying should be a reminder that anything can happen in Formula 1.

    • Les (@lrb007) said on 5th July 2014, 14:27

      Hamilton comes in too soon!! Team instruction? He is an experienced world champion. His body language says it all. Is he making mistakes or just obeying team instructions?

    • In_Silico (@insilico) said on 5th July 2014, 14:36

      @tino852 Absurd comment, what a surprise that is, seeing as there are so many on the internet. It was a mistake, but it was so incredibly easy to make considering that it had been raining and that it seemed like no chance in hell that people would improve. He was really unlucky in my opinion.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th July 2014, 22:27

      @tino852 Kudos. I genuinely don’t believe I could have got two quite such ridiculous exaggerations into just ten words.

    • Jason (@jason12) said on 12th July 2014, 19:47

      @tino852
      And there’s only 4 points separating them now…. :D

      Lewis gets the last laugh.

  11. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 5th July 2014, 14:09

    I will not yet believe that Rosberg will win this championship.

  12. David BR2 said on 5th July 2014, 14:10

    Yep, Rosberg is going to win this championship by making much better calls. Completely frustrating being a Hamilton fan, and knowing he is (slightly) faster all told, but one or two poor decisions is undoing several races of edging the race on track. Once again puts himself and the car under extra, unnecessary pressure.

    • Lancer033 (@lancer033) said on 5th July 2014, 15:38

      and even more frustrating when you take out car failures and even out the pit stops, Hamilton would have as much lead if not more than ROS.

  13. Slava (@slava) said on 5th July 2014, 14:11

    Why Alo and Rai are higher on the grid?
    Congrats to Ros. Ham made again a mistake in a key moment.
    Congrats to the Hulk. Hope for a podium.

  14. Valhyre (@ausuma) said on 5th July 2014, 14:11

    Perez was so close to having a great qualy.

  15. Eric (@fletch) said on 5th July 2014, 14:12

    Thank you Lewis for showing my kids what happens when you stop trying

    • Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 5th July 2014, 14:22

      +1

    • D (@f190) said on 5th July 2014, 14:42

      +1

      exactly this. Even if he felt he couldn’t improve it wouldn’t have killed him to do an extra lap and celebrate with all the fans, especially at his home gp.

      as it happens it cost him and im glad it did because its unforgivable to give up.

      Shows how much better Rosberg is right now. Choosing to stay out despite being much slower and seeing your team mate pit. Look at that for someone who never gives up lewis.

      • Scepter (@scepter) said on 5th July 2014, 15:24

        I wonder what you would’ve said if he pitted and still had pole? it was calculated gamble not a “give up” as you suggest. even RBR did something similar by keeping Ricciardo in the pits.

        • D (@f190) said on 5th July 2014, 16:09

          The same thing. Drivers were still pushing and he backed off after one sector. In mixed conditions thats simply unforgivable. Im sorry but in sport you never give up.. Hamilton did and it rightly cost him.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th July 2014, 14:49

      I heard comments made about arrogance, and I do partially agree with them. Of course, nobody predicted that, but he was so sure he was going to get pole – and then he didn’t. In retrospect, not an intelligent move, and little things like that will prove costly in a tight championship fight.

  16. Michael Brown said on 5th July 2014, 14:12

    I would have thought the same as Hamilton. The first two sectors aren’t any good, and there won’t be enough time to make up in the final sector. How wrong I was.

    Best qualifying session I’ve ever seen.

  17. Yoshisune (@yobo01) said on 5th July 2014, 14:12

    Highest Ferrari engine on the grid is 12th, a Marussia! Who would have thought!

    Very interesting grid for tomorrow, though. I have to say that qualifying sessions in 2014 never fail to deliver.

    • Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 5th July 2014, 14:29

      Sods law for Chilton tho, the one time that he qualifies high enough for a 5 place grid penalty to make a difference! lol
      18th is still better than normal tho!

  18. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 5th July 2014, 14:12

    Jesus. Another gift for Rosberg. Shell shocked. Can’t be bothered watching it tomorrow; I’d like Rosberg to pick my lottery numbers please. Joker.

    • Slava (@slava) said on 5th July 2014, 14:19

      Taking right call is not a gift from others. It is not Rosberg fault that Hamilton gives up.

      • Sven (@crammond) said on 5th July 2014, 14:45

        In an environment where one should expect everyone to do the right thing, your main opponent doing it wrong is a gift. There´s nothing wrong with receiving gifts, though. I mean, who would say no if someone else just says “Here, have your WDC, mate”?

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 5th July 2014, 14:26

      @slava is right. Don’t start criticising Rosberg when it was clearly Hamilton’s fault. Rosberg did what was required of him, Hamilton didn’t.

    • Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 5th July 2014, 14:27

      I don’t know trying hard to achieve what ever you can is also called as GIFT

    • Breno (@austus) said on 5th July 2014, 14:37

      Indeed, first Lewis gave Rosberg brakes in Canada, in Austria he gave his Q3 lap, and now another Q3 lap!

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 5th July 2014, 18:24

      I’d like you to start a sore loser hotline. Everytime I feel like a sore loser and start to despair because my favorite drivers aren’t winning, maybe I could get a hold of you and remind me what an actual sore loser sounds like?

  19. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th July 2014, 14:12

    I’m still utterly gobsmacked. I thought Red Bull and Vettel had had another almighty screw-up, but a 3s+ gain in the final sector – now that I did not anticipate.

    Ferrari and Williams also, and Bianchi, and McLaren, and Hamilton & Ricciardo…

    • spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 5th July 2014, 14:22

      I first thought there was an error in the times displayed.

    • Eric (@) said on 5th July 2014, 14:35

      @vettel1

      I thought Red Bull and Vettel had had another almighty screw-up, but a 3s+ gain in the final sector – now that I did not anticipate.

      Nor did Red Bull. or they would have sent Ricciardo out as well.
      It’s looking more and more like they’re trying to keep Vettel unsettled. Why on earth would they not have him go out together with Ricciardo when, up until then, he was actually (a lot) quicker than Ricciardo. It makes absolutely no sense to me. Just like the 2nd pitstop at Canada.

      That bit in the end was finally a bit of luck for Vettel this season. Something that has been long overdue. But who knows, his engine might die again tomorrow and he’ll be back to square one again.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th July 2014, 14:37

        That bit in the end was finally a bit of luck for Vettel this season. Something that has been long overdue. But who knows, his engine might die again tomorrow and he’ll be back to square one again.

        The way they showed Mark Webber in the garage at Red Bull will have fostered a lot of superstition, particularly if his engine does indeed die tomorrow!

        • Eric (@) said on 5th July 2014, 14:50

          @vettel1

          LOL. Yeah, something to look out for.

          Perhaps Webber didn’t actually leave RBR but instead he’s now controlling the team from the shadows…

          The ultimate payback. Not bad for a number 2 driver.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th July 2014, 14:39

        It is strange though, isn’t it @baron-2? Vettel was quite clearly a lot faster – for perhaps the first time this season – yet Red Bull sent him out too late, in (at the time) sub-optimal conditions.

        I’m certainly not a conspiracy theorist, so I don’t believe it was malicious, but they’ve made a few questionable decisions this season (as you have highlighted) and Vettel has had in contrast to Ricciardo an alarmingly high rate of unreliability.

        • Eric (@) said on 5th July 2014, 14:54

          I’m certainly not a conspiracy theorist

          Me neither. Maybe it’s just a run of tough luck paired with some unfortunate calls from the pitwall. We’ll see how this progresses.
          But in the back of my mind I’m already wondering if Red Bull know a little more about Vettel’s future than we do and that they’re not too happy about it.
          Something to do with Domenicale’s phonecall perhaps…

  20. Pawel (@marik) said on 5th July 2014, 14:13

    Shame for Williams, hope they’ll recover tommorrow.

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