Bourdais Scores Major Points, Title Fight Turns Exciting


162Dave CassidyPrecision-Mercedes1:06.892
363Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:07.184
21Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:07.231
42Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:07.428
529Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:07.453
698Salvatore MiccoliDGN-Mercedes1:07.534
799Kevin MagnussenDGN-Mercedes1:07.541
890Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:07.626
927Nathan McKaneFerrari1:07.710
1021Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:07.786
1191Sergio PérezCalinetic-Holden1:08.036
1222Johnny Cecotto Jr.Haas-Judd1:08.224
1331Rhys DaviesHolden1:08.354
1430Mike RockenfellerSauber-Judd1:08.400
155Valtteri BottasWilliams-Ferrari1:08.440
1643Sébastien BourdaisValerian-Ferrari1:08.443
1728Romain GrosjeanFerrari1:08.444
1855Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:08.581
1932Daniel MelroseHolden1:09.129
2067Marcel Agyemang-BaduRed Bull-Mercedes1:09.289
2166Esteban OconRed Bull-Mercedes1:09.257
2212Scott DixonFlanders-Holden1:09.373
2342Davide ValsecchiValerian-Ferrari1:09.417
2411Carlos Sainz JrFlanders-Holden1:09.503
256Ma QinghuaWilliams-Ferrari1:09.666
2656Bradley DagnallMansell-Mercedes1:09.777

* demoted five places for changing engine/gearbox


Bourdais drove heroically, fighting against superior cars to grab a lot of points.

The poor people working for Valerian-Ferrari need every bit of hope they can get. With their withdrawal not official yet, but rumoured heavily, they can use every positive bit of news the team can get: thank Valerian’s divinity of choice for Bourdais, who drove his heart out, fighting strong rivals to finish seventh.

That was just one story for the French Formula One fans: their title hopes, lying with Jules Bianchi, were given a major boost. The French driver won, admittedly helped by Dave Cassidy’s loyality to the greater cause, whilst a driving error dropped Sebastian Vettel down the order; costing him P1 in the WDC.

Another team that had a good day was Sauber, who were enabled to fly past Ferrari in the standings thanks to yet another supremely professional drive from Pastor Maldonado. The former paydriver from Venezuela has turned into one of the brigtest stars in the sport and has made up for Rockenfeller missing out on points for the first time in a handful of races.

Calinetic-Holden can also be rather pleased with their performance at this race, both cars were in the points. Local guest starter Sergio Pérez, who refused to hide his desire for a return to F1 full-time next year, was able to get the better of his one-off Australian teammate, finishing 1.386 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who was happy either way.


163Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes42:45.44615
262Dave CassidyPrecision-Mercedes+3.18114
32Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+8.83610
429Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+18.1468
598Salvatore MiccoliDGN-Mercedes+21.0316
699Kevin MagnussenDGN-Mercedes+30.6965
743Sébastien BourdaisValerian-Ferrari+40.9154
81Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+41.0063
991Sergio PérezCalinetic-Holden+42.7492
1090Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+43.9351
1128Romain GrosjeanFerrari+48.4720
1222Johnny Cecotto Jr.Haas-Judd+51.5364
1312Scott DixonFlanders-Holden+52.7480
1431Rhys DaviesHolden+54.9970
1566Marcel Agyemang-BaduRed Bull-Mercedes+59.1160
1656Bradley DagnallMansell-Mercedes+1 Lap0
1730Mike RockenfellerSauber-Judd+1 Lap0
185Valtteri BottasWilliams-Ferrari+1 Lap0
1967Esteban OconRed Bull-Mercedes+1 Lap0
2042Davide ValsecchiValerian-Ferrari+1 Lap0
216Ma QinghuaWilliams-Ferrari+1 Lap0
2232Daniel MelroseHolden+1 Lap0
2311Carlos Sainz Jr.Flanders-Holden+2 Laps0
DNF21Stoffel VandoorneHaas-JuddAccident0
DNF55Artem MarkelovMansell-MercedesTransmission0
DNF27Nathan McKaneFerrariTransmission0

Fastest Lap:

Dave Cassidy – 1:08.744

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Sébastien Bourdais – a truly heroic drive in a miserable vehicle.

Reject Of The Race:

Sebastian Vettel – awful memories of pre-2016 Sebastian Vettel came up again.