Closest Finish in F1 History Ends With Maldonado on Top


11Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:07.019
229Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:07.050
330Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:07.105
42Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:07.131
528Daniel MelroseFerrari1:07.600
627Dave CassidyFerrari1:07.606
724Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:07.720
823Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:07.770
931Romain GrosjeanHolden1:07.770
1033Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:07.885
1166Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:07.848
1234Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:07.963
1332Alexander AlbonHolden1:07.978
1467Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:08.012
1522Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:08.013
1621Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:08.098
176Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:08.185
185Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:08.191
1955Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:08.350
2063Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:08.475
2156Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:08.477
2262Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:08.524
2391Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:08.626
2490Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:08.730
25118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:09.222
26119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:09.237


Sauber saw their drivers fight the closest fight in F1 history.

The fastest circuit F1 has ever raced on has just recently announced a contract extension that will keep it on the calendar for the next 15 years. This is certainly great news for the fans from Cyprus, who always show up in masses despite not having a local driver to cheer for.

It is also good news for whichever engine supplier currently provides the most powerful engines, as their supreme speed proves significant to the ability to succeed at this track. Ferrari currently holds that distinction, supplying their own team and Red Bull Racing.

Both of those teams managed to achieve relevant successes, hauling them up the standings. Another team profiting from the unusual circumstances was Holden, scoring a double points finish. Their success came at the expense of Precision, who had an awful day in Limassol.

However, the fight at the top actually deserves the most attention: after the two obligatory pitstops, Sauber’s two drivers where in a close battle, swapping P1 multiple times. In the end, in a thrilling climax, Maldonado barely managed to hang on to take F1’s joint-closest win by 0.03 seconds.


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd33:27.01515
230Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+0.03312
32Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+2.94410
428Daniel MelroseFerrari+10.6828
531Romain GrosjeanHolden+17.4856
61Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+21.2445
767Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+24.4554
832Alexander AlbonHolden+26.1393
923Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+30.6892
1021Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+34.4181
1133Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+38.0450
125Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes+41.6330
1355Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+42.7640
146Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes+44.3690
1534Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+62.8900
16118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden+67.8230
17119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1 Lap0
1891Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
1990Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
2063Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1 Lap0
2166Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari2 Laps0
DNF22Jordan DaviesHaas-JuddOil Leak0
DNF24Kevin MagnussenFAST-MercedesAccident0
DNF62Jules BianchiPrecision-MercedesAccident0
DNF27Dave CassidyFerrariAccident0
DNF56Sergey SirotkinMansell-MercedesCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Dean Stoneman – 1:08.488

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Mike Rockenfeller – he managed to use Ferrari’s extreme power to haul the Red Bull to heights it never saw before.

Reject Of The Race:

Precision-Mercedes – their weak engine does not excuse this horrible performance.