Lewis Hamilton Continues Amazing Run, Fourth Win in a Row

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime
162Dave CassidyPrecision-Mercedes1:33.330
263Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:33.387
32Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:33.534
41Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:33.573
529Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:34.224
627Nathan McKaneFerrari1:34.269
790Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:34.475
821Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:34.504
998Salvatore MiccoliDGN-Mercedes1:34.604
1030Mike RockenfellerSauber-Judd1:34.804
1191Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:35.001
1222Johnny Cecotto Jr.Haas-Judd1:35.014
1328Romain GrosjeanFerrari1:35.243
1499Kevin MagnussenDGN-Mercedes1:35.433
1532Daniel MelroseHolden1:35.576
1631Rhys DaviesHolden1:35.590
175Valtteri BottasWilliams-Ferrari1:35.743
186Ma QinghuaWilliams-Ferrari1:35.878
1943S├ębastien BourdaisValerian-Ferrari1:36.040
2067Marcel Agyemang-BaduRed Bull-Mercedes1:36.201
2112Scott DixonFlanders-Holden1:36.276
2211Carlos Sainz JrFlanders-Holden1:36.477
2342Davide ValsecchiValerian-Ferrari1:36.689
2455Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:36.724
2566Esteban OconRed Bull-Mercedes1:36.821
2656Bradley DagnallMansell-Mercedes1:37.246

* demoted five places for changing engine/gearbox

Report:

Precision will have to ask themselves whether they should have used the chance to place Jules Bianchi ahead.

It is a rare, barely seen, feat in Formula One to win four races in a row. Even the great two-race rule change of 2010 has not changed that fact, given as, until October 28, 2018, it was not done in the two-race era. Lewis Hamilton came through and achieved the miraculous performance of a fourth consecutive win.

It did not look like it after morning’s qualifying: Jules Bianchi was ahead of the two Caterhams, only Dave Cassidy before him. However, the two Mercedes-Benz cars were beaten during the second pitstop phase, Hamilton coming out on top after Caterham changed his tyres and ran to the flag to take the flag.

Dave Cassidy was set for second, as Jules Bianchi was much more concerned with keeping the dangerous German, the reigning champion, Sebastian Vettel behind. However, in the final laps, Bianchi was able to significantly improve his speed and get close to Cassidy, but no team order was enacted by Jeroen Krautmeir.

Behind them, Nathan McKane was extremely impressive, even making Caterham and Precision work for their money in the first stint. In the end, McKane worked himself through a quiet race to earn a fifth place, a success Ferrari really needed. Mike Rockenfeller scored again, yet another double top 10 finish for Sauber.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd48:53.32515
262Dave CassidyPrecision-Mercedes+2.28514
363Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+3.99510
41Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+7.4238
527Nathan McKaneFerrari+38.9456
698Salvatore MiccoliDGN-Mercedes+53.1905
799Kevin MagnussenDGN-Mercedes+57.7854
821Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+59.0553
929Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+59.6152
1030Mike RockenfellerSauber-Judd+60.6971
1191Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden+62.4570
1228Romain GrosjeanFerrari+62.9320
1322Johnny Cecotto Jr.Haas-Judd+69.1210
1490Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+69.6310
1531Rhys DaviesHolden+75.9000
1612Scott DixonFlanders-Holden+87.1920
1766Marcel Agyemang-BaduRed Bull-Mercedes+87.7450
1832Daniel MelroseHolden+88.2550
1911Carlos Sainz Jr.Flanders-Holden+89.7410
2067Esteban OconRed Bull-Mercedes+92.7320
2142Davide ValsecchiValerian-Ferrari+94.2950
226Ma QinghuaWilliams-Ferrari+96.0150
2343S├ębastien BourdaisValerian-Ferrari+1 Lap0
2456Bradley DagnallMansell-MercedesThrottle0
DNF5Valtteri BottasWilliams-FerrariEngine0
DNF55Artem MarkelovMansell-MercedesElectrical0

Fastest Lap:

Lewis Hamilton – 1:34.636

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Nathan McKane – was fighting the leaders in the first third of the race.

Reject Of The Race:

Daniel Ricciardo – his “speed” was a poor excuse for a champion.