Maldonado Fails, Vettel Prevails at Donington Park


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd46.509
21Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd46.627
330Dean StonemanSauber-Judd46.663
462Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes46.703
52Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd46.785
663Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes46.789
733Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd46.905
834Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd46.989
927Dave CassidyFerrari47.006
1024Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes47.035
1128Daniel MelroseFerrari47.405
1222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd47.408
1323Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes47.469
1431Romain GrosjeanHolden47.541
1532Alexander AlbonHolden47.573
1621J. R. HildebrandHaas-Judd47.612
1790Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden47.824
1855Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes47.903
1991Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden48.110
2066Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari48.192
215Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes48.265
2267Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari48.269
2356Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes48.304
24118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden48.345
256Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes48.347
26119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden48.355


Pastor Maldonado throws away a chance to extend his championship lead at Donington.

Pastor Maldonado entered the second race at the Donington Park with a 15-point lead. That amounts to a complete win, which is an impressive and healthy lead if you can keep everything under control.

Unfortunately, he was absolutely unable to manage this seemingly simple task. Getting risky whilst lapping Wehrlein despite having a good lead proved to be a horrible mistake and took the Sauber leading driver out of a race he could have won.

Sebastian Vettel used that error to take another win and melt down Maldonado’s championship lead. With Stoneman in second, the championship is once more ludicrously close with sixteen races left.

Theodore-Judd had a brilliant race as well, taking 4-5 and proving themselves the fourth-best team on the F1 grid. Jordan Davies and Kevin Magnussen both deserve praise, both holding up Hamilton, who crashed with Bianchi on lap one.


11Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd42:16.37315
230Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+5.87912
363Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+7.30810
433Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+28.3728
534Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+29.7616
628Daniel MelroseFerrari+36.2105
72Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+40.5754
822Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+43.7793
924Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1 Lap2
1031Romain GrosjeanHolden1 Lap1
1123Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1 Lap0
1290Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
1327Dave CassidyFerrari1 Lap0
1491Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
1555Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
16118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden2 Laps0
1766Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari2 Laps0
1867Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari2 Laps0
195Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes2 Laps0
2056Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes2 Laps0
21119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden2 Laps0
226Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes2 Laps0
DNF21J. R. HildebrandHaas-JuddEngine0
DNF29Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddAccident0
DNF32Alexander AlbonHoldenCollision0
DNF62Jules BianchiPrecision-MercedesCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Lewis Hamilton – 47.703

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Daniel Melrose – great racing to take sixth place.

Reject Of The Race:

Pastor Maldonado – if he does not win the title, he is gonna rue races like today.