Mental Errors Blight Thrilling Precision Showdown


196Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:40.675
227Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:40.827
373Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:40.943
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:41.274
564Dave CassidyFerrari1:41.355
67Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:41.421
747Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:41.502
835Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:41.725
933Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:41.762
1055Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:41.792
1114Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:42.008
1257Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:42.027
131Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:42.147
143Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:42.189
156Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:42.225
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:42.237
1728Harrison NeweyRed Bull-Ferrari1:42.306
1856Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:42.811
1939Sho TsuboiToyota1:42.845
2094Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:42.994
2119Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:43.163
2210Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:43.412
2323Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:43.486
2498Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:43.571


A close battle full of mental errors saw Bianchi survive to take a crucial win, earning himself a ten-point lead heading to China.

Diego Álvarez Torrente gained all the momentum in the last couple of months as Jules Bianchi failed and failed again to see the flag, shrinking his 45-point lead to a mere seven championship points. If Torrente would win at Abu Dhabi, he’d be in a great spot to take the title by force.

From the early stages on, Precision made this a battle between themselves. Even if they courted controversy by giving their drivers widely varying strategies, we were bound to have a thrilling climax: Torrente hunting down Bianchi on his younger tyres.

Neither driver handed the pressure well: first Bianchi lost the lead he hung on to, spinning out in the final corner. He’d regain it before the end, as Torrente messed up lapping Dagnall, losing P1. These errors in the last couple of weeks severely dampen the legacy boost the world championship gives a driver.

Behind them, Daniel Melrose’s title chances died despite him grabbing his second podium in as many races. FAST had both drivers in the points and Sergey Sirotkin helped BR Mansell to get an edge against Sauber in the battle for fifth.


127Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes59:41.80915
296Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+0.67912
373Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari+11.41010
47Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+25.3828
564Dave CassidyFerrari+28.4956
647Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+35.4815
735Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+38.6244
833Salvatore MiccoliFerrari+44.2603
914Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes+46.0112
101Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+49.2771
1157Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+50.9930
1255Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari+54.4110
136Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+64.7640
1456Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd+67.5570
1528Harrison NeweyRed Bull-Ferrari+71.4230
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota+84.1440
1794Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd+90.7440
1839Shu TsuboiToyota+95.4910
1919Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari+98.9640
2010Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd+99.6750
2123Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1 Lap0
2298Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1 Lap0
DNF18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddAccident0
DNF3Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-FerrariMotor0

Fastest Lap:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – 1:41.554

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

FAST-Mercedes – a late-season resurgence may allow them to get up to P6 or even P5 in the championship.

Reject Of The Race:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – his race-losing error gave momentum back to Jules Bianchi and may have cost him the championship.