Zhuhai Race Aborted After Only Five Laps

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorQ1Q2Diff.
147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:15.2601:14.916
218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:15.1521:14.949+0.032
331Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes1:15.0701:15.152+0.154
46Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:15.2661:15.153+0.237
564Dave CassidyFerrari1:15.7411:15.304+0.388
629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:15.3911:15.431+0.475
733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:15.5871:15.747+0.671
839Sergey SirotkinBR Mansell-Toyota1:16.0271:15.595+0.679
923Alexander AlbonFerrari1:15.5961:16.548+0.680
107Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:15.5721:15.431+0.515*
1157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:15.9931:15.709+0.793
1226Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-FerrariNo Time1:15.709+0.833
1370Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari1:16.0961:15.821+0.905
1494Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:15.8731:16.349+0.957
1577Valtteri BottasToyota1:16.2321:16.195+1.279
1637Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:16.7621:16.229+1.313
1713Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:16.4671:16.435+1.519
1823Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1:16.8691:16.869+1.953
1955Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:17.3621:17.143+2.227
2084Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:17.1501:17.361+2.234
2173Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd1:17.2801:17.175+2.259
2299Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Mercedes1:17.4621:17.223+2.307
234Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1:17.7571:17.577+2.661
2498Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1:17.6971:17.734+2.781

* 3-place grid penalty

Report:

Dean Stoneman's spin and stall was the only thing resembling racing happening today.

When the prediction for extreme climate conditions were made in the weeks leading up to the first Marlboro Pilipinas Grand Prix, nobody but the most cynical people expected the event to become one of Formula One’s greatest farces.

After a steaming hot qualifying that saw a couple of drivers nearly lose consciousness and a 1-2 for Caterham, the predicted rain for Sunday would have, in theory, proven to be a welcome relief that would also mix up events. As it turns out, theory is a treacherous thing.

The rain turned out to cause a flash flood, forcing the event to be moved. Despite conditions not improving, the organisers insisted on starting the Grand Prix on Monday afternoon. That would prove to be a mistake.

Under the eyes of packed grandstands despite the horrible weather and the circumstances surrounding the event, F1 only proved capable of driving five laps behind the safety car before the race diretor pulled the plug, which is still enough to have this round count for the championship.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd8:10.7317.5
218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+0.1626
314Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes+0.5875
46Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota+0.9984
564Dave CassidyFerrari+1.3873
629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari+1.7402.5
733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+2.1462
839Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+2.7931.5
923Alexander AlbonFerrari+3.3131
107Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+3.8390.5
1126Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+4.3060
1270Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari+4.8670
1394Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes+5.7330
1477Valtteri BottasToyota+6.1460
1537Kazuki NakajimaToyota+6.6800
1613Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+7.3250
1723Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd+8.0030
1855Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes+8.6840
1985Jack AitkenSauber-Judd+9.4720
2073Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd+10.2310
2199Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Judd+11.5110
2219Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd+12.1270
2398Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd+13.6210
2457Dean StonemanPrecision-MercedesAccident0

Fastest Lap:

Pascal Wehrlein – 1:58.801

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

F1 Fans – Dealing with the extreme conditions to show up in masses is the most praiseworthy achievement of this Grand Prix.

Reject Of The Race:

FASC – their desperate attempt to have the Grand Prix happened hurt the image of the entire sport.