Melrose Versus Kirchhöfer Results in Closest Finish in F1 History


13Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:12.344
27Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:12.541
373Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:12.695
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:12.741
564Dave CassidyFerrari1:12.892
647Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:12.901
76Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:12.925
833Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:13.167
955Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:13.170
1027Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:13.220
1111James James DaviesToyota1:13.790
1235Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:13.812
1394Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:14.028
1496Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:14.146
1599Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:14.276
1614Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:14.401
171Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:14.732
1819Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:15.394
1957Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:15.439
2022Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:15.694
2156Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:15.844
2223Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:15.900
2310Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:16.108
2498Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:16.386


Coming out of the final corner, Kirchhöfer was made an attempt at making history; he and Melrose ended up doing so.

When the two Sauber drivers had a 1-2 seperated by 0.033 seconds at the end of the Cyprus Grand Prix, historic measurements made it unclear whether that finish was closer than the legendary photo finish F1 had called its closest before.

Marvin Kirchhöfer and Daniel Melrose, in their battle that lasted for the early part of the race and for the final part of the race put an end to this debate by settling their brawl by only 0.009 seconds, the experienced “German” beating the young German.

Both had the key roles in a race that saw the usual stars fighting in the midfield. Sebastian Vettel disappointed with driver errors all day long; the Precisions and Lando Norris were limited by their strategy and its execution and Ferrari just did not have enough pace.

Where they did not quite succeed, BR Mansell did. Profiting from a slowing Charles Leclerc in the final laps, they achieved their first Formula One podium with a 3-4 finish. Calinetic would have loved to get points, but the collision between their drivers prevented this from happening.


173Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari57:01.87715
23Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari+0.00912
36Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+14.28510
435Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+18.2628
57Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+23.5396
633Salvatore MiccoliFerrari+29.5685
714Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes+33.3794
827Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+38.5113
91Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+39.9952
1099Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+42.4901
1164Dave CassidyFerrari+46.2660
1247Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+56.1360
1322Kazuki NakajimaToyota+63.7670
1410Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd+70.3970
1511James James DaviesToyota1 Lap0
1698Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1 Lap0
1723Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1 Lap0
1855Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-FerrariTransmission0
DNF18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddAccident0
DNF96Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-MercedesHydrogen Leak0
DNF94Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-JuddCollision0
DNF56Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-JuddCollision0
DNF57Dean StonemanSauber-JuddMotor0
DNF19Jordan DaviesTheodore-FerrariAccident0

Fastest Lap:

Charles Leclerc – 1:15.232

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Marcel Agyemang-Badu – despite struggling in qualifying, he managed to fight himself back up the order.

Reject Of The Race:

Sebastian Vettel – one of the rare off-races of the two-time champion.