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Starting grid - Japan 2014

Vergne and Maldonado take power unit penalties

Sidepodcast: Starting grid - Japan 2014

by Christine

Whilst the attention was on when Sebastian Vettel would fall foul of the long-life component regulations and take a ten place grid drop, two other drivers beat him to it. Pastor Maldonado was given the penalty after changing his engine earlier in the weekend - as he didn't qualify high enough up the order to take the full ten place drop, some of the penalty will be carried forward to the next race weekend. Jean-Éric Vergne, however, did qualify in 11th, but then dropped down to the rear of the field after his own penalty.

Qualifying results - Japan 2014

Mercedes lead Williams as Red Bull drop back

Sidepodcast: Qualifying results - Japan 2014

by Christine

The battle for pole position was only ever going to be between the Mercedes drivers, and this time it was Nico Rosberg who took top billing around the Suzuka track. Williams managed to lock out the second row with Valtteri Bottas pipping Felipe Massa by four tenths of a second. Further back, the Red Bull team opted for a wet setup in preparation for the race tomorrow, which compromised their pace over one lap.

Free Practice 2 results - Japan 2014

Ricciardo, Gutiérrez and Kobayashi all crash at Suzuka

Sidepodcast: Free Practice 2 results - Japan 2014

by Christine

Where the first practice session was relatively quiet, the second had barely gotten going before drivers were in the wall. Kamui Kobayashi sat out the first session in favour of Friday driver Roberto Merhi, and his inexperience showed as he crashed into the barriers early on. Daniel Ricciardo also ended up with his Red Bull squashed into the tyre barrier, with Esteban Gutiérrez rounding out the hat trick later in the session.

Free Practice 1 results - Japan 2014

Rosberg pips Hamilton as Verstappen makes his F1 debut

Sidepodcast: Free Practice 1 results - Japan 2014

by Christine

It was a quiet first session at Suzuka as the drivers got used to the track and the challenge awaiting them. All eyes were on Max Verstappen who made his practice debut for Toro Rosso and thus became the youngest ever F1 driver to participate in a session. He did quite well, avoided a crash with fellow Friday driver Robert Merhi in the Caterham, but ended the morning run with an engine problem.

Fastest laps - Singapore 2014

Hamilton tops the board with Toro Rosso close behind

Sidepodcast: Fastest laps - Singapore 2014

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton easily posted the fastest lap by more than a second, untroubled as he was by teammate Nico Rosberg. Kevin Magnussen made the most of the Mercedes engine on board his McLaren to be second fastest, but the surprise of the day was the pace of the Toro Rosso drivers. They were third and fourth on the list, with just two tenths of a second between them. Max Chilton still managed to be slower than Jenson Button, despite the fact the McLaren driver didn't get to the end of the race.

Driver standings - Singapore 2014

Hamilton moves into the lead of the F1 World Championship

Sidepodcast: Driver standings - Singapore 2014

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton's race victory allowed him to take the lead of the championship for the first time since Spain, with three points now the gap between him and teammate Nico Rosberg. Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have both made improvements after their good finishes this weekend, whilst Valtteri Bottas's drop out of the points on the final few laps has pushed him down to sixth place.

Race results - Singapore 2014

Hamilton wins ahead of the Red Bulls, as Rosberg retires

Sidepodcast: Race results - Singapore 2014

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton led a tense race, untroubled by his teammate who was forced to start from the pit lane and eventually retire from the race. Instead, the focus was on the Red Bull drivers, who took on a different strategy to the sole Mercedes after a safety car period. The safety car came out due to Sergio Pérez's front wing exploding across the track, and the lengthy slow circling did bring about a lull in proceedings.

Starting grid - Singapore 2014

No penalties affect the grid for the 2014 night race

Sidepodcast: Starting grid - Singapore 2014

by Christine

Amazingly, considering the number of reliability problems we've seen so far this weekend, there are no penalties to be had on the grid. That means Lewis Hamilton takes his pole position without incident, and will face off teammate Nico Rosberg down the short run to the first corner. Red Bull will hope to stop them, or at least pick up the pieces from any incident, as they follow the two off the line.

Qualifying results - Singapore 2014

Hamilton pips Rosberg to pole as Ferrari and Lotus lose power

Sidepodcast: Qualifying results - Singapore 2014

by Christine

Although at the end of the session, it was a familiar front row of the two Mercedes drivers, they didn't look quite as dominant as they have done previously in the season. Red Bull were the next fastest, but for a while it looked as though Ferrari might be able to jump ahead. Kimi Räikkönen had to ditch his last flying lap attempts, though, after the car developed a power unit problem.

Fastest laps - Italy 2014

Hamilton returns to the top of the fastest drivers table

Sidepodcast: Fastest laps - Italy 2014

by Christine

The two Mercedes drivers were within two tenths of each other at Monza, showing just how close that battle is. It was Lewis Hamilton that took the win, and he also scooped the fastest lap of the race as well, with Nico Rosberg having to settle behind for both. Felipe Massa was third fastest with Daniil Kvyat making yet another name for himself as a fast driver on the day.

Team standings - Italy 2014

Williams move up to third, dropping Ferrari behind them

Sidepodcast: Team standings - Italy 2014

by Christine

Mercedes scooped another 1-2 finish in Monza, allowing them to continue their domination at the top of the table. Red Bull didn't have such a strong weekend here, although both drivers finished in the points. Williams, however, picked up a podium position with Massa in third, and Bottas just behind in fourth. That allowed them to get back in front of Ferrari, with a bigger gap than we've seen for a long while.

Driver standings - Italy 2014

Three drivers move up the order after Monza race

Sidepodcast: Driver standings - Italy 2014

by Christine

There were three drivers who reaped rewards after the Italian Grand Prix, starting with Valtteri Bottas. The Williams driver just missed out on a podium finish at Monza, but still picked up enough points to jump Fernando Alonso in the standings - the Ferrari driver having retired from the race. Jenson Button jumped ahead of Nico Hülkenberg with two points difference between the two. However, the other Force India of Sergio Pérez leapfrogged the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen with just a single point between them.

Race results - Italy 2014

Hamilton wins the race with Williams closing the gap

Sidepodcast: Race results - Italy 2014

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton had a poor start to the race, but made up for it during the afternoon to regain his position in the lead. He took the chequered flag and won, with teammate Nico Rosberg settling for second place. Behind them, there was overtaking aplenty. Valtteri Bottas got caught up behind Hamilton's bad start and lost a lot of position but boy did he reclaim them during the race.