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Italian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2014

Circuit information
CircuitAutodromo Nazionale Monza
TimezoneGMT +01:00
Race debut1950
Length5.793 km
Distance306.720 km
Line offset0.309 km

With the Mercedes team desperately trying to recover from the very public post-Spa meltdown, all eyes turned to Monza for the next installment of the 2014 saga. As well as the championship leaders, Ferrari were feeling the pressure in terms of results and leadership, and with driver contracts being announced, everyone wanted to put on a good show to secure a race seat for the following year.

Event overview

Mercedes managed to handle the fall-out from the Belgian Grand Prix by sanctioning Nico Rosberg, who later apologised many times, and revealing the two were still perfectly free to race. As long as there was no more crashing. Monza arrived, nice and sunny, and on Saturday, qualifying saw Lewis Hamilton get the top honours.

Daniil Kvyat became the first driver of the season to fall foul of the long-life power unit ruling, taking a ten place grid drop for swapping out the engine on Friday. Kimi Räikkönen failed to put in a good lap time that saw him qualify outside the top ten, but Fernando Alonso couldn’t get that much further. Williams lined up on the second row behind the two Mercedes drivers, with the two McLarens following them.

Hamilton had a slow start to the formation lap, bogged down off the line but quickly regaining his position at the front of the train. The same thing happened when the race itself started, allowing Rosberg to get ahead. Lewis dropped back to fourth place, with Bottas getting caught up behind him and dropping out of the top ten.

That provided most of the entertainment for the afternoon. As Monza’s high speed track favoured a one-stop strategy over anything else, most of the overtaking had to be done out on track. Bottas fought through the field, rising back up the order twice – before and after his pit stop. In turn, Hamilton clawed his way back to second place, and during the second stint, pressured race leader Rosberg into making a mistake.

Nico had already run straight on at the first chicane, losing time as he weaved through the off-track markers. He repeated the incident, handing the lead to his teammate, who went on to win the race.

Elsewhere, Max Chilton made an early exit after hitting the kerbs. The Marussia flew through the air and landed in the gravel trap. The Brit was winded but climbed from the car okay. Fernando Alonso also finished his race early, bringing out the yellow flags. The Ferrari suffered a loss of power that took the Spaniard off track and out of the race for his first retirement of the season.

Not wanting Bottas to get all the glory, Daniel Ricciardo was also putting on a good show and overtaking wherever possible. Both he and teammate Sebastian Vettel hadn’t qualified as high as they would have liked, but they made the best of it. Vettel was the first of the front runners to come in for a pit stop, meaning his tyres were older by the end of the race and he fell back finishing sixth to his teammate’s fifth.

The stewards were kept busy investigating several incident. Kevin Magnussen was given a five second stop/go penalty for pushing Valtteri Bottas wide off track. The penalty had to be converted into a post-race time addition, which dropped the McLaren driver to tenth place. Gutiérrez and Grosjean were also investigated for a collision in which the Sauber driver turned in on the Lotus, with Esteban picking up a post-race penalty.

There were lots of battles throughout the race, with Button on Pérez, Kvyat versus Hülkenber,g and Bottas against most of the field. Kvyat picked up a brake failure on the final lap which saw him run straight on through a chicane at high speed. The Russian was impressively able to retain control and reportedly finished the race without the use of brakes.

Lewis Hamilton took victory, with teammate Nico Rosberg just three seconds behind him on track. Felipe Massa finished third, picking up his first podium of the season, and thus for the Williams team. Bottas missed out on the podium in fourth place. The results consolidated Williams’ strong third place in the team standings, whilst Hamilton closed the gap to Rosberg in the driver’s championship.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
05 SepFridayFree Practice 109:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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06 SepSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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07 SepSundayGrand Prix13:00
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