2014 Malaysian Grand Prix team-mate battles

Red Bull LogoSebastian Vettel
Standings: Vettel 1, Ricciardo 1

Seb was on top in both qualifying and the race and has leveled the score with Dan after two races. Vettel looked to be the quicker driver throughout the race, if only marginally. Ricciardo was certainly more of a hassle than qualifying may have suggested and Vettel will be pleased to have scored 15 points for third place and be well ahead of his team-mate. Ricciardo is quick but at the moment Vettel looks like he’s still out-and-out the quicker racer. Ricciardo has a long way to go yet, but his season has started promisingly and Vettel will need to continue strong results like these to beat his new team-mate.

Ferrari LogoFernando Alonso
Standings: Alonso 2, Raikkonen 0

Despite being hit by the kamikaze Kvyat in qualifying, Alonso still managed to bring the car across the line for fourth place – quite an impressive achievement all things considered. In the race he got away cleanly while Raikkonen suffered a direct hit by Magnussen, all but ending his chances for a strong result in Malaysia. Raikkonen is still getting to grips with his new Ferrari and Alonso will be happy to have improved his lead over Kimi.

mcLaren logoJenson Button
Standings: Button 1, Magnussen 1

After a fantastic debut, Magnussen made a bit of a tit of himself at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix. The penalty that followed hurt his race and he was unable to recover by the end of the event. A typical steady-if-not-unspectacular result from Button, but he’s finished ahead of Kevin and that’s all he needs to do right now.

Lotus F1 Team -  Official LogoRomain Grosjean
Standings: Grosjean 2, Maldonado 0

The Lotus pair lined up side-by-side on Sunday but unfortunately they were side-by-side at the bottom end of the grid. The team’s poor fortunes continued in Malaysia, with Pastor going through another power unit and Grosjean finishing a lap down and out of the points. But hey, Romain nearly got a point. That’s good news – right?

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Lewis Hamilton

Standings: Rosberg 1, Hamilton 1

After a tough Melbourne Lewis jumped back into the game with pole, fastest lap and the win. He nearly lead the entire event, except for briefly being headed by Hulkenberg when the Brit came out of the pits. It’ll be comforting to Lewis to know he’s able to push so much and receive so much in return from his car and the next few races could prove crucial to establishing the order within Mercedes. Nico didn’t have Lewis’s pace on Saturday or Sunday, but he still leads the championship.

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Esteban Gutierez

Standingse: Sutil 1, Gutierrez 1

Esteban shone in Saturday’s overcast conditions but both drivers would eventually retire within a couple of laps of each other. A tough early season for Sauber, a team who need results to secure their future, but the team may have some strong updates coming through for the start of the European leg.

Then again, they may not.

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Nico Hulkenberg
Standings: Hulkenberg 2, Perez 0

Nico could have trundled around on Sunday and would have received the point over Perez due to the Mexican driver’s mechanical gremlins forcing him out of the race before it started. As it happens, Nico did nothing close to trundling and was a genuine top-four contender for much of the race. The 2014 Force India doesn’t quite have the pace to be confident of results like that so both Nico and the team will be very satisfied they were able to pull that result out of the bag. Now onto Bahrain.

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Valtteri Bottas
Standings: Bottas 2, Massa 0

Massa qualified ahead and finished ahead, yet I’ve given the point to Bottas. Why, you ask? Because of Felipe’s disregard for reality when addressing the media following the team orders incident. I don’t frown on Massa for refusing to let him past (good on him), but telling the media after the race that Bottas had no chance in catching the car in front was an absolute joke. The Finn was miles faster than Massa and would have had a great opportunity to nab some extra points for Williams had Felipe let him by. As it was, selfishness won out. For shame.

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Jean-Eric Vergne

Standings: Vergne 1, Kvyat 1

Jean-Eric retired from the race relatively early on, but he out-qualified his team-mate while Kvyat nearly took Alonso out in a clumsy move up the inside. The Russian showed in Melbourne he’s able to perform, but a level-headed approach is as important as speed in F1 and that could take some time to sort out.

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Kamui Kobayashi

Standings: Kobayashi 1, Ericsson 1

Kamui was on top in qualifying and then lead home Ericsson for Caterham’s equal second-best ever result. You’ve gotta hope the team will get more opportunities like this in the future, but time’s running out and they’ll need a fair bit of luck if they’re to crack into the top-ten before Tony Fernandez pulls the plug on the operation.

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Max Chilton
Standings: Bianchi 0, Chilton 2

Max was put back in his place in qualifying but Jules made a clumsy move on Maldonado on the opening lap to ruin his weekend. As Martin Brundle said, when you’re driving a car like the Marussia your priority is on bringing the car home and not doing dangerous overtaking maneuvers. Bianchi needs to forget the race and move onto Bahrain. Max. . .  Max needs to do something more than finish last every race.

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Ambient race start noise with 2014 1.6L V6 turbo F1 engines

Audio of the start of the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, taken from an unenclosed spectator area. It should be noted that when sitting in the main straight, or anywhere where the audio reverberated of a structure, the engine noise was much louder.

 


 

Audio was recorded approximately from where the blue spot is on the map, well away from the two main straights' amphitheater.

Audio was recorded approximately from where the blue spot is on the map, well away from the two main straights’ amphitheater.

 

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Photos from the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Nightmasters Race Meeting, Barbagallo Raceway (22/03/2014)

Peter Major, Wheels World

Peter Major, Wheels World

Shaydan Penniment, Matsos Brewery

Shaydan Penniment, Matso’s Brewery

Homan Ho

Homan Ho

(Left to right) Anthony Martin, Fleetcare and Fastlane Racing, and Peter Major, Wheels World

(Left to right) Anthony Martin, Fleetcare and Fastlane Racing, and Peter Major, Wheels World

Shaun Mulquiney, SBM Financial Services

Shaun Mulquiney, SBM Financial Services

(Left to right) Marc Watkins, Beach Road Tyers and Breaks, and Grant Ord, Hasties Limestone

(Left to right) Marc Watkins, Beach Road Tyers and Breaks, and Grant Ord, Hasties Limestone

(Left to right) John Harwood, and Graeme Dawson, J and J Automotive

(Left to right) John Harwood, and Graeme Dawson, J and J Automotive

David Ward

David Ward

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Glenn Badger, Ulster Kennel

Glenn Badger, Ulster Kennel

Terry Mason, T and N Sheetmetal

Terry Mason, T and N Sheetmetal

Claude Giorgi, Giorgi Exclusive Homes and Bar

Claude Giorgi, Giorgi Exclusive Homes and Bar

(Left to right)  Kim Ledger, LF Performance, and Brad Cuss

(Left to right) Kim Ledger, LF Performance, and Brad Cuss

Claude Giorgi, Giorgi Exclusive Homes and Bar

Claude Giorgi, Giorgi Exclusive Homes and Bar

Wayne Chrystal, Onsite Rental Group

Wayne Chrystal, Onsite Rental Group

Troy Harper

Troy Harper

Shane Attwell, KTEC

Shane Attwell, KTEC

(Left to right) Bill Meeke, and Mark Jones, Widdesons Hire

(Left to right) Bill Meeke, and Mark Jones, Widdesons Hire

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David Ward

Mark Jones, Widdesons Hire

Mark Jones, Widdesons Hire

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Troy Harper

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2014 Australian Grand Prix team-mate battles

Red Bull LogoDaniel Ricciardo
Standings: Vettel 0, Ricciardo 1

Even though Ricciardo was later disqualified from the race owing to a fuel intake rule infringement, the Australian was flawless all weekend. Quickest in Q1 and second fastest in Q3, ahead of team-mate Vettel throughout qualifying, he achieved the maximum that could be fathomed from the RB10. Sebastian struggled with engine issues all weekend, but the German would have been very, very unlikely to have bettered Dan’s performance. The pair head to Malaysia with zero points and for them the season starts in Sepang.

Ferrari LogoFernando Alonso
Standings: Alonso 1, Raikkonen 0

Ferrari don’t look great at this stage in the season, but they do seem competent. Alonso was ahead of Raikkonen all weekend and has already shown himself to be much more comfortable in the car than his new team-mate. Kimi’s crash in qualifying will have done nothing for his confidence at this stage of the season and his lack of pace on Sunday will have made matters worse. The pair are incredibly experienced, though, so the battle should be tighter in future races.

mcLaren logoKevin Magnussen
Standings: Button 0, Magnussen 1

Kevin was outstanding on Saturday, qualifying in fourth place and well ahead of his team-mate. Unfortunately for the rookie his performance was somewhat overshadowed by Ricciardo’s surprise challenge for pole, but a strong drive on Sunday was all McLaren needed to justify their bringing in a rookie for the year. Jenson had pace, but wasn’t able to match Kevin on Sunday. The last two rookies McLaren have brought in have reached the podium on their debut race – could we see another Hamilton-esque performance from Magnussen in 2014?

Lotus F1 Team -  Official LogoRomain Grosjean
Standings: Grosjean 1, Maldonado 0

Lotus’s weekend could best be described, in short, as “bloody awful”. That’s as much as it deserves. The pair were last and second last in qualifying and both retired during the race. Grosjean takes first blood on this occasion only because his car lasted longer than Maldonado’s, which was by no means the Venezuelan’s fault.

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Nico Rosberg
Standings: Rosberg 1, Hamilton 0

Despite being bested in qualifying, Nico surged home to victory after Hamilton’s early-race mechanical failure. Perhaps Lewis could have challenged for the victory today but we’ll have to wait until Malaysia to see what he’s capable of in a race distance. With Rosberg heading Ricciardo by over 20 seconds, it’s safe to say barring mechanical issues Mercedes would have filled the top two places in Melbourne.

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Adrian Sutil
Standingse: Sutil 1, Gutierrez 0

The Sauber pair were absolutely anonymous in Melbourne. A point has to be awarded, so it goes to Sutil who finished ahead of his team-mate on this occasion.

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Nico Hulkenberg
Standings: Hulkenberg 1, Perez 0

Double points for Force India and a race that should give the team confidence heading to Malaysia. Hulkenberg did his usual stellar performance while Sergio just sneaked into the top-ten. I sense 2014 will consistently show results like these.

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Valtteri Bottas
Standings: Bottas 1, Massa 0

Despite clonking the wall and losing a tyre, Bottas recovered to fifth by the end. It was a drive that suggests Williams will be near the front in Malaysia if they can put on a flawless weekend. Felipe was the victim of a first-corner flying Kobayashi and can’t be held to blame in any sort of way.

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Daniil Kvyat
Standings: Vergne 0, Kvyat

Vergne may have finished ahead, but Kvyat was outstanding on debut. Barely a foot wrong all weekend (except for his qualifying mishap), he’s started to put the pressure on Vergne already. Jean-Eric looked a little erratic at times on Sunday and will need to put his head down if he wants to remain at Toro Rosso. He said he thought he could perform at Red Bull and being matched by Kvyat won’t do him any favours. If Daniil can continue to perform like this all year, he’ll have options open to him for 2015 without a doubt.

On a side note, Kvyat is now the youngest points scorer in F1.

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Marcus Ericsson
Standings: Kobayashi 0, Ericsson 1

Kobayashi flew off at the first corner, admittedly the fault of a brake failure and not of the driver, taking Massa with him. Ericsson, while not necessarily the quickest chap on the track today, continued circulating and will have gathered important information for the team and himself before an oil failure put an end to his race. Kamui will bounce back in Malaysia, but for now Marcus is probably sleeping more comfortably than his team-mate.

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Max Chilton
Standings: Bianchi 0, Chilton 1

While Max didn’t seem as fast as Bianchi, he did manage to go on to finish his 20th consecutive race from debut. Jules was eight laps down at the end and wasn’t classified at the result, but the young Briton continued his unblemished record and will have made a few mechanics in Marussia smile. Neither of the two backmarkers look particularly likely to score points any time soon, so a freak result before the European leg of the championship is necessary if either team is likely to get a score on the board this year.

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