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[For those who are new to the page – TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]
Another week, another controversy at the pinnacle of Motorsport as this time the world questioned whether we had just witnessed a fix. Chicane-gate will only add to the narrative of the 2014 season, which has seen puncture-gate, escape road-gate, illegal engine settings-gate and a German team wanting a German driver to win–gate. The final part of this story seems fitting that it will be decided by double-points gate, as the only thing more strange would be gate-gate. All involved in Formula One will only hope there is not a repeat of crash-gate as we head to Singapore.
The one thing nobody can question this weekend was that Nico Rosberg was slower than Lewis Hamilton. If that does not play on his mind then the booing certainly will, as they head to a completely different style of circuit around the streets of Singapore. Can anybody see a Red Bull driver getting amongst the Mercedes drivers or perhaps even gate crashing (see what I did there) the Mercedes party?
So what really happened?
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg: While many, including myself, have their suspicions about the race result as there is nothing proven, #LH44 keeps the win. An important win as he wrestles back the momentum.
Valtteri Bottas: Even if Bottas had made a good start off the line, he would have run into trouble in the form of Lewis Hamilton as he limped away from pole. Massa’s start was not flying, but he retains his first podium of 2014.
Fernando Alonso: A poor performance was masked by the retirement of the lead Ferrari driver. Some have said it was the worst possible place to do so, but in truth it would be worse to finish very lowly. The retirement gave the Spaniard and the team a get-out clause, when at best all they could have hoped for was a gross 9th , net 10th position, including Magnussen’s penalty.
Nico Hulkenberg: A damaged floor put pay to what could have been a double points finish for the Force India team as they continue to do battle with McLaren. Nico is awarded 9th place for his efforts.
Kevin Magnussen: Many have commented that he was unlucky to finish where he did after being given a penalty. I agree, but the stewards’ decision is final…
Max Chilton: Driver error was the result of Super Max retiring, therefore he remains retired.
Daniil Kvyat: Even with failing brakes at the end of the race, it is unlikely he would have finished ahead of Magnussen when his 5 second penalty was applied. He remains in position for what was an impressive recovery drive from a 21st position start after his 10 place grid penalty.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|22||Max Chilton||= RETIRED||0||=||20||22|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
*Those with 0 points will not be ordered
What they would have said
Instead of being able to focus on the retirement of the prancing horse the tifosi would have been forced to face the reality that their favourite red car was struggling to clear the McLaren of Button. Monza 2014 will not go down as one to remember for the Ferrari squad, but there again not many races this year will.
It seems that if it could have gone wrong for Kvyat, it did go wrong this weekend. One bit of solace the young Russian can take from the weekend is the fact his fastest lap was the quickest of all the Renault runners. The 1:28.486 was almost a full tenth quicker than the sister Bull of Ricciardo ahead. Should Vettel leave in the next couple of years, Kvyat is lining himself up well to take the front running seat.
Quote of the Day
The quote for this week comes from Derek Jeter, the long-serving American baseball player said, “I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.”
There are those that doubt Nico following his ‘buckling to the pressure’ of Lewis in Italy. Singapore will be of paramount importance for who carries the impetus for the rest of the start of the flyaway races – so don’t miss the action!