The 2014 Russian Grand Prix (formally the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix) was the sixteenth race of the 2014 Formula One Season. It was the first running of the Russian Grand Prix as a round of the Formula One World Championship. It was held between October 10 and October 12, 2014.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of Nico Rosberg after Valtteri Bottas' tyres gave up on his fast lap. The race saw extremely low degradation. Hamilton won very easily, while Rosberg, having flat-spotted both his front tyres on first lap, managed to finish second despite spending 52 laps on the medium compound tyre. Bottas finished third. Back down the grid, Max Chilton, Marussia's sole entrant, retired early on.
Because of some political issues between Russia and the Ukraine, the 2014 Russian Grand Prix was considered for cancellation. However, it was announced part way through the season that this would not happen and that the Russian Grand Prix would take place despite this conflict. Charlie Whiting visited the facility in mid-August and gave the circuit the green light to hold the race.
Jules Bianchi, having suffered a horrendous accident at the previous race, will be medically unable to take part in the race. Alexander Rossi was entered as Marussia's second driver, but he did not drive out of respect to Bianchi.
Mercedes, having extended their championship advantage over Red Bull to 190 points with just 215 remaining, could clinch the Constructors' Championship as long as Red Bull score less than 19 more than Mercedes (post-race, there would be 172 points remaining; simply equaling this total would give Mercedes title victory on wins tiebreaker).
The full entry list for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix is outlined below:
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:44.506||14||1:41.396||9||1:40.338||10|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||1:43.821||12||1:42.061||13||1:39.755||4|
|11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:43.129||6||1:42.090||14||1:40.699||13|
|13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||1:44.876||16||1:42.905||17||No Time||21|
|25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:43.327||9||1:41.531||10||1:40.205||9|
|26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1:43.164||7||1:41.108||8||1:40.009||6|
|27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:43.976||13||1:41.677||12||1:40.669||12|
The full qualifying results for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|5||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||6||1:40.074||5||1:39.296||5||1:39.277||5|
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||12||1:40.519||7||1:39.666||7||1:39.635||6|
|10||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault||10||1:40.354||10||1:39.929||10||1:40.020||9|
|11||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||11||1:40.382||11||1:40.052||10|
|12*||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||9||1:40.273||12||1:40.058||17|
|13||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||13||1:40.723||13||1:40.163||12|
|107% Time: 1:45.672|
- Bold indicates a driver's fastest time in each session.
- * Magnussen, Hülkenberg, and Chilton all received five place grid penalties for a gearbox change.
- † Maldonado received a five place grid penalty for the remainder of a ten place grid penalty for an engine change at the Japanese Grand Prix.
- * Kevin Magnussen was penalized 5 grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change
- ^ Nico Hülkenberg was penalized 5 grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change
- † Pastor Maldonado was penalized 5 grid places for the remainder of 10-place penalty for engine change at the last round
- ‡ Max Chilton was penalized 5 grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change
Both the Mercedes cars made a strong getaway, however Hamilton maintained the lead. Rosberg immediately tucked into the slipstream of his teammate before making a lunge into turn 2. Rosberg locked his brakes before abandoning and cutting the corner.
He exited the corner in the lead, however he had taken a massive advantage in moving off the circuit. Behind him, a number of cars had followed his pathway in cutting the corner. Rosberg was immediately instructed to give the place back to Hamilton, however Rosberg simply replied that he had to box because of the "vibrations". Brundle commenting, "Nico Rosberg's championship has just taken another punch."
Upon pitting, Rosberg's engineer alerted him to being on prime tyres and having to catch up the rest of the field and finish the race on the same compound. 
On lap 12, Chilton was confirmed to have retired from the race.
Upon Alonso's pit-stop on lap 26, the front left tyre struggled to be attached. Ted Kravitz commenting "What a messy stop for Fernando Alonso that was. That's not going to help them and they're losing their battle in the Constructors' Championship with Williams."
In the midfield, Grosjean made a dive down the inside of Sutil at turn 2. The Sauber refused to give way and Grosjean collided with Sutil's right rear to which he spun the Sauber around. Brundle commenting, "A bit clumsy all round but I don't see that Grosjean needs to be penalised for that."
On lap 31, with Vettel entering the pits, Rosberg had stormed back up into third position. Approaching turn 2, Rosberg stormed up the inside of Bottas to take second place. The Williams tried to defend, however he was late on the brakes and cut the corner. Bottas conceded the position after making a very similar mistake to Rosberg's own troubles at the start of the race.
Rosberg was described as being "unleashed" by Croft to which the Mercedes driver would then go on to set the fastest lap of the race. Having been alerted this by his engineer, Rosberg confidently responded, "The tyres still feel really good." Vitaly Petrov standing and watching in awe alongside Toto Wolff in the Mercedes garage.
However with Rosberg botching his start to the race, Hamilton therefore dominated the race to which he took an easy victory having led every lap of the race.
The full results for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- Mercedes' first World Constructors' Championship, also the first for a German constructor.
- Lewis Hamilton's 31st win, tying Nigel Mansell for most wins by a British driver.
- Hamilton's fourth win in a row.
- Valtteri Bottas' first fastest lap.
- Bottas' fifth podium finish.
- Adrian Sutil's 125th Grand Prix.
- Kamui Kobayashi's 75th entry (73rd start).
- Marussia's final race.
Standings after race
- FORMULA 1. (2015, March 13). 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX - Race Highlights. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDH4rBksMyQ
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