21st August 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Tomorrow the second half of the 2014 Formula One season gets underway in Spa-Francorchamps.
Though Mercedes have dominated the season so far we’ve still had an exciting start to the season.
Prepare for the second half of 2014 with the F1Plus season recap.
1. Australian Grand Prix - 1. Nico Rosberg, 2. Kevin Magnussen, 3. Jenson Button
The season got off to a controversial start in Melbourne when Red Bull Racing’s new driver Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from his second place finish after his fuel flow sensor was discovered to be allowing more fuel through than permitted.
Nico Rosberg drew first blood taking the first win of the season while teammate Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire with an engine issue.
McLaren put in a strong showing, raising hopes that they had risen above the issues they had in 2013. Ricciardo’s disqualification promoted Jenson Button to third place meaning both McLaren drivers finished on the podium.
Lotus had a difficult start with both drivers retiring with power unit failures.
Rookie Daniil Kvyat finished ninth in his first race, picking up two points for Toro Rosso.
Max Chilton finished 13th, his highest finish so far this year, which meant Marussia took 10th in the constructors’ standings as both Caterham’s and Chilton’s teammate Jules Bianchi retired.
2. Malaysian Grand Prix - 1. Lewis Hamilton, 2. Nico Rosberg, 3. Sebastian Vettel
Hamilton dominated the race taking his first victory of the year with teammate Rosberg finishing second and reigning world champion Vettel third.
Williams frustrated their fans by giving Felipe Massa team orders to move aside for Valtteri Bottas. Ultimately Massa did not move aside for his teammate and finished ahead of him.
Ricciardo was running well in fourth place until his second pit stop where everything fell apart.
When he tried to leave the pitlane his front left tyre wasn’t properly attached and he was pushed back to his pit box.
After having his wheel reattached there was an issue with his front wing which caused him to retire which resulted in his retirement. Post-race he was given a 10 place grid penalty for Bahrain for the unsafe release.
Bianchi and Pastor Maldonado’s collided and were both forced to retire later on with mechanical issues caused by the incident.
3. Bahrain Grand Prix - 1. Lewis Hamilton, 2. Nico Rosberg, 3. Sergio Perez
For the first time Bahrain was run as a night race and provided us with one of the best races of the season.
The Mercedes pair dominated again with Hamilton and Rosberg spending most of the race battling for the lead. Hamilton won with Rosberg finishing second, picking up maximum points for the team and cementing Mercedes place as the team to be reckoned with in 2014.
Meanwhile Sergio Perez put in his first podium finish for Force India.
On lap 41 Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez made contact, which resulted in Gutierrez’s Sauber being flipped over. Maldonado picked up a five place grid penalty for the incident.
McLaren had a particularly miserable race with both Button and Magnussen retiring with a clutch issue.
4. Chinese Grand Prix - 1. Lewis Hamilton, 2. Nico Rosberg, 3. Fernando Alonso
Hamilton won a lights out to chequered flag finish in China with Rosberg finishing second resulting in the Mercedes duo picking up maximum points yet again.
Alonso had a strong race and finished on the podium for the first time this season.
A mistake resulted in the chequered flag being waved on lap 55 instead of 56. Regulations dictate that the race therefore finished on lap 54.
5. Spanish Grand Prix - 1. Lewis Hamilton, 2. Nico Rosberg, 3. Daniel Ricciardo
Yet again Hamilton secured the top spot on the podium with Rosberg in second. Hamilton’s fourth win of the season was enough for him to take back the lead in the drivers’ title from Rosberg.
Ricciardo took his first podium finish of the year with Vettel finishing fourth.
Valtteri Bottas put in a strong performance to cross the line fifth while Grosjean finished in the points for the first time this season.
6. Monaco Grand Prix - 1. Nico Rosberg, 2. Lewis Hamilton, 3. Daniel Ricciardo
Rosberg ignited controversy during qualifying when he ran deep in Mirabeau, bringing out yellow flags that meant Hamilton could not better his lap time to attempt to take pole.
It was alleged that Rosberg had done it on purpose to prevent Hamilton from taking pole.
The incident was investigated by the stewards who decided that Rosberg had not done anything wrong.
Towards the end of the race Hamilton almost caught Rosberg but had a vision issue which saw him drop back to finish second. Rosberg’s win meant that he reclaimed the drivers’ championship lead.
Bianchi put in his best performance of the season, finishing ninth and picking up his and Marussia’s first F1 points.
The Frenchman’s ninth place meant Marussia passed Sauber in the constructors’ championship to take ninth place.
7. Canadian Grand Prix - 1. Daniel Ricciardo, 2. Nico Rosberg, 3. Sebastian Vettel
After putting in strong performances in previous races it seemed it was only a matter of time before Ricciardo took his first F1 win.
Both Mercedes drivers suffered with MGU-K issues and Hamilton was later forced to retire when his brakes failed.
Rosberg was able to continue but was running slower which allowed Ricciardo to pass him towards the end of the race.
On the last lap Massa and Sergio Perez had a collision which registered 27G.
Stewards investigated the incident and decided that Perez was at fault and gave him a five place grid penalty for Austria.
8. Austrian Grand Prix - 1. Nico Rosberg, 2. Lewis Hamilton, 3. Valtteri Bottas
F1 returned to Austria for the first time since 2003.
During qualifying the Williams’ were strong with Massa taking pole and Bottas second.
They performed well during the race only dropping a couple of positions for Bottas to take his first podium finish and Massa finished fourth.
Rosberg took his third win of the season and teammate Hamilton finished behind him.
Meanwhile at Red Bull, Vettel was forced to retire on lap two after losing drive while Ricciardo finished eighth, his lowest finishing position of the year.
9. British Grand Prix - 1. Lewis Hamilton, 2. Valtteri Bottas, 3. Daniel Ricciardo
The race was red flagged after Kimi Raikkonen crashed on lap one and made contact with Massa, who tried to swerve to avoid the incident.
Racing restarted at Silverstone an hour later once the guardrail had been repaired.
Rosberg suffered his first retirement of the year when his gearbox failed, allowing Hamilton to take the win which closed his gap to Rosberg to just four points.
Bottas was competitive in Silverstone and finished second.
Yet again Ricciardo was the fastest Red Bull and took his fourth podium finish of the year while teammate Vettel finished fifth.
10. German Grand Prix - 1. Nico Rosberg, 2. Valtteri Bottas, 3. Lewis Hamilton
Rosberg stood on the top step of the podium in front of his home crowd after leading from lights out to the chequered flag.
A gearbox penalty meant Hamilton started 20th but he put in a storming drive to finish third.
Bottas performed well in qualifying again to start second and kept his position to finish second again.
Massa retired on the first lap again after a collision with Magnussen which saw Massa’s car flip over.
For the first time in a few races Vettel was the fastest Red Bull and finished fourth with Ricciardo in sixth.
11. Hungarian Grand Prix - 1. Daniel Ricciardo, 2. Fernando Alonso, 3. Lewis Hamilton
We bid the first half of the season goodbye with a thrilling race in Hungary which saw Ricciardo take his second win of the season.
Rain shortly before the race meant all drivers started on intermediate tyres.
Towards the end of the race Alonso held off Hamilton to finish second, his best result since the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton received team orders from Mercedes to allow Rosberg through. The Brit stood firm to finish third with Rosberg fourth.