Problems in Rosberg’s car’s wiring loom just before the start of this Grand Prix predicted a troublesome race for the German driver who had to retire after several laps. This handed over a lot of points to his team mate Lewis Hamilton —who enjoyed a clean weekend— in their race for the Driver’s Championship.
This was the best finish of the year for Sebastian Vettel, finishing ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The Safety Car played an important strategic role. Until then, Fernando Alonso was holding 2nd place and would have made a podium if he hadn’t got to pit to get on a set of tyres he could run to the end of the race with.
Further back, Kimi Raikkonen got stuck behind Felipe Massa, who used and aggressive three stop strategy to jump ahead of the Finn. On the other hand, Valtteri Bottas had a good chance to finish in the points but the grip on his tyres faded away in the closing stages of the race dropping form P6 to P11.
Jean-Eric Vergne equalled the best result of his career so far with sixth place, but was given five-second penalties on two occasions.
— Xevi Pujolar (@xevipujolar) September 22, 2014
Following, I provide the plots so you may draw your own conclusions.
This plot shows the difference to the average pace of the race winner. That is, the difference to the average lap time, including pit stops.
The steeper the curve, the faster the lap; and as the curves are generated from cumulative sums of lap times, a negative slope implies a lap time which is quicker that the average.