Lewis Hamilton was the 2014 champion, joining Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jim Clark on a list of multiple British champions. The Mercedes driver’s second championship win was six years in the making and a first for the new V6 engine era.
His victory was thanks, in part, to 11 wins and 16 podiums throughout the course of the season. This is a staggering win percentage of 57.89, considerably more than during his victorious 2008 campaign. Only Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher have secured more than 11 (in their case, 13) victories in a single season. Indeed, to have just three winners in one year – Hamilton, his team mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo – is rare and indicative of Mercedes’ dominance this year.
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Although the Mercedes engine was responsible for Mika Hakkinen’s two titles, the German outfit won their first constructors’ championship this year. After all, teams were not eligible for such an accolade during Juan Manuel Fangio’s success in the 1950s. In 2014, Rosberg was also the first German to win the German Grand Prix in a German car propelled by German engine power, a significant milestone for this nation.
In contrast, Sauber struggled with their reliability, finishing just 78.9% of laps. Pastor Maldonado completed the fewest laps of any permanent 2014 driver, finishing just 847, 273 less than Jenson Button. However, this consistency was not enough to score Button a race victory with both McLaren and Ferrari unable to win for the first time since 1980. Lotus made the greatest drop in the constructors’ championship, falling from fourth (with 315 points) to eighth and a total of ten points.
|Driver (Top 10)||Laps Completed (of a possible 1134)|
Interestingly, the Raikkonen/Alonso battle was not as close as expected with the latter out-scoring his team mate 16-3 in 2014. Alonso also made 17 Q3 appearances over Raikkonen’s eight, thus immediately gaining an advantage. Meanwhile Rosberg, seemingly in the form of his life, was the only drivers to make all 19 top-ten shoot outs throughout the season. This extra practice undoubtedly gave the German an advantage, even gifting him with the highest pole margin of 1.6seconds over Vettel at Silverstone.
Hamilton, the newly-crowned champion led 495 laps, Rosberg 483 and Vettel just one. The four time champion led 684 laps in 2013 but was off the pace in his last ever Red Bull challenger. Sergio Perez found himself running in first for eleven rotations while the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas fronted 34 between them. The British outfit also showed the greatest improvement in 2014 to score 320 points, 315 points more than their 2013 haul. Their new line up, a title sponsorship deal with Martini and significant staff changes all contributed to this change.
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|Sebastian Vettel||1 (down from 684 in 2013)|
Tyres also played a considerable part in the 2014 drama. A total of 1101 sets of Pirelli were utilised, of which 463 were a soft compound. Remarkably, Monza’s tough bends and challenging circuit caused the fewest pit stops of the year – 23 tyre changes were made at the Italian round. Hamilton was the victor at the historic circuit, winning from pole in just one hour, 19 minutes at the shortest Grand Prix of the season.
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