unfortunately sometimes there is no time to react,” said Kvyat. “I had no time to react to Seb’s braking. When you are one metre behind a car at 150km/h and suddenly someone brakes, it’s unavoidable. It’s not great but sometimes these things happen. It’s probably the not the nicest rst lap in my career, but I will learn from it.”
Vettel went to speak with his former team boss Christian Horner on the Red Bull pitwall during the race and Horner admitted later that all he could do was apologise to Vettel.
The Safety Car was deployed to clear up the Vettel incident and a further Turn 2 drama involving Hülkenberg and Haryanto. When the Safety Car peeled in, Bottas reclaimed second place from Räikkönen with a sweet move into Turn 2, while behind him, Hamilton, who’d avoided the opening lap mayhem, swept past Massa for fourth. From this position, it looked as though Hamilton could at least challenge his team-mate – if he could quickly dispose of the Ferrari and second Williams ahead of him.
The critical part of the race came during the one and only pitstop for the front-runners. Bottas was the rst to stop on lap 16 and was stationary for just 2.7 seconds. When Hamilton stopped for soft rubber a lap later, he emerged from the pitlane after 3.2s, still behind the Williams. Two laps later, he found a way past at Turn 5.
By this stage Räikkönen was still circulating, and when he stopped on lap 20 he was able to rejoin ahead of Bottas and guarantee his podium position, the 700th for Ferrari. Behind Bottas was his team-mate Felipe Massa, and Fernando Alonso – collecting his rst points of the year. Magnussen was an impressive seventh for Renault ahead of a duelling Grosjean and Pérez, and Button rounded out the top ten.
Up front, Hamilton’s engine was in trouble again. On lap 37, Rosberg put in the fastest lap of the race, a 1m 40.450s, and Hamilton – just 7.6s behind – went fractionally quicker, recording a 1m 40.266s. Then Hamilton’s engineer Pete Bonnington was forced to reveal the news that would end the ght for this race: “We have a water-pressure issue.”
After that it was a comfortable run to the ag for Rosberg, who collected his fourth win of the season and increased his lead to 43 points. “Yeah, but it’s only four races from 21 and Lewis is going to come back, of course,” said a philosophical Rosberg. “He’s on it and as motivated as ever. So, it’s early days – we’re just taking it race-by-race.”
But the remaining 15 races look pretty good for Nico, with Lewis likely to be the rst to succumb to a grid penalty for replacement engine parts... Can anyone catch Rosberg this year? Energy dissipated
Turn 2 Statistics
Initial speed Final speed Stopping distance Braking time Maximum deceleration Maximum pedal load Braking power
325km/h 99km/h 128m 1.4 sec 5.5g 165kg 2368kW
This is a hard-braking circuit. When braking for turn 2, the drivers apply a pedal force of 165kg to bring their cars from 325 to 100km/h in just 1.4 seconds. The energy given off in braking by each car during this GP is 135 kWh (average) - that’s the equivalent of the monthly energy demand for a resident of Uzbekistan.