Wet Conditions Deny Hamilton Pole at Spa

By Hillary Chinyere

eThekwini. Sunday 24 August 2014, 11.00 SAT

Pole Trio

A front brake disc malfunction in the final sector denied Lewis Hamilton his pole and had to play second best to Nico Rosberg for the seventh weekend in a row.


After topping the times in the first and second free practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton was edged by his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by two tenths in a thrilling Q3 session. The championship leader took his tally to four consecutive poles, the first quartet in his career.

Wet conditions which prevailed at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps punished even the most trivial of drivers’ errors. Perhaps the biggest victim on the day was British Hamilton as he ran wide after going purple in the first sector of the track in his flying lap. Had he gone purple again in the final sector, he could have took the pole position but Rosberg increased the gap instead.

“I had a glazed front left brake disc so the car was pulling to the left or to the right, and there was nothing I could do to get rid of it. I had to bring the brake balance further back, losing massive amounts out of Turn One.” – Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg appeared to be going wide intentionally in order to brake late and gain more time on the exit of the second turn of the Bus Stop chicane. But almost every driver had a lock-up or other handicap in negotiating the chicane and other turns. For this reason, it gave the impression that rules had been relaxed to allow the drivers to breach the track limits.

Ever the consistent driver, Fernando Alonso qualified fourth, sharing the second-row with Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel.


Hungarian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo will start the race behind Alonso, after his final flyer was ruined by running wide on the exit of Blanchimont. The Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa only managed sixth and ninth.

See the full results below.

1. Nico Rosberg    Germany               Mercedes-Mercedes 2m 05.591s
2. Lewis Hamilton  Britain                   Mercedes-Mercedes 2m 05.819s
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany             Red Bull-Renault 2m 07.717s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain                 Ferrari-Ferrari 2m 07.786s
5. Daniel Ricciardo Australia              Red Bull-Renault 2m 07.911s
6. Valtteri Bottas Finland                    Williams-Mercedes 2m 08.049s
7. Kevin Magnussen Denmark         McLaren-Mercedes 2m 08.679s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Finland                  Ferrari-Ferrari 2m 08.780s
9. Felipe Massa Brazil                        Williams-Mercedes 2m 09.178s
10. Jenson Button Britain                  McLaren-Mercedes 2m 09.776s
11. Daniil Kvyat Russia                      Toro Rosso-Renault 2m 09.377s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne France            Toro Rosso-Renault 2m 09.805s
13. Sergio Perez Mexico                    Force India-Mercedes 2m 10.084s
14. Adrian Sutil Germany                   Sauber-Ferrari 2m 10.238s
15. Romain Grosjean France            Lotus-Renault 2m 11.087s
16. Jules Bianchi France                   Marussia-Ferrari 2m 12.470s

17. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela      Lotus-Renault 2m 11.261s
18. Nico Hulkenberg Germany          Force India-Mercedes 2m 11.267s
19. Max Chilton Briton                        Marussia-Ferrari 2m 12.566s
20. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico           Sauber-Ferrari 2m 13.414s
21. Andre Lotterer Germany             Caterham-Renault 2m 13.469s
22. Marcus Ericsson Sweden            Caterham-Renault 2m 14.438s



One thought on “Wet Conditions Deny Hamilton Pole at Spa

  1. I’m a Hamilton fan. Still photographs and replays in slow motion will make it look intentional all day long. If you watch the replay at full speed, to me it looks difficult for Rosberg to avoid and therefore my opinion would be that it’s a racing incident. I can also understand why the stewards didn’t look into it. Rosberg “admitting” to Lewis that it was intentional is to me, what makes this a grey area, and I suspect that it’s mind games from Nico. As it happens I think Nico will get a slap on the wrist and nothing will come of it. What I will say is that I get the impression that Nico is more flustered than he is letting on – until now he hides it much better than LH. – From Nico’s POV Lewis has started the last 4 races before Spa from 21st, 15th, 6th and 9th, and has had 2 DNF’s this season to his 1, and despite this he was only 11 points shy of Nico at the start of the race in Spa. Nico has qualified pole more times than Lewis, and won more races than Lewis. If I were in his shoes, I’d certainly be more flustered than Nico is letting on. Lewis has had some rotten luck so far this season, and that’s life and I’d include this collision in that bad luck, rather than foul play. If he wins the championship – and if people are saying Ricciardo can, then Lewis surely can, it will be one of the most impressive championship wins I can remember, a fairytale ending not seen since Hunt and Lauda. I’m concerned that if Nico wins it will be hailed as lucky by Hamilton fans, but much like Hunt was in 1976, you’ve got to be in the right position to pick it up.


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