Does pole position matter for the last race of the 2014 season? It has in 50% of the races this year so far as the pole-sitter has gone on to win the race so for Nico Rosberg, Sunday could be a 50/50 shot at a win. Winning the championship, however, is another story and requires some help from fate or other teams.
Rosberg claimed his 11th pole of the season in Abu Dhabi and looks to convert that performance to a win on Sunday. Trailing by 17 points in the Driver’s Championship, the German will need his teammate and points leader, Lewis Hamilton, to finish in third or worse in order to take the title thanks to double-points in the season’s final race.
For Hamilton, it’s business as usual saying he isn’t paying attention to Rosberg’s comments about Lewis’s mishaps during the year saying he keeps it to himself and lets his on-track performance do the talking—well, sort of but that’s not quite how I recall his actions at the Belgian Grand Prix this year.
Lewis claimed 2nd while a tidy and quick pair of Williams F1 drivers secured 3rd and 4th but historically they’ve not been able to mount an effective challenge to the Mercedes during the races this season.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.267s||0.787s|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.893s||1.413s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.908s||1.428s|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m42.207s||1.727s|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.239s||1.759s|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.384s||1.904s|