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The podium represented three stunning drives: Daniel Ricciardo two wins from the last five in a 2014 Red Bull, Fernando Alonso coming within an ace of winning with a 2014 Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton fighting out the victory after starting from the pitlane, beating his pole-sitting team-mate. All three of them maximised the opportunities lady fortune threw their way – and it really was just a day of chance in many ways. The timing of the heavy rain shower half an hour before the start randomised the event, ensured it started on inters on a rapidly drying track, and played its part in the accidents that brought out the safety cars which in turn impacted upon the strategies of the key players. For example, the first safety car – triggered by Marcus Ericsson dropping the Caterham in a big way on the exit of turn three – wiped out Lewis Hamilton’s half-minute deficit. That in turn ensured that the ideal strategies of Hamilton and Rosberg at Mercedes became interfering waves; they were each in the way of the most efficient running of the other’s race. The problems of that were perhaps compounded by the inexperience of senior management in not overriding the calls decided between the respective race engineers of each driver.