F1: Rosberg rebuilds points lead with dominant Baku win

    The German led into the first corner from pole and set about building a lead he would never relinquish.

    Published On Jun 19, 2016 09:37:00 PM

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    F1: Rosberg rebuilds points lead with dominant Baku win

    Nico Rosberg extended his world championship lead with a crushing victory in Formula 1's inaugural grand prix in Azerbaijan.

    The German led into the first corner from pole and set about building a lead he would never relinquish, with his title rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton only fifth.

    It was Rosberg's fifth victory of the season and first since Russia, leaving him 24 points clear of Hamilton in the drivers' standings.

    Hamilton made good progress through the field from 10th, having crashed out in qualifying, but then encountered lower than maximum electrical deployment.

    The reigning world champion repeatedly asked Mercedes for help in solving the problem, but it was unable to tell him what to do under this season's radio communication restrictions.

    Hamilton was able to fix the problem in the closing stages but it proved to be too late and he was unable to improve on fifth.

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished second for the second successive race with Force India's Sergio Perez scoring his second podium in three races with third.

    The Mexican passed Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap to snatch third, but he was set to get the place anyway as Raikkonen had been given a five-second time penalty for crossing the white line on pit entry earlier in the race.

    Valtteri Bottas was a lonely sixth while Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen passed Nico Hulkenberg late on to finish seventh and eighth respectively.

    The two Red Bulls did a two-stop strategy, fitting the softs and the the mediums, while Hulkenberg only did one so they had fresher tyres.

    Hulkenberg held on to ninth, one place ahead of Felipe Massa, who scored points for the seventh time in eight races.

    Jenson Button finished just outside the points in 11th but his McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso was told to pit and retire the car with seven laps to go.

    Felipe Nasr scored his best result of the season with 12th, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, who started from the pitlane.

    Pascal Wehrlein was running strongly when he suffered brake failure and retired his Manor for the first time this season.

    The Toro Rossos were the only other retirements, both Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr suffering suspension issues.

    RESULTS - 51 LAPS:

    PosDriverCarGap
    1Nico RosbergMercedes1h32m52.366s
    2Sebastian VettelFerrari16.696s
    3Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes25.241s
    4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari33.102s
    5Lewis HamiltonMercedes56.335s
    6Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m00.886s
    7Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m09.229s
    8Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m10.696s
    9Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m17.708s
    10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m25.375s
    11Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m44.817s
    12Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    13Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
    14Kevin MagnussenRenault1 Lap
    15Jolyon PalmerRenault1 Lap
    16Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
    17Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    18Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes2 Laps
    -Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/HondaRetirement
    -Pascal WehrleinManor/MercedesBrakes
    -Carlos SainzToro Rosso/FerrariRetirement
    -Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/FerrariRetirement

    DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

    PosDriverPoints
    1Nico Rosberg141
    2Lewis Hamilton117
    3Sebastian Vettel96
    4Kimi Raikkonen81
    5Daniel Ricciardo78
    6Max Verstappen54
    7Valtteri Bottas52
    8Sergio Perez39
    9Felipe Massa38
    10Daniil Kvyat22
    11Romain Grosjean22
    12Nico Hulkenberg20
    13Fernando Alonso18
    14Carlos Sainz18
    15Kevin Magnussen6
    16Jenson Button5
    17Stoffel Vandoorne1
    18Esteban Gutierrez0
    19Jolyon Palmer0
    20Marcus Ericsson0
    21Felipe Nasr0
    22Pascal Wehrlein0
    23Rio Haryanto0

    CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP

    PosConstructorPoints
    1Mercedes258
    2Ferrari177
    3Red Bull/Renault140
    4Williams/Mercedes90
    5Force India/Mercedes59
    6Toro Rosso/Ferrari32
    7McLaren/Honda24
    8Haas/Ferrari22
    9Renault6
    10Sauber/Ferrari0
    11Manor/Mercedes0

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