F1: Rosberg wins in Russia as Hamilton salvages 2nd

    Hamilton's cause was helped by a Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel crashing out on the first lap after two clashes with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

    Published On May 02, 2016 11:53:00 AM


    F1: Rosberg wins in Russia as Hamilton salvages 2nd

    Nico Rosberg dominated the Russian Grand Prix to take his fourth win out of four 2016 Formula 1 races.

    But it was team-mate Lewis Hamilton's recovery from 10th on the grid to second and brief mid-race water-pressure scare, which led to him backing off while closing on Rosberg, that provided the drama.

    Hamilton's cause was helped by a Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel crashing out on the first lap after two separate clashes with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

    Vettel was attempting to pass Daniel Ricciardo for fifth up the inside into the Turn 2 right-hander on the first lap, with Sergio Perez making it three wide on the outside line.

    Vettel appeared to have made the move, only for Kvyat to tap the rear of the Ferrari and pitch it sideways and into Ricciardo, who in turn hit Perez and gave the Force India a right-rear puncture.

    The Ferrari was then hit in the rear again by Kvyat in the fast Turn 3, pitching Vettel into the wall and out of the race and prompting a tirade over the radio.

    Kvyat, who like team-mate Ricciardo had to pit for a new front wing, was given a 10-second stop/go penalty for causing the two collisions.

    The safety car was deployed to clear up the wreckage of the Ferrari and the consequences of a separate incident in which Esteban Gutierrez hit Nico Hulkenberg's Force India.

    While Rosberg had the lead, Hamilton was running fifth, which became fourth when he passed Felipe Massa's Williams for fourth at Turn 2 at the restart.

    Hamilton then dived up the inside of third-placed Kimi Raikkonen into Turn 4 on lap seven after the Finn had a poor run out of the previous corner while chasing Valtteri Bottas.

    Bottas was able to keep Hamilton behind when he pitted at the end of lap 16 of 53, with Hamilton emerging just behind after stopping a lap later.

    But two laps later, the champion was able to take second up the inside into Turn 2 even though Bottas also had the use of the DRS on the run to the corner thanks to the yet-to-stop Fernando Alonso being ahead.

    Once in clear air, Hamilton did close on Rosberg, reducing the gap to 7.5s by two-thirds distance prior to being warned of the water pressure problem that led to him easing off while it was checked.

    The gap quickly extended to just over 13s, with Rosberg eventually crossing the line 25s clear after setting the fastest lap of the race on his penultimate time round the Sochi circuit.

    Bottas lost out on the final podium place to Raikkonen, who ran four laps later in his first stint and emerged from his sole pitstop just in front of the Williams driver.

    Massa had a lonely race to fifth, with the Williams team bringing him in for a late and risk-free stop at the end of lap 46 to switch to super-softs without losing the position.

    He had a comfortable advantage over Fernando Alonso, who took his first points finish since last July's Hungarian Grand Prix.

    The Spaniard capitalised on Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen retiring from sixth place with what the Dutchman reported was an engine problem.

    Kevin Magnussen delivered a strong race to take his and Renault's first points of the season in seventh, prevailing in a tight five-car battle for the minor points positions.

    He led home Romain Grosjean, who took the new Haas team's third points finish in four races.

    Perez recovered to ninth, with Jenson Button passing Carlos Sainz Jr for the final point late on.

    Ricciardo could only recover to 12th ahead of Jolyon Palmer after initially switching onto medium rubber following the first-lap problems and then making a second stop to bolt on softs.

    Team-mate Kvyat was 15th, behind Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, after serving his penalty.

    RESULTS - 53 LAPS:

    1Nico RosbergMercedes1h32m41.997s
    2Lewis HamiltonMercedes25.022s
    3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari31.998s
    4Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes50.217s
    5Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m14.427s
    6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1 Lap
    7Kevin MagnussenRenault1 Lap
    8Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
    9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1 Lap
    10Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1 Lap
    11Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1 Lap
    12Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1 Lap
    13Jolyon PalmerRenault1 Lap
    14Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    15Daniil KvyatRed Bull/TAG Heuer1 Lap
    16Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    17Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
    18Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes2 Laps
    -Max VerstappenToro Rosso/FerrariPower Unit
    -Sebastian VettelFerrariCollision
    -Rio HaryantoManor/MercedesCollision
    -Nico HulkenbergForce India/MercedesCollision


    1Nico Rosberg100
    2Lewis Hamilton57
    3Kimi Raikkonen43
    4Daniel Ricciardo36
    5Sebastian Vettel33
    6Felipe Massa32
    7Romain Grosjean22
    8Daniil Kvyat21
    9Valtteri Bottas19
    10Max Verstappen13
    11Fernando Alonso8
    12Kevin Magnussen6
    13Nico Hulkenberg6
    14Carlos Sainz4
    15Sergio Perez2
    16Jenson Button1
    17Stoffel Vandoorne1
    18Jolyon Palmer0
    19Marcus Ericsson0
    20Pascal Wehrlein0
    21Felipe Nasr0
    22Esteban Gutierrez0
    23Rio Haryanto0


    3Red Bull/TAG Heuer57
    6Toro Rosso/Ferrari17
    8Force India/Mercedes8

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