Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg secured his fourth win of the season and seventh in succession following the conclusion of the 2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
He started the race at pole and led until the finish, setting the fastest lap in the process.
Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton completed a one-two finish for the German team, which was impressive considering the Briton started all the way back at 10th due to car trouble during qualifying. The gap between the two drivers was 25 seconds.
A disastrous day for Ferrari
Ferrari’s [NYSE:RACE] Kimi Räikkönen came in third, approximately 32 seconds behind the leader. It was a disastrous day for the Scuderia as star driver Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire after a crash on the first lap.
The German got off the line well but was hit twice by Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat and eventually spun into the barriers on the outside of Turn 3. Prior to that he was pushed into Red Bull’s other driver Daniel Ricciardo, forcing the Australian to pit early. Kvyat, who received a 10-second stop and go penalty and lost three points, later apologized for the action.
In fourth and fifth places were Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, respectively. Bottas had a strong start, helped in part by the safety car following Vettel’s crash, but eventually lost out to the top drivers.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso had his best finish of the season with sixth place though he was still more than a lap behind the leader. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen looked set to finish sixth but suffered car trouble on the 34th lap and was forced to retire.
America's Haas in the points
Another driver scoring his first points of the season was Renault’s Kevin Magnussen who made the most of a strong start to finish seventh. Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished eighth while Force India’s Sergio Perez took ninth. McLaren's other driver Jenson Button rounded out the top ten.
Rosberg’s points tally in the 2016 Drivers’ Championship now grows to 100. Hamilton is second with 57 points and Räikkönen third with 43. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes sits on 157 points versus the 76 of Ferrari and 57 of Red Bull. Rosberg’s latest win means the German has now won seven races in a row, equaling greats like Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher. The only driver ahead of him in this regard is Vettel with nine wins.
The next race on the calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks.
Hit the next page for the full results of the 2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix.
2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix
Below are the full results for the 2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix:
1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG +25.022 s
3) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari +31.998 s
4) Valtteri Bottas, Williams +50.217 s
5) Felipe Massa, Williams +74.427 s
6) Fernando Alonso, McLaren +1 lap
7) Kevin Magnussen, Renault +1 lap
8) Romain Grosjean, Haas +1 lap
9) Sergio Perez, Force India +1 lap
10) Jenson Button, McLaren +1 lap
11) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing +1 lap
12) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso +1 lap
13) Jolyon Palmer, Renault +1 lap
14) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber +1 lap
15) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing +1 lap
16) Felipe Nasr, Sauber +1 lap
17) Esteban Gutierrez, Haas +1 lap
18) Pascal Wehrlein, Manor +2 laps
Ret) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso
Ret) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Ret) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India
Ret) Rio Haryanto, Manor