Nico Rosberg has continued his fine form as he aims for his first Formula One World Championship after winning impressively in the Russian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg therefore extended his lead over Hamilton to 43 points as Hamilton battled back but only came second behind Nico Rosberg while Kimi Raikonen finished in third place.As has been the case all season, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg took full advantage, cruising to a seventh straight win that extends his lead over Hamilton in the drivers’ standings to 46 points.A failure of his Mercedes engine robbed Hamilton of a shot at top spot during qualifying on Saturday and it was the same story in the race. The Briton had worked hard to get an uninterrupted view of Rosberg’s car only to be forced to back off.It had all started so brightly, too. Hamilton was allowed to start 10th after escaping further penalty for Saturday’s engine problem.Mercedes with a little help from Bernie Ecclestone’s Russian contacts saw to that by flying in replacement parts from their Northampton base overnight.
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The three-time world champion has had no luck off the line from front or back of the grid so far this term and starting among the midfield had the potential for more trouble.The carnage duly came. Fending off former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crashed out on lap one after being clunked from behind, not once but twice, by the charging Daniil Kvyat in the other Red Bull.Suddenly just one car stood between Hamilton and a clear path to his team-mate but the 10 laps he spent staring at the back of Valtteri Bottas’s Williams allowed Rosberg to build his advantage out in front. With 30 laps to go, Hamilton was finally in clear air and intent on hunting Rosberg 13 seconds up the road.Rosberg finished with a flourish, delivering the fastest lap of the race to underline his current supremacy.His seventh straight win saw him equal Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher’s longest streaks and only Vettel (nine) has managed more consecutive victories.
“I don’t sit here all happy because nothing’s gone particularly well,’ said Hamilton. ‘I fought hard and got myself back up there and ultimately I wasn’t able to race for the win which I believed I had a chance to.I got it down to seven seconds so I was really on it,’ said Hamilton. ‘Then I got told about the engine problem. I thought I wasn’t going to finish the race so I’m just grateful I did. I will do whatever I can with whatever I have left from these damaged parts to keep fighting”.
Rosberg though tried to stay focused,playing down his record of winning seven straight Grand Prix saying,”The records are cool but not my focus. They didn’t have Lewis Hamilton as a team-mate. He’s motivated and will come back strong. There are 17 races to go, 425 points to play for, so the title is not worth talking about yet”.