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autoviva2015-10-12 17:57:07

Hamilton closer to clinch second consecutive world title

British won the Russian GP in a race where Mercedes were crowned champions

Vettel and Perez joined Hamilton on the podium
MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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returned to the field in the Russian Grand Prix and has clinched the manufacturer's world championship title. Lewis Hamilton dominated the race at the Circuit of Sochi and got even closer to revalidate the world champion title after Nico Rosberg was forced to retire. Vettel took his FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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to second place in Russia and Sergio Perez pulled his Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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to the lowest step of the podium.
Starting from pole position, Rosberg managed to remain in the race leadership after the start despite Hamilton's pressure. However problems with the throttle pedal that arose after the entry of the safety car, due to collision Hulkenberg and Ericsson, began to affect the pace of the German who started to make some driving mistakes, eventually retiring in the pitstop.
With only 100 points in dispute until the end of the season, Rosberg got further behind Hamilton in the world championship standings, placing the British even closer to the title with 73 points ahead of his teammate. After the end of the race Mercedes was just three points away to win the manufacturer's title. However, a penalty to Kimi Raikkonen because of collision with Valteri Bottas eventually withdrew six points from Ferrari and handed the world championship to the German team.
With the second place achieved in Russia, Sebastian Vettel managed to climb to second place in the Drivers' standings, overtaking Nico Rosberg.
Sergio Perez achieved Force India's third-ever podium, taking advantage of the second safety car to go to the pits and opting for a longer stint with soft tires. The Mexican driver was overtaken by Bottas and Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race, but the two eventually got involved in an accident handing him the lowest step of the podium.
With Bottas off and Raikkonen losing positions, Felipe Massa took fourth place for WilliamsWilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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and Daniil Kvyat fifth for Red BullWilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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. Felipe Nasr for Sauber was sixth ahead of LotusLotusLotusUnited Kingdom, 1952 > present68 models
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' Pastor Maldonado. Despite Kimi Raikkonen's penalty, he still managed to finish in the scoring places, with an eighth place.
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was about to get both cars in the scoring positions for the first time this season, however, problems in the brakes ended up forcing Alonso's retirement. Still Jenson Button took some points with ninth place, ahead of Max Verstappen of Toro RossoToro RossoToro RossoItaly, 2006 > present10 models
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Results Russian Grand Prix
Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h37m11.024s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 5.953s
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 28.918s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 38.831s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 47.566s
6 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 56.508s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m01.088s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.358s
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m19.467s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.424s
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m31.210s
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes Collision
13 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Suspension
- Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Brakes
- Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Spun off
- Nico Rosberg Mercedes Throttle
- Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes Collision




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