Russia - Lewis Hamilton took a huge step toward retaining
his Formula One title by winning the Russian Grand Prix on
Sunday as his main rival Nico Rosberg failed to finish.
started second behind Rosberg and took over the lead from
his Mercedes teammate when Rosberg experienced a throttle
problem that forced him to slow to a crawl and then come
into the pits to retire.
then cruised to victory by 5.9 seconds over Ferrari's
Sebastian Vettel, with Sergio Perez third for Force India,
17 seconds further behind.
races to go, Hamilton leads Vettel by 66 points and
Rosberg by 73.
did not manage to secure the constructors' title but could
yet do so if Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is given a penalty
for a last-lap collision with Valtteri Bottas' Williams.
and Raikkonen both passed Perez for third and fourth place
respectively, before Raikkonen attempted a poorly-judged
move on the inside to take third from Bottas, spinning the
Williams driver into the wall.
third place was the best finish this year for Force India,
while Raikkonen limped home in fifth behind the second
Williams of Felipe Massa.
driver Daniil Kvyat pleased the home crowd with sixth,
ahead of Felipe Nasr for Sauber and Pastor Maldonado for
Lotus. The two McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando
Alonso rounded out the top 10 in what is only the second
time this season that the troubled team has had both
drivers finish in the points.
his retirement on lap 7, Rosberg said his throttle pedal
had broken, forcing him to lift his entire leg for
braking, a situation the German called "quite
he insisted he would not give up on the title.
championship is more difficult of course but I am never
going to win a championship like that when normal things
break," he told the BBC.
has 302 points, Vettel is second with 236 and Rosberg has
229. No other driver is in contention.
was surprised by an intruder on the track in Singapore
last month and had another close encounter in Sochi,
speeding past as a Russian marshal gathered debris from
accidents brought out the safety car in the early stages.
for the lead on the first lap between Hamilton and Rosberg
was almost immediately curtailed by a first-lap incident
when Nico Hulkenberg's Force India span, collecting the
Sauber of Marcus Ericsson. Both machines were left
stranded, bringing out the safety car.
12, Romain Grosjean lost control of his Lotus and hurtled
into the barriers at high speed, wrecking the car. Despite
the violence of the impact, Grosjean was uninjured.
Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr., who was only cleared to race by
doctors on Sunday morning following a heavy crash in
practice, started last. The Spaniard stormed through the
field into the top 10, but his race ended late on when his