Russian GP: Hamilton wins in Sochi
Lewis Hamilton is one step closer to Formula 1 championship title after scored ninth victory in 2015. Mercedes driver won Russian Grand Prix with a bit of luck, but absolutely deserved another success. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was second and Force India driver Sergio Perez surprised many finishing third.
Start of the race was chaotic as Nico Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson had a contact at Turn 2 after which Force India car was badly damaged and German had to retire, just as Swede in Sauber. Nico Rosberg well defended Hamilton’s attack to stay on top, but Kimi Raikkonen jumped to third overtaking Vettel and Bottas. After safety car went in, Bottas managed to return to third place.
In lap 7, Rosberg went too wide and that looked like his Mercedes stayed without power. His throttle pedal was broken and that was the end of the race for unlucky German in lap 8. Five laps later, safety car again was out after Romain Grosjean had huge crash when he hit the wall. His Lotus was completely destroyed, but Frenchman was unhurt.
After another restart, Hamilton easily get advantage over Bottas who was six seconds behind championship leader. Ferraris with Vettel and Raikkonen were third and fourth respectvely, while Daniil Kvyat moved up to fifth, follewd by Felipe Nasr, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado.
Hamilton’s lead became even bigger after completing pit stop. He was 12s ahead of Vettel with 15 laps remaining. Mercedes driver had doors opened on the road to victory, Vettel was calm in the second place, but battle for third was very interesting as four drivers were within two seconds.
At the end, Hamilton was 5.9 ahead of Vettel, but in the last few laps we could see huge battle between Perez, Bottas and Raikkonen. Finns passed Mexican and were in battle for third, but in the last lap they had contact which resulted with Bottas’ retirement and significant damage on Kimi’s Ferrari. Perez again moved up to third what is his first podium in 2015.
Felipe Massa finished fourth, Raikkonen was fifth, while remaining points scored Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Nasr, Pastor Maldonado, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.