Nico Rosberg made his 7th win in the row, this time at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, as Sebastian Vettel was dramatically pushed out of the race on the first lap by Daniil Kvyat.
Nico Rosberg led the race from pole position and never looked threatened throughout the race, with all the drama occurring behind him early on. His Mercedes was no match.
Sebastian Vettel, starting 7th on the grid after a gearbox penalty, was hit from behind by Daniil Kvyat coming through Turn 2 and then again Kvyat pushed him at the next corner, caused Vettel to crash and retire from the race in the barriers on the outside of Turn 3.
Lewis Hamilton recovered from 10th position on the grid, to finish 2nd in the race, after a great start with keeping his way clean in the chaos at Turn 2 at the beginning of the race. He had a good pace, but at the end, his engine problems cost him a chance he had of taking the fight with his teammate Rosberg out in front.
Although Ferrari had no chance matching the leading Silver arrows, Kimi Raikkonen finished 3rd and returned to the podium with a solid drive ahead of Williams pair Valtteri Bottas on 4th and Felipe Massa on 5th.
A very big surprise was Fernando Alonso finishing 6th with great drive for McLaren. It is a proof of positive progress being made by McLaren and Honda. Kevin Magnussen also recorded Renault’s first points this season with 7th place, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas on 8th. Sergio Perez finished 9th ahead of Jameson Button, who moved into 10th late, with great overtake, snatching the last point.
Rosberg is now leading the championship with perfect 100 points, leaving Hamilton with 43 points behind and Vettel already a massive 67 points behind.