2014 Russian Grand Prix

Russian Grand Prix

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Round:
16
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
53
Fastest Lap:
Bottas, 1m40.896
Country:
Russia
Circuit:
2014 season:
Report

If Nico Rosberg had not stood way too late on his brakes the first time he used them, this could have been a fascinating slug-out between him and Lewis Hamilton. Seconds into the race he’d already got the inside line despite having lost out in qualifying and if he didn’t quite have Lewis’ raw pace, he’d now got track position on him. As it was, Nico made a Monza-style error, locked up disastrously, gave himself square tyres, ran onto the run-off anyway, and pitted from the artificial lead at the end of the first lap. From that moment Hamilton had nothing to worry about, and he duly reeled off his ninth win of the season, a Mansell-equalling 31st in his career. In the process Mercedes-Benz took its first Constructors’ World Championship. About the only thing that may have vaguely disappointed Hamilton – from a championship perspective – was that Rosberg was able to make his replacement tyres last the remaining 52 laps as he charged back through the field to second place.

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