Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth win of the season as he won the first ever F1 race on the streets of Baku, dominating the European GP from start to finish and extending the points gap between him and teammate Lewis Hamilton to 24 points.
The German F1 driver has taken his 19th career victory today to become the first Grand Prix winner at the Baku City Circuit in Baku , Azerbaijan.
Rosberg has made a huge start and finished 16 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The 19-years–old driver has managed to extend a huge lead throughout the race, and by half distance was 20s clear of the chasing Ferraris.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the second place while teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez, Williams F1’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.
Sergio Perez claimed a brilliant podium position in third with a late move on Raikkonen – although it wasn’t essential as the Finn had a post-race time penalty of five seconds to serve after he crossed the pitlane entry line with all four wheels.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was down in fifth, 23 seconds adrift of Raikkonen. The Mercedes driver has suffered a mid-race reliability hiccup when his engine failed to deliver full power for several laps, just as he was challenging Force India’s Sergio Perez for Pole position. With his engineer unable to help him on how to deal with the problem due to F1’s new radio clamp down, Hamilton was forced to deal with the problem by himself.
Williams F1’s Valtteri Bottas was sixth ahead of Red Bull’s duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez hit Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who just held a massive slide.
The Nico Hulkenberg of Sahara force India and Felipe Massa of Williams F1 completed the top ten, while Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finished 12th, despite hitting the wall on lap 19.
Haas F1’s Grosjean was 13th, just ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, Manor’s Rio Haryanto, and the Renault duo Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.
Just four cars failed to finish the Baku race, Fernando Alonso of Red Bull Racing, Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein, and the two Toro Rosso drivers.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was the first retirement with a suspension failure, while Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz also suffered a similar suspension-related failure. Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein went out on brake problems with 10 laps remaining in the race. Red Bull’s Fernando Alonso was forced out late on with the gearbox issues.
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