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F1 News: Mercedes F1 dominates Russian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg leading the race

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Mercedes F1 dominated the Russian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg taking the first place and Lewis Hamilton securing the second place. Mercedes F1’ Nico Rosberg has dominated the Russian Grand Prix to take his record 7th straight Formula One win after leaving the rest of the drivers behind on Sunday at Sochi race track.

Rosberg has led the race from the start and, despite pressure from his teammate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg comfortably finished the race 25 seconds ahead.

“It’s been an awesome weekend, the car’s been fantastic” before bigging up Russian F1,” Rosberg said in a statement, via The Guardian.

“The sport is growing here,” Rosberg added. “I enjoyed it out there, and enjoyed going flat out to the end.”

The German driver has been clocked the best lap time of 1 minute 35:417 seconds in the qualification session on Saturday to take the pole position and eventually take the top spot in the race.

Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton has a bad start but managed to secure the second place. Hamilton has rebounded to the front of the pack after starting the race in 10th place on the grid. Mercedes has made changes on Hamilton’s car, which suffered a similar MGU-H failure on Sochi practice. Hamilton’s car has now a new turbo and MGU-H unit, as well as new control electronics unit. However, a water pressure problem in his engine has caused him to slow down and eventually settled for the second place.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished third and was realistic about his car’s capabilities after the race.

The race started controversially for Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, as the Russian driver bumped with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel from behind at turn two, crashing Vettel into the wall and taking him out of the race. Kvyat has managed to finish the 15th place.

Overall, Nico Rosberg leads the drivers’ championship with 100 points, with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at 57 points and Raikkonen at 43 points. Mercedes F1 are again on the top of the season on 157 points while Ferrari (76 points), Red Bull Racing (57 points) and Williams F1 (51 points) vying for second place.

This year’s Russian Grand Prix was held for the first time in spring as compared with the two previous Russian races which held in autumn of 2014 and 2015 in Sochi, Russia. A total of 21 races has been lined up for this year FIA F1 Championships, with the Sochi’s Russian Grand Prix listed fourth on the Russian F1 calendar.

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