The Russian Grand Prix in Sochi was less exciting than some of the races we have seen this year, but as a demonstration of total dominance it was impressive. Nico Rosberg is on a huge high at the moment and won the race from pole position – his seventh consecutive victory. He also set the fastest lap of the race, on the penultimate lap, to keep himself sharp. It was 0.649s faster than anyone else, and a full second faster than the best lap Kimi Raikkonen could manage in his Ferrari. Nico was fortunate that his major rivals were in trouble. Lewis Hamilton suffered engine troubles in qualifying and was 10th on the grid. he worked his way through to second and was closing on Rosberg when the engine began to misbehave again. Then it cleared itself, but by that point it was too late to make a difference. The Ferrari challenge wilted again, with Sebastian Vettel having a grid penalty and then being punted out by Daniil Kvyat. Vettel was very upset because the local hero ran into him not once, but twice, although the second looked as though the Russian youngster was caught out by Vettel going more slowly than expected. There was further bashing and crashing behind all of this which meant various cars were out or delayed. One of them was Daniel Ricciardo and so Red Bull’s day was a total disaster. Kimi Raikkonen finished a drab third, but made a couple of passes to get there. Williams had good day with forth and fifth, while Fernando Alonso was sixth and Jenson Button 10th, giving McLaren a bit of much-needed oxygen. Kevin Magnussen took seventh to get Renault on the scoreboard, while Romain Grosjean gave Haas more points. Max Verstappen would have picked up points but for an engine problem. The result gives Nico a 43-point lead in the World Championship after four races. If the two cars finish 1-2 with Lewis ahead, it will be Hungary before will be able to pass Nico. We will have to see if the luck changes as we head to Spain…
Also in GP+ this week…
– Alex Lynn
– How to track down an engine problem…
– Getting things ready in Sochi
– A look at Formula E
– When Enzo Ferrari kept a gun in his desk…
– JS talks about F1’s need to be positive
– DT wants more heroics in F1
– The Hack gives his opinion on electric racing
– Plus the usual fabulous photography from Peter Nygaard
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