The Russian Grand Prix brings quite the spectacle as Rosberg retires due to mechanical problems though Mercedes still managed to win the title with four races to go.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the Russian grand Prix in Sochi to ensure championship victory for team Mercedes on Sunday afternoon. The race was attended by many high ranking figures but the distinctive one was Russian Head of state Vladimir Putin who was watching from the stand and later greeted the drivers as they were headed for the podium.
The race was not free of interesting incident as Lotus’ Romain Grosjean suffered a high speed crash in long turn three leading to the deployment of safety cars. There was also an accident involving Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and Marcus Ericsson of Sauber. There were more issues for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who started the race in pole position and did well to maintain that status until the seventh lap where throttle trouble cause him to loose his lead to team mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton slipped into the lead closely followed by Kimi Raikonnen of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel.
The chase heated up while in the last lap as Valteri Bottas of Williams and Kimi Raikonnen were jostling for the third podium place with Force India’s Sergio Perez hot on their tail. Raikonnen tried to turn in and overtake Bottas but the move backfired and the pair collided handing Sergio Perez the third place and Force India a rare place on the podium. Bottas retired after the collision but Raikonnen managed to force his damaged machine past the finish line in 5th place. Russian driver Daniel Kyvat sealed a decent performance at home with a sixth place finish in his Red Bull.
The win means that Hamilton has now surpassed Ayrton Senna on the all-time race win list with his 42nd win.