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Rosberg wins record seventh race at Russian GP in Sochi

Snapshot: This is the fourth win for the German and seventh in succession and also his first Grand Slam.

This was not just another win for Nico Rosberg at the Russian GP as the German created many records to his name in the Sochi F1 race. Rosberg won his fourth race at the 2016 season of Formula 1 and seventh consecutive victory too. And not only this, he also won his first Grand Slam of the career which includes - pole position, fastest lap and race victory with lead in every lap.

With this, Rosberg became only the 24th driver in the history of F1 to score a Grand Slam. Jim Clark has won the most Grand Slams (8) while Sebastian Vettel in the current line up has won four. Adding another feather to his cap and beating his arch rival and team mate Lewis Hamilton in the Team Mercedes, Rosberg became only the fourth driver in history to win 7 consecutive races, joining the league of Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel is the leader of the pack with 9 wins in a row.  

Lewis Hamilton, who started at 10th on the grid fought his way up to secure a podium finish, but can't match the sheer pace of Rosberg. While it was a good day for Kimi Raikkonen as he secured thrid spot, his team mate at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel continued his disastrous season with yet another retirement due to a crash when Danii Kvyat hit his car from the behind, forcing him to crash hard on a wall.


With his win, Kimi help Ferrari secure 700th Grand Prix Podium finish. Both the Williams got advantage from the Vettel's exit on the third lap and secured the 4th and 5th spot. Valtteri Bottas being at 4th spot and Felipe Massa following him on the 5th. It was a good day for McLaren as both its driver - Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button ensured the British team gets their first double point score this season.

While Alonso finished sixth, Button managed to find a spot in the top 10 with the 10th spot. Kevin Magnussen finished seventh in his Renault, gaining his first points for the season. Romain Grosjean secured the eighth spot for the debutante Haas team finishing ninth in the race while Sergio Perez of Force India finished ninth to complete the top 10 of Sochi GP.

Nico Rosberg said, "Thanks very much. It's been an awesome weekend. The car has been fantastic all weekend, really even in qualifying and in the race today. It felt very special out there. So, very, very happy. Thanks to everybody. Thanks to all of you in Russia who have come here. The sport is growing; 60,000 of you – amazing, great atmosphere, it's been a great weekend."

With this win, Rosberg now has a clear 43 point advantage over Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen now rises to the third spot with 36 points in his bag.         

Race Result-

 

DRIVER

COUNTRY

TEAM

TIME

POINTS

NICO ROSBERG

GER

MERCEDES

1:32:41.997

25

LEWIS HAMILTON

GBR

MERCEDES

+25.022s

18

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

FIN

FERRARI

+31.998s

15

VALTTERI BOTTAS

FIN

WILLIAMS

+50.217s

12

FELIPE MASSA

BRA

WILLIAMS

+74.427s

10

FERNANDO ALONSO

ESP

MCLAREN

+1 lap

8

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN

DEN

RENAULT

+1 lap

6

ROMAIN GROSJEAN

FRA

HAAS

+1 lap

4

SERGIO PEREZ

MEX

FORCE INDIA

+1 lap

2

JENSON BUTTON

GBR

MCLAREN

+1 lap

1

DANIEL RICCIARDO

AUS

RED BULL RACING

+1 lap

0

CARLOS SAINZ

ESP

TORO ROSSO

+1 lap

0

JOLYON PALMER

GBR

RENAULT

+1 lap

0

MARCUS ERICSSON

SWE

SAUBER

+1 lap

0

DANIIL KVYAT

RUS

RED BULL RACING

+1 lap

0

FELIPE NASR

BRA

SAUBER

+1 lap

0

ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ

MEX

HAAS

+1 lap

0

PASCAL WEHRLEIN

GER

MANOR

+2 laps

0

MAX VERSTAPPEN

NED

TORO ROSSO

DNF

0

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

GER

FERRARI

DNF

0

NICO HULKENBERG

GER

FORCE INDIA

DNF

0

RIO HARYANTO

INA

MANOR

DNF

0

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