Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-AMG F1 Petronas | posted October 12, 2015 09:38
Hamilton, Mercedes secure the checkered flag at 2015 Russian Grand Prix
Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed another victory for the season after finishing first place at the 2015 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. With it, both Hamilton and Mercedes-AMG Petronas are just a few points away in winning this year’s championship and constructors’ titles respectively.
Not everyone on Mercedes finished on a good note however as Nico Rosberg, who led early in the race, had to retire early due to a faulty throttle pedal. Hot on Hamilton’s heels was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished the race in second. Securing third place was Sergio Perez of Force India.
The race itself was hounded by several crashes that resulted in some of the drivers failing to finish the race entirely. Nico Hulkenberg spun out early in the race which also resulted in Marcus Ericsson’s early bump off from the race. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen also spun out due to Hulkenberg’s spinout but still managed to complete the race at eleventh place, but not before having pit in to replace a punctured tire.
The safety car soon made another appearance on lap 12 after future Haas driver Romain Grosjean lost control of his Lotus racecar and slammed onto the barriers. The French driver however was able to walk away unscathed.
Williams driver Valterri Bottas wasn’t able to finish the race as well after Kimi Raikkonen’s overtake attempt, culminated in Bottas’ crash on lap 32. Fellow Williams driver Felipe Massa on the other hand, managed to end the race in fourth place in a relatively decent manner.
Ultimately, Raikkonen ended the Russian Grand Prix in fifth, while Danill Kyvat of Red Bull Racing and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finished in sixth and seventh respectively. Completing the top ten drivers were Pastor Maldonado of Lotus in eighth and McLaren-Honda drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso who ended the race in ninth and tenth place accordingly.
Instead of the usual podium cap, the top 3 drivers were given "Ushankas" to signify their success at the Russian Grand Prix.
Still leading the overall driver standings is Lewis Hamilton with 302 points. He is then followed by Sebastian Vettel who currently has 236 points. Sitting at third is fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who holds on with 229 points.
Over to Constructors’ standings, Mercedes still holds a dominant lead with 531 points; dwarfing Ferrari and Williams, who have 365 and 220 points accordingly.