Russian Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg makes it four wins out of four

Story highlights

  • Nico Rosberg wins Russian Grand Prix
  • Mederdes teammate Lewis Hamilton finishes second
  • Four-time world champions Sebastian Vettel crashes out on turn two

Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished more than 25 seconds behind Rosberg in second place, after starting the race in 10th following his early withdrawal from the third qualifying round Sunday.

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished in third place.

“It’s been an awesome weekend — the car’s been fantastic,” Rosberg told reporters after the race. “I’m very, very happy, thanks to everybody. If you slow down, you make mistakes.

“Great job from Lewis (Hamilton) to come up to second so quickly.”

Rosberg’s victory sees him extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to 43 points.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen celebrate on the podium

“It wasn’t the easiest first corner,” Hamilton said after the race.

“I’m really happy for the team. There wasn’t a doubt I could win it, but then I had the problem with the engine and had to back off.”

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire just two corners into the race after twice being hit by Daniil Kvyat, prompting Vettel to launch an expletive-ridden rant down his Ferrari team radio.

“I got a big hit and was lucky not to spin into turn two,” Vettel told Sky Sports after his retirement. “Then another huge hit which turned me around and I couldn’t avoid hitting the barriers.

“There’s nothing I could have done differently. If anybody needs to talk to anybody, I think it’s him (Kvyat).”

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