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Russia Grand Prix, Sochi, October 12th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1:31:50.744

  • 2nd: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +13.657s

  • 3rd: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 1
    +17.425s

  • 4th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 1
    +30.234s

  • 5th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 1
    +53.616s

  • 6th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 1
    1:00.016

  • 7th: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 1
    1:01.812

  • 8th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 1
    1:06.185

  • 9th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 1
    1:18.877

  • 10th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1:20.067

  • 11th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 2
    1:20.877

  • 12th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1:21.309

  • 13th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 1
    1:37.295

  • 14th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 15th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 16th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 17th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 18th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 19th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +32 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +44 LAP(s)s

Report

Race report

Lewis Hamilton became only the fourth driver in Formula One history to win nine grands prix in a season by taking the chequered flag at the inaugural race in Russia.

 

President Vladimir Putin, who arrived at the Sochi Autodrom he had built to ensure the sport came to his country after the 37th lap, looked on with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as Hamilton coasted to victory.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was again second, remarkably so as he managed 52 of the 53 laps on one set of Pirelli tyres after a move on Hamilton into turn one saw him flatspot his front rubber.

The ninth one-two for Mercedes this season - one short of McLaren's 1988 record - guaranteed the Brackley-based marque the constructors' crown for the first time, one which had been anticipated for some time given their dominance throughout the course of this campaign.

As far as the drivers' championship is concerned, Hamilton now has a 17-point lead over Rosberg, with 100 up for grabs from the final three races in the United States, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

After crossing the line Hamilton said over the radio: "Congratulations to the team on winning the constructors' championship. Great job man! History in the making!''In his message to the team Rosberg recognised he had messed up as he said: "Sorry guys, that was unnecessary, but thank you for the unbelievable car that I was able to recover from that.''As for Hamilton, only Michael Schumacher, Sebastan Vettel and Nigel Mansell have won nine or more races in a single campign.Hamilton has also now equalled Mansell's British record of 31 race wins, and this was as easy as they come, all a far cry from the spectacle ahead of the race.Appreciably, given this was Russia' inauguration into F1, there was plenty of fanfare, with the organisers producing a grand opening ceremony along the pit straightIt involved around 1,000 people and was part-street parade, part carnival, with not only the fans, but also numerous dignitaries, treated to a remarkable spectacle.The colourful pageantry, however, became a more sombre affair just under 15 minutes from the start.As a mark of respect for the Russian national anthem, and with their colleague Jules Bianchi fighting for his life following his crash in Japan last week, the remaining drivers lined up at the head of the grid - along with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt - and it was very well observed.When it came down to the return to action on track, with blue skies and bright sunshine overhead, compared to the grim, grey wet affair of a week ago, that naturally became black following Bianchi's accident, the opening seconds set the tone.From the 38th pole position of his career, Hamilton angled his car to the right to cover off Rosberg alongside him on the grid, and for the most part it worked perfectly.Rosberg, however, found the slipstream, and on the longest run now in F1 down to the first braking zone, the German pulled out from behind Hamilton and grabbed the lead.On the approach to the first turn, though, Rosberg outbraked himself, immediately flatspotting his tyres, forcing him to cut across the vast run-off area at that corner.Almost instantly, given the advantage he had gained, Rosberg was told by his team to give the lead to Hamilton to which he replied: "I have to box because of vibrations.''After switching from the soft to medium-compound Pirelli tyres, the 29-year-old - running 20th of the 21 drivers - then asked as to his strategy, to which he was remarkably told: "We think we need to go to the end on this set.''It was a message Jenson Button scoffed at when he was informed as to Rosberg's plan, which appeared to bear fruit when, after 22 laps, the latter declared he was "feeling a lot of degradation''.At that stage Rosberg had forced his way up to ninth, 46 seconds off of Hamilton, who made his sole pit stop after 27 laps.Four laps later, and with a move on Williams' Valtteri Bottas through the first corner that resulted in the Finn taking evasive action, Rosberg was back up to second - courtesy of all but Vettel having pitted - and 20 seconds adrift of his team-mate.Despite Button's dismissal, Rosberg had few issues in making it home, 13.6secs down on Hamilton, with Bottas third and Button fourth, just as the top quartet had started the race.

It was Putin who then presented the race winner's trophy to Hamilton, and the constructor's one to Mercedes technical executive director Paddy Lowe.

 

Qualification - Russia Grand Prix, Sochi, October 11th 2014

POSDriverNationalityTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:38.513
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.200s
3Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+0.407s
4Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+0.608s
5Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+0.764s
6Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1.116s
7Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.122s
8Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1.196s
9Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1.258s
10Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1.507s
11Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.539s
12Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1.545s
13Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1.650s
14Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+2.023s
15Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+2.471s
16Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+2.884s
17Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+4.135s
18Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+4.551s
19Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+4.653s
20Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+4.692s
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+5.136s

Driver Standings

POSDriverNationalityTeamPTS
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

Russia Grand Prix, Sochi, October 12th 2014

POSDriverNationalityTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:31:50.744
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team13.657
3Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing17.425
4Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes30.234
5Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes53.616
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1:00.016
7Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1:01.812
8Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1:06.185
9Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1:18.877
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1:20.067
11Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+1:20.877
12Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1:21.309
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1:37.295
14Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso1 lap(s)
15Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team1 lap(s)
16Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team1 lap(s)
17Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team1 lap(s)
18Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team1 lap(s)
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team2 lap(s)
20Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team32 lap(s)
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team44 lap(s)