Formula 1

Hamilton Takes Sochi Win As Mercedes Wrap Up Constructors Title

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Lewis Hamilton drove a faultless race to take his ninth victory of the season and take the honour of the first Formula 1 driver to win in Russia.

There was an early scare for the Mercedes team when Nico Rosberg overshot the opening corner as he looked to get the advantage over his team-mate, outbraking himself and locking up. While Rosberg would briefly lead he would be told by the team to hand the position back straight away.

Rosberg’s victory hopes would end there as Rosberg was forced to pit for new tyres and despite a spirited drive it wouldn’t be enough for the German as he finished 13 seconds adrift of Hamilton.

The 1-2 for Mercedes would mean the team secured the constructors title – the first in their history.

Coming home third was Valterri Bottas who took his fifth podium position of the 2014 season moving him up to fourth place in the drivers championship. The Finn would also secure the fastest lap of the race in the closing laps.

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen enjoyed a strong race as they finished the race in fourth and fifth place respectively ahead of Fernando Alonso.

A race long battle ensued between the two Red Bull drivers with Daniel Ricciardo getting the upper hand over the reigning world champion Sebastien Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen had a relatively quiet race to finish ninth place ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Kamui Kobayashi and Max Chilton were the only retirements in a race that saw low tyre degradation and good general reliability throughout the field.

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