With another win from Nico Rosberg he continues to lead the the championship with this years unluckiest driver, Lewis Hamilton trailing behind. Hamilton had qualified P10 but still managed to secure Mercedes a one-two finish.
There were fireworks again between Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat clashed with Sebastian Vettel twice in the first lap which led to Vettel finishing his race nose first in the wall. The driver’s radio could be heard after the crash and it’s safe to say his anger from China had followed him to Russia:
“Oh for f— sake, man! Who the f—!! Oh, I’m out. Crash. Somebody hit me in the f—ing rear in Turn 2, then someone hit me in the f—ing rear again in Turn 3. Honestly. What the f–k are we doing here?”
With Vettel out Kimi Raikkonen was the only Ferrari left to get the team some points, and get them some points he did. Raikkonen came over the line in third place after qualifying. A podium finish was good for the team but with only one car crossing the line the likelihood of them competing for the championship is much smaller.
Williams followed Ferrari by finishing 4th and 5th, they had an initial good start with despite Valtteri Bottas losing second place to Raikkonen. He managed to gain that back after the safety car was sent out due to Vettel’s crash. Inevitably they couldn’t keep the pace and Hamilton overtook both of the Williams after working his way up through the pack.
Kevin Magnussen gained Renault’s first points of the season after finishing P7, he also won Sky Sports Driver of the day. He qualified P17, making up 10 places in a car which is arguably under performing was an impressive feat from the young Dane.
Nico Rosberg: 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.
Lewis Hamilton: It was not the easiest first corner but all races have been the same so far. I’m really happy for the team and you know, I got the points. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I could win it. I had the pace but then I problem with the engine again, so I had to back off.
Kimi Raikkonen: Of course it’s not exactly what we want. We want to win races and put the two cars as far up as we can. We tried to today. I had a pretty OK start, managed to get Valtteri on the first lap but again after the restart, same like last time here, we just don’t have the speed. He managed to get me and then when I tried to get past him obviously Lewis got past me, but we just had to try to run a bit longer and pass them and we managed to do the Williams but not fast enough for Mercedes. Then we had a good speed but with the fuel saving we had to take some measures, so obviously you cannot push as fast as the car can go.