Mercedes notched up yet another victory as Nico Rosberg claimed victory in his 200th Grand Prix, holding off Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo in the dying stages of the race.
Nico Rosberg drove a flawless weekend from pole to a win on what was his 200th GP. He did suffer with brake temperature issues but held on it and managed to hang on.
It was incredibly close at the end with Daniel Ricciardo but Red Bull was still happy with their podium and at a track where they consistently do well at.
Daniil Kvyat finished his race in ninth, finally having a decent race weekend after a tough season after switching teams from Red Bull to Toro Rosso. Although Kvyat did claim they should have got more ahead of McLaren.
Kevin Magnussen scored a point in the Renault, important for their constructors’ position. It has been a long time since Russia where Kevin scored his first and only other points for Renault. He held onto the super-softs and drove a very steady race staying out of trouble.
Sebastian Vettel was the driver of the day after starting last on the grid and finishing fifth, making lots of overtakes around a track where overtaking is said to be difficult. In the end only 27 seconds off the lead at the end of the race.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean didn’t even start not taking part in the parade lap, unfortunately, he suffered a pre-race brake by wire problem. He hasn’t been happy all week even calling the car the worst car he’s ever driven.
Jenson Button enjoyed a good start alongside Bottas, and because of Nico Hulkenberg’s incident he tagged Bottas and gained damage to the the car the whole race along with high brake temperatures, leading him to DNF.
Bottas had a weekend to forget after an early puncture, pitstop and then issues with his seat belt which lost him 25 seconds. It was at this time in the pits that the engine overcooked itself, leading him to retire from the race.
Force India’s Hulkenberg didn’t even get past the first corner as he was sandwiched by the Toro Rossos and got tagged by Carlos Sainz. Unfortunately for him, it left him out of the race, but he didn’t put blame on the young Spanish driver.
Carlos Sainz didn’t have an eventful race, first colliding with Hulkenberg and then a loose barge board on Sainz car so he was shown the black and orange flags. He later wasn’t able to get into the points and finished P14 after a promising weekend, describing it as a mess.
Esteban Gutierrez had a very decent race, however, came away unlucky after finishing P11 in a race for the fifth time this season.
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