Catch him if you can!


Ros­berg col­lects a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win af­ter Hamil­ton suf­fers yet more power-unit woes

Nico Ros­berg was spot­ted sprint­ing through the pad­dock a few hours af­ter the Rus­sian GP in Sochi. In his right hand was a bot­tle of un­opened cham­pagne. Dur­ing his spir­ited run, re­porters tried to catch him, but for the sec­ond time this af­ter­noon no one was able to keep up.

This was Ros­berg’s sev­enth con­sec­u­tive grand prix vic­tory, putting him level with Al­berto As­cari and Michael Schu­macher and two short of Sebastian Vet­tel’s all-time record. It was a per­fect weekend. Pole, fastest lap and win, and he’s now racked up 100 points, open­ing a large gap over a trou­bled Lewis Hamil­ton, who nished sec­ond from a lowly tenth on the grid.

Hamil­ton’s woes started in qual­i­fy­ing, with a re­peat of the power-unit prob­lem he’d suf­fered at the pre­vi­ous race in China. Sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion back at Brix­worth un­cov­ered a prob­lem with the MGU-H’s in­su­la­tion, and the tur­bocharger and oil pumps were re­placed af­ter de­bris was found in the oil sys­tem.

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