Hamil­ton wins dra­matic Sochi GP

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Lewis Hamil­ton is on the brink of the For­mula One world ti­tle af­ter vic­tory in Sochi, as Ser­gio Perez claimed a stun­ning third place af­ter his heavy crash in qual­i­fy­ing left him hos­pi­talised.

Lewis Hamil­ton is on the brink of the For­mula One world ti­tle af­ter eas­ing to another vic­tory at the Rus­sian Grand Prix as a throt­tle is­sue ef­fec­tively ended Nico Ros­berg’s cham­pi­onship hopes.

Hav­ing qual­i­fied on pole in Sochi, Ros­berg fended off a se­ries of at­tacks from Hamil­ton at the start, which saw the safety car de­ployed af­ter Force In­dia’s Nico Hulken­berg col­lided with the Sauber of Mar­cus Eric­s­son forc­ing both to re­tire.

But Ros­berg’s su­perb ef­forts through­out the week­end proved in vain, with his throt­tle prob­lem be­com­ing ap­par­ent as Hamil­ton cap­i­talised by sweep­ing past af­ter the Ger­man had run wide at turn two on lap seven.

Valt­teri Bot­tas and the Fer­raris of Kimi Raikko­nen and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel soon fol­lowed in over­tak­ing Ros­berg, who then limped into the pits to re­tire the car.

The safety car made its sec­ond ap­pear­ance on lap 13 when Lo­tus’ Ro­main Gros­jean went spin­ning into the bar­ri­ers at turn three.

How­ever, the in­ci­dent had no im­pact on Hamil­ton’s progress, with the Brit coast­ing to his ninth vic­tory of a dom­i­nant cam­paign.

Vet­tel claimed sec­ond, while Ser­gio Perez took third for Force In­dia, as Fin­nish duo Raikko­nen and Bot­tas col­lided hav­ing passed the Mex­i­can on the penul­ti­mate lap, with the lat­ter slid­ing into the wall.

Hamil­ton now leads Vet­tel by 66 points and Ros­berg by 73 with just 100 points left to race for and can seal a sec­ond suc­ces­sive ti­tle at the United States Grand Prix in a fort­night.

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