STORY OF THE RACE

Motor Sport News - - Gp Extra | Round 04 -

■ Nico Ros­berg leads on the run to Turn 2, while Kimi Raikko­nen passes Valt­teri Bot­tas for sec­ond.

■ Un­der brak­ing for Turn 2, Daniil Kvyat hits the back of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and hits him again in Turn 3, fir­ing the Fer­rari into the bar­ri­ers. Lewis Hamil­ton, Fer­nando Alonso and Kevin Mag­nussen best avoid the drama.

■ Fur­ther back, Este­ban Gu­tier­rez clat­ters into Nico Hulken­berg, who col­lects Rio Haryanto’s Manor and Mar­cus Eric­s­son’s Sauber.

■ The safety car is de­ployed on the open­ing lap to clear up the Turn 2 and Turn 3 in­ci­dents. ■ Red Bull pit both driv­ers un­der the safety car and switch to the medium com­pound tyre.

■ At the restart Bot­tas re­takes Raikko­nen for sec­ond, while Hamil­ton over­takes Felipe Massa for fourth.

■ On lap seven, Hamil­ton passes Raikko­nen at Turn 5 for third. Kvyat is is­sued with a 10-sec­ond stop/go penalty.

■ Bot­tas is the first of the lead­ers to pit on lap 16. He switches from the su­per­soft to the soft tyre.

■ A lap later Hamil­ton makes his manda­tory tyre stop, switch­ing to softs, but re­mains be­hind the Wil­liams. ■ Lap 19: Hamil­ton out­brakes Bot­tas into Turn 2 and Kimi comes out ahead of his com­pa­triot when the Fer­rari re­joins af­ter his lap 20 pit­stop.

■ Lap 21: Ros­berg makes his one tyre stop and doesn’t re­lin­quish the race lead.

■ On lap 37 Hamil­ton’s charge is thwarted when he’s in­formed he has a water pres­sure prob­lem with his power unit.

■ Ros­berg wins the Rus­sian GP, ahead of Hamil­ton and Raikko­nen, and col­lects the tro­phy on the podium from the Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

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