Sochi: A supreme Lewis Hamilton made history in Sochi yesterday when he won the inaugural Russian GP for his fourth straight victory to extend his lead in the F1 title race and secure Mercedes a maiden constructors' title.
Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton atop the podium at the Sochi Autodrom yesterday. Pic/AFP
Starting from his 38th pole position, the 29-year-old Briton took the chequered flag 13.657 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton's win lifted him 17 points clear of Rosberg (274 pts), who produced a stirring recovery drive from the back of the field after making a mistake that needed an opening lap pit stop. "Congratulations to the team on the constructors' championship — history in the making," said Hamilton.
Tribute to Bianchi
Just a week after Jules Bianchi's life-threatening accident in the storm-hit Japanese GP, where the French driver suffered severe head injuries, the race was preceded by tributes to support his fight for life in hospital in Yokkaichi.
This was Mercedes' ninth one-two of the season as they ended Red Bull's four-year dominance. "We don't forget Jules, this is still overshadowing everything we do," said Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.
Force India 10th, 12th
Meanwhile, Force India's Sergio Perez finished 12th earning one point, while Nico Hulkenberg was was 12th.