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2015 Russian GP: Team-by-team analysis with tweets!

2015-10-12 10:12

RUSSIAN GP PODIUM: Winner of the Russian GP Lewis Hamilton (C) is flanked by second-placed Sebastian Vettel (R) and third-placed Sergio Perez (R). Image: AFP/ Andrej Isakovic

SOCHI, Russia - Team by team analysis of Sunday's Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix (listed in championship order):

Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton 1, Nico Rosberg retired)

Mercedes secured its second successive Constructors' title. Hamilton took his ninth win of the season, 42nd of his career and second in a row in Russia. He remains the only driver to have won in Sochi and is now on the verge of wrapping up the 2015 world championships with four races still to run.

Read: As it happened: 2015 Russian GP

Hamilton now has a 66-point lead in the standings and can clinch the title at the next race in Austin, Texas. Rosberg started on pole but retired on lap seven with a throttle problem and dropped to third in the standings.


Ferrari (Sebastian Vettel 2, Kimi Raikkonen 8)

Vettel moved up to second overall. Raikkonen was fifth at the flag but collected a 30-second time penalty for a collision with Bottas while fighting his fellow-Finn for third. The demotion to eighth clinched Mercedes' title.


Williams (Felipe Massa 4, Valtteri Bottas 12)

Bottas was third until the last lap when Raikkonen made his move but was shunted into the barrier and was classified 12th. Massa started in 15th place. Williams lost ground to Ferrari but pulled two points further ahead of Red Bull.

Red Bull (Daniil Kvyat 5, Daniel Ricciardo 15)

Kvyat started 11th and gave the home fans something to cheer. Ricciardo went for an early stop and switched to the harder tyre, which paid off until a suspension issue forced his retirement.

Force India (Sergio Perez 3, Nico Hulkenberg retired)

Perez gave the team its third ever podium finish, and his second for them, just when it seemed he had lost out to Bottas and Raikkonen. Hulkenberg locked the rear wheels and spun at Turn 2 on the opening lap and was hit by Ericsson's Sauber, leading to a safety car period.

Lotus (Pastor Maldonado 7, Romain Grosjean retired)

Grosjean brought out the second safety car when he crashed into the wall on Lap 12, having already stopped for a new front wing and soft tyres at the end of the first lap. Maldonado had started 14th.

Torro Rosso (Max Verstappen 10, Carlos Sainz retired)

Sainz started despite being in hospital the previous day after a heavy crash in practice. He had looked like a solid points finish, running as high as sixth, before retiring with brake problems eight laps from the end.

Verstappen was last after the first lap when he was caught up in Hulkenberg's spin.

Sauber (Felipe Nasr 6, Marcus Ericsson retired)

Nasr moved up to sixth, his second best result of the season, after Raikkonen's penalty. Ericsson went out at the start after hitting Hulkenberg's Force India.

McLaren (Jenson Button 9, Fernando Alonso 11)

McLaren finished with both cars in the points, helped by the late retirements of others, but Alonso was demoted from 10th for cutting a corner.

Manor Marrusia  (Roberto Merhi 13, Will Stevens 14)

The team achieved its 11th two car finish of the season. Merhi was back due to American Alexander Rossi's GP2 commitments.


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