F1 2015: Russian GP
October 11, 2015,
Olympic Park, Sochi, Russia
Mercedes – Mercedes wrapped up the constructor’s championship yesterday, yet again at Russia, thanks to another confident finish by Lewis Hamilton. But the Englishman stated that there was a long way to go, as he is still to confirm his title at the driver’s championship. He said, “I’ve never felt it’s ever been done and dusted. There are still a lot of points available. I’m going to take my time and, at the next race, work as hard as ever.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. made a spectacular comeback from Saturday’s crash, with a strong performance. He started last on the grid, but made it up to 7th, unfortunately he had to retire at the 45th lap because of brake failure. The Toro Rosso driver did not seem to give up initially, but had to finally park his car as its rear wing fell off. Although he did not score any points, his actions over the weekend cemented his personality amongst F1 folklore. The Spaniard was clearly in good spirits despite his misfortune, as he tweeted, “At the end I decided to race… and what a race. From last to seventh with brake problems. Eventually I had to retire… best race of the year.”
Force India, despite Nico Hulkenberg’s crash early on, will go back happier that Sergio Perez secured a podium finish at 3rd. This further secures their position in the constructor’s table at 5th, 26 points ahead of Lotus. Romain Grosjean of Lotus also suffered a crash at the 11th lap, his team-mate Pastor Maldonado finished 7th, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen was penalised with a 30-second penalty for colliding with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas on the last lap.
As we move on to Austin, Texas for next week’s US Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton will be looking to clinch his 3rd driver’s title. He needs to out-score Sebastian Vettel by 9 points, and his teammate Nico Rosberg by 2 points. Meanwhile, Red Bull will try to make sure that their future in Formula One is not jeopardised, they need to find an engine supplier for next year as soon as possible.