Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at Sochi today when he won the inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
Starting from pole position, he beat team-mate Nico Rosberg who passed the finished line in second place, while Mercedes sealed its first constructors’ championship title with Pirelli since the competition was established in 1958.
Most competitors completed the race with just one pit stop, however there was a wide range of strategies and although Hamilton claimed the victory, Rosberg’s performance was remarkable. He changed from P Zero Yellow soft to P Zero White medium tyres on the opening lap, following a lock-up and flat-spot after the start, which meant he went on to complete 52 laps – in excess of 300 kilometres – on one set of tyres, having re-emerged in 20th place following his pit stop. He also chalked up his personal best lap time of the race on the 52nd lap, one lap from the end.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “Wear and degradation were extremely low at this brand new track in Sochi, which enabled most drivers to utilise a one-stop strategy and Nico Rosberg to claim second place after completing 52 laps on one set of tyres. Congratulations to Mercedes for winning the constructors’ championship for the first time and we look forward to a continuation of the battle for the driver’s title. This has been a fantastically-organised event here in Russia and we’ve been made to feel extremely welcome at this amazing venue.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office