Monday, 20 June 2016

Nico Rosberg clinches European Grand Prix win in Baku to extend Formula One championship lead......as his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton is hindered by team radio ban.

Passion, vitality and speed. Those were the themes of the colourful opening ceremony for the European Grand Prix.
To say the main event did not quite live up to that billing is an understatement and Lewis Hamilton was certainly not feeling the force.
No safety cars, no accidents, no drama for Nico Rosberg who led throughout to claim his fifth win of the season and extend his lead over his Mercedes team-mate to 24 points in the drivers' standings. 
Nico Rosberg celebrates by climbing on his Mercedes and holding his arms aloft after winning the  European Grand Prix in Baku 

Nico Rosberg celebrates by climbing on his Mercedes and holding his arms aloft after winning the European Grand Prix in Baku 
Standing on his car, Rosberg milks the applause from his Mercedes mechanics as he claimed his fifth grand prix win of the season

Standing on his car, Rosberg milks the applause from his Mercedes mechanics as he claimed his fifth grand prix win of the season
Rosberg leaps with delight in front of a TV camera after securing a victory that extends his Formula One championship lead to 24 points

Rosberg leaps with delight in front of a TV camera after securing a victory that extends his Formula One championship lead to 24 points


FORMULA ONE EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS

1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1hr 32mins 52.366secs
2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:33:09.062
3 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:33:17.607
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:33:25.468
5 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:33:48.701
6 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:33:53.252
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:34:01.595
8 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 1:34:03.062
9 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:34:10.074
10 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:34:17.741
11 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:34:37.183
12 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber at 1 Lap
13 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas at 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault at 1 Lap
15 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault at 1 Lap
16 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas at 1 Lap
17 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber at 1 Lap
18 Rio Haryanto (Ina) Manor at 2 Laps
Not Classified:
19 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 49 Laps completed, 20 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor 39 Laps completed, 21 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 31 Laps completed, 22 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 6 Laps completed
Fastest Lap: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1min 46.485secs on Lap 48  


CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 141pts
2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 117
3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 96
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 81
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 78
6 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull 54
7 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 52
8 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 39
9 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 38
10 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 22
11 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 22
12 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 20
13 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 18
14 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 18
15 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault 6
16 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 5
17 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1
18 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas 0
19 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 0
20 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 0
21 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber 0
22 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor 0
23 Rio Haryanto (Ina) Manor 0

Constructors' standings:

1 Mercedes 258pts
2 Ferrari 177
3 Red Bull 140
4 Williams 90
5 Force India 59
6 Toro Rosso 32 
7 McLaren 24
8 Haas 22
9 Renault 6
10 Saube 0
11 Manor 0.

'The weekend went perfectly,' said Rosberg. 'It was really awesome so I'm very happy. I'm enjoying this win, big celebrations.' 
The German made it three wins from three when starting from pole this season, as Hamilton endured a frustrating afternoon.
The three-time world champion's bid to secure an unlikely victory was hampered by a set-up error on his Mercedes with prompted angry exchanges over team radio. It left Hamilton powerless to stop Rosberg's coast to victory as he laboured home in fifth. Mercedes' Niki Lauda confirmed after the race that both cars had the problem, with Rosberg able to fix it faster than his team-mate.
'The problem, both cars had, and Nico fixed it quicker than Lewis could,' he said. 'I don't want to blame Lewis for it because it is rather complicated driving and understanding what is going on.'

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