Lewis Hamilton won his 42nd Formula One race surpassing Ayrton Senna’s tally with victory at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday in Sochi. The race got off to a disastrous start for Nico Hulkenburg and Marcus Ericsson as they were involved in some early contact which brought out one of two safety cars in the race. A number of drivers managed to move up the grid before the safety car came out with Fernando Alonso moving into 14th and Kimi Raikkonen progressing to third.
However it did not last for the Finn as Valtteri Bottas got one over him after the safety car went in. Race leader Rosberg was maintaining his advantage well to just keep his team mate Hamilton at bay. However just after the restart the German looked to be experiencing some problems with his throttle pedal.
His problem seemed to persist and soon he found himself in third place as his teammate pounced on Turn 2 followed by a pass from Bottas. His stint in third did not last long as he soon found himself back in the pits. On Lap 13 the second safety car was brought out again as Romain Grosjean was involved in a crash at Turn 3 where he lost the rear of his car and then onto the marbles before a one way ticket into the barrier. The Frenchman walked away from the crash with just some minor injuries though.
Elsewhere the battle between the two Ferraris continued as Raikkonen looked to get one over his team mate. After the Scandinavian driver ran a bit wide at Turn 2 Sebastian Vettel jumped into the third position. Nonetheless all the drama behind him did not phase Hamilton as he continued to stretch ahead up front as he looked to take victory and almost guarantee a third championship.
The drama was not quite over as on the final lap Raikonnen and Botas were involved in a crash as they looked to get ahead of each other however it worked in favour of Sergio Perez as he finished on the podium behind Vettel and the race winner. The result sees the Briton extend his lead in first place on the log to 73 points with only 100 more up for grabs. For Vettel he overtakes Rosberg in second place and Perez finds himself in ninth.