Hamilton cruises to victory in Russia


Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix with ease after Nico Rosberg's chances went up in tyre smoke as he locked both front brakes trying to pass his team-mate into the second corner. Rosberg's error forced him to pit at the end of the first lap and then make a set of tyres last for the rest of the race in order to fight back to second place. Hamilton, meanwhile, had a clear run to the chequered flag, and as he crossed the line sealed the first constructors' championship for Mercedes in Formula One. Valtteri Bottas was the only challenge to a Mercedes one-two, but was passed by Rosberg on lap 30 as the German completed his recovery drive to second place. Jenson Button finished fourth ahead of team-mate Kevin Magnussen on a strong day for McLaren. Fernando Alonso made a good start to finish sixth for Ferrari ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who go a poor getaway but fought back to seventh with an alternative strategy. Ricciardo's pit stop on lap 11 saw Red Bull shuffle him ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel who went on to finish eighth. Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez took the last points on offer in ninth and tenth.