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Rosberg makes it seven wins in a row

Nico Rosberg, leads Hamilton by 43 points in the standings with 17 races remaining

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg chalked up his seventh win in a row at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday with team mate Lewis Hamilton fighting back from 10th on the grid to seal a Mercedes one-two finish.

In a race that started with chaos, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel being shunted into the wall by Red Bull’s Russian Daniil Kvyat, Rosberg had an untroubled afternoon from pole to chequered flag for his 18th career win.

The German equalled the achievement of compatriot Michael Schumacher in winning seven successive races, with only Vettel (nine in 2013 with Red Bull) and the late Italian Alberto Ascari ahead of them.

Hamilton was 25 seconds behind Rosberg with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finishing third after winning a battle with fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas, who started on the front row, in the Williams.

Rosberg, who won the last three races of 2015 and now the first four of 2016, leads triple world champion Hamilton by 43 points in the standings with 17 races remaining.

Result from the Formula One GP Russia at Sochi Autodrom on Sunday
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:32:41.997
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:25.022
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:31.998
4. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 00:50.217
5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 01:14.427
6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1 lap
7. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 1 lap
8. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas – Ferrari 1 lap
9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap
10. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 1 lap
12. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1 lap
13. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 1 lap
14. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap
15. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 1 lap
16. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap
17. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas – Ferrari 1 lap
18. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor – Mercedes 2 laps
r. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 19 laps
r. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor – Mercedes 53 laps
r. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 53 laps
r. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 53 laps
(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)
Fastest Lap: Nico Rosberg,1:39.094, lap 52.

Driver and Constructor Standings
Drivers Points
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 100
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 57
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 43
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 36
5. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 33
6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 32
7. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 22
8. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 21
9. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 19
10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 13
11. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 8
12. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 6
13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 6
14. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 4
15. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 2
16. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1
17. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1
18. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 0
19. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 0
20. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor 0
21. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 0
22. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas 0
23. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor 0

Constructors Points
1. Mercedes 157
2. Ferrari 76
3. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 57
4. Williams-Mercedes 51
5. Haas – Ferrari 22
6. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 17
7. McLaren 10
8. Force India – Mercedes 8
9. Renault 6
10. Sauber – Ferrari 0
11. Manor – Mercedes 0

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