Formula One world championship leader Nico Rosberg took a lights to flag victory at the Baku circuit, the host of the European Grand Prix. The German who took pole on Saturday completely dominated the event finishing the race just ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez secured his second podium finish in three races ending the Grand Prix in third place strengthening Force India’s place in fifth in the Constructors championship.
Following a 5 second penalty for crossing the white line at the entry to the pit-lane Kimi Raikkonen who started the race from fourth place following a great battle with Perez for the final podium place. The Iceman also had a great battle with team mate Sebastian Vettel and would have joined the German on the podium had the team chosen not to switch the positions.
Following a tough qualifying on Saturday, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton recovered coming through the field to finish the race in fifth place. The three time world champion heads to the Austrian Grand Prix in two weeks time 24 points behind Rosberg.
Speaking after the race, Mercedes non executive chairman Niki Lauda confirmed after the race that both Lewis Hamilton and race winner Nico Rosberg were suffering with an engine issue but that Rosberg’s wasn’t as bad as Hamilton’s. Speaking to Channel 4’s Lee McKenzie, Hamilton confirmed he ran the whole race with no ERS system on the car but that it eventually kicked in with eight laps to go.
Valtteri Bottas was unable to repeat his podium finish from last weekend as he finished the race in sixth place just ahead of the Red Bull Racing duo of Daniel Ricciardo who was left extremely frustrated after starting the race from the front row while team mate Max Verstappen ended the race in eighth place.
While his team mate Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez took a podium his team mate Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in 9th place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa.
McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button drove a great race and was left disappointed to miss out on a points finish for the Woking based outfit ending the Grand Prix in 11th place just ahead of the Sauber F1 Team’s Felipe Nasr.
Romain Grosjean ended the race in 13th place for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.
Esteban Gutierrez was 16th for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of Marcus Ericsson for the Sauber F1 Team. Rio Haryanto was the last of the runners for the Manor Racing. Fernando Alonso was forced to retire from the race due to a gearbox failure. Pascal Wehrlein was forced to retire with a brake issue while the two Toro Rosso suffered suspension failures.