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Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hamilton 'proud' of Mercedes title

Lewis Hamilton says he is 'proud' to have contributed to Mercedes's success in this year's Constructors' championship. Hamilton claimed his ninth win of the 2014 campaign in Russia to seal the crown for Mercedes - their first in the history of the sport. "It was a good, good day and an amazing weekend," he said. "I’m just so proud to have contributed to have worked with this great team, to get the first Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes-Benz. I could have only dreamed of that when […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Toro Rosso pair lament race regression

Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat were left to lament a difficult race at the Russian Grand Prix, with neither driver scoring a point. Vergne and Kvyat both started inside the top 10 but were unable to match faster rivals and came home in 13th and 14th places respectively. The pair admitted that having to save fuel meant that they were unable to race their rivals. "It was an extremely frustrating race," said Vergne. "We have to understand why we had to save […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Alonso says future is 'so obvious'

Fernando Alonso says his future is 'so obvious' after he finished in sixth position at the Russian Grand Prix. Alonso's future has remained unclear since management changes at Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel set to move to the Italian team. With Alonso linked to a couple of teams, he says that negotiations are in their final stages. "My future is already set – or already set in my mind for some months," he told Sky Sports. "Now we are finalising everything, it is not a big […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Magnussen: Race like a 'chilled out' Sunday drive

Kevin Magnussen says his Russian Grand Prix was akin to a 'chilled out Sunday drive' after he claimed his best finish since Australia. Magnussen made a strong start from 11th on the grid and finished in fifth place at the Sochi Autodrom. "I decided to go flat-out from the start, in an effort to make up as many positions as possible from my P11 grid slot, and it worked; I had a great lap one, and then moved up to P5 very quickly," he said. […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ricciardo accepts starts need to improve

Daniel Ricciardo has accepted that he needs to improve his starts following  slow getaway at the Russian Grand Prix. Ricciardo qualified in sixth place but lost positions on the opening lap, before he recovered to seventh position, narrowly behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. "The first few laps were pretty hectic and we lost a few places at the start," he said. "We will have to have a look at that, it’s nearly the end of the season now, but we haven’t had many good starts so […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rosberg labels error 'very unnecessary'

Nico Rosberg labelled his first lap error as 'very unnecessary' as he cost himself a chance of victory at the Russian Grand Prix. Rosberg challenged his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton into Turn Two but locked up and had to pit at the end of the first lap for fresh Prime tyres. From there he stayed out until the end of the race and recovered to second, limiting the damage to his championship hopes against Hamilton. "It was just a mistake on my side," he said. […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hamilton takes Russia win to clinch title for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton dominated proceedings to claim victory at a low-key Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom, which secured the Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes. Hamilton was untroubled after Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg locked up at the first corner and had to pit. The German nonetheless recovered to second, with Valtteri Bottas in third. Hamilton initially held the lead but he was challenged on the run down to Turn Two by Rosberg, with the Mercedes pair running side-by-side. Rosberg claimed the inside line but misjudged his braking […]

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Alonso accepts Ferrari's rivals faster

Fernando Alonso has accepted that Ferrari's rivals were simply faster during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Alonso qualified in eighth place for the race - but will start from seventh on the grid as a result of Kevin Magnussen's grid penalty. "Today’s qualifying was more difficult than usual, or at least more complicated compared to the last two race weekends, when we had been able to fight with the front runners," he said. "So far here, we have not been […]

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Magnussen hoping to recover from penalty

Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to recover places in the Russian Grand Prix after being beset by misfortune on Saturday at the Sochi Autodrom. Magnussen was a front runner in Friday practice but his car snapped sideways in the third session with an apparent technical problem and the Dane was forced to abandon his car trackside. While he recovered to qualify in sixth place, Magnussen will drop to 11th place as a result of a five place penalty for a gearbox change. "Today hasn’t […]

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hulkenberg fears Force India struggle

Nico Hulkenberg admits he is facing a tough challenge as he will start from 17th place on the grid at Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. Hulkenberg qualified in 12th position but will drop five places due to a gearbox change. The German believes that the nature of the Sochi Autodrom will present a difficult proposition for Force India. "It’s a very long and challenging lap here, and it's not so easy to put a good lap together," he said. "I think we got pretty much what […]

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kvyat aiming for top five finish

Toro Rosso youngster Daniil Kvyat says a top five finish is his aim after achieving the best grid slot of his Formula 1 career at his home race in Russia. Kvyat set the fifth fastest time in qualifying at the Sochi Autodrom - the highest position a Toro Rosso driver has achieved since Daniel Ricciardo last season. "It feels great securing fifth in today's qualifying here in my home country," he said. "It was already looking quite promising yesterday, so I'm very happy we could […]

Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bottas sure error didn't cost him pole

Valtteri Bottas is sure that an error on his final flying lap during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix did not cost him a chance at claiming his maiden Formula 1 pole position. Bottas had set a time faster than Lewis Hamilton after the second sector split but ran wide at the final corner and did not manage to improve on his earlier lap time, meaning that he finished the session in third. But while believing that his mistake cost him a shot at a […]