Lewis Hamilton wins inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix
Englishman Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes, won the inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix held at Sochi. Hamilton had started on pole position. With this win, Mercedes also clinched its first F1 Constructor’s title. The race was witnessed by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The location of the competition was at Sochi, the location where the Winter Olympics were held. The circuit went across some of the landmark locations from the Olympics.
The Constructor’s title is determined by a points system based on the Grand Prix results. The points scored in each race by an driver for that constructor of the F1 car are taken into consideration. It is a prize for the construction of the car, irrespective of who the driver is.
The Russian Grand Prix was Hamilton’s fourth win in a row and ninth win of the season. The 2008 world champion, is just the fourth driver in F1 history to win nine races in a single season.
This win also marked Mercedes’ first Constructor’s Title victory. Mercedes’ driver also finished second. So, as a team, Mercedes had clinched both the first and second spots. This is Mercedes’ ninth such win, which is just one short of McLaren 1988 record.
Dedication to Bianchi
Hamilton dedicated his win to French F1 driver, Jules Bianchi, who crashed into a recovery tractor at Suzuka in Japan just recently. Bianchi is still in the hospital, in critical condition due to the head injuries he sustained when he lost control and crashed. Bianchi drives for Marussia.