Under the bright blues skies in Azerbaijan's beautiful
capital city of Baku, round 8 of the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe was
won by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes. The other podium winners were Sebastian Vettel
of Ferrari who came in third and Sergio Perez (Checo) of Sahara Force India who
drove magnificently to come in third.
Perez’s teammate Nico Hulkenberg came in 9th.
With Lewis Hamilton finishing fifth, Rosberg extended his
championship lead over his team mate to 24 points.
Sergio Perez, the Mexican from Force India who qualified a
brilliant second a day earlier, started seventh because of a gearbox change
earlier which resulted in a penalty. Grid drops there were for Toro Rossos's
Carlos Sainz from 13th to 18th and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen who
started from pit lane, though he had qualified 21st.
As the race began, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was promoted
next to Rosberg. As the race began Esteban
Gutierrez of Haas lost his front wing after contact with Nico Hulkenberg of
Force India through opening turns. Perez in the meantime climbed to fifth
position. Rosberg was in another league as he kept up the lead from the word go
and Vettel soon tailed him all throughout.
There were four retirements because of technical problems
with their cars. These included Kvyat who retired around lap 8. Lap 33 also saw
Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso Sain facing suspension problem and retiring from the
race. Lap 41 it was time for Pascal Wehrlein of Manor to retire because of bad
brakes and by lap 44 Alonso was the 4th retirement.
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