Rosberg playing catch-up as Hamilton leads Russian GP

It's advantage Hamilton early at Sochi.

Halfway through the first ever Russian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is in command. On the opening lap, Hamilton got the jump but quickly fell under attack from his teammate.

Nico Rosberg tried to force a move to the inside, suffering a major lock up that sent him off the track. He did take over the lead, but was also forced to pit due to flat-spotting the tires.

Rosberg has been forced onto a bizarre strategy where he will try to run 50 laps on a single set of tires. He has since worked his way back into the points and should Mercedes make this risky strategy work, there's no telling how high up the order he could climb.

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi and unfortunately, Marussia's Max Chilton have retired from the event.

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Series Formula 1
Event Russian GP
Sub-event Sunday race
Track Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg , Kamui Kobayashi , Max Chilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Race report