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Rosberg wins ahead of Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg eased to victory at the Russian GP to extend his championship lead to 43 points over Lewis Hamilton. 

The German was in supreme form in Sochi and led from start to finish as he maintained his 100 per cent victory record in 2016.

Defending world champion Hamilton recovered from tenth on the grid following more unreliability problems in qualifying to take second place and limit the damage to his title chances.

The Briton also had further reliability issues during the race and was instructed his car had a "water pressure" problem with less than 20 laps to go after he had cut Rosberg's lead down to seven seconds.

However, one driver who now appears to be out of championship contention is Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who was hit twice in two corners by Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

The Russian carried too much speed into Turn Two on the opening lap and hammered into the back of the Ferrari, before hitting him again at Turn Three and firing Vettel into the barriers.

The German launched a foul-mouthed tirade over the radio before exiting his car and then went to visit Red Bull boss Christian Horner on the pit wall when he returned to the pits.

Kvyat was handed a 10-second stop/go penalty for causing the collision and after the highs of China will now find his future under further scrutiny with Red Bull's Helmut Marko thought to be keen on promoting Max Verstappen to the senior team.

The 18-year-old had looked on course for at least a sixth-place finish until he was forced to retire with smoke coming from the 2015-spec Ferrari engine in his Toro Rosso.

The top three was completed by Kimi Raikkonen, the 700th time in F1 history a Ferrari driver has finished on the podium.

After showing impressive pace early in the race, Williams dropped away in the second half of the race with Valtteri Bottas only able to finish fourth despite his front row start, just ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa.

Fernando Alonso was a remarkable sixth for McLaren as he picked up his first points of the season on a track where the team expected to struggle. Jenson Button made it a double points finish for the Woking squad for the first time since Hungary 2015 with tenth.

Renault also picked up their first points since their return to F1 with a seventh place finish for Kevin Magnussen who had started down in 17th.

Romain Grosjean was another to make progress through the field coming from 15th on the grid to take eighth after a fine defensive effort in the closing laps to hold off Sergio Perez.

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