Nico Rosberg continued his impeccable start to the 2016 Formula 1 season today after winning the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in brilliant fashion.

The German started from pole and was undeterred all the way to the chequered flag.

Rosberg stays unbeaten
Rosberg stays unbeaten

He led hard-charging teammate Lewis Hamilton (+25.022s) to the finish line to complete a fine one-two for Mercedes, while Kimi Raikkonen (+31.998s) of Ferrari clinched the final podium spot in third place.

Rosberg was sensational en route to victory, setting a new lap record in Sochi of 1 minute 39.094 seconds on his penultimate loop of the race.

The result stretched Rosberg’s winning streak to seven in the top flight – dating back to the concluding three Grands Prix of last year and including the first four rounds so far this season.

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An elated Rosberg commented:

“This weekend really went really perfectly for me. Already in Qualifying I had found a perfect balance and that continued throughout the race, which was fantastic.

“I had a great start and from there was able to control the pace at the front.

“Thank you so much to everybody at the factories for building such an amazing car. If you have a car like this, you are really able to push to the limits and that’s an awesome feeling.

“It´s unbelievable to go into the European races with four wins and I really look forward to Barcelona now. Thanks, Russia - you were very good to me!”

The FIA Formula 1 World Championship now heads to the Spanish Grand Prix on May 15.

Full Results

1Nico RosbergMercedes1h32m41.997s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes25.022s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari31.998s
4Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes50.217s
5Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m14.427s
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1 Lap
7Kevin MagnussenRenault1 Lap
8Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1 Lap
10Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1 Lap
11Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1 Lap
12Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1 Lap
13Jolyon PalmerRenault1 Lap
14Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
15Daniil KvyatRed Bull/TAG Heuer1 Lap
16Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
17Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
18Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes2 Laps
-Max VerstappenToro Rosso/FerrariPower Unit
-Sebastian VettelFerrariCollision
-Rio HaryantoManor/MercedesCollision
-Nico HulkenbergForce India/MercedesCollision

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