Hamilton Cruises to Victory and Mercedes Win Second Title
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 11, 2015
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton puts his car in cruise control to take his second Russian Grand Prix victory, increasing his lead to 73 points. This puts him one step close to obtaining his third world championship and the second constructors’ Championship for Mercedes.
Hamilton said: ”The goal is to win a third title,”. "Until I achieve that there is no other goal. I feel incredibly fortunate to have this car”.
Ferrari fell just short of the points needed to hold off Mercedes for the Championship. However, the title was sealed when the stewards penalized Kimi Raikkonen moving his position from fifth to eighth.
Raikkonen was given a 30-second penalty for causing a collision in the final lap with fellow Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, which gave Mercedes what they needed to win the championship.
Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler and overall head of Mercedes went on to say “his Formula One team had to up its performance” to secure its second championship.
"What an incredible moment for Mercedes-Benz," Zetsche said. "Congratulations to our team in Brackley and Brixworth who have worked so hard to make this achievement possible, winning a second world championship in a row. After winning in 2014, we raised the bar again to secure this year's title, and we needed to because our rivals gave us plenty of headaches as they stepped up their performance.
"The work by our team is the perfect example of what drives Mercedes-Benz forward: the best technology. The most efficient hybrid petrol engine that our company has ever made, world-beating aerodynamics and intelligent design in every part of the W06 Hybrid racing car.
"Most importantly, though, we must not forget the human factor: we have two exceptional sportsmen at the wheel, Lewis and Nico, and a fantastic team behind the scenes, who have delivered 12 wins in 15 races so far this year. Their work has made every employee of Mercedes-Benz a world champion, and we are very proud of them."
The other half of the Mercedes duo, Nico Rosberg, who had a great start off the line and managed to hold of his teammate in the opening laps, suffered a problem immediately after the restart when his throttle pedal broke. "It was quite dangerous," he said after retiring. "Definitely not a nice way to end the day."
Force India driver Sergio Perez enjoyed the fifth podium of his career due to Raikkonen and Bottas’ collision.
Perez said: “It feels great to be back on the podium and to be able to celebrate with my team. I have been enjoying my time with the team so much and this is a great reward for all the work we have put in together. The call to pit under the safety car turned out to be very good because it gave us track position ahead of all the battles. With one lap to go, when Valtteri (Bottas) and Kimi (Raikkonen) passed me, it felt like this result had been taken from us."
"I was obviously disappointed but I also knew I had given all I could during the race. There was no more I could do because I had been on the same tyres for more than 40 laps. When I finally managed to get back into third it was just an amazing feeling. I am happy I was able to share this second podium with my team. It's a very special result and one that fills me with expectation ahead of the races in Austin and especially Mexico City.”
As for Hamilton, he can wrap up a third drivers' title at the USGP in Austin, Texas in just two weeks if he takes the win ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.