Coming straight from Le Mans 24 Hours reportage, after an incredible last minute drama…catch all the highlights here.
Rosberg has claimed his fifth win of the season in Baku at the Europe GP 2016. The German led from start to finish, maintaining a healthy gap over rivals Ferrari. Vettel crossed the finish line in second while Force India’s Sergio Perez claimed P3. Perez was running fourth behind Raikkonen, but the Finn still had to serve a five seconds penalty for infringing the white line, meaning a P4 finish for Perez would still have awarded him the podium victory.
Hamilton finished fifth today, and is now behind Rosberg in the standings with a 24 points margin between them.
Europe GP 2016 Results
1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes-AMG
2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
3. Sergio Perez – Force India
4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes-AMG
6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams
7. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
8. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India
10. Felipe Massa – Williams
Some 23 into the Europe Grand Prix 2016 at the Baku street circuit, Rosberg held the lead with a 19s gap over Ferrari’s Raikkonen. Vettel was third, leading Perez, Hamilton and Massa.
Hamilton of course started from 10th place after a troubled qualifying session for the Briton yesterday.
ONLY IN BAKU:
12th century tower 🏰
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 19, 2016
“Is there no solution for this? You guys need to pick up the pace”, that was Hamilton over the radio. He was clearly not happy with his current pace, which was evidenced by his struggle in trying to catch up with Perez.
Raikkonen who was running second soon let a faster Vettel pass, after imposing team orders on himself. Vettel then went ahead to set a new fastest time of the race with a 1m47.582s, at the same time, Hamilton continued to fall back behind Perez with the engineers still not able to tell what the problem was.
Rosberg responded to Vettel’s fastest time with a faster 1m47.421s, he had been slowed down by traffic moments earlier. The yellow flags flew briefly on lap 33/51 when Sainz’s Toro Rosso stopped on the runoff area. A suspension problem was the cause of his stop.
HAM📻: "I'm going to change everything in this car" 😠
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 19, 2016
Traffic was beginning to get in the way of Raikkonen, and he expressed this furiously over the radio. “Where the **** are the blue flags? I’ve been following him the whole ****ing lap.”
Despite all that complaining from Hamilton, he blasted a 1m46.822s lap to set a new fastest time of the race, edging closer to Perez. The Mercedes driver also confirmed that he had gotten his power back. That was lap 44/51.
Fernando Alonso was among the retirees from the race today, after suffering a problem with his gear selection. Meanwhile, Verstappen passed Massa for ninth, while on medium rubber tires. A fight was brewing between Raikkonen and Perez, the Mexican was quicker and the Finn was facing some technical issues. Raikkonen also had a five seconds penalty to add after passing on the white line.
Perez managed to pass Raikkonen in the final lap for third, while Rosberg scored a comfortable victory in Baku with a 16s gap over Vettel.