Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton walks to the podium by Russian President Vladimir Putin after winning the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF
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Lewis Hamilton won the inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix and extended his championship lead to 17 points Sunday in a Mercedes one-two that clinched the team's first constructors' title.With 100 points still to be won from the final three races, thanks to double points in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton has 291 points to Rosberg's 274 with everything still to play for.The 2008 world champion also became only the fourth driver in F1 history to win nine races in a single season and equalled Nigel Mansell's British record of 31 career victories.The one-two was the ninth of the season for Mercedes, one shy of McLaren's 1988 record, and formally ended Red Bull's run of four titles in a row.While Hamilton had an easy afternoon on the track, others remained haunted by Suzuka.Rosberg, who started alongside Hamilton on the front row, got ahead of his teammate at the start but then locked up and went wide, "flat spotting" his front tires in the process.
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