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Russian racing track best this year — Sochi GP winner Hamilton

October 13, 2014, 16:30 UTC+3 SOCHI

The winner of Russia’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton praised Russia’s GP in the southern resort city of Sochi as the best racing this year

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SOCHI, October 13. /TASS/. The winner of Russia’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton was packing his bags on Sunday night for the next GP in the United States and said that Russia’s GP in the southern resort city of Sochi was the best F1 racing this year.

Britain’s Hamilton from team Mercedes started the race from the pole position on Sunday’s sunny afternoon in Sochi and maintained the lead throughout the race to win the historical Russian GP. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished in the second place some 15 seconds behind Hamilton.

“It was a good day and amazing weekend,” Hamilton said. “Russia has been the favorite place for me this year.”

Speaking about the racing weekend on the whole, Hamilton said that he was surprised with the way people in Russia were so absorbed with F1 racing.

“I did not know that F1 was something that people followed here. I saw thousands of people and they were enthusiastic about the event,” Hamilton said.

Finnish racer Valterri Botas from team Williams was the third of the world’s fastest racers to finish 53 laps of the Sochi GP circuit.

All pilots surged forward with the green lights turning on at 3:00 p.m. local time on Sunday afternoon and the first lap went smoothly except for Germany’s Rosberg as he had to brake his bolide so hard in an attempt to pass his teammate Lewis Hamilton that the smoke from the tyres covered the track briefly and the German pilot had to swerve off the racing course in order to avoid collision.

“It was a mistake,” Rosberg said after the race. “I had to brake too late and too hard. It was my corner and was supposed to be in the lead. After that tyres felt square.”

Rosberg savored the pit lane area already on the second lap of the 53 laps in Russia’s Sochi on Sunday afternoon comparing with other pilots going for one pit-stop strategy of the Russia GP.

A minor accident also happened in the middle of the race after Romain Grosjean from team Lotus nosed Sauber’s Adrian Sutil sending the German pilot for a small spin on the track. However, Sutil managed to take control of his car and avoided a possible collision with a fence.

Russia’s Daniil Kvyat from Toro Rosso team finished in the 14th position. Kvyat showed the fifth time in Saturday’s qualifying session, however, he dropped several positions during the first two laps of the start losing the advantage of his fifth spot on the starting grid and dropped further after the pit stop sessions in the middle of the race.

The Russian Grand Prix was held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

According to the statistics from the racing event organizers, Sochi AutoDrom, a total of some 50,000 tickets available were sold out for the Russian F1 event in Sochi with 5,000 tickets out of the mentioned-above figure purchased by foreign guests.

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