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A crowd of sixty thousand in Sochi watched Nico Rosberg take his seventh consecutive Grand Prix victory, something made immeasurably easier by his team mate’s continuing reliability problems in qualifying. Lewis Hamilton limited the damage well enough, coming through from 10th to runner-up, putting feisty passes on Kimi Räikkönen and Valtteri Bottas along the way. Lewis’ task in this was made easier by the first lap crash of Sebastian Vettel, an innocent victim of two separate hits from Daniil Kvyat, the blame falling squarely on the Russian’s shoulders on this occasion – such that Seb made a point of having a word with his old boss Christian Horner about his charge. If it was any consolation to Seb, both Red Bulls were in the pits at the end of the lap for new wings and made little progress from there.