Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2015

Hamilton wins in cruise mode

2015 Russian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

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Lewis Hamilton wasn’t stretched during the Russian Grand Prix, which he won without getting within half a second of the fastest lap of the race.

Hamilton collected his ninth win of the season without having to stress his power unit or gearbox after the threat from team mate Nico Rosberg faded early.

His only concern came in the closing stages of the race when the team detected a problem. “I’m glad my car made it as the rear wing was getting a bit loose towards the end,” said Hamilton, “so I had to stay off the kerbs and try not to damage the car.”

While Hamilton was conserving his car, Sebastian Vettel set the race’s fastest lap. Just like last year, the low-grip surface meant the tyres were still performing well late into stints, and Vettel set his best time with two laps to go.

2015 Russian Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers in seconds. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan, click name to highlight, right-click to reset:

2015 Russian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1’40.07151
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’40.2940.22348
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’40.5730.50244
4Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’40.8810.81048
5Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’41.1341.06345
6Daniil KvyatRed Bull-Renault1’41.3721.30152
7Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’41.5071.43652
8Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Mercedes1’41.5201.44951
9Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’41.7721.70148
10Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’41.8881.81743
11Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Renault1’42.2582.18744
12Max VerstappenToro Rosso-Renault1’42.6392.56829
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’43.0682.99753
14Nico RosbergMercedes1’43.1333.0626
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’43.2653.19445
16Will StevensManor-Ferrari1’44.9264.85550
17Roberto MerhiManor-Ferrari1’45.0494.97850
18Romain GrosjeanLotus-Mercedes1’45.2665.1957
19Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes
20Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari

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3 comments on “Hamilton wins in cruise mode”

  1. Congrats to Checo – master of tire deg.

  2. Verstappen was very slow maybe because of the puncture and Maldonado was shockingly slow for Lotus.

    1. Max also had damage to the floor and rear suspension.

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