Lewis Hamilton is closing in on his third world title after victory in the Russian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver took full advantage of Nico Rosberg’s misfortune, as the German retired from the race early on.

From there, Hamilton as in firm control and he won by a comfortable margin from Sebastian Vettel in second and Sergio Pérez.

Hamilton could wrap up the championship in the USA in two weeks’ time.

It was a simple afternoon for the Englishman, who inherited the lead in the early stages of the race.

After a lengthy stoppage for a safety car, Rosberg encountered throttle issues and was forced into retirement.

After that, the battle for second became the most interesting as Vettel fought with Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel edged out his teammate in an excellent wheel-to-wheel action, before he got past Bottas through the pit stops.

Bottas and Raikkonen spent several laps stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo, which allowed Force India’s Perez to sneak into third.

The pair chased down the Mexican late in the race when they got past Ricciardo, and Bottas nipped past Perez with one lap left.

Raikkonen also got past, and put Bottas under pressure on the final lap but his rash move saw him make contact with the Williams and spin it into the barriers.

This allowed Perez to sneak back past for third. Raikkonen ultimately finished fifth, while Bottas retired.

Further back, Felipe Massa impressively came from 15th to finish fourth, while Raikkonen finished ahead of Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Nasr, Pastor MaldonadoJenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

Romain Grosjean had a heavy crash mid-way through the race after he spun at Turn 3, but he was, fortunately, unhurt.

See 2015 Russian Formula 1 grand prix result.

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