Fans can watch the Russian Grand Prix live online and see whether the Mercedes team can continue its dominance after what was another strong qualifying round.
This year the duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have once again dominated the F1 results, winning 11 of the 14 races. Were it not for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who has three wins, it would be all Mercedes again this year.
They will have a chance to go for 12 wins this Sunday, with the race starting at 11 a.m. GMT (12 p.m. BST, 7 a.m. ET).
Those who watch the Russian Grand Prix live online will see the Mercedes duo once again starting at the top. Nico Rosberg beat out teammate Lewis Hamilton for the pole position, with Mercedes dominating the qualifying day. Valtteri Bottas of Williams will be in the third position, while Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari will be fourth.
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It was the third time in the last 15 races that Rosberg beat out his teammate and main rival.
“For sure I’m very happy,” Rosberg said. “It’s been a difficult weekend actually because of the little running we got, we didn’t get much practice. Qualifying worked out really well, we found a really good balance on the car, thanks to my engineers as well. We had to guess a little bit where it was going to be and it all worked out well, felt comfortable. Got some good laps in and very happy with that.”
But Hamilton has done well racing second in Russia before. Last year he also started second, and ended up winning the race.
After qualifying, Hamilton said “Nico did a great job” and added that it was “not such a bad race” to be starting second.
This will be an important match for Nico Rosberg, who trails Hamilton in the 2015 Formula drivers’ championship by 48 points with five races remaining. Rosberg will need a strong performance — if he fails to score any points, it will leave Hamilton one win from getting his third world title.
Rosberg hasn’t won since the Austrian Grand Prix in June, but said he has come off his second place performance in the Japanese Grand Prix with a new resolve.
“I’m not backing down in my fight for the championship and gaining those positions back fair and square showed that. We have five races to go and, although the championship gap to Lewis is quite big, in my mind it’s definitely not over yet.
“The way the whole team has performed this year – from the factories to the garage – has been just incredible and I have the car I need to get back to the top step.”
The qualifying also had some drama, with Toro’s Carlos Sainz smashing into a barrier at close to 200 miles per hour. He was taken to the hospital, but said he wants to race in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
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Team (via Formula1.com)
Rosso Max Verstappen
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Those who want to watch the Russian Grand Prix live online can tune into NBC Sports Extra for streaming video. Fans watching in the U.K. can watch the Formula 1 race live online through the BBC, with instructions here.
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