After finishing off the podium in the last three races, Nico Rosberg won the Europe Grand Prix, his fourth race win of the season. The Mercedes driver reopened the gap on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg led from pole to flag in the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 24 points.
The Mercedes driver followed up a flawless qualifying session on Saturday with an emphatic drive to end a run of three races without a podium place.
“It has been an amazing day and an amazing weekend – it has been spectacular,” Rosberg said after the race. “You created a great track; it was really exciting racing. Qualifying went all to plan. It was awesome. No concerns, we went flat out.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished just under 16.6 seconds behind Rosberg in second, his second consecutive runner-up place. Force India driver Sergio Perez finished third partly due to Kimi Raikkonen’s five-second penalty for crossing the pit-lane entry line.
With victory, the German has reasserted his dominance over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the standings, with the Briton finishing fifth after experiencing technical problems throughout the race. Rosberg had missed the podium in Spain, Monaco and Canada the last three weeks and allowed Hamilton back into the championship race despite winning his first four races.