Mercedes are almost ready to let Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg off the leash now that the title-chasing pair have secured the team`s first Formula One constructors` world championship. Almost, but not quite.
Nico Rosberg had only himself to blame for a first lap error at the Russian Grand Prix that allowed Mercedes team mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to romp to a fourth win in a row on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton reeled off his fourth consecutive victory to extend his lead in the Formula One drivers' title race and secure Mercedes' maiden triumph in the constructors' championship on Sunday when he won the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in emphatic fashion.
After leading the championship for most of the year, a candid Nico Rosberg found himself facing the prospect of another dent to his title hopes after being comprehensively outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday.
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton maintained his stunning speed and supremacy with another sizzling lap in Saturday`s qualifying session when he took pole position for Sunday`s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton put aside his concerns for Jules Bianchi and produced a dazzling lap to top the times in Friday`s second free practice session ahead of this weekend`s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton insisted he can still win the Japanese Grand Prix and make it three successive race wins despite trailing Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Saturday`s qualifying following a crash in practice.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton stayed ahead of Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg in Friday's practice for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix but both saw their efforts overshadowed by a teenager.