Hamilton proud to play a part in Mercedes’ first constructors’ championship win

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his pride after winning today’s Russian Grand Prix to give Mercedes its first ever Formula 1 constructors’ championship victory.

The German marque has dominated the sport in 2014, winning all but three of the races and claiming nine one-two finishes, with Hamilton and Rosberg pushing each other in the battle for the drivers’ championship.

Although this fight will rage on, the constructors’ championship was sewn up in Sochi today as Hamilton and Rosberg finished first and second, giving Mercedes an unassailable lead in the standings.

“It’s history for us, so I’m very proud to be a part of it,” Hamilton said. “Me and Nico and all the team members, to get the first constructors’ championship for Mercedes-Benz is amazing. It’s a beautiful day.”

Hamilton went unchallenged for victory, but Rosberg endured a tougher race, pitting on the first lap of the race due to a flat spot on his tire. He managed to fight his way back through the field to finish second, and Hamilton believes that this pay testament to the car they have been given in 2014.

“Obviously Nico did a great job to recover from his mistake earlier on today,” he said. “The car was performing really well, we did a great job as a team.

“I’m so happy to be here. We’ve had an amazing week. The fans and the organizers – Russia has been so good to me and to the team. I’m so grateful for all of the support. I’m really looking forward to coming here many more times.”

Hamilton’s victory also saw him draw level with Nigel Mansell for the most wins for a British driver in Formula 1, matching the 1992 world champion’s tally of 31.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.