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.