Mercedes wins F1 constructors’ championship after Raikkonen penalty

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Mercedes has won the 2015 Formula 1 constructors’ championship after Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was penalized for crashing into Valtteri Bottas in today’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes arrived in Russia needing to outscore Ferrari by three points to secure its second F1 teams’ title, but initially fell short after Nico Rosberg retired from the race in Sochi. Teammate Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

With Raikkonen finishing fifth in the provisional classification, the Finn appeared to have forced Mercedes to put its constructors’ title celebrations on hold until the next race in Austin, Texas.

However, the stewards deemed Raikkonen to have been at fault in the Bottas clash and handed him a 30-second time penalty, dropping him to eighth in the final results.

As a result, Mercedes outscores Ferrari by the three points required (25 to 22), handing the German marque its second constructors’ title in as many seasons.