F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP locks up approaching turn two next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg (L) brakes in front of teammate Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton to take the lead during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg (L) takes the lead at the start of the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, goes off the track as his teammate Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car to win the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, goes off the track during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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  • Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) and McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button take the first corner during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives next to Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drive during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India and Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams drive during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drive during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drive during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Jean-Eric Vergne (top) of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso drive during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Marcus Ericsson of Sweden and Caterham drives during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel (L) is chased by Toro Rosso's French driver Jean-Eric Vergne during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg drives during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber's German driver Adrian Sutil (L) spins by Lotus' French driver Romain Grosjean during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg drives during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Toro Rosso's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat (L) and Toro Rosso's French driver Jean-Eric Vergne drive during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button (L) leads Scuderia Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Mercedes' Danish driver Kevin Magnussen leads Toro Rosso's French driver Jean-Eric Vergne during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg leads Williams' Brazilian driver Felipe Massa during the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton wins the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton raises his arm after winning the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium next to Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP, Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams, Mercedes Technical Executive Director Paddy Lowe and Russian President Vladimir Putin after victory in the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • (L-R) Second placed Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg, Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe, winner Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and third placed Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas wave on the podium after the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi on October 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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