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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg leads Williams Martini Racing's Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas and Scuderia Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads the field at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP), Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and the rest of the field at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, is pushed by Russiaâs Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, left, while Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and Force India driver Sergio Perez of Mexico, rear right, pass by during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, is pushed by Russiaâs Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, front left, while Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton,rear right, pass by during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo, Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer, Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP), Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, rear left, is pushed by Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, rear right, while Russiaâs Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat and British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, front, pass by during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico driving the (21) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo after colliding with Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico driving the (21) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo and Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo collide at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: The Safety Car leads the field on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives the 4 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo ahead of Jolyon Palmer of Great Britain driving the (30) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo,Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico driving the (21) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo after colliding with Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and breaking his car at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01:Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo leads Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track ahead of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Marcus Ericsson of Sweden driving the (9) Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Romain Grosjean of France driving the (8) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battles for position on track with Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP), Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo is behind during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Jolyon Palmer of Great Britain driving the (30) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo ahead of Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Williams Martini Racing's Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas leads Scuderia Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track ahead of Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Haas F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda F1 Team's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) wins the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016. / AFP / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after winning the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin, second from left, hands over the cup to winning German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg as British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland look on after the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates his win on the podium with Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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The three-year-old Sochi Autodrom that hosts the Russian Grand Prix combines beautiful scenery with a hallmark turn 3, a tricky turn 13, and two long DRS zones. So far, however, those haven't added up to exciting races after the first lap. Despite an in-race issue with his car's MGU-K, Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg aced the weekend with his first career grand slam: pole position, fastest lap of the race, leading every lap, and victory. Behind him, not much happened on the leaderboard after an incident-filled opening lap.

The drama started at turns 2 and 3. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel lined up in seventh on the grid because of a five-place gearbox penalty, Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat sat next to him in eighth. Kvyat hit the back of Vettel's Ferrari in the braking zone for Turn 2, shoving Vettel into Daniel Ricciardo – Kvyat's teammate. Kyvat then clobbered the back of Vettel's car at the entry to Turn 3, spinning the German into the wall and out of the race. Kvyat probably regrets saying before the race that he would show Vettel "no mercy" on the first lap.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, is pushed by Russiaâs Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, left.

At the back of the grid at Turn 2, Haas F1's Esteban Gutíerrez hit Force India's Nico Hülkenberg and Manor's Rio Haryanto. Gutíerrez continued, both the Force India and the Manor retired.

A brief Virtual Safety Car period ensued, then the actual Safety Car emerged for three laps while marshals cleaned up the track. Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg nailed the restart and took off for the rest of the race.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016.

Teammate Lewis Hamilton battled his own gremlins all weekend but still finished second, 25 seconds behind Rosberg. During the final qualifying session on Saturday Hamilton's car suffered the same MGU-H failure as in China two weeks ago. The problem relegated him to tenth on the grid. In the race, Hamilton fought his way to second place by Lap 19 out of 53 laps and began closing the 13-second gap to Rosberg. On Lap 37, the gap now under eight seconds, Mercedes told Hamilton his car had a water pressure issue. The malfunction forced the Briton to manage his race and settle for second. Afterward, Hamilton said he was certain he could have won if not for the malfunction.

The rest of the top ten barely changed throughout the contest. The first five positions on Lap 21 crossed the finish line in that order 32 laps later. Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen took the final podium position ahead of the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

Haas F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016.

The next five runners effectively locked into position as of Lap 36, with a retirement deciding the final order – Max Verstappen parked his Toro Rosso from sixth place with an engine failure. That promoted Fernando Alonso to sixth for McLaren, ahead of Kevin Magnussen scoring Renault's first points of the season, and Romain Grosjean getting Haas back in the points. Force India's Sergio Perez finished ninth, McLaren's Jenson Button rounded out the top ten.

Even with a lack of on-track action, the race delivered bright spots and questions for the season. Mercedes' reputation for reliability took another hit, as the Anglo-German outfit still hasn't completed a weekend without problems. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff suggested the team is pushing the limits of development in trying to stay ahead of Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton still has 18 remaining races to get his Driver's Championship defense on track but he'll need the Mercedes engineers to get the bugs out of his car asap.

Ferrari has a mixed bag of news to sort through. On the one hand, Räikkönen scored the Italian team's 700th career podium in Sochi. On the other, the scuderia couldn't get closer than 0.7 seconds to Mercedes in qualifying, and Ferrari hasn't showed championship potential after four races.

McLaren Honda F1 Team's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso steers his car during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016.

After years in the woods, McLaren is knocking on the door of the top ten. The team from Woking missed out on the Q3 qualifying session by tenths of a second, but both cars earned points on race day at a track that demands power. The last time McLaren scored double points: the slow-speed Hungaroring in 2015.

And you can consider the driver silly season officially begun: the rumormill predicts Russian Daniil Kvyat to be out of his Red Bull seat next year, replaced by Toro Rosso driver Verstappen.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) wins the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on May 1, 2016.

Rosberg's fourth win in four races this season gives him seven in a row going back to last year's Mexican Grand Prix. The German joins Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher, and Sebastian Vettel as the only F1 drivers to take seven consecutive victories. Rosberg leads the Driver's Championship table with 100 points, his teammate Hamilton in second with 57 points, Räikkönen in third with 43 points.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, second from left, hands over the cup to winning German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg as British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland look on after the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Mercedes' 30th career one-two finish puts the team way out ahead with 157 points. Ferrari holds second with 76 points, Williams creeping up in third with 51 points. F1 heads back to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks, we'll see you then.

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