Rosberg wins European GP to extend F1 title lead
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 19, 2016 10:55 PM
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia during the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe at the Baku circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
CHRIS LINES, AP Sports Writer
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led from start to finish and won Sunday's European Grand Prix on the Baku street circuit, extending his lead in the Formula One championship from nine points to 24.
Despite expectations of crashes and safety-car periods in the narrow circuit, there was little on-track action and the safety car remained in the pits throughout as Rosberg won by 16.6 seconds from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Force India's Sergio Perez passed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on the penultimate lap and took third.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton made up several places early after starting tenth, but a problem with the Mercedes hybrid power system — and his team's inability to tell him how to fix it — saw him finish fifth.