Despite poleman Nico Rosberg not finishing the Russian Grand Prix last weekend, Lewis Hamilton’s victory at Sochi provided enough points for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team to secure the 2015 Formula 1 World Constructors’ Championship title.

Ferrari was the only team left within striking distance of the crown, and with Hamilton the only finisher for the Mercedes team in Russia, it initially looked like the championship would have to be decided at the following race in the United States.

After the race, however, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was penalised for a bold overtaking move on Valtteri Bottas that saw the Williams driver crash out of a potential third place finish, and Raikkonen limp to the chequered flag in fifth. Kimi was given a post-race 30-second time penalty for the incident, and subsequently fell down the pecking order to eighth place.


The stewards’ post-race decision meant that Hamilton’s maximum 25 points scored was enough to land his team its second successive Constructors’ Championship title, with 531 points scored thus far, with four races remaining in the season.

Scuderia Ferrari trails behind with 359 points, while the Williams F1 team holds the third spot with 220 points.

In the Drivers’ Championship, Mercedes’ Hamilton (302 points) has stretched his lead to 66 points, leading newly-promoted second-place man Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (236 points), while Rosberg’s (229 points) DNF at Sochi saw him demoted to third place in the championship.

Formula 1 takes its usual break this weekend, but will be back on October 25 for the United States GP. Will Hamilton be able to claim his third World Drivers’ Championship title?