F1 European GP

Rosberg strikes back in Baku

Nico Rosberg struck back in a lacklustre European Grand Prix, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in P2 and Sergio Perez rounding out the podium. After a clean get-away it was business as usual for Rosberg, Vettel meanwhile questioned the strategy call for an early stop which saved his race while Perez put the long straight to good use, hanging on to the leaders and claiming enough scalps to score an admirable podium.

The main story of the race was Lewis Hamilton, who was recovering after a poor qualifying result and was losing power during the race. It sparked furious conversation on social media with questions being raised about the virtue of banning drivers from receiving instructions from the pitwall.

Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff from Mercedes confirmed that Rosberg suffered from the same issue that held back Hamilton, however Rosberg was able to make the adjustment without suffering any substantial loss of performance.

Rosberg's lead extends to 24 points, enough to be substantial but close enough that unreliability could easily see Hamilton snatch the championship lead.

Despite qualifying well, Ricciardo and Red Bull's power deficit cost him dearly and left him helpless at the end of the longest straight in Formula One and unable to switch on his tyres.

With an incident-free race and less than impressive action on-track, it's fair to say that the first race in Azerbaijan was a let-down, with some inherent short-comings of the track and facilities that can't easily be addressed.