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Hamilton wins inaugural Russian GP ahead of Rosberg; Mercedes clinches 1st constructors' title

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, goes off the track as his teammate Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads during the first lap of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, goes off the track as his teammate Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads during the first lap of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany brakes leading the pack at the start of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany brakes leading the pack at the start of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates standing on his car after winning the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates standing on his car after winning the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first constructors' title.

Nico Rosberg placed second despite having to pit early in the race but now trails his teammate by 17 points in the drivers' standings, with three races remaining.

Hamilton won his fourth straight race and his ninth of the season.

The Briton lost the pole when Rosberg cut a corner and pushed past at the start of the race but Rosberg braked hard in the second turn and had to come in for a set of new tires. They lasted him until the end as he fought his way from the back of the pack.

Valtteri Bottas was third in a Williams.