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Rosberg wins incident-free inaugural Baku race - Four retirements and no safety car in Grand Prix

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Rosberg wins incident-free inaugural Baku race
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We all expected there to be some kind of chaos as the first European Grand Prix around the streets of Baku got underway. But a relatively clean first lap was followed by a pretty tame Grand Prix, one where strategy and tyre wear dictated events, rather than crashes and safety cars.

Nico Rosberg got off the line well, immediately pulled out a lead and never looked back. He led every lap to take another race victory, extending his championship lead once again. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton was struggling to recover from his poor qualifying, starting from tenth and rising to fifth – an engine mode issue distracted his fight back, and left him low on power.

Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Pérez finished on the podium alongside Rosberg, with Kimi Räikkönen missing out in fourth place. Retirements included both Toro Rossos with suspension difficulties, Pascal Wehrlein with a brake issue and Fernando Alonso who suffered a gearbox problem.