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Nico Rosberg has rebuilt his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 World Championship standings to 24 points after cruising to a lights-to-flag win in the first F1 event to be held in Baku, while his main rival could only manage fifth.

An untroubled afternoon for the championship leader, Rosberg led into the turn one from pole position and simply pulled away as the anticipated safety cars and 'carnage' round the tricky Azerbaijan street venuefailed to materialise.

Indeed, with the Baku City Circuit delivering error-free but largely uneventful racing, Rosberg's charge was never hindered as he pulled out from a struggling Daniel Ricciardo early on and never looked back.

Instead, the attention would be focused on team-mate Hamilton, starting tenth after crashing in free practice, but while early pit-stops and decent initial pace would see him make fairly rapid progress up the order into fifth place, issues with deployment on his W07 would hamper his efforts thereafter.

With team radio communication clampdowns preventing the team from instructing him on changing the setting in the car that was incorrect, Hamilton spent much of the race attempting to fix the issue, but while he would succeed eventually he had slipped too far behind the cars in front to consider recovering anymore positions.

With no single safety car during the race - and only four retirements -, Rosberg never had a reason to fear a threat to his lead, multiplying his advantage up to his one and only pit-stop and then managing the gap over the pack behind to win by 16.6s.

With the chase initially headed up by front row sitter Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel would scythe by on lap six and though he briefly slipped back to third when a later pit-stop than Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen allowed the Finn to secure the undercut, he would quickly recover the position for what would become a trouble-free run to second.

A convincing drive in isolation by Raikkonen, he ran third for much of the race but a five-second post-race time penalty for crossing the white line at the pit entry loomed large as he was caught by an inspired Sergio Perez in Force India in the closing stages.

The Mexican, who was second fastest in qualifying before a five-place grid penalty, climbed the order again quickly in his rapid Force India, catching Raikkonen late on. Though he could have held station behind his rival and still secured third, Perez instead passed on the final lap to confirm his second podium of the season and boost Force India's fifth place in the constructors' standings.

Behind Hamilton, with the lack of safety cars playing into the hands of those who stopped just once, Valtteri Bottas finished up a lonely sixth for Williams, as Red Bull lost out in the gamble, the two-stopping Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finishing down in a disappointing seventh and eighth positions.

Harnessing the pace of the Force India to haul himself into the top ten, Nico Hulkenberg crossed the line in ninth place, with Felipe Massa completing the points in tenth place having started fifth.

Just four drivers would fail to find the chequered flag, most notably neither Toro Rosso driver with Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz pulling off with reported suspension problems, while Pascal Wehrlein - who ran inside the top ten early on through the pit-stops - exited with brake issues and Fernando Alonso pitted late on with gearbox concerns.

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