Mercedes crowed constructors champions as Raikkonen receives post-race penalty

Mercedes AMG Petronas crowned 2015 Formula One Constructors Champions after Raikkonen receives post-race penalty for collision with Valtteri Bottas in the Russian Grand Prix.

Back-to-back Formula One Constructors crowns for Mercedes after another dominant year is rewarded with four rounds remaining. The team receive the honours after Raikkonen falls to eighth at the Russian Grand Prix following a stewards decision to hit the Finn with a 30-second time penalty.

Going into the Russian Grand Prix weekend Mercedes needed to outscore Ferrari by three points as a team to secure their second consecutive constructors title. But it appeared this would not be the case as Rosberg retired early on with a throttle issue that handed Hamilton the lead.

Ferrari were then left with the prospect of taking the constructors fight on to the next round with Vettel in second place and Raikkonen closing on Perez and Bottas for the final step of the podium.

However after taking fourth place from Sergio Perez on the penultimate lap, Raikkonen attempted a bold overtake on Bottas that saw the Williams driver retire from the race and Kimi coast home in his damaged Ferrari in fifth. Giving Ferrari 28-points compared to Mercedes’ 25.

But with the stewards deeming Kimi was the cause of the collision with Bottas, he received a 30-second time penalty that would be the equivalent of a 10 second stop-go during the race that demoted him to eighth, thus giving Mercedes the points difference they needed to take the title at round 15.