Result: Nico Rosberg wins European Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg wins the inaugural European Grand Prix in Baku, while current world champion Lewis Hamilton finishes down in fifth.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has won the inaugural European Grand Prix in Baku, while teammate Lewis Hamilton finished down in fifth position in Azerbaijan.

Hamilton's qualifying session ended with a crash, a suspended suspension and a position of 10th on the grid, and the current world champion could not close the gap as he finished fifth. As a result, he falls 24 points behind Rosberg in the standings.

Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel on the podium during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016© Getty Images

Rosberg, who finished first by 16.7 seconds, has collected his 19th grand prix victory, with Sebastian Vettel in second and Sergio Perez taking third to complete the podium on what was a scorching afternoon in Baku.

Hamilton was handicapped by inconsistent power deployment, and a ban on radio messages prevented the Brit's crew from offering advice on a fix as the 31-year-old endured a frustrating race.

McLaren driver Jenson Button finished the final qualifying session on Saturday down in 19th position, but only just missed out on a spot in the top 10, finishing one spot above Williams driver Felipe Messa.

Full standings

1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
3. Sergio Perez (Force India)
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
6. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
7. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
8. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
10. Felipe Massa (Williams)
11. Jenson Button (McLaren)
12. Felipe Nasr (Sauber)
13. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
14. Kevin Magnussen (Renault)
15. Jolyon Palmer (Renault)
16. Esteban Gutierrez (Haas)
17. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
18. Rio Haryanto (Manor)
RET. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
RET. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)
RET. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
RET. Pascal Wehrlein (Manor)

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes gets into his car in the garage during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 28, 2016
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