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Hamilton victory thanks to stable order

Sochi. Formula 1: The Brit already leads 50 points ahead of Ferrari driver Vettel in the World Cup.


Hamilton victory thanks to stable order

Bottas and Hamilton Image: APA / AFP

Stress looks different. Lewis Hamilton also won the Grand Prix of Russia and made the next step to the fifth victory in Formula 1. The English Mercedes driver won in Sochi for his teammate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel. The German Ferrari star already has 50 points behind in five races and can not win the championship alone anymore.

Hamilton's eighth win of the season and his overall 70th success were not exactly smart, but the result of an obvious Mercedes-Stallorder. When Bottas, who had waving as leader Hamilton, asked at the finish how the Grand Prix would end in Sochi, the Finn received the sobering message: "The positions remain the same as they are …"

"We had this plan"

That also happened. How did Hamilton see the situation? "It was a difficult day, Valtteri did a great job and gave the team a great weekend, I understand how difficult it is for him, but he no longer has a chance at a World Cup", said the 33-year-old winner of the series.

His colleague Bottas had written the disappointment on his face, but the Finn kept his voice: "For me personally it was not as good as for the team, I no longer fight for the World Cup, so we had this plan." The position of Ferrari in the title race has therefore deteriorated further. "Hamilton and Bottas worked well together in the front and in the end our speed was comparable," Vettel said.

The man of the race was Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who improved with 14 places compared to the starting schedule (19th). The Dutchman finished fifth.

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