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Hamilton proud to win in Russian GP, beat Senna’s tally

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Hamilton proud to win in Russian GP, beat Senna’s tally

Hamilton proud to win in Russian GP, beat Senna’s tally

Lewis Hamilton made a huge step toward hold his F1 title by winning the Russian GP on Sunday as his main opponent Nico Rosberg failed to finish.

Defending world champion started second behind pole-sitter Nico Rosberg and took over the lead from his Mercedes teammate when Rosberg suffered a throttle pedal problem that forced him to retirement.

Hamilton, who also won the inaugural Russian GP last year and has now outshined the tally of victories racked up by the late triple champion Ayrton Senna, now has 302 points to Vettel’s 236 and Rosberg on 229.

“I was excited because we were quite close together in the beginning and I was thinking ‘we’ve got a race here’,” Hamilton said.

“For sure, it’s a shame for the team to have lost one of the cars and to not have a race. When I saw Sebastian behind I thought ‘I wish that he was right with me so we could be having a race’, I think it would be great for the fans.

“Nonetheless, I don’t take what we have for granted. I think the team have done an amazing job. It’s a special moment for me to surpass Ayrton and carry on to this weekend.

“Very very proud and happy to be here.”

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