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Lewis Hamilton drives to victory in Russia after team orders

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Lewis Hamilton takes victory in Sochi following Mercedes team orders, extend his title lead by 50 points over Sebastian Vettel.

Pole sitter, Valtteri Bottas controlled the first half of the race, crossed the line in second ahead of Hamilton’s championship rival Vettel.

Hamilton now has the equivalent of two victories in his pocket with just five rounds remaining and 125 points left to play for.

Hamilton, who picked up his 70th career win, paid tribute to his teammate for allowing Hamilton to get the win — but Bottas was less than satisfied with the situation.

Hamilton’s comments after the race

“It’s actually quite a difficult day because Valtteri did a fantastic job all weekend and he was a real gentleman to let me by.

“He’s now not fighting for the championship, where we are.

“It’s been such a great weekend for the team. they’ve done such an exceptional job to have this advantage over Ferrari.

“To have a one-two, usually we’d just be elated but I can understand how difficult it was for Valtteri and really he deserved to win.

“Championship wise, as a team we are trying to win both so today it was a real team effort. Whilst it doesn’t feel spectacular, I know he’s going to do well in races to come.”

Nearest title contender Vettel has seen the title slip away from him in recent races and admitted that he could find no way through the impenetrable Mercedes in front of him.

“It was tricky,” admitted the German. “Hamilton and Bottas worked very well together. I tried to put pressure on Valtteri but couldn’t get close enough. It was a good race, but not the result we wanted”.

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