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Hamilton seizing advantage of Vettel DNF to seal Russian GP

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Championship leader Lewis Hamilton took the advantages with the Russian Grand Prix victory after race leader Sebastian Vettel’s retirement. During the Virtual Safety Car period Mercedes duo made pit-stop advantages and made 1-2 finish.

Pole sitter Charles Leclerc managed to finish third. Max Verstappen finished in fourth place having started from ninth following a five-place grid penalty and his teammate Alexander Albon finished on fifth. Carlos Sainz impressed again with sixth for McLaren.

Vettel repeatedly ignored team orders, was forced to retire mid-race. After a sequence of talks over the radio, Ferrari decided to do the swap later and Leclerc recovered first place when he was pitted four laps earlier and allowed to benefit from fresher tyres.

Today made Hamilton’s 82nd career win and his fourth in Russia, having taken the flag previously in 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Hamilton earned an extra point for fastest lap and his championship lead is now at 73 points. Mathematically, he cannot win the title at the next race in Japan – but he could well do it the race after that in Mexico.

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