Terrible Russian track means sacrificing Valtteri Bottas was right decision

Terrible Russian track means sacrificing Valtteri Bottas was right decision

Terrible Russian track means sacrificing Valtteri Bottas was right decision

Hamilton has now won eight times this season, and five of the last six, while Vettel - on five wins - opened the campaign strongly but has faded due in part to errors made by himself and the team. Lewis Hamilton was quick to point that out after the race in Sochi, saying history ultimately remembers who won a championship rather than how they did it.

"I don't know, we're a bit behind in pure speed, but in the race the auto feels OK".

Stream every F1 race live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "To be the baddie on the Sunday evening, for many reasons, or be the idiot in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season".

"At the end of previous year, I think he won quite a few".

Wolff said the decision was not pre-determined.

"What we discussed this morning was if he were in Lewis's situation, would he expect the team to work for him?" And at that stage there were two possible outcomes.

"The best case would have been it stays like it is and Valtteri finishes first with Lewis second".

"Lewis had to fight hard to overtake Sebastian, which was really an awesome move, but blistered the tyres".

Bottas reflected on a "difficult day", while Hamilton said he had "a very unusual feeling" following his third win in a row. To have a one-two - usually, we'd be elated. "I saw he was on the outside and I needed to give him room even if I didn't want to - so it was fair, it remained fair, but he got past".

In motorsport, team orders are instructions from the principle which demand drivers to stop racing competitively against each other as they would other teams' drivers. So you can not take today's performance for granted.

The Briton, who would not have been able to switch places with Bottas had he not pulled off a slick overtake on Vettel after dropping behind at the pitstops, stayed in the auto for some time after he parked up at the finish.

Hamilton was a reluctant victor, and chose not to celebrate.

He was the quicker of the two in the race, he clearly didn't go as fast as his auto could have allowed him. However, the British drivers' eighth victory of the season was a controversial one owing to team orders imposed by Mercedes. So it's not completely out of Ferrari's hands just yet.

The Finn and 2007 world champion is keeping his F1 career alive at Sauber for the next two years, but Hamilton thinks Ferrari is making a mistake in letting him go.

Schumacher stood an embarrassed figure on the podium just as Hamilton did on Sunday.

Eight years later, Ferrari were again at the scene of controversy.

At Hockenheim in 2010, Ferrari famously told Massa to move aside for his teammate by declaring on the radio: "Fernando (Alonso) is faster than you".

Team boss Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes "changed" the result by telling Bottas to allow Hamilton past, with the Silver Arrows eager to help their championship leader extend his advantage over Sebastian Vettel in the standings.

"It's a really attractive place here in Sochi", said Hamilton. At the end of the day, what are we here for?

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