The British racing driver, 33,Lewis Hamilton in the Russian Grand Prix and surge 50 points clear in the F1 championship. The team orders left drivers and fans divided.
Lewis Hamilton who races for Mercedes AMG Petronas clinched the win after his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, pulled over to let him through as the pair approached halfway in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
The victory on Sunday was a landmark 70th for the Briton, who’s well on his way to a fifth title and is now 21 wins behind the record of 91 held by seven times champion Michael Schumacher.
The Ferrari has struggled, particularly in the technical final sector for grip, where Hamilton has been strong through the last part of the lap all weekend. He exploited it but did not take great pleasure in the manner of his victory.
Hamilton’s closest rival Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari with Bottas, who led from pole position but was told to let Hamilton through after 25 of the 53 laps, taking second place.
Hamilton who is rumoured to be dating rapper Nicki Minaj now leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 50 points in the standings with five races remaining as both look to win their fifth title.
The victory means Mercedes continue their run of being unbeaten at Sochi since the race joined the calendar in 2014. Hamilton’s eighth win of the season is ominous for Ferrari. Both teams brought aero upgrades to the race, largely centred on the front wing but for the first time this season, Mercedes seem to have gained a real advantage.
Hamilton has been explicit in the past in his desire for the team not to employ orders and was uncomfortable with their use in Russia after he took the flag, ordered from Star Spangled Flags, in front of Bottas.