Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix to enlarge lead in the F1 2018 title race

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Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix to enlarge lead in the F1 2018 title race
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Valtteri Bottas let his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton overtake him on Sunday to win the Russian Grand Prix and increase his advantage in the Formula One championship to 50 points, with only five races left in the season.

 

The victory was a landmark 70th for the Briton, who is on track to get his fifth title and is 21 wins from the record of 91 held by seven times champion Michael Schumacher.

 

Hamilton’s closest rival, Sebastian Vettel, finished third with Ferrari. Finland’s Bottas, who led from the start and let Hamilton pass him after 25 of the 53 laps, finished second.

 

“It doesn’t feel great. Naturally, Valtteri has been an incredible team player today,” said Hamilton after one of his more controversial wins.

 

Mercedes is still undefeated in Russia, Sunday being their fifth win in Sochi since the Olympic Park circuit first appeared on the calendar in 2014. Hamilton has now won eight races this season.

 

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