Lewis Hamilton drives to victory in Russia after team orders

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.

“It’s actually quite a difficult day,” said Hamilton. “Valtteri was a real gentleman to let me through. To have a one-two, usually we’d be elated. Valtteri deserved to win… but today it was a real team effort.”

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”.