Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead on Sunday to 73 points after taking victory in the Russian Grand Prix at the Sichi circuit. The five time champion came home just ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas.
Polesitter Charles Leclerc had a race long battle with his team mate Sebastian Vettel after the German made a fantastic start in his Ferrari taking the lead and after the team hung Leclerc out to dry pitting I’m first in the race they said that they would make the swap with the drivers but by the time Sebastian Vettel pitted it was too late for Leclerc as by this stage both Mercedes and undercut him.
Vettel retired from the race following his pit stop due to a problem with the MGU-K and as result is in fifth place in the championship 21 points behind his team mate in third.
Max Verstappen came home fourth for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing just ahead of his team mate Alex Albon who came from the pit lane to finish the race in fifth place while it was a fantastic day for McLaren as Carlos Sainz ended the race in sixth place just ahead of Racing Point F1 Team’s Sergio Perez and the Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen.
Lando in the second McLaren came home ninth just ahead if the Renaukt F1 Team’s Njco Hulkenberg who rounded out the the top ten.
Racing Point F1 Team’s Lance Stroll came home eleventh just ahead of Daniil Kvyat and the Alfa Romeo Racing car of Kimi Raikkonen who was handed a drive through penalty for a jump start. Pierre Gasly was 14th for Toro Rosso ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi who rounded out the order.
It was a disappointing day for the Rokit William’s Racing team as both Robert Kubica and George Russell retired from the race with brake failure.
Romain Grosjean retired from the race for the Haas F1 Team as did Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault and Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari. Next up is the Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit in two weeks time.