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Four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton on Sunday won the 2018 Russian Grand Prix, while his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, settled for the second spot.

The decision was made by Mercedes to let Hamilton through due to a concerning blister on Hamilton's left-rear tyre and the growing proximity of his title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Championship leader Hamilton said he had a "strange felling" after winning but the facts remain it gave him an eighth victory of the season.

The win in Sochi moves Hamilton 50 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers' championship, as the Mercedes man seeks a second consecutive title and fifth in total.

"I think the other side [Mercedes] have been very good at communicating that they have an inferior auto but I don't think that was the case".

F1 Racing magazine editor Ben Anderson is joined by executive director Stuart Codling to discuss the circumstances that led to the decision and why Mercedes' judgement was ultimately the correct course of action.

Asked by Autosport if the way it was handled was the main issue, Bottas said: "Yeah, it was slightly confusing".

"Yeah, hard day", a disgruntled Bottas said.

Speaking to the BBC after the 2010 German Grand Prix, Schumacher, now at Mercedes, defended Ferrari's order but, in part, could also see the other side of the picture when linking back to team orders in his tenure at the Italian outfit.

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"Being Honda powered, it will be an important race for us and I hope we can put on a good show and deliver some points for the Japanese fans and the all the Honda guys". I took one of the team today.

If the German won the title by less than six points then Mercedes allowing Bottas to beat Hamilton in Russian Federation, denying the Briton seven additional points, would really have looked ill-advised.

"Valtteri did a fantastic job all weekend and he was a real gentleman to let me by", Hamilton told the post-race press conference.

When asked if he had been promised compensation in the future, the Finn added: "I don't expect anything back from the team".

With the uncanny ability of Lewis to put his vehicle on pole, and that of Bottas to pull out the occasional superb lap, we believe that Ferrari's underdog story this season will continue as Vettel & Raikkonen will be forced to fight from underneath in order to make their way up through the ranks and take the victory on Sunday.

"I think we were close, but it's not what we wanted".

"Rationally, it was the right call to do", he said. "He remains one of my favourite drivers, and I'm convinced that Ferrari is losing a very important driver".

Mercedes were concerned that Hamilton could be vulnerable to the Ferrari, and might even have to pit again if the tyre got any worse - as had been the case in Belgium.


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