Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in Sochi to extend his title lead over teammate Valterri Bottas to 73 factors with 130 factors remaining, a sixth world championship crown firmly in his grasp.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc completed third, unable to capitalize on his fourth straight pole place and his staff’s obvious dominance.
“What an effort, guys,” stated a jubilant Hamilton on the radio after taking the checkered flag for the ninth time this season
“What an unimaginable job. That’s precisely what we wanted. We by no means hand over.”
It regarded an unlikely victory after the British star had been relegated to 3rd place from the beginning with Sebastian Vettel charging by way of on the slipstream to take the lead from teammate Leclerc.
It grew to become clear that pre-race staff orders had been agreed that if Vettel benefited in such a means he would transfer over to concede the result in Leclerc.
However four-time champion Vettel was not taking part in ball and continued on the entrance, each pulling away from Hamilton, who was on the slower medium tire.
Below strain to make means, Vettel responded “I’d have gotten him (Leclerc) anyway.”
Leclerc protested over race radio: “You set me behind and I revered all the pieces,” he stated. “We’ll discuss later.”
Any left over rigidity within the Ferrari camp after the earlier spherical in Singapore, the place Leclerc was left smarting by being undercut by Vettel throughout a pit cease spherical, was being introduced very publicly to the fore, however it might worsen for the staff.
Vettel was stored out on older tires for just a few further laps, permitting Leclerc, who had pitted on lap 22, to ultimately get forward of him after some quick laps on his new rubber.
Hamilton stored plugging away within the lead on his medium tire, playing on a later cease, however luck was to return his means as Vettel’s automotive broke down with engine failure, prompting a digital security automotive whereas it was retrieved.
Hamilton took the chance to pit from the lead for his new tires and all of a sudden Ferrari and Leclerc was in bother.
A full security automotive when George Russell crashed his Williams adopted and Leclerc was pulled in to make an extra tire change, but it surely dropped him to 3rd behind Bottas.
With 20 laps remaining he made a number of strikes to overhaul the Finn, however with each Mercedes operating robust within the later phases he completed a annoyed third.
“It is good to be again on the rostrum. It is a disgrace to not have the second automotive right here too,” he stated.
“I’ll all the time belief the staff however the tactic was me giving the slipstream to be one-two on the finish of the straight which occurred, however I do not know… I would like to talk with the staff to know higher the knowledge,” he added pointedly.
Behind the Ferrari-Mercedes battle, Max Verstappen completed fourth for Purple Bull, however has conceded third place within the title race to Leclerc.
The F1 season strikes to Suzuka for the Japanese GP in a fortnight with Hamilton and Mercedes closing quick on the person and constructors’ titles after this newest end result.