Today in Sochi held the fifth Russian Grand Prix in F1 history. This time Sochi race was again won by Mercedes drivers. Lewis Hamilton has got his 70th victory. But unlikely it can be called "worthy". Mercedes was using the team tactic. On the 25th lap Valtteri Bottas without any resistance gave back his position to Lewis Hamilton. After the finish Bottas were increadibly upset, but the driver admited that the team has acted in the interests of the winning in Driver and Constructor standings.
"Difficult day. Obviously a good result for us as a team; we got maximum points. But personally, as everyone saw, it was quite a difficult race", - said Veltteri.
"For sure, we always go through all the scenarios, all the facts. Lewis is now fighting for the championship and we are fighting for the Constructors’, so we always have a plan. It’s always difficult to predict what’s going to happen in the race, how it is going to go, but it is what it is".
The Lewis race was more lucky and brought him a victory. Hamilton had one moment with Sebastian Vettel what made his race. Namely the battle with the German in Turn 2, when Seb made some double moving in front of Lewis. The Stewards didn't see in it something illegal and didn't give any penalty to the driver. But Lewis has his own thoughts about it.
"Ultimately, for me, he [Sebastian] did move over to the inside and then he moved again and nearly put me in the wall. I thought that was a double move. I guess they didn’t see that. Nevertheless, fortunately I was able to stay out of the wall and still get round the corner, and then it was a question of who was going to brake earlier in the next corner and I wanted it more at the time. We shouldn’t have even been in that position. I don’t really understand how we strategically ended up in that place but obviously the overcut or undercut or whatever it is I did; but anyway, ultimately, we’re really grateful to be here in Russia. The weather has been fantastic; the crowd has been amazing. The team here and back home, whilst it’s difficult, as I said, hopefully they’re proud of what they’ve built and the results that we have been able to achieve with their car".
Today in Sochi the outcome of the championship was decided. Mercedes earned 43 points, and Lewis increased the gap from Sebastian Vettel by 50 points. So, already now we can say who is the championship of the season-2018. Of course, the situation can change - even if it looks impossible - and Sebastian Vettel is aimed to fight in every of last races.
"To be honest, I go race by race. Obviously I’m clever enough – I wasn’t a genius in maths – but I was clever enough to pay attention to make it up myself but it’s not getting easier if we lose points. Well done to both of them, they played very well together as a team. I still believe in our chances; yes, obviously it’s not getting bigger, as I said, if you finish behind but who knows, it takes one DNF and then all of a sudden things look different – ideally two! – which I’m not wishing on Lewis but you never know what happens, so we need to stay on top of our game which maybe we haven’t been completely this weekend: make sure that from where we are now we focus on winning the last races".