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Hamilton scoops Russia victory as team orders, VSC hurt Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton took a big step towards clinching his sixth Formula 1 world title by winning Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, benefitting from a Virtual Safety Car period to beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. In a race that saw Ferrari squabble internally over team orders with Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel in the early stages of the race, Hamilton managed to snatch victory away after a long first stint allowed him to pit under the VSC, gaining enough time to get the jump on Leclerc. Pole-sitter Leclerc had been left frustrated after losing the lead to Vettel early on in a tactical move by Ferrari, but remained on course to win the race after recovering the position through the pit...
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