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Hamilton needed ‘qualifying laps' to stay with Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton claimed it was like trying to do 'qualifying laps every lap' in an effort to keep up with Ferrari at the Russian GP. Mercedes started the race with both Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the medium tyres as they looked to extend their first stint, but things didn't get off to a great start as Ferrari perfected the tow to put themselves into a one-two at the front of the pack. Hamilton would ultimately use the Virtual Safety Car period, triggered by Sebastian Vettel's MGU-K failure, to jump Charles Leclerc and go on to take the win in Sochi, but he admits that keeping up with the Scuderia in the first stint was challenging. 'When we did the laps to the grid, I didn't...
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