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Lewis Hamilton wins the 2019 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix

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Mercedes scored a 1-2 finish in the 2019 Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton’s victory followed by his team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Charles Leclerc – who started the race on pole – completes this podium, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon. Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean do not finish this Grand Prix and therefore do not score any points.

Pierre Gasly had a difficult race and finished 14th in this Grand Prix: “It was a pretty difficult day for us. We didn’t have the pace to fight today, I tried to do everything I could, but there wasn’t much we could do. I had a good fight with Dany because you always have to try to fight for positions. At first, I played P12, a position that makes you think that something can always happen in front of you and that you can finish P10. I tried to do what I could, but we didn’t have enough speed. It was a difficult day. Since we underperformed today compared to what we showed earlier this weekend, we need to analyse and understand why and come back with a better pace in Suzuka. »

Romain Grosjean did not finish this Russian Grand Prix following a collision with Daniel Ricciardo. A difficult result to accept for the French driver : “There’s not much to say, the replay is quite clear. We worked very hard all weekend, and we had a competitive car – we were going to get points today. There was a lot of pressure on us to get into Q3 yesterday in qualifying, we don’t know how often we will have these opportunities. Obviously, our race was ruined at turn four. I didn’t have a chance to react. It’s a bit of a disappointing afternoon. It’s hard to digest because I felt like it was a weekend we could score. It’s very difficult to get taken out on lap 1. »

Renault F1 Team scores only one point, which makes it a frustrating Grand Prix for Cyril Abiteboul: “Today’s result is frustrating. Since the summer break, we have been having good qualifications, with the two cars in the top ten. Nevertheless, events did not work in our favour in three of the four last races and it was still the case today. The damage caused by the crash of the first lap forced Daniel to retire while Nico’s race was compromised by a slow first stop and an unfortunate VSC where he lost places as the cars in front of him were able to stop. Once again, it is easy to point out certain circumstances, but it would be too easy to rely on that. We just need to do a better job so that our drivers get better starting positions and easier races. The car has the pace, so we have to focus on that goal.”

The Scuderia Ferrai did not achieve the expected weekend with a third place for Charles Leclerc and a DNF for Sebastian Vettel. A disappointing race for Mattia Binotto: “We are disappointed because we didn’t do a perfect job today. To win, you need reliability and today we didn’t have it. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this season. Before the race, as always, we talked with the drivers and asked Charles to assist Seb, because it would be the best way for him to get ahead of Hamilton and for both of them to be first and second at the end of the first lap. In fact, Seb made a fantastic start, which allowed him to pass Hamilton even before entering the first corner. Seb was very fast today and I am very happy with the way he drove. As I have said it many times before, his strength is his race craft and he has proven it by running at a good pace today. It was a real shame that we had to tell him to stop. We asked him to park the car at that time for safety reasons, which of course takes priority over everything else. This is not the result we expected, but after today, we are even better prepared for battle. Our car is strong, so is the team and we are ready to give the best of ourselves in the races to come. »

Lewis Hamilton with his Mercedes won this 2019 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix: “This victory seems to have taken a long time coming and it was an incredible job from the whole team: never give up, keep moving forward, always try to be innovative. It’s incredibly inspiring to be part of this team and incredible to get this result today given the speed with which the Ferraris started this first stint. It was really hard to follow them but we kept pushing and the car performed really well today. We thought their soft tires would drop during that first stint, but they were so fast that I was having trouble keeping up with them – and that’s probably a little warning for us, because it seemed like they had done their calculations correctly in that regard. But I managed to stay away and started to reduce the gap as the tires started to deteriorate. Charles stopped, then I started to catch up with Seb, and we were in a good position to compensate for that first stint and go far. Even if the Safety Car hadn’t come out, it would have been a very good race. Then everything went perfectly and it was a question of widening the gap, saving the tyres but also of finishing the race as calmly as possible. As for the future, we are simply trying to take one race at a time, put one foot in front of the other and not stumble. When you have a battle like this, you work hard and question every little thing. We love this challenge and I am really excited for the next races. »

FIA F1 Drivers’ Championship (after Sochi)

1 Lewis Hamilton 322

2 Valtteri Bottas 249

3 Charles Leclerc 215

4 Max Verstappen 212

5 Sebastian Vettel 194

6 Pierre Gasly 69

7 Carlos Sainz Jr. 66

8 Alexander Albon 52

9 Lando Norris 35

10 Daniel Ricciardo 34

11 Nico Hülkenberg 34

12 Daniil Kvyat 33

13 Sergio Pérez 33

14 Kimi Räikkönen 31

15 Kevin Magnussen 20

16 Lance Stroll   19

17 Romain Grosjean 8

18 Antonio Giovinazzi 4

19 Robert Kubica 1

20 George Russell 0

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