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Lewis Hamilton wins 2019 Russian Grand prix, draws nearer to his 6th Career championship title 

Mercedes ends Ferrari three consecutive winning streak yesterday as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took one – two positions in the Russian Grand Prix race. Last month, 4th of August was the last time Mercedes won a race when Hamilton won his eighth race of the season in the Hungarian Grand Prix. 

Lewis Hamilton edges closer to the Championship title 

Hamilton won his 9th race of the season in the Russian Grand Prix. The British superstar fantastic performance this season can’t be overemphasized as other drivers combined are two races shy of what Hamilton has won this year. Fellow Mercedes driver, Bottas came second and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) finished third in the Russian Grand Prix yesterday. 

Russian GP: Top 10

PositionDriver Time
1Lewis Hamilton1:33.38.992
2Valtteri Bottas+3.829
3Charles Leclerc +5.212
4Max Verstappen+14.210
5Alexander Albon+38.348
6Carlos Sainz+45.889
7Sergio Perez+48.728
8Lando Norris+57.749
9Kevin Magnussen+58.779
10Nico Hulkenberg+59.841

Hamilton yesterday’s win put him 73 points clear off teammate (Bottas) at the top of the championship standings this season. Lewis coming closer to his sixth championship title. With a maximum of 125 points available in the remaining final five races. Hamilton would be guaranteed winning the title if he manages to get to 381 points. 

2019 Driver Standings

PositionDriver Points 
1Lewis Hamilton 322
2Valtteri Bottas249
3Charles Leclerc 215
4Max Verstappen 212
5Sebastian Vettel 194
6Pierre Gasly69
7Carlos Sainz 66
8Alexander Albon 52
9Lando Norris 35
10Daniel Ricciardo 34

Lewis Hamilton won his 82nd career race in Russia yesterday. He has now surpassed Michael Schumacher’s mark after leading in 143 Grand Prix. Hamilton is the all-time record holder for races led yesterday. Schumacher took over from Ayrton Senna at 2001 Belgian Grand Prix and he held this record for 18 years. 

Hamilton coming out top at 2019 Russian GP means Mercedes still hold their 100 percent win record in Russia. The British motorsport driver has now scored points for the 28th consecutive race and 61st time in the last 62 races with the exception in Austrian 2018. 

Ferrari three-race winning streak ends    

Ferrari before the race had the intention of making it 4/4 wins in a row but Sebastian Vettel retirement and Charles Leclerc finishing third couldn’t make that happen. The Ferrari team could look at what happened between Vettel and Leclerc during the race as one of the reasons they didn’t finish top yesterday. The team instructed Vettel to swap positions at one point in time with Leclerc but the German refused. 

Sebastian Vettel after the race, said: “I didn’t know exactly what happened there, to be honest. I think we had an agreement and I spoke with Charles before the race. I think it was quite clear. But yeah… I’m sure we’ll talk about it. It’s bitter today because we wanted to finish one and two, and now Charles is third. Not the result we want.” 

Olanrewaju Olakunle
Olanrewaju Olakunle
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