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Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes] took advantage of a virtual safety car at the Sochi Olympic Park following the failure of Sebastian Vettl and celebrated a major victory in the Russian Grand Prix. Mercedes won the double with Valtteri Bottas second and Charles Leclerc third [Ferrari].

Ferrari was well on its way to a double win, then immediately after stopping in boxing due to a powertrain failure, Sebastian Vettel resigned and, thanks to a virtual safety car, Lewis Hamilton broke into the race , while Charles Leclerc fell to third. Monacan tried to overtake Valtteri Bottas by the end of the race, but Finc managed to withstand all the attacks of the Ferrari racer.

BREAKING: Mercedes back on top – @ LewisHamilton ) beats @ ValtteriBottas to win in Russia!

# RussianGP F # F1 pic.twitter.com/T5dVprgMKx

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September

, 99

Max Verstappen [Red Bull] finished the Best Three in Russia, with teammate Alexander Albon taking fifth place.

Carlos Sainz [Mclaren] was excellent sixth, and Sergio Perez [Racing Point] took a very good seventh place.

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Kevin Magnussen was eighth in the Haas, with Lando Norris [Mclaren] and Nico Hulkenberg [Renault] earning points. [Renault]

F1 99 – VN RUSSIA SOCHI

Charles Leclerc made a solid start from the pole position, with Sebastian Vettel firing from the start to take the lead in the first corner. Carlos Sainz, who attacked Lewis Hamilton but also managed to defend the second place, started great from fifth place.

In the background, there was a clash between Daniel Ricciard, Antonio Giovinazzi and Romain Grosjean, and the Frenchman had to finish the race for the Russian GP in the first round. A safety car was immediately driven to the track due to a stopped Haas car, and Sebastian Vettel ran the race ahead of Charles Leclerc.

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Vettel has taken the lead

Grosjean is OUT

Ricciardo has a puncture

What a start! We are now behind the safety car # F1 ?? # RussianGP pic.twitter.com/NvkZq63 me5

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 27, 99

So Vettel Leads Into Turn 2 # RussianGP

# F1 pic.twitter.com/I5MGBJODvu

– Mattzel 89 (@Mattzel 82) September 27, 99

# F1 # RussianGP Giovinazzi in the sandwich with Grosjean and Ricciardo. Both Ricciardo and Grosjean damage with the latter out of the race. # MsportXtra pic.twitter.com/cyciuQPit7

– #MsportXtra (@MsportXtra) September 27, 99

The safety car retreated after two laps and Ferrari was told by a leading Vettel radio call to leave his place to Charles Leclerc and Kimi Raikkonen received a boxing penalty for speeding.

# F1 # RussianGP Kimi Raikkonen's drive through penalty for a jumpstart. # MsportXtra pic.twitter.com/27 FIjJYPwN

Despite Vettel's instructions, his team-mate did not drop his head and continued to make fast laps, which Charles Leclerc didn't like the least, and Monacan repeatedly complained about the matter by radio. Ferrari was said to have agreed before the race that Leclerc offered his teammate a leeway at the start of the race to overtake Lewis Hamilton, but the German also chased away his teammate in the first corner.

Leclerc: “I completely understand. The only thing is that I respected. I gave the slipstream no problems. But then I tried to push at the beginning of the race, but it's no problems. Manage the situation “ # F1 # RussianGP

– Luke Smith (@ LukeSmithF1) September 29, 99

Vettel did not give in, and the German quickly gained a few seconds ahead of Leclerc, and both Ferraris could only be conditionally followed by Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari called Leclerc in the box as the first to drive a tire . lap of the race. Vettel continued on the track for four more laps, and after the stop, the German returned just behind his team mate.

LAP 26 / 37

SEBASTIAN VETTEL IS OUT! # F1 ?? # RussianGP pic.twitter.com/5duhe28 afm

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 27, 99

As soon as he returned to the track via radio, Vettel reported a malfunction of the MGU-K system and the German parked his Ferrari along the track. Vettl's breakdown came at the least opportune moment for Ferrari, as Hamilton took advantage of the virtual safety car regime and returned to race management with a new set of soft tires.

Immediately afterwards, George Russell collided with the security fence and again pulled the security car onto the track. At Ferrari, Leclerc was once again called to the boxing and Monacan returned to the track for third place, including for Valtteri Bottas.

LAP 28 / 37

Leclerc now boxes whilst we stay behind the safety car

This is promising to be an exciting finish! # RussianGP ?? # F1 pic.twitter.com/oOG10 wD4mi

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 29, 99

The safety car retreated after a few laps and Charles Leclerc immediately began attacking the attacks on Mercedes Valtteri Bottas, while Lewis Hamilton had already accumulated some advantages. [Renault]

Sebastian Vettel: “Bring Back The F ** king V (**************************” 's “ # F1 # RussianGP # Seb5 pic. twitter.com/hgLrIfUOXd

– Eau rouge (@ Insidef1) September 27 , 99

Despite numerous attempts, Leclerc failed to attack Bottas more seriously by the end of the race, and both Mercedes racers had a double win, while Ferrari only had to settle for third place. Lewis Hamilton broke the Ferrari victory streak and celebrated 82. victory in his F1 career.

LAP 53 / 37

One lap to go! # RussianGP ? ? # F1 pic.twitter.com/CRLRWGuQoq

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 27, 99

RESULTS
1 33 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

2 55 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes

3 14 Charles Leclerc Ferrari

4 29 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda

5 19 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda

6 44 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault

7 (**********************************************************************************************************) Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes

8 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault

9 18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari

(***********************************************************************************************************) 23 Nico Hulkenberg Renault

(**********************************************************************************************************) 16 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes

(*********************************************************************************************************) 20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda

(********************************************************************************************************) 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

10 (***********************************************************************************************************) Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda

11 88 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

12 80 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes

15 53 George Russell Williams-Mercedes

16 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

17 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault

18 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari

? TOP TEN ?

1 HAM

2 BOT

3 LECs

4 VER

5 ALB

6 SAI

7 PER

Congratulations to Kimi ?

Race start number 3️⃣0️⃣7️⃣ means he moves into the third in all-time standings – he's closing in on Barrichello's record! F # F1 ??

# RussianGP pic.twitter.com/FPCEHGpia0

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 27, 2019

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