Lewis Hamilton clinched the Russian Grand Prix albeit on a platter of gold after a virtual safety car cost Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc the lead.
Ferrari’s chances of victory fell apart following a controversy over driver Sebastian Vettel disobeying team orders.
Ferrari’s pre-race plan was for Leclerc to tow Vettel down into the first corner to remove the risk of Hamilton, starting second, taking the lead, however, while Leclerc played his side of the bargain, Vettel refused a demand to let his team-mate back past him.
This was his 82nd win and his first win in four grands prix as he inched him closer to a sixth world title.
By Chineze Ogugua