Hamilton and Bottas led team Mercedes to the victory in Russian Grand Prix 2019.
In the Russian Grand Prix 2019, team Mercedes won the race and ended Scuderia Ferrari’s winning run. A week ago, Scuderia Ferrari ended the race with one-two finish but this time Mercedes’ Hamilton and Bottas led their team to the one-two finish in Russian GP. Lewis Hamilton won the race while his teammate Bottas
The five-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton won his 82nd Formula One race and ended Ferrari’s winning run.
This is Lewis Hamilton’s 9th win of the season. With this win, the 34-year-old British driver extends his lead in the overall standings. This is Mercedes’ 8th win in Russian GP and they successfully maintained their 100% win record.
Mercedes’ dominance in Russian GP
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas led their team Mercedes to a one-two finish in the Russian Grand Prix 2019. In this season, this was Mercedes’ 8th one-two finish. In Russian GP, this was Hamilton’s 4th win while team Mercedes’ 8th win.
Mercedes maintained their 100% win record in the Russian Grand Prix. The 34-year-old British driver, Hamilton also set a record of 143 races led, one more than the legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher.
After the race, Lewis Hamilton said, “It’s incredible to have this result today because of how fast they were from the start, even keeping up with them was hard. It feels like a long time coming!”
HAMILTON: “It’s incredible to have this result today because of how fast they were from the start, even keeping up with them was hard. It feels like a long time coming!”#RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1 pic.twitter.com/nn7mylHnX8— Formula 1 (@F1) September 29, 2019
Miscommunication ends Ferrari’s winning streak
In the Russian Grand Prix 2019, Charles Leclerc finished up at 3rd position for Ferrari while the winner of the previous GP, Sebastian Vettel retired in a middle of the race. In this month (September), Scuderia Ferrari has won three consecutive GP races but this time Ferrari failed to win the race due to the team order controversy.
At the beginning of a race, team Ferrari was looked good when Sebastian Vettel passed Hamilton and the pole-sitting Leclerc at the start, making it a Ferrari one-two. The 32-year-old German driver, Vettel refused the team’s order to swap positions with Charles Leclerc. After his pit-stop, Sebastian Vettel stopped on the track because of the engine problem. It led to a virtual safety car and this allowed team Mercedes to take a free pit-stop. After the engine failure, Vettel retired from the race.
In the last F1 GP (Singapore Grand Prix), Leclerc was not happy with team orders after finishing up at 2nd position. After the race, Charles showed his disappointment with team decisions. He said, “It’s good to be back on the podium, but a shame for the team to not have the second car on here. I will always trust the team, but I need to speak with them to know the situation better”
LECLERC: “It’s good to be back on the podium, but a shame for the team to not have the second car on here. I will always trust the team, but I need to speak with them to know the situation better”#RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1 pic.twitter.com/2sqhWLYSmR— Formula 1 (@F1) September 29, 2019
Team Red Bull performed good in this race but failed to finish up in the top-3. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished up at 4th position while Albon at 5th position. For the team Mclaren, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris finished up the race at 6th and 8th position respectively. Since 2014, this was the first time when Mclaren scored more than 100 points in a season.
The next Grand Prix race of the season is after two weeks from 11-13 October in Japan.