Lewis Hamilton: Team orders win in Russia 'doesn't feel spectacular'

Lewis Hamilton admitted that his Russian Grand Prix win felt far from "spectacular" after being gifted victory through team orders issued by his Mercedes Formula 1 team

Lewis Hamilton: Team orders win in Russia 'doesn't feel spectacular'

The world championship leader shadowed team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the early stages of the race, but the pair were asked to swap positions after the pitstops amid concerns that Hamilton could be exposed to title rival Sebastian Vettel.

With Mercedes not interested in re-swapping the places late on, it meant Hamilton finished ahead of Bottas to extend his title advantage to 50 points.

"It is actually quite a difficult day because Valtteri did a fantastic job all weekend and was a real gentleman to let me by," said Hamilton.

"Obviously he is now not fighting for the championship and it has been such a great weekend for the team.

"The team did such an exceptional job to have this advantage on Ferrari and have a 1-2, and usually we would be elated.

"But I can understand how difficult it was for Valtteri today and he deserved to win.

"Championship wise, as a team, we are trying to win both championships, and I think today was a real team effort.

"While it doesn't feel spectacular I know he is going to do great in the following races to come."

Bottas clearly looked deflated after the race, with team boss Toto Wolff having spoken over team radio following the chequered flag to say the team orders matter would be discussed later.

Asked for his feelings, Bottas said: "A difficult day. Obviously a good result for us as a team.

"We got maximum points, but personally as everyone says, quite a difficult race."

Pushed about the pre-race discussions about team orders, Bottas said: "We always go through all the scenarios and all the facts.

"Lewis is now fighting for the championship and we are fighting for the constructors.

"We always have a plan but today it is always difficult to predict what will happen in the race and how it is going to go."

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