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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That's all for today. Another win for Lewis Hamilton but more power struggle problems at Ferrari.

    Next week there is no race, before it's off to Japan a week after. Until next time, bye for now.

  2. Hamilton wins after Vettel ignores team orders - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer


    Lewis Hamilton was handed victory in the Russian Grand Prix after a virtual safety car cost Ferrari's Charles Leclerc the lead.

    Hamilton's first win in four grands prix inched him closer to a sixth world title and came after Ferrari's chances of victory fell apart following a controversy over Leclerc's team-mate 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.

    Leclerc played his side of the bargain, but once Vettel was in the lead, he refused a demand to let his team-mate back past him.

  3. Fourth-fifth for Red Bull

    Christian Horner said on the grid before the race that "today is a new day" for Alexander Albon and, despite him starting at the back of the grid because of penalties, the Red Bull boss still expected him to finish in the top six.

    It seemed a stretch for a driver to make up 15 places in just his 16th grand prix, and fourth grand prix in the Red Bull senior team, but he did it. He made it up to fifth, right behind his team-mate Max Verstappen.

    Verstappen has now finished fourth sixth times this year. He's also been on the podium six times adding his points up to a total of 212, three below Charles Leclerc in third in the standings.

    albon, horner garage
  4. 'As a team we have been through his situation and it's certainly not easy'

    Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff says: "That’s what we love racing - you can win when you haven’t got the quickest package. It makes it so special it's unbelievable. You start to doubt and you know where you have deficits and you cling on to the few hopes like a late safety car and then it happens. We're overwhelmed and it’s a big step towards the championship."

    Speaking on Ferrari's team radio controversy, Wolff says: "I haven't seen the whole thing, I have the transcript which I read and it shows you that it's not trivial at all to have two drivers who want to win. As a team we have been through his situation and it's certainly not easy."

    Did the virtual safety car that Vettel caused allow them to win? Wolff thinks so:

    "That was one of the core reasons to be able to stretch the first stint to hope the tyres would come in when theirs would drop off, we knew we could go longer. The safety car caused by their own car gave us the win.

    "It’s the second time Valtteri has done it here with Sebastian, and he was a big part of us winning, if Charles had gone through our win would be at risk. We have a big job at our hands we need to sort out our pace in qualifying and our tyres in order to be quicker in the races.

    "It was a big step towards the championship but it's never done. Black swans do exist and we need to recover pure pace in Suzuka. We have always been very strong there and we need to find answers to our questions."

  5. A rare Ferrari failure

    The last Ferrari to retire from a reliability issue was Kimi Raikkonen in Abu Dhabi last year. Charles Leclerc has failed to finish twice this season, but spun off in Germany and suffered accident damage in Monaco. This was Vettel's first DNF of 2019.

    Kimi Raikkonen steps out of his Ferrari during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2018
    Image caption: Source: Forix
  6. Post update

    Carlos Sainz may be losing 7-9 to his team-mate Lando Norris in qualifying stats, but he has beaten him 10-6 in the 16 races so far this year.

  7. 'Very frustrated'

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    Jennie's not the only one frustrated by the end of today's action. It was all set up to be a thriller. Then just disappointment after that second safety car.

  8. Hamilton breaks Ferrari's three-race win streak

    Listen to the moment when Lewis Hamilton took his ninth win of his season.

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  9. 'Back to where we deserve'

    Carlos Sainz is a happy man after taking the 'best of the rest' spot with his McLaren ending sixth.

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  10. 'Today should give them a headache'

    Sebastian Vettel, whose race ended at lap 28 with an engine failure, tells Sky Sports: "I don't know exactly what happened - I think we had an agreement, I spoke with Charles especially before the race, it was quite clear, maybe I missed something? I'm sure will talk about it.

    "It's bitter today because we wanted to have one-two, I don't know if Charles was third still but it's not the result we wanted. I don't want to share. I don't want to put the team in a bad light afterwards, I was in third and Charles in first and we were talking about a strategy to get past Lewis, I had a good start.

    "We did race. I think that's what we did until the pitstop, because obviously I lost the lead during the stop and then the car broke down.

    "Did I get the driver of the day? At least that's something. It's bitter because this year has been tough. I unlocked the car, yesterday Charles was quickest and I can't be happy with that today I was on the rhythm and fastest to the stop.

    "The positive today is that the car is faster. On raw race pace Mercedes have the edge, but today should give them a headache."

  11. 'Huge push'

    Kevin Magnussen picked up two points for coming ninth, despite having a five-second penalty for leaving the track.

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  12. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton can't win the drivers' title in Japan, but Mercedes can win the constructors championship there...

    1. Mercedes 571
    2. Ferrari 409
    3. Red Bull 311
    4. McLaren 101
    5. Renault 68
    6. Toro Rosso 55
    7. Racing Point 52
    8. Alfa Romeo 35
    9. Haas 28
    10. Williams 1

    It will be Mercedes' sixth successive constructors' title. A question of 'when' not 'if' now.

  13. Champagne moment

    Lewis Hamilton celebrates with trophy
    Lewis Hamilton throws the trophy in the air on the podium, with Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas watching on
    Hamilton kisses the trophy
  14. Get Involved


    Meda Stamper: I am sorry for young and excellent Leclerc but delighted that Ferrari again shot themselves in the foot by favoring their number 2 driver. It is beyond strange for them but great for Mercedes and Hamilton.

    Craig: My driver of the day is not Vettel because he didn't finish and was disobedient, which lost the race. It's not Leclerc because he didn't win. It's not Hamilton because it was kind of handed to him, and it's not Bottas for winning Mercedes the 1-2... IT'S ALBON for starting 20th and finishing 5th!

  15. Driver of the day

    The fans voted for Sebastian Vettel, who only drove 28 out of 53 laps before he retired.

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  16. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton's lead is now 73 points, after collecting that bonus point for the fastest lap, but, as mentioned before, it means the world title will not be decided next time out in Japan, no matter what happens.

    Mexico is likely to be when the title is handed to Lewis, as long he does not have an absolute disaster at Suzuka. Looks like we'll just be finding out the race to come second at the final three races of the campaign - the United States, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

  17. How they stand in the drivers' championship

    1. Lewis Hamilton 322
    2. Valtteri Bottas 249
    3. Charles Leclerc 215
    4. Max Verstappen 212
    5. Sebastian Vettel 194
    6. Pierre Gasly 69
    7. Carlos Sainz 66
    8. Alexander Albon 52
    9. Lando Norris 35
    10. Daniel Ricciardo 34
    11. Nico Hulkenberg 34
    12. Daniil Kvyat 33
    13. Sergio Perez 33
    14. Kimi Raikkonen 31
    15. Kevin Magnussen 20
    16. Lance Stroll 19
    17. Romain Grosjean 8
    18. Antonio Giovinazzi 4
    19. Robert Kubica 1
    20. George Russell 0