Lessons from the rough price of russia

Lessons from the rough price of russia

Lewis hamilton feels thwarted by higher powers. Penalties in the victory of his mercedes teammate valtteri bottas in sochi, russia, throw the formula 1 world champion back to third place.

LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES ON THE WORLD GOVERNING BODY

World championship leader lewis hamilton is not very happy with the race judges and the world governing body fia. "They want to stop me, don’t they?"The mercedes driver claimed after the controversial time penalties that robbed him of his 91st career victory. Grand prix victory and the setting of michael schumacher’s record. "No one before him has ever received a ten-second penalty for something so ridiculous," hamilton said of the forbidden trial starts before the race began. The 35-year-old is not facing a ban for the time being because the commissioners removed the penalty points originally imposed on hamilton from the fia’s records this evening. But the debate about the penalty point system could not be over yet.

VALTTERI BOTTAS STILL BELIEVES IN HIS WM CHANCE

"Never give up," was the motto of world championship runner-up valtteri bottas after his easy success on the black sea. The finnish driver’s victory was "overwhelming", noted mercedes team boss toto wolff, praising the 31-year-old for a cool and brilliant performance. Bottas reduced the gap to team rival hamilton to 44 points with his second win of the season. "Valtteri is totally in the title race," wolff asserted. With seven world cup races still to come, the austrian is at least mathematically right.

FERRARI MAKES ONLY SMALL PROGRESS

His car was "a little bit faster," sebastian vettel said after finishing 13th in sochi. Only teammate charles leclerc in sixth place was able to show the small improvements on the ferrari. "It’s going in the right direction, but it’s not enough yet, we know that," is how team boss mattia binotto summed up the trend at the scuderia. A few more new parts are to be bolted onto the car in two weeks at the nurburgring. "I hope that in the next races we can confirm that things are going forward," said vettel.