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Mercedes’ team orders blasted by fans as Valtteri Bottas ordered to move aside for Lewis Hamilton in Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton moved 50 points clear of Sebastian Vettel by claiming his eighth win of the year in the Russian Grand Prix.

However, controversy was the order of the day in Sochi, with Hamilton only securing the victory due to team orders issued by the Mercedes staff.

Bottas was ordered to let Hamilton move into first place

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was told to let the Brit pass him on lap 26, due to an alleged blister on the former’s tyre.

“You need to let Lewis by into turn 13 this lap,” Bottas‘ race engineer, Tony Ross, said. After the manoeuvre, Mercedes’ chief strategist, James Vowles, explained the decision to Bottas.

“Valtteri, it is James,” he said. “We had a risk with Lewis against [Sebastian] Vettel. He has a small blister (on his tyre). I had to do this to make sure we secured this.”

Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins in Sochi after Valtteri Bottas is told to move out Mercedes team-mate’s way

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix to further extend his championship lead after Mercedes told Valtteri Bottas to move out of his team-mate’s way.

The world champion is now 50 points clear of Sebastian Vettel by taking his eighth and most controversial victory of the year here at the Sochi Autodrom.

Hamilton claimed the win with Bottas coming in second

Bottas, who had controlled the opening half of the race after retaining his lead from pole position, crossed the line in second ahead of Hamilton’s championship rival Vettel.

Hamilton now has the equivalent of two victories in his pocket with just five rounds remaining and 125 points left to play for.

The 33-year-old Briton made a rare mistake in qualifying on Saturday to allow Bottas to take pole, and the Finn made no mistake in holding off his team-mate and Ferrari’s Vettel on the opening-lap drag race to turn two.

Hamilton was slow out of his starting marks but managed to keep Vettel at bay despite the Ferrari driver drawing alongside his rival at 200 miles per hour.

After 12 laps Bottas was the first of the leaders to pit for new tyres with Vettel following him in a lap later, and Hamilton stopping at the end of lap 14. The Briton, however, emerged behind Vettel.