SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton drifted to an easy triumph and earned a Mercedes one-two finish at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to stiffen his grip on a 6th World Championship.
In a disastrous couple of laps for Ferrari, the Italian team gave up a conceivable one-two finish of its own after Sebastian Vettel crumbled and Charles Leclerc gave up from first to third.
Valtteri Bottas pursued teammate Hamilton home at the Sochi Autodrome as Mercedes verified the full quantity of points.
Hamilton currently drives Bottas in the title by 73. Leclerc is 107 points behind the British racer.
Max Verstappen completed fourth ahead of Red Bull teammate Alex Albon, who began last after he smashed out during qualifying.
Ferrari had just got themselves into unnecessary chaos before Vettel resigned with a motor failure on lap 28.
Vettel got the hop on pole-sitter Leclerc on the long drag down to the second corner, however, an inquisitive pre-race plan had Leclerc requiring the jobs to be turned around.
It gives the idea that the team had concurred that if Vettel profited by Leclerc's slipstream and pushed forward of the Frenchman off the start line, he would need to yield the position.
Ferrari was on the radio to advise Vettel to let Leclerc by, yet the four-time titleholder opposed the request.
The Ferrari pit divider was on to Vettel once more, however. again the German wouldn't allow his teammate pass, expecting that he would be presented to Hamilton in third spot if he weakens.
Leclerc was the first to stop on lap 22, yet as opposed to bringing in Vettel whenever around Vettel was left on old tires as his teammate put in a few quick laps on his new tires.
Four laps after Leclerc set, Vettel was in the end called in and when he rose he had fallen behind his teammate and into runner up.
Just minutes after the fact catastrophe struck as Vettel stalled with an engine failure.
It was then to deteriorate for the Scuderia. With Vettel's stalled machine in a problematic position, the virtual safety vehicle was conveyed to hinder the field, permitting Hamilton, who presently couldn't pit, a free stop for tires and became the leader of the race.
George Russell at that point smashed out in his Williams and the full safety vehicle was sent. Ferrari chose to pit Leclerc and put him on new tires for the last 20 laps.
However, their choice saw him lose a position to Bottas, and on a track where overtaking is troublesome, Leclerc was not able to pass the Mercedes driver.
Hamilton crossed the finish line 3.8 seconds clear of his teammate to guarantee his ninth win of the period and end Ferrari's three-race wins in a row.
Leclerc, in the meantime, declined to accuse the team or his teammate for the mid-race dramatization.
"I will always trust the team but the tactic was me giving the slipstream and for us to be one-two, which happened, but then I don't know.", said Leclerc.
McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was 6th, ahead of Sergio Perez in a Racing Point. Balancing the top ten were Lando Norris of McLaren, Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Nico Hulkenberg in a Renault.