SOCHI – The Formula 1 Russian GP is confirmed as a fiefdom Mercedes, but this time it was tougher than expected for Lewis Hamilton who, taking advantage of the rain in the final, took home his 100th victory ahead of Max Verstappen, who started last, and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, third at the finish line after having also been in the lead. A complicated race for the Englishman, who passed chasing Lando Norris’ McLaren – then overtaken by an Englishman’s mistake – but led to the last port despite the pouring rain. A fundamental success that allows the world champion to get back to the top of the drivers’ championship.
Leclerc out of points, Norris too optimistic
At the foot of the podium, on the other hand, is Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren, ahead of Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes and Fernando Alonso’s Alpine. Only 7th Lando Norris, author of a great race frustrated in the final by the risk taken with the Englishman to stay out despite the flood in Sochi, while Kimi Raikkonen closed the top ten with Alfa Romeo, Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and George Russell’s Williams. The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc is out of points and in the final frantic, he loses precious points from a world perspective. A victory that brings Hamilton back to the top of the world championship who, now, has two points ahead of Max Verstappen.