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Hamilton should never have been in contention to win in Sochi, but for the bumbling Scuderia throwing away a certain one-two after Vettel broke down and Charles Leclerc dropped from first to third. The Italian team had decided that, in order to beat Hamilton and finish first and second, pole-sitter Leclerc would provide Vettel with a slipstream on the metre charge to the opening bend.
Ferrari three times ordered Vettel to let Leclerc by, but Vettel rebuffed their orders. The German said that he would be in danger of losing third to Hamilton if he slowed down to let Leclerc through.
An 82nd career win followed for Hamilton, completing an afternoon to forget for the men dressed in red. It was quite clear.
Maybe I missed something? I need to speak to the team. So later on we would swap the positions of the cars.
Both drivers were diplomatic after the race but what on earth was the agreement In the end it was all academic and it didn't end up costing Ferrari but it's questionable. Anyway, that's it from me today.
Stay tuned for more analysis and reaction on these pages tomorrow. A lot to pick through.