F1 driver standings: Mercedes team orders pay off for Hamilton

Sunday, 30 september 2018, 08:53 , by Martin Macdonald

Lewis Hamilton was the beneficiary of Mercedes team orders as he was given victory in the Russian Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas, helping the Brit open up a 50-point lead in the drivers' standings ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who finished third.

Hamilton had to fight Vettel on-track in order to maintain postition behind Bottas, picking up tyre blisters in the process.

It prompted Mercedes to order Bottas to move aside, frustrating th Finn, but bolstering Hamilton's hopes of a fifth title.

DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Lewis Hamilton | MERCEDES | 306
2 Sebastian Vettel | FERRARI | 256
Valtteri Bottas | MERCEDES | 189
4 Kimi Raikkonen | FERRARI | 186
5 Max Verstappen | RED BULL RACING |158
6 Daniel Ricciardo | RED BULL RACING | 134
7 Nico Hulkenberg | RENAULT | 53
8 Kevin Magnussen | HAAS | 53
9 Fernando Alonso | MCLAREN | 50
10 Sergio Perez | FORCE INDIA | 48
11 Esteban Ocon | FORCE INDIA | 46
12 Carlos Sainz | RENAULT | 38
13 Pierre Gasly | TORO ROSSO | 28
14 Romain Grosjean | HAAS | 27
15 Charles Leclerc | SAUBER | 21
16 Stoffel Vandoorne | MCLAREN | 8
17 Lance Stroll | WILLIAMS | 6
18 Marcus Ericsson | SAUBER | 6
19 Brendon Hartley | TORO ROSSO | 2
20 Sergey Sirotkin | WILLIAMS | 1

CONSTRUCTOR'S CHAMPIONSHIP

1 MERCEDES | 495
2 FERRARI | 442
3 RED BULL RACING | 296
4 RENAULT | 91
5 HAAS | 82
6 MCLAREN | 58
7 FORCE INDIA | 35
8 TORO ROSSO | 30
9 SAUBER | 27
10 WILLIAMS | 7

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Comments (8)

  • Erion Balluke
    F1 is becaming like ches u sacrifice one player that the other can win. Its a pathetic way to win. But nobody gives a shit all they want to know is that winning is more important.
  • Carlos José Espínola Basualdo
    People who have a problem with Mercedes team orders clearly have short memories. It's been happening for decades with many teams.
  • Shuaib Sheik
    It's tough but it made sense, hopefully when the time comes Lewis does the same.
  • Jose Antonio Perez
    Michael Hamilton, Rubens Bottas and Jean Wolff re-enacting Austria 2002
  • Aniusia ?uki Dmochowscy
    i dont watch races like today...mercedes: SHAME YOU!!
  • Ernie Lagazon
    The butler is more handsome than his master!
  • Anderson Santos Silvs
    Vergonha #mercedes

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