After his race win, Hamilton said Ferrari had the right strategy for the Russian Grand Prix despite beating them to victory at the Russian circuit.
Mercedes’ strategy had been for Hamilton to run a long first stint on the medium tyres, but the Virtual Safety Car changed that when it entered the track.
“We were planning to extend for like 15-plus laps or something like that, hoping that when we came back out the soft we would have a chance to be able to fight with one of them who was on a different tyre. But obviously, the Safety Car and all those things came into it.” said the Mercedes team leader.
Ferrari dropped out with Vettel enging giving away, Charles Leclerc fell behind Hamilton in the safety car period and then dropped behind Valtteri Bottas when he made an extra pit stop for soft tyres.
“Valtteri did an exceptional job because it’s not easy keeping the Ferraris behind and Charles has been driving so well,” said world champion Lewis.
“Ultimately it’s just an incredible day for the team considering the challenges that we’ve had. I think this weekend we knew that we had to pull more out of this car and there was more potential there, but we didn’t know where it was. I think we pulled ourselves a little bit closer to the Ferraris this weekend and it was just enough to get ahead of them.”
Race result saw Mercedes claw points also in the constructor’s championship with a 1-2 finish over Ferrari.