Lewis Hamilton successfully battled his way to victory in the 2019 Russian Grand Prix, his fourth career win in Sochi and his ninth victory of the season. He finished ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes 1-2.
Hamilton had dropped to third place at the start, but reemerged on top after taking advantage of a virtual safety car to make his pit stop. Polesitter Charles Leclerc took the final podium place following a stormy afternoon for Ferrari.
Ferrari’s strategy to help Sebastian Vettel take the lead at the start had resulted in a dispute about team orders when he was ordered to swap positions with Leclerc, but the issue became moot when Vettel was forced to retire with MGU-K failure shortly after he made his mid-race pit stop.