Hamilton celebrates winning while Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds after the Russian Formula One Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Valtteri Bottas did as he was told and moved aside to let Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton win the Russian Grand Prix and surge 50 points clear in the Formula One championship Sunday with five races remaining.Hamilton's closest rival Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari with Bottas, who started from pole position and was told to let Hamilton through after 25 of the 53 laps, securing the Mercedes one-two.Hamilton has now won eight races this season.The Briton, who would not have been able to switch places with Bottas had he not pulled off a slick overtake on Vettel after dropping behind at the pit stops, stayed in the car for some time after he parked up at the finish. Bottas had stopped first in the race, with Vettel following a lap later.With Verstappen running a long first stint, Bottas was second and Hamilton third with some signs of tire blistering while Vettel was closing in.
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