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Hamilton Wins 2018 Russian Grand Prix, Nears Fifth Formula One Title

Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix on September 29.

Lewis Hamilton closed in on his fifth Formula One title with victory in the Russian Grand Prix on September 30.

Hamilton was first in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi after his teammate, Valtteri Bottas from Finland, pulled over to let the British driver pass.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel completed the podium in third.

Hamilton now leads the German driver by 50 points in the standings with five races remaining as both chase their fifth title.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended Sochi’s fifth Russian Grand Prix, which is part of the Formula One World Championship.

The annual auto race is held on a street circuit known as the Sochi Autodrum that was built around Olympic Park in Sochi.

Russian driver Sergei Sirotkin was among the 20 qualifying racers in Sochi, but finished without scoring.

The 23-year-old Sirotkin made his debut for the Williams team in March at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix, where he was forced to drop out after just four laps due to problems with his brakes.

He has competed in 14 other Formula One races since then with his best result at the Italian Grand Prix on September 2 when he placed 12th out of 20 drivers.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa