Debates, calculations and karaoke: Japan Grand Prix talking points

Bottas doesn't want favor returned by Mercedes

Hamilton's victory, after Valtteri Bottas followed Mercedes team orders to let him take the lead, lifted the Briton further clear of Vettel with five races remaining this season.

Hamilton was allowed to claim a 70th career win when Valtteri Bottas was ordered to move over in Sochi - with the world champion describing it as "the strangest day" of his career.

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix to take a 50-point lead over Sebastian Vettel. To be the baddie on Sunday for many right reasons, or do I want to be the idiot in Abu Dhabi at end of the season? For sure, I am a racer - the only thing I want to do is win races but I also want to play for the team.

"We can take nothing for granted and we will stay at maximum attack on every front in the next races". The ruthless killer instinct inside me says: 'This is the way it should be, stop being so soft.

The man who walks away from Russian Federation feeling the effects of the result more than anyone is Bottas.

"Hard day for you and a hard day for us", said team boss Toto Wolff, whose finger had been captured by the world television feed hovering over the "tactics" button before the order was given.

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"I'd rather be a baddie now than an idiot at the end of the year".

"I think the other side [Mercedes] have been very good at communicating that they have an inferior vehicle but I don't think that was the case". We've had a one-two, we've dominated as a team this weekend, the team have done an incredible job and it's never, ever in my whole life how I've wanted to win a race.

Similar to Mercedes, Ferrari, despite a sizeable lead in the title race, felt the need to aid Schumacher's championship assault as they knew he was the only realistic chance of winning that year's world championship. But they have a history of alienating fans who would prefer to see competitive racing.

Team boss Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes "changed" the result by telling Bottas to allow Hamilton past, with the Silver Arrows eager to help their championship leader extend his advantage over Sebastian Vettel in the standings.

Bottas, who is still without a win yet this season, afterwards said: "It was not something we had planned".

"Red Bull has been building a great auto for years, but I often wonder if the management there is always making the right decisions". Russian Federation won't define his season, but sadly it will define Bottas'.

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