Lewis Hamilton won the Russian GP in Sochi: a lucky success, arrived thanks to the entry of the Virtual Safety Car on the track.

Charles Leclerc is the moral winner of the Russian GP: having started from pole position (the fourth in a row, the last Ferrari driver to do it was a certain Michael Schumacher 19 years ago), he gave Vettel a wake allowing him to overtake Hamilton and to conquer even the leadership of the race at the first corner.

An effective strategy ruined twice by Vettel: the first (voluntarily) when he refused to cede the first position - contrary to what was foreseen by the pre-race tactics - to the Monegasque partner, the second (involuntarily) when broke the hybrid unit of the single-seater number 5 has benefited the silver arrows (which still had to carry out the pit-stop and did so under the Virtual Safety Car regime).

The Mercedes - which maintained its unbeaten run on the Russian track - scored twice thanks to Valtteri Bottas' second position while Ferrari threw a possible "1-2" to the wind: Charles Leclerc finished third while Sebastian Vettel (third in grid and first after the first corner thanks to the help of the team mate) did not returned the position and retired on lap 28.