Sochi -Defending champions Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will seek to tighten their grip on this year’s Formula One world championship with a fifth triumph in five years at the Russian Grand Prix. No other team has tasted a "vodka-laced" victory since the event began at the former winter Olympic Games venue in 2014. Hamilton won then and in 2015, Nico Rosberg in 2016 and Valtteri Bottas in 2017. With a 40-point lead on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the title race, four-time champion Hamilton looks set to go into the final six races of the season in confident fashion after registering four wins in his last five outings. But Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has warned against complacency as they enter the most critical spell of the series. Hamilton’s dazzling triumph in Singapore, where his pole lap was widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, may have lifted him into a position with a clear advantage, but Wolff has stressed that Ferrari will be a serious threat in every contest...

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