Sochi — Sebastian Vettel made it clear on Monday that he still believes he can win a fifth world title in 2018 despite sliding 50 points behind Lewis Hamilton after the Russian Grand Prix. 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. But the Ferrari driver insisted he has not given up hope despite seeing his in-form rival reel off a fifth win in six races to maintain his momentum as Ferrari struggled to keep pace. "I go race by race," said Vettel. "Obviously, it’s not getting easier if we lose points. But I still believe in our chances. Yes, it’s not getting bigger … if you finish behind, but who knows? "It takes one DNF [did not finish] — ideally two! — and all of a sudden things look different. "I’m not wishing that on Lewis, but you never know what happens, so we need to stay on top of our game." Two race victories Hamilton’s 50-point advantage is ...

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