Did Lewis Hamilton Avoid Vladimir Putin after Winning Russian Grand Prix?

Lewis Hamilton after winning the Russian Grand Prix 1 photo
Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images
That is the question a lot of Lewis Hamilton’s fans will ask watching the footage taken of the top three drivers, minutes after the race ended. It would seem the other two F1 drivers shook hand with Russian president Vladimir Putin who was waiting to congratulate the winners, but Hamilton didn’t, instead leaving him standing around awkwardly.
It might seem like Hamilton made quite the statement, but in fact reports show the driver simply blanked Putin, as he did shake hands with him minutes later. After all, the man has just won a long race, so maybe he was a bit fuzzy.

In fact the GP was quite the occasion, considering the race marked the first time that the Russian Grand Prix has been held in a century, and was also the first time the Russian Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the tournament was formed in 1950.

Held this Sunday, the race was contested over 53 laps and took place at the Sochi Autodrom, a brand new circuit built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. In case you’re not a Formula One fan, we’ll remind you this one was the sixteenth round of the 2014 season, following on from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka one week before, and preceding the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Hamilton won the race after starting from pole position and leading every lap, while his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished second. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas finished the third, having set the fastest lap - and a new lap record - on the final lap of the race. With this success, Hamilton extended his World Drivers’ Championship lead over Rosberg to seventeen points.

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