Hamilton elated after taking ninth win of 2015

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton expressed his elation after he secured his ninth win of the season to move 66 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the championship at the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton took advantage of a throttle problem for team-mate Nico Rosberg to move into the lead of the race, after which he cruised to victory.

"It's just an amazing feeling today," he said. "I have a huge admiration for this team. Driving the car through that race, it just felt so good and this is what I've always dreamed of having.

"Even though you're in the front, it's still a hard race to stay in the zone and not make mistakes. We were only doing a one-stop, so you're trying not to lock up and damage the tyres. I felt like it was a big challenge today.

"It's a shame I didn't get to race with Nico, which I was really excited about. I'm glad my car made it as the rear wing was getting a bit loose towards the end, so I had to stay off the kerbs and try not to damage the car."

Rosberg rued his misfortune following the throttle damper failure.

"Racing can be very tough," he said. "You put so much effort into a weekend but in the end I leave Russia with no points. A very disappointing weekend for me.

"It all went well until the Safety Car came out. My throttle pedal came into my direction. At one point I wasn't able to steer anymore as I had to lift my foot too much and touched the steering wheel with my knee."

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