Formula One is regarded as one of the greatest examples of a team sport. Whether it’s the team principal, staff at the factory, pitstop crew or the driver in the hot seat. It is about pulling together for the good of the team to achieve their primary objective. In F1, that's the Constructors' and Drivers' Championship and that aspect was perfectly illustrated at the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
With the Grand Prix being comfortably led by Valtteri Bottas from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team, he was asked mid-race to pull aside to allow his Silver Arrows teammate, Lewis Hamilton through, and into the lead. The reason? Mercedes needed to cover off the threat of Lewis's rival in the F1 title race, Sebastian Vettel, and with one eye on his blistering rear tyres, decided to make the switch, to Valtteri's cost.
Team orders are common in F1, yet not always popular, particularly for Valtteri who was looking to win his first race of the year. Lewis was quick to praise Valtteri as a "gentleman" and in turn his 70th victory in F1 was met with mooted celebrations. Lewis' victory in Sochi means he now has a 50-point lead over Vettel going into the final five races in 2018. It offers Lewis a comfortable buffer ahead of this weekend’s coming race at the Japanese Grand Prix.