Despite his victory at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was unable to take full advantage of Max Verstappen's grid penalty.

The 36-year-old Briton saw that the Dutchman, who started last, crossed the finish line in second after a hectic final phase.

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"I have no influence on who is behind me," said Hamilton before the podium ceremony at the Sochi Autodrom.

"This must be a dream result for Max. But I am happy with my victory and grateful for all the points."

The 36-year-old Hamilton took his 100th victory of his career in Russia.

For a long time he seemed to have to settle for second place, but thanks to a rain shower he was able to overtake Lando Norris in the closing phase of the race.

"Lando has done so well, this must hurt my old employer," said Hamilton, who drove for McLaren between 2007 and 2012.

"My team made the great decision to bring me in at the end. I didn't want to let Lando drive away, but it turned out to be the right choice in the end."

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz on the podium in Sochi.

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz on the podium in Sochi.

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'I watched the images from Saturday endlessly'

Hamilton qualified fourth on Saturday and came into contact with the guardrail several times.

"I was so disappointed in myself yesterday that I watched the images endlessly. That made me even more eager to win," said Hamilton, who managed to make up three places a day later.

Thanks to his victory, Hamilton took over the lead in the World Cup from Verstappen.

The seven-time champion is two points ahead of the Dutchman (246.5 to 244.5 points).

The Formula 1 season will be continued in two weeks with the Turkish Grand Prix.

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