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Sebastian Vettel finished third in the Russian Grand Prix .

F1 fans noticed what Sebastian Vettel was up to with Lewis Hamilton's car after Russian GP

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Sebastian Vettel had every right to feel dejected in the wake of the Russian Grand Prix.

As the Ferrari driver watched Lewis Hamilton record yet another victory and move another step towards the title, he will be well aware that he needed more than the third-placed finish he could muster.

Nevertheless, Hamilton's success did not come without its controversy as Valtteri Bottas was once again the victim of team orders.

The Finn was ordered to give up his lead after being told to let the world champion pass him because of a tyre blister.

Bottas is no stranger to this type of situation at Mercedes, but it inevitably raised questions among some F1 fans whether Hamilton was telling the truth - especially as he immediately went on to record his fastest lap.

This was the exchange on the radios:

Hamilton: "I've got hesitations coming from the engine."

Mercedes: "OK, we'll have a look."

"I do have that blister on the left rear."

Bottas was ordered to let Hamilton pass 

Bottas was then told by race engineer Tony Ross:

"You need to let Lewis by into turn 13 this lap."

Hamilton took another step towards the title

Chief strategist, James Vowles, added:

"Valtteri, it is James. We had a risk with Lewis against Vettel. He has a small blister (on his tyre). I had to do this to make sure we secured this."

Bottas did not reply - make of that what you will.

The 29-year-old wasn't the only one not buying it and while Hamilton tried to make amends by offering Bottas his trophy on the podium, his team-mate can at least revel in what was a positive day for Mercedes - albeit a disappointing one for those who would like to see him given a fair crack of the whip.

Vettel wasn't convinced 

There was no such consolation for Vettel, however, and a clip emerged afterwards showing him checking Hamilton's tyre for the alleged blister:

Hamilton will ultimately not care too much whether his rival doubted him and he may not have even been aware of what was happening with his car as he was busy doing his media duties at the time.

It proved a major talking point among F1 fans, though, and many were divided on the incident. 

Hamilton is now a significant 50 points ahead of Vettel with just five races and 125 points still to play for. 

What did you make of the Hamilton blister incident? Have your say in the comments. 

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