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Wolff: We are not damaging Hamilton's title defence

By Ian Parkes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has taken aim at the "lunatic" conspiracy theories which followed another victory for Nico Rosberg and yet another car failure for Lewis Hamilton in yesterday's Russian Grand Prix.

Champion Hamilton is now 43 points behind Rosberg following the German's seventh successive win - a streak which stretches back to last season -and his fourth from as many races this year. Hamilton started 10th after his engine expired in qualifying, and the Briton encountered further problems as he began to reel Rosberg in.

Hamilton was seven seconds adrift when he was informed of a problem with his engine. He finished in second, 25 seconds behind his team-mate. Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium.

Sceptics have suggested Mercedes are paving the way for Rosberg - a German - to win the championship for a German team. But a defiant Wolff said: "Of course we don't do it deliberately. I don't want to ignore lunatics who think we would harm our driver who has been a double world champion for us."

Hamilton said: "My guys are doing a fantastic job and it's not their fault. I had the pace but then I had a problem with the engine, so I had to back off."

Another talking point was Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel's expletive-fuelled team radio rant after he was punted out of the race by Daniil Kvyat.

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