I wanted it more! - Hamilton delighted to pip Vettel after incident

Sebastian Vettel was not punished for appearing to block Lewis Hamilton, but his move left the Formula One champion determined to triumph.

Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel in Russia   -  Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton believes that his desire saw him get the better of Sebastian Vettel, having been disappointed race officials did not acknowledge an incident between the pair in Russia.

The defending Formula One champion and current leader was frustrated after title rival Vettel passed him as he emerged from the pit lane on lap 14, with marshals seeing no issue when the German defended his position.

But, Hamilton was determined to hit back and quickly then overtook the Ferrari man before going on to claim a crucial victory, moving 50 points clear in the standings. And, the Briton, while unhappy with Vettel's tactics, was pleased to be rewarded for having "wanted it more".

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"[Vettel] moved over to the inside and moved again and nearly put me in the wall. I thought that was a double move, but the race marshals didn't see it," Hamilton said.

"Fortunately, I was able to get out of the wall and then, it was a question of who was going to brake later at the next corner. I wanted it more at the time."

Giving his own version of events, Vettel explained: "I managed to jump Lewis. He had a run into Turn 2 and then I didn't see him through the left-hander. I gave room even if I didn't want to, so it remains fair - tough but fair."