Vladimir Putin warns Lewis Hamilton not to spray him with champagne after Russian Grand Prix win

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VLADIMIR PUTIN attempted to put the frighteners on Lewis Hamilton when he ordered him to to drench him with champagne.

Hamilton had powered to victory at the Russian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the race for the world title to 50 points.

Vladimir Putin instructs his interpreter to warn Lewis Hamilton to forget any champagne antics
Vladimir Putin instructs his interpreter to warn Lewis Hamilton to forget any champagne antics
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Lewis Hamilton pleads his innocence to the Russian president
Lewis Hamilton pleads his innocence to the Russian president
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But no sooner had he leapt out of his car, he was being hauled in for a warning by the Russian president to ensure the Brit did nothing to embarrass him.

Three years ago a fearless Hamilton had soaked Putin on the podium by spraying him with champagne.

At the time the leader laughed it off – but clearly the memory burned deep as he wasted little time telling the Mercedes star not to repeat the trick.

Hamilton maintained he was not the man to blame from 2015
Hamilton maintained he was not the man to blame from 2015
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Putin took exception to being drenched by Lewis Hamilton three years ago
Putin took exception to being drenched by Lewis Hamilton three years ago
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Through his interpreter he conveyed the message as they waited to go out for the trophy presentations – catching Hamilton off guard.

In the green room after the race, Putin is caught on TV speaking to a translator, who turned to Hamilton and said: “I am accustomed to warning you something each year. Year, after year…”


The 33-year-old did not cave in under pressure, first of all questioning if it actually happened and then denying he was behind it.

Hamilton interrupted him and said: “Yeah, this year I won’t spray you with Champagne. Last year it wasn’t me. It was someone else!”