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Russian Grand Prix: Flying Finn Bottas wins in Sochi as penalty costs Hamilton dear in bid to equal Schumacher record

Posted On: Sep 27, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

Russian Grand Prix: Flying Finn Bottas wins in Sochi as penalty costs Hamilton dear in bid to equal Schumacher record

A penalty for an infringement before the race had even started cost world champion Lewis Hamilton the chance to equal Michael Schumacher's all-time record for F1 victories as the Brit finished third at the Russian Grand Prix.
There was drama before the race had even begun at the Sochi Autodrom on the Black Sea coast when Hamilton was placed under investigation for being in the wrong position for the practice start.
Once the racing got underway Hamilton started well and led from the front ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, but soon learned that his chances of victory were in major jeopardy as he was handed two five-second penalties for his pre-race mistake.
“Where's that in the rule book,” responded a puzzled Hamilton when hearing the news from his team, but he was forced to take the penalty when he pitted from first place on lap 17, rejoining the race in 10th and facing a packed field to work his way back into podium contention as Bottas led the way.
The Brit carved his way through the field and was...

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