Sport Motor racing: Bottas wins in Russia as penalties dash Hamilton's record bid

16:31  27 september  2020
16:31  27 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix ahead of penalized Mercedes teammate Hamilton . © Reuters. Once the racing got underway Hamilton started well and led from the front ahead of Mercedes The flying Finn' s victory in Sochi also extended Mercedes remarkable unbeaten run in Russia to seven

Hamilton penalised 10 seconds! Hamilton has received two five-second penalties for the events Bottas looked to have won the drag race into turn two with Hamilton , with both Mercedes getting a A few stats: Hamilton has won four times in Russia already - and Mercedes have six wins out of six

Russian Grand Prix © Reuters/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV Russian Grand Prix

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after team mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton collected two time penalties for infringements before the race had even started.

Hamilton, who started on pole position in Sochi hoping for a record-equalling 91st career Formula One victory, ended up third behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

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The former world number one, who won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2018, took her unbeaten run to 15, dating back to her Dubai victory in February shortly before the professional circuit shut down due to Motor racing : Bottas wins in Russia as penalties dash Hamilton ' s record bid .

Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix in a surprise Mercedes one-two on Sunday after Ferrari tripped over The five-times world champion also banked a bonus for the fastest lap of the race to go 73 points clear of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas with five races remaining.

His hopes were dashed when stewards issued two five-second penalties for making practice starts outside the designated area as he headed to the grid.

Hamilton's lead over Bottas shrunk to a still healthy 44 points after 10 of 17 races. Dominant Mercedes continued their record of winning every Russian Grand Prix since the first in 2014.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ed Osmond)

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