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Sport F1 2020: Bottas rules in Russia as Hamilton pays the penalty

17:15  27 september  2020
17:15  27 september  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

F1 2020: Dominant Hamilton can equal Schumacher wins record in Sochi

  F1 2020: Dominant Hamilton can equal Schumacher wins record in Sochi If he can earn a fifth win in Russia, Lewis Hamilton will match Michael Schumacher's career total of 91 F1 wins.The Mercedes driver, who is dominating the 2020 drivers' championship as he holds a 55-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas, is on 90 career wins.

Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix ahead of penalized Mercedes teammate Hamilton . “Where’s that in the rule book,” responded a puzzled Hamilton when hearing the news from his team, but The flying Finn's victory in Sochi also extended Mercedes remarkable unbeaten run in Russia to seven

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas scored his second win of 2020 at the Russian Grand Prix, benefitting from a penalty for his polesitting team mate Lewis Hamilton that left the six-time champion third at the flag, as Max Verstappen claimed Red Bull’s first ever podium at Sochi in P2.

a bag of luggage: Valtteri Bottas racing during the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. © Pool/Getty Images Valtteri Bottas racing during the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

Valtteri Bottas triumphed in the Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton was left frustrated in his bid to match Michael Schumacher's all-time record for race wins.

Bottas claimed his second success of a rearranged 2020 season – his other came in the opener in Austria – to close the gap to his Mercedes team-mate in the overall standings.

Championship leader Hamilton had to settle for third place, also finishing behind Max Verstappen, after a pair of time penalties proved crucial to his hopes of glory.

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Valtteri Bottas won his second Formula One race of the 2020 season, easing to victory at the Russian Grand Prix after teammate Lewis Hamilton was hampered by two separate five-second penalties .

Hamilton is more than 21 seconds down on his teammate Bottas , and Bottas is going to be able to race until the end. The FIA have confirmed that Hamilton was punished for two separate violations of the rules regarding practice starts. A few stats: Hamilton has won four times in Russia already

Having coming through what he described as a "horrible" qualifying session on Saturday to sit on pole, the Briton was placed under investigation before the action begun in Sochi after carrying out a practice start outside the designated area.

The six-time world champion held off the challenge of a fast-starting Bottas to retain the lead during an eventful opening lap that saw the safety car deployed, though that was far from the end of the drama.

When racing resumed, Hamilton was informed he had been penalised for his earlier infringement, a 10-second punishment he had to serve while pitting on lap 17 to switch to hard tyres.

He returned to the track down in 11th place and while able to move through the field, his hopes of a third straight success in Russia – a result that would have seen him equal the legendary Schumacher's career tally of 91 victories – had been dashed by that enforced delay.

F1 2020: Hamilton survives Sochi scare to claim pole in Russia

  F1 2020: Hamilton survives Sochi scare to claim pole in Russia While it was far from straightforward, Lewis Hamilton was unsurprisingly fastest at the end of an eventful qualifying session in Sochi.The Mercedes driver triumphed last time out at the Tuscan Grand Prix in Mugello to take his career tally of Formula One victories to 90, just one behind the legendary Michael Schumacher's haul.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas led his second consecutive session of the Russian Grand Prix weekend at the Sochi Autodrom, 0.267s With Ferrari having brought updates to their rear wing to Russia , it was a more promising session for the Scuderia, with Charles What the teams said – Qualifying in Russia .

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Still, Mercedes did manage to maintain their 100 per cent record at the track, Bottas staying clear of trouble to prevail as he finished just under eight seconds ahead of Verstappen's Red Bull.

Outside of the podium places, Sergio Perez – who held clear-the-air talks with current employers Racing Point, the team he will be leaving at the end of the campaign – produced an excellent drive to claim fourth.

Renault duo Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon were fifth and seventh respectively, sandwiching the Ferrari belonging to Charles Leclerc.

Daniil Kvyat finished eighth ahead of AlphaTauri colleague Pierre Gasly, while Alex Albon was 10th, the position he had been due to start from before accepting a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Hamilton assesses Russian GP strategy as he expects rivals to "come flying by"

  Hamilton assesses Russian GP strategy as he expects rivals to Lewis Hamilton says he must consider a creative strategy to defend top spot in the Russian Grand Prix as he will start on the disadvantageous soft tyres . Hamilton, who was forced into starting on the red-walled softer rubber when both of his opening runs in Q2 were disrupted, is also concerned about being passed on the long run from the grid to the Sochi track's first braking point at Turn 2.

2020 Season Driver Standings Constructor Standings Archive 1950-2019 F 1 Awards. Hamilton survives Q2 scare to beat Verstappen to Russia pole, as Vettel crashes heavily. Hamilton had a new track record to his name, and Bottas a mountain to climb if he was to topple his team mate for the first

Dan Istitene - Formula 1 /Getty Images. Lewis Hamilton boosted his chances of claiming a record-equalling race win However, Hamilton 's position was put into doubt when he was one of four drivers to be summoned to see the Valtteri Bottas appeared set to start alongside his team-mate but Max

'THIS IS JUST RIDICULOUS, MAN'

After avoiding any punishment for running off at Turn 2 during qualifying, Hamilton did not come out unscathed when caught out for a practice start just outside the exit of the pit lane.

Hit with not one but two five-second penalties, Hamilton responded on the team radio by saying: "This is just ridiculous, man".

He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the timing of his stop, which came straight after clocking two seriously quick laps as he attempted to extend his lead.

It is unlikely he will have to wait too long to tie with Schumacher – and indeed move past the German's total – but this will feel like one that got away.

SAFETY FIRST IN SOCHI

A track that allows drivers to build up serious speed before the first notable turn always had the potential to provide incident.

Carlos Sainz was one of a number forced off but then he clipped the bollards on the chicane as he attempted to re-enter, ending his involvement early.

Lance Stroll lasted only a little longer, his Racing Point car sent into a spin after being bumped by Leclerc's Ferrari, though officials opted against investigating the incident.

Wolff "agreed to disagree" with stewards over Hamilton penalties

  Wolff Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he has "agreed to disagree" with the FIA stewards after Lewis Hamilton received two five-second penalties during the Russian Grand Prix .The FIA deemed that Hamilton had performed two practice starts beyond the area specified in the pre-event notes issued to teams by race director Michael Masi.After taking the penalty at his only pit stop, Hamilton finished third behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but also received two penalty points on his licence putting him just a single incident away from a one-race ban.

Valtteri Bottas led the first practice session of the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, half a second faster than runner-up Renault driver READ MORE: All eyes on Hamilton as he stands on brink of Schumacher record. The Finn set his fastest lap in FP 1 on the soft-compound tyre while Hamilton 's session was

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RAIKKONEN GOES RACING ON

While Hamilton missed out on matching a record, Kimi Raikkonen made his 322nd F1 start, drawing him level with Rubens Barrichello for top spot on the all-time list.

"I must confess I thought nobody would ever get close to that number, but well done," Barrichello said in a social media post ahead of the race, before adding that Fernando Alonso (311) is not too far behind ahead of the Spaniard's return to the grid in 2021.

Raikkonen was unable to mark his achievement with a top-10 finish, though, as he ended up in 14th position, one place behind Sebastian Vettel.

IN THE POINTS

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +7.729s

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +22.729s

4. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) +30.558s

5. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +52.065s

6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +62.1862

7. Esteban Ocon (Renault) +68.006s

8. Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) +68.740s

9. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) +89.766s

10. Alex Albon (Red Bull) +97.860s

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 205

2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 161

3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 128

4. Lando Norris (Renault) – 65

5. Alex Albon (Red Bull) - 64

Constructors

1. Mercedes – 366

2. Red Bull – 192

3. McLaren – 106

4. Racing Point – 104

5. Renault – 99

WHAT'S NEXT?

Germany is the next stop in the Formula One calendar for 2020, the Nurburgring hosting the Eifel Grand Prix on October 11.

F1 Eifel GP: Bottas beats Hamilton in Nurburgring FP3, Stroll sits out .
Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes as Formula 1 drivers finally got on-track at the Nurburgring in practice for the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday morning . © LAT Images Bottas fastest as Stroll absent from Eifel GP practice After rain and fog prevented any running from taking place on Friday, teams were left to condense all of their programmes into the final one-hour practice session ahead of qualifying.The FIA had altered its protocols to ensure the sessions could go ahead even in a repeat of Friday's weather conditions, only for bright sunshine to greet the drivers ahead of Saturday's running.

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