Hamilton fastest in final Russian GP practice

Ross Houston
September 27, 2020

Six-time world champion Hamilton, who set his best time of one minute 33.279 seconds with 14 minutes to go in the session, has won four times in Russian Federation before.

Mercedes drivers have won all six of the races to date in Sochi, with Hamilton taking four of those victories including the last two.

However, Hamilton may face a tough challenge from team-mate Valtteri Bottas this weekend, who has traditionally run strongly at the Sochi Autodrom.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has revealed that the Netflix film crew will follow the team in Russian Federation to capture footage for the next series of Formula 1: Drive to Survive.

But all involved with the champion outfit are aware that not only is the event set to be the first sporting occasion to host a major crowd in the COVID-19 era, but it will also see the team shadowed by a Netflix film crew.

The organisers say 30,000 spectators are expected and that the race is sold out.

This year's edition of Drive to Survive will be the third season of the show.

It was another 1-2 for Mercedes as Hamilton claimed yet another win ahead of Bottas.

Contemplating we did not know whether we would have some rushing at all to contemplate, the truth we have attained the 10-race landmark is an outstanding feat of irrigation, and long can the series persist.

Hamilton has been in a class of his own in 2020. "It just does not seem real to me".

Mercedes is likely to dominate this weekend but with warmer track temperatures don't rule out Red Bull entirely.

With Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Bottas behind him, Hamilton only has to keep these two men behind him, and victory is sure to be his.

While the 30,000 fans attending the Olympic Park circuit enjoy a rare glimpse of live sport, F1's top officials are reported to be anxious about the potential threat from coronavirus.

Russian Federation has exceeded one million cases of Covid-19 - one of only four nations to do so - and after nine events run behind closed doors in strictly controlled bubbles, this relaxation of the tight controls has not been welcomed warmly by all in the paddock.

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