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Bottas fastest as Russian GP weekend begins

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas opened the Russian Grand Prix weekend atop the standings in a session in which team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled. Bottas, who claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory at the Sochi Autodrom in 2017, clocked a time of 1:34.923s in warm and sunny conditions on Friday morning. It left the Finn, 55 points behind Hamilton in the standings, over half a second clear of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, while Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull. Racing Point classified fourth and fifth respectively, with Sergio Perez in front of Lance Stroll, despite the Canadian being the sole driver equipped with the team’s updated car. Hamilton, chasing a record-equalling 91st Formula 1...
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