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Russell fastest in first session as Hamilton stand-in

George Russell remarkably set the pace on his practice debut for Mercedes standing in for Lewis Hamilton in Friday's opening session on F1's first experience of Bahrain's fast 'Outer' track at the Sakhir GP. Two days after receiving the call up to replace the seven-time champion after Hamilton's positive coronavirus result, Russell was driving the 2020 W11 car for the very first time - but showed no signs of needing an acclimatisation process to F1's fastest and title-winning car. Outpacing new team-mate Valtteri Bottas by three tenths of a second, as the Finn endured a scruffy session with locking brakes, Russell settled himself in gently to the session as F1 got to grips with its newest...
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