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Bottas and Hamilton lead opening practice in Sochi

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton outpaced their rivals to lead the opening practice session for this weekend's Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Bottas clocked in with a 0.211s margin over his teammate while Hamilton's fellow title contender Max Verstappen was third, 0.227s adrift from the leading Finn. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel completed the top five in FP1. Times to follow... The weather forecast for Friday along the shores of the Black Sea were dire, yet the sun had pierced Sochi's clouds when the weekend's first practice session kicked off. As a reminder, or perhaps an omen, Sochi is statistically a Mercedes bastion, with the Brackley...
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