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Putin absent as Sochi braces for qualifying washout

Sep.25 Russian president Vladimir Putin will not attend Sunday's Formula 1 race at Sochi. 'No,' a spokesman for the Kremlin told Russian news agency Tass. Part of the reason for that could be the controversial president's period of self-isolation, commenced last Tuesday, after members of his entourage tested positive for covid. Putin will therefore miss what is expected to be a wash-out on Saturday, with F1 officials reportedly discussing moving qualifying to Sunday morning. 'The main thing we have done is prepare all of the drainage systems,' said Alexey Titov, boss of the race promoter Rosgonki. Already this week, heavy rain flooded the support-race paddocks at Sochi. 'The rain on...
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