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Bottas ‘saved’ by rain after rare Sochi struggle

Valtteri Bottas at Sochi Valtteri Bottas has admitted he was expecting a smoother run in the Russian Grand Prix before a dramatic late downpour rescued his race. Bottas has seemed to have an affinity with the Sochi circuit, taking his first Formula 1 win there in 2017, as well as his most recent triumph 366 days ago. Last Friday he picked up where he left off in 2020, sweeping both practice sessions (Free Practice 3 on Saturday was washed out). However, a mixed qualifying session left him set to start the race seventh; that would become 16th after a power unit-related penalty, perhaps strategically taken in a bid to hold up championship contender Max Verstappen, who was starting 20th and...
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