Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand PrixSeptember 27, 2020
Pole position winner Lewis Hamilton received two 5-second penalties, which eventually pushed him back to 3rd place.
On Sunday, September 27, the 10th stage in the Formula 1 class took place. The race took place on the Russian highway in Sochi. At the start of the race, Lewis Hamilton retained the lead, while his Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas passed Max Verstappen of Red Bull to come out on top. The losers of the first round were Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll. The first, after cutting off the turn, crashed the car while trying to return to the track, and the second made a mistake and flew off the track.
As a result, already on the 1st lap, the race management decided to release the safety car. Lando Norris, George Russell and Alexander Albon took advantage of this, who went to the mechanics for the toughest tires, hoping to ride them to the finish line. The most interesting events began to happen after Lewis Hamilton received 2 penalties of 5 seconds for improper start rehearsal while following the grid.
At the same time, he had to serve the penalty at the pit stop, which forced Hamilton to break through the peloton.
Hamilton started on the softest tires, so he was one of the first to go to the pits. As a result, Bottas, who burst out into the operational space, began to show the fastest laps of the race and created a good lead. After all the pit stops, Bottas led the race, followed by Verstappen, and Hamilton closed the top three. In this order, the pilots crossed the finish line. As a result, Hamilton is gaining 205 points in the championship standings, and Bottas is second with 161 points. Note that Bottas received 1 additional point for the best lap in the race.
Sergio Perez of Racing Point crossed the finishing line in fourth, while Daniel Riccardo of Renault finished fifth. Riccardo received a 5-second penalty for trespassing, but the lead over Charles Leclerc, who finished 6th, allowed him to maintain his position. Renault co-pilot Esteban Ocon finished in seventh place, although the start of the race was more optimistic for him.
Pierre Gasly finished in ninth place, and Alexander Albon from Red Bull closed the TOP-10. The race was very unsuccessful for the McLaren team, which after qualifying claimed good points. Carlo Sainz got off and Lando Norris finished 15th.
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