Hamilton Gets Assist From Bottas For 3rd Russian Grand Prix Victory Of His Career

Lewis Hamilton extended his Formula One points lead leaving the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday as the Mercedes driver won his eighth race of the season and 70th of his career in Sochi. It was Hamilton’s third victory on the road course and Mercedes’ fifth in as many years there. But, if not for an assist from pole sitter and teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton may not have had a chance for his third straight victory on the season and fifth in the last six races. 

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Force India, Magnussen Strong Sleepers For Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix

We all know that if Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix rolls off without a hitch, then one of the two Mercedes drivers likely lands the victory. They’ve won all four races in Sochi since 2014 and has locked out the front row. Good luck going against them? But, throw in Red Bull’s misery overall in Russia and grid penalties, I don’t think either driver lands in the top five on Sunday. That opens the door for some new drivers. 

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Mercedes Duo Obviously The Favorites, Predicting Overall Top 5 Finishers For Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix

The Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are leaps and bounds better than everyone else in Sochi this weekend. They locked out the front row and were 1-2 in each of the final two practice sessions too. Oh, on top of that, they’ve never lost a race in the Russian Grand Prix. Yes, they’re 4-0 since 2014. 

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Bottas Earns Russian Grand Prix Pole, Team Orders Will Be Difficult Now too

Valtteri Bottas has never been outqualified by a teammate in Sochi. That didn’t change on Saturday. Yes, Bottas topped current Formula One points leader Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix earning his sixth career pole. Bottas, topped Hamilton by just 0.145-seconds in Q3, turning a blazing hot lap of 1:31.387-seconds in his No. 77 Mercedes to earn his second pole of the season. Hamilton, circled the track with a time of 1:31.532-seconds in his No. 44 Mercedes, giving Mercedes a front row lockout. 

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Vettel, Hamilton Lead Russian Grand Prix Practices On Friday As Mercedes Looks Like Favorites To Win Sunday’s Race

The two best drivers in Formula One this season were the top two drivers on the speed charts in the two practice sessions around the Sochi circuit on Friday. Heading into Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 40 points in the standings. Vettel, paced the opening practice session of the day while Hamilton was quickest in the second and final one later on. Vettel, turned a lap of 1:34.488-seconds in his No. 5 Ferrari in session No. 1 which put him P1 on the timing charts.…

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Valtteri Bottas Triumps In 1st Career Formula One Victory Sunday in Russia

We all knew the time would be coming, the one when Valtteri Bottas finally won his first career Formula One victory. That time, ended up being today, as the Finland native took the checkered flag first in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. Bottas, got a great start and by Turn 2, was leading. He would never look back, giving the lead up only when he came down pit lane on the Sochi track. When the pit sequences ended, Bottas was up front, bringing his No. 77 Mercedes to victory in just…

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Ferrari’s Sweep Front Row for 1st Time Since 2008

Friday, Ferrari’s were saying that the Mercedes drivers were sandbagging. In the two practice sessions, Ferrari led the way in each session while both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton played second fiddle to their Ferrari counterparts. I think Ferrari felt threatened still despite being 1-2 on the speed chart. 

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Will Russia Be the Spot Williams Gets Going? Why They’re the Sleeper Team to Watch This Weekend

So far, 2017 hasn’t been the season that Williams fans wanted to see in Formula One. They’re fifth in the constructors standings after three races. But, the good news is, they’re just one point behind fourth right now. They’re also a wide 31 points though out of third though. Rookie Lance Stroll has struggled out of the gates as he’s had a DNF in all three races this year. Felipe Massa, who came out of retirement to replace the departing Valtteri Bottas, has had finishes of sixth, 14th and sixth respectively. 

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Don’t Look for Red Bull Racing to Close the Gap This Weekend in Russia

So far, the 2017 Formula One season has been dominated by Mercedes and Ferrari. The two teams have combined to lead all the laps this year as well as take all three checkered flags first. Sebastian Vettel won at Australia and Bahrain while Lewis Hamilton won at China. The two manufacturers are way ahead of everyone else in the constructors standings with Ferrari leading Mercedes 102 to 99. Red Bull Racing, is next in class though, as they’re third in the constructors standings with 47 points. They have had just one…

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Will Someone Other Than Mercedes Lead Laps This Weekend in Russia

As we enter the fourth annual Russian Grand Prix, just one driver on the Formula One grid has ever led a lap around the 18-turn Sochi Autodrom street course in Russia. That driver, is Lewis Hamilton. Since the inaugural race in 2014, Mercedes drivers have led all 159 laps in Russia. Hamilton, has led 100 laps while his former teammate Nico Rosberg led the other 59. Hamilton, also won the first two years at Sochi, while Rosberg reached victory lane a year ago. But, with Rosberg since retiring, Hamilton is…

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