The team Mercedes de F1 dominated with authority the first day of free practice of the Russian Grand Prix with the finnish Valtteri Bottas ahead of english Lewis Hamilton, while the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) He has changed the engine and will start at the end of the grid on Sunday.
The Black Arrows squad is the historical dominator in the Sochi circuit, where it has always won in the seven previous editions of the event, and this Friday it continued its good feelings in the search for the eighth consecutive victory on the shores of the Black Sea, both for his good performance and for Verstappen's sanction.
With the sun shining without a single cloud, before the rain that is expected to fall for the rest of the weekend, Bottas, double winner in Russia (2017 and 2020), was the fastest in both heats and in both he had as an escort to Hamilton.
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For his part, Verstappen finished third in the first free test and finished sixth in the second, aware of the difficult weekend ahead. The World Cup leader arrived in Sochi with a three-place penalty and, like Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), will start at the tail of the grid after changing the power unit of his car.
In this way, Verstappen is obliged to a great comeback on Sunday if he does not want the first place of the classification to return to the hands of Hamilton, whom he leads by five points after both collided with each other and will leave in the last test in Italy. .
TRAINING 2 | GRAND PRIZE OF RUSSIA 2022
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TRAINING 1 | GRAND PRIZE OF RUSSIA 2022
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