Lewis Hamilton will be looking to tighten his stranglehold on the 2014 Formula 1 world championship today in Russia as he goes in search of a fourth straight win at the Sochi Autodrom.
The British driver currently leads teammate Nico Rosberg by 10 points at the top of the drivers’ standings, and has produced a remarkable turnaround in the last few races to give himself this advantage. Winning in Russia from pole position could prove to be the knockout blow.
However, Rosberg has not let his teammate out of his sight, and will be desperate to reel him back in today. From second place on the grid, we are set for another straight fight between the Silver Arrows in Sochi.
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Qualifying in Russia was a close affair, but Hamilton ultimately prevailed by two-tenths of a second over Rosberg, who simply had no answer for his rival’s pace.
However, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas very nearly upstaged them both, beating them in the first two sectors of his final hot lap. A mistake at the final corner, induced by his tires losing grid, meant that he had to settle for third place on the grid ahead of Jenson Button and home favorite Daniil Kvyat.
With a slow pit lane and low tire degradation, a one-stop race appears to be on the cards in Russia. However, Mercedes may opt for two just to be safe, creating an interesting battle of strategies at the front.
This weekend, there is only one prevailing thought: Jules Bianchi. Following his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, the paddock is sending all of its prayers and support to the Frenchman and his family at this difficult time.
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