Lewis Hamilton’s quest for the all-time record of Formula 1 wins was put on hold when he was hit with penalties at the Russian Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas dominated after the world champion was given a 10-second penalty for doing two illegal practice starts. Hamilton was initially given two penalty points to put him two away from an automatic one-race ban. But these were later rescinded on the basis the team were at fault. Bottas’ victory meant he cut Hamilton’s championship lead to 44 points. Hamilton and the Mercedes team made the victory easy for Bottas with their collective failure to know the rules on practice starts before the race.
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