Hamilton had been looking to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins in Formula One but had to settle for third behind Bottas and Max Verstappen as Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix as his race was ruined by penalties. Bottas built a comfortable lead over Verstappen with ease and cruised to his first win since the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s championship lead over Bottas was cut to just 44 points with seven scheduled races remaining on a calendar heavily modified because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Wheres that in the rule book?”, he asked the team, after he was already under investigation by the stewards when he started the race from pole position. Before the race he twice stopped to perform practice starts at the exit of the pit lane, rather than in the designated area. That eventually earned him two five-second penalties.
Russian Grand Prix Standings
- V. Bottas (Mercedes)
2) M. Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
3) L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
4) S. Perez (Racing Point)
5) D. Ricciardo (Renault)
Lewis Hamilton will have to wait until the next GP to bag the F1 win record.