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    F1 Russian Grand Prix 2020 race: Live stream, TV channel, UK start time and full schedule from Sochi

    LEWIS HAMILTON is aiming to equal Michael Schumacher’s record 90 Formula 1 wins as the entertaining season continues in Russia.
    Two weeks on from mayhem at Mugello, the drivers will be looking for an altogether calmer afternoon after multiple races which have stunned fans.

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    A determined Lewis Hamilton snuck through the chaos at the Tuscan GP to win in the previous race

    Hamilton will be licking his lips given Mercedes’ domination of the Russian circuit in recent years – and starts on pole after edging out Valtteri Bottas in qualifying.
    When is Russian GP?
    The big race is all set for Sunday, September 27.
    It will begin at 12.10pm UK time.
    What TV channel is the Russian Grand Prix on and can I live stream it?
    You can catch every moment of drama across the race weekend on Sky Sports F1.
    Coverage of the race will begin at 10.30am on Sunday, and the actual race begins at 12.10pm
    If you’re not a Sky subscriber, grab a NOW TV pass from just £9.99 for a day or £25 for a month to stream on a number of devices.

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    Friday, September 25
    Practice 1 – 9am to 10.30am
    Practice 2 – 1pm to 2.30pm
    Saturday, September 26
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    F1 Russian Grand Prix 2020 qualifying LIVE RESULT: Hamilton on POLE ahead of Verstappen and Bottas

    FORMULA ONE is in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton aims to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins.
    And so far he looks like doing exactly that after edging out Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to claim pole position for Sunday’s showdown.

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    F1 Russian GP qualifying: Hamilton takes yet another pole as he chases Schumacher win record as Vettel crashes out in Q2

    LEWIS HAMILTON nearly stuffed it up in Sochi but will start his bid to become F1’s joint-record race winner from pole.
    The Brit was made to sweat on a number of occasions as he labelled the dramatic qualifying session as “one of the worst” adding “it was horrible, heart in your mouth the whole way”.

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    Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position as he chases Schumacher’s win recordCredit: AFP

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    Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari was taken off on a tow truck after a horror smashCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    After rare mistakes, a red flag, a stewards’ investigation and a brilliant recovery, Hamilton was finally allowed to keep his 96th pole position.
    He said: “I got the time taken away, then the red flag came out. It was one of the hardest qualifying sessions I can remember having.
    “Everything was rushed and there was so much panic.”
    The drama happened midway through the session when Hamilton was penalised by the stewards for missing the corner at turn 18 and had his lap time deleted.

    Hamilton was prevented from having another crack when his Mercedes team told him to stop for new soft tyres – against his wishes.
    And he was plunged further into danger when Sebastian Vettel’s big crash saw qualifying red flagged with a little over two minutes remaining.
    With no lap time on the board, Hamilton risked being booted out of qualifying.
    And when the session did restart, he almost crashed immediately on cold tyres and only just crossed the line with one second to spare to begin his flying lap.

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    His race engineer, the usually composed Pete Bonnington was noticeably anxious as he hurried his driver to cross the line, saying “need to go, need to go…”
    Hamilton responded with a lap time that was good enough for fourth and reached Q3 where, in the top 10 shoot-out, he composed himself to dominate.
    His first lap was good but his second was even better as he took pole ahead Max Verstappen, who will start second, with an excellent recovery.
    Hamilton added: “I calmed myself down and found my centre because I wanted to deliver. I had to deliver on those two laps.
    “We are all under immense pressure and I would say experience helps massively in order to help me regain my focus.
    “I don’t always get it right but, especially this year, I have been able to center myself and deliver laps when it counts.”
    Hamilton was allowed to keep his pole after the race stewards took no further action after an investigation into why he had missed a chicane earlier in the qualifying session.
    But says that even though he will start in front, he is on the less durable, soft tyre, and knows he could be leapfrogged by Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, who lines up in third on the grid.
    He said: “It’s nice to be on pole but this probably the worst place to be on pole with the draggier cars this year.
    “Undoubtedly I’m most likely to get dragged past. Both the cars I’m racing against are on the medium tyres so it will definitely make it hard to win the race.
    “But I’m definitely going to stay positive and try and figure out how I can navigate through and get a good start.”

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    F1 Russian Grand Prix 2020 qualifying: Live stream, TV channel, UK start time and full schedule for Sochi race

    LEWIS HAMILTON is aiming to equal Michael Schumacher’s record 90 Formula 1 wins as the entertaining season continues in Russia.
    Two weeks on from mayhem at Mugello, the drivers will be looking for an altogether calmer afternoon after multiple races which have stunned fans.

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    A determined Lewis Hamilton snuck through the chaos at the Tuscan GP to win in the previous race

    Hamilton will be licking his lips given Mercedes’ domination of the Russian circuit in recent years but teammate Valtteri Bottas will also be looking to challenge for his first win since the opening race in Austria.
    When is Russian GP qualifying?
    Ahead of the main event on Sunday, the Grand Prix qualifying session will be held on Saturday, September 26.
    It will begin at 1pm UK time.
    What TV channel is the Russian Grand Prix on and can I live stream it?
    You can catch every moment of drama across the race weekend on Sky Sports F1.
    Coverage of the race will begin at 10.30am on Sunday, and the actual race begins at 12.10pm
    If you’re not a Sky subscriber, grab a NOW TV pass from just £9.99 for a day or £25 for a month to stream on a number of devices.

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    Practice 2 – 1pm to 2.30pm
    Saturday, September 26
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    Lewis Hamilton insists he WON’T cry if he equals Michael Schumacher’s record 91 F1 wins at the Russian GP

    LEWIS HAMILTON will not break down in tears when he equals legend Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 F1 wins — because he is only interested in titles.
    The Brit can match the tally at this weekend’s Russian GP in Sochi — a race he has won four times out of six.

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    Lewis Hamilton needs one win to equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time recordCredit: Reuters

    It would mark an incredible achievement, as most thought the German’s record was untouchable.
    SunSport reminded the six-time world champ how Schumacher sobbed when he equalled Ayrton Senna’s then-record of 41 wins at the 2000 Italian GP.
    But Hamilton said: “I saw that video of Schumacher’s reaction recently.
    “I don’t remember seeing what happened afterwards.

    “I’m sure he did talk about why he did that or what he was feeling.
    “For all of us drivers, there’s a lot of emotion involved in what we do. I don’t know why I am the way I am and why numbers are not necessarily something I focus on.
    “I come into this weekend as it being no different to any other weekend. I’ve got to work my backside off to beat my team-mate Valtteri Bottas and everyone else out there.
    “I know how hard that is, as do the other drivers. I just don’t think of anything else really.

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    Michael Schumacher cried when he equalled Ayrton Senna’s then-record of 41 winsCredit: Getty – Contributor

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    “If it happens, it’s going to happen at some stage, as I’m not quitting any time soon. I can’t tell you how I am going to feel, or what it’s going to mean.”
    Hamilton has a whopping 55-point lead in the championship over Bottas and looks set for a seventh world title.
    That would equal another Schumacher record, and while the number of wins he has does not seem to bother him, Hamilton certainly IS interested in collecting championships.
    He added: “Championship numbers are different. When you win a championship, it’s something that is so far in the distance, it’s almost impossible or seems out of reach.”
    Hamilton, 35, raced Schumacher for only three seasons between 2010 and 2012 after he came out of retirement for Mercedes.
    Ironically, Schumacher was replaced at Merc by Hamilton but the two never really had much of a friendship.
    Hamilton said: “I met him once at the track he has at Kerpen — and that was amazing as a kid.
    “Probably my fondest memory was in Abu Dhabi when we exchanged helmets and that was really big for me. That’s the most valuable helmet I have.

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    Lewis Hamilton can match the tally at this weekend’s Russian GP in SochiCredit: Reuters
    “Otherwise, we never really had any deep conversations or anything like that. It was just pure admiration.”
    While Hamilton never had much of a connection to Schumacher, one driver who did is Sebastian Vettel.
    The Ferrari man idolised Schumacher when he was growing up and says he will be ‘sad’ to see Hamilton equal his hero’s record.
    He said: “91 wins has always been a number that appeared to be impossible to reach. But Lewis’ track record over the years has allowed him to get closer. It is only a matter of time before he reaches it.
    “On one hand I will be sad because Michael is still my hero, but on the other hand, I will always be happy for Lewis.
    “He deserves all the success he has had in the last years, this year — and the next years, too. It is half and half, I have mixed emotions.”
    Bottas set the early pace in Russia after topping both practice sessions in Sochi.
    The Finn is trying to stop Hamilton from adding to his six wins this season.

    Hamilton, second quickest in the afternoon session, was comfortably ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who was best of the rest in his Renault.
    McLaren duo Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were also impressive in P4 and P5.
    Meanwhile, F1 have confirmed that Stefano Domenicali will replace Chase Carey as F1’s new CEO from January.

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    BREAKING NEWS
    As we wrote earlier this week, Stefano Domenicali has been appointed as President and CEO of Formula 1.
    Chase Carey, the current Chairman and CEO, will move to the role of non-executive Chairman in January.
    Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO – who own F1 – said: “Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1.
    “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.
    “His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport. As always, he has been a great partner and I look forward to his continued counsel in his new role as non-executive Chairman.
    “We are excited to welcome Stefano Domenicali as President and CEO of Formula 1. Stefano brings a rich history of success in F1 at Ferrari and the broader auto industry at Audi and Lamborghini.”
    Carey added: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years.
    “I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
    “I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term. It’s
    been an adventure and I’ve enjoyed working with the teams, the FIA and all of our partners.
    “I look forward to staying involved and supporting Stefano as he takes the wheel.”
    Domenicali said: “I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life.
    “I was born in Imola and live in Monza. I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work
    with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams,
    promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business
    ahead.
    “The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.” More

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    BREAKING NEWS
    As we wrote earlier this week, Stefano Domenicali has been appointed as President and CEO of Formula 1.
    Chase Carey, the current Chairman and CEO, will move to the role of non-executive Chairman in January.
    Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO – who own F1 – said: “Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1.
    “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.
    “His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport. As always, he has been a great partner and I look forward to his continued counsel in his new role as non-executive Chairman.
    “We are excited to welcome Stefano Domenicali as President and CEO of Formula 1. Stefano brings a rich history of success in F1 at Ferrari and the broader auto industry at Audi and Lamborghini.”
    Carey added: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years.
    “I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
    “I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term. It’s
    been an adventure and I’ve enjoyed working with the teams, the FIA and all of our partners.
    “I look forward to staying involved and supporting Stefano as he takes the wheel.”
    Domenicali said: “I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life.
    “I was born in Imola and live in Monza. I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work
    with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams,
    promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business
    ahead.
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    Lewis Hamilton expects to be hammered by F1 for wearing T-shirt with ‘Arrest cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ in future

    LEWIS HAMILTON has no regrets about wearing a controversial T-shirt on the podium at the Tuscan GP – but expects to be punished next time he does it.
    The F1 champion was dressed in a shirt saying ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ in response to the black American woman shot by Louisville police officers back in March.

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    Lewis Hamilton has no regrets over wearing a T-shirt saying ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’Credit: Getty

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    The British star says he is expecting a ban from F1 after he wore it at the Tuscan GPCredit: Reuters

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    Hamilton has vowed to continue his fight to promote diversity and put an end to racismCredit: Reuters

    The sports’ governing body, the FIA, did not investigate Hamilton’s actions but the Brit fears that the rules will be changed ahead of this weekend’s Russian GP to prevent him repeating the stunt.
    However, he remains defiant and will continue his fight to promote diversity and put an end to racism.
    Hamilton, who can equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time F1 wins record this weekend in Sochi, arrived in the paddock wearing an altogether different T-shirt yesterday – featuring a bikini-clad model.
    He said: “I don’t regret a single moment of it. I have not spoken to the FIA. What was really positive was the support I got from the fans.

    “I usually follow my heart and do what is right and I felt that was me following my heart.
    “I did something that has never really happened in Formula One and obviously they will stop it from happening again moving forwards.

    “People say sport is not a place for politics, but it is human rights issues, and in my mind that is something we should be pushing towards.

    “We have a huge group of amazing people who watch our sport and are from different backgrounds and cultures.
    “We should be pushing positive messages towards them, especially for equality.
    “I don’t know what they are going to do this weekend. Lots of rules have been written for me over the years but that hasn’t stopped me.”
    The 35-year-old says that his decision to wear the T-shirt in Mugello for the Tuscan GP served its purpose as it started people thinking about the issue.
    And that he will continue to work with the FIA in their pre-race anti-racism message.

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    He added: “The FIA are a group of very intelligent people so I hope they do understand the[ severity of what is happening].
    “But as a business and an organisation they have got certain limits and they feel they have to work within and try to make everyone happy which is not something I do.
    “I try to do the right thing. This is a learning process for everyone because people have been happy with how life and society has operated.
    “But the world, particularly the younger generation, is conscious that things are not equal and change is needed so it takes conversations with people and things like Mugello to spark a conversation that would never have taken place.
    “I have heard tomorrow they will come out with a new ruling saying what you can and cannot do and I will just try to continue to work with them – agree or disagree.
    “Do I believe they fully understand [the severity]? I don’t know but perhaps in the future we all will to the same extent.”

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