Russian Grand Prix: ‘Lewis Hamilton has job on to equal Michael Schumacher’s record’

Then, in the second session, which defines the start tyres, Hamilton went out on the favoured mediums and set a blistering first lap, 0.4secs quicker than Bottas. In theory, there was still time to do an out lap and start a flying lap before the chequered flag ended the session, but now Hamilton had another problem. Having dragged himself out of a hole partly of his own making on Saturday, Hamilton now somehow has to find a way to do it again in the race. “I am just going to focus on my race and try to run the fastest race I can,” Hamilton said.

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