Sochi: Time For Putin-Ecclestone Bromance?

Sep 24, 09:34 PM

After two phenomenal races in Italy (Monza & Mugello), the pressure is on the Russian Grand Prix to live up to expectations. The Sochi Autodrom has seldom entertained (apart from the Putin-Ecclestone bromance!) but we tell you why there may be hope this time around.

The 2020 Russian Grand Prix will permit 30,000 fans to attend the race at the Sochi Autodrom. Will Vladimir Putin, Russia's no. 1 Formula 1 fan, attend the race? If so, will his best friend Bernie Ecclestone be in attendance, too? (Yes, ECC has said that he would rather spend time with his baby boy than attend a race in 2020, but it's ECC - trust him at your own will)

In this Pits To Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal list the '5 things to watch for' for the 2020 Russian Grand Prix. Will Pirelli's C5 tyre challenge Mercedes' dominance at this circuit? Traditionally, Valtteri Bottas has been stronger at Sochi than Lewis Hamilton. Can the Finnish driver claim his second win of the season? And what about the third step of the podium - will Max Verstappen return or can Sergio Perez become the season's 10th podium finisher? And of course, there's the mid-field battle that's ever-entertaining. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 47)

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