FIA Were Fair With Hamilton & Leclerc In Sochi

Sep 28, 09:45 PM

Did you know that at one point in the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, the top-6 drivers were separated by an interval of 10 seconds each? The Formula 1 race at Sochi was boring but our podcast on the race certainly isn't!

FIA's time penalties have always evoked extreme reactions from fans. At the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton joined the party. Are the FIA really trying to slow 'him' down? If anything, the FIA were fair in their assessment of Hamilton-Mercedes' infringements. In fact, they were fair in treating Leclerc-Stroll as a racing incident, too. And of course, Daniel Ricciardo's reaction to his time penalty was delightful!

In this Pits To Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal wonder if victory in the 2020 Russian Grand Prix was Valtteri Bottas' easiest career win till date? In a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers, Bottas (medium) could've taken the lead of the race from Hamilton (soft) had the race run its regular course. However, given that this win was 'gifted' to Bottas thanks to Hamilton's penalty, his post-race radio message did seem strange. Another strange statistic? Max Verstappen scoring his and Red Bull Racing's first-ever podium at Sochi.

Carlos Sainz Jr.'s embarrassing opening lap crash, Sergio Perez's fourth place finish in the older spec Racing Point package, Ricciardo's phenomenal pace and Lerclerc's spirited drive - some of the key talking points from the 2020 Russian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel's thirteenth place finish, behind GIO and MAG - AND him being used as a wingman for LEC's fight against the Renaults. And finally, the battle for P16 between the Twitch stars - Albon, Norris and Russell. Relive the key moments of the 2020 Russian Grand Prix in this episode. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 48)

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Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt
Image courtesy: Mercedes