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Lewis Hamilton trundles to just 19th in first Russian GP practice session, damaging his hopes of record-equalling 91st career win... as team-mate Valtteri Bottas tops time sheets Sunday sees Formula One return after a two-week break at the Russia GP Practise is underway, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton putting in a slow time   The Brit finished in 19th, 2.8 seconds slower than the leader Valtteri Bottas  Nicholas Latifi and Carlos Sainz both came off the track at the same place  

By Philip Duncan, Pa F1 Correspondent

Published: 11:30 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 11:32 BST, 25 September 2020

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Lewis Hamilton's maiden shot at matching Michael Schumacher's victory record began by finishing a surprise last but one in opening practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton moved to within one of Schumacher's 91 wins following his triumph in Mugello earlier this month.

But the six-time world champion was only 19th here at the Sochi Autodrom, 2.8 seconds slower than pace-setter Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton struggled in first practice at the Russia GP on Friday, coming in just 19th

Lewis Hamilton struggled in first practice at the Russia GP on Friday, coming in just 19th 

The Mercedes driver came in 2.8 seconds behind his team-mate Valtteri Bottas who leads

The Mercedes driver came in 2.8 seconds behind his team-mate Valtteri Bottas who leads 

Daniel Ricciardo was second for Renault ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen on a morning disrupted by a number of accidents.

The most significant of which

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