Russian Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton looks to take advantage of Max Verstappen penalty | F1 | Sport

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The 2021 Formula One championship battle continues at the Russian Grand Prix with a chance for Lewis Hamilton to snatch back the lead from rival Max Verstappen. The Mercedes driver goes into the Sochi race on 221.5 points with Verstappen slightly ahead on 226.5 as he searches for his first ever F1 title.

Hamilton starts fourth in Russia after a hectic qualifying which saw him crash into the pitwall and throw away his chances of a pole position.

McLaren’s Lando Norris instead secured the first pole of his career with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in second and Williams’ George Russell, who will replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next season, third.

Verstappen is meanwhile at the very back of the grid due to taking an engine penalty for installing the fourth engine of his season. The Red Bull racer will be eager to soar through the pack to get into podium contention.

Express Sport provides live coverage of the race, which will get underway at 1pm UK time, below.

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