Russia has allowed some of the biggest crowds at sports events in Europe, even as some other countries revert back to empty stadiums.
Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas wins Russian GP as time penalties stop Lewis Hamilton from equalling win record
Lewis Hamilton had been looking to match Michael Schumacher's record of 91 wins in Formula One but had to settle for third behind Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen due to time penalties.
Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton grabs Russian GP pole, inches closer to Michael Schumacher’s all-time record
Hamilton's Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was beaten into third by Verstappen's fast run at the end of the session and was .652 off Hamilton's time.
The session was red-flagged to a halt after the four-time champion’s shunt, leaving runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton in a perilous 15th place with just over two minutes remaining.
Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton tops final practice at Russian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas
Hamilton clocked a best lap of 1min 33.279sec to beat Bottas by seven-tenths with Carlos Sainz third for McLaren, eight-tenths off the pace.
Valtteri Bottas topped the times for Mercedes ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo in Friday morning's crash-hit opening free practice at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix.
Victory for Hamilton at the Sochi Olympic Park would see him draw level with Michael Schumacher on 91 career wins, more than any other driver in the 70-year history of F1.
Sergio Perez will be replaced next season at Racing Point by Sebastian Vettel.
Russian Grand Prix organisers stated that the event had witnessed strong spectator turnouts every year, and were confident of a similar attendance this September despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mugello will be the fourth Italian circuit to host a championship grand prix, after Monza, Imola and the Pescara road course.
Formula 1 2020: Russian Grand Prix organisers express interest in hosting back-to-back races at Sochi
Russian Grand Prix organisers said on Thursday they were open to hosting two back-to-back races in Sochi this season to help Formula One flesh out a calendar reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Formula 1 2020: Max Verstappen 'not thinking much' about becoming youngest champion, says focus is on winning this season
Max Verstappen has one last chance to become Formula One’s youngest world champion this season but it is not something he dwells on.
Formula 1 2019: 'It won't happen again', insist Ferrari's feuding drivers Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc ahead of Japanese Grand Prix
Squabbling teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc on Thursday insisted 'everything is clear now' with Ferrari team orders after their Russian Grand Prix debacle.
Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto had every reason to read the riot act on Monday after the Italian team handed an unexpected triumph to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
Formula 1 2019: Mercedes' one-two at Russian GP was down to teamwork and mutual respect, says Lewis Hamilton
Referring to his relationship with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton said: "We work together so it's all about respect, having respect and, I think that respect has been there since day one."
Russian Grand Prix talking points: Ferrari's excessive race management, Mercedes' luck, McLaren's resurgence and more
Vettel-Leclerc’s pre-race agreement, McLaren's resurgence, Lewis Hamilton's ninth win of the season and more in our Russian Grand Prix talking points
Jehan Daruvala finishes third overall in FIA F3 Championship 2019, achieves best-ever result by an Indian driver
In an unprecedented performance by an Indian, young Jehan Daruvala finished second runner up at the FIA F3 Championship, which concluded with the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.
Formula 1 2019: Sebastian Vettel plays down talks of him not following Ferrari orders in Russian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel made light of claims that he ignored Ferrari team orders on Sunday after an engine failure ended his hopes of winning the Russian Grand Prix.
Formula 1 2019: Lewis Hamilton returns to victorious ways at Russian Grand Prix, ends Ferrari’s winning streak
Hamilton’s win was his first since the Hungarian Grand Prix on 4 August, his ninth in 16 outings this year and the 82nd of his career, lifting him 73 points clear at the top of the drivers’ title race.
Formula 1 2019: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fastest in Russian GP qualifying to clinch fourth pole in a row and sixth overall
Leclerc clocked a best lap of one minute and 31.628 seconds to improve his time in the final seconds and set up an end to Mercedes’ five-year domination of the event since it began in 2014