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The critical area Russell and Mercedes must ace in Sakhir GP
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The critical area Russell and Mercedes must ace in Sakhir GP

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Given George Russell's shock call up to drive for Mercedes in the Sakhir Grand Prix, there's plenty of extra scrutiny on the Black Arrows' fortunes this weekend. One area deserves special attention come his race outing against Valtteri Bottas.

For a dead rubber event, the penultimate round of the 2020 Formula 1 season has an unusually high number of storylines to track. And the main one for the Sakhir Grand Prix is at Mercedes, where Valtteri Bottas has been joined by George Russell after Lewis Hamilton's positive test for COVID-19 following his win in the first Bahrain race.

The headlines after the first two practice sessions of F1's third repeat venue visit in this most unusual of seasons - although of course this weekend action is taking place on the shorter, 2.202-mile 'outer loop' layout - show that Russell is on top.

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