Formula One World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton showed his pace with the fastest lap in the final practice for a Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, which could equal his 91st career victory record.
After the 35-year-old Briton set the pace in Friday’s sessions, Finnish teammate Valteri Bottas slowed to 0.776 seconds, leading Mercedes one-two.
Six-time world champion Hamilton, who has set his best time of 1 minute 33.279 seconds with 14 minutes to go in the season, has previously won four times in Russia.
Dominant Mercedes has won every race in Russia since the first time in Sochi in 2014.
Hamilton would be seen as the seven-time champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 in a win on Sunday, a milestone that is likely to stand trial when the German set off with Ferrari in 2006 .
Hamilton beat Bottas by 55 points in the championship after nine races.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, 0.817 slower than Hamilton, was Renault’s Esteban Ocon fourth.
Ocon’s Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo struggled in the session with a fragmented wing mirror, trying to adjust it to the pace with his left hand.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull was sixth fastest in third place in the championship.
Sebastian Vettel was 12th for Ferrari along with teammate Charles Lechler.
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