The Sochi tech tweaks amid the midfield arms race

The intensity of Formula 1’s midfield battle shows no signs of abating, with each team in the fight developing their 2020 machinery to find an advantage. With Sochi proving a more familiar venue than Mugello, it was the perfect venue for a technical tussle

As races at Sochi go, the 2020 Russian Grand Prix had a surprising amount of liveliness bubbling away – largely a legacy of Lewis Hamilton’s penalty for producing a practice start further down the pit exit than permitted.

But there was also plenty of close racing and passing moves, eschewing the usual procession that breaks out around the former Winter Olympic Park thanks to a mix in strategies. It certainly wasn’t a classic by any stretch, but it also wasn’t a race that could court the fury of social media onlookers either, who had perhaps prepared to be dismayed by a turgid spectacle.

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