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F1: Hamilton fastest in final practice at Russian Grand Prix

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the third and final practice session ahead of qualifying Saturday at the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton's time of 1 minute, 33.279 seconds was the fastest of the latest Formula One round so far and .776 better than his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who had been quickest in the first two sessions.

Carlos Sainz was third fastest for McLaren, .041 off Bottas' time.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives for the third practice session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, Pool via AP)

Hamilton will aim for his fifth consecutive pole position in qualifying later Saturday. He can achieve his 91st career win in the race on Sunday, which would match the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher.

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