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Valtteri Bottas grabs ninth career Grand Prix victory as time penalty denies Hamilton's record bid

 Lewis Hamilton is close to a Formula 1 race ban after picking up two more penalty points on a frustrating Sunday for the championship leader at the Russian GP.

Hamilton's race was all-but-ruined after being handed two separate 5s time penalties following pre-race practice starts in the wrong location, and he eventually finished third behind Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.

As well as being forced to serve that 10s penalty in the pits, which he called "ridiculous", Hamilton was also handed two penalty points by race stewards - bringing the total on his superlicense to 10.

Hamilton is therefore just two points away from an automatic one-race ban, with 12 the limit for drivers over a rolling 12-month period.

The Englishman will be on very thin ice for the next four races, as he is not due to drop any penalty points until November's Turkish GP.

That will mark a year since he picked up two points for an Alex Albon collision in Brazil.

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