47: Sochi: Time For Putin-Ecclestone Bromance? – Kunal's F1 Blog

47: Sochi: Time For Putin-Ecclestone Bromance?

47: Sochi: Time For Putin-Ecclestone Bromance?


The 2020 Russian Grand Prix will permit 30,000 fans to attend the race at the Sochi Autodrom. Will Vladimir Putin, Russia’s no. 1 Formula 1 fan, attend the race? If so, will his best friend Bernie Ecclestone be in attendance, too? (Yes, ECC has said that he would rather spend time with his baby boy than attend a race in 2020, but it’s ECC – trust him at your own will)

In this Pits To Podium ( segment, Soumil and Kunal list the ‘5 things to watch for’ for the 2020 Russian Grand Prix. Will Pirelli’s C5 tyre challenge Mercedes’ dominance at this circuit? Traditionally, Valtteri Bottas has been stronger at Sochi than Lewis Hamilton. Can the Finnish driver claim his second win of the season? And what about the third step of the podium – will Max Verstappen return or can Sergio Perez become the season’s 10th podium finisher? And of course, there’s the mid-field battle that’s ever-entertaining. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 47)

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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