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Bottas spins and drops to the back in Turkish GP

Formula One F1 - Turkish Grand Prix - Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey - November 15, 2020 Racing Point's Lance Stroll leads Racing Point's Sergio Perez as Renault's Esteban Ocon and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas spin at the start of the race REUTERS/Clive Mason

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton’s sole Formula One championship rival and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas spun twice on the opening lap of what could be a title-deciding Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday and dropped to the back of the field.

Bottas has to beat Hamilton by eight points to prevent the Briton from securing a record-equalling seventh world championship.

The Finn had climbed back to 16th place -- but 43 seconds off the lead -- after four of 58 laps on a wet and slippery track, with Hamilton sixth.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond