Sochi is a Russian city on the Black sea that attracts many visitors yearly given its identity as a summer beach resort. It is also the home of the Formula 1 Russian GP.
The Russian GP has been held at Sochi Autodrom since it’s first time in 2014 and is expected to go on until at least 2020. Sochi Autodrom is a 5.848km long circuit with the duration of the Grand Prix being that of 53 laps. The total race distance amounts to a staggering 309.745km.
The current lap record at the Russian GP is held by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. The ‘Flying Finn’ managed to lap at time 1:35.861 in 2018 and is yet to have this record broken.
Russian GP 2015 – Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas
The 2015 event at Sochi Autodrom was indeed one full of incidents and action. The first crash was a big one and it happened at the beginning of the race. The driver involved was back-then Lotus driver Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman crashed in the long Turn Three and was forced to change tyre strategies for the rest of the race.
However, there was an even more decisive crash in the last lap of the race. This saw Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen collide into Turn Four. Raikonnen was given a 30 second time penalty as a result and finished eighth.
Russian GP 2016 – Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel
The race from three years ago was characterised by the two separate collisions between Kvyat and Vettel. The two clashes took place in the first lap, some minutes after the race started.
At Turn 2, there was nothing Vettel could do with the German having been nudged into Daniel Ricciardo after Kvyat locked his rear brakes and slid into the Ferrari.
However, Vettel effectively invited a secondary collision with Kvyat, who duly punted him into a spin and out of the race.
Russian GP 2017 – Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean
The 2017 Russian GP saw another two drivers crashing in the starting moments of the race.
The Renault and Haas drivers made contact twice at the start. First Grosjean sending Palmer into a spin and then the Briton launching the Frenchman into the wall.
They each blamed the other for the initial contact, although following a post-race investigation the FIA decided that neither was predominantly to blame, and thus took no action.