Lewis Hamilton will be bidding to bounce back in the Russian GP following a disappointing race in Singapore, where the championship leader finished only fourth
The turnaround for Ferrari has been hugely impressive. The Scuderia arrive in Sochi with three triumphs on the bounce, the first time they have managed to achieve such a feat in 11 years. Meanwhile, last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix marked only the second time since the end of the 2013 season that Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team have gone three races without a victory. Who will come out on top in Russia? Find out more below:
Russian Grand Prix Facts & Stats:
- Mercedes are the only team to have won in Russia since the first race in Sochi in 2014 – Mercedes to win 2.37
- Hamilton has a record 87 career poles, Vettel 56
- Hamilton won in 2014, 2015 and 2018, Nico Rosberg in 2016 and Bottas in 2017 – Hamilton to win 2.75
- Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, in 2017, is the only non-Mercedes driver to have started on pole in Russia – Ferrari to win 1.53
- Mercedes and Ferrari have taken 13 of 15 podium places in Russia to date. The only exceptions were Bottas, third in 2014 for Williams – Williams to win 3001, and Sergio Perez who was third for Force India in 2015
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Russian Grand Prix 2018
Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
Russian Grand Prix 2019 Schedule
27th September 2019
Practice 1: 10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 – 15:30
28th September 2019
Practice 3: 11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying: 14:00 – 15:00
29th September 2019
Russian Grand Prix Race 2019
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen is making his 307th start this weekend, sending him third in the all-time list ahead of Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. Only Fernando Alonso (311) and Rubens Barrichello (322) have started more.
Russian Grand Prix Circuit
Sochi Autodrom is an exceptionally long and technical circuit, characterized by hard braking into low-speed corners. The layout runs clockwise around the 2014 Olympic Park venues, partly on public roads, and features 12 right and six left-hand corners.
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 26, 2019
Circuit Location: Sochi Autodrom, Russia
Lap Record: Bottas, 1:35.861, 2018
Number of racing laps: 53 laps
Track length: 5.848km/3.634 miles
Race distance: 309.745km/192.476 miles
Distance to Turn One: 450m/0.280 miles
Number of corners: 18 (12 right, six left)
F1 Standings – so far (prior to Russian GP):
Russian GP Allocated tire compounds:
Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon and Toro Rosso duo Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat will be hit by grid penalties in Sochi after engine work from Honda.
Verstappen, Albon and Gasly will drop five places on the grid and Kvyat, who is competing at his home race, will start at the back on Sunday.
Russian Grand Prix Betting Odds
Ferrari aim for a fourth successive victory this weekend but will go up against a Mercedes team that has won every edition of the Russian Grand Prix since Sochi made its debut on the Formula 1 calendar in 2014.