PREVIEW – Russian Grand Prix

Features

Round four of the 2016 season takes place at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The circuit was built at the same time as the Winter Olympic park in 2013 and winds its way around many of the venues used for the games. The layout as fast corners and long straights which means racing could be tight here.

The circuit runs through the eye conic Olympic flame and medal plaza with the corner sweeping around. The mountains will prove a stunting backdrop to the street circuit which has been favoured by Mercedes both historically and in the modern era. Lewis Hamilton will be looking to maintain his 100% record as will Mercedes but Ferrari look close so if they get ahead it may be difficult to overtake but its easier than some street circuits

Facts and figures

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Race 2016 Russian Grand Prix

Гран-при России

Venue Sochi Autodromo, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Circuit Length 5.848KM (3.634 MI)
Laps 53
Race Distance 309.732KM (192.459 MI
Lap Record 01:40.896 (Finland Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 2014, F1)
Most wins drivers Lewis Hamilton (2)
Most wins manufacture Mercedes (4)*

*1913/14 completed under the Benz name

Event timetable

  Local BST
Friday
P1 10:00-11:30 08:00-09:30
P2 14:00-15:30 12:00-13:00
  Saturday
P3 12:00-13:00 10:00-11:00
Qualifying  15:00-16:00 13:00-14:00
Sunday
Race 15:00-17:00 13:00-15:00

What happened in 2015?

Lewis Hamilton took total control after his team-mate Nico Rosberg retired when he needed to win if he was to slow down Hamilton’s charge to the title. Ferrari also looked strong having both cars in the top three until Kimi Raikkonen crashed with Valtteri Bottas. Also Romain Grosjean slammed his Lotus into the wall.

Full Race Report Full Result

2015 vs 2014 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2015 01:44.355 02:00.458 01:38.561 01:38.343 01:37.500 01:37.113 01:37:11.024 01:37.113
Dif +2.024 +21.10 -0.267 -0.416 -0.838 -1.400 +06:00.280 -0
2014 01:42.311 01:39.630 01:38.726 01:38.759  01:38.338 01:38.513 01:31:50.744 01:40.896

Tyres

Driver Super soft Soft Medium
HAMILTON 8 4 1
ROSBERG 8 4 1
VETTEL 6 6 1
RAIKKONEN 6 6 1
BOTTAS 9 3 1
MASSA 9 3 1
RICCARDO 10 2 1
KYVAT 10 2 1
MAGNUSSEN 7 5 1
PLAMER 7 5 1
HULKENBERG 4 8 1
PEREZ 4 8 1
VERSTAPPEN 8 4 1
SAINZ 8 4 1
BUTTON 7 5 1
ALONSO 7 5 1
ERICSSON 7 5 1
NASR 7 5 1
WEHRLIN 6 5 2
HARYNATO 6 5 2
GROSJEAN 10 2 1
GUTIERREZ 10 2 1
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