Russian GP Preview

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has the momentum heading into this weekend’s race in Russia but Championship rival, Lewis Hamilton has the better track record here. What will be the final result comes Sunday?


Track facts

  • Lap record: 1:40:071, Sebastian Vettel, 2015
  • Laps: 53
  • Circuit length: 5.848km
  • Race distance: 309.245km
  • Corners: 18
  • Tyre Compounds: Ultrasoft, Supersoft and Soft

History of the Russian GP

Russia first held it’s first grand prix in 2014 in the same year the country hosted the Winter Olympics. The Hermann Tilke track is integrated into the Olympic Park infrastructure.


  • Vitaly Petrov became Russia’s first Formula One World Championship driver in 2010 and since then Torro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, has been in the sport since 2014. Kvyat has yet to finish higher than fifth at his home GP
  • The Sochi Autodrom is the 4th longest circuit in F1 behind Spa-Francorchamps, Baku and Silverstone.
  • Lewis Hamilton has 2 victories round here winning back in 2014 and 2015. 2016 World Champion, Nico Rosberg is the only other driver to win this race.
  • Due to Hamilton and Rosberg driving for Mercedes, they are the only team to win with 3 victories since 2014. Due to this as well, Mercedes have led 100% of all laps during the race since 2014.

Hamilton fastest as McLaren suffer problems in Bahrain

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time on Tuesday as the teams commenced a two-day, post-race test at Bahrain. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was assisting the tyre supplier with 2018 development work. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third, despite Renault power unit issues halting his programme early.

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:31:358 – 97 laps
  2. Antonio Giovinazzi – Ferrari – 1:31:948 – 93 laps
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:32:349 – 45 laps
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:32:452 – 87 laps
  5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:32:509 – 56 laps

Bottas fastest on final day in Bahrain

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finished at top of the time-sheets as testing concluded in Bahrain on Wednesday. Bottas completed 143 laps for Mercedes, clocking a best time of 1m 31.280s. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s session which included mechanical issues in the morning, had further issues in the afternoon which limited his running.

  1. Valterri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:31:280 – 143 laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:31:574 – 64 laps
  3. Carlos Sainz – Torro Rosso – 1:31:884 – 68 laps
  4. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:32:108 – 81 laps
  5. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:32:120 – 88 laps

Red Bull promises major chassis ‘revamp’ for Spanish GP

The Red Bull F1 team is planning a massive chassis update for the Spanish GP. Max Verstappen’s third place in China is its only podium from the opening three grands prix. The Bahrain GP was the most competitive of Red Bull’s season so far, with both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo running with the leaders early on.

Sainz given 3 place grid penalty after Stroll collision

After the Bahrain GP, Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz was given a 3 place grid penalty by the stewards for the collision with Williams’s Lance Stroll during the race. The incident occurred on lap 13 where Sainz was exiting the pit lane and dive-bombed Stroll into turn 1. Both made contact and both retired due to the accident and it was Sainz that the Stewards decided that he was at fault.

My Predictions – Qualifying

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Valterri Bottas – Mercedes
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari


  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari






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