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Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Was victory possible by pitting Vettel sooner?

The Russian Grand Prix was always likely to be one of those races where, with the new 2017 combination of high drag cars and low degradation tyres, overtaking would be extremely difficult and strategy games equally so. In fact it was only the fourth race in F1 history to feature no overtaking moves after the opening lap skirmishes. The key question is whether Ferrari could have manoeuvred Sebastian Vettel into a position to win the race, after losing the lead at the start to Bottas, […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Russian GP in pictures

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Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bottas:

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula 1 victory in a tense Russian Grand Prix that saw him jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nail-bitting, race-long battle. The Finn reckons the result came as a confirmation of his talent and will give him lots of confidence for the future. His team mate, Lewis Hamilton produced a battling drive to finish P4 after struggling with overheating throughout the race. "It’s going to take a while to sink in. Normally […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Toro Rosso struggled with speed

Sochi wasn’t an easy race weekend for Scuderia Toro Rosso as its drivers only managed to score one point during the Russian Grand Prix, due to lack of speed on the circuit’s long straights and a bad qualifying session on Saturday. Both cars made it to the end of the race but only Carlos Sainz managed to finish in points (P 10), while his team mate Daniil Kvyat saw the chequered flag on 12th. Toro Rosso is confident that the upgrades planned for Barcelona will get the team back into […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ferrari ensured double podium

After a front row lock-out in qualifying, Ferrari drivers managed to get both cars on the podium finishing second and third respectively in a Russian Grand Prix that was settled in two moments; the start and the final lap. Thanks to this result Sebastian Vettel extends his lead in the Drivers’ classification over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth, to 13 points. In total, Scuderia Ferrari walks off with 33 points as Kimi Raikkonen also made it to the podium for the first time this season.  “I […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hulkenberg scores Renault's second point finish

Renault Sport Formula One Team secured its second points-scoring finish of 2017 with a robust eighth place from Nico Hülkenberg in the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Hulkenberg started eighth then ran a mammoth 40-lap stint on his qualifying Ultrasort tyres before changing to the Supersoft tyres for a final 12-lap bid to wrestle seventh place from Esteban Ocon.  “I’m really happy with the strategy we ran today; there wasn’t too much left from the tyres at the end of that first stint, but […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Alonso: “It’s tough, it’s frustrating

A hugely disappointing afternoon for the whole McLaren-Honda team after Fernando Alonso failed to start the Russian Grand Prix.  The Spaniard suffered an ERS software fault on the parade lap, and, despite attempting to restart it during the lap, he was unable to make it back to the pits and was left stranded on the circuit. “It’s tough, it’s frustrating – every weekend is the same", says Alonso. “My power unit didn’t have the usual power during the formation lap, so my engineer told me to […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bottas claims maiden F1 victory

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix to score his maiden Formula One victory by .617 of a second over Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The result came after 81 races in Formula One, but only his fourth with Mercedes. The Finn took over Nico Rosberg's seat at Mercedes, after The German retired at the end of the 2016 season. Bottas' triumph also kept Mercedes’ record at Sochi Autodrom intact, as the manufacturer won all the Russian GP to date, in 2014 and 2015 with Lewis Hamilton and the 2016 race with […]

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sauber to use Honda engines from 2018

Sauber F1 Team confirms, ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, a deal with Honda as its new technological partner from 2018. This extensive strategic and technological realignment creates a new basis for the Swiss team, who will now drop its long-term partnership with Ferrari.  The new partnership will certainly unveil future opportunities for the Sauber F1 Team and Honda, and constitutes a cornerstone for the team's F1 future. “It is a great honor for the Sauber F1 Team to be able to work together with Honda in […]

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ocon happy with first Q3 result

Esteban Ocon enjoyed his first Q3 appearance in a Formula One qualifying session but reckons he could have been higher on the grid if he was not making mistakes during his final run. The Frenchman will start tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix from tenth place, with his team-mate Sergio Perez alongside him in ninth. “It’s the first Q3 appearance of my career and I’m pretty happy with our performance today", Ocon says. "The team has done an awesome job to improve the car during each session and I […]

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ferrari scores front row lock-out

Sebastian Vettel will start the Russian Grand Prix from pole position after scoring the fastest time during the qualifying session. His fast lap of 1:33.194 set a new track qualifying record and was .059 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Kimi Räikkönen. Nico Rosberg held the previous track qualifying record of 1:35.337 set last year in Q2, and Vettel’s pole-winning time beat it by 2.143 seconds. This is Vettel’s 47th career Formula One pole but his first since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix. […]

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017

Ricciardo:

Daniel Ricciardo set the sixth fastest time in both practice sessions on Friday and reckons the team's performance can improve tomorrow, but not enough to overcome the top two teams in the championship standings. His team mate, Max Verstappen, finished FP1 on fourth and FP2 on fifth.  As Sochi is not one of Red Bull's favourite tracks, the team was already expecting a tough weekend here, the aim being to limit de damage and score as much as possible. The gap to Mercedes and Ferrari looks bigger in […]