?? THE 2020 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 10. 25th – 27th September.
1028TH F1 GRAND PRIX | 9TH RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX | 7TH GRAND PRIX AT SOCHI AUTODROM
2019 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2019 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 25th September
Free Practice 1 (11am Local Time/ 9am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Saturday 26th September
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Sunday 27th September
The 2020 Russian Grand Prix (2:10pm Local Time/ 12:10pm UK Time)
- Information about the race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be posted here.
?? WEEKEND MILESTONES AND RECORDS
- Mercedes have won every running of the Russian Grand Prix since it joined the calendar. In fact, Benz won the two Russian Grands Prix held in 1913 and 1914, so technically Mercedes have never been beaten at a Grand Prix in the country. Any other team winning would therefore be the only other team than Mercedes to win the Russian Grand Prix.
- Lewis Hamilton could extend his record of Russian Grand Prix wins to five this weekend, or Valtteri Bottas could become only the second driver to have won at the Sochi Autodrom on multiple occasions. Any other driver winning would see them become the fourth driver to have won an F1 race at the track.
- If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, he’ll become the first driver to have won the event in three consecutive seasons.
- Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas or Charles Leclerc could equal Nico Rosberg’s record tally of two Russian Grand Prix poles this weekend.
- Pole position for Charles Leclerc would make him the second driver to have taken pole position at the Russian Grand Prix in consecutive years. The only other driver to do so in Nico Rosberg.
You can find more information about the records which could be beaten this weekend in our Milestones and Records to Break post.
ALL THE INFO
Click the links below to see all the stats and circuit history you could need ahead of the race!
- Sochi Autodrom: The Ultimate Track Guide
- Sochi Autodrom Track Stats
- Milestones and Records to Break
- Team Form
- Driver Form
- Grid Slot Stats
- 2019 Russian Grand Prix Statistics
- 2018 Russian Grand Prix Statistics
2019 RACE RECAP
Ferrari took a fourth consecutive pole, but their race fell apart as Sebastian Vettel retired, gifting Mercedes a 1-2 finish.
Alex Albon crashed in the first part of qualifying, meaning he had to start from the pit-lane. At the sharp end of the grid, Charles Leclerc took a fourth consecutive pole position, starting alongside Lewis Hamilton on the front row for the third race in succession. On the run to the first turn, Sebastian Vettel made the most of his slipstream to shoot from third into the lead as Carlos Sainz challenged Hamilton for third place. There was drama further back, as Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean collided, with the Haas driver ending up in the wall. As the Safety Car came out, Kimi Raikkonen picked up a penalty for a jump start. After the restart, Leclerc was told that Vettel would allow him to re-pass; but Vettel didn’t want to lose time in allowing him by. A series of team radio messages followed, before Leclerc pitted on Lap 23. The undercut allowed him to get ahead of Vettel, but a few laps later the German retired from the race with power unit problems. Hamilton pitted from the front under Virtual Safety Car conditions, allowing him to maintain his lead. Just after the VSC period ended, George Russell found his Williams embedded in the tyre barrier. The incident led to a further caution period. Mercedes occupied the top two positions, with Leclerc mounting a charge on Bottas’ second place. His attack was unsuccessful, and Mercedes claimed another 1-2 finish. Max Verstappen drove from ninth to fourth, while Albon finished fifth after his pit-lane start.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. In previous seasons a maximum of six drivers have been selected to partake in each press conference. However, all 20 drivers will be appearing in the Drivers’ Press Conference at the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. Appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:
- Andreas Seidl (McLaren)
- Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)
- Simon Roberts (Williams)
- Tanabe Toyoharu (Honda)
- Mario Isola (Pirelli)
- Christian Horner (Red Bull)
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend will be Mika Salo.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
FASTEST EVER LAP
Pirelli will supply the C3 (Hard), C4 (Medium) and C5 (Soft) for the Russian Grand Prix weekend. Each driver will be allocated the same number of each tyre compound for the race weekend.
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:36.074 (Kimi Raikkonen)
||1:34.488 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:34.462 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Free Practice 2||1:34.120 (Sebastian Vettel)
||1:33.385 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:33.162 (Max Verstappen)|
|Free Practice 3||1:34.001 (Sebastian Vettel)
||1:33.067 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:32.733 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Qualifying||1:33.194 (Sebastian Vettel)
||1:31.387 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:31.628 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Grand Prix||1:36.844 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:35.861 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:35.761 (Lewis Hamilton)|