2021 Russian Grand Prix: Everything you need to know

The 15th round of the Formula 1 World Championship will be held at the Sochi circuit, where Mercedes always won.

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La F1 will play the weekend in Russian Grand Prix, 15th date of the season to be held in Sochi. This test, which has been in the World Championship since 2015, has always been won by team riders Mercedes.

English Lewis Hamilton, who is second in the tournament five points behind the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), celebrated in the 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 editions; while the remaining victories were for the German Nico Rosberg (2016) and the Finnish Valtteri Bottas (2017 and 2020).

2020 Russian GP Sochi
Photo: Andy Hone / LAT Images.

Sochi is a low severity track and whose surface has matured steadily since its first asphalting almost a decade ago. Therefore, the softest range of tires for Pirelli it is an ideal choice.

The curves of this circuit, traced around the Olympic park from Sochi, they are of medium and low speed, with a significant number of 90º turns. As a general rule, it is a traction and braking route, so the severity will be concentrated on the rear tires.

The most demanding point on the track (and the only one where the front tires are particularly punished) is the curve 3, a left with multiple apices and reminiscent, in part, of the 8 in Turkey, the scene of the next GP on the calendar.

2020 Russian GP Sochi
Photo: Charles Coates / LAT Images.

The teams choose here for aerodynamic packages of medium or low loadas a consequence of the long straights, which shifts the emphasis to the mechanical grip of the tires.

The track is not overused during the year, so it is usually very dirty at the beginning of the weekend. Consequently, it is common to see the tires slip more than necessary in the free tests on Friday. All in all, the evolution of the asphalt notably reduces the graining between Friday's runs and Sunday's race.

The Russian GP usually hosts racing to one stop, as already seen last year. The top two finishers then started in the middle and then switched to the hard compound. Other riders chose to start on soft, and there were up to three competitors who mounted the three available tires throughout the GP after stopping twice.

Valtteri BottasA mild weather is expected at this time of year, which will help reduce thermal degradation, although this aspect is more closely linked to the morphology of the route and the roughness of its asphalt.

RUSSIAN GP SCHEDULES 2021

DAY SESSION LOCAL TIME ARGENTINA PERU MEXICO
24/09 Practice 1 11.30 to 12.30 05.30 to 06.30 03.30 to 04.30 03.30 to 04.30
Practice 2 15.00 to 16.00 09.00 to 10.00 07.00 to 08.00 07.00 to 08.00
25/09 Practice 3 12.00 to 13.00 06.00 to 07.00 04.00 to 05.00 04.00 to 05.00
Classification 15.00 to 16.00 09.00 to 10.00 07.00 to 08.00 07.00 to 08.00
26/09 Career 15.00 09.00 07.00 07.00

THIS IS THE SOCHI CIRCUIT

Sochi CircuitExtension: 5.848 meters.
Returns: 53.
GP total distance: 309,75 km.
Number of curves: 18 (6 on the left and 12 on the right).
Distance from pole to first stop: 890 meters.
Fuel consumption: High.
Changes per lap: 60.
Maximum speed: 334 km / h.
Maximum lateral force: 4.1 at turn 7.
DRS zones: Between curves 1 and 2 and 11 and 13.
Ideal sectors for overpass: Curves 2 and 13 braking.
Absolute record: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1: 31.304 at 230,579 km / h in Q3 of the 2020 GP.

GRAND PRIZE HISTORY OF RUSSIA

YEAR PILOT TEAM
2014 Lewis Hamilton (ING) Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton (ING) Mercedes
2016 Nico Rosberg (ALE) Mercedes
2017 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes
2018 Lewis Hamilton (ING) Mercedes
2019 Lewis Hamilton (ING) Mercedes
2020 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes

PILOT CHAMPIONSHIP

POS. PILOT NATIONALITY CAR PTS.
1 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 226.5
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 221.5
3 Valtteri Bottas END MERCEDES 141
4 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN MERCEDES 132
5 Sergio Pérez MEX RED BULL RACING HONDA 118
6 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 104
7 Carlos Sainz ESP FERRARI 97.5
8 Daniel Ricciardo AUS MCLAREN MERCEDES 83
9 Pierre Gasly FRA ALPHATAURI HONDA 66
10 Fernando Alonso ESP ALPINE RENAULT 50
11 Esteban Or with FRA ALPINE RENAULT 45
12 Sebastian Hag GER ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 35
13 Throw Stroll CAN ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 24
14 Yuki Tsunoda JPN ALPHATAURI HONDA 18
15 George Russell GBR WILLIAMS MERCEDES 15
16 Nicholas Latifi CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 7
17 Whom Raikkönen END ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 2
18 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1

BUILDERS CUP

POS. TEAM PTS.
1 MERCEDES 362.5
2 RED BULL RACING HONDA 344.5
3 MCLAREN MERCEDES 215
4 FERRARI 201.5
5 ALPINE RENAULT 95
6 ALPHATAURI HONDA 84
7 ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 59
8 WILLIAMS MERCEDES 22
9 ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 3

TELEVISION FORMULA 1 IN 2021

The activity of the Máxima in Latin America is broadcast by ESPN y Star Premium ActionFox Sport 3Meanwhile, it will broadcast the Grand Prix on a delayed basis. If you are a true fan of F.1, you may be interested in subscribing to F1TV, the official streaming platform of the category that has various services depending on the chosen subscription.

RUSSIA GRAND PRIZE TV SCHEDULES IN ARGENTINA

  • FRIDAY
    Practice 1: 5.25 by ESPN
    Practice 2: 8.50 by ESPN
  • SATURDAY
    Practice 3: 5.55 on ESPN 3
    Rating: 8.55 by ESPN 3
  • SUNDAY
    Race: 9.00 for Star Action (*) live.
    Race: 14.30 on ESPN 2 delayed.

(*) It is necessary to be subscribed to the Premium package.

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