Lewis Hamilton is the winner of the F1 race for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, which was heavily spiced up by rain in the last laps, and the Briton celebrated his 100th race of his career. The Mercedes racer overtook the leading Land Norris in the last laps, who insisted on dry track tires for too long during a heavy downpour and slipped to seventh place. After winning his first best starting position, the McLaren racer also promised himself the first victory in Formula 1, but he used the wrong tactics. Lando Norris took a risk and stayed on the wet track with dry track tires, and was left without stairs. Dutchman Max Verstappen, who started the race from behind due to a penalty for a collision with Hamilton in Monza, and the use of an additional engine, broke through to the second place from the very last, 20th place. The last step on the stage for
Lando Norris won his first best starting position of his career in the changing conditions of Formula 1 qualifiers in Russia. The Briton with McLarn took advantage of the drying track and set the fastest time by far with dry asphalt tires. Ferrari racer Carlos Sainz will start the race from second place. https://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1441751593368621065 The third was another Briton, again the great George Russell with Williams pushing compatriot Lewis Hamilton to the fourth throw. Hamilton made a mistake before the last fast laps on an almost dry track and injured the front wings in the pits, then spun again in the last attempt and finished qualifying more than two seconds behind the fastest time. Hamilton’s contender for the world title, Max Verstappen, is a qualifier
Team leader Haas Guenther Steiner was fined $ 7500 by FIA commissioners. At the end of the race in Russia, Steiner insulted the race commissioner in a radio conversation with his racer Kevin Magnssen. This was caused by dissatisfaction with the five-second penalty given to the Danish racer while fighting for seventh place with Sergio Perez. In doing so, he drove off the track in the second turn, but did not return to it properly. In a radio interview, he told his racer, "If it weren't for the stupid commissioner, we'd be eighth. You know who that is. Always the same. He can't be smart enough." The commissioners invited him to his defense on Friday, where he was able to explain everything. At the end, they made a statement to the media: "Words,
Sebastian Vettel surprised both Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Charles Leclarc from third place and took the lead at the Russian Grand Prix. Ferrari's team order says to drop Leclerc in front, and Vettel a series of the fastest laps in the race.
Charles Leclerc finished with a time of 1: 32.733 at the top of the third free practice in Sochi. Ferrari's speed was confirmed by Sebastian Vettel with second place. Just behind the German racer, Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas. The Finn was also last within one second of the fastest time. Max Verstappen was already a second behind in fifth place. The lag behind the Dutch racer was quite small. Romain Grosjean finished in sixth place ahead of Alexander Albon and Nico Hulkenberg. Landom Norris and Kevin Magnussen also finished in the top ten. Eleventh time was set by Pierre Gasly ahead of Danilo Ricciard and Carlos Sainz. Alfa Romeo racers did not find the right speed this time either. Antonio Giovinazzi finished in XNUMXth place and Kimi Raikkonen in XNUMXth place
In addition to Formula 1, two Formula 2 races were on the agenda in Sochi this weekend. Mercedes racing school driver George Russell increased his lead to 37 in front of the only remaining candidate, Alexador Albon, with a victory and the fastest lap in the sprint race. There are still 48 points available in the last two races in Abu Dhabi, so confirmation for Russell seems like a mere formality. It was in this race that Lando Norris, who will compete in Formula One at McLaren next season, resigned from the fight for the title.
Sebastian Vettel said after the race that the Mercedes team was absolutely right when, using team commands, Bottas had to leave the victory to Lewis Hamilton. The victory of the British means that the German is already 50 points behind Hamilton after third place. "Congratulations, they did a great job. Both racers worked very well together. Given their position, this is a completely logical decision." There are still 125 points available until the end of the season, and the difference between Hamilton and Vettel is currently the biggest this season. "I am aware that we are in a difficult situation, although I am not the best in math I know that the situation with losing a point only gets worse. Today we have to be happy with third place. I still believe in the title. One resignation and things can change quickly. Ideally it would be 2,
Lewis Hamilton admitted after the race that today's victory is not one of his favorites after the victory was left to him by teammate Valtteri Bottas. In the first part of the race, Hamilton drove behind his teammate, who supervised the course of the race, but after the stops Vettel started to approach him, so Mercedes used team commands and Bottas had to let Hamilton go in front of him. With this, the Briton increased the lead in the overall standings over Sebastian Vettel to 50 points. After the race, the Briton said that this victory did not bring him much satisfaction with the way he came: "It's quite a difficult day for us, as Valtteri Bottas did an outstanding job all weekend and in the end let me down. He is no more now. in the title fight and it was a great weekend for the whole team
With the victory in Sochi, Lewis Hamilton increased his lead in the overall standings over Sebastian Vettel. The second this time was Valtteri Bottas, who in the thirteenth turn of the twenty-fifth lap, following the instructions of the team, dropped in front of his teammate. Third place went to Sebastian Vettel, who finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Fifth and sixth place were won by both Red Bull racers breaking through from behind. Max Verstappen was very fast at the start of the race as he broke through from behind and finished fifth. The Dutchman made his way from nineteenth place to fifth place in just seven laps. The race was best started by Bottas, who took the lead at the start of the race. Sebastian Vettel tried to overtake Hamilton at the start, but Mercedes closed him well. Among the leaders is the first to change tires
Numerous penalties received by the racers pretty much shuffled the starting line in the background. The first ten riders will start the race at the places they drove in the qualifiers. In the top ten, all but the two Mercedes and Ferri racers will start the race on the softest version of the tires available this race weekend - hypersoft. After not competing in the second part of the qualifications yesterday, the Renault racers will start the race from eleventh and twelfth place, which allows them to freely choose the tires for the race. Behind them, home trump Sergey Sirotkin and Stoffel Vandoorne will start the race. Lance Stroll will start the race from the XNUMXth place, followed by the racers who received starting place fines for changing parts of the powertrain. You can see how it will be given below