Sochi: The Inside Line

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
"Suzuka was a very pleasing weekend after the disappointment of Singapore. The team and drivers did a great job to bring home a top result and we now head to Sochi aiming to repeat that feat. This was a tricky weekend last season, with a new circuit to learn and fresh tarmac which produced slightly unusual behaviour from the tyres. This year we have moved one step softer on the compounds to bring the soft and supersoft into play – perhaps influenced by Nico running almost the entire race last year on a single set of tyres. One year on, the track surface will have weathered differently so we must ensure we have all eventualities covered. The 2014 Russian Grand Prix – the first for a century, of course, and the inaugural running of the event during the Formula One era – was very well organised and saw a good crowd for what is a growing market in the sport. We look forward to seeing our Russian fans out in force again and hope to put on a good show"


Session MSK (Local Time) UTC (-3 Hours)
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 07:00 - 08:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 11:00 - 12:30
Practice 3 12:00 - 13:00 09:00 - 10:00
Qualifying 15:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 13:00
Race 14:00 11:00

Race Characteristics (2014)

Races Featuring Safety Car 1
Total Safety Car Deployments 1
Historical Safety Car Probability 100% / 1.0
Winners from Pole Position 1
Lowest Winning Grid Position P1 (2014)
Climate Subtropical
Historical Weekend Temperature Range 18-24°C
Rain Affected Sessions 0
Rain Affected Races 0
Historical Wet Race Probability 0%

2014 Statistics

Fastest Lap P1 1:42.311 (ROS)
Fastest Lap P2 1:39.630 (HAM)
Fastest Lap P3 1:38.726 (HAM)
Fastest Lap Q1 1:38.759 (HAM)
Fastest Lap Q2 1:38.338 (HAM)
Fastest Lap Q3 1:38.513 (HAM)
Delta P1 to Q3 -3.798
Delta Q1 to Q3 -0.246
Fastest Race Lap 1:40.896 (BOT)
Winning Race Time 1:31'50.744
Winning Average Speed 202.347 km/h
Race Speed Trap 328.3 km/h
Winning Strategy 1 Stop (L27)
Total Race Pit Stops 23
Total Normal Overtakes 12
Total DRS Overtakes 23
Not Classified 2 (2 Mechanical)

107% Sample Times

1:36.000 1:42.720
1:36.500 1:43.255
1:37.000 1:43.790
1:37.500 1:44.325
1:38.000 1:44.860
1:38.500 1:45.395
1:39.000 1:45.930
1:39.500 1:46.465
1:40.000 1:47.000
1:40.500 1:47.535

To find out more about the Russian Grand Prix, click here.

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