TECH TALK: Russia
Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
"It’s unusual to be returning to a race just six months after the previous edition. Such a significant calendar shift could bring quite a different climatic profile too. This is our third trip to the Sochi Autodrom, so it will be interesting to see how the track has aged. In the first two seasons we saw a very smooth track surface. With that in mind, the allocation of the Medium, Soft and SuperSoft compound for this year is quite a conservative choice. Another interesting feature is that Sochi has the longest run down to the first braking zone of any circuit on the calendar and it’s a heavy braking event, which can easily catch drivers out on the first lap. After eventful opening laps in Bahrain and China, there could be early drama once again on Sunday. We’re looking forward to being back in Russia and aiming to replicate our strong form in Sochi on previous occasions. After a less-than-satisfactory weekend in China from a reliability perspective, one of our priorities is to have a clean weekend on both sides of the garage. In any case, we look forward to putting on another exciting race for the sport’s growing fan base in Russia."
|Session||Local Time (MSK)||Brackley (BST)||Stuttgart (CEST)|
|Practice 1||10:00 - 11:30||08:00 - 09:30||09:00 - 10:30|
|Practice 2||14:00 - 15:30||12:00 - 13:30||13:00 - 14:30|
|Practice 3||12:00 - 13:00||10:00 - 11:00||11:00 - 12:00|
|Qualifying||15:00 - 16:00||13:00 - 14:00||14:00 - 15:00|
|Race||15:00 - 17:00||13:00 - 15:00||14:00 - 16:00|
Weather.com Forecast (Accurate as of Monday 25 April)
|Thursday||28 April||09 - 17°C||Sunny||0%||19mph WNW||63%|
|Friday||29 April||09 - 17°C||Sunny||10%||14mph W||58%|
|Saturday||30 April||10 - 18°C||Mostly Sunny||20%||12mph W||63%|
|Sunday||01 May||13 - 19°C||Mostly Sunny||10%||08mph WSW||61%|
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