2018 Russian Grand Prix
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|2018 Russian Grand Prix|
Race 16 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Sochi Autodrom
|Date||30 September 2018|
|Official name||Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix|
Adlersky City District, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.848 km (3.633 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 309.745 km (192.466 mi)|
|Time||1:35.861 on lap 50 (lap record)|
The 2018 Russian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 30 September 2018 at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. The race was the sixteenth round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship and marked the seventh running of the Russian Grand Prix and the fifth time the race was held in Sochi.
During the weekend, the first DRS zone was moved up 95 metres to the start/finish line from turn 1.
At the start, Sebastian Vettel got a better start than Lewis Hamilton, but there was no room to overtake heading into turn one. On lap 4, both Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley suffered brake failures which forced both to retire. They were the only retirements of the race.
Later on lap 14, Hamilton made his one and only pitstop of the race, putting him behind Vettel. Two laps later, Hamilton made a move on Sebastian Vettel at turn 3 and passed him into fourth place into turn 4.
The most notable moment of the race came on lap 26, when Mercedes asked Valtteri Bottas to let Lewis Hamilton through into second at turn 13. Max Verstappen, who led the race since lap 19, came in for his pitstop on lap 42.
Hamilton won the race for the third time in his career, with Valtteri Bottas second and Sebastian Vettel completing the podium in third place. As a consequence, Hamilton extended his lead over Vettel in the championship to 50 points.
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1:34.290||1:33.596||1:33.413||6|
|8||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:34.084||1:33.923||1:33.563||8|
|11||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:33.048||no time||191|
|12||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:33.247||no time||182|
|13||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:34.383||no time||173|
|14||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||1:34.626||no time||11|
|15||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||1:34.655||no time||12|
|16||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:35.037||204|
|107% time: 1:38.878|
- ^1 – Max Verstappen received a 43-place grid penalty: 35 places for exceeding his quota of power unit elements, 5 places for an unscheduled gearbox change and 3 places for a yellow flag infringement in qualifying.
- ^2 – Daniel Ricciardo received a 40-place grid penalty: 35 places for exceeding his quota of power unit elements and 5 places for an unscheduled gearbox change.
- ^3 – Pierre Gasly received a 35-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit elements.
- ^4 – Brendon Hartley received a 40-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit elements.
- ^5 – Fernando Alonso received a 30-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit elements.
- ^6 – Stoffel Vandoorne received a 5-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
Despite receiving no penalties, both of the Renault drivers elected not to run any laps on Q2 due to them automatically receiving places 11 and 12. They were then able to start the race on fresh tyres of their selection.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Russia". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
- "Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- "Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
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