Bottas admits Mercedes surprised by Sochi qualifying defeat

Having swept every single Russian GP so far since the event’s introduction in 2014, Mercedes was again considered favourite heading into the Sochi weekend this time around.Yet Ferrari was quickest in all three practice sessions, and while Bottas looked in with a chance of preserving Mercedes’ record at the track, he eventually came up a ...

Hamilton expects “a real race” with Ferrari at Sochi

Hamilton could only qualify fourth in Sochi, over half a second off Sebastian Vettel’s pole position time.“I just wasn’t quick enough today,” said Hamilton. “Have to go back to the drawing board and try and figure out why.“Tomorrow is still all to play for. I’m still up there in the mix. It was all the ...

Alonso: McLaren losing three seconds on Sochi's straights

The Spanish driver finished qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix in 15th position with a time that was nearly 3.5 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s pole position.Alonso was heard saying “unbelievable” on the radio at the end of the second qualifying segment, where he finished last.Asked about his comments after the session, he said: “It’s ...

Russian GP: Vettel leads stunning Ferrari 1-2 at Sochi

Ferrari had led the way throughout free practice, but trailed Mercedes through Q1 and Q2, where both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen made an extra run compared to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the latter segment.But Ferrari turned things around in Q3, where Raikkonen sat on provisional pole after the initial runs, just ahead of ...

Vettel on pole in Ferrari front row lock-out

Sebastian Vettel heads Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari lock out the front row at the Russian Grand Prix. Source: BBC F1

Russian GP: Mercedes will impose team orders for Hamilton and Bottas

Mercedes change their stance on team orders in response to the threat from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Source: BBC F1

Russian GP: Ferrari dominate final practice

Ferrari dominate final practice at the Russian Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel heading team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in a one-two. Source: BBC F1

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