F1 2016: Russian Grand Prix Preview

Nico Rosberg is currently in control of the 2016 a Formula One World Championship. With three wins from three he currently has a 36 point lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Following the Chinese Grand Prix Formula One has travelled to Russia for the third running of the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Both of the previous races here have been won by Hamilton but can he get his season back on track with a third victory this weekend?

Circuit: Sochi Autodrom
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.848km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:40.071 Sebastian Vettel (2015)
Previous Russian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 1
Most Successful Team: Mercedes (2 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Super Soft

The Sochi Autodrom features a mixture of long straights and technical corners. The track is quite wide and features low kerbs, allowing drivers to attack into corners. With a lot of the lap spent at full throttle it is a race with high fuel consumption and is also tough on brakes. It features the longest run down to Turn 1, allowing plenty of opportunity for overtaking especially on the first few laps.

Rosberg comes to Russia on the back of a six race winning streak and his confidence will no doubt he soaring. On the other side of the garage Hamilton suffered disappointment in China when he had to start from the back following a gearbox change and engine problems. He fought back to finish seventh – taking some crucial points. Ferrari – who have looked closest to challenging Mercedes so far – had more woes in China when their drivers collided on the first lap. Both cars finished the race, with Sebastian Vettel in third, but the team will have to get on top of the issues that have hampered them so far. These issues include wrong strategy calls.

Elsewhere local boy Daniil Kvyat comes to his home race off the back of a podium finish. Red Bull have looked strong in the opening three races of the season, compounded by a third and fourth last time out. For both Force India drivers it is 100th race entry in Formula One. Sauber, Manor and Renault are still searching for their first points of the year with McLaren hoping to improve on their one point so far courtesy of Stoffel Vandoorne.

 

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