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The 2018 Russian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix)[1] was the sixteenth race of the 2018 Formula One season, and the fifth time the Russian Grand Prix was held on the Formula One calendar. It was held between 28 September and 30 September 2018.

In qualifying, Valtteri Bottas took his sixth pole position, after Lewis Hamilton went wide on his final flying lap. Hamilton qualified second ahead of his championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

In the race, Bottas kept the lead at the start, while Vettel made a better start than Hamilton, but Hamilton used the slipstream from Bottas to stay ahead of Vettel. When Vettel and Hamilton pitted on laps 13 and 14 respectively, Hamilton ended up behind Vettel, but got back past Vettel at Turn 5 on lap 16. On lap 25, Bottas was given team orders to let Hamilton through after Mercedes technical director James Allison noted a blister on Hamilton's tyres. Thus, Bottas slowed down at Turn 14 to let Hamilton overtake him for the effective lead. In the closing stages of the race, the team decided to have the drivers keep their positions rather than swapping them back, therefore allowing Hamilton to take his seventieth overall victory, and extend his championship lead to fifty points ahead of Vettel. Bottas came home in second while Vettel completed the podium.



BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 Honda RA618H P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 Honda RA618H P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
Free Practice 1 only
34 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
46 Russia Artem Markelov France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:37.187 16 1:36.617 18 1:36.597 19
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:35.524 5 1:33.844 4 1:34.394 6
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:34.488 1 1:33.928 5 1:33.667 3
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:35.696 7 1:34.388 6 1:33.688 4
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:36.816 11 1:35.911 15 1:35.185 13
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari DNP 1:35.295 10 1:35.370 15
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:36.944 12 1:35.137 8 1:35.125 12
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes DNP 1:35.122 7 1:34.916 10
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault DNP 1:36.074 17 1:36.992 20
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.054 14 1:35.432 13 1:34.628 7
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:39.137 20 1:37.001 20 1:36.274 18
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 1:36.196 8 1:35.331 11 1:34.820 9
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 1:36.274 9 1:35.568 14 1:35.213 14
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:37.944 19 1:36.024 16 1:36.033 16
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 1:35.663 6 1:35.147 9 1:34.809 8
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:34.538 2 1:33.827 3 1:33.937 5
34 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 1:37.206 17 DNP DNP
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:37.225 18 1:36.861 19 1:36.071 17
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.712 10 DNP DNP
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:34.818 3 1:33.385 1 1:33.067 1
46 Russia Artem Markelov France Renault 1:37.183 15 DNP DNP
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:37.022 13 DNP DNP
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault DNP 1:35.341 12 1:34.988 11
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:34.999 4 1:33.584 2 1:33.321 2
Source: [2][3][4]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 21:32.964 21:32.744 11:31.387 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 11:32.410 11:32.595 21:31.532 2
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 61:33.476 31:33.045 31:31.943 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 51:33.341 41:33.065 41:32.237 4
5 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 91:34.078 81:33.747 51:33.181 5
6 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 121:34.290 71:33.596 61:33.413 6
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 71:33.924 51:33.488 71:33.419 7
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 101:34.084 91:33.923 81:33.563 8
9 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 81:34.022 61:33.517 91:33.704 9
10 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 111:34.170 101:33.995 101:35.196 10
11 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 31:33.048 11no time 19*
12 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 41:33.247 12no time 18
13 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 131:34.383 13no time 17
14 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 141:34.626 14no time 11
15 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 151:34.655 15no time 12
16 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 161:35.037 20§
17 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 171:35.504 16**
18 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 181:35.612 13
19 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 191:35.977 15††
20 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 201:36.437 14
107% time: 1:38.878
Source: [5]
  • * Verstappen was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, fourth MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[6] He later received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change,[7] and a three-place grid penalty for not slowing down under yellow flags during qualifying.[8]
  • Ricciardo was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fifth ICE, fifth turbocharger, fifth MGU-H and fifth MGU-K.[9] He was later given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[10]
  • Gasly was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his sixth ICE, sixth turbocharger, sixth MGU-H and fifth MGU-K.[11]
  • § Hartley was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his seventh ICE, sixth and seventh turbocharger, sixth and seventh MGU-H, sixth MGU-K, and fourth CE.[12][13]
  • ** Alonso was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, fourth MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[14]
  • †† Vandoorne was given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[15]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Valtteri Bottas 2
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 2 3 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Kevin Magnussen 6
______________ Esteban Ocon
Row 4 7 ______________
Charles Leclerc 8
______________ Sergio Pérez
Row 5 9 ______________
Romain Grosjean 10
______________ Marcus Ericsson
Row 6 11 ______________
Carlos Sainz, Jr. 12
______________ Nico Hülkenberg
Row 7 13 ______________
Sergey Sirotkin 14
______________ Lance Stroll
Row 8 15 ______________
Stoffel Vandoorne* 16
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 9 17 ______________
Pierre Gasly 18
______________ Daniel Ricciardo§
Row 10 19 ______________
Max Verstappen** 20
______________ Brendon Hartley††

Source

  • * Vandoorne was given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[15]
  • Alonso was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, fourth MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[14]
  • Gasly was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his sixth ICE, sixth turbocharger, sixth MGU-H and fifth MGU-K.[11]
  • § Ricciardo was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fifth ICE, fifth turbocharger, fifth MGU-H and fifth MGU-K.[9] He was later given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[10]
  • ** Verstappen was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, fourth MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[6] He later received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change,[7] and a three-place grid penalty for not slowing down under yellow flags during qualifying.[8]
  • †† Hartley was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his seventh ICE, sixth and seventh turbocharger, sixth and seventh MGU-H, sixth MGU-K, and fourth CE.[12][13]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 53 1h 27m 25.181s 2 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 53 +2.545s 1 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 53 +7.487s 3 15
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 +16.543s 4 12
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 53 +31.016s 19 10
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 53 +80.451s 18 8
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 53 +98.390s 7 6
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 5 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 6 2
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 8 1
11 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 9
12 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 52 +1 Lap 12
13 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 10
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 52 +1 Lap 16
15 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 14
16 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 51 +2 Laps 15
17 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 51 +2 Laps 11
18 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51 +2 Laps 13
Ret 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 4 Brakes 17
Ret 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 4 Brakes 20
Source: [16]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. https://www.formula1.com/en/racing/2018/Russia.html. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. "2018 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 28 September 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/994/russia/practice-1.html. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. "2018 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 28 September 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/994/russia/practice-2.html. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. "2018 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 29 September 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/994/russia/practice-3.html. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  5. "2018 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 29 September 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/994/russia/qualifying.html. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 9". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73196/download?token=P55GXEkd. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 20". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 29 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73252/download?token=JTJgt0pR. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Verstappen hit with further grid drop for yellow flag breach". Formula One Administration. 29 September 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.verstappen-hit-with-further-grid-drop-for-yellow-flag-breach.1qY5fgpWrW4U0aQIQcKSgo.html. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 8". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73192/download?token=hPsmUmSb. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 22". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 29 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73253/download?token=cU_zVrSN. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 10". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73193/download?token=TVlTMf1U. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 11". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73194/download?token=bOkgzl63. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 31". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 29 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73269/download?token=ssEkzNnY. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 7". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73191/download?token=ApLi8Vor. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 36". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 30 September 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/73299/download?token=6TdxvRtz. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  16. "Russia Grand Prix 2018 Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 30 September 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/994/russia/race-result.html. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
V T E 2018 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers alphabetically Alonso • Bottas • Ericsson • Gasly • Grosjean • Hamilton • Hartley • Hülkenberg • Leclerc • Magnussen • Ocon • Pérez • Räikkönen • Ricciardo • Sainz • Sirotkin • Stroll • Vandoorne • Verstappen • Vettel
Drivers by number Vandoorne • 3 Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 20 Magnussen • 27 Hülkenberg • 28 Hartley • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 35 Sirotkin • 44 Hamilton • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas
Other Drivers
Cars Ferrari SF71H • Force India VJM11 • Haas VF-18 • McLaren MCL33 • Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ • Red Bull RB14 • Renault R.S.18 • Sauber C37 • Toro Rosso STR13 • Williams FW41
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Bahrain • China • Azerbaijan • Spain • Monaco • Canada • France • Austria • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Russia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
See also 2017 Formula One Season • 2019 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Russia Russian Grand Prix
Circuits Sochi Autodrom (2014-Present)
Russian Grand Prix 2014
Races 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019


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