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The 2020 Russian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020) was the 10th round of the 2020 Formula One season and the 7th Russian Grand Prix overall. It was held from September 25th to 27th.

In qualifying, after a late move up into the top ten in Q2 following a red flag for an accident involving Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton took his ninety-sixth pole position ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.

In the race, Bottas jumped Verstappen at the start and almost took the lead of Hamilton at the second corner, but went wide and lost the place back to his teammate. The safety car was almost immediately deployed for the first five laps following two crashes on the opening lap: Carlos Sainz, Jr. hitting the barrier whilst taking to the escape road at Turn 2, and Lance Stroll being spun into the wall at Turn 5 by Charles Leclerc. Not long after, Hamilton was given two five-second time penalties, that he would serve during his pit stop at the end of lap 16, for illegally doing practice starts on the pit lane exit before the race. Following everyone else's pit stops, he was left in third place. The virtual safety car was also briefly deployed on lap 43 after Romain Grosjean ran through the boards on the escape road at Turn 2. With a faultless race, Bottas crossed the finish line to take his ninth victory and also his fifteenth fastest lap ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton.


Background[]

Lewis Hamilton, who was recently included in the TIME Magazine's Top 100 influential people for 2020, still retains his championship lead ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 55 points after a third triple-header weekend. During the pre-race press conference, Hamilton has revealed that former McLaren Team principal Martin Whitmarsh is one of the 14 members of his own commission that he had set up in efforts to overcome racism and improve diversity in motorsport.

Some news reports stated that former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is due to replace Chase Carey as the CEO of Liberty Media at the end of 2020, although Formula One has yet to issue a statement. The move was officially announced on Friday.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2020 Russian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
Source: [1]

Practice Overview[]

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 1:35.430 2 1:34.577 3 1:34.787 10
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:37.110 13 1:34.847 5 1:35.981 20
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:36.323 9 1:35.183 10 1:34.594 7
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:37.784 20 1:35.563 15 1:35.292 15
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:37.230 15 1:35.516 14 1:35.599 18
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:37.649 18 1:36.858 20 1:35.257 14
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:36.706 10 1:35.210 11 1:34.792 11
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-Mercedes 1:35.796 4 1:34.890 6 1:34.252 5
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 1:36.896 11 1:35.052 8 1:34.806 12
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-Mercedes 1:35.965 5 1:35.627 17 1:34.732 8
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 1:37.430 16 1:35.729 18 1:35.451 16
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:36.254 8 1:35.242 12 1:35.603 19
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:36.230 7 1:35.461 13 1:34.768 9
31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 1:36.061 6 1:35.139 9 1:34.239 4
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:35.577 3 1:35.048 7 1:34.306 6
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:37.716 19 1:33.786 2 1:33.279 1
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:36.970 12 1:34.723 4 1:34.096 3
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:37.595 17 1:35.575 16 1:34.979 13
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:34.923 1 1:33.519 1 1:34.055 2
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:37.201 14 1:36.053 19 1:35.590 17
Source: [2][3][4]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2020 Russian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:3 4 1:32.835 1 1:31.304 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:3 9 1:33.157 2 1:31.867 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:3 2 1:32.405 3 1:31.956 3
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-Mercedes 1:3 5 1:33.038 4 1:32.317 4
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 1:3 1 1:32.218 5 1:32.364 5
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:3 3 1:32.757 6 1:32.550 6
7 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 1:3 10 1:33.196 7 1:32.624 7
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:3 6 1:33.081 8 1:32.847 8
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:3 7 1:33.139 9 1:33.000 9
10 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:3 8 1:33.153 10 1:33.008 15 *
11 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 1:3 11 1:33.239 10
12 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:3 12 1:33.249 11
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-Mercedes 1:3 13 1:33.364 12
14 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:3 14 1:33.583 13
15 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:3 15 1:33.609 14
16 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 16 1:34.592 16
17 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 17 1:34.594 17
18 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 18 1:34.861 18
19 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 19 1:35.066 20 *
20 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 20 1:35.267 19
Source:[5]
  • * Albon and Latifi are given 5-place grid penalties for gearbox changes.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 53 1h 34m 00.364s 3 26*
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 53 +7.729s 2 18
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 53 +22.729s 1 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 53 +30.558s 4 12
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 53 +52.065s 5 10
6 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 53 +62.186s 10 8
7 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 53 +68.006s 7 6
8 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 53 +68.740s 11 4
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 53 +89.766s 9 2
10 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 53 +97.860s 15 1
11 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 17
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 18
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 14
14 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 19
15 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 52 +1 Lap 8
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 20
17 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16
18 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 13
Ret 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 0 Accident 6
Ret 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 0 Collision 12
Source: [6]
  • * 25 points for the win and 1 point for the fastest lap.
  • Ricciardo and Albon were each given five-second time penalties for not obeying the race director's instructions at Turn 2, but the penalties did not affect their final classifications. Hamilton has given 10-second time penalty for unsafe start to qualifying.[6]

Milestones[]

Standings[]

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. "2020 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 25 September 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1054/russia/practice-1.html. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. "2020 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 25 September 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1054/russia/practice-2.html. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  4. "2020 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 26 September 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1054/russia/practice-3.html. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 "Russia Grand Prix 2020 Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 27 September 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1054/russia/race-result.html. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
V T E 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRacing PointRed BullRenaultWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlbonBottasGaslyGiovinazziGrosjeanHamiltonHülkenbergKvyatLatifiLeclercMagnussenNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzStrollVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 20 Magnussen • 23 Albon • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 51 P. Fittipaldi • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 89 Aitken • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers BuemiCâmaraDeletrazIlottKubicaR. NissanyMick SchumacherShwartzmanSirotkinTsunodaVandoorneVipsZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C39AlphaTauri AT01Ferrari SF1000Haas VF-20McLaren MCL35Mercedes W11Racing Point RP20Red Bull RB16Renault R.S.20Williams FW43
Tyres Pirelli
Races AustriaStyriaHungaryBritain70th AnniversarySpainBelgiumItalyTuscanyRussiaNürburgringPortugalImolaTurkeyBahrainSakhirAbu Dhabi
Cancelled Races AustraliaVietnamChinaNetherlandsMonacoAzerbaijanCanadaFranceSingaporeJapanUnited StatesMexicoBrazil
Tests PirelliBarcelona 1Barcelona 2
See also 2019 Formula One Season2021 Formula One SeasonCategory
V T E Russia Russian Grand Prix
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