Russian Grand Prix

Russian Grand Prix

The Russian Grand Prix is a relatively newer addition to the F1 calendar, with the Sochi Autodrom hosting the Annual event 7 times since the first race in 2014. Since then, it has been a regular feature in the Formula One World Championship. The Mercedes team have thrived here, having taken every win since inception.

Scuderia Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during the Russian Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 27, 2020. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

The Sochi Autodrom, despite being flanked by stunning architectural marvels, isn’t a fan favorite circuit due to the nature of the track. Repetitive 90 degree turns make for a rather dull Grand Prix, which has been the case over the past few years.

This year’s Sochi race was won by Valtteri Bottas, who also took his maiden F1 win in Russia in 2017.

Past Winners

Name Nationality Year
Valtteri Bottas Finland 2017, 2020
Lewis Hamilton England 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
Nico Rosberg Germany 2016

Past Constructors Winners

Manufacturer Year
Mercedes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Russian Grand Prix  Circuit Details 

The Sochi Autodrom is a 5.848-kilometer circuit, the fourth-longest circuit on the Formula One calendar. The circuit snakes around the Sochi Olympic Park that was built for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The surface was not laid until after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics.

Valtteri Bottas Overtaking Lewis Hamilton In The Russian GP
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action at the first corner of the race. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Where to watch the Russian Grand Prix 

In India, the practice sessions, qualifying and the race will be broadcast on the Star Sports network. In Africa, Supersport is in charge of broadcast while in Asia and Australia, Fox Sports handles the broadcast. Canada has RDS while China telecasts the race on CCTV. France relies of TF1 and Canal+ for their Formula One telecast. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have RTL Germany to thank. Italians who cannot travel to Monza will be watching on Sky Italia. Spain and Andorra have Movistar, while the United Kingdom has Channel 4 and Sky Sports. USA also shows the race on ESPN.

Russian Grand Prix Tickets 

Tickets are mostly available on the official Formula One website.

Valtteri Bottas celebrates with a Champagne blast after winning the 2020 Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes F1
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 27, 2020. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian Grand Prix  Venue 

Since 2014, the venue for the Russian Grand Prix has been the Sochi Autodrom. As of the latest news, Russia will be featured for the 2020 season as well.

Session Day Time
FP1 Friday 11:00-12:30 Local time
FP2 Friday 15:00-16:30 Local time
FP3 Saturday 12:00-13:00 Local time
Qualifying Saturday 15:00-16:00 Local time
Race Sunday 14:10-16:10 Local time
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