The next round of the Formula One season will be the Russian Grand Prix 2019. This comes a week after the Singapore Grand Prix, which was won by Sebastian Vettel. This weekend, the drivers and teams will be heading to the Sochi Autodrom for the sixth time since its debut in 2014.

This year, Lewis Hamilton enters the weekend with one hand on the 2019 title, his sixth career championship. However, the Briton will be wary of a threat from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and a resurgent Ferrari led by Charles LeClerc and even Sebastian Vettel, especially after his win last time out.

The Russian Grand Prix 2019 race weekend begins with Free Practice 1 on Friday 27th September at 11:00 AM local time and 13:30 PM IST. This will he followed by FP2 at 15:00 PM local time and 17:30 PM IST. On Saturday, FP3 kicks off at 12:00 PM local time and 14:30 PM IST, followed by qualifying at 15:00 PM local and 17:30 PM IST. Finally, on Sunday, the race begins at 14:10 PM local time and 16:40 PM IST.

Sochi is regarded as one of Russia’s largest and most popular holiday destinations. Aside from hosting the Russian Grand Pix 2019 this weekend, the city also hosted the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and 11th Paralympic Winter Games. It has also been a host city for the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup, thus becoming a huge sporting destination.

The city of Sochi has even earned the nickname ‘the summer capital of Russia’. This is became, it enjoys more than 200 days of sunshine a year and is characterised by a unique blend of beautiful scenery. The warm azure waters of the Black Sea and high mountains of the Caucasus will certainly provide a distinct and spectacular setting for the Russian Grand Prix 2019.

The 5.848-kilometre circuit is located within Sochi’s dazzling Olympic Park and winds its way around many of the venues in the Olympic village.