2018 Russian Grand Prix: F1 Race Results, Winner & Report

2018 Russian F1 GP podium: 1. Hamilton, 2. bottas, 3. Vettel

Event: Russian F1 Grand Prix
Track:  Sochi International Street Circuit

Weather:  Dry  23.4ºC
Tarmac: Dry 24ºC
Wind speed: 2.9 km/h
Humidity: 61.2%

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix for the third time in his F1 career. It was his 70th formula 1 race win, his 8th win of the 2018 season and the 84th F1 victory for Mercedes.

Just before the race some drops of water came down on the Sochi track, but the tarmac didn't get wet. The start of the race was clean. The top 12 positions didn't change in the first lap.

Max Verstappen who started on P19 was already driving on P13 after the first lap. His RB14 was fitted with the yellow Soft tyres.

Only Pierre Gasly spun his Toro Rosso and went to the pit to retire. A few moments later his team mate Brandon Hartley also came in and retired the car after 4 laps with brake problems.

Verstappen was really flying and overtaking cars like they were driving in a different category. After 5 laps he already was driving on P7. His team mate Daniel Ricciardo started from P18 and was driving on P12 at that moment.

Romain Grosjean was the first to do a pit stop in lap 9. He switched to the Soft tyre. One lap later his team mate Kevin Magnussen did the same.

In lap 12 Valtteri Bottas did his pit stop in 2.9 sec to return to the track on Yellow soft tyres. This gave Lewis Hamilton the lead of the race. One lap later Sebastian Vettel switched over to the hardest compound with the Ferrari.

After lap 14 race leader Hamilton also pitted to get the Soft tyres on his Mercedes. His pitstop was 2.4 sec, but he returned to the track behind the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel on P3. One lap later Hamilton did a brave pass on Vettel in the braking zone of turn 5 for P2.

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Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2018. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Kimi Raikkonen didn't pit and was leading the race for 4 laps. He did his pit stop in lap 19 and returned to the track on P5. Verstappen was now leading the race!

Behind the top team cars it was a race between 4 teams. Sauber, Force India, Haas and Renault. After 22 laps Nico Hulkenberg was driving on P7 behind the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

In front Hamilton was chasing Bottas for P2. He tried to get into his DRS zone of 1 second, but could not pass him. Verstappen was still leading the race when Bottas had to led Hamilton by in lap 25. He did it just before turn 13. The top 4 was driving within 6 seconds.

In lap 26 Ocon gave his place up to Sergio Pérez to see if the Mexican can make a move on Kevin Magnussen to get ahead.

Leclerc was quietly putting together a very good race. Taking a place from Magnussen early on, he has been quick ever since and once Hulkenberg stopped, he was 'best of the rest' in P7.

In lap 32 Hamilton got on the radio telling the team he felt that his engine has some hesitations. In lap 33 Sebastian Vettel set the quickest lap time to 1:37.750 min. In lap 34 Renault driver Carlos Sainz switched to Ultrasoft tyres.

Race leader Verstappen who celebrates his 21st birthday pitted in lap 43. He returned on the Sochi circuit on P5 with fresh Ultrasoft tyres. Lewis Hamilton got the lead and drove to the finish


Russian F1 GP Results
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F1 classification 2018 Russian GP

P No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 01:27:25.181 53
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes 01:27:27.726 53
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari 01:27:32.668 53
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari 01:27:41.724 53
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 01:27:56.197 53
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Austria Red Bull 01:28:45.632 53
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Switzerland Sauber 01:29:03.571 53
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas 01:27:38.781 52
9 31 France Esteban Ocon
United Kingdom Racing Point 01:27:42.789 52
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
United Kingdom Racing Point 01:27:46.872 52
11 8 France Romain Grosjean
United States Haas 01:28:02.523 52
12 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
France Renault 01:28:06.746 52
13 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Switzerland Sauber 01:28:24.468 52
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren 01:28:43.855 52
15 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Williams 01:28:44.790 52
16 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
United Kingdom McLaren 01:27:35.268 51
17 55 Spain Carlos Sainz
France Renault 01:27:31.151 51
18 35 Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin
United Kingdom Williams 01:27:36.427 51
DNF 10 France Pierre Gasly
Italy Toro Rosso 00:07:41.116 4
DNF 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Italy Toro Rosso 00:08:21.813 4


Fastest lap:  1:35.861 min by Valtteri Bottas in lap 50


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