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Russian GP (2017)

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27 Apr - 30 Apr
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Story behind the photo: Bottas savours champagne moment

After every grand prix, ace photographer Mark Sutton of Sutton Images gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to cover Formula 1 from behind the lens.

Massa column: Puncture costly in Ricciardo points battle

In his latest column, Williams driver Felipe Massa looks back on an eventful Russian Grand Prix that saw him lose sixth place - and a chance to be in the same position in the points - to a puncture.

Vandoorne column: Russia finish a small boost for McLaren

In his latest column, McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne recalls a Russian Grand Prix weekend that started with a massive grid penalty but ended with the positive of a race finish.

Bottas/Hamilton title fight will not sour relationship - Mercedes

Mercedes insists it is not worried about tensions erupting between Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton now that they are both firmly in the Formula 1 title hunt.

Five things we learned from the Russian GP’s Global Editor-in-Chief Charles Bradley gives his views on a slow-burning Russian Grand Prix that only came to life in the closing stages.

Steiner "pissed off" about Haas' Russian GP weekend

Gunther Steiner says he is "pissed off" with the Haas Formula 1 team's Russian Grand Prix weekend as "everything that can go wrong went wrong".

Analysis: How Bottas had to step up to claim maiden F1 win

Sebastian Vettel threw all he had at Valtteri Bottas in Russia, but when push came to shove there was just no denying the Finn his first F1 race win.

Force India pulling off "big miracles", says Perez

Sergio Perez believes Force India is pulling "big miracles" to continue scoring points given its pace deficit to its main Formula 1 rivals.

Bottas was nursing "severe" tyre damage during Russian GP

Valtteri Bottas was nursing "pretty severe" damage to his front tyres as he held off Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the Russian Grand Prix, his Mercedes team has revealed.

Hamilton cannot explain cause of Russian GP troubles

Lewis Hamilton says he is at a loss to explain why his pace was lacking over the Russian Grand Prix, but has vowed to get the answer before the next race in Spain.

Russian GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari)

Vettel: Massa did Bottas "a favour twice"

Sebastian Vettel says Felipe Massa did Valtteri Bottas "a favour twice" in the battle for victory in the Russian Grand Prix.

Lauda "surprised a lot" by Bottas victory

Niki Lauda has admitted Valtteri Bottas's maiden Formula 1 win in the Russian Grand Prix "surprised me a lot".

Palmer: Grosjean should've "used his brain" in Russian GP start

Jolyon Palmer said he had hoped that Romain Grosjean would “use his brain” at the start in Russia, following the double collision that put both men out of the race.

Hamilton: Sochi my toughest weekend since Baku

Lewis Hamilton believes he knows why he lacked his usual frontrunning pace in the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, which he likened to his troubled weekend at Baku last year.

Massa says Vettel "likes to complain" after radio remarks

Felipe Massa has labelled Sebastian Vettel as someone who "really likes to complain" in the aftermath of the Russian Grand Prix, following the Ferrari driver's apparent dissatisfaction with Massa's driving late on.

"Amazing" first stint won Bottas the race - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says an "amazing" first stint was key to Valtteri Bottas earning his first Formula 1 victory in the Russian Grand Prix.

Bottas admits first F1 win feels "surreal"

Valtteri Bottas has described his first Formula 1 victory as "surreal" after winning the Russian Grand Prix.

Russian GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Valtteri Bottas claims his first Formula 1 victory in tense Russian Grand Prix

Russian GP: Bottas fends off Vettel to take maiden F1 win

Valtteri Bottas fended off a late charge from Sebastian Vettel to secure the first Formula 1 victory his career in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

Alonso says Russian Grand Prix non-start "sad"

Fernando Alonso admitted it was "sad" to not be able to compete in the Russian Grand Prix after retiring on the formation lap.

Massa: Beating Red Bulls a realistic aim for Russian GP

Williams driver Felipe Massa believes he will have the chance to see off both Red Bull Racing drivers in the fight for best of the rest behind Mercedes and Ferrari in the Russian Grand Prix.

Russia rules out night race switch

Deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak has ruled out the possibility of the Russian Grand Prix becoming a night race in the future.

Wolff: Bottas should have taken Russian GP pole

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas had the pace to be on pole for the second Formula 1 race in succession, had the Finn put his best sectors together.

Palmer accepts blame for mistake "under pressure"

Jolyon Palmer owned up to making a mistake under pressure as he crashed out of Q1 at the Russian Grand Prix, on a weekend blighted by mechanical problems.

Red Bull not surprised by gulf to pole time in Sochi

Christian Horner insists that Red Bull was not surprised by the huge gulf to pole position in qualifying in Russia, pointing out that Sochi has never favoured the Milton Keynes team.

Grosjean braced for "long and painful" Sochi race

Romain Grosjean admits he is braced for a “long and painful” Russian Grand Prix after ending up 20th and last in a disastrous qualifying session.

Russian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS: Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)

Verstappen mystified after "very poor" Q3 shootout

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was left scratching his head after qualifying seventh for the Russian Grand Prix, following a poor performance in the top-10 shootout.

Raikkonen says traffic cost him shot at Sochi pole

Kimi Raikkonen believes traffic on his outlap and the resulting loss of tyre temperature in Sochi qualifying cost him a shot at his first Formula 1 pole in nine years.

Bottas admits Mercedes surprised by Sochi qualifying defeat

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas admits the German manufacturer expected to be stronger heading into the Russian Grand Prix weekend, after Ferrari relegated the Silver Arrows to the second row in qualifying.

Hamilton expects “a real race” with Ferrari at Sochi

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes will have to “go back to the drawing board” to work out a plan to beat Ferrari in the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.

Alonso: McLaren losing three seconds on Sochi's straights

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren is losing around three seconds per lap on the straights of Sochi due to the power deficit of his Honda engine.

Russian GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Scuderia Ferrari edge the Silver Arrows in tense Sochi Qualifying shootout

Russian GP: Vettel leads stunning Ferrari 1-2 at Sochi

Sebastian Vettel scored pole position at Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix, leading the first Ferrari front row lock-out since 2008.

Russian GP: Vettel, Raikkonen keep Ferrari on top in FP3

Sebastian Vettel continued Ferrari's dominance at Sochi as he set the pace in final practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Renault balance "not good enough" despite updates – Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg "wasn't impressed" with the balance of his Renault car on long runs at Sochi, despite the French manufacturer having brought updates to the Russian GP to address its race pace deficit.

FIA installs driver deterrent at Sochi's Turn 2

The FIA has moved to stop drivers gaining any kind of advantage at Turn 2 of the Sochi track by installing two orange blocks on the exit of the corner.

Haas reverts to Brembo brakes for remainder of Russian GP

Haas has decided to revert to Brembo brakes for the remainder of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, following its test with Carbone Industrie in practice.

Russian GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Yusuke HASEGAWA (Honda), Luigi FRABONI (Ferrari), Nick CHESTER (Renault), Otmar SZAFNAUER (Force India), Matt MORRIS (McLaren), Mario ISOLA (Pirelli).

Wolff admits Ferrari better at switching on tyres

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff admits that Ferrari is doing a better job of getting the Pirelli tyres to work around the Sochi circuit after what he labelled as "difficult day".

Hamilton responds to Vettel: "We never sandbag"

Lewis Hamilton has rejected Formula 1 rival Sebastian Vettel's claim the Mercedes team was sandbagging in practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Vettel convinced Mercedes sandbagged in Sochi practice

Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes was sandbagging in Friday practice for the Russian Grand Prix after not matching Ferrari's pace.

Mercedes and Ferrari "too fast" for Red Bull at Sochi

Daniel Ricciardo concedes that Mercedes and Ferrari will be "too fast" this weekend at Sochi for Red Bull to be able to target anything more than fifth place on merit.

Russian GP: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in second practice

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice for the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix as Ferrari appeared to have the edge over rival Mercedes.

Gallery: Key F1 tech spy shots at Russian GP

Giorgio Piola gets under the skin of the F1 tech war in the Sochi paddock.

Russian GP: Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top in FP1

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari in the opening practice session for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday.

New turbos put Vettel, Raikkonen closer to grid penalties

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have taken a further step towards grid penalties by using new turbochargers in first practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Renault power deficit still there, insists Verstappen

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen has refuted the claim that Renault's engine is now a match for those made by Mercedes and Ferrari.

Ferrari needs "every single step" to beat Mercedes - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel thinks that the key to Ferrari winning the Formula 1 championship this year is that it keeps improving its car.

Russian GP: Thursday's Press Conference

Drivers: Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Romain GROSJEAN (Haas), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Pascal Werhlein (Sauber).

Hamilton, Bottas insist they don't want team orders

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have both made it clear they do not want Mercedes to use team orders, and insist they will be able to act in the German squad's best interests.

Speed bumps added to Turn 2 at Sochi

The FIA has added speed bumps and made changes to the kerbs at the tricky Turn 2 at the Sochi track in a bid to deter drivers from cutting the corner to gain an advantage.

McLaren duo get engine reliability update for Russia

McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will receive a MGU-H reliability update from Honda for this weekend's Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix following a series of problems in Bahrain.

Vettel: No fears Russian cold will hold Ferrari back

Sebastian Vettel says there is no reason to believe that Ferrari will be left on the back foot against Mercedes at the Russian Grand Prix because the conditions will be cooler.