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2020 F1 Russian Grand Prix race results

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes at Sochi, round 10 of the Formula 1 World Championship, after Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was handed two penalties that cost him the lead.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

From pole position, Hamilton led the charge from pole position – starting on the soft tyre as opposed to rivals Bottas and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) on the mediums. But his race winning hopes were truly dashed by race control, which revealed two 5-second penalties for practice start violations.

Mercedes decided to pit Hamilton early, putting him on the hard tyres for the rest of the race. Bottas was released out front and pulled well clear of the opposition, which was led by Verstappen.

Hamilton recovered to finish third, complaining multiple times about the penalties and that the team stopped him too early, ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo got a 5s time penalty for not going through the Turn 2 bollards after overshooting while he passed teammate Esteban Ocon, but he pulled out enough of a gap over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to make that irrelevant to claim fifth.

AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat started the race on hard tyres, and ran as high as third before stopping. He charged back to eighth on fresh rubber, but couldn’t find a way past Ocon, with teammate Pierre Gasly also making a late stop and passing Alex Albon (who scored the final point) and Lando Norris to take ninth.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen ran in the points for a while on the day he equalled Rubens Barichello’s record of F1 starts, but finished 14th after a slow pitstop.

Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll went out of the race on the opening lap after crashes.

F1 Russian Grand Prix race results

Cla   Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Pits Points
1   Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 53   1 26
2   Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 53 7.729 1 18
3   United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 53 22.729 1 15
4   Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 53 30.558 1 12
5   Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 53 52.065 1 10
6   Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 53 1'02.186 1 8
7   France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 53 1'08.006 1 6
8   Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 53 1'08.740 1 4
9   France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 53 1'29.766 2 2
10   Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 53 1'37.860 2 1
11   Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
12   Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
13   Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
14   Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
15   United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault 52 1 lap 2  
16   Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 52 1 lap 1  
17   France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 52 1 lap 2  
18   United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 52 1 lap 3  
19   Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 0      
20   Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 0      

F1 Russian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 51 1'37.030     216.972
2 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 50 1'37.231 0.201 0.201 216.523
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 53 1'37.332 0.302 0.101 216.298
4 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 52 1'37.352 0.322 0.020 216.254
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault 50 1'37.377 0.347 0.025 216.198
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 53 1'37.886 0.856 0.509 215.074
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 48 1'38.075 1.045 0.189 214.660
8 Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 52 1'38.141 1.111 0.066 214.515
9 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 51 1'38.377 1.347 0.236 214.001
10 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 37 1'38.858 1.828 0.481 212.960
11 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 47 1'39.053 2.023 0.195 212.540
12 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 48 1'39.133 2.103 0.080 212.369
13 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 48 1'39.216 2.186 0.083 212.191
14 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 46 1'39.588 2.558 0.372 211.398
15 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 44 1'39.614 2.584 0.026 211.343
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 44 1'39.766 2.736 0.152 211.021
17 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 52 1'40.380 3.350 0.614 209.731
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 47 1'41.044 4.014 0.664 208.352

F1 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategy

Cla Driver Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes M 29 H 27        
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda M 28 H 28        
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes S 19 H 37        
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes S 23 H 33        
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault S 18 H 38        
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari M 28 H 25        
7 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault S 21 H 35        
8 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda H 30 M 23        
9 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda S 21 H 24 M 11    
10 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda S 5 H 26 M 26    
11 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 16 H 36        
12 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari M 19 H 33        
13 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari M 30 H 22        
14 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari H 35 M 17        
15 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault S 4 H 46 M 5    
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes M 17 H 35        
17 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari M 17 H 25 M 10    
18 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes M 1 H 13 M 38 S 2
  Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault S 3            
  Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes M 0            

F1 Russian Grand Prix as it happened

 

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