2020 F1 preview: Russian Grand Prix

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After a week break following two eventful races in Italy, Formula 1 heads to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix.

The 2019 Russian Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel dominate the race for the first half after passing teammate Charles Leclerc who was on the podium. However, Vettel’s engine failed on lap 28, forcing him to retire. Lewis Hamilton would win the race with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing second after holding off Leclerc.

Hamilton has dominated in 2020, winning six of the nine races along with seven podiums. He has 90 career wins, meaning a win in the Russian Grand Prix would tie him with Michael Schumacher for the most wins in F1 history. He once again starts on the pole.

Alongside him is Max Verstappen, who sits third in the driver standings with 110 points, 25 behind Bottas and 90 behind Hamilton. He looks to rebound after two DNFs in the last two races. He has three DNFs this season, has reached the podium in all six races he has finished this season. Bottas will start third.

Sergio Perez will start fourth and Daniel Ricciardo lines up fifth. Ricciardo is looking for his first podium on the season after finishing fourth three times in 2020.

Carlos Sainz, who sits 11th in the driver’s standings, will start sixth. Esteban Ocon will start seventh and Lando Norris, who sits fourth in the standings, starts eighth.

This year’s winner at Monza, Pierre Gasly, starts ninth. He crashed on lap one at Mugello two weeks ago, the week after his victory in the Italian Grand Prix. Alexander Albon, who picked up his first career podium two weeks ago, rounds out the top 10.

Daniil Kvyat, whose home track is at Sochi, will start 12th. Vettel who led about half the race in 2019, will start 15th.

If you are watching in the United States, coverage for the Russian Grand Prix will begin at 7:00 a.m. EST. You can catch the race on ESPN2.

Starting grid:

144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:31.304
233Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:31.867
377Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:31.956
411Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:32.317
53Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:32.364
655Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:32.550
731Esteban OconRENAULT1:32.624
84Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:32.847
910Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA1:33.000
1023Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:33.008
1116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:33.239
1226Daniil KvyatALPHATAURI HONDA1:33.249
1318Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:33.364
1463George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:33.583
155Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:33.609
168Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:34.592
1799Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:34.594
1820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:34.681
196Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:35.066
207Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:35.267

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