Grand Prix 2017 Russia Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Speshal

World Champion
Valued Member
As the Formula One circus shakes the Bahraini sand from it's shoes it heads to Russia for the 6th running of the Russian Grand Prix. Held for the last 3 years on the streets of Sochi the circuit wends it's way around the 5.9Km long Sochi Autodrom which was built as part of the 2014 Winter Olympic Park.

The last 3 Grand Prix around this circuit have all been won by a Mercedes driver with Lewis Hamilton scoring two wins with Nico Rosberg climbing the podium as victor last year.

However, it appears that the stranglehold Mercedes have had on the Championship over the last few seasons may be being loosened in the guise of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari with the German taking two wins this season. Some could argue that for a duff strategy call and a penalty in Bahrain that Hamilton could be leading, but, in a sport where the margins are so fine on such events are championships won and lost. Vettel will be hoping for a better race than last year where he was unceremoniously punted off the track at turn 2.

Behind Hamilton and Vettel we have the Finns of Bottas and Raikkonen, Bottas may be disappointed that he couldn't convert his maiden pole position in Bahrain into his first win and if recent reports are to be believed team orders may come into play in the future races. Kimi was just disappointed that they'd run out of Tutti-Frutti ice cream.

Behind the German and Italian national teams we have the Fizzy Pop boys of Red Bull, Verstappen had a cracking drive in China but his adventures in the desert were cut short by brake failure, Will we see a blistering drive from the young Dutchman to make up for this disappointment?

Behind the top 3 teams there's a ding dong of a midfield battle with Williams, Force India, Torro Rosso and Haas all battling it out for points.

Rumour has it that Fernando Alonso will be driving a Communist era Trabant around the Russian track as "it'll be faster than this **^%$3**%%$~* Honda"

The tyres for Sochi are the Ultra soft, supersoft and soft compounds and judging by how the new formulation of rubber has been hanging on so far this season we may well a one stop race for the front runners with other teams taking a gamble on more stops and fresher rubber towards the end of the race.

Let battle commence!

 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
I seem to recall last years race was quite good, but I do remember the first race was a stinker. Let's hope the Hamilton/Vettel battle actually gives us some one track action rather than the guys from Kwik Fit determining who wins.
 

RasputinLives

Leave me alone I'm on Smoko
Contributor
GP2 and GP3 racing round here was pretty awesome as track is well suited for that type of close racing. They Don't have rounds here anymore though which is a shame. I guess it's down to its shift in calendar placing.
 

olegg

Race Winner
GP2 and GP3 racing round here was pretty awesome as track is well suited for that type of close racing. They Don't have rounds here anymore though which is a shame. I guess it's down to its shift in calendar placing.
Yes. This cancel is very sorry.
In 2014 and 2015 race GP2 and GP3 were even more interesting than the main race :)
 

hambags

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Hi all. I am new to this forum so sorry if I offend but here is how I feel...

I am sick of vettel playing around in his little toy Ferrari like he has a chance in hell. You have had a few games wih the big boys, now back to the kiddie table. We all know this won't last. Vettel, your time is done.

Bottas, you are an incredibly polite gentleman who has the upmost consideration for everybody else. Unfortunately, the same can be said for your driving. Man up and be more aggressive! #mostboringdriverever

Raikonnen, verstappen and ricciardo, I thought about a bet on one of you at the start of the season but when I saw the odds I assumed they only gave you guys 3 wheels. so I gave it a miss. I later read that you are all given 4 wheels and capable cars and you are all just useless (although ricciardo deserves some respect for his drinking skills. Maybe he should save it for when he isn't racing.)

That leaves Hamilton. he cant lose. The best driver with the best car. What a boring season.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Well Hamilton has lost twice this season to the bloke in the "little toy Ferrari". Maybe wait and see how the season pans out?
 

gethinceri

Daniil Kvyat Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan.
Contributor
Hi all. I am new to this forum so sorry if I offend but here is how I feel...

I am sick of vettel playing around in his little toy Ferrari like he has a chance in hell. You have had a few games wih the big boys, now back to the kiddie table. We all know this won't last. Vettel, your time is done.

Bottas, you are an incredibly polite gentleman who has the upmost consideration for everybody else. Unfortunately, the same can be said for your driving. Man up and be more aggressive! #mostboringdriverever

Raikonnen, verstappen and ricciardo, I thought about a bet on one of you at the start of the season but when I saw the odds I assumed they only gave you guys 3 wheels. so I gave it a miss. I later read that you are all given 4 wheels and capable cars and you are all just useless (although ricciardo deserves some respect for his drinking skills. Maybe he should save it for when he isn't racing.)

That leaves Hamilton. he cant lose. The best driver with the best car. What a boring season.
Let me share an opinion with you:
Vettel will win again this season.
Bottas will win this season.
Verstrappen will win this season.
Raikonnen might win this season.
Ricciardo might win this season.

"Hamilton can't lose"?

Welcome to the forum :moustache:
 
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