Grand Prix 2020 Russian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

The 2020 Russian GP will be the 7th time the F1 circus has visited Sochi and on all previous occasions the race has been won by a driver in a Mercedes Benz. There were two previous Russian Grands Prix, way back in 1913 and 1914, and both of these were also won by a Benz. I suspect, barring some major incident or accident, we will see a Mercedes win in 2020 and most likely car 44.

Russia has tried to organise a GP in the modern era quite a few times before we got to Sochi. A street race around Moscow was mooted back in the 80's, the Moscow Raceway was completed in 2012 and a variety of different formula and motorcycle races were held but never F1. 2010 saw the first Russian driver in F1, when Vitaly Petrov drove for Renault, and this added impetus to getting a Russian event up and running.

Bernie Ecclestone wanted it either in Moscow or Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and so the Sochi Autodrom was born, set in the Olympic Park.

We have seen some wild incidents in the last two races. The start at Sochi has given us some moments, including the infamous "torpedo" involving Sebastian Vettel and Dani Kyvat. Unfortunately the rest of the races, with the exception of 2015, have been fairly processional and I have a feeling 2020 is likely to be the same. Perhaps Pirelli can bring some dodgy rubber along to equip the teams but after the problems encountered at many races this year I expect the Italian tyre company to be very conservative on a street circuit. Failing rubber and close walls do not good bed fellows make for F1 cars.

What else can I tell you? I'm told Sochi is a wonderful city and it is well worth visiting its historic monuments, including the fountain of Cupid in the Arboretum and the monument to Peter 1st in the seaport. Mount Akhun sits in the Khostinsky District of Sochi and is 663m high.

Enjoy
 

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Podium Finisher
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F1Brits_90

Race Winner
i will say that bee was disappointing. because i was chuffed to bits with bottas. i thought brilliant we finally got a bit of fight from him. he's got his elbows out. he's showing lewis im not going to be a pushover any more. if your going to win your going to do this the hard way. fantastic

then post race interview "yeah i outbraked myself, as a bee hit me"

for god sake bottas :givemestrength::sleeping:
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Contributor
Many years ago I was going down a hill at speed on my bike when a bee hit and then stung me F1Brits_90 . The next morning my face was so swollen that my right eye was fully closed and the left one mostly closed.

Do not take bees lightly.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
Many years ago I was going down a hill at speed on my bike when a bee hit and then stung me F1Brits_90 . The next morning my face was so swollen that my right eye was fully closed and the left one mostly closed.

Do not take bees lightly.

i know bees can be very dangerous. but i was more disappointed that it took that for bottas to not wimp out at the 1st corner.
 

Dartman

Podium Finisher
When I had a buggy out in Cyprus driving about in shorts a hornet flew up my shorts left leg, I can assure you braking distances were not on any agenda LOL
 
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