LIVE 2018 Russian Grand Prix – FORMULA 1 2018 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Location: Sochi, Russia
Race Weekend: Formula 1 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix
The Russian Grand Prix – a track that has caused havoc at the start of the race in the past, especially for Sebastian Vettel. Following on from yesterday’s Russian GP Qualifying, we’re not getting ready for the race later today and here, you’ll be able to see live race updates as they happen – including driver interviews and photos.
Sit back and enjoy the 2018 Russian Grand Prix!
The red carpet is out on the track as drivers are getting ready to make their way out for the track parade and media interviews.
There’s a little bit of rain making an appearance – nothing drastic, just a few dots here and there….. for now!
Charles Leclerc: “It’s going to be a difficult race – both Red Bull’s will be starting at the back and it will be difficult to keep them behind. It’s a difficult race to overtake but hopefully we can manage things.”
Valtteri Bottas: “It’s a track that I seem to find the flow of the circuit at – there’s not a lot of problematic corners for me so I enjoy it here. I’m just hoping to get a good start, the key thing for winning the race is if I get a good start. We need to use common sense, he (Hamilton) is fighting for the championship and I am not so we need to use common sense and see what we can do but I will try and win the race.”
Lewis Hamilton: “There’s quite a few British flags here – some are half Russian, half British so it’s nice to see how many people turn up to this race. I’m excited – I’m always taking the positivity from family, friends, people I talk to, when you see all the great support, the encouragement from the team. It’s everywhere!”
“I hope it will continue today – it’s raining so it’s the first one we’ve had rain at here. Generally, when it’s dry – it’s a boring race but still, we always want to best race for people and when it’s damp like it is now – it’s fun. I think this will be tricky race, a long afternoon and we’ll do our best – you just hope your senses are on point as normal.”
Sebastian Vettel: “No, the race hasn’t started so it’s not bad. We should be fine – we should be having a good race. It’s just a few drops of rain so we will see later on.”
Max Verstappen: “I’ll be spending a few days home and then travelling straight to Japan. Nobody is at home so I’m going to be alone. It’s just a birthday – I hope I’ll be around till 75! 18 was a party year, 21 is just another birthday…. By the time I’m 30, I hope that I’ll be able to have 4 World Championships.”
PIT LANE OPEN – 2018 Russian Grand Prix
The pit lane is now open and drivers are making their way round the track to join the grid – there’s not long to go till the start of the race and as mentioned earlier, it’s damp on the track following the dots of rain here and there.
As you know, the Red Bull Racing drivers will be starting at the back of the grid so let’s see what they can do from there!
There’s more dots of rain now – could this be something to affect the race?
Drivers are now making their way to the front of the grid for the national anthem.
LIVE RACE – 2018 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Drivers are now making their way round the track for the formation lap – preparing their cars as much as possible for the start of the race.
The rain has now gone – the sun has started to shine but there’s still damp parts around the track.
Team to Vettel: “On the formation lap, on the turn around 10 – there may be a little bit of water of damp but it shouldn’t affect you.”
A great start from both Mercedes’ – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas close together with Vettel right behind who almost manages to make it past Hamilton however Vettel is right behind.
No contact – drivers are behaving for the start of the race but there’s a yellow flag somewhere!
Valtteri Bottas leading the race – he maintains the lead with Hamilton and Vettel right behind.
Valtteri Bottas now widening the gap.
Max Verstappen makes his way up to P13 after starting from the back.
Max Verstappen battling and making his way through the grid!
Max Verstappen up in P10!
Team to Versteppen: “You’re doing a very, very good job there – we’re looking at the ultimate.”
Max Verstappen is now up in P9 – he gained 6 places in the first lap! What a drive, what a driver!
We’re on Lap 5 and Max Verstappen is now up in P7 – what a drive he’s having, he’s making his way through the grid and progressing, not letting anything get in his way!
Toro Rosso has retired both their cars – Gasly and Hartley are OUT of the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas maintaining the lead – it’ still, Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen with Max Verstappen right behind who’s made his way through the grid and up into P5 – what a start for the Red Bull Racing driver!
It looks like Valtteri Bottas has pushed too mush on his tyres as Hamilton and Vettel are both closing the gap – Hamilton closing the gap to Bottas and Vettel just starting to gain a little bit on Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton now takes the lead as Valtteri Bottas comes into the pits for a tyre change – Ferrari stay out in the lead.
Bottas now comes out of the pits behind Max Verstappen who’s now up in P4 – what a result for him!
Sebastian Vettel now comes into the pits – Raikkonen goes up to P2.
Vettel comes out right behind Bottas.
Team to Hamilton: “Lewis, just keep it up – we’re going to keep monitoring you.”
It’s all about the strategy for the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
The pit crew are now out and waiting for Lewis Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel is now ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen leads the race.
Lewis Hamilton: “Guys – how did that happen!?”
Verstappen is now in P2.
Sebastian Vettel locks up and the gap has closed between him and Hamilton!
Oh – Hamilton and Vettel nearly come together!
Hamilton just makes his way past Vettel and it’s a battle between the two – wow! This is turning out to be a good Russian Grand Prix!
It’s now Kimi Raikkonen leading the closely followed by Max Verstappen in P2, Bottas in P3, Hamilton in P4 and Vettel in P5.
Lewis Hamilton: “He moved twice on the straight in that manoeuvre.”
The stewards are now investigating the move from Vettel with the battle with Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen now comes into the pits and Max Verstappen leads the race!
No further action for Sebastian Vettel for the move on Lewis Hamilton.
It’s Verstappen in the lead with Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen who make up the top 5.
Kimi Raikkonen now sets the fastest lap time.
Lewis Hamilton has just made his way past Bottas – it’s now Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas. There may have been a play from team orders there.
Yep – here’s the message.
Team to Bottas: “You need to let Lewis past on this lap.”
This was a decision from Toto Wolff.
Bottas isn’t happy – he’s questioning the move about letting Hamilton past.
Raikkonen now setting the fastest lap time.
Max Verstappen is still leading the race.
Lewis Hamilton: “I have hesitations – I have a blister on the front left.”
For the past few laps, there’s been talks between Perez and the team as they’ll be switching the cars round and right now as I’m typing – Ocon has made his way past Ocon following team orders since the Singapore Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen still leading the race – Hamilton slightly quicker by Verstappen has done so well this rica making his way from the back of the grid, to the front!
Lewis Hamilton now sets the fastest lap time.
Hulkenberg: “Red Bull is the leader?”
Team to Hulkenberg: “Confirm”
Hulkenberg: “How the heck did that happen?”
Team to Hulkenberg: “He hasn’t pitted yet.”
Lewis Hamilton is now trying to make his way past Max Verstappen – Hamilton has been gaining.
Max Verstappen: “My tyres are a little bit cold – it’s hard to overtake right now.”
Team to Versteppen: “OK, understood Max – push this lap. Push this lap.”
Lewis Hamilton has lost a lot of time this lap….dropping back.
Max Verstappen now comes into the pits.
Lewis Hamilton is back in the lead – Valtteri Bottas in P2 and Vettel in P3.
A good pit-stop from Red Bull.
Verstappen is now behind Raikkonen in P5.
Lewis Hamilton is now pushing in the lead – he’s trying to widen the gap. Verstappen on the other hand has now started to push – putting the pressure on Raikkonen.
Lewis Hamilton leading the race – it’s Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel and Raikkonen.
Vettel has started to push, closing the gap slightly to Bottas but it’s not enough at the moment.
Lewis Hamilton now sets the fastest lap time.
Bottas now sets the fastest lap time.
Team to Hamilton: “OK Lewis, you’re going to be reaching some back markers – they’re racing so be careful.”
There’s 3 laps to go until the end of the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas: “How are we ending the race?”
Team to Bottas: “As the positions are now – we’ll speak about this after the race.”
It’s the final lap and Lewis Hamilton WINS the 2018 Russian Grand Prix!
It’s Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel who make up the top 3 drivers.
Toto Wolff to Valtteri Bottas: “Valtteri, this is Toto. This is a difficult day for you and this is something that we will be speaking about after the race.”
TOP 3 DRIVER REACTION – 2018 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX
Lewis Hamilton: “It’s a difficult day – Valtteri did a fantastic job all weekend so he’s a gentleman for letting me past. It’s been a great weekend for the team and usually we’re elated but I can understand how he feels – we’re trying to win both championships and whilst we’re not feeling fantastic, I know that he will do amazing in the rest of the races.”
Valtteri Bottas: “It’s a difficult day for us but a good result for the team. A difficult race as everyone saw. We always want to go through all the scenarios especially for the championship and the constructors – today, it was difficult to product what would happen but it is what it is.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It was a tricky day, they worked very well together (Mercedes) and I think we surprised them with an out lap and Lewis. Lewis was close and I managed to cover but I didn’t see him in the left-hander. I knew he was somewhere on the outside and I left room, even though I didn’t want to do but it’s to remain fair.”
“I think we all had similar pace but we were better with tyres and I tried to push and put the pressure on Valtteri but we did what we could and I lost a few seconds. I had a tiny lock-up and Lewis was close on new tyres whereas I wasn’t but it was a good race but not the result we wanted.”
There’s lots more on the way this afternoon so you can check back for all the latest interviews, press conference features and photos from the weekend.