Russian GP Race Ready Facts

Russian Grand Prix 2017

Laps: 53 laps
Start time: 15:00hrs local / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CET

Grid advantage

Pole position is located on the left side of the track, on the racing line. There is more grip available on this section of track, but a fast-starting car on the inside can use the flat-out right-hander at Turn One to muscle ahead before the braking point for Turn Two.


There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to turns Two and 13. The activation point for the first DRS zone is on the apex of Turn One; the second DRS zone winds its way right-handed through turns 11 and 12. Both zones offer good overtaking opportunities.

Russian Grand Prix


Sochi Autodrom

30 Apr 2017
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Don't put the kettle on... the middle of the race, when the cars are expected to make their one and only pitstop. If you can’t wait until then, the start is usually quite lively. It’s a long run to the braking point of Turn Two, meaning there’s a lot of speed to scrub off when the cars are in close proximity.

Pitlane length/Pitstops

330m/0.205 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 21s, which is relatively short.

Safety car

66 per cent, which is high. There have been Safety Car periods in two of the three Russian Grands Prix to date, largely caused by the lack of run-off around the lap. When there’s an accident, there’s usually a Safety Car or Virtual Safety Car period, while the debris gets cleared away.

Watch out for...

Turn Three. This 180-degree left-hander will be flat-out in qualifying and the race this year, giving the drivers more lines and overtaking opportunities. Expect to see cars running two-a-breast through here as drivers seek the inside line for Turn Four.

What makes this race interesting...

The long tyre life and lack of strategy options mean overtaking has to be done on-track. Turns Two and 13 are the main overtaking opportunities, but expect to see action into Turn Four this year as well.