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The 2015 Russian Grand Prix (formally the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix)[1] was the 15th race of the 2015 Formula One season. It was the second running of the Russian Grand Prix as a round of the Formula One World Championship. It was held between 9 October and 11 October 2015.


BackgroundEdit

Unlike the previous year's event, soft and super soft tyres were used.[2]

The race marks Fernando Alonso's 250th Grand Prix, although he would start from the back of the grid after receiving a 35-place grid penalty for changes gone over the limit by McLaren to some of his car's components.[3] Roberto Merhi also had component changes gone over the limit, giving him a 20-place grid penalty.[4]

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W06 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W06 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW37 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW37 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T Ferrari 059/3 P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T Ferrari 059/3 P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-30 Honda RA615H Hybrid P
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-30 Honda RA615H Hybrid P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM08 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM08 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Manor Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 P
98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Manor Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 059/3 P
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 059/3 P
Free Practice 1 only
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

The first practice session was shorter than scheduled, due to that a track cleaning machine had spilled diesel fuel sometime before the session's scheduled time. It took thirty minutes for marshals to clean the track before the session was actually started. When it did, all of the drivers went out, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa both going on wet tyres while the others went on intermediates. However, Sebastian Vettel complained during his first lap that the track was still not cleared, as saying: "What a mess!"[5]

No one switched to slick tyres until Marcus Ericsson, who put on soft tyres. However, it took twenty minutes for anyone to set a lap time, when Fernando Alonso set a time of 2:00.736, before going faster with 1:53.854. Twenty minutes later, Ericsson became the second driver to set a time in the session, being second behind Alonso. As the rain began to fall, Jenson Button became second fastest while running on soft tyres. With only fifteen minutes left, more drivers went out onto the track, with Kimi Räikkönen being left tenth at the end of the session following a spin at Turn 8, the turn which was most affected by the diesel spillage. Ferrari was later fined €1,200 for speeding in the pit lane twice.[6][7] The session ended with Nico Hülkenberg going fastest with a time of 1:44.355. Nico Rosberg followed him, with Vettel third. Lewis Hamilton finished seventh after having a spin at the penultimate corner on his final lap, which could have improved his time, and Massa had a spin in front of him at Turn 8, putting the Williams driver into twelfth place.[5] Bottas was also reprimanded after crossing the white line at the pit entry.[8]

FP2Edit

Due to the heavy rain, several drivers did not decide to take part. Räikkönen, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Nasr, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi stayed in the pits, while Rosberg, Ericsson, Hamilton, Sergio Pérez, Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo did not set timed laps, leaving only eight drivers with timed laps. Massa went fastest with a time of 2:00.458, followed by Vettel and Bottas. After getting fifth place behind Max Verstappen, Alonso soon had a technical problem that made his car go slowly.[9]

FP3Edit

The third and final practice session was dry unlike the other two, but Rosberg, Vettel and Räikkönen did not go out at the very start. At first, Kvyat was fastest with 1:46.856, but about twenty minutes later, Bottas went faster with 1:40.884, before having problems with the ERS. His teammate Massa then went second, but soon made a complain about the gear selections not working perfectly. The Ferraris eventually came out fifteen minutes later, with Vettel on soft tyres and Räikkönen on supersoft tyres. The latter went third to overtake Vettel in the session, but both of them were soon pushed down by Nasr, and later pushed out of the top ten. Rosberg went out in thirty minutes to set a time of 1:38.941 and overtake Bottas. He then set a faster time of 1:38.561. Meanwhile, Hamilton had lock-up on his first lap, but his next lap was clean, putting him up to third. The session was soon red-flagged when Sainz's car went out of control, hit the wall while approaching Turn 13, and went underneath the barriers. It was not restarted, leaving Rosberg as the fastest driver. Sainz was not seriously injured, and was taken to the medical centre, which he gave a thumbs-up to the camera to show that he was still conscious. At the hospital, he was soon confirmed to be okay, but did not have enough time to compete in qualifying. Speaking about the accident, Franz Tost believed that it was due to the steering wheel's brake shape being changed and more braking in the rear tyres which caused them to lock up.[10][11] The crash also led to the first 2015 Sochi GP3 race being postponed until Sunday, when the second race was also on.[12]

Practice ResultsEdit

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:45.233 5 No Time 14 1:43.347 18
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:44.986 3 2:00.659 2 1:42.686 16
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 1:44.407 2 No Time 9 1:38.561 1
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:46.215 10 No Time 1:42.297 12
8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes DNP No Time 1:42.371 13
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:54.272 19 No Time 10 1:42.450 14
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:45.146 4 No Time 12 1:39.616 4
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.747 13 No Time 1:41.229 10
13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 1:48.006 15 No Time 1:40.767 8
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:47.443 14 2:01.077 5 1:41.200 9
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:46.333 12 2:00.458 1 1:39.875 5
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:46.231 11 2:02.845 8 1:40.581 7
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:48.096 16 2:01.418 6 1:41.358 11
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 1:44.355 1 No Time 13 1:39.917 6
28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 1:58.254 20 No Time 1:47.249 20
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 1:49.094 17 DNP DNP
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 1:46.203 9 2:00.806 4 1:43.089 17
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:45.691 7 No Time 11 1:39.363 3
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 1:45.488 6 2:02.805 7 1:42.683 15
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:45.746 8 2:00.688 3 1:39.287 2
98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 1:52.994 18 No Time 1:46.767 19
Source: [13][14][15]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 11:38.343 11:37.500 11:37.113 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 31:38.558 21:37.672 21:37.433 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 21:38.448 31:38.194 31:37.912 3
4 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 41:38.598 51:38.402 41:37.965 4
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 71:39.207 41:38.224 51:38.348 5
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 81:39.250 61:38.727 61:38.659 6
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 121:39.617 81:38.914 71:38.691 7
8 8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 61:39.056 71:38.754 81:38.787 8
9 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 91:39.411 101:39.119 91:38.924 9
10 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault 101:39.574 91:39.005 101:39.728 10
11 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-Renault 111:39.580 111:39.214 11
12 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 151:40.042 121:39.323 12
13 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 141:39.739 131:39.763 13
14 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 131:39.724 141:39.811 14
15 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51:38.926 151:39.895 15
16 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 161:40.144 19*
17 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 171:40.660 16
18 28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 181:43.693 17
19 98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 19 18
107% time: 1:45.227
NC 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault no time 20
Source: [16]
  • * Fernando Alonso was given a 35-place grid penalty for going over the limit of the number of changes on his car's components.[3]
  • Roberto Merhi was given a 20-place grid penalty for using more than the limit of component changes.[4]
  • Carlos Sainz, Jr. did not take part in qualifying due to his accident in the third practice session. He was given permission from the stewards to race, although he still had to do a medical test,[11][17] which was successfully passed. With changes to his gearbox, engine and turbocharger, he was given a 20-place grid penalty.[18]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Nico Rosberg 2
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 2 3 ______________
Valtteri Bottas 4
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 3 5 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 6
______________ Nico Hülkenberg
Row 4 7 ______________
Sergio Pérez 8
______________ Romain Grosjean
Row 5 9 ______________
Max Verstappen 10
______________ Daniel Ricciardo
Row 6 11 ______________
Daniil Kvyat 12
______________ Felipe Nasr
Row 7 13 ______________
Jenson Button 14
______________ Pastor Maldonado
Row 8 15 ______________
Felipe Massa 16
______________ Marcus Ericsson
Row 9 17 ______________
Will Stevens 18
______________ Roberto Merhi*
Row 10 19 ______________
Fernando Alonso 20
______________ Carlos Sainz, Jr.

Source

  • * Roberto Merhi was given a 20-place grid penalty for using more than the limit of component changes.[4]
  • Fernando Alonso was given a 35-place grid penalty for going over the limit of the number of changes on his car's components.[3]
  • Carlos Sainz, Jr. did not take part in qualifying due to his accident in the third practice session. He was given permission from the stewards to race, although he still had to do a medical test,[11][17] which was successfully passed. With changes to his gearbox, engine and turbocharger, he was given a 20-place grid penalty.[18]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 53 1:37:11.024 2 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 53 +5.953 4 18
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 53 +28.918 7 15
4 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 53 +38.831 15 12
5 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-Renault 53 +47.566 11 10
6 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 53 +56.508 12 8
7 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 53 +61.088 14 6
8* 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 +72.358 5 4
9 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 53 +79.467 13 2
10 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 53 +88.424 9 1
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 53 +91.210 19
12 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 52 Collision 3
13 98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 18
14 28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 51 +2 Laps 17
15 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault 49 Suspension 10
16 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 47 Brakes 20
17 8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 12 Accident 8
18 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 7 Throttle 1
19 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 6
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0 Collision 16
Source: [19]
  • * Räikkönen was given a 30-second time penalty post-race after his collision with Bottas on the final lap.
  • Alonso was given a 5-second time penalty for exceeding track limits.

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/races/2015/Russia.html. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. "Pirelli move to supersoft tyres for Russian round". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 September 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/9/pirelli-move-to-supersoft-tyres-for-russian-round.html. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Alonso hit with grid penalties after Honda upgrade - updated". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/alonso-takes-grid-penalties-after-honda-upgrade.html. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 13". FIA. 9 October 2015. http://www.fia.com/file/34766/download?token=FcktIpY6. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "FP1 - Hulkenberg fastest in Sochi after diesel spillage delay". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/fp1---hulkenberg-fastest-in-sochi-after-diesel-spillage-delay.html. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  6. "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 9". FIA. 9 October 2015. http://www.fia.com/file/34763/download?token=BnmDjyAD. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  7. "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 10". FIA. 9 October 2015. http://www.fia.com/file/34764/download?token=qXZ9VjlB. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  8. "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 15". FIA. 9 October 2015. http://www.fia.com/file/34805/download?token=OWLs1djB. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  9. "FP2 - Massa heads near-washout in Russia". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/fp2---massa-heads-near-washout-in-russia.html. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  10. "FP3 - practice halted in Russia after Sainz crash". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/fp3---practice-halted-in-russia-after-sainz-crash.html. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Sainz out of hospital and wanting to race". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/sainz-okay--trying-to-convince-doctors-to-let-him-race.html. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  12. "GP2 News - GP3: Race 1 'cancelled' after big F1 practice accident". crash.net. 10 October 2015. http://www.crash.net/gp2/news/223992/1/gp3-race-1-cancelled-after-big-f1-practice-accident.html. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  13. "2015 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-russia-results/practice-1.html. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  14. "2015 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-russia-results/practice-2.html. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  15. "2015 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-russia-results/practice-3.html. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  16. "2015 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-russia-results/qualifying.html. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Carlos Sainz released from hospital after Sochi crash". Sky Sports. 10 October 2015. http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/31882/10023723/carlos-sainz-taken-to-the-circuit-medical-centre-after-sochi-crash. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Sainz cleared to race in Russia". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 11 October 2015. https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/sainz-cleared-to-race-in-russia.html. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  19. "2015 Russian Grand Prix – Race results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 11 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-russia-results/race.html. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
V T E 2015 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 28 Stevens • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 53 Rossi • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 98 Merhi
Other Drivers Buemi • Celis • Daruvala • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Fong • Gasly • Gutiérrez • Jordá • King • Leimer • Lynn • Marciello • Palmer • Pic • Prost • Rigon • Sutil • Turvey • Vandoorne • Vergne • Wehrlein • Wolff
Cars SF15-T • VJM08 • E23 Hybrid • MR03B • MP4-30 • W06 Hybrid • RB11 • C34 • STR10 • FW37
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Malaysia • China • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Austria • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Japan • Russia • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Jerez • Barcelona: 1 • 2 • 3 • Spielberg • Abu Dhabi
See also 2014 Formula One Season • 2016 Formula One Season • Category
Russia Russian Grand Prix
Circuits Sochi Autodrom (2014-Present)
Russian Grand Prix 2014
Races 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017


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