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The 2016 Russian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix)[1] was the the 4th race of the 2016 Formula One season. It was the third running of the Russian Grand Prix as a round of the Formula One World Championship with all of them being held at the Sochi Autodrom. It was held between 29 April and 1 May 2016.


BackgroundEdit

Supersoft, soft and medium tyres were used in the Grand Prix.[2]

After the Chinese Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg led the Drivers' Championship with 75 points, 36 points ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo was third, just three points behind Hamilton.[3] Mercedes went into the Russian Grand Prix leading the Constructors' Championship with 114 points. Ferrari followed with 61 points, while Red Bull were third with 57 points.[4]

Sergey Sirotkin took part in the first practice session, being the second time he has taken part in free practice.[5]

John Booth, who was formerly the team principal of Manor, was confirmed to be Toro Rosso's director of racing,[6] while Felipe Nasr used a new chassis for his Sauber car.[7] Red Bull also tested their Aero Screen on one of their cars in the first practice session, as part of plans by the FIA to use cockpit protection starting from 2017.[8]

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W07 Hybrid Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W07 Hybrid Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 P
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB12 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB12 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 P
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/4 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/4 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 P
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H P
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H P
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 P
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 P
Free Practice 1 only
34 Mexico Alfonso Celis, Jr. India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
46 Russia Sergey Sirotkin France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:39.650 6 1:39.084 5 1:38.622 11
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:39.175 3 1:38.235 2 1:37.007 3
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 1:38.127 1 1:38.450 3 1:36.471 2
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:39.332 4 1:38.793 4 1:37.727 4
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:41.385 17 1:40.260 16 1:39.239 17
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.962 19 1:41.652 22 1:39.740 21
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:40.287 9 1:39.867 14 1:38.542 10
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.085 14 1:40.740 19 1:39.898 22
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:40.771 12 1:39.400 10 1:38.633 12
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:39.365 5 1:39.289 9 1:37.918 5
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault DNP 1:40.193 15 1:39.238 16
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 1:41.238 16 1:40.508 17 1:39.230 15
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:40.663 11 1:39.196 8 1:38.260 8
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:40.218 8 1:39.193 7 1:39.047 13
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes DNP 1:39.795 13 1:39.162 14
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 1:41.671 18 1:40.688 18 1:39.589 18
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.134 15 1:39.501 12 1:38.133 7
34 Mexico Alfonso Celis, Jr. India Force India-Mercedes 1:43.432 22 DNP DNP
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:38.849 2 1:37.583 1 1:36.403 1
46 Russia Sergey Sirotkin France Renault 1:40.898 13 DNP DNP
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:40.654 10 1:39.465 11 1:38.465 9
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:39.802 7 1:39.185 6 1:37.985 6
88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 1:42.687 21 1:41.080 20 1:39.599 19
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 1:42.483 20 1:41.148 21 1:39.663 20
Source: [9][10][11]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

GridEdit

RaceEdit

At the start in turn 2, eight drivers made contact with one another. Daniil Kvyat hit Sebastian Vettel in the rear, damaging Kvyat's front wing and causing Vettel to crash into Daniel Riccardo, who then damaged his own front wing on Sergio Perez, who picked up a puncture from Riccardo's hit. this caused considerable mayhem as Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Riccardo, Fernando Alonso, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson took evasive action by moving off the track. further back, Esteban Gutierrez was too focused on the contact ahead that he crashed into Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg spun right back into Gutierrez. then, Rio Haryanto got sandwiched between Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson. this caused Haryanto to go airborne and Ericsson to get a puncture. in turn 3, Kvyat hit Vettel again. this time, Vettel spun off into the barriers. while the safety car came out to allow the Debris and wrecked cars to be cleared off the track, 5 cars went into the pits to repair damage- Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Riccardo, Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson.

The order at the restart on lap four was: Rosberg, Räikkönen, Bottas, Massa and Hamilton, who had stayed clear of the incidents to move up to fifth. On the restart, Bottas moved ahead of Räikkönen, while Hamilton made a successful move on Massa into fourth. Kvyat's early pit stop left him in 15th at that point, and he soon served a ten-second stop-and-go penalty for his contacts with Vettel, dropping him to last. Meanwhile, Hamilton overtook Räikkönen to move into third on lap seven. Felipe Nasr came into the pit lane on lap 12 to replace a slow puncture on his tyres. The order at the front remained the same until Bottas became the first front runner to pit for fresh tyres on lap 17. Hamilton followed suit one lap later, but still emerged behind Bottas, overtaking him into turn two another lap later. On lap 20, Räikkönen made a pit stop as well, coming back out behind Hamilton, but ahead of Bottas. All the while, Rosberg led comfortably ahead of Max Verstappen, who made his first stop on lap 23 and dropped back.[23]

While racing for position on lap 23, Sainz forced Jolyon Palmer off the track in turn two and was later handed a ten-second time penalty for the incident. Four laps later, Pascal Wehrlein tried to overtake Felipe Nasr for 16th, but was unsuccessful and in turn lost a position to Kvyat. His teammate Ricciardo overtook Kevin Magnussen for eighth on lap 29, but lost the position again and was in turn passed by Romain Grosjean. As Nico Rosberg started to lap backmarkers on lap 31, the gap to second-placed Hamilton started to come down, with his advantage dropping from more than eleven seconds to a little more than seven seconds by lap 36. Meanwhile, Verstappen was forced to retire due to power unit failure on lap 34, while running in sixth place. As Hamilton was told by his pit crew that he suffered from a water pressure problem, his gap to Rosberg started to increase again, staying at 13 seconds by lap 41. Wehrlein made a pit stop for new tyres on the same lap, but problems with his stop forced him stationary for almost a minute, resulting in him moving into last place on the road.[23]

On lap 47, Massa made a pit stop for new tyres from fifth place, retaining his position ahead of Fernando Alonso. All the while, Räikkönen was able to close the gap to Hamilton ahead of him to eight seconds on lap 49. On the next lap, Button passed Sainz for tenth and Ricciardo moved ahead of Palmer for 12th another lap later. Rosberg crossed the line to take his seventh consecutive victory,[24] a feat to that point only achieved by Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.[25] Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen rounded up the podium ahead of the two Williams drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.[23] Rosberg recorded the first Grand Slam of his career, meaning he won the race, recorded the fastest lap, achieved pole position and led every lap. He was the 24th driver in history to achieve the feat.[26]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 53 1:32:41.997 1 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 53 + 25.022 10 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 + 31.998 3 15
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 53 + 50.217 2 12
5 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 53 + 1:14.527 4 10
6 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 14 8
7 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 52 + 1 Lap 17 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 15 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 52 + 1 Lap 6 2
10 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
11 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 52 + 1 Lap 5
12 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 11
13 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 52 + 1 Lap 18
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 22
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 52 + 1 Lap 8
16 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 19
17 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 16
18 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 51 + 2 Laps 20
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 33 Power unit 9
Ret 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 7
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 13
Ret 88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 0 Collision 21
Source:[12]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Germany Nico Rosberg 100
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 57
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 43 ▲ 2
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 36 ▼ 1
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel 33 ▼ 1
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 32
7 France Romain Grosjean 22 ▲ 1
8 Russia Daniil Kvyat 21 ▼ 1
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas 19 ▲ 1
10 Netherlands Max Verstappen 13 ▼ 1
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 8 ▲ 8
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 6 ▼ 1
13 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 6 ▲ 1
14 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 4 ▼ 2
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez 2
16 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 1 ▼ 3
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 ▲ 1
18 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 0 ▼ 2
19 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 0 ▼ 2
20 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 0 ▲ 1
21 Brazil Felipe Nasr 0 ▼ 3
22 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 0 ▲ 1
23 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 0 ▼ 1
Source:[13]
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 157
2 Italy Ferrari 76
3 Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 57
4 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51
5 United States Haas-Ferrari 22
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 10 ▲ 1
8 India Force India-Mercedes 8 ▼ 1
9 France Renault 6
10 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 0
Source:[13]

NotesEdit

  1. "2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/races/2016/Russia.html. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. Allen, James (26 April 2016). "Analysis: Russian GP to continue trend of recent races? Big weekend for Williams?". James Allen on F1 (James Allen). http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2016/04/analysis-russian-gp-to-continue-trend-of-recent-races-big-weekend-for-williams/. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. "2016 Driver Standings (as of the Chinese Grand Prix)". Formula One World Championship Limited. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. http://web.archive.org/web/20160429134718/http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-driver-standings.html. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. "2016 Constructor Standings". Formula One World Championship Limited. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. http://web.archive.org/web/20160429134727/http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-constructor-standings.html. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  5. "Sergey Sirotkin secures Renault F1 test role". speedcafe.com. 26 April 2016. http://www.speedcafe.com/2016/04/26/sirotkin-secures-renault-f1-test-role/. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. "Former Manor boss Booth joins Toro Rosso". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 26 April 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2016/4/former-manor-boss-booth-joins-toro-rosso.html. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  7. "Nasr to get new Sauber chassis for Russia". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 28 April 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2016/4/nasr-to-get-new-Sauber-chassis-for-russia.html. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  8. "Red Bull to debut Aero Screen concept in Sochi". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 28 April 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2016/4/red-bull-to-debut-canopy-concept-in-sochi.html. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  9. "2016 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 29 April 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-race-results/2016-russia-results/practice-1.html. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  10. "2016 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 29 April 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-race-results/2016-russia-results/practice-2.html. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  11. "2016 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 29 April 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-race-results/2016-russia-results/practice-3.html. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  12. "Race". Formula One World Championship Limited. 1 May 2016. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2016-race-results/2016-russia-results/race.html. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Collantine, Keith (1 May 2016). "2016 Russian Grand Prix championship points". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/05/01/2016-russian-grand-prix-championship-points/. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
V T E 2016 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • Manor • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers alphabetically Alonso • Bottas • Button • Ericsson • Grosjean • Gutiérrez • Hamilton • Haryanto • Hülkenberg • Kvyat • Magnussen • Massa • Nasr • Ocon • Palmer • Pérez • Räikkönen • Ricciardo • Rosberg • Sainz • Vandoorne  • Verstappen • Vettel • Wehrlein
Drivers by number Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Vandoorne  • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 88 Haryanto • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Jordá • Kari • King • Leclerc • Lynn • Matsushita • Mazepin • Paffett • Rossi • Stoneman • Stroll • Turvey • Vergne
Cars Ferrari SF16-H • Force India VJM09 • Haas VF-16 • Manor MRT05 • McLaren MP4-31 • Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid • Red Bull RB12 • Renault RS16 • Sauber C35 • Toro Rosso STR11 • Williams FW38
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Bahrain • China • Russia • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Baku • Austria • Britain • Hungary • Germany • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Malaysia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Paul Ricard • Barcelona: 1 • 2 • 3
See also 2015 Formula One Season • 2017 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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