Following Formula 1's strategy to push into developing economies around the world, it only seemed a matter of time before Russia took a place on the calendar. It is a momentous sporting year for Russia, with Sochi playing host to the Winter Olympics and then the venue repurposed for their inaugural Grand Prix in October. Situated in the south-west of the country close to the border with Georgia, the track layout looks fast and flowing for a modern circuit, with a slower, more technical final sector. All eyes will be on 19-year old Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kyvat when Formula 1 rolls into town. The Russian youngster rose to prominence in Formula One’s feeder-series GP3.
Circuit length 5.85 km
2013 winner No Race in 2013
Race Strategy Briefing
The Sochi circuit is new to the F1 calendar in 2014. It is the third longest lap of the season after Spa and Silverstone. Like most recent additions to the calendar, it was designed by Herman Tilke and built around the Olympic Park. It features a number of blind bends and a trademark long horseshoe corner at turns 2/3/4, which will put a lot of strain on the right front tyres and could be a limiting factor for strategy. Overtaking will be focussed on the two high speed stretches, the pit straight and between turns 10 and 13, while the start will be decisive as there is a long run to the first corner.
In collaboration with James Allen
Race Strategy Report
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. McLaren (29.736s)
02. Force India (29.876s)
03. Williams (29.912s)
04. Red Bull (30.006s)
05. Lotus (30.037s)
06. Ferrari (30.097s)
07. Toro Rosso (30.272s)
08. Sauber (30.303s)
09. Mercedes (30.503s)
10. Caterham (30.760s)
11. Marussia (31.374s)
Start league table – after Round 16, Russia
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+21 Maldonado, Hulkenberg
+8 Alonso, Bianchi
+7 Hamilton, Bottas
+4 Magnussen, Lotterer, Perez, Vettel
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane; Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane; Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident; Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane
Belgium notes: Grosjean and Bianchi collided on lap 1; Kobayashi absent and replaced by Lotterer
Italy notes: Ericsson started from pit lane
Singapore notes: Kobayashi did not start; Rosberg started from pit lane
Japan notes: Race started behind Safety Car
Russia notes: Rosberg and Massa pitted at the end of lap 1