The Key Strategic Moment of the 2015 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX was the decision by the Sahara Force India Formula One Team to pit Sergio Perez for soft tyres with 40 laps still to go when the Safety Car was deployed on lap 12. He was one of only four drivers to do so but he was the best placed and it set up his challenge for the podium. The four further laps behind the Safety Car before the restart meant he was able to reach the finish in 3rd place.
Sochi was a big surprise last year. The tyres lasted much longer than anyone anticipated as wear and degradation were very low. This year Pirelli is bringing soft and supersoft. As the grip level was higher than expected, fuel use was the most critical of the whole season.
This is something teams will have to manage this year. There was no safety car in 2014, but as the track is lined with walls, any incident is likely to trigger one.
In collaboration with James Allen
October 11 | 14:00 local time, 12:00 CET
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
2014 winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)