Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2019

2019 Russian Grand Prix race result

2019 Russian Grand Prix

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144Lewis HamiltonMercedes531hr 33m 38.992s
277Valtteri BottasMercedes533.8293.829
316Charles LeclercFerrari535.2121.383
433Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda5314.2108.998
523Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda5338.34824.138
655Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault5345.8897.541
711Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes5348.7282.839
84Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault5357.7499.021
920Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari5358.7791.030
1027Nico HulkenbergRenault5359.8411.062
1118Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes5360.8210.980
1226Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda5362.4961.675
137Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari5368.9106.414
1410Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda5370.0761.166
1599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari5373.3463.270
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88Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes2825 laps25 lapsRetired
63George RussellWilliams-Mercedes2726 laps1 lapAccident
5Sebastian VettelFerrari2627 laps1 lapPower unit
3Daniel RicciardoRenault2429 laps2 lapsDamage

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20 comments on “2019 Russian Grand Prix race result”

  1. Toto was right about civil war.

  2. I am not one to believe in karma but today I do. Ferrari screwed Vettel’s race and it backfired (maybe due to Lady Luck perhaps).

    Charles May have been better yesterday but today Vettel was faster. A solid 0.2s better every lap.

    1. Now, from the team that brought us the 90 sec F1 pitstop (Tires? You guys want tires?), comes the idea that since he won qualifying with a missing engine, obviously there was no need to bother with a tune for the race.

    2. As any two similar car would be by the simple desing of Sochi track.

      1. Agreed.
        Amazing that the track design promotes cars running two by two.
        It was the same last year it seems. It clearly negates the driver in the equation.

  3. Wow!

    Never thought that Russia GP can be that tense!

    And how different for participants it was!
    Lewis\Merc and Sebastian\Ferrari can write absolutely different books about it – “How to snatch 1-2 + FLAP from the jaws of certain Loss” and “How to single-handedly, even though unintentionally, destroy the race for your team”

    I thought even in the beginning of season, that Jet mode can’t be that easy on engine… of course I have no data to back this up, but maybe it played some role in Seb’s retirement today. Wonder what it might mean for the rest of the season.

  4. Boring race with Lewis getting a free win. Meh

    1. lol Lewis being so close meant ferrari pitted again if Lewis was Bottas Ferrari would have stayed out and been in the lead, Lewis earnt it.

      1. Pitting under green vs pitting under VSC

        Nothing more and nothing less

        1. I agree. It’s what I’ve said before, they should reduce the pitlane speed limit during a VSC so as to equalise the effect of a pitstop. That would mean drivers can pit if they need to, e.g. to fix damage incurred in a collision, but doing so would cost them the same as when the cars are racing.

        2. @anunaki, well, the strategy from Mercedes was to run long so that they would have the potential to capitalise on that sort of situation, so Ferrari would have known that they needed to open up enough of a gap in the first stint to be able to cover off the possibility that Mercedes might have a chance to pit under a late safety car or VSC.

          If you look at the timing information, Leclerc was starting to drop back towards Hamilton quite quickly in the period just before his stop – if he hadn’t pitted then, he might well have been passed on track given he was losing around 0.5s a lap.

          Given that Leclerc was then pushing his car very hard in the laps after his pit stop as Ferrari orchestrated the swap between Vettel and Leclerc, and given Leclerc did run into trouble with his tyres towards the end of his first stint, he could have been vulnerable even if Mercedes had pitted under green flag conditions.

          Furthermore, by leaving Vettel out for that length of time, he was also starting to lose quite a bit of time to Hamilton as well – he lost at least a couple of seconds of the lead that he had built up until then – so, even without the VSC, Ferrari were compromising their strategy given Leclerc seems to have had to pit a bit earlier than hoped for and Vettel had to wait until Ferrari were reasonably sure Leclerc was ahead.

          In that sense, Ferrari made themselves much more vulnerable to Mercedes jumping them under a VSC, and even without it, the way that they had run their pit strategy meant they were costing themselves time to Mercedes. Strategically, I think this wasn’t a great race from Ferrari, and one where they were leaving themselves vulnerable even under normal green flag conditions.

          1. +1 starting on medium was always going to give Mercedes the chance to make use of a safety car at the right time, precisely as it turned out. The smart bit was not contesting a Ferrari 1-2 by the first corner, that was always likely, so just accept it strategically and push them into having to race each other and Mercedes in the future (i.e. having to match Mercedes’ pace on the softs at the end of the race).

  5. What an Apex predator such natural talent the king wohoooo. :)

  6. Mercedes tried a different strategy and it paid off. Lewis keeping up with the Ferraris on a slower tyre was just superb for the first half of the race. Bottas did a great job to hold off Leclerc.
    Sainz, Norris and Albon drove great races as well.

  7. Cristiano Ferreira
    29th September 2019, 13:58

    He should use #lucky instead of #blessed

    And do not forget pay his respects to Wingman too

    What a joke.

    1. You mean like Vettel did in Singapore?

  8. Another gifted, lucky win for Ham, and once again with servile teammate as a buffer. 2021 can’t come soon enough!

    1. I don’t think 2021 will change anything. Until we have mandatory pit stop, serve fuel, gearbox and engine limitations, nothing will change.

  9. A lucky win thanks to VSC.

    1. Not much mention of Albon … Pit lane start to 5th at the end. Great result.
      That should address some of the discussion of whether he deserved a shot at the Rad Bull car.

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