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23 Sep - 26 Sep
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Norris put in two-day sim session to help analyse Russian GP errors

Lando Norris has revealed that he put in a mammoth two-day sim session at McLaren this week to help learn lessons from their mistakes in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

Why Perez won't be broken by his latest F1 disappointments

It has been a tricky past few races for Sergio Perez. The Red Bull driver has mustered just 16 points since the British Grand Prix in July and the team's constructors' championship chances have taken a hit. Yet the Mexican remains optimistic that he has all the tools he needs to turn his performances around

Why Alfa believes Norris should have been penalised in Sochi Russian GP
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Why Alfa believes Norris should have been penalised in Sochi

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur believes Lando Norris should have received a penalty after crossing the pit entry white line during the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix.

Capito: Changes at Williams key to recent upswing in F1 form Russian GP
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Capito: Changes at Williams key to recent upswing in F1 form

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito believes the team’s recent improvement in form has not been “sudden”, but down to continued improvements and recent organisational changes.

Alonso: Alpine “ultra competitive” in best race of year

Fernando Alonso believes that the Russian GP was his best of race of the season thus far for an "ultra competitive" Alpine Formula 1 team.

Why Bottas faced impossible task to come through field in Sochi

The Mercedes Formula 1 team says that cooler conditions on race day in Russia made it harder for Valtteri Bottas to come through the field after taking a grid penalty.

Ferrari reluctant to quantify time gain in upgraded F1 power unit

Mattia Binotto was reluctant to put a number on the time gain made by Ferrari with its upgraded Formula 1 power unit, but said it offered “a step” in performance.

FIA not alarmed after Mazepin's latest controversy

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has no special concerns about Nikita Mazepin despite the Haas driver getting involved in another controversy during his home race in Sochi.

Williams F1 car "the best it's ever felt" in Russia - Latifi

Nicholas Latifi says his Williams Formula 1 car was "the best it's ever felt" during the Russian GP, despite his race being compromised by a grid penalty.

Bottas gamble helped trigger Hamilton inter tyre call

Mercedes says Lewis Hamilton’s critical switch to inters that helped win him Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix was helped by his teammate Valtteri Bottas gambling on an earlier change.

How the pitstop rules change has left F1 teams scrambling

The technical directive issued by Formula 1 to reduce levels of automation in pitstops has given teams an unwelcome period of adjustment. Although safety was the primary goal, it has already had a significant impact on the title race and puts extra pressure on teams to deliver as the season reaches the business end

Devastated Norris will bounce back a stronger driver, says McLaren

Lando Norris will bounce back from his Russian Grand Prix heartbreak a 'stronger' Formula 1 driver, says his McLaren boss.

Ten things we learned from F1's 2021 Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1’s non-stop action and drama in 2021 didn’t miss a beat in Sochi, as the title battle took another twist and the next generation continued to shine through the rain. We pick out the key talking points at the Russian Grand Prix, covering centurion Lewis Hamilton, a painful maiden victory miss for Lando Norris and why Max Verstappen and Red Bull left the Russian costal venue feeling like the ultimate winners

Sainz: Russian GP my best weekend so far with Ferrari

Carlos Sainz felt “proud” of his performance across the Russian Grand Prix weekend, calling it his best Formula 1 race weekend since joining Ferrari for 2021.

Giovinazzi's Sochi F1 race “a mess” after radio failure

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi says his Russian GP was “a mess” after he lost radio communications with the pit wall soon after the start of the race.

Red Bull says Verstappen's Sochi F1 podium "like a victory"

Red Bull says Max Verstappen's runner-up position in Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix felt like a victory, after he came from the back of the grid.

Russian Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

The "blind faith" Mercedes call that won Hamilton his 100th F1 race

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

McLaren's mistake in Sochi F1 race not only its weather forecast Russian GP
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McLaren's mistake in Sochi F1 race not only its weather forecast

When McLaren returns to its Formula 1 factory this week, it will begin a deep investigation in to the chain of events that derailed its Russian Grand Prix victory hopes.

Stroll penalised for Gasly clash in Russian GP Russian GP
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Stroll penalised for Gasly clash in Russian GP

Lance Stroll has been handed a 10-second penalty following his clash with Pierre Gasly at Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

Norris "devastated" to lose Sochi F1 win after making wrong tyre call Russian GP
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Norris "devastated" to lose Sochi F1 win after making wrong tyre call

Lando Norris said he was ‘devastated’ to lose victory in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix, after taking responsibility for the wrong tyre call in not pitting for inters late on.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton wins wild Russian F1 GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes at Sochi on Sunday, the 100th F1 victory of his career, as a late downpour cost McLaren’s Lando Norris his first-ever GP win.

Norris gets reprimand for Russian GP pitlane entry incident Russian GP
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Norris gets reprimand for Russian GP pitlane entry incident

Lando Norris has kept seventh place in Sunday's Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after only receiving a reprimand for cutting pit entry during the late downpour.

Mercedes "adamant" about pitting after Hamilton ignored first call Russian GP
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Mercedes "adamant" about pitting after Hamilton ignored first call

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ Formula 1 strategists were “adamant” to pit Lewis Hamilton for intermediates late in the Russian Grand Prix after he ignored an initial call to come in.

Norris summoned as McLaren takes blame for tyre call Russian GP
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Norris summoned as McLaren takes blame for tyre call

Lando Norris has been summoned to see the stewards for running across the pitlane entry line during his late stop to change to inters in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Norris would have been tough to beat without late rain Russian GP
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Hamilton: Norris would have been tough to beat without late rain

Lewis Hamilton believes it would have been “tough” to beat McLaren’s Lando Norris in Sochi before a late rain shower helped the Mercedes driver score his 100th Formula 1 win.

The Russian GP as it happened

Follow all the action from the Russian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

McLaren says Mercedes in "different league" in dry race pace

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl thinks rival Mercedes will be in a "different league" in pace terms in Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix if it remains dry.

Russell shows Williams 'not as bad as people think' - Verstappen

Max Verstappen reckons the Williams Formula 1 car is better than people think, after another strong showing from George Russell in qualifying at the Russian Grand Prix.

Engine necessity or spoiler tactic? What's behind Bottas' grid drop

The decision by the Mercedes Formula 1 team to give Valtteri Bottas a fresh power unit for the Russian GP has added an extra layer of intrigue to a race that already has a very different looking grid.

Verstappen hopes set-up changes aid fightback in Russian GP

Max Verstappen hopes set-up tweaks made to his car following Friday's practice running in Sochi will aid his recovery through the Formula 1 field in the Russian Grand Prix.

Why momentum is again behind Australia's aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Sainz: "Strange" Sochi circuit could hold back Mercedes and Red Bull

Carlos Sainz thinks it's not a given that Formula 1 title contenders Mercedes and Red Bull will swiftly push through to the front of the Russian Grand Prix.

Wolff wouldn’t be surprised to see Russell lead first F1 lap in Sochi

Toto Wolff would not be surprised to see Mercedes Formula 1 protege George Russell lead on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix after starting third on the grid.

Hamilton: Wait for 100th F1 win "taking longer than ever"

Lewis Hamilton feels that the wait for his 100th Formula 1 victory is "taking longer than ever" as he bids to reach the milestone in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Bottas hit with Russian GP grid penalty after F1 engine change

Valtteri Bottas is taking a grid penalty for the Formula 1 Russian GP after changing some Mercedes power unit elements overnight.

Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

The Sochi Autodrom plays host to the Russian Grand Prix this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Formula 1 race on Sunday.

Hamilton: F1 pitlane error in Sochi "nothing to do with pressure" Russian GP
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Hamilton: F1 pitlane error in Sochi "nothing to do with pressure"

Lewis Hamilton says his pitlane error during Formula 1 qualifying in Russia was "nothing to do with pressure" from his title fight with Max Verstappen.

Angry Gasly rues "big mistake" on Sochi F1 qualifying inter tyre call Russian GP
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Angry Gasly rues "big mistake" on Sochi F1 qualifying inter tyre call

Pierre Gasly says he was left angry after his Q2 exit in qualifying for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix because of a ‘big mistake’ his team made on tyre choice.

Hamilton feels "terrible" over two F1 crashes in Sochi qualifying Russian GP
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Hamilton feels "terrible" over two F1 crashes in Sochi qualifying

Lewis Hamilton says he feels "terrible" and "incredibly disappointed in myself" after hitting the wall twice during Formula 1 qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Norris "risked quite a bit" for surprise Russian GP F1 pole Russian GP
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Norris "risked quite a bit" for surprise Russian GP F1 pole

Lando Norris says he “risked quite a bit” in his final lap to take his maiden Formula 1 pole position in a “manic” qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.

Russell "almost crashing" in Sochi F1 pits after switch to slicks Russian GP
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Russell "almost crashing" in Sochi F1 pits after switch to slicks

Williams driver George Russell says he was “almost crashing” in the Sochi pitlane after becoming the first Q3 driver to take slicks in wet-dry Russian Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Norris takes Sochi F1 pole Russian GP
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Grand Prix qualifying results: Norris takes Sochi F1 pole

McLaren's Lando Norris took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, the 15th round of the 2021 F1 World Championship, after a dramatic wet but drying qualifying session.

Russell aiming for Russia F1 podium with "slippery" Williams Russian GP
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Russell aiming for Russia F1 podium with "slippery" Williams

George Russell thinks the straightline speed potential from his ‘slippery’ Williams means his sights are set on a podium finish in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

Russian GP: Norris beats Sainz to grab maiden pole; Hamilton fourth Russian GP
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Russian GP: Norris beats Sainz to grab maiden pole; Hamilton fourth

Lando Norris claimed pole for Formula 1's 2021 Russian GP, as late changing conditions in wet-to-dry qualifying caught out Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.

Russian GP qualifying as it happened

Follow all the action from the Russian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Piastri prepared to sit out F1 2022, targeting 2023 race seat

Oscar Piastri says he would be prepared to spend 2022 on the sidelines without a Formula 1 seat, but would have “serious discussions” if it looked set to be longer.

Final F1 Russian GP practice cancelled due to wet weather

The FIA has announced that the final Formula 1 practice session for the Russian Grand Prix has been cancelled due to wet weather.

How would F1 manage a Sochi qualifying washout?

Formula 1 is braced for a day of possible delays and disruption in Russia after heavy rain hit the Sochi Autodrom on Saturday.

Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Formula 1 travels to Sochi this weekend for the Russian Grand Prix. Here's how you can watch the qualifying on Saturday.

Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi...

Russian GP: The latest key F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Verstappen: Sochi F1 fightback will be harder than in 2018

Max Verstappen is braced for a “more difficult” fight from the back of the grid in Sochi this weekend compared to 2018 thanks to Formula 1’s more competitive midfield.

Grand Prix practice results: Bottas fastest in Sochi F1 Russian GP
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Grand Prix practice results: Bottas fastest in Sochi F1

Valtteri Bottas was fastest on the opening day of Russian Grand Prix practice at Sochi on Friday, the 15th round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Gasly surprised by "fragile" F1 front wing break in FP2

Pierre Gasly says that his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team may have to review its front wing design after he lost his in contact with a kerb in Sochi's Russian Grand Prix practice on Friday.

F1 Form Guide: Russian Grand Prix

Verstappen long-shot, Hamilton’s race to lose and a podium for Carlos Sainz? Here are our top tips for this weekend in Sochi.

Why Verstappen has taken an F1 engine penalty and Hamilton hasn't

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko has explained why the decision was taken to give Max Verstappen a new power unit at Formula 1's Russian GP.

Hamilton: Mercedes must capitalise on Verstappen F1 penalty

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes must capitalise on the opportunity it has to grab a 1-2 finish in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen taking an engine penalty.

Russian GP: Bottas and Hamilton keep Mercedes on top in FP2 Russian GP
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Russian GP: Bottas and Hamilton keep Mercedes on top in FP2

Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in another Mercedes 1-2 in second practice for Formula 1's 2021 Russian Grand Prix, which was disrupted after Antonio Giovinazzi crashed his Alfa Romeo heavily.

Verstappen to start Russian GP from back with new F1 power unit

Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after Red Bull opted to fit a fresh Honda power unit.