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Russian GP tech round-up: Ferrari's push to hunt Mercedes down

In part two of the Russian GP technical round-up, Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at the changes introduced by Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull.

Russian GP tech round-up: How McLaren is closing the gap

McLaren may have benefited from its rivals' misfortunes in Russia, but its progress is real. In the first part of the Russian GP tech round-up, Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at how the British team is closing the gap.

Felipe Massa column: Williams now a match for Red Bull

In his second column for, Felipe Massa reflects on the Russian Grand Prix and his team's battle with Red Bull.

Rosberg set fastest lap in Russia on "safe" settings

The Mercedes team has revealed that Russian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap of the race on the "safe" settings of his power unit.

Ricciardo admits Red Bull strategy "went wrong" in Russia

Daniel Ricciardo admits that Red Bull's race in Russia was not helped by the decision to switch to medium tyres after both cars were delayed by the first lap incident.

Fourth “was the limit” for Williams in Russia, says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas admits he was frustrated to lose out on a Russian GP podium spot to Kimi Raikkonen, but reckons fourth was the best Williams could do in Sochi.

Magnussen voted Driver of the Day in Russia

Renault driver Kevin Magnussen has won the Driver of the Day vote for the Russian Grand Prix.

Sainz: Strict Sochi penalty means "you cannot race anyone"

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz expressed his incredulity at the penalty he incurred in the Russian Grand Prix for making contact with Jolyon Palmer.

Analysis: Why Mercedes had an "absolute nightmare" on its hands in Sochi

On the surface, the Russian Grand Prix appeared to be another routine 1-2 finish for Mercedes, but the Silver Arrows had their hands full getting both cars to the finish, as Adam Cooper reveals.

Arrivabene to Ferrari: Don't give up on title yet

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has urged his staff not to give up in their belief that the team can still win the Formula 1 championship this year, despite its latest setback.

Kvyat to face Red Bull talks after Russian Grand Prix 'disaster'

Daniil Kvyat will be summoned for talks with his Red Bull bosses to discuss his part in what the team has labelled a 'disaster' at the Russian Grand Prix.

Russian GP: Other weak result for Sauber

The Sauber F1 Team finished the Russian Grand Prix in P14 (Ericsson) and P16 (Nasr).

Red Bull: No points after the Turn One

Christian Horner: “Unfortunately our race concluded at Turn One for both our drivers."

Bottas finished fourth and Massa fifth in today’s Russian GP

The team picked up 22 points, which has helped close the gap to third-placed Red Bull to just six points in the Constructors’ Championship.

Ferrari: Raikkonen on the podium in Sochi

Kimi third. Sebastian out of luck, hit shortly after the start

Mercedes boss hits out at "lunatic" conspiracy theorists

Toto Wolff says he has no time for conspiracy theorists who have used social media to suggest that Mercedes has deliberately sabotaged Lewis Hamilton this season.

Silver Arrows seal Sochi one-two in high tension Russian GP

Mercedes AMG Petronas (157) lead Ferrari (76) by 81 points in the Constructors' Championship

Ferrari rubbishes Kvyat’s double hit excuses

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene thinks it is nonsense to claim that Sebastian Vettel backing off was to blame for the contact with Daniil Kvyat that put him out of the Russian Grand Prix.

Haas F1 Team return to the points at Sochi

The Russian Grand Prix solidified Haas F1 Team’s fifth-place position in the constructor standings.

Hamilton straight-lined Turn 2 to avoid "commotion"

Lewis Hamilton says he went straight on at Turn 2 on the first lap of the Russian Grand Prix to avoid the "commotion" that was kicking off on his right.

First points for Renault team after F1 return

Kevin Magnussen: "We were a bit lucky today; we’ve been unlucky in the past so I’ve certainly no complaints!”

A double points-finish shows McLaren's progress in Russia

Fernando Alonso: "Finishing in the points should be our regular target from now on.”

Alonso says McLaren must now target points in all races

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren must target points in every race after both he and Jenson Button finished in the top 10 in the Russian Grand Prix.

Russian GP: Post-race press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Kvyat apologises for shunts, admits “It’s easy to attack me”

Daniil Kvyat has apologised for his driving errors on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix, which ruined not only his own race but those of teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Horner: Kvyat's error "screwed our race completely"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted to frustration over the Turn 2 error by Daniil Kvyat that ruined not only his own race but that of teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton had "no doubt" he could win before problem

Lewis Hamilton says he had no doubts that victory in the Russian Grand Prix was within reach before being slowed by a water pressure problem.

Russian GP: Rosberg unstoppable again, disaster for Vettel

Nico Rosberg won his fourth race of 2016 in Russia, his seventh on the trot, to lead another Mercedes 1-2 at Sochi – but it was another race to forget for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel vents fury after Kvyat double hit

Sebastian Vettel vented his fury over team radio after a double clash with Daniil Kvyat put him out of the Russian Grand Prix on the opening lap.

Ecclestone doubts Russian GP will be a night race

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has doubts that the Russian Grand Prix will now switch to becoming a night race in the future.

Mercedes avoids grid penalty for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will start the Russian Grand Prix from 10th position after his Mercedes team worked through the night to avoid a grid penalty.

Perez says one-stop strategy not a given in Russia

Sergio Perez believes the proposed one-stop strategy for Russian Grand Prix is not a given - and that many drivers will be forced to stop twice.

Mercedes baffled by Hamilton's "freak" double failure

Toto Wolff believes that there is no specific reason why Lewis Hamilton has been struck twice by MGU-H failures, while the seven other drivers using Mercedes power units have not had problems.

Nico Rosberg uses Supersoft to break lap record at Sochi

A one-stopper should be the favoured tactic on the smooth asphalt of Russia for the 53-lap race.

McLaren-Honda on Russian GP qualifying: Almost in Q3

Yusuke Hasegawa: “The difference between Q2 and Q3 for us today was just 0.1 seconds”

No Q3 for Haas F1 Team at Sochi

Guenther Steiner: "To be in Q2 with both cars is great for us."

Respectable grid positions for Red Bull on tomorrow's Russian GP

Daniil Kvyat: "This track is not the strongest for us but we will try and bring some points home."

Bite-size tech: McLaren MP4-31 brake duct changes

McLaren has made some changes to the brake drum in Russia, changing the shape, position and orientation of the the apertures that help maintain the temperatures.

McLaren: Rivals wrong on 2017 rule fears

McLaren says rivals are wrong to suggest that Formula 1's 2017 cars will make overtaking harder, because the new regulations should actually produce cars that make passing easier.

"Helpless" Hamilton demands answers from Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton admits he feels "helpless" after he was again struck by mechanical misfortune in qualifying in Russia, and says that Mercedes has to work even harder to understand the problems.

Bittersweet afternoon for the Silver Arrows in Sochi

Nico Rosberg: "I'm happy to have another pole - but tomorrow is a long race and a lot can happen."

Palmer: Floor change brought my pace back

Renault's Jolyon Palmer believes an overnight change on his Renault RS16's floor has finally solved the car issues that have plagued his car on the recent weeks.

Vettel two places higher than Raikkonen in Sochi

Scuderia Ferrari second and fourth in qualifying, third and seventh on the start grid.

Hamilton handed reprimand, one away from a grid penalty

Lewis Hamilton is one reprimand away from a 10-place grid penalty after he was given one for his incident during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo thinks Williams beatable in the race

Daniel Ricciardo remains hopeful the Red Bull can beat Williams in the Russian Grand Prix after a somewhat disappointing showing in qualifying.

Bottas will start second on the grid with Massa in fourth for the Russian GP

Valtteri Bottas: "We have some fast cars starting behind us which will make the race difficult, but a podium will be the target."

Williams updates key to qualifying pace and podium goal – Smedley

Williams vehicle performance chief Rob Smedley says that aerodynamic upgrades definitely helped attain its first front-row grid spot of the season in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Rosberg admits rivals problems making life easier

Nico Rosberg admits his life has been made easier by the problems his rivals have hit during the Russian Grand Prix weekend.

Bite-size tech: Mercedes W07 front brake duct

Mercedes won't run its new front wing, that we looked at yesterday in Russia, having decided to concentrate on set-up and tyre management instead.

Raikkonen says error cost him front row slot

Kimi Raikkonen says he could have easily qualified on the front row of the grid for the Russian Grand Prix if not for a mistake on his final flying lap in Q3.

Sainz: Kvyat hold-up to blame for Q2 exit

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was left disappointed by his 11th place in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, saying he lost time behind local driver Daniil Kvyat.

Alonso: McLaren "didn't deserve" a better result in qualifying

Fernando Alonso has admitted McLaren was once again "not quick enough" to make Q3 in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Wolff: Hamilton has “every right to be upset”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says his team must “reassess the root cause” of the apparent recurrence in Russia of the MGU-H problem that blighted Lewis Hamilton’s Chinese Grand Prix qualifying.

Vettel insists Ferrari can still turn things around in 2016

Sebastian Vettel remains convinced Ferrari can turn things around this season despite another dominant display by Mercedes in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Russian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Williams).

Hamilton vows to "never give up" after latest qualifying setback

Lewis Hamilton has said he will "never give up" in this year's Formula 1 championship chase despite suffering another setback to his title hopes in qualifying at Sochi.

Russian GP: Rosberg cruises to pole as Hamilton’s car fails again

Nico Rosberg scored his second pole position of the season at Sochi, as his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton suffered an MGU-H failure that put him out of Q3.