Russian Grand Prix 2017: When is it, what TV channel is it on and what odds of a Lewis Hamilton victory?

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Hamilton has won two of the three races to be held at Sochi - 2015 Getty Images
Hamilton has won two of the three races to be held at Sochi - 2015 Getty Images

 by Matt Aldridge

What is it?

The Russian Grand Prix is the annual Formula One race held in Sochi. Taking place on the site of Russia’s Winter Olympics park in Sochi, the event was first held in 2014, where Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to win.

When is it?

The first and second practice sessions will begin on Friday the 28th of April and the third will take place on Saturday the 29th with the qualifying session taking place later on in the afternoon. The race itself is on Sunday the 30th.

What time is it?

The first practice session will begin at 9am BST, the second starts at 1pm and the third 10am the following day, with the qualifying session will begin at 1pm later that day.

The Grand Prix will start at 1pm on the Sunday.

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What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 will be covering all the build up to the race and then the Grand Prix itself. Viewers can also watch the coverage and the race on Channel 4.

Who won it last year?

Nico Rosberg triumphed in the 2016 race, with Lewis Hamilton winning it in 2014 and 2015. 

Here's last year's result in full:

Russian Grand Prix Results

What are they saying?

Max Verstappen:

“It’s a special track and it’s still very new. It’s also in the middle of the Olympic Park and that gives a special atmosphere to it. The corners are mostly 90 degrees, which you normally never experience.” 

Sebastian Vettel: 

"I do not think we will have problems in Sochi due to there being lower temperatures than in Bahrain. In China it was cool and we were competitive. Our task is to keep putting pressure on our opponents, primarily Lewis Hamilton. Until now, Ferrari has had perfect tactics but we need to keep concentrating fully on the job."

What are the odds?

  • Lewis Hamilton 10/11

  • Sebastian Vettel 7/4

  • Valtteri Bottas 5/1

  • Kimi Raikkonen 20/1

  • Max Verstappen 33/1

  • Daniel Ricciardo 40/1

How do things stand in the drivers' and constructors' championship?

 Who do you think will win this weekend?


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