Russian Grand Prix 2021: What time is the F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

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 Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia - September 24, 2020 General view of the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix - REUTERS
Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia - September 24, 2020 General view of the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix - REUTERS

In the ding-dong battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, the Italian Grand Prix delivered again, with yet another dramatic on-track collision, with both cars retiring. Verstappen retains his slender championship lead heading into the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi this weekend.

When is it?

First and second practice run on Friday September 24, with final practice and qualifying on Saturday September 25. The Russian Grand Prix itself is on Sunday, September 25.

What time does it start?

First practice begins at 9.30 BST on Friday with second practice at 1pm. Both sessions last an hour, as does final practice, which starts at 10am on Saturday. Qualifying starts at 1pm on Saturday and the Russian Grand Prix itself begins at 1pm on Sunday.

What are the championship standings after 14 rounds?

Drivers' top 10:

Constructors':

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. Their qualifying coverage starts at 12 noon BST on Saturday with race coverage at 11.30am on Sunday.

Channel 4 have highlights for this year with their equally excellent team, with their Saturday coverage starting at 5.50pm and their race coverage at 5.30pm, on Sunday.

You can also keep up to date throughout practice, qualifying and the race right here at Telegraph Sport.

What do we know about the Sochi Autodrom?

  • Circuit length: 5.848km

  • First grand prix: 2014

  • Laps: 53

  • Race distance: 309.745km

  • Race lap record: 1:35.761 (Lewis Hamilton, 2019)

  • 2020 winner: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

  • Number of corners: 18

  • Overtaking chances: Well, reasonable I guess, with the couple of heavy braking zones but they have become increasingly lighter with this current breed of F1 cars, so is likely to be as problematic as ever.

What are the latest odds?

  • Lewis Hamilton 8/13

  • Valtteri Bottas 7/2

  • Max Verstappen 9/2

  • Lando Norris 20/1

  • Sergio Perez 25/1

  • Daniel Ricciardo 28/1

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