Formula 1 action returns after a week off with the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom. Here’s how to look at qualifying.
Mercedes continued to dominate the F1 squad as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were comfortably faster than the pursuit squad at the end of Friday’s practice, as the Finn dominated both sessions while threatening there. has “more to come” from the reigning world championship – winning outfit.
Hamilton has his first chance to compete with Michael Schumacher on 91 wins at the top of the all-time F1 Grand Prix winning list this weekend after his fast-paced Tuscan GP triumph, but will have to overcome a determined Bottas, who traditionally plays heavily on the track where he earned his first F1 victory in 2017.
Daniel Ricciardo got the best of the resting place with third place at the end of Friday’s practice, but the Renault driver isn’t thinking of a first podium for the French manufacturer – and winning some tattoo bet with the boss of Team Cyril Abiteboul – fair Yet, knowing that he faces stiff competition from Red Bull and other contenders in the F1 midfield.
Max Verstappen has already admitted that Red Bull will find it difficult to beat Renault in qualifying in Russia, but expects a faster race pace on Sunday after a pair of tough practice sessions.
Friday’s practice action was somewhat overshadowed by the official announcement that ex-Ferrarit team boss Stefano Domenicali will become F1’s new president and CEO from January 2021 , with Chase Carey as non-executive chairman.
What time do qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix start?
Qualifying for the Russian GP begins at 3 p.m. local time (1 p.m. BST), using the normal format of the Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout sessions.
Dated: Saturday September 26, 2020
Start time: 3 p.m. local time – 1 p.m. BST
How can I watch the qualifiers?
In the UK, all F1 practice, qualifying and races are broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with qualifying coverage starting at 12 p.m. BST.
Channel 4 broadcasts qualifying highlights for the Russian GP at 6.30 p.m. BST. Autosport will broadcast live text coverage of qualifying.
What is the weather forecast for qualifying in Sochi?
Sunny and dry conditions are forecast throughout Saturday at the Sochi Autodrom with minimal risk of rain. Temperatures are expected to peak at 27 degrees Celsius, which should be the same temperature as FP2 has been maintained.