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2018 Russian Grand Prix – Race

2018 Russian Grand Prix – Race
 

MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON WINS FROM SECOND ON THE GRID 
WITH A ONE-STOP ULTRASOFT-SOFT STRATEGY

MAX VERSTAPPEN USES SOFT-ULTRASOFT STRATEGY TO FINISH FIFTH 
FROM THE BACK OF THE GRID, WITH A VERY LONG FIRST STINT

ALL THREE COMPOUNDS USED ON THE LOW-DEGRADATION SURFACE 
WITH NEARLY ALL THE DRIVERS STOPPING ONLY ONCE

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“There were no real surprises during this race, with the top four drivers carrying out the strategy that we predicted to be theoretically quickest, but we saw a brilliant drive from Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo, who used an alternative strategy to move up into the top six from the back of the grid. Tyre degradation was very low, which allowed for some long stints on the soft. Generally speaking, the tyre performance on these fastest-ever Formula 1 cars was exactly in line with our expectations, with a new race lap record set at the very end by Valtteri Bottas on the soft.”

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE

THE WINNING STRATEGY

Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop, going from ultrasoft to soft on lap 14, as we expected. The top four followed the same strategy, ahead of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo who started on soft. The highest-classified driver to start the race on hypersoft was Sauber’s Charles Leclerc in seventh.

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