RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

  • Bonuses all round for Mercedes Formula One team October 14, 2014

    Rank and file Mercedes team members are in line for average bonuses of 10,000 pounds ($15,963) each after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg brought home the Formula One constructors' title on Sunday. A team spokesman confirmed all permanent staff members at the Brackley factory in central England would get the payments...
  • Nico Rosberg has only himself to blame October 13, 2014

    Nico Rosberg had only himself to blame for a first lap error at the Russian Grand Prix that allowed Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to romp to a fourth win in a row on Sunday. "I just went completely wrong and I don't understand it," said the German, now...
  • Mercedes secure one Formula One trophy, other to follow October 13, 2014

    Sochi: The Formula One constructors' world championship trophy found a new home just down the road from Red Bull's factory in England on Sunday as Mercedes celebrated a historic first for their 'Silver Arrows' team. Russian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton might cover the distance in a matter of minutes but...
  • Lewis Hamilton says Jules Bianchi was always on his mind October 12, 2014

    Sochi: The champagne was sprayed on the podium, and celebratory glasses clinked in the Mercedes hospitality, but Russian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton never lost sight of the bigger picture on Sunday. With French driver Jules Bianchi critically ill in a Japanese hospital after suffering severe brain injuries in a crash...
  • Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins inaugural Russian Grand Prix October 12, 2014

    Sochi: Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors' title and stretched his lead in the championship. Nico Rosberg placed second despite having to pit early in the race but now trails his...
  • Formula One drivers back speed limit proposals October 11, 2014

    Sochi: Formula One drivers have backed proposals to introduce a 'virtual safety car' or automatic speed limiter that would force the entire field to slow when yellow warning flags are waved. The idea was raised by race director Charlie Whiting at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday as one of the...
  • Lewis Hamilton accepts but always aware of danger October 11, 2014

    Sochi: Lewis Hamilton is all too aware of the risks of racing, even without the cloud cast over Formula One by Jules Bianchi's accident, but the championship leader would not have it any other way. The Briton, champion with McLaren in 2008 and winner of eight races so far this year...
  • Force India cars qualify 12th, 13th for Russian Grand Prix October 11, 2014

    Sochi: Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez set almost identical times to qualify 12th and 13th, respectively, for the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom here Saturday. However, their starting grid positions are likely to change as Hulkenberg, McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Marussia's Max Chilton will...
  • Mercedes driver Hamilton takes pole position for Russian GP 2014 October 11, 2014

    Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton earned his sixth pole of the season by beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by two-tenths of a second in Saturday's qualifying. Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was faster than Hamilton in his last lap but then...
  • Mercedes pair Hamilton, Rosberg top final practice at Russian GP October 11, 2014

    Sochi: Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the final practice on Saturday for the Russian Grand Prix. Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was third in the last session ahead of qualifying, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa in the second Williams. Hamilton also had...
  • F1 leader Lewis Hamilton fastest in second practice October 10, 2014

    Sochi: Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time in Friday's practice for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton was second in the morning session behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg but dominated the afternoon run by a wide margin. Rosberg dropped to fourth. Kevin Magnussen of McLaren was second, with Ferrari...
  • Nico Rosberg edges Lewis Hamilton in first practice at Russia Grand Prix October 10, 2014

    Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes team-mate and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Friday's morning practice for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. The Mercedes pair has dominated all season and was again firmly in control despite an unfamiliar track making its debut on the F1 calendar. Rosberg's fastest lap on the Sochi...
  • Formula One: Marussia to race with one car in Sochi October 10, 2014

    Marussia will race with only one car in Sunday's Russian Formula One Grand Prix out of respect for their severely injured French driver Jules Bianchi, the team said on Friday. Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in a Japanese hospital after he crashed into a recovery tractor at Suzuka...
  • F1 drivers dedicate Russia race to Jules Bianchi October 9, 2014

    Sochi: Formula One drivers say they will race this weekend's Russian Grand Prix for Jules Bianchi, who was seriously injured in an accident last week in Japan. Still trying to cope with Bianchi's accident, some of the leading drivers said Thursday they had to be professional and focus on the race,...
  • Marussia enter Rossi provisionally for Russian Grand Prix October 9, 2014

    Marussia have entered Alexander Rossi to replace critically injured French driver Jules Bianchi in Sunday's inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix but the American is still not certain to race. The official list of cars and drivers published by stewards on Thursday named Rossi and Britain's Max Chilton as Marussia's entrants. There...
  • Lotus F1 team switch to Mercedes power for 2015 October 9, 2014

    The Lotus Formula One team will switch from Renault to Mercedes power units next season as part of a long-term deal, both parties announced at the Russian Grand Prix on Thursday. The team will effectively take the supply vacated by McLaren, who are starting a new partnership with Japanese manufacturer Honda. Lotus...
  • Jules Bianchi's name kept above Marussia garage in Sochi October 9, 2014

    Sochi: In a mark of solidarity to the critically injured driver Jules Bianchi, who remains in intensive care, Russian Grand Prix organisers have placed his name above the Marussia Formula 1 team garage in Sochi ahead of the inaugural race from Oct 10-12. The 25-year-old suffered a horrific accident, crashing into...
  • Crash and crisis overshadow Russia F1 debut October 9, 2014

    Sochi: Russia makes its long-awaited Formula One debut in Winter Olympic city Sochi this weekend with the sport in no mood to party even without the political clouds that hang heavy over the race. Dominant Mercedes could clinch the constructors' title for the first time, while Britain's Lewis Hamilton is aiming...
  • Force India's Sergio Perez looking forward to Russian Grand Prix October 8, 2014

    Sochi: Force India driver Sergio Perez Tuesday said he is looking forward to the inaugural Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix to be held at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday. "I'm really looking forward to the race in Sochi. It's a country that will be totally new for me and so it's...
  • Formula One has no argument with Russia, says Ecclestone August 22, 2014

    Belgium: Formula One has no argument with Russia and the country's debut grand prix will go ahead as planned in October despite the crisis in Ukraine, Bernie Ecclestone said on Friday. "We have a contract. Our friends there, they are happy with the contract so we'll be there," the sport's 83yearold...
  • Sochi Autodrom ready for Russian F1 Grand Prix August 20, 2014

    Sochi: The Sochi Autodrom is ready to host the first edition of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix scheduled for Oct 1012. "The circuit is in very good condition and will be issued with a license," F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting said after inspecting the venue on Tuesday, reports Xinhua. Chief organiser...
  • Russian Grand Prix to go ahead, says organisers July 19, 2014

    Moscow: Organizers insist Russia's first Formula One Grand Prix will go ahead as planned despite an airliner being shot down in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on Thursday in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board are believed to have...
  • Russia to host first F1 Grand Prix in October 2014 February 5, 2013

    Sochi: Formula One's first Russian Grand Prix will take place in October 2014, President Vladimir Putin has said. Meeting F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone on Monday, Putin said the track at the Olympic Park in Sochi would be ready on time to host the race and that 3.6 km of tarmac...
  • Hamilton wants night race in Moscow July 15, 2012

    Moscow: McLarens Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton wants a Singaporestyle night race on the streets of Moscow, the 2008 world champion said in the Russian capital Sunday. Russia is due to host its first Grand Prix in 2014 in the southern coastal resort of Sochi, but clamour has been growing to...