First of all, apologies for the late Russian GP stats, I haven’t been feeling too well recently and still not great now but they have to be done. Anyway, this is the third Russian GP, and only six months since the last one as the F1 calendar was mixed up quite a bit this season.
The Sochi Autodrom track is 5.848km long making it the fourth longest on the 2016 calendar, Spa leads with 7.004km, Baku 6.006km and Silverstone at 5.891km. After 53 laps of racing the total distance reaches 309.944km, the second longest race on the calendar behind only Sepang at 310.408km.
As it stands only Lewis Hamilton has won the Russian GP, winning from pole position in 2014 and from second on the grid in 2015. Nico Rosberg has currently won every race in 2016, so whatever happens at least one of these runs is about to end. The fastest race lap at Sochi is currently 1:40.071 set by Sebastian Vettel last year, but this will very likely be beaten on Sunday, possibly around the 1:38.4 mark and pole position in the 1:35s.
Both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will be taking part in their 100th GP this weekend, but neither will be making their 100th race start, assuming both do start Hulkenberg will be on 98 and Perez 97. If Rosberg wins the Russian GP and makes it seven consecutive wins he will be tied second in the most consecutive F1 wins with Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher, behind only Vettel’s nine.
The Silly Stats
You would need 13,883,126 bottles of Vodka to cover the Sochi Autodrom track surface. That is enough Vodka to fill over five Olympic sized swimming pools.
3,342 Daniil Kvyats lying down head to toe would be enough to lap once around the Sochi Autodrom.