Sochi (dpa) – The tenth round of the season takes Formula 1 to Russia’s Black Sea coast. The pole position for the Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday (1.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky) was once again secured by world championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
RECORD HUNT: Superstar Hamilton gradually seizes Michael Schumacher’s records. In Sochi he was able to celebrate his 91st victory and also overtake Kerpener in these statistics. “It feels unreal to achieve something like that. I never thought I would get this far,” the 35-year-old had said last, praising the hard work of his Mercedes team. In Russia, the superiority of the Silver Arrows is particularly evident. A Mercedes driver has won all six previous races at the Olympic site in 2014.
STARTING ADVANTAGE: Starting position one in the Sochi Autodrom does not necessarily guarantee the lead after the first kilometers. The long way to the first corner gives the hunters a chance to suck into the slipstream and overtake. This is how Valtteri Bottas did it three years ago, just like Sebastian Vettel last year. “It’s nice to be on pole, but it’s probably the worst place,” said Hamilton.
BIRTHDAY: Sebastian Vettel starts for the 250th time in a Grand Prix. His anticipation must be kept within narrow bounds. His Ferrari is crippled anyway, after a violent crash he finished qualifying in 15th place. “I’m sorry I gave the team extra work. Let’s see what we can do then,” the 33-year-old said tightly. to the prospects on Sunday. The small aerodynamic package has barely improved his car. It could be another tough afternoon for Vettel.
PERMANENT BURNER: After the first meters of the race, Kimi Räikkönen wrote a bit of history. It would be his 322nd start in a Formula 1 race, setting Rubens Barrichello’s record. Raikkonen made his Grand Prix debut 19 years, six months and 23 days ago. His greatest success was winning the Ferrari title in 2007. In the Alfa Romeo, the 40-year-old is usually at the back of the field, finishing last after a spin. “It’s going to be a big challenge, we’ll see what we can get out of it,” said Raikkonen.