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2020 Russian Grand Prix - race thread [start 12:10 UK time!]


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#1 Anja

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:40

Beware, the race start time is on the earlier side today, two hours earlier than the usual European GPs. 

 

 

Some minor qualifying investigations didn't result in penalties, but Albon and Latifi will get 5 place drops after unscheduled gearbox changes. This is the final grid, at least for now.

Ei6-Ux-SPWs-AUFy-XN.png

 

 

And in case you missed it, here's how it happened:

 

 

The weather? It's a lovely day in Sochi, all sun and almost no clouds in sight. Temperatures around 29-30 degree celsius are expected for the race. I have to admit I don't know much about the remaining tyres and predicted strategy, so I'll leave that for more knowledgeable forumers. 

 

The grid combined with that long run to the first breaking zone certainly holds a promise for something interesting, at least when it comes to the start. Will it live up to that promise? Only one way to find out!


Edited by Anja, 27 September 2020 - 09:32.


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#2 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:50

Latifi has a gearbox penalty (drops to the back) and same with Albon (drops to 15th)

#3 thegforcemaybewithyou

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:51

Will the drivers kneel for Nawalny today?



#4 SophieB

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:56

Thanks for the OP!  :up:

 

There was a massive accident in the F2 sprint race this morning with the barrier at turn 3 being pretty much destroyed by Aitken and Ghiotto’s cars, and Ghiotto’s car burning itself nearly to ashes (thankfully Ghiotto himself was able to get out under his own power). Could’ve have been extremely bad, but both drivers walked away.



#5 w1Y

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 08:59

1. BOTTAS
2. VERSTAPPEN
3. HAMILTON
4. RICCIARDO

#6 JBJ

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:00

Beware, the race start time is on the earlier side today, two hours earlier than the usual European GPs. 

 

 

Ouch, thank you



#7 Anja

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:02

Latifi has a gearbox penalty (drops to the back) and same with Albon (drops to 15th)

 

Ah, I only noticed it now. Will have to amend the OP.



#8 JimmyClark

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:03

I thought the race was at 1... Thanks heavens for this thread!

#9 thegamer23

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:07

Hopefully not a repeat of this crash!



#10 TomNokoe

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:09

Ah, the old trick of not checking the forum before posting your own race-day thread :kiss:

 

1210 start, good catch Anja!

 

I am sure after Hamilton's Q2 escape yesterday he went back into the garage and said to his engineers, "I ran from the wolf but ran into a bear"!



#11 statman

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:14

feels strange, a race this early



#12 Anja

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:14

Ah, the old trick of not checking the forum before posting your own race-day thread :kiss:

 

1210 start, good catch Anja!

 

You should've left yours up, I'm sure it was better anyway  :p

 

I just wanted to get it done quickly precisely for the purpose of warning about the early start.



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:15

As an LH fan I'm hoping for a Max win today - beating both Mercs on pace and sheer brilliance. This forum and the F1 press would go into melt down - for some it would be proof that he is the best driver in the world.

 

Please let it happen :D



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:20

Ah, the old trick of not checking the forum before posting your own race-day thread :kiss:

 

1210 start, good catch Anja!

 

I am sure after Hamilton's Q2 escape yesterday he went back into the garage and said to his engineers, "I ran from the wolf but ran into a bear"!

 

 

We all know this ends with a Hamilton victory.  :lol:



#15 JimmyClark

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:21

feels strange, a race this early


I like it. It means I have a whole day left to do other stuff.

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:26

Hamilton's pragmatism about being out dragged into t1 by Bottas does show how daft Ferrari were for their agreemeent thing last year. Over manage the drivers, under manage the team. 



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:37

What happened about the investigation into Hamilton at turn 2?  



#18 Retrofly

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:37

I like it. It means I have a whole day left to do other stuff.

Yep, Pacific races are the best, get up early, watch the race, still have the whole day to do stuff :up:



#19 Marklar

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:40

I like it. It means I have a whole day left to do other stuff.

I would normally agree but this is clashing with family commitments in my case, I prefer very early starts or alternatively the old starting time  :blush:

 

Liberty Starting Time is a disaster, as soon as there is a interruption I'm guranteed to miss the end of the race  :rolleyes: 

#FirstWorldProblems


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#20 JimmyClark

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:42

I would normally agree but this is clashing with family commitments in my case, I prefer very early starts or alternatively the old starting time :blush:

Liberty Starting Time is a disaster, as soon as there is a interruption I'm guranteed to miss the end of the race :rolleyes:

#FirstWorldProblems


Yep, I've never liked it. But hey, it's better for the Americans, who watch F1 in droves...

#21 Pimpwerx

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:43

Thanks for the thread being early. For those thrown off by the start time, it's always a good idea to go to this page, and sync the calendar with your calendar app of choice. I used a 3rd party F1 calendar in the past, but it always got thrown off by daylight savings time. The official F1 calendar has been wrong once this year.



#22 SophieB

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:44

What happened about the investigation into Hamilton at turn 2?  


@tgruener
No further action for turn 2 infringements in qualifying by Hamilton, Grosjean, Magnussen & Latifi.
 
#AMuS #F1 #RussianGP


#23 hodgy21

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:51

What happened about the investigation into Hamilton at turn 2?


All of the drivers that were investigated for leaving the track were cleared of any wrongdoing. Hamilton barely left the track anyway and would have probably crashed had he tried to go through the maze of bollards which were in a completely different direction to which he was heading.

#24 Kalmake

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:54

What happened about the investigation into Hamilton at turn 2?  

No penalty since there was no gain since the lap time was deleted. Stewards referred to two precedents where no penalty was given in qualifying for the same thing. In the race it would have been 5 seconds.



#25 Heyli

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:56

Yep, Pacific races are the best, get up early, watch the race, still have the whole day to do stuff :up:

I actually prefer the America ones. You can still do stuff during the day and have the evening race to look foward to!



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:57

Hopefully not a repeat of this crash!

This is absolutely horrifying to watch. Ghiotto's car completely penetrated that tec-pro barrier. It's a miracle he came out with nothing.



#27 ANF

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:02

Marshals were quite slow to attend Ghiotto's car.

1 minute and 45 seconds had passed when the broadcast went to replays. At that point there was still 0 marshals near the car. I think that has little to do with covid guidelines.



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:18

Question for anyone who has watched all the Sky race build up so far: Have I missed the feature where they follow Alonso going back to school at Renault?



#29 Massa_f1

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:20

Question for anyone who has watched all the Sky race build up so far: Have I missed the feature where they follow Alonso going back to school at Renault?

 

It was on yesterdays qualifying show.



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:21

It was on yesterdays qualifying show.

oh. Oh well, thanks for letting me know, I can stop watching the current drivel!



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:22

@F1

Today, Kimi Raikkonen will equal the all-time record of 322 F1 race starts at lights out in Russia

Here's a message for Kimi from the current record holder, @rubarrichello
#RussianGP #F1
 


#32 Jordan44

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:25

I'd love to know how much money of ours Sky wasted just to show 20 seconds of ice cream van racing for no apparent reason.

#33 milestone 11

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:26

This is absolutely horrifying to watch. Ghiotto's car completely penetrated that tec-pro barrier. It's a miracle he came out with nothing.

Nah, that one doesn't happen until Tuesday.  ;)

#34 JimmyClark

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:26

Question for anyone who has watched all the Sky race build up so far: Have I missed the feature where they follow Alonso going back to school at Renault?


Don't worry you got Croft yelling in an ice cream van instead.

#35 ArchieTech

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:31

Question for anyone who has watched all the Sky race build up so far: Have I missed the feature where they follow Alonso going back to school at Renault?

I think this is it: https://www.skysport...al-to-come-back



#36 TomNokoe

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:39

Pit lane loss - 24-25s

 

Race will hinge on T2, IMO.

 

If Hamilton leads, he will probably be able to do his best Abu Dhabi 2016 impression and stretch the tyres long enough for a competitive one-stop, although Verstappen will no doubt go far longer. Perhaps for once we will see the full Mercedes/LH race package after his pit-stop. Wouldn't expect Bottas to be a threat if this happens.

 

If Bottas leads, Mercedes suddenly have the strategic quandry of pitting Hamilton first and undercutting VB, so will they then compromise VB to maintain track position and intra-team harmony, potentially giving the slight upper hand to Max?

 

If Max leads, I think he's in a strong position. The same Mercedes strategy problem may still occur, but he will be able to react to anything they do, and will probably have a big tyre life advantage. If it was LH behind Max second half of the race, I would be hopeful of a race, but VB? No chance.


Edited by TomNokoe, 27 September 2020 - 10:41.


#37 Topsu

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:41

Did that Alfa mechanic seriously just move the car by spin the front wheels when the car was up on jacks? :rotfl:



#38 Fastcake

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:43

I’m going to miss the race thanks to real life stuff, so please don’t be a snooze fest I have to fast forward through later!

#39 K-One

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:44

Penalty for Hamilton surely

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#40 GoldenColt

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:44

Lewis under investigation for doing a practice start outside the designated area.


#41 TomNokoe

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:44

Lewis is under investigation again, practice start outside of the allocated area.

#42 Jordan44

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:45

Penalty points incoming

#43 hamilton10000

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:45

Brain fail from from Lewis there. That's a penalty

#44 Topsu

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:46

That was... weird. Hopefully just a reprimand, I mean come on!



#45 milestone 11

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:46

I don't think Lewis is focussing on the job in hand today.

#46 Clatter

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:46

Just seen the video, and that looks pretty conclusive. Never heard of this happening before so is there a designated penalty?

#47 Pimpwerx

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:46

What exactly was Lewis doing with his practice start? That's a weird unforced error.



#48 hamilton10000

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:47

I wouldn't be surprised if that's a drive through penalty

#49 Astandahl

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:47

Leclerc and Vettel will be demolished in the straights.  Ferrari was by far the slowest car yesterday. Mugello part 2.



#50 TheFish

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:47

Oh come on Lewis...