|2020 Russian Grand Prix|
|Race 10 of 17[a] in the 2020 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Sochi Autodrom
|Date||27 September 2020|
|Official name||Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020|
Adlersky City District, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.848 km (3.634 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 309.745 km (192.466 mi)|
|Time||1:37.030 on lap 51|
|Second||Red Bull Racing-Honda|
The 2020 Russian Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020) was a Formula One motor race held on 27 September 2020 at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. The race was the tenth round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship, ninth running of the Russian Grand Prix and the seventh time held in Sochi. The 53-lap race was won by Valtteri Bottas of the Mercedes team, with Max Verstappen of Red Bull placing 2nd, and Lewis Hamilton taking the final podium place.
The 2020 championship was heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Grands Prix were cancelled or postponed, prompting the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile to draft a new calendar. However, the Russian Grand Prix kept its original date. Up to 30,000 fans were expected to attend the race with social distancing measures in place. Haas driver Romain Grosjean expressed discomfort over the handling of the pandemic situation at his hotel.
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Ten teams (each representing a different constructor) each entered two drivers. The drivers and teams were the same as those on the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for either the race or practice.
The first free practice session ended with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas quickest, followed by Daniel Ricciardo of Renault and Max Verstappen of Red Bull. The session was disrupted first by McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.'s spin in turn seven, which caused damage to his rear wing and triggered a virtual safety car. Nicholas Latifi of Williams spun in turn ten causing severe damage to his car and triggering another red flag.
Hamilton took pole, 0.563s ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas finished 3rd with Sergio Pérez in 4th for Racing Point. Renault's Daniel Ricciardo qualified 5th followed by Carlos Sainz Jr., Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon.
Out in Q1 (the first part of qualifying) were Romain Grosjean, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Nicholas Latifi and Kimi Räikkönen. In Q2, Charles Leclerc finished 11th, missing out on Q3 after his teammate Sebastian Vettel crashed, bringing out the red flag and Hamilton making it to the line to set his final lap in Q2 seconds before the chequered flag came out to end the session. Daniil Kvyat was 12th followed by Lance Stroll, whose engine overheated preventing him from going out for a second run in Q2, Williams driver George Russell and Vettel.
|2||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||1:33.630||1:33.157||1:31.867||2|
|6||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||1:33.967||1:32.757||1:32.550||6|
|10||23||Alexander Albon||Red Bull Racing-Honda||1:33.919||1:33.153||1:33.008||151|
|17||99||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||1:34.594||N/A||N/A||17|
|20||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||1:35.267||N/A||N/A||19|
|107% time: 1:39.141|
Kimi Räikkönen started his 322nd Grand Prix, tying Rubens Barrichello's record. Carlos Sainz Jr. took to the run off area and hit the wall trying to rejoin the circuit at the race start. Charles Leclerc collided with Lance Stroll causing the latter to hit a wall.
Lewis Hamilton was handed down two 5-second penalties for doing practice starts outside the designated areas, which he served on his first pitstop. Hamilton was also initially given two penalty points on his FIA Super Licence which would have left him on 10 penalty points for the last 12 months period, only two penalty points short of a race ban. However, these penalty points were rescinded after stewards received information that team radio communications had advised Hamilton about where he could or could not do a practice start and the team was fined instead for their error. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Alexander Albon were given a 5-second penalty for exceeding the track limits at turn 2.
|2||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||53||+7.729||2||18|
|10||23||Alexander Albon||Red Bull Racing-Honda||53||+1:37.8602||15||1|
|11||99||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||52||+1 lap||17|
|12||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||52||+1 lap||18|
|13||5||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||52||+1 lap||14|
|14||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||52||+1 lap||19|
|15||4||Lando Norris||McLaren-Renault||52||+1 lap||8|
|16||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams-Mercedes||52||+1 lap||20|
|17||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||52||+1 lap||16|
|18||63||George Russell||Williams-Mercedes||52||+1 lap||13|
|Ret||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||0||Accident||6|
|Fastest lap: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 1:37.030 (lap 51)|