2019 F1 Russian Grand Prix — race results


Race results for the 2019 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix. Contains full classification. Full race report will follow

Race start at the 2019 F1 Russian Grand Prix

Photo: Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton returned to the top step of the podium in Russia after an engine issue for Sebastian Vettel wrecked a potential Ferrari 1-2 finish.

Instead, it was Mercedes which took the top two podium places, to extend Hamilton’s lead in the championship, and maintain the team’s 100 per cent victory record in Sochi.

Vettel’s retirement also ended a fiery Ferrari team battle, which saw heated radio messages from both drivers in the early laps, with Charles Leclerc accusing Vettel of reneging on a pre-race agreement.

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A strong start by Vettel from third place, and a tow from pole-sitter Leclerc up the long drag to Turn Two, enabled the German to take the lead on the first lap, followed by Leclerc.

Radio messages made it quickly apparent that Ferrari had planned the move — to prevent Mercedes gaining a tow — with an agreement for Vettel to hand the lead back to Leclerc.

However, as Vettel pulled away, he refused to swap places until Leclerc drew closer; to the obvious dismay of the Frenchman.

Sebastian Vettel pulls away from Charles Leclerc while leading in the early stages of the 2019 F1 Russian Grand Prix

Vettel pulls away from Leclerc as he leads in Sochi Photo: Motorsport Images

In the end, Ferrari pitted Leclerc four laps before Vettel, leaving him in the lead after both cars had stopped. The team looked to be in a commanding position, with strong pace, when Vettel suffered a sudden failure.

He was told to stop immediately but his parking space — in a run-off area — triggered the virtual safety car (VSC) procedure.

As the cars on track slowed, Hamilton took the chance to make his stop and emerged in the lead.

Another twist emerged when George Russell crashed under the VSC with a brake issue and a full safety car was imposed. Leclerc pitted again for soft tyres in a bid to battle for the lead, and dropped to third behind Valtteri Bottas.

But he couldn’t find a way past either Mercedes when the race resumed. Hamilton’s victory means that he extends his championship lead over Leclerc to 107 points with five races remaining.

Max Verstappen finished in fourth, with team-mate Alexander Albon behind him after starting from the pitlane, and having benefitted from the safety car periods, which compressed the field.

Read the full story in Mark Hughes’ race report, coming later.

The full race results are below.



2019 Russian Grand Prix provisional results

Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1hr 33min 38.992sec 26*
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +3.829sec 18
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +5.212sec 15
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull +14.210sec 12
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull +38.348sec 10
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren +45.889sec 8
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point +48.728sec 6
8 Lando Norris McLaren +57.749sec 4
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas +58.779sec 2
10 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +59.841sec 1
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point  +1min 0.821sec  
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso +1min 2.496sec  
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo +1min 8.910sec  
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso +1min 10.076sec  
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1min 13.346sec  
DNF Robert Kubica Williams    
DNF George Russell Williams    
DNF Sebastian Vettel Ferrari    
DNF Daniel Ricciardo Renault    
DNF Romain Grosjean Haas    

*Fastest lap


F1 Drivers’ Championship after Race 16 (Russia)

Position Driver Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 322
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 249
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 215
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 212
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 194
6 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 69
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 66
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull 52
9 Lando Norris McLaren 35
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 34
11 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 34
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 33
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point 33
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 31
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 20
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 19
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 8
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 4
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1
20 George Russell Williams 0


F1 Constructors’ Championship after Race 16 (Russia)

Position Team Points
1 Mercedes 571
2 Ferrari 409
3 Red Bull 311
4 McLaren 101
5 Renault 68
6 Toro Rosso 55
7 Racing Point 52
8 Alfa Romeo 35
9 Haas 28
10 Williams 1

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