2019 Russian Grand Prix race report: Hamilton steals win & Ferrari squabbles

2019 Russian Grand Prix

Second-best Mercedes gambled in the hope of a safety car at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix... and Ferrari presented it to them. The full race story from Mark Hughes

Race Winner
Country
Russia
Circuit
Round
16
Laps
53
Pole
Fastest Lap
Hamilton, 1m 35.761s
2019 Season
Past Results

“Even without the right package, if you do things right you can still win the race,” summarised Toto Wolff after Lewis Hamilton stole a victory for Mercedes in Sochi.

At no stage of the weekend was the Mercedes a match for Ferrari. So the team offset its tyre strategy – just to do something different. There was no way it was going to win this race just by doing the same as its rivals. Starting on the slower medium tyre rather than the softs of Ferrari, Mercedes planned to stay out longer in the hope of catching a VSC or a safety car in the gap between the Ferrari pit stops and its own.

Remarkably, that’s what it got. Yet-more remarkably, it was provided by Ferrari itself, which instructed Sebastian Vettel to stop the car on its out-lap after the pit stop for an electrical insulation failure of the ERS system that made the car ‘live’. For safety reasons, it chose not to allow Vettel to bring the car to the pits. And in that moment lost Charles Leclerc the race.

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

1

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 33m 38.992s

26

2

2

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 33m 42.821s

18

3

2

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 33m 44.204s

15

4

5

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 33m 53.202s

12

5

15

Alexander Albon

23

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 34m 17.34s

10

6

1

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 34m 24.881s

8

7

4

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 34m 27.72s

6

8

1

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 34m 36.741s

4

9

4

Kevin Magnussen

20

Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 34m 37.771s

2

10

4

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

1h 34m 38.833s

1

11

3

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 34m 39.813s

0

12

7

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 34m 41.488s

0

13

2

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 34m 47.902s

0

14

2

Pierre Gasly

10

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 34m 49.068s

0

15

3

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 34m 52.338s

0

R

Romain Grosjean

8

Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

Accident

0

R

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

28 laps Retired

0

R

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

24 laps Accident damage

0

R

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

27 laps Retired

0

R

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

26 laps Power unit

0

Circuit - Sochi

Country

Russia

Location

Sochi, Krasnodar Krai

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.639 (Miles)

Record

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+), 1m35.761, 136.803 mph, F1, 2019

First Race

2014 Sochi GP2

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