Preview – 2017 Formula One VTB Russian Grand Prix


4th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 28th to 30th April 2017

The Olympic city of Sochi will again host the Russian Grand Prix – the fourth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, as well as the fourth round for the Russian Grand Prix itself, in the Krasnodar region. After two productive testing days in Bahrain last week, the Sauber F1 Team heads – after a short stopover in its headquarters in Hinwil – to the Sochi Autodrom on the Black Sea coast.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The Russian Grand Prix is always an interesting race. I like racing there. The track stands out a bit, being located in the Olympic Park, surrounded by the Olympic arenas and buildings, which is very impressive. The track itself is fun to drive. The last sector is the most challenging and lap time sensitive as it is quite technical. All in all, I am looking forward to the Russian Grand Prix. I hope that the Russian Formula 1 fans enjoy the race – we will do our best to put in a good show for a great race weekend.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“The Russian Grand Prix is a nice race weekend. The Sochi Autodrom is located on the Black Sea coast, in the centre of the Olympic Park. The Olympic flair makes it a special race weekend. The track itself is nice, I enjoy racing there. It is not an easy one, as some corners are quite technical. With this year’s cars, I assume that some corners will be very quick to drive through. There are also some 90 degrees corners, which are challenging. Overall I am looking forward to racing at Sochi again. I do have some Russian fans, because I was racing in Moscow for the DTM. They are really great. I got some nice drawings and Russian Matryoshka dolls. I can’t wait to be back in the car again in Sochi.”

Track facts:
The Sochi Autodrom runs through the 2014 Winter Olympics Park. It is, to a large extent surrounded by walls, therefore, the circuit can be considered a mix between a permanent and a street track. Straight-line performance, traction and braking dominates the first and the last sectors, whereas the middle sector is more technical and requires the drivers to find their rhythm through the flow of the corners.

Circuit Sochi Autodrom / 5.848 km
Race distance 53 laps / 309.745 km
Schedule Qualifying 15:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST), Race 15:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)


Tyre choices:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Soft 2 2
Supersoft 4 4
Ultrasoft 7 7


Driver information:

Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Born 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE) 18.10.1994 / Sigmaringen (DE)
Marital status Single Single
Height / Weight 1,80 m / 70 kg 1,75 m / 63 kg
First GP Australia 2014 Australia 2016
GP started 59 22
Best race result 8th Australia (2015) 10th Austria (2016)
Best qualifying 10th Malaysia (2015),
10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)
12th Austria (2016)
Points 2017
Points in total 9 1
The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship.