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Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom, Sochi October 9-11, 2015

Total laps 53
Lap distance 5.853 km
Track Conditions Dry/15C

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Free practice 1  October 9 - 10:00 local | 07:00 GMT | 08:00 BST
Free practice 2  October 9 - 14:00 local | 11:00 GMT | 12:00 BST
Free practice 3  October 10 - 12:00 local | 09:00 GMT | 10:00 BST

Qualifying  October 10 - 15:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 13:00 BST
Race  October 11 - 14:00 local | 11:00 GMT | 12:00 BST

Race
  Pos Driver Team Laps Pits
1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 53 1
2 Vettel FL GER Ferrari 53 1
3 Perez MEX Racing Point 53 1
4 Massa BRA Williams 53 1
5 Kvyat RUS Red Bull 53 1
6 Nasr BRA Alfa Romeo 53 1
7 Maldonado VEN Lotus F1 53 1
8 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 53 1
9 Button GBR McLaren 53 1
10 Verstappen NED Toro Rosso 53 2
11 Alonso ESP McLaren 53 1
12 Bottas FIN Williams 52 1
13 Merhi ESP Manor 52 1
14 Stevens GBR Manor 51 2
Retirement
Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 47 1
Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 45 1
Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 11 1
Rosberg GER Mercedes 7 1
Hülkenberg GER Racing Point 0 0
Ericsson SWE Alfa Romeo 0 0

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Some nifty Russian style hats for the top three. Some awkward handshakes with Vladimir Putin before the podium ceremony.

Putin nearly gets a faceful of champagne from Hamilton after the national anthems but the Russian president manages to dodge out of the way. Perez and Force India enjoying their return to the podium - a first since the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix.

I reckon a penalty is forthcoming for Raikkonen so stay tuned for what the stewards decide on with us. Thanks for joining us this weekend, please do come back again for Austin.

Lap 53

Raikkonen opens up the DRS and Bottas stays in engine mode one - maximum power - and keeps Raikkonen at bay.

Raikkonen goes for it at Turn 4 and clobbers Bottas! Bottas sat in the fence and is out. Raikkonen crawling around but Perez is going to score a podium after all thatr!

Hamilton wins the Russian Grand Prix and takes a huge step to a third world championship. Vettel second, and what a podium for Sergio Perez! Force India celebrate wildly on the pit wall, their third-ever podium.

All that late Mandess means Massa finishes fourth, Raikkonen crawls home to fifth. Bottas is climbing out of his Williams at Turn 4. Great late drama!

Replays again show Raikkonen carrying way too much pace into Turn 4 down the inside. That incident already under investigation and Raikkonen might be in a bit of trouble after this one.

"What the f*** did he do!?" is Bottas' radio call.

"Well done Lewis, great job mate," Peter Bonnington tells Hamilton. He was in control from the moment Rosberg dropped out of the radio.

Lap 52

Fastest lap from Vettel narrows the gap to Hamilton to eight seconds. Bottas told to go to engine mode one after some wheelspin through the final corner and he isn't close enough to pass for third!

Raikkonen right up with both of them as well. Perez might just do this! One and a half laps left for a place on the podium.

Bottas down the inside of Turn 13! Raikkonen follows suit out of the corner. Brilliant driving from the Finns. Perez drops from third to fifth in the space of a corner and now Raikkonen all over the back of Bottas!

Lap 51

Bottas still no closer to passing Perez for third.

Hamilton being told not to use DRS as a precaution as he closes in on the chequered flag. He would only get it when passing traffic.

Bottas is now all over the back of Perez, helped by the absence of yellow flags in the middle sector.

Lap 50

Bottas opens up DRS but can't get close enough to Perez. He's going to have three more attempts at that part of the track. He should have the pace to keep him behind but good job from Perez.

Replays show Raikkonen had already got by Ricciardo when he started complaining about a broken suspension. Looks like the Australian was struggling to keep it in a straight line before pulling over at Turn 8.

Yellow flags through the middle sector helping Perez's cause a little bit. Bottas will be wary of the charging Raikkonen closing up behind him, too. Could be a grandstand finish.

Hamilton warned about some "suspect performance" from the rear wing. He's 11 seconds clear but will just be thinking about bringing the car home now.

Lap 49

Replays show a steward running across the track to collect the piece of debris! Vettel remarks "The debris has gone but we have a very brave Russian marshal on track".

Ricciardo has pulled over to the side of the race track, freeing up Raikkonen finally. The Ferrari driver responds to the clear air with a fastest lap.

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