Russian Grand Prix – Full coverage

A round-up of all of ESPN’s coverage of the Russian Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel looks to reduce the 40-point deficit to Lewis Hamilton in the race for the title.

2018 Russian Grand Prix Schedule on ESPN Networks (all times Eastern)

Friday, September 28
Practice 1 – Friday, Sept. 28, 3:55 AM – ESPNU
Practice 2 – Friday, Sept. 28, 7:55 AM – ESPNU

Saturday, September 29
Practice 3 – Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:55 AM – ESPN2
Qualifying – Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:55 AM – ESPN2

Sunday, September 30
On The Grid – Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:30 AM – ESPN2
Race – Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:05 AM – ESPN2
Encore – Sunday, Sept. 30, 8:30 PM – ESPNEWS
Encore – Monday, Oct. 1, 0.00 AM – ESPN2

Build-up

Haas planning driver announcement ahead of U.S. GP
Haas expects to have its 2019 line-up confirmed in time for the U.S. Grand Prix in October.

Uralkali sues administrators of Force India F1 team
Russian potash producer Uralkali announced legal action against the administrators of the Force India Formula One team on Thursday after losing out in what it called a “flawed sale process”.

Toro Rosso set to confirm Daniil Kvyat return
Toro Rosso is expected to confirm the return of former driver Daniil Kvyat during this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Perez: Sirotkin collision wasn’t borne out of frustration
Sergio Perez insists his controversial collision with Sergey Sirotkin at the Singapore Grand Prix was down to a misjudgement in the distance between the cars rather than aggression.

Ocon: Social media hate for Stroll ‘not normal’
Force India driver Esteban Ocon has defended his “best mate” Lance Stroll after the Canadian received negative attention on social media for taking Ocon’s place on the grid next year.

Grosjean: Big gap between the top six and the rest the problem, not blue flags
Romain Grosjean believes the discussion surrounding blue flags in Formula One wouldn’t be happening if the performance gap between the top three teams and midfield was smaller.

Formula One confirms Miami Fan Festival alongside U.S Grand Prix
Formula One has confirmed its final Fan Festival of the year will take place in Miami alongside the U.S. Grand Prix in October.

Vettel: Ferrari morale is still high despite mistakes
Sebastian Vettel insists the atmosphere at Ferrari has not been poisoned by the team’s recent run of disappointing results.

Hamilton taking nothing for granted despite healthy championship lead
Lewis Hamilton insists his approach won’t change at the final six races of the season.

Vandoorne considering IndyCar, Formula E for 2019
Stoffel Vandoorne will not accept a season sat on the sidelines in 2019, with the Belgian’s dream scenario being a full racing programme away from Formula One alongside a smaller role with one of its teams.

Preview

Russian Grand Prix preview: No more mistakes or excuses for Ferrari
A win on the streets of Singapore has given Lewis Hamilton a 40-point lead in the drivers’ standings and left Sebastian Vettel desperate for victory in Russia.

Video

Will the pressure be on Ferrari in Sochi?
Jennie Gow and Maurice Hamilton discuss how the Russian circuit favours the Ferrari cars over Mercedes, so the pressure will be on Sebastian Vettel to win.