Top ten pictures from the 2018 Russian Grand Prix

Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2018 Russian Grand Prix weekend.

Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Sergey Sirotkin, Williams, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

After three practice appearances at Sochi, Sergey Sirotkin finally got to start his home race.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

A strange sight at the beginning of first practice: Five drivers who were destined for grid position penalties lined up at the pit exit to influence their race starting order. Fernando Alonso won the race to wait at the red light.

Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

Toro Rosso confirmed Daniil Kvyat will replace Pierre Gasly next year – but will there be a place for Brendon Hartley?

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

After a tough Friday, Saturday didn’t get off to a good start for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel failed to reach the pit exit for his final run before the session ended and had to traipse back to the garage.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

Max Verstappen, F1’s youngest-ever race-winner, podium-visitor and fastest-lapper, hit the ripe age of 21 on race day. He celebrated it with a consummate drive, climbing 14 places to finish fifth.

Start

Start, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Start, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

Having locked out the front row of the grid, Mwercedes out-manouevred Ferrari perfectly at the start.

Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

Brake problems caused spins and retirements for both Toro Rosso drivers.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

A tactical blunder by Mercedes dropped Lewis Hamilton behind Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver resisted hard at first, but Hamilton forced his way by at turn four.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

After following the Mercedes pair home, Vettel investigated the state of their rear tyres.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Sochi Autodrom, 2018Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Sochi Autodrom, 2018

Hamilton consoled Valtteri Bottas, who gave up what looked like being his first win of the year.

2018 Russian Grand Prix pictures