Just how fast were the Mercedes in Russia?
Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate tour on a set of very well-used soft tyres. Meanwhile Felipe Massa, lapping on a set of much fresher super-softs, was almost two-thirds of a second slower than him.
Valtteri Bottas ran the same strategy as Rosberg but his best lap was two seconds slower than the race winner’s.
McLaren will have drawn some encouragement from seeing Fernando Alonso post the fifth-fastest lap of the race. He lapped 1.2s off Rosberg’s pace on the same lap while also running a set of the soft tyres.
Alonso’s lap times picked up considerably over the final ten laps of the race – suggesting he had might have accessed a higher engine mode. They also periodically dropped off considerably, most likely because he was being lapped in the closing stages.
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2016 Russian Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
2016 Russian Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’41.179||2.085||46|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’41.897||2.803||47|
|13||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’42.029||2.935||32|
|15||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’42.205||3.111||41|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’42.344||3.250||44|
2016 Russian Grand Prix
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- 2016 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript