Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished 14th and 16th in today’s Russian Grand Prix, both completing one-stop races and adopting identical tyre strategies, starting on the Ultrasoft compound before an early switch to the Soft.
Running an alternate strategy to the cars ahead, both drivers made good headway early in the race on the Soft tyres, however Carlos was hampered by early contact damage to the floor and sidepod vane on the right-hand side of his car, meaning he dropped back through the race. Nico ran as high as seventh, however he finished two-places shy of the points. The team remain in fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship.
Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne ended this afternoon’s Russian Grand Prix free practice session in 17th and 18th positions respectively. Both drivers spent the day evaluating a suite of component and set-up changes aimed at improving the MCL33’s performance and the team’s understanding of the car.
The final flyaway races of the season continue with Sergey’s home race, the Russian Grand Prix, next up on the calendar. Sochi sets the scene for round 16 after a sweaty race around the streets of Singapore last time out. Both Lance and Sergey brought the cars home in a race of high attrition with reliability proving one of the FW41’s stronger suits. Sergey’s come close to a podium finish in Formula 2 at the Sochi Autodrom, meanwhile Lance just missed out on the points last year. We look forward to seeing what this year’s race brings…