Total number of race laps: 53
Complete race distance: 309.745 kilometers (192.467 miles)
Pit lane speed limit: 60 kph (37.3 mph)
This 5.848-kilometer (3.634-mile), 18-turn Sochi Autodrom has hosted Formula One since 2014, with last year’s Russian Grand Prix serving as the venue’s seventh grand prix.
No. of winning drivers: 3
No. of winning constructors: 1
Races won from pole: 2 (28.6%)
Race winner avg. start position: 2.0
Distance to Turn One: 450m/0.280 miles (longest of season: Barcelona, 730m/0.454 miles)
Longest straight: 650m/0.404 miles (longest of the season: China, 1.17km/0.727 miles)
Top speed: 345km/h/214mph, on the approach to Turn One (fastest of season: Monza, 350km/h/217mph)
Full throttle: 60 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)
Fuel consumption: 1.9kg per lap, which is high.
Grip levels: Low. The high level of tar in the asphalt makes it very smooth. This will break down with time, meaning grip levels will improve, but the engineers don’t expect a great change from last year, when the surface was very smooth and unabrasive.
Stats and facts:
Sochi is the third longest circuit on the calendar stretching 5.848km/3.634-miles. The city also competes with Australia’s Perth for the official title of longest city in the world. Sochi runs along the shoreline for roughly 145 kilometres (90 miles).
The Sochi Autodrom is the second circuit on this year’s revised calendar to incorporate a former Olympic venue, the other being the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona ’92).
A single lap of the Sochi Autodrom sees Formula 1 drivers input approximately 65 gear changes, that’s 3,445 times over an entire race distance.
Sochi is the flattest circuit on the calendar with just 1.9m elevation. Over the course of the race, drivers will climb 100.7m, which is the equivalent to just one lap of Spa-Francorchamps.
The Sochi Autodrom is one of the many new Formula One circuits designed by Hermann Tilke. It is an exceptionally technical circuit, characterized by hard braking into low-speed corners. However, it is also one of the longest tracks in Formula One, as only Spa-Francorchamps (7.004 kilometers/4.352 miles), Baku City Circuit (6.006 kilometers/3.732 miles) and Silverstone (5.891 kilometers/3.660 miles) are longer.