Top ten pictures from the 2017 Russian Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 Russian Grand Prix weekend.

Daniil Kvyat’s helmet

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

One year on, Daniil Kvyat poked fun at his ‘torpedoing’ of Sebastian Vettel, which cost him his Red Bull seat.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

There was joy at Ferrari when Sebastian Vettel led the team’s first front-row lock-out for nine years.

Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

This week was Stoffel Vandoorne’s turn to get the working McLaren-Honda, while Fernando Alonso’s broke down before the start.

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer, Renault, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Jolyon Palmer, Renault, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

It turned out to be a short race for Jolyon Palmer.

Start

Start, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Start, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

A superb start by Valtteri Bottas fired him past both Ferraris by the first corner.

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Romain Grosjean, Haas, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

Romain Grosjean tangled with Palmer at the first corner, putting both out.

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll, Williams, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Lance Stroll, Williams, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

Qualifying didn’t go well and he spun on the first lap but Lance Stroll at least saw the chequered flag.

Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

Vettel was not happy to see Felipe Massa get between him and Bottas at the start of the final lap.

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2017
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

Bottas hung on for victory by just six-tenths of a second over Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom

Lewis Hamilton congratulated his team mate on his breakthrough victory.

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6 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2017 Russian Grand Prix”

  1. wasn’t the torpedo thing in China?

    1. @johnmilk Yes it was. Not sure what Kvyat is trying there. His antics cost him the seat at RB.
      Not an occasion worth celebrating :)

      1. Fukobayashi (@offdutyrockstar)
        3rd May 2017, 14:05

        @evered7 oh lighten up. Actually the torpedo comment referred to the “incident” where Vettel needlessly moaned about nothing and Kvyat scored a podium.

        The next race in Sochi is what cost him his RB seat, which lets be honest having seen Max in action and with Red Bull being privy to that data all along would have happened sooner rather than later anyway.

        1. @offdutyrockstar Actually I can laugh a whole lot about it. His reply in China was ‘that they were both on the podium and hence no damage caused’, then it cost his place at his team for trying to torpedo Vettel out of the track.

          RB knew they had a good car with them and it made most sense to replace the guy with someone who can actually bring the car home in points or maybe podium. Easiest decision RB would have ever had to make.

          1. Fukobayashi (@offdutyrockstar)
            4th May 2017, 10:19

            @evered7 that’s what im saying though, the ‘torpedo’ incident happened at China when he scored a podium. It has nothing to do with his demotion.

            The double rear shunt in Sochi is NOT the torpedo incident and that is what cost him his seat.

            So there is no reason for him to feel shameful about the torpedo comment, he raced well in that particular instance and he’s probably quite proud that he shook a 4x WDC that much!

  2. That caption for the Stoffel’s photo? A gem :)

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