Russian Grand Prix: UK start time, date, prediction, TV schedule, standings, calendar and betting odds – F1 preview

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Last time | Nico Rosberg won the Russian Grand Prix in 2016: Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton is preparing for the Russian leg to his title duel with Sebastian Vettel as the Brit bids to claw back ground in the Formula One world title race.

The German won last time out in Bahrain to move seven points clear in the drivers' standings after three races.

But Mercedes celebrated a one-two in Russia last season and the cold Sochi conditions are likely to play into their hands again.

“Sochi is a smoother track and less abrasive on the tyres, so they can go quite a long way,” said Hamilton.

“Hopefully we can rely on the pace of our car there rather than our use of the tyres.”

Below is the breakdown of everything you need to know ahead of the race...

DATE, TIME AND VENUE (all times UK)

The race will begin at 1pm at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday April 30.

First practice, 9am (Friday), second practice, 1pm (Friday), third practice 10am (Saturday), qualifying 1pm (Saturday).

IS IT ON TV?

The race will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with coverage starting at 11.30am.

Sky Q customers will be able to watch the race in Ultra HD.

Alternatively, you can watch the race live on Channel 4, with coverage starting at 12am.

TEAMS AND DRIVERS

MERCEDES

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

RED BULL

Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen

FERRARI

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

FORCE INDIA

Drivers: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon

WILLIAMS

Drivers: Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll

MCLAREN

Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne

TORO ROSSO

Drivers: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat

HAAS

Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

RENAULT

Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer

SAUBER

Drivers: Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein

2017 CALENDAR AND TV (all times UK)

Mar 27 Australia Melbourne | Won by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari

Apr 9 China Shanghai | Won by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes

Apr 16 Bahrain Sakhir | Won by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari

Apr 30 Russia Sochi 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

May 14 Spain Barcelona 1pm, SSF1

May 28 Monaco Monte Carlo 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Jun 11 Canada Montreal 7pm, SSF1

Jun 25 Europe Baku 2pm, SSF1 & CH4

Jul 9 Austria Spielberg 1pm¸ SSF1

Jul 16 British Silverstone 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Jul 30 Hungary Budapest 1pm, SSF1

Aug 27 Belgian Spa F’champs 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Sept 3 Italy Monza 1pm, SSF1

Sept 17 Singapore Singapore 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

Oct 1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 8am, SSF1 & CH4

Oct 8 Japan Suzuka 6am, SSF1

Oct 22 United States Texas 8pm, SSF1 & CH4

Oct 29 Mexico Mexico City 7pm, SSF1

Nov 12 Brazil Sao Paulo 4pm, SSF1

Nov 26 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina 1pm, SSF1 & CH4

PREDICTION

BETTING ODDS (via 888Sport)

  • Sebastian Vettel – 1/2
  • Lewis Hamilton – 9/2
  • Kimi Raikkonen – 5/1
  • Valtteri Bottas – 6/1
  • Daniel Ricciardo - 100/1
  • Max Verstappen – 100/1
  • Felipe Massa – 200/1

Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of April 30 at 12pm

STANDINGS

F1 DRIVERS TABLE | 2017

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 68
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 61
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 38
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 25
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 22
7 Felipe Massa Williams 16
8 Sergio Perez Force India 14
9 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 10
10 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 4
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 4
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 3
13 Niko Hulkenberg Renault 2
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2
15 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 0
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 0
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 0
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 0
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren 0
21 Lance Stroll Williams 0

F1 CONSTRUCTOR TABLE | 2017

Pos Team Points
1 Ferrari 102
2 Mercedes 99
3 Red Bull 47
4 Force India 17
5 Williams 16
6 Toro Rosso 12
7 Haas F1 8
8 Renault 2
9 Sauber 0
10 McLaren 0
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