Follow Sporting success is often about timing. The BBC team is led in the commentary box by Jonathan Legard, the authoritative former Radio 5 Live F1 commentator, who will sit next to Martin Brundle, the ex-driver turned award-winning broadcaster. Coulthard, 13 times a Grand Prix winner, has been signed up to provide expert analysis — and perhaps a little controversy. The colourful Scot, who retired at the end of last season after a year career in F1, is known for his forthright views, and a potentially prickly partnership with Eddie Jordan should make for compelling television.
After back-to-back successes for Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel earned an overdue win last time out when he took advantage of a strategical misstep from the Prancing Horse to overtake his team-mate in Singapore.
While Lewis Hamilton is poised to win the world championship again—the Mercedes driver has a point lead over his team-mate Valtteri Bottas with six races remaining—recent races have been exciting in isolation, with Ferrari and Red Bull offering much more significant competition to the Silver Arrows.
Those at the Sochi Autodrome on Sunday will hope for another fascinating encounter.
Here are the key viewing details for the race and a preview of what's to come from Russia. Time: p.
BST , a. Preview Overall, the season has been one to forget for Vettel, who has made a number of costly errors at critical points.
In Singapore, the German finally got it together. While he wasn't initially in a strong position to win early in the race, Ferrari's decision to bring him in before Leclerc worked in Vettel's favour, with the undercut tactic unexpectedly strong.
It meant that when Leclerc later emerged from the pits, he was behind Vettel.
Not only does the car appear more competitive, in Leclerc, they have one of the sport's most exciting young drivers. Had it not been for the error in strategy at Singapore, the Monegasque was on course for a third win in succession.
He's done well at Sochi previously, too, with his three wins in total unmatched by any other driver. A year ago, race leader Bottas let Hamilton overtake him to win in Russia, with the Briton taking a big step towards a fifth world title.
The Dutchman was also quickest in second practice, suggesting his pace will be good this weekend.
However, Mercedes have typically dominated at this track, with Hamilton and Bottas the only winners since Russia was added back to the calendar in So while the world champion has said he thinks Ferrari may be tough to beat for the remainder of the season, expect the Silver Arrows to bounce back on Sunday.
Prediction: 1. Hamilton, 2.
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