Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday 17th April 2017. Sakhir, Bahrain.

Force India preview the Russian Grand Prix

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday 17th April 2017. Sakhir, Bahrain.

Force India preview the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Round 4 of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrom.

Vijay Mallya: “Three races out of three with both cars in the points is a super start to our season. We’re up in fourth place in the championship and making the most of the opportunities. Races such as Bahrain showed our strengths as a team. We never gave up, even after a difficult Saturday, and we raced hard on Sunday. Sergio extended his points scoring run to thirteen races, which is a tremendous achievement and shows our consistency as a team. Esteban did well to score another point and we are pleased with his performance so far. It means we can head to Russia in good spirits and determined to pick up some more points.”

Brad Joyce, Esteban Ocon’s Race Engineer, talks about the technical challenges of the Sochi Autodrom: The circuit in Sochi is very challenging for the car and very different from the tracks on which we have raced so far this year. There are a lot of low- and medium-speed corners that require heavy braking; at the same time, you have some very fast corners – turn three and 12 in particular – that can take the life out of the tyres. Fuel management is important as you spend a lot of time on full throttle: this track actually boasts the highest race fuel requirement in the whole calendar. The track surface is smooth and we expect lower tyre degradation compared to the first races of the year, so we are back to the softest compounds of the Pirelli range. Like in Bahrain, proximity to the coast can make this place very windy so we will need to be able to adapt to changing circumstances on Saturday and Sunday.

Key points:

many low- and medium-speed 90 degree corners
very high full throttle time, highest fuel requirements of the year in the race
smooth tarmac with low tyre degradation