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Vital statistics - the Russian Grand Prix

08 Oct 2014

Russia may never have hosted a Grand Prix before, but did you know that both of the Russians to have entered an F1 race have scored points? Or how about the fact that Sochi is the third-longest circuit on the calendar?

We outline all the need-to-know facts, stats and trivia ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix…

Circuit: Sochi Autodrom

Circuit length: 5.848 km (only Belgium and Great Britain are longer)

Circuit width: ranges between 13m to 15m

Number of corners: 18 (12 right, 6 left)

Projected maximum speed: 320 km/h (between Turns 1 and 2)

Projected average speed: 215 km/h

Projected lap time: 1m 36.9s

Longest straight: 650m (between Turns 1 and 2)

DRS zones: 2 - the first is between Turns 1 and 2 with the detection point prior to Turn 1; the second is between turns 10 and 12 with the detection point prior to Turn 10

Race laps: 53

Race distance: 309.745 km

2014 tyre compounds: soft, medium

Wins in first race at a brand new circuit (current grid): 2 - Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel; 1- Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen

Podiums in first race at a brand new circuit (current grid): 5 - Fernando Alonso; 4 - Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button; 3 - Sebastian Vettel; 2 - Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen; 1 - Nico Rosberg

Fascinating fact: - Sochi Autodrom is the only racing circuit in the world to be located in an Olympic venue, Sochi having played host to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in February this year

Number of Russian drivers to have started at least one Grand Prix: 2 (Vitaly Petrov, Daniil Kvyat)

Best finish by a Russian driver in F1: 3rd (Vitaly Petrov, Australia, 2011)

Best finish by Daniil Kvyat in 2014: 9th (Australia, Great Britain, Belgium)

Percentage of 2014 season complete: 79 percent

Maximum number of world championship points still available to a single driver: 125

Significant running sequences going into this weekend: Lewis Hamilton - 3 consecutive Grand Prix wins; Mercedes - 15 consecutive podiums; Renault - 114 consecutive races in the points as an engine manufacturer; Daniel Ricciardo - 13 consecutive points finishes; Mercedes - 7 consecutive pole positions

Potential record breakers: Mercedes have scored eight one-two finishes this year. They need two more over the remaining four races to tie McLaren's 1988 record of 10 one-twos in a season, and three more to eclipse it

Turbo history: If a Ferrari-powered car wins the race it will be the first Ferrari turbo win since the 1988 Italian Grand Prix