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The Big Quiz - test your Russian F1 knowledge

26 Apr 2016

Sochi has only hosted two Grands Prix, while only two Russians have ever raced in F1 - so how hard can our quiz be? It’s time to put your knowledge to the test…

Answers at the bottom of the page

Question 1:

Daniil Kvyat became the first Russian to race on home soil in 2014. But where did he qualify for the inaugural event - fifth, seventh or ninth? 

Question 2:

What did Sergey Zlobin become the first Russian to do at Fiorano, Italy, in September 2002?

Question 3:

Which two drivers are shown here doing battle around Sochi’s daunting Turn 3 in 2014?

Question 4:

Who was fastest in the first ever F1 practice session on Russian soil on October 10, 2014?  

Question 5:

Whose big crash on lap 11 of the 2015 Russian Grand Prix brought out the safety car?

Question 6:

What unfortunate event caused FP1 to be delayed by several minutes at last year’s Russian Grand Prix?

Question 7:

Which driver clocked the first fastest lap of his career on his way to third place in Russia in 2014?

Question 8:

Sergio Perez finished third in last year’s Russian Grand Prix, but was it his third, fifth or seventh career podium?

Question 9:

Last year, the stewards deemed Kimi Raikkonen to blame for the controversial final lap clash with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas shown in the video below. But what punishment did the Ferrari star receive?

Question 10:

Mercedes have led every lap in Russian Grand Prix history to date, true or false?

Question 11:

Which driver celebrated his 250th Grand Prix start at last year’s Russian Grand Prix?

Question 12:

Where and when did Russia’s first Grand Prix driver Vitaly Petrov score the only podium of his F1 career?

Question 13:

Which two drivers are pictured below colliding on the opening lap at Sochi last year?

Question 14:

Which Russian driver made his one and only F1 practice appearance to date during FP1 at Sochi in 2014, finishing 17th for Sauber? 

Question 15:

Midland became the first Russian-registered team to compete in F1 in 2006, but which two drivers formed their original line-up?


1. Fifth, which was then a career-best grid slot; 2. He became the first Russian to drive an F1 car in anger, testing for Minardi; 3. Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen; 4. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg; 5. Romain Grosjean’s; 6. A pre-session diesel spillage on the track; 7. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas; 8. Fifth; 9. A 10-second stop-and-go penalty, which was converted into a 30s time penalty since he was not able to serve his punishment during the race; 10. True; 11. Fernando Alonso; 12. Australia, 2011; 13. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson; 14. Sergey Sirotkin; 15. Tiago Monteiro and Christijan Albers.


How did you get on?

0-5: Back of the grid

6-10: Solid midfield runner

11-15: Top of the podium