Russian Grand Prix: What Can We Expect?

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Round 4 of the 2016 Formula One season and we're off to the Black Sea, to the racing outpost of Sochi, Russia. A Mercedes hunting ground since the first race in 2014, expect the Silver Arrows to dominate once again, either in the form of a resurgent Lewis Hamilton or a rampant Nico Rosberg.

It's early days in this long season, but Lewis Hamilton is already having to fend off questions about his motivation and lifestyle. The heated rivalry between the Brit and his German team-mate hasn't quite reached boiling point so far this season, but the long Rosberg continues to win, the further the tension will rise for Hamilton. He sorely needs a win to truly get his season underway. If Rosberg does make it seven out of seven in Russia this Sunday, not only will he extend the gap at the top of the Championship table, he'll go level with the great Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari for most wins in a row, two behind Sebastian Vettel's seemingly untouchable record of nine.

Elsewhere, it'll be interesting to see if Red Bull's Daniil Kyvat can push on from his impressive outing in China last time out and claim another podium finish at his home race. The Red Bull are slowly but surely on the road to recovery this season, and they look to have the pace to stake the claim that they are the third fastest team this year. The two Red Bulls struggled last year, finishing in P10 and P11, but they should do a lot better this time out.

There has been a fair bit of criticism thrown aimed at Sochi since it's debut race in 2014, from costs to entertainment, but it'd unfair to dismiss this circuit as just another cash cow for Formula One. It's a deceptively quick circuit; drivers will spend around half of the lap on full throttle come Sunday, and top speeds will hover around the 315 km/h mark. The Safety Car has been deployed in both of the races held at the circuit, so expect action and sparks to fly. What odds a first corner collision between Hamilton and Rosberg when the lights go out?

Philip Boeckman

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