Race Facts – Russian Grand Prix

In 2020, the Russian Grand Prix was one of few races on the calendar not to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The event was held on its original scheduled date, and took place in front of spectators. Due to social distancing, Sochi Autodrom opened its doors to around 50% of its usual capacity. An estimated 30,000 fans attended on each day of the race weekend. 

The Russian Grand Prix went ahead with a 50% capacity crowd in 2021, with tickets for the event selling out. The race came to a dramatic conclusion due to a change in weather conditions. Lando Norris recorded his maiden pole position and led most of the race – but rain in the closing stages saw Lewis Hamilton overtake the McLaren driver and record his 100th Formula 1 win.