Formula 1 ventures to the Olympic city of Sochi this weekend for the fifth world championship running of the Russian Grand Prix with the title race nearing its conclusion.

Victory in Singapore saw Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes forge a 40-point points lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers' championship with six rounds to go this year, with the Briton in a fine run of form that has seen him win four of the last five races.

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Vettel and Ferrari will be eager to bounce back in Russia this weekend, but history is not on the team's side: Mercedes has won every running of the F1 race in Sochi, its most recent win coming courtesy of Valtteri Bottas in 2017.

Can Vettel cut the gap in Russia? Or will Hamilton pull further clear in an increasingly one-sided title battle? All will become clear over the coming weekend.

When is the Russian Grand Prix?

The 2018 Russian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 30 September. Cars will hit the track for the first time during FP1 and FP2 on Friday, before final practice and qualifying continues on Saturday.

Where is the Russian Grand Prix taking place?

The Russian Grand Prix is held at the Sochi Autodrom in the Olympic city of Sochi. The track is 5.848 km long, with the race set to last 53 laps.

Where can I watch the Russian Grand Prix?

The 2018 Russian Grand Prix is being shown live on Sky Sports F1, with highlights being shown on Channel 4 (UK only).

Friday 14th September

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP FP1 - 8:45am

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP FP2 – 12:45pm

Saturday 15th September

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP FP3 - 9:45am

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP Qualifying Build-up - 12:00pm (Session start 1:00pm)

Channel 4 F1 Russian GP Qualifying Highlights - 4:30pm

Sunday 16th September

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP Pit Lane LIVE - 10:30am

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP On the Grid - 11:30am

LIVE Sky Sports F1 Russian GP Race - 12:10pm

Channel 4 F1 Russian GP Race Highlights – 6:45pm

How else can I follow the 2018 Russian Grand Prix?

Besides the TV coverage, Crash.net will be reporting live from the Sochi paddock this weekend with live commentary from all sessions, plus the usual news, interviews and features. Updates will also be posted to Crash.net's F1 Twitter account (@CRASH_NET_F1).

Recent Russian GP F1 Winners

2017: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Where can I watch Formula 1 in 2018?

ALL F1 races, qualifying and practice sessions will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, with Channel 4 dual-broadcasting a selection of races LIVE on terrestrial television.

25 March Australian Grand Prix

8 April Bahrain Grand Prix

15 April Chinese Grand Prix

29 April Azerbaijan Grand Prix

13 May Spanish Grand Prix

27 May Monaco Grand Prix

10 June Canadian Grand Prix

24 June French Grand Prix

1 July Austrian Grand Prix

8 July British Grand Prix

22 July German Grand Prix

29 July Hungarian Grand Prix

26 August Belgian Grand Prix

2 September Italian Grand Prix

16 September Singapore Grand Prix

30 September Russian Grand Prix

7 October Japanese Grand Prix

21 October United States Grand Prix

28 October Mexican Grand Prix

11 November Brazilian Grand Prix

25 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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