Team by team anal­y­sis af­ter Rus­sian GP

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in the clos­ing laps. Raikko­nen re­turned to the podium for the first time since Aus­tria last July, and also set the fastest lap.

z RED BULL (Max Ver­stap­pen 5, Daniel Ric­cia­rdo re­tired)

Ver­stap­pen im­proved from sev­enth at the start, pass­ing Ric­cia­rdo and Massa, but the rest of the race was un­event­ful. He was at least lucky to make the grid, af­ter a water leak was de­tected just be­fore the start.

Ric­cia­rdo re­tired with an over­heat­ing right rear brake that caught fire.

z FORCE IN­DIA (Ser­gio Perez 6, Este­ban Ocon 7)

Perez chalked up his 14th suc­ces­sive points fin­ish as Force In­dia closed the gap on Red Bull to 26 points and con­sol­i­dated fourth place.

Ocon had his best re­sult so far as the team had their sev­enth dou­ble-scor­ing fin­ish in a row.

z WIL­LIAMS (Felipe Massa 9, Lance Stroll 11)

Massa was sixth for much of the race but had to make a sec­ond stop on lap 41 due to a slow punc­ture.

Stroll spun early on, drop­ping the rookie to the back of the field, but he re­cov­ered for his first fin­ish in For­mula One.

z TORO ROSSO (Car­los Sainz 10, Daniil Kvyat 12)

Sainz had a three-place grid penalty and started 14th, with Kvyat 12th, but still scored for the third time in four races to deny his team­mate a point in the Rus­sian’s home race.

Kvyat lost out at the start and was un­happy with an early pit­stop called by the team.

z HAAS (Kevin Mag­nussen 13, Ro­main Gros­jean re­tired)

Mag­nussen col­lected a fivesec­ond penalty for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its and fin­ished where he started.

Gros­jean was in a col­li­sion with Palmer at turn two of the first lap, with both blam­ing the other and stew­ards tak­ing no ac­tion.

z RE­NAULT (Nico Hulken­berg 8, Jolyon Palmer re­tired)

Hulken­berg added four points to the two he scored in Bahrain for an im­prov­ing team who are clos­ing on Haas.

Palmer has yet to score and en­dured a trou­bled week­end, with a chas­sis and en­gine change on Sat­ur­day fol­lowed by crashes in qual­i­fy­ing and race.

z SAUBER (Mar­cus Eric­s­son 15, Pas­cal Wehrlein 16)

Still no points for the Swiss­based team, who an­nounced a Honda en­gine deal for 2018 ear­lier in the day. Sauber strug­gled to get the tyres work­ing prop­erly.

z MCLAREN (Stof­fel Van­doorne 14, Fer­nando Alonso non starter)

Another dis­mal week­end. No points yet this sea­son and for the sec­ond race in a row only one car on the grid. Alonso stopped on the for­ma­tion lap, caus­ing the start to be aborted, with a Honda power unit prob­lem. Van­doorne started last af­ter a 15place penalty due to other prob­lems with the en­gine. Reuters

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