Team by team analysis of the Russian Formula One Grand Prix

(Reuters) – Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, round 16 of the 21-race Formula One season (listed in championship order): Hamilton started on the front row and took his ninth win of the season, his fourth in Sochi and 82nd of his career. The Briton is 73 points clear of Bottas, Mercedes 162 ahead of Ferrari. This was the team’s eighth one-two of the year. Hamilton also set a record of 143 races led, one more than Michael Schumacher. He pitted and kept the lead when Vettel’s retirement triggered a virtual safety car. Leclerc started on pole position for the fourth race in a row, but lost out at the start to Vettel who slipstreamed past in an agreed move to put Hamilton behind the Ferraris. Vettel then sped away rather than hand back the lead immediately, with the positions eventually reversed in the pitstops. Vettel stopped on track with a problem in a hybrid part of the power unit, bringing out the virtual safety car. Verstappen moved up from ninth on the grid while Albon started from the pit lane after crashing in qualifying and having a power unit change. Both made some good overtakes and felt the placings were the best they could have done. S...

Mytilineos concerned about PPC, may opt out of power unit tender | Business

Evangelos Mytilineos said the government ‘is continuing with the construction of a plant that won’t operate – a 1.5-billion-euro investment,’ referring to the fifth PPC unit being constructed at Ptolemaida. Mytilineos group head Evangelos Mytilineos has expressed concern over the future of Public Power Corporation, suggesting his company could withdraw from the tender for PPC’s lignite-powered units. Addressing the listed group’s annual general meeting on Monday, Mytilineos made no secret of his worries about the way things are going at the country’s biggest utility and the potential impact on the entire economy, calling for decisions based on cross-party consensus, while asking all parties to publicize their plans for PPC. “I see a government that is doing nothing for PPC, as if there were no problems. It is continuing with the construction of a plant that won’t operate – a 1.5-billion-euro investment,” he stated referring to the fifth unit being constructed at Ptolemaida – “while we are building a plant for 300 million euros.” He added that “we have also heard the main opposition say it will implement radical solutions, without saying what they would be.” The businessman furth...