- Valterri Bottas/Mercedes
- Max Verstappen/Red Bull
- Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes
The Russian Grand Prix featured a mix of Safety Cars, double time penalties, and continued Mercedes dominance.
- The Mercedes Benz front row grid lockout ended with Max Verstappen lining up beside Lewis Hamilton.
- Lewis Hamilton received (2) two 5 second time penalties for conducting practice starts outside the designated area. Two violations of Race Director’s Events Notes (19.2).
- The Sochi Autodrom continued its tradition of safety cars appearing on the opening lap. Three of the last four years have resulted in a safety car on the first lap. This streak looks to remain unbroken for another year. Casualties included Carlos Sainz (striking a wall) and Lance Stroll (bumped by Charles LeClerc and spun) both retiring on the opening lap.