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2021 Formula One Russian Grand Prix

Formula One is back in action this weekend for the Russian Grand Prix, with the drivers and constructors championships still very much in contention.

The epic drivers championship battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton continues this weekend in Russia. One of the tightest F1 points battles in memory ended in a collision last time out, with the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers colliding at Monza and ending the race for both.

Fan opinions were predictably mixed on who was at fault in the incident, but the stewards sided with Hamilton and handed Verstappen a 3-place grid penalty for the upcoming Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. This is a site the Mercedes could hold a slight advantage in versus Red Bull, so the three grid places could prove significant.

The Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago proved to be an exciting race on a number of fronts, and no one was more happy with the outcome than McLaren team and their supporters. Daniel Ricciardo silenced many of his critics who had accused him of being past his prime and claimed victory at Monza. He was joined on the podium by his teammate Lando Norris, who solidified the 1-2 finish for McLaren. Ricciardo also claimed the fastest lap late in the race, showing that the team had more speed in their car on tap if needed. This was a big statement for the team.

Valtteri Bottas is in his final season at Mercedes, but he’s performing well. He claimed the final podium spot in Italy behind the McLarens, and importantly for his current team he was two positions ahead of Sergio Perez. This has opened up the hotly contested constructors championship to an 18-point Mercedes lead.

The excellent constructors battle between McLaren and Ferrari this season has cooled slightly after the dominant McLaren outing at Monza. But, a strong showing from Ferrari at Sochi could take a significant chunk out of the 13.5-point advantage McLaren currently holds.

Near the back of the field, Nikita Mazepin will be looking to perform well to his home crowd, and has some good news to carry into this race with the recent announcement of the renewal of his Haas contract through 2022. He and teammate Mick Schumacher are the only two drivers who have yet to score a point this season, so don’t hold your breath for Mazepin to emulate Hamilton and Verstappen’s home win results this season.

Who do you think will take victory at Sochi this weekend? Will the 3-place grid penalty have a significant impact on the end result of the race? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo credits: Haas F1 Team
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Weird crash for Lando at the end of FP1, anyone know the cause of that?
 
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Bets on which lap Hamilton and Verstappen crash into each other on.
I'm going to go with lap 3.
They are both going to try to punt each other off and then blame it on each other, my bet turn 4 lap 1
 
Max has a gridpenalty of 3 so it's not likely that he will be near enough to Lewis for another collision in the first laps.
If Lewis does his pitstop first, he might come back on track just before Max like on Monza. But there's a long flat out part from the pitlane until T1 so even that won't be a problem I think.
 
Max has a gridpenalty of 3 so it's not likely that he will be near enough to Lewis for another collision in the first laps.
If Lewis does his pitstop first, he might come back on track just before Max like on Monza. But there's a long flat out part from the pitlane until T1 so even that won't be a problem I think.
Dont forget the rain
 
Max has a gridpenalty of 3 so it's not likely that he will be near enough to Lewis for another collision in the first laps.
If Lewis does his pitstop first, he might come back on track just before Max like on Monza. But there's a long flat out part from the pitlane until T1 so even that won't be a problem I think.
Or it will be a open lobby on any racing game where he doesn't brake just full throttle into Hamilton
 
Max has a gridpenalty of 3 so it's not likely that he will be near enough to Lewis for another collision in the first laps.
If Lewis does his pitstop first, he might come back on track just before Max like on Monza. But there's a long flat out part from the pitlane until T1 so even that won't be a problem I think.
Grid penalty to the back of the grid now
 
Hopefully we will have a lot of drizzle (not rain or we wont see a race), otherwise we may be in for the dullest GP of the year yet.
 
Could be a very interesting quali saturday with the expected heavy rain? It is not sure if FP3 and even quali will take place? Yeah expected rain. We'll see

Edit: should have read comments before typing...@Blekenblue already wrote more or less the same :thumbsup:

Missed FP1 & 2...duty calls.
 
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