Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Recap September 2021 – Sudden Rain

Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Recap September 2021 – Sudden Rain

Round 15 of Formula 1, the Russian Grand Prix, gave us one thrill of an ending! Let’s just jump right into the results and go over the details:

*Starting Grid*

  1. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  3. George Russell (Williams)

Lap 1 involved heavy traffic into the first few turns and corners, and several drivers had to go over the chicanes to avoid any potential accidents. Most notable was when Fernando Alonso (Alpine) flew off the track, but recovered immediately back into the race. Heavy traffic in the first few turns is quite common, as every driver is using the bunch up of cars as an opportunity to pass and gain position.

Fast forward to Lap 13, all was well and we saw proper racing with the first team opting to pit. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) became the first with several teams following on Lap 14, 15, and 16.

A bit later into the race, Lap 27, the rest of the remaining teams pitted and opted for Hard Tires to go the distance.

On Lap 33, Mick Schumacher (Haas) had to unfortunately retire due to a Hydraulic issue with his car and settle for a DNF, the one thing no driver ever wants to do.

Lap 48 gave a twist to the race, heavy rain started to appear and the decision for “Intermediate” tires became an option. Many teams pitted quite quickly without hesitation, while some did not.

On Lap 49 a small collision between both Aston Martin drivers, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel, occurred due to an approaching corner and getting too close to one another. They touched wheels and front wings, though no damage was reported and the two continued on.

Lap 50 presented another collision between Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), causing Gasly to spin a complete 360 and Stroll going off into the gravel and colliding into the safety wall. Fortunately both drivers were ok and were in good enough shape to continue the race after the collision. Additionally, Nicholas Latifi (Williams) had to retire his car and settle for a DNF on Lap 50. This leads to a total of 2 drivers being out for mechanical issues.

Lap 51 struck Lando Norris (McLaren) as he spun out and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) took the lead. While almost every team pitted when rain made a sudden appearance, Lando Norris opted to stay out and go for a heavy lead. Due to Norris still being on Hard tires, the wetness of the track prevailed and caused Norris to have zero traction. Suffering lap times and slowing down ultimately led to a spin out (no damage) and Hamilton passed Norris. This same experience of being on Hard tires and having no traction additionally happened to Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), no damage occurred during his spin out.

Before the race came to a finish, we witnessed an impressive climb from Max Verstappen (Red Bull) from last place to a 2nd place podium finish! Max was forced to take a last place grid penalty after swapping out a new power unit, just like Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) did the prior Grand Prix in Italy and climbed from last to 3rd place podium!

 

The results of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix resulted in the following:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
  3. Carlos Sainz – Ferrari
  4. (Fastest Lap) Lando Norris – McLaren – 1:37:423

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 246.5
  2. Max Verstappen – 244.5
  3. Valtteri Bottas – 151
  4. Lando Norris – 139
  5. Sergio Perez – 120
  6. Carlos Sainz – 112.5
  7. Charles LeClerc – 104
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – 94
  9. Pierre Gasly – 66
  10. Fernando Alonso – 58
  11. Esteban Ocon – 45
  12. Sebastian Vettel – 35
  13. Lance Stroll – 24
  14. Yuki Tsunoda – 18
  15. George Russell – 16
  16. Nicholas Latifi – 7
  17. Kimi Raikkonen – 6
  18. Antonio Giovinazzi – 1
  19. Mick Schumacher – 0
  20. Robert Kubica – 0
  21. Nikita Mazepin – 0

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:

  1. Mercedes – 397.5
  2. Red Bull – 364.5
  3. McLaren – 234
  4. Ferrari – 216.5
  5. Alpine – 103
  6. AlphaTauri – 84
  7. Aston Martin – 59
  8. Williams – 23
  9. Alfa Romeo – 7
  10. HAAS – 0

 

The Formula 1 season takes us next to Turkey at the Intercity Istanbul Park for the Turkish Grand Prix from October 8th to October 10th. The Intercity Istanbul Park is a 58 lap race consisting of 14 turns and spans 5.338km (3.316 miles) per lap. Juan Pablo Montoya currently hold the fastest lap time from the 2005 F1 Season, 1:24:770. Hopefully, we’ll see you there and we can’t wait for Round 16!

If you missed Round 14 of Formula 1, the Italian Grand Prix, click here to read!Β Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Recap September 2021 – A Good Reminder

 

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