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F1 Russian Grand Prix – the four outlines before the start

Tensions are rising after the previous battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen ended in an accident. F1 Russian Grand Prix tries to gain clarity in the drivers’ standings, with the Sochi Autodrome set to be the main venue, here are the five outlines for the race weekend.

1. Scuderia Ferrari promises to keep pushing.

Ferrari has confirmed that it will present the updated hybrid system for its Formula One powertrain at this weekend’s F1 Russian Grand Prix and impose a starting penalty on Charles Leclerc. During the summer break, the Scuderia Ferrari has wasted no time and planning a “significant step” by introducing developments for its powertrain. As Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said the updated power unit planned after the Italian Grand Prix, the novelty therefore comes at the Russian Grand Prix. If the Scuderia Ferrari has the chance of a podium finish, it is only a matter of time. According to the regulations, teams are allowed to make a specification update for each of their components every year.

2. Another of last ones Grand Prix for Sochi.

Since F1 Russian Grand Prix found its place in Sochi in 2014, many Russian and Finnish Formula 1 fans have been able to cheer on Kimi Raikkonen and other drivers. The race has helped to grow the sport in Russia, with thousands of fans making their way to the Black Sea resort every year. The course through the Olympic Winter Park is very difficult to overtake, which makes the race a bit boring. Sochi is not the only city that filled up to get the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia. Next year the Sochi Autodrom will be the last, the relay will go to Igora Drive near St. Petersburg and bring Formula One to a new region of the Russian fan base.

This will be a home race for Nikita Mazepin. Although the favorites are still Sergey Sirotkin and Daniil Kvyat, one of the grandstands at the Sochi Autodorm has been named in honor of Kvyat.

Russian GP, Sochi, photo by F1 official
Russian GP, Sochi, photo by F1 official

3. The fight is tense everywhere.

We only have eight races left in the 2021 season and the race is getting more intense, the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Monza was the decisive one, the gap between the fastest Mercedes driver and the Red Bull 33 driver is only five points: Max Verstappen – 226.5, Lewis Hamilton – 221.5. The incident has consequences, Max Verstappen will be fined three grid positions at the start in Russia. Since Silverstone there is still a dispute as to who is to blame, without there being a clear point.

It is clear, however, that Williams will go into the Russian Grand Prix with some good points. In the constructors “standings, the team has no chance of finishing top, but remains eighth. Both drivers have made their contribution in recent weeks when Williams scored the first points since 2019 in Hungary. Sochi will show if they can maintain that form to fight for points for the rest of the season.

Antonio Giovinazzi by F1 official
Antonio Giovinazzi by F1 official

4. Musical seat in Alfa Romeo.

Aston Martin has become the latest team to confirm its line-up for the next Formula One season in 2022 by announcing that both Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will remain as expected. We have two teams with unconfirmed contracts: Haas and Alfa Romeo. No surprises are expected at Haas, they are likely to keep both Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, but Antonio Giovinazzi’s car is still highly coveted. Alfa Romeo signed a multi-contract with Valtteri Bottas for 2022. Seems that Alpine Junior Guanyu Zhou will get that seat, but Antonio Giovinazzi tries his best to remain in the team. Nick de Vries is anoter younger and talanted candidate. Antonio needs to stay calm and, despite the rumors, give the best of himself at the Russian Grand Prix.

F1 Russian Grand Prix 2021 schedule

FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER  
FIA Formula 3Practice Session08:55 – 09:40
FIA Formula 2Practice Session10:05 – 10:50
Formula 1First Practice Session11:30 -12:30
FIA Formula 3Qualifying Session13:00 – 13:30
Formula 1Press Conference13:00 – 14:00
Formula 1Second Practice Session15:00 – 16:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session16:25 – 16:55
FIA Formula 3Press Conference17:25 – 17:55
FIA Formula 2Press Conference18:00 – 18:30
   
SATURDAY 25th SEPTEMBER  
FIA Formula 3First Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)08:35 – 09:20
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice09:40 – 10:10
FIA Formula 3Press Conference09:40 – 10:10
FIA Formula 2First Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)10:30 – 11:20
FIA Formula 2Press Conference11:40 – 12:10
Formula 1Third Practice Session12:00 – 13:00
FIA Formula 3Second Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)13:40 – 14:25
Formula 1Qualifying Session15:00 – 16:00
Formula 1Press Conference16:00 – 17:00
FIA Formula 2Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)16:45 – 17:35
FIA Formula 2Press Conference17:55 – 18:25
FIA Formula 3Press Conference18:30 – 19:00
   
SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER  
FIA Formula 3Third Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)09:55 – 10:40
FIA Formula 2Third Race (28 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)11:20 – 12:25
FIA Formula 2Press Conference12:45 – 13:15
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:20 – 13:50
FIA Formula 3Press Conference13:20 – 13:50
Formula 1‘We Race As One’ Gesture14:43 – 14:44
Formula 1National Ceremony14:44 – 14:46
Formula 1Grand Prix (53 Laps or 120 Minutes)15:00 – 17:00
* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments, local time noted

Sum up

Due to the configuration of the Sochi Autodrome, qualifying will have a decisive influence on the situation, so Max Verstappen is not in the best place. According to all forecasts there will be torrential rain throughout the weekend, which can increase the thrill for both drivers and F1 fans.