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The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:45 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 15th round of the 2021 season taking place in Sochi from the 24th to 26th of September.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Russia click here, to register in the competition click here.

Picks for Russia close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Russian Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 11:30 local time - 08:30 GMT
2nd Practice 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 12:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:04 pm

This weekend, we return to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix.
The combatants, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, will resume their battle in the chase for the 2021 World Drivers Championship.
What could decide this race is the penalty that Max Verstappen has hanging over his head for his involvement in the crash at Monza two weeks ago. So, irrespective on whether he is fastest in qualifying, he should start behind, at least, one of the Mercedes. I would think that it will be both as Valtteri Bottas usually goes well here.
Following their superb 1,2 finish in Monza, I expect that both the McLarens will be somewhat there. Just where there is is still to be determined. Was it an anomaly in what has been one of the best seasons of racing in recent years or have they really gotten their respective heads around what has been a difficult car, particularly in the hands of Daniel Ricciardo? Time will tell.
Ferrari have been on the verge of getting their 2021 car up to speed but that is also a little down on outright pace.
There has been somewhat of a concertina effect in that the top 2 teams have slowed development on their current cars and the midfield teams are nipping at their heels. Even Williams and Alfa Romeo have joined the fray. As an aside, I hope that Antonio Giovinazzi keeps his seat at Alfa Romeo. He is one driver who has improved over the season and regularly qualified better than his World Champion teammate.

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:18 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:34.427	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
2	1:34.638	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
3	1:34.654	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
4	1:35.117	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
5	1:35.781	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin 
6	1:35.794	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri 
7	1:35.811	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
8	1:35.959	Lando Norris	   McLaren
9	1:36.188	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
10	1:36.225	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
11	1:36.236	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
12	1:36.522	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
13	1:36.795	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
14	1:36.877	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
15	1:36.952	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
16	1:37.794	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri 
17	1:38.013	George Russell	   Williams
18	1:38.155	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	1:38.586	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
20	1:38.977	Mick Schumacher	   Haas

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:24 pm

Known grid penalties.
Max Verstappen: 3 grid place for crash at Monza
Charles Leclerc: Rear of grid for new power unit
Max Verstappen: Rear of grid for a new power unit
Nicholas Latifi: Rear of grid for a new power unit

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:53 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:33.593	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
2	1:33.637	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
3	1:33.845	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
4	1:34.154	Lando Norris	   McLaren
5	1:34.402	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
6	1:34.621	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
7	1:34.678	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
8	1:34.762	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
9	1:34.837	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
10	1:34.925	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
11	1:34.938	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing 
12	1:35.052	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
13	1:35.094	George Russell	   Williams
14	1:35.178	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
15	1:35.334	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
16	1:35.411	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
17	1:35.630	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
18	1:35.954	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
19	1:36.099	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
20	1:36.230	Mick Schumacher	   Haas

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:57 am

Antonio Giovinazzi spun his Alfa Romeo into the barriers bringing out the red flag. Damage was limited to the rear wing area.
Pierre Gasly crossed a kerb and ripped his front wing off and brought out a second red flag in the session.

Saturday is supposed to be WET! Up to 50mm is expected to fall. Qualifying may be postponed to Sunday but we will see.

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:48 pm

FP3 has been cancelled due to the wet weather. A decision will be made later on today as to whether qualifying will be conducted later today or postponed until Sunday morning .

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:43 pm

Qualifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:41.993	Lando Norris	   McLaren
2	1:42.510	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
3	1:42.983	George Russell	   Williams
4	1:44.050	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
5	1:44.156	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
6	1:44.204	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
7	1:44.710	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
8	1:44.956	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
9	1:45.337	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
10	1:45.865	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
11	1:46.573	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
12	1:46.641	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
13	1:46.751	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
14	No Time		Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
15	No Time		Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
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16	1:49.586	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
17	1:49.830	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
18	1:51.023	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 
19	1:53.764	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
20	No Time		Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing

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Re: The 2021 Russian Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:42 am

Results

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Pos	Driver		   Team
1	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
2	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
3	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
4	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
5	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
6	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
7	Lando Norris	   McLaren
8	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
9	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
10	George Russell	   Williams
11	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
12	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
13	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
14	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
15	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
16	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
17	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
18	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
DNF	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
DNF	Mick Schumacher	   Haas

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