Lewis Hamilton took his 100th victory in a Russian GP that started in dry conditions and ended under the rain. The Mercedes driver making a late switch to intermediate tyres to take the lead. Max Verstappen made it from P20 to P2. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz took third having started second.
Grid penalties were the talk of the town on Sunday morning with Bottas the latest to take the hit. Mercedes had put a new power unit into his car. Verstappen would start 20th and Charles Leclerc 19th with a new Ferrari unit.
There was a mix of mediums and hards on the grid with the first five drivers Norris on pole then following Lando was Sainz, Russell, Hamilton and finally Ricciardo. On mediums, and only Fernando Alonso starting sixth, Sergio Perez (P8), Pierre Gasly (P11), Bottas, Antonio Giovinazzi (P17), Leclerc and Verstappen starting on the hard compounds.
Hamilton’s pace was competitive on his medium tyres and he pitted on Lap 27 for hards. Norris who had scored a sensational first pole on Saturday duelled with Sainz early in the race. The pitstop sequences had finished by Lap 38 it was Norris leading a rapid Hamilton. The pair were just one second part in the closing stages.
Norris pitted at the very end as a result he came P7.
There was a 70% chance of rain but, conditions stayed dry for the start. Most of the drivers opted to start on mediums. But Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly, Bottas, Antonio Giovinazzi, Leclerc and Verstappen, began on hard tyres.
After such an exciting race Hamilton leads the F1 2021 Drivers Championship again.
Here are today’s standings:
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