Following the response to the controversial crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the Italian GP final trip, with each F1 world title contenders taken out of the race within the incident, the Purple Bull driver heads into this weekend with a three-place grid penalty after being judged as predominately at fault for the conflict.
The incident ensured Daniel Ricciardo grabbed victory for McLaren at Monza, his first F1 win for the reason that 2018 Monaco GP and McLaren’s first victory since Brazil 2012, because the Australian additionally led the primary 1-2 end for the group since Canada 2010 with Lando Norris taking the runner-up spot.
Fallout from the Verstappen and Hamilton collision is more likely to dominant the main target at first of the Russian GP weekend, whereas Mercedes heads to a cheerful looking floor seeking to prolong its undefeated file on the Russian GP.
Because the race joined the F1 calendar again in 2014, Mercedes has received each Russian GP with Hamilton taking 4 wins (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), Valtteri Bottas securing two victories (2017 and 2020) and Nico Rosberg claiming the one win (2016).
Away from the battle on the entrance, Aston Martin has been busy within the build-up to the Russian GP because it formally confirmed it is going to retain each Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll as its driver line-up for 2022, began building on its new F1 manufacturing unit and services and announced former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh will turn out to be its new group chief government officer of Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences.
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21
Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
2021 Russian GP session timings
F1 will revert to its common weekend schedule for the Russian GP, following the second dash race format on the Italian GP, with two apply classes on Friday every lasting 60 minutes (slightly than the earlier 90-minute classes), earlier than an extra apply session additionally operating for one hour on Saturday.
The Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout-style qualifying format can also be being retained on Saturday afternoon to resolve the grid for the Russian GP on Sunday.
F1 has additionally ditched beginning races at 10 minutes previous the hour mark for the 2021 season, with all races beginning on the prime of the hour.
Friday twenty fourth September 2021
Free Follow 1: 09:30am-10:30am BST (11:30am-12:30pm native)
Free Follow 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm BST (3:00pm-4:00pm native)
Saturday twenty fifth September 2021
Free Follow 3: 10:00am-12:00pm BST (12:00pm-1:00pm native)
Qualifying: 1:00pm-2:00pm BST (3:00pm-4:00pm native)
Sunday twenty sixth September 2021
Race: 1:00pm BST (3:00pm native)
How can I watch the Russian GP?
Channel: Sky Sports activities F1 HD
Channel numbers – Sky: 406
Channel numbers – Virgin Media: 506 (Sky Sports activities F1 HD)
Sky Sports activities has dwell and unique broadcasting rights in the UK, with the build-up to the F1 race ranging from 11:30am forward of lights out at 1:00pm.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, Sergio Perez, Racing Level RP20, and the remainder of the sphere at first
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When can I watch the Russian GP highlights?
· Channel: Channel 4
· Begin time: Saturday qualifying 5:50pm, Sunday race 5:30pm
Channel 4 has the rights to point out Russian GP highlights of qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
Will the Russian GP be on the radio?
Dwell radio protection of each apply, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season can be obtainable on the BBC Radio 5 Dwell and 5 Dwell Sports activities Further stations or through the BBC Sport web site.
Protection of the Russian GP will begin at 1:00pm BST on the BBC Sport web site.
Climate forecast for the Russian GP
Sochi is ready for combined climate situations all through the race weekend, with a powerful likelihood of rain throughout the three days of observe motion. Highs of 19 levels Celsius are predicted on Sunday – round 9 levels colder than the warmest situations on the Italian GP.
Most F1 Russian GP wins
Lewis Hamilton: 4 wins (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
Valtteri Bottas: 2 wins (2017, 2020)