For the second time in a row, Mercedes had the fastest car in the field. Long straights and slow curves are the territory of the Silver Arrows. With this, the world championship team consolidated first place in our power ranking. McLaren is strong on the same tracks as Mercedes.
The Sochi Autodrom is a Mercedes track. Eight wins in eight races cannot lie. Even if there was a bit of luck this time. Without the rain, a McLaren would have won.
But Mercedes also made life difficult for itself. Because they switched to slicks too late in qualifying, the pole position was given away. In addition, Valtteri Bottas had to start from behind after another engine change.
Red Bull was slower by two tenths per lap. The world championship runner-up in the constructors’ championship lost on the straights and in the corners. Because for the RB16B, as in Monza, there was no suitable compromise between top speed and downforce. Max Verstappen’s second place on Mercedes terrain therefore felt like a victory. Red Bull also got the starting place penalty out of the way.
McLaren as good as Red Bull
Third strongest force was like in Monza McLaren. Only three tenths were missing for the second win in a row. McLaren drove at Red Bull level in Sochi. The car is quick on the straights and stable on the brakes. If the curves have short radii, you don’t lose too much time.
Such routes are poison for Ferrari. Nevertheless, like in Monza, the Italians got away with a black eye. Because you have learned something new on this type of route. The new hybrid system worked straight away. It would have been interesting where Charles Leclerc would have ended up had he started further up the front.
Alpine took an important step in the battle for fifth place in the team standings. The French got eight points, while the competitors went empty-handed. Constancy is rewarded. The factory racing team has always scored points since Imola.
In Sochi, Alpine even had the fifth fastest car. In Fernando Alonso’s opinion, there was more to it than sixth place. Williams is also constant. Again there were points for the World Cup eighth. Alfa Romeo’s liberation will come too late.
Power Ranking after the 2021 Russian Grand Prix
Here is the power ranking after the Russian Grand Prix in short. As usual, you can find the detailed form check of all ten teams in the gallery.
- Mercedes (1)
- Red Bull (2)
- McLaren (3)
- Ferrari (4)
- Alpine (6)
- Aston Martin (7)
- Alpha Tauri (5)
- Williams (8)
- Alfa Romeo (9)
- Haas (10)
in brackets position after the Italian GP.