The Sochi Autodrom provided a spectacular race last weekend. Max Verstappen had to start the Russian Grand Prix at the back due to an engine change, but eventually managed to finish second behind Lewis Hamilton. Former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher thinks Verstappen can thank the rain gods. “Red Bull was lucky with that.”
Ralf Schumacher looks in a column for the German branch of Sky Sports back at the Russian Grand Prix. He thinks it would have been better for Mercedes if it hadn’t rained. “Then Lewis Hamilton would have been second, but the gap to Max Verstappen would then be bigger. Red Bull was lucky with that.”
Schumacher does believe that Red Bull deserved that luck. “They have had so much bad luck this season. If that hadn’t happened to them, they would have been way ahead (in the championship, ed.).” The German is probably referring to Verstappen’s races in Baku, England and Hungary. There, the Dutchman scored little to no points through no fault of his own.
However, Verstappen’s luck may fall his way for the rest of the season. The Dutchman has already collected the fourth engine with the corresponding grid penalty in Russia. Hamilton is currently still driving with his third engine, but it seems that he will also receive an extra engine and therefore a grid penalty. Ralf Schumacher thinks Verstappen can benefit a lot from that. “Hamilton will have to replace his engine soon. That means he will have to start at the back, just like Max did last weekend.”