Ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher thinks Max Verstappen and Red Bull were lucky with the rain in the Russian Grand Prix, but thinks they also deserved some luck.
Before the rain came down in Sochi, Verstappen was in seventh place, while title rival Lewis Hamilton was second. If it had finished like this, Hamilton would have taken twelve points more than Verstappen and he would now have been seven points ahead of the Dutchman.
However, the rain messed things up. Although that still gave Hamilton the victory, Verstappen now steamed through to second place. Hamilton scored only seven points more than Verstappen. In the World Cup, his lead is now just two points, with the score 246.5 at 244.5 in Hamilton’s favour.
“Without rain, the distance would have been greater,” Schumacher sums up in his column for the German branch of Sky Sports. “So Red Bull was lucky. To be fair, though, they deserved some luck too, as they’ve had a lot of bad luck this season. Without all that bad luck, they would have been far ahead in the World Cup,” he thinks.
Schumacher is counting on Red Bull being able to count on a windfall soon. “Hamilton will definitely have to change another engine,” he says. “That means that, just like Max last weekend in Sochi, he has to start a race at the back.”
The fact that Verstappen already has a new engine is an advantage for him until Hamilton does, Schumacher thinks. “Maybe that will give Max an advantage right away in Turkey.” Schumacher expects that there will be little difference between Mercedes and Red Bull in Turkey. “It will be exciting, because it is a difficult track but you can overtake very well.”