After a week of rest, the teams and drivers are preparing for the fifteenth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season, the Russian Grand Prix. Due to the time difference between Russia and the Netherlands, we see slightly different times at the Sochi Autodrom than we are used to from the European calendar.
For Max Verstappen , P4 on the grid will be the highest achievable during the Russian Grand Prix. The Red Bull Racing driver crashed into Lewis Hamilton ‘s car on the previous GP weekend, the Italian Grand Prix . Verstappen was found guilty and will receive a three-place grid penalty, his British title rival received no further penalties.
Verstappen with a small lead over Hamilton
Because both drivers went home with zero points after the Italian GP (Verstappen still received two World Cup points for his P2 finish during the sprint race on Saturday, ed.), the Dutchman is still in the lead in the world championship of 2021. Verstappen is five points ahead of Hamilton, so Russia will be another chance for the Mercedes driver to take back the lead in the World Cup.
In Russia the times will be slightly different from the times we are used to from the European races. Due to the time difference, the sessions will start an hour earlier, on Saturday qualifying will also start earlier than the past races in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. Qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday will kick off at 2pm, below is the overview of all sessions during the Russian GP weekend.
Timetable for the Russian Grand Prix:
- First free practice: Friday, September 24, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
- Second free practice: Friday, September 24, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Third free practice: Saturday, September 25, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Qualification: Saturday, September 25, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Race Sunday: Sunday, 26 September, 2:00 PM