A historical fort for Mercedes, the Sochi circuit, will be the stage, this weekend, of the Russian Grand Prix, which is shaping up to be a new pulse of ‘high tension’ between the British Lewis hamilton (Mercedes), and the Dutch Max verstappen (Red bull).
In Russia, it will be the most difficult still for Max, who faces at a disadvantage a track where only Mercedes has won since it was included in the calendar of the premier category of motorsport in 2014 and, in addition, weighed down by the three positions that it will lose on the starting grid due to the sanction that carries the accident with Hamilton at Monza.
In the circuit of Italian Grand Prix, two weeks ago, there was a real battle between the two who are playing the World Cup, a fierce fight which ended both drivers out of the race on the 26th lap at the Autodromo de Monza, where at the start they had already offered the first installment of this tense series that the season has become.
The clash between Hamilton, who has resisted the 100th victory in Formula 1 since July, and Verstappen in Italy could end in tragedy, but the halo, the protection system of the cockpit, prevented the Red-Bull from being able to smash Stevenage’s. The Dutchman is confident that the long straights of Sochi and the pair of DRS zones can help him minimize the penalty of three grid positions.
Schedules of the 2021 Russian GP of F1:
Friday October 24
Free training 1: 10.30 am
Free practice 2: 2:00 p.m.
Saturday October 25
Free practice 3: 11.00 a.m.
Classification: 2:00 p.m.
Sunday October 26
Race: 2:00 p.m.