2020 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees Formula 1 and Formula 2 in action at Sochi for the latest round of the 2020 season.

Formula 2

Mick Schumacher enters the weekend as the championship leader having finished inside the points in the last ten races. He has an eight point lead over nearest rival Callum Ilott who has finished inside the points in eight of the last ten races.

Third in the championship is Christian Lundgaard who is eight points behind Ilott and therefore 16 behind Schumacher. Lundgaard goes to Sochi having managed to recover some form in recent events. He goes to Sochi having been classified in the top three in three of the last five races.

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Five points behind Lundgaard is Robert Shwartzman who endured his second pointless race weekend of the season last time out in Mugello. In the last ten races the Russian has finished inside the points six times.

There are six races remaining, including this weekend, with around a month off after the Russian Grand Prix before Formula 2 goes to Bahrain for the last two events of its revised 2020 season. A lot has happened in the championship and with six races left there is likely to be plenty more change throughout this season’s championship.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton leads the championship by 55 points from teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn has only managed to finish ahead of Hamilton in two of the nine races contested so far this season.

Third in the championship is Max Verstappen who enters the Grand Prix weekend off the back of two retirements which leaves him 25 points behind Bottas and 80 points adrift of Hamilton. The Dutchman does have a 45 point advantage over fourth placed Lando Norris.

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Norris leads a group of five drivers who go into the weekend separated by 16 points. The Briton is two points ahead of Alexander Albon who finally managed to claim his first podium finish in the sport at Mugello.

Lanco Stroll is six points behind Albon ahead of this weekend after suffering a big crash last time out at the Tuscan Grand Prix. It leaves the Canadian with a four point advantage to Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian claimed his third fourth place finish of the season at Mugello.

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Four points behind the Renault driver is the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who managed to navigate his way through the madness of the Tuscan Grand Prix to finish eighth having failed to score in the three races prior to the race in Mugello.

Close to Leclerc in the championship are the trio of Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz. The latter two both retired last time out while Perez managed to finish fifth. It leaves the Mexican five points behind Leclerc and one ahead of Gasly with Sainz two behind Gasly, three behind Perez and eight behind Leclerc.

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