2021 Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix Preview

This weekend Formula 1 is back in action as it heads to Turkey for the sixteenth round of its 2021 season. It won’t be supported by either Formula 3, Formula 2 or W Series this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton heads to Turkey leading the drivers’ championship, two points clear of title rival Max Verstappen. This is after the Briton won last time out in Russia, his hundredth Formula 1 victory, while Verstappen managed to claim second having taken on numerous grid penalties.

Valtteri Bottas completes the top three in the driver standings having made his way up to fifth in Russia, after also taken grid penalties. The Finn is 93.5 points behind Verstappen and has a 12 point gap to fourth placed Lando Norris.

It was heartbreak for Norris in Russia who claimed his maiden pole position before going on to convincingly lead the majority of the race before him and his McLaren team were caught out by the rain shower near the end of the race. The Briton eventually ended up being classified seventh and has a 19 point advantage over fifth placed Sergio Perez, the Mexican finishing ninth in Russia.

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Completing the top three on the podium at Sochi was the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard qualified second and led at the beginning of the race before eventually going on to be classified third, Sainz’s third podium finish of the 2021 season. It means he is sixth in the drivers’ championship and is only 7.5 points behind Perez and 8.5 ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc, who is seventh in the standings.

Just behind Leclerc is Daniel Ricciardo who followed up his race victory at Monza by finishing fourth in Sochi. The Australian heads to Turkey eighth in the standings and is nine points behind Leclerc and 29 points ahead of ninth placed Pierre Gasly

A note on Kimi Raikkonen who return to racing action in Sochi after being forced to miss the races in Zandvoort and Monza due to testing positive for COVID. The Finn managed to take advantage of the rain near the end of the Russian Grand Prix to finish eighth, his third points finish of the season.

Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 – Kimi Raikkonen” by Jaimie Wilson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In the constructors’ championship Mercedes continues to lead and is 33 points clear of nearest rival Red Bull.

There is then a 130.5 point gap between Red Bull and third placed McLaren. The latter are 17.5 points clear of fourth placed Scuderia Ferrari heading to Istanbul.

In fifth is Alpine who are 113.5 points behind Ferrari and 19 ahead of AlphaTauri after Fernando Alonso managed to finish sixth in Russia for Alpine while AlphaTauri failed to score points for the second consecutive Grand Prix.

The Faenza based team do have a 25 point gap to seventh placed Aston Martin who also failed to score any points in Sochi. The gap between the Silverstone based team and eighth placed Williams is now at 36 points after George Russell managed to score points once again, finishing tenth in Russia having started third.

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It means that Williams are 16 points clear of Alfa Romeo after the latter scored their first points since the Hungarian Grand Prix, as mentioned earlier, thanks to Kimi Raikkonen finishing eighth.

It means the gap between Alfa Romeo and Haas is at seven points entering this weekend’s Grand Prix, the American team having yet to score a point this season as it focuses on 2022.

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