This weekend Formula 1 returns to Brazil for the latest Grand Prix of the 2021 season.
Max Verstappen will enter the weekend with a 19 point advantage over title rival Lewis Hamilton. This is after Verstappen claimed victory in last weekend’s Grand Prix in Mexico while Hamilton finished second.
Third in the driver standings is Valtteri Bottas who qualified on pole position in Mexico before being spun at the first corner ruined his race. The Finn has a 20 point advantage over fourth placed Sergio Perez, the Mexican having claimed a fifth podium finish of the season in front of his fans last time out.
There is then a 15 point gap between Perez and fifth placed Lando Norris after the latter salvaged a tenth place finish, and a point, in Mexico. The McLaren driver has a 12 point gap to sixth placed Charles Leclerc who had another solid Grand Prix with the Monegasque driver finishing fifth. Leclerc is now ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz by 7.5 points in the championship going into this weekend.
It was a quietly impressive race from Pierre Gasly in Mexico, the Frenchman managing to finish fourth last weekend. It is the AlphaTauri driver’s fourth top five finish of the season and places Gasly ninth in the driver standings, 19 points behind eighth placed Daniel Ricciardo and 26 points ahead of Fernando Alonso in tenth.
In the constructors’ championship there is just one point separating Mercedes and second placed Red Bull going into this weekend’s Grand Prix.
Behind them is Scuderia Ferrari who has taken over third placed in the standings from McLaren. The former claimed a 5-6 finish in Mexico to create a 13.5 point gap between them and McLaren. This is after the latter was only able to secure a 10-12 finish from the Mexico City Grand Prix weekend.
Behind Ferrari and McLaren, joint fifth in the standings, are Alpine and AlphaTauri. This is after Alpine secured a ninth place finish in Mexico thanks to Alonso while, as mentioned earlier, Gasly secured fourth for AlphaTauri. Alpine are ahead on countback thanks to Esteban Ocon’s victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Behind the two, and seventh in the standings, is Aston Martin who are 38 points behind Alpine and AlphaTauri and have a 45 point gap to eighth placed Williams. This is after Aston Martin managed to secure points in Mexico thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s seventh place finish.
Williams meanwhile secured a 16-17 finish in Mexico and their gap to Alfa Romeo has decreased to 12 points after the latter claimed eighth thanks to Kimi Raikkonen. It also therefore means that Alfa Romeo’s gap to last placed Haas has also increased with the tenth placed team still on zero points for the 2021 season.
Lastly to note this weekend’s Grand Prix is the third trial of Formula 1’s Sprint weekend format.