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Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog.

My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments surrounding the Russian Grand Prix.

Have fun!



  • Sainz leads

  • Verstappen in the middle

  • View the stand here

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50 more laps

- Bottas (P14) and Verstappen (P15) both pass Mazepin.

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50 more laps

- Hamilton is stuck in sixth place behind Ricciardo.

In Monza he had a lot of trouble getting past the McLaren.

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Moving image of the start of the Russian Grand Prix.

A slightly chaotic start in Russia!

⚡Carlos Sainz takes the lead, Hamilton falls back three places and receives a high visit from Daniel Ricciardo & Lando Norris 💪🏻 #ZiggoSportF1 #F1 #RussianGP

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AuthorZiggo Sport F1Moment of places12: 08 - 26 September 2021

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51 more laps

- Verstappen climbs to sixteenth place and is now behind Bottas.

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52 more rounds -

The standings: 



  • Sainz

  • norris

  • Russell

  • Stroll

  • Ricciardo

  • Hamilton

  • Alonso

  • Perez

  • Ocon

  • Raikkonen

  • Vettel

  • Leclerc

  • Mazepin

  • gasly

  • bottas

  • Verstappen

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    52 more laps -

    Verstappen also outwits Schumacher and climbs to seventeenth place.

    Hamilton is sixth.

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    START

    - Sainz takes the lead and Hamilton falls back to sixth.

    Verstappen only has Tsunoda and Giovinazzi.

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    START

    - Bad start Hamilton, Verstappen climbs to nineteenth place.

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    Warm-up lap -

    "Everything is in order now", said Verstappen.

    The drivers arrive on the grid.

    The Russian Grand Prix is ​​about to start.

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    Warm-up lap

    - Max Verstappen reports that his battery is slowly draining.

    "I don't know what's going on."

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    Warm-up lap

    - "It will rain lightly between 2.05 pm and 2.15 pm", Norris is told.

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    Warm

    -up

    lap

    - The warm-up

    lap

    runs at the Sochi Autodrom.

    All drivers get out of their seats safely.

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    Max Verstappen (P20) will start on the hard tyre, just like Valtteri Bottas (P16).

    Lewis Hamilton (P4), like all other drivers, is in the top five on medium.

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    3 minutes left until the warm-up lap

    - The mechanics leave the grid.

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    The view of pole sitter Lando Norris with the long run up to the first corner.

    L1 T1..

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    AuthorCraig ScarboroughMoment of places11: 54 - September 26, 2021

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    Another 6 minutes until the start

    - Max Verstappen climbs into his car.

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    At Red Bull Racing, the rain tires are already ready.

    They are not needed now, but may be later today.

    Prepared for every eventuality ☀️🌧 #RussianGP

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    AuthorRed Bull Racing HondaMoment of places11: 51 - September 26, 2021

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    "We would have preferred to have started seventh with Valtteri, because then it would have become an easy podium for us," Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

    told Ziggo Sport

    .

    "So no, it's not the plan to hold up Max. We just want to drive forward as fast as possible."

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    12 minutes to the start

    - An hour ago it was still 20 percent, now the FIA ​​estimates the chance of rain during the race at 70 percent.

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    The starting grid for the Russian Grand Prix.

    Max Verstappen starts last, Valtteri Bottas is sixteenth and Lando Norris starts from pole position.

    All the ingredients are there for a crazy afternoon.

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    Horner continues: "Mercedes is very dominant here and we expect it to be no different in the race. Hamilton will basically just win, so we have to make sure we limit the damage."

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    Horner: 'Of course they say grid penalty is Bottas' tactical choice'


    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner does not believe that Mercedes has switched Valtteri Bottas' engine to ensure that the Finn has an extra power source in his group.

    Bottas starts from sixteenth place and may be able to stop Max Verstappen, who starts last.

    "We don't have all the information, but of course they say it's a tactical choice," Horner told

    Sky Sports

    .

    "It doesn't matter: we just have to deal with it. We will attack and see what the outcome is."

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    Max Verstappen also arrives on the grid.

    Meanwhile at the back of the grid...Red Bull engineers are prepping @Max33Verstappen's car #RussianGP #F1

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    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places11: 34 - September 26, 2021

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    Who will win the Russian Grand Prix?

    • Lando Norris

    • Carlos Sainz

    • Lewis Hamilton

    • Max Verstappen

    • Valtteri Bottas

    • Someone else

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    Lando Norris takes pole position for the first time in his career.

    Pole sitter coming through!

    #RussianGP @LandoNorris

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    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places11: September 28 - 26, 2021

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    It is already raining over the Black Sea.

    Showers out at sea 🌧 Will they reach land?

    🤔 #RussianGP #F1

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    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places11: 27 - 26 September 2021

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    It's dry at the Sochi Autodrom, but there are some showers around the circuit...

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    In 2018, Max Verstappen also had to start the Russian Grand Prix due to an engine change in the rear.

    He then started eighteenth and finished fifth.

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    A few things:- Everyone has a free tire choice.- Everyone also has enough of all tires.- Due to the long pit lane, a two-stop is not attractive.- The tire wear is low.- One-stop from hard to medium or vice versa is the logical strategy.

    #F1

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    AuthorJoost NederpeltMoment of places11: 17 - September 26, 2021

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    Another 40 minutes to the start

    - The pit lane is open and the drivers move to their starting positions.

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