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    2021 - Race 15 Russia [Sochi]

    Last year, Max was 0.5 seconds slower on qualifying against Hamilton.

    Hamilton on pole, followed by Max and then Bottas. Bottas wins the race, followed by Max and then Hamilton.

    Mclarens did not do particularly do very well.

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    Hamilton will be questionable for the next race, not because of the last race - but he traveled to the United State and went to the Met Gala mass gathering and was not using a mask.

    I won't be surprised if he comes down with Covid as the delta variant has been infecting people with the vaccine here in the U.S.. The saving grace for him might be that since he has had covid, he may be better protected.


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    Based on how the teams are performing on the same tracks as last year, I am projected the following qualifying

    1. Hamilton 1:32.7
    2. Verstappen 1:32.7
    3. Bottas 1:32.8
    4. Norris 1:33.4

    I give Hamilton the nod because I think the Mercedes has improved more of late and the averages washed out some.

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    Report that Mercedes will be introducing the 4th engine for Hamilton (timing of what race it will be brought in has not been decided).

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    Verstappen can take major step towards title at Sochi
    Date published: September 22 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

    Should Max Verstappen once again weather the storm of a Mercedes stronghold, then his route to the World Championship will look far clearer.

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/max-ve...tle-bid-sochi/


    Marko assures disaster scenario won't happen again: "System has been improved".
    22-09-2021 14:29
    by GPblog.com

    Red Bull Racing is known for their lightning fast pit stops. The team starts almost every race with the award for the fastest pit stop, but at Monza things went completely wrong. The rule change regarding the stops caused confusion, causing Max Verstappen to stop for over eleven seconds.

    This caused the Dutchman to fall way back, and he ended up right next to Lewis Hamilton after he too made a poor stop - the rest is history. Helmut Marko explains what caused the confusion and that the team have taken measures to prevent a recurrence in the future.

    https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/94603...-improved.html


    Marko assures disaster scenario won't happen again: "System has been improved".
    22-09-2021 14:29
    by GPblog.com

    Red Bull Racing is known for their lightning fast pit stops. The team starts almost every race with the award for the fastest pit stop, but at Monza things went completely wrong. The rule change regarding the stops caused confusion, causing Max Verstappen to stop for over eleven seconds.

    This caused the Dutchman to fall way back, and he ended up right next to Lewis Hamilton after he too made a poor stop - the rest is history. Helmut Marko explains what caused the confusion and that the team have taken measures to prevent a recurrence in the future.

    https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/94603...-improved.html


    Verstappen title win better for the sport reckons Berger
    by Ryan Wood

    A Max Verstappen Formula 1 championship win would be better for the sport than another Lewis Hamilton title, reckons former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.
    Berger, a ten-time grand prix winner, has applauded the title fight between Verstappen and Hamilton as “exactly what Formula 1 needs” following several years of dominance by Hamilton and Mercedes.
    Wading into the clashes between the pair this year, Berger called the latest crash in Italy “a racing incident”, but welcomed the competition.

    https://www.motorsportweek.com/2021/...eckons-berger/

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    Ferrari is coming with an upgraded engine this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Ferrari is coming with an upgraded engine this weekend.
    Nice! Would be great for the championship if they could also get in the mix at the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zico View Post
    Nice! Would be great for the championship if they could also get in the mix at the front.
    Could you imagine the excitement if RBR, Mercedes, Mclaren, Ferrari, and even Williams were in the mix every week. It would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Could you imagine the excitement if RBR, Mercedes, Mclaren, Ferrari, and even Williams were in the mix every week. It would be great.
    That's ultimately what to aim for but I can't see how with the current regulations that will ever be achievable. It may happen that there is a freak year at one point but that's about it.

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    HELMUT MARKO
    Marko: Wolff's comments were a tactical violation!

    22nd September 2021, ‎16‎:‎30

    Red Bull's Helmut Marko has poked fun at Toto Wolff's expense, saying that the Mercedes boss' comments after Italy were a "tactical violation".

    Helmut Marko has sent a jibe in Toto Wolff's direction, as a result of the Mercedes boss' comments about the Max Verstappen/Lewis Hamilton crash at Monza.

    Wolff had questioned whether Verstappen's attempt at passing Hamilton constituted a "tactical foul", with Marko taking the opportunity to poke fun at Wolff's suggestion.

    Speaking to RTL, Red Bull advisor Marko said that Wolff's own words were a "tactical foul".

    "There was no intent here and it was obvious," stated Marko, looking back at the clash.

    "Max was launched from the kerb which was very high, throwing him out and flying over Hamilton's car.

    "It wasn't on purpose, it certainly wasn't the case."

    Referring to the comparisons between the Verstappen/Hamilton rivalry and the Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna feud over 30 years ago, Marko said that there's a critical difference between the two pairings.

    "The accident is often compared to the incident between Senna and Prost in Suzuka," he commented.

    "That was intentional but, in this case, they both did not want to give way and that is not possible in this chicane – there is not enough space."

    https://racingnews365.com/marko-wolf...ical-violation


    Max Verstappen: Dutchman offers thoughts for Russian GP as he contends with grid penalty
    By George Dagless
    Published: 22 Sep 2021, 12:00

    Max Verstappen has said that 'nothing is lost' ahead of the Russian Grand Prix this weekend despite the looming grid penalty he is going to have to serve.
    The current Formula 1 world championship leader heads to Sochi on the backfoot slightly, with him given a three-place grid penalty for this weekend's race after the Stewards deemed him to be more at fault than Lewis Hamilton in their crash at the Italian Grand Prix last time out.

    Indeed, it's going to be interesting to see just where the Dutchman lines up on Sunday afternoon with that in mind, but he remains in an upbeat enough mood over his prospects and says that nothing is lost right now.

    https://www.givemesport.com/1757072-...h-grid-penalty


    RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 2021
    Sochi paddock floods as rain threatens Russian GP

    22 Sep 2021, ‎14‎:‎15

    Warnings of wet weather conditions are in place ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, with the support paddock at Sochi already flooded due to heavy rain.

    https://racingnews365.com/sochi-padd...ens-russian-gp

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