F1 LIVE | Russian Grand Prix - FP1

F1 LIVE | Russian Grand Prix - FP1

24-09-2021 09:00

This weekend it is time for the Russian Grand Prix. The Formula 1 circus arrives on the circuit of Sochi. We start with the first free practice. The first free practice gives the drivers the opportunity to explore the track and get as much data as possible. You can follow this first free practice with the liveblog from GPblog.

Russian Grand Prix Liveblog: FP1


The Russian Grand Prix has been on the calendar for a number of years now and has been held at the Sochi circuit since 2014. Since 2014 Mercedes has not lost here yet. A lot is expected from Mercedes and so they will do everything they can to perform here this year as well.

Will McLaren benefit from Verstappen vs Hamilton?

In the last Grand Prix weekend in Italy, we saw that the McLaren drivers were able to take advantage of the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to take a win and a second place. This weekend there is also a good chance that McLaren will perform well, as they have the Mercedes engine which is dominant on track.

The first free practice can already give some insight on how things will go this weekend. All teams will want to make the most of the first hour of practice time. In any case, this weekend will provide a lot of spectacle and will be extremely important for the championship. 

Verstappen currently has a five-point advantage over his rival Hamilton in the 2021 World Championship. And the battle is heating up as we approach the business end of the season. Where the Red Bull driver leads in that championship, Mercedes have the advantage in the Constructors Standings. 

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