F1 News

Verstappen has little chance in Russia: 'Mercedes looks really strong'

Verstappen has little chance in Russia: 'Mercedes looks really strong'

25-09-2021 07:23 Last update: 07:48


The spectators at this year's Russian Grand Prix do not seem to expect a battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. While Mercedes convinced during the first two free practice sessions on Friday, Verstappen is changing engines this weekend and accepts that he will start the race from the back of the grid on Sunday afternoon.

Partly due to the accidents he experienced in Britain and Hungary, Verstappen had to change engines. Given that he received a three-place grid penalty for the next race at the Italian GP two weeks ago, it seemed logical that Red Bull Racing would choose this weekend to replace the power unit.

Although it is a logical decision, Peter Windsor finds it disappointing for the excitement in the race. On his YouTube channel states he about the situation. "From a fan's point of view it's a shame that Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have to start the Russian Grand Prix from the pitlane."

Hamilton vs Verstappen

Verstappen will try to drive as far forward as possible from the last position on Sunday afternoon, to minimise the gap he faces from Hamilton. However, Windsor does not see a fight between Red Bull and Mercedes happening. "Mercedes looks really strong," he said.

Video player

More videos