29 September 2019

Six hours after the race...

The Russian Grand Prix looked like it was going to be a controversial in-house fight between the two Ferraris, as Sebastian Vettel took the lead, using Charles Leclerc's slipstream.

The goal was to get the second Ferrari ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But then Vettel decided not to give the place back. Leclerc was not happy. And so Vettel led Leclerc for the first part of the race, with Lewis Hamilton doing his best to hang on to the swift red cars. Leclerc pitted first on lap 22 and rejoined in fourth. Vettel pitted four laps later and rejoined behind his team-mate. The switch was done. Then Sebastian's car died beneath him. This caused a Virtual Safety Car and Mercedes saw a chance, pulling in Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as quickly as possible. Lewis emerged ahead of Charles. There would be a full Safety Car soon afterwards and Ferrari decided to pull Leclerc in and put him on softs, but the lost second to Bottas and when the race began again it quickly emerged that the two Mercedes had to pay to hold back the Ferrari. And so there was a Mercedes 1-2, a result that had seemed highly unlikely at the start of the weekend. Behind the leading trio was Max Verstappen's Red Bull, which simply did not have the race pace to keep up, while next up was the second Red Bull of Alexander Albon, who drove from the pitlane at the start to fifth by the finish, an impressive performance. The minor placings went to Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen, Lando Norris and Nico Hulkenberg.

- We look at the new McLaren-Mercedes deal
- We talk to Mick Schumacher
- We look back at the United States Grand Prix of 1990
- DT looks critically at reversed grids
- JS ponders a new venue for the Russian GP
- The Hack talks about S5000, Australia's new racing series
- Peter Nygaard captures the soft light of the Black Sea coast

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