The 15th race of the Formula 1 World Championship, the Russian GP 2021, is going to take place today, September 26 in the Sochi Autodrom. This time, the first row will be occupied by Lando Norris, who took the pole position, and Carlos Sainz, who is starting second for the first time.
Norris, who finished second in Italy, now claimed his first ever career pole position and McLaren’s first pole since 2012. Meanwhile, Sainz ended up 0.517s behind to start in the front row for the first time in his career.
George Russell, of Williams, will start in the third place tomorrow in Sochi. It will be his second top-three start in four races. The seven-time champion, Lewis Hamilton, will start fourth, while Max Verstappen opted not to set a lap in qualifying and will start in the back.
2021 Russian Grand Prix: Starting Grid
1. Lando Norris (McLaren)
2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
3. George Russell (Williams)
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
6. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
7. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
8 Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
9 Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
10. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
11. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
12. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
13. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
14. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
15. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
16. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
17. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
18. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
19. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
20. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2021 Russian Grand Prix: Date
The British Grand Prix Race will take place today, September 26, 2021, at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. It will have over 53 laps of the 5.848-kilometre.
2021 Russian Grand Prix: Time by State
ET: 8:00 AM
CT: 7:00 AM
MT: 6:00 AM
PT: 5:00 AM
TV Channel in the US to watch 2021 Russian Grand Prix
The 15th race of the Formula One World Championship 2021 Russian Grand Prix will be broadcasted in the United States by ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
2021 Russian Grand Prix: Storylines
As usual, the qualifying session was filled with drama, especially for the two title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton crashed with the wall on pit lane, costing him his good attempt to win the pole position in Q3. It also didn’t help his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished qualifying in seventh.
Meanwhile, Verstappen will have a lot of work to do in tomorrow’s race if he wants to maintain his lead in the driver’s championship. The Dutchman had a three-spot grid penalty for his collision with Hamilton at the Italian GP, but a power unit change put him at the back of the grid.
The same thing happened to Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Nicholas Lafiti, who also will start at the back of the grid for tomorrow’s race. Meanwhile, his teammate Carlos Sainz managed to get a second place in the pole. Lando Norris will have a good chance after his pole position.
2021 Russian Grand Prix: Predictions and odds
Oddsmakers have made their predictions for today's race and Lewis Hamilton is the strong favorite. FanDuel has given odds of -135 to Hamilton, while Lando Norris is the second favorite with +270. Here, are the odds:
*Odds by FanDuel