F1 Constructor & Driver Standings After 2021 Russian GP: Who Is Ahead – Verstappen or Hamilton?

Published 09/27/2021, 9:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


Formula One is continuing to deliver in the 2021 season. Almost every race has been crazy and presented teams with unique challenges. This season we finally have a championship battle at the front in Mercedes and Red Bull in both championships. After the recently concluded Russian GP, the German team has taken the lead in both title races.

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The reigning champions finished 1st and 5th in the race whilst the Austrian team finished 2nd and 9th.

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Mercedes extend their championship lead over Red Bull after Russian GP

After an eventful race in Sochi, Ferrari have inched closer to the McLarens after their podium. Alpine too extended their lead over AlphaTauri, as the Italian team scored no points. Aston Martin also went back home empty-handed.

Williams again scored points extending their lead over Alfa Romeo, who finally scored. The Haas team remains at the back.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. leads into the first corner at the start of the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Constructors’ standings after the Russian Grand Prix:

  1. Mercedes- 397.5
  2. Red Bull- 364.5
  3. McLaren- 234
  4. Ferrari- 216.5
  5. Alpine- 103
  6. AlphaTauri- 84
  7. Aston Martin- 59
  8. Williams- 23
  9. Alfa Romeo- 7
  10. Haas- 0
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Lewis Hamilton takes over the lead from Verstappen in the driver’s title race

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix after McLaren’s Lando Norris threw away the win by not pitting in the rain. This led to him falling down in P7 and gave an opportunity for Verstappen to finish in second. Carlos Sainz finished third after taking the lead in the first corner of the race.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

Lewis won his 100th race in Formula One and also took over the championship lead from rival Verstappen. The 7-time world champion now leads the Dutch driver by 2 points in the championship. But it looks like it would be a straight fight between them, as Max has finally taken his pending engine penalty.

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Drivers’ standings after the Russian Grand Prix:

  1. Lewis Hamilton- 246.5
  2. Max Verstappen- 244.5
  3. Valtteri Bottas- 151
  4. Lando Norris- 139
  5. Sergio Perez- 120
  6. Carlos Sainz- 112.5
  7. Charles Leclerc- 104
  8. Daniel Ricciardo- 95
  9. Pierre Gasly- 66
  10. Fernando Alonso- 58
  11. Esteban Ocon- 45
  12. Sebastian Vettel- 35
  13. Lance Stroll- 24
  14. Yuki Tsunoda- 18
  15. George Russell- 16
  16. Nicholas Latifi- 7
  17. Kimi Raikkonen- 6
  18. Antonio Giovinazzi- 1
  19. Mick Schumacher- 0
  20. Robert Kubica- 0
  21. Nikita Mazepin- 0

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It would be interesting to see who will lead the championship after the Turkish Grand Prix next weekend.

Can Mercedes hold on to their lead over Red Bull in both championships? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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