F1 Constructor & Driver Standings After 2021 Turkish GP: Who Is Ahead – Mercedes or Red Bull?

Published 10/11/2021, 4:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race alongside second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Murad Sezer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Turkish GP proved to be an essential race in the championship battle between Mercedes and Red Bull. The Istanbul Park track was a Mercedes track, but the Austrian team did the most damage as they both cars on the podium. The race also saw a change in drivers’ standings; Max Verstappen got past Lewis Hamilton and became the championship leader.


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The race might not have been the best of the season, but it certainly was one of the most difficult for strategies. In the end, it was the strategy that cost Lewis Hamilton the podium.

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Red Bull benefit from Mercedes disaster at Turkish GP

As reported by Formula1.com, the Austrian team might not have caused a shuffle in the standings, but they certainly made a dent in Mercedes’s progress. They were not as quick as their rivals, but made the most of the weekend and clawed their way in terms of points.

Another takeaway from the weekend was the pace of Ferrari. The Italian team dominated their rivals, McLaren, in the Turkish GP as they scored 16 points to McLaren’s 6.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen poses for a picture with third-placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

They had both their cars in the top-10 while McLaren finished in P7 with Norris. They have also closed the gap for third place in the championship.

Below are the constructor’s standings after the Turkish GP:

  1. Mercedes – 433.5
  2. Red Bull  – 397.5
  3. McLaren – 240
  4. Ferrari- 232.5
  5. Alpine  – 104
  6. AlphaTauri  – 92
  7. Aston Martin – 61
  8. Williams -23
  9. Alfa Romeo Racing – 7
  10. Haas – 0

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Max Verstappen takes the championship lead from Lewis Hamilton

The drivers’ title lead is once again with Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver finished the race in P2 while his rival Lewis Hamilton finished in P5. Verstappen now has a lead of 6 points from the seven-time world champion, with 6 races to go in the 2021 season.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with champagne after winning the race with second-placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Valtteri Bottas also extended his lead over fourth-placed Lando Norris after his win in the Turkish GP. Charles Leclerc is 0.5 points behind his teammate, Carlos Sainz, for the battle for P6. Daniel Ricciardo did not get any points after he started from the back of the field and remains in P8.


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Below are the drivers’ standings after the Turkish GP:

  1. Max Verstappen – 262.5
  2. Lewis Hamilton – 256.5
  3. Valtteri Bottas – 177
  4. Lando Norris – 145
  5. Sergio Perez – 135
  6. Carlos Sainz – 116.5
  7. Charles Leclerc – 116
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – 95
  9. Pierre Gasly – 74
  10. Fernando Alonso – 58
  11. Esteban Ocon – 46
  12. Sebastian Vettel – 35
  13. Lance Stroll – 26
  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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The next stop for Formula One is US Grand Prix. The track is another Mercedes stronghold, but Red Bull will look to do more damage and gain some more points in the championship.

Who will reign supreme in 2021? Let us know.



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.