A rain soaked end to the 2021 Russian Grand Prix meant Lewis Hamilton took victory ahead of Lando Norris, while Max Verstappen stormed through the field to finish second. But are the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings affected?

Hamilton had an excellent chance to score heavy points over Verstappen as the Dutchman started from the back of the grid at Sochi after changing the engine on his Red Bull car. It looked like that was going to happen, but a late rain shower mixed up the field and allowed Verstappen into second, this minimising the potential damage caused by fitting a new power unit. 

That said Hamilton did overtake Verstappen at the top of the F1 Drivers’ Standings, turning a five point deficit into a two point lead over the Red Bull driver as the F1 circus heads to Turkey on October 8.

F1 2021 Drivers’ Standings after Russian GP

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valterri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazapinHaas0

Elsewhere in the Constructors Championship, Mercedes extended their lead over Red Bull by 15 points after Valtteri Bottas grabbed fifth ahead of Sergio Perez in ninth. And McLaren slightly increased their advantage over Ferrari in the battle for third place.

F1 Constructors Championship after 2021 Russian GP

Pos.TeamPoints
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams 23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on after winning the 2021 Russian GP alongside second place Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third place Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

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